Grand hotel style

Friday, 18 April 2014




I've always loved vintage hotel style, and the Wes Anderson film Grand Budapest hotel film did not disappoint. Here's how to get that vintage style at home!


Parisian perfume company Nose have teamed with hatmaker Larose to produce these items for sale in their Nose shop in Paris



Vintage luggage note-cards, available from yours truly Anzu!




I love my Raffles hotel key-ring, partly because it's too big to lose! Available from their gift shop in Singapore.



The Paris hotel boutique shop has great pieces of hotel china and silver, simply click here to visit

Sakura!

Monday, 14 April 2014


"In the cherry blossom's shade there's no such thing as a stranger" Kobayashi Issa


At the first glimpse of Sakura, these girls had headed out for a drink in their yukata under the blossoms, otherwise known as hanime


"The cherries' only fault: the crowds that gather when they bloom" Saigyo


Romantic moonlit strolls under a red parasol through Sakura in the rain



I loved the way the blossom looked against the green-blue river and the pine trees in Arashiyama


Even the tube gets the full Sakura treatment

Artistic journeys in Japan, part 1

Thursday, 10 April 2014




Whilst in Japan recently, I was very lucky to be invited to a studio for a kimono fitting. Unfortunately I can't post all the pictures here is a little glimpse. Each kimono is hand-painted and takes 2 months to paint by master artist Mr. Michio Ito at Sakura Sajiki.



This particular art of silk painting has existed since the 8th century and is famous for its use of distinctive colours. Featuring cherry blossoms in mist, crescent moons, dragons and temples, Mr Ito's designs were just so beautiful and utterly romantic.


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Back in Kyoto, I watched another artist creating pieces with this technique. Fascinating!

Happy Mother's Day!

Sunday, 30 March 2014


Happy Mother's Day!
This post full of Japanese blossoms is especially for my Mum, Patricia. An amazing, wonderful Mum.
Above our Anzu Tattoo Rose card


Huge Magnolia tree, Kyoto. Never seen Magnolia like it.


Cherry blossoms, Kyoto


Sweeping cherry blossoms over the river in Kyushu


Magnolia blossoms


Anzu Tattoo Swallows and blossoms card


Falling camellias in the rain


 Plum blossoms
Hope all you Mums have a wonderful day, Anzu x

Peonies and butterflies

Friday, 28 March 2014



Celebrate Mother's day in the UK this weekend with the most luxurious of gifts inspired by Peonies and butterflies. Here are our choice pieces for some last minute gifts! Above the Anzu Mother's day butterflies and peonies card.


Butterfly ear-rings by Erickson Beammon,


antique Chinoiserie plate,




peony shirt from Net-a-porter,


Bryonie Porter side table from Notonthehighstreet.com,


Anzu Butterfly charm bracelet print from Notonthehighstreet.com

Motorcycle Style

Wednesday, 19 March 2014





Friday, 14 March 2014



Always inspired by Lartigue's photos. I love the glamorous images, but his action shots are such fun too. Hope they inspire your weekend!






Iceland palette

Monday, 10 March 2014


Travelling has always inspired my painting, and on a recent trip to Iceland I was amazed at the different colours and quality of the light. Today, I'm just experimenting with some colour palettes inspired by my trip. Above, the icy colours of Gullfoss.


A sky of hot and soft pinks and greys, contrasts with a dark mountain silhouette.



An incredible double rainbow against mossy brown rocks and a vivid blue sky.


When I think of Iceland I also think of red/orange houses contrasting with the blue. Above, a similar red with lime green and vivid turquoise ship tackle.


The clear and crisp tones of Vik


Although it looks slightly more grey blue on this photo - my overwhelming memory of the Blue Lagoon was a surreal, almost artificial creamy turquoise colour.

Ikat

Friday, 7 March 2014


The cards in our new Ikat range were all inspired by sunny days, and Ikat, Aztec and Kimono prints. We wanted to share some of our inspiration with you for what promises to be a sunny weekend.



We love the bright, cheerful combination of colours.




One of the lovely hand-embroidered outfits from the Dubai All things Mochi shop. We want it all!


Have a lovely sunny weekend!