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Profile in ‘The London Magazine’

 

I had a lovely day with the folks from The London Magazine photographing the house. It’s always interesting to see the rooms I live in everyday through some one else’s eyes. It’s also a good excuse to get something hung on the walls and give everything a good tidy up! Including myself, I have to admit to finding getting my portrait taken is a special kind of hell but I’ve learnt to ask the photographer and whoever else is with them to shout directions at me about how to poise myself and am no longer afraid to ask them to make me look thin and tall.

 

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A happy and thankful week in pictures

Going through my the photo library on my phone makes me realise how lucky I am given what I do in my day to day life, well it hasn’t been without a ton of hard work. I’ve been doing a lot of styling in the shop recently and having some sets of beautiful antique prints framed ready for hanging. It’s looking so beautiful. I thought I’d share the last week in pictures. I’m particularly pleased with how the Alphabet Brush Pots have come out, the latest addition to the Bridie Hall at Home range and due for sale online within the next day or so… watch this space!  I’ve even found time to squeeze in getting a (successful) passport photo, very rarely do I do a selfie.

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To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often – Winston Churchill

Applying the vein of my last blog post to life couldn’t meaningfully start until we got Christmas out of the way. Since then I have found mindfulness and the act of rationalising come from the most curious place. The end of last year saw me back in the operating theatre having having another knee operation, a year of being pretty much out of the kind of action I like to be in left me unkindly out of shape, physically and mentally. I’m still a way off any form of high impact exercise but remembering  the ancient adage “70% of rock hard abs happens in the kitchen” I decided to reach out to a nutritionist to see what might be an appropriate dietary path for me to take. We settled on the Metabolic Balance programme and I have to say in the short period of time I have been doing it I have been astonished at how it has proved more than effective at shaving a few inches off the waistline but has also thoroughly swept all of the cobwebs out of my addled mind, recharged my extremely fatigued batteries and given me a new focus on what and how much I put into my body over the course of a day and what else I put into the day for that matter. It’s flipped everything upside down and returned me to the values of simple and productive living. It’s slowed things down and seen me applying myself to one thing at a time so much more effectively than I have been able to do for so long, which in turn has made my time incredibly productive. I’m feeling good!

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Starting my day as I mean to go on.

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Bridie Hall at Home Pop-Up Shop

 

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It was a dark and volcanoey bathroom.

 

I’m so pleased to see House & Garden sharing a picture of my bathroom that didn’t make it into the March issue featuring my house. Paintings of Volcanoes and faux coral on brackets add a firey pop of colour to this dark and cosy haven. Read more about it here.

 

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I just don’t fit in the box.

 

But my 6 3/4 oz scented candles do! 

I’ve finally been able to have boxes made to fit this size candle and I couldn’t be happier with the result. With thanks to the wonderful Sheffield box makers M. M. Bell & Sons Ltd. This is the go to company when you have certain box making criterion that needs fulfilling.

If you would like to stock these and any other Bridie Hall at Home products please email info@bridiehall.com for more information.

 

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Is your muff big enough?

 

I spent a couple of hours at Miss Pokeno’s HQ exhibition a couple of Saturdays ago slowly and carefully burning nasty things that had been said to me over my life time along with the 100’s and 1000’s of others on a large oak dining table. It was quite an eye opener.

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I don’t think I could have the concept of the show better than the journalist Bidisha for the HuffPostCulture blog. 

“Over the last three years, Miss Pokeno has been working on a new creative enterprise, launching in a couple of weeks: a collaboration with a (possibly fictional, definitely enigmatic) militant feminist activist group, the Sisters of Perpetual Resistance. Think of the Sisters as both the embodiment and the source of bold, fiery and beautiful art, culminating in the exhibition, which is called HQ. Opening in a South London space, the works in HQ have been created in response to a brief to “glorify that which is too ugly for words”.

The works combine an intricate, polished Victoriana beauty with the zealous confidence of the Suffragists and the brash, vocal energy of our current age of global protest. There’s a seven foot round Ikea Hefner/Stringfellow type sleazo bed covered in satin, velvet flowers and bluebirds protesting bad and clichéd sex, a barricade of eight brightly coloured Slut Riot chairs celebrating young militant women and a tailored marching coat with pockets concealing glass hammers and silver plated wrecking bars. For the aesthetically-minded militant like me, who appreciates fine materials and good craft along with my pain and rage, there are some gorgeous emu eggs filled with gold paint for throwing, a red velvetFuck The Fucking Fuckers banner and Too Ugly for Words, a large oak school table that has been inscribed by visiting women (and will continue to be inscribed) with all the misogynist insults we’ve had hurled into our faces, “from skunt to toxic fanny to cunt like a sewer to sad sloppy menopausal mess”, surrounded by tall chairs (the chairs of the boys’ club) covered in black bags of shame which also represent the shadowiness of women’s absence, our shrouding and erasure from public life and from all tables of power.

HQ is a blazing, committed, politically fervent and exquisitely crafted show, the meeting point of gentility and profanity, skill and ardour. You can give no finer tribute than to visit, approach the table and carve your own insult.

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HQ by Miss Pokeno and the Sisters of Perpetual Resistance will be showing at 1 Doyce Street, London SE1 0EU. HQ opens on November 14th for private views by appointment and will be open to the public on Fridays and Saturdays from 10am to 5pm until 13th December 2013.”

Calling all Detail Freaks!

Part Time Studio Assistant Wanted for Bridie Hall at Home

Bridie Hall is currently looking for a part time studio assistant for 1-2 days a week. They will be required to help out with the preparation and finishing of products along with maintaining a neat and tidy studio.

The studio assistant would ideally have a design/painting background with a basic understanding of gesso, gilding, lacquering, though not essential. They will be working with a broad range of products, decouapge plates, intaglio boxes, geometric shapes, scented candles. Photography and styling know how would be an added advantage. The more skill they are willing to pick up and assist with the more work there will be going forward.

The candidate must be meticulous, listen to and follow instruction carefully, have excellent attention to detail, be capable of prioritising their workload and able to be confidently left alone to carry out their work. A tidy and methodical approach to work is of upmost importance.

The studio is based in Bloomsbury, Central London, alongside interiors store Ben Pentreath Ltd.

Hourly rate £7.00/hour

Please email c.v. and anything you may think relevant to info@bridiehall.com

Available to start immediately.

 

 

The measure of a life, after all, is not its duration, but its donation.

Does anyone need reminding about opting into organ donation? It can be done online (I’ve only given a link for the UK, but you can google Organ Donation + your country to do it wherever in the world you are).

Easy peasy and extraordinarily important. Click here to do something you’ve been meaning to do for years. I’ve seen first hand how dramatically it can improve a persons life. It is SO SO worth it, that heart you never thought you had could more than make up for it a second time around!

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