The Sky’s the limit with Worcester Bosch

the-skys-the-limit-with-worcester-bosch-1Back in July I was lucky enough to be invited to one of my all time favourite London attractions – The Sky garden at One Fenchurch Street. Have you been yet? It’s totally fabulous. Thirty-seven floors up with spectacular 360º views of London. It’s free to go but you have to book a time slotted ticket first.The Sky's the limit with Worcester BoschThe Sky's the limit with Worcester Bosch

I was invited by Worcester Bosch for the launch of their brand new wood burning stoves. Lunch was at the very prestigious Fenchurch restaurant where I have to say I had one of the best vegetarian meals ever. Every single mouthful was deeelicious!The Sky's the limit with Worcester Bosch

The settings were fabulous and the company was excellent too. It’s always great to see PR’s you haven’t seen for a aaaages, meet the bosses and catch up with Interiors friends. Interiors writers and stylists really are the most friendly bunch of people around. Home makers. Need I say more?
The Sky's the limit with Worcester Bosch

The Sky Garden

I think the reason I love the Sky garden so much is because of the way it’s set out. You enter on the 36th floor to magnificent views. The restaurant is on floor 37 in the centre and you can walk up behind it to floor 38 so the whole space from floor 36-38 is open plan, spacious and planted with the most amazing landscaping. Below are some photos I took from the restaurant looking down onto the rain forest planing. So luscious.
The Sky's the limit with Worcester Bosch The Sky's the limit with Worcester Bosch

The Sky's the limit with Worcester Bosch

The Worcester Bosch stoves

worcester-greenstyle-hanbury-stove-www-worcester-bosch-co-uk-0330-123-2445I was invited to see the brand spanking new launch of stoves by Worcester Bosch and I have to say that I was more than a little bit interested. I am in the process of building a log cabin on my allotment and I have dreams of having a log burning stove to not only keep me warm but to boil a kettle for tea. I want to go there with the kids after school on Fridays. Not sure how interested they’ll be in that in the dead of winter but we’ll see!

Worcester’s first wood burning stoves collection comes in two designs, the Hanbury and the Bewdley. Both are super energy efficient and come in a variety of outputs for every size house (and log cabin!) They come with a 5 year no quibble guarantee but the best thing about these stoves is the amazing customer service and product know how you know you’ll get with every purchase. Worcester stoves are only sold via accredited installers so you know there is plenty of advice to be had and the levels of after sales support will be high. worcester-greenstyle-stoves-hanbury-and-bewdley-med-res So which style would you choose?

EmmaMT x

Disclaimer: Thanks to Worcester Bosch for inviting me to lunch. It was the best cauliflower of my life! I have not been paid for this post. 

Operation Double digit Darcey

Operation Double Digit DarceyIf you follow me on Instagram or Facebook you’ll have seen a few posts about Operation Double Digit Darcey. My little daughterling Darcey turned 10 on 1st August and it was to be the very first time she was away from home on her birthday. She was at cub camp. This I found was a bigger problem for me than for her. She thought it was totally amusing that I was upset and that I wouldn’t see her at all on her birthday – taking great pleasure in telling me that the first thing she would see when she woke up was one of her besties Esme’s face. They knew they’d be sharing a tent at camp and couldn’t wait.

Now not being a pushy mum or even that over protective – quite the opposite if I’m completely honest – I was having none of it so I hatched a plan.

The cunning plan: Operation Double Digit Darcey

I asked the Cub leaders if I could come up and surprise Darcey with a party on her birthday and they all thought it was great idea. The only problem- she was going to be in Dorset – a long 3 ½ hour journey away from Kent. For just one night! Not a problem at all I thought.

My thinking was to take Beau and my nephew, Asher (Darcey and Asher are inseparable to the extent that we call them Dasher!) but my sister wanted to come along too. Instant party in a car!

Decorating a mess tentTalking Tables accessories

When the cub leaders told me to get to the Cub campsite at 4.30 as the cubs would all be out on activities and the coast would be clear to set up the mess tent  I admit I didn’t really know what to expect. As it turns out the Mess tent is where the cub leaders set up tables for all the cooking burners and tables with benches. It was basically a marquee/dining room.

As I shoot for Talking Tables I thought this would be a great time to make use of their tropical decorations. They very kindly provided me with enough bunting, plates, cups and honeycomb pineapples to create a riot of colour in an otherwise plain tent. Darcey loves a splash of bright colours and these ranges seemed perfect 

Styling it out – cub styleOperation Double Digit Darcey

Being an interior stylist I had big ideas on how the space would look once I’d decorated it. Beautiful bunting filling the roof, fan decorations hanging at every possible point. Pineapple decorations filling the tables. But in reality I was faced with a massively wide tent with a very damp atmosphere. From about an hour away from Dorset on our drive up it started to drizzle which very quickly turned into a downpour that just wouldn’t stop. The front of the marque was open and it was cold and wet.

We all got to work hanging decorations – all the time expecting the cubs to return at any moment. Half the cubs were doing archery and half – including Darcey were kayaking- in the rain. They could have finished early at any point. We needed to be quick.

I did a quick Facebook live video of what the mess tent looked like to share with the other cub mums who hadn’t seen their kids in days.


Once the tables had been set with crisps and sweets and all the decs had been hung we hid in the gazebo next door. It had sides and the cubs weren’t going anywhere near it. They headed straight into the mess tent – ready for dinner without a clue that we were right there!

As soon as Darcey arrived we pounced! “Surprise” we yelled. She was completely gobsmacked! She couldn’t believe we were there. It was only then she realised why the cub leaders had kept her birthday so low key – so that this moment would be all the more special. It took her a moment or two to realise what was going on and once she was over the sheer embarrassment of your mum being on camp she was thrilled and got totally over excited. One of the cub leaders had arranged for everyone to sign a card for her without her even noticing.

Operation Double Digit Darcey

When Beau asked her what the best part of camp was she replied “My party” and that was magic to my ears.

The Birthday cake

Operation Double Digit Darcey

As always, I made her a birthday cake (I have a cake blog incase you didn’t already know that) and I wanted to make something quick and easy. When will I ever learn that cakes are NEVER quick and easy.

To start with I forgot to add the baking powder! The deep, light and fluffy cake became a bit of a dense chocolate pancake. I filled and smothered it with chocolate buttercream thinking that at least the cubs would enjoy it and went for a tie dye effect with the royal icing.

If you meet Darcey she will always say “Namaste” with hands together as she bows her head. I don’t know where she got it from but she does it all the time. If you ask her a question “Namaste” . If you ask her to get her shoes on or brush her teeth “Namaste” . It’s really funny. She is also permanently upside down. She is the cartwheel queen. In the supermarket, in any car park, on the pavement on the way home from school. Anywhere there’s a bit of open space she’ll be there twirling around upside down. So I made a cartwheeling Darcey model for the cake. Lastly, I put her name and a nice big ’10’ on the board and cake.

I think it was a winner by the look on her face!

So in all after a very wet night (we stayed overnight in our pop up tent at a campsite nearby in the continuously pouring rain) we left a very happy Darcey and some well fed campers

Operation Double Digit Darcey


Disclaimer: Massive thanks go to Talking Tables for providing me with enough party decorations to transform a boring old mess tent into a Darcey worthy party marque. She loved it and so did the rest of the cubs. x



Shooting outdoors indoors: Behind the scenes on my Poundland Summer 2016 outdoor shoot


Shooting outdoors indoors: Behind the scenes on my Poundland Summer 2016 shoot

Now the sun is shining it’s hard to look back to March when I headed off to Halifax to shoot the Summer garden range for Poundland. This was the first Summer shoot for them and as the weather was – well lets just say a bit iffy at that time of year so it made sence to use a studio.

Prodoto is where we shot Christmas last year and it is a fantastic set up. As usual after a meeting with the Poundland team to see the products and to discuss the shots required I go away and draw how I think the shots should look – from furniture and accessories to food and flowers. Prodoto get sent the drawing and then make the set to match. Exactly. We chose colours for fences and used as many of the Poundland products as we could.

Shooting the outdoors lawn – kinda!

Our set was huge. On one side we had a lawn with green fencing and a small flower bed edged with a mini Poundland fence. No matter how many plants you buy you always need more. We had to keep moving them around to fill each shot – even though we spent a few hundred quid on planting. As it was so early in the year it was hard to find plants with leaves let alone flowers. The huge bamboo proved very useful – especially when it came to shooting solar powered lights. I think I still have some of those leaves in my car – boy did that think molt.

The Set IMG_1570

As you can see from my shot above there were foam boards placed behind the fencing. The blue skies and trees were added afterwards digitally. It’s amazing what can be done in post production.

Controlling the sunshine is a major win when shooting outdoors for this kind of feature. Our fab photographer Paul Young went the extra mile – quite literally to make the sun shine naturally. IMG_1572 (1)



Why shooting outdoor solar lights is trickyShooting Alfresco indoors with Poundland

The solar lights are so effective that we had to tape up the solar panels to trick them into thinking it was night time. Since shooting them these light bulb solar lights have been flying off the shelves. They’re so cute. I’ve got one hanging in my garden and it’s really cute and effective – especially when you have a few hanging together.Shooting_Outdoors_INDOORS.jpgShooting Alfresco indoors with Poundland

Garden accessories

There are some really fab garden accessories this year. We shot these on an old set of steps I picked up at a boot sale (best place to go propping in my books). The studio looks really dark in my shot but as you can see below the end result was anything but gloomy.IMG_1597

Shooting_Outdoors_INDOORSA few other shots

I can’t finish this post without sharing just a few other shots. I was very proud of my scaffolding board bench which I made with my own fair hands, and the marketing manager liked so much she took it home for her garden. Love these herb pots. Shooting_Outdoors_INDOORS Shooting_Outdoors_INDOORS.jpgShooting_Outdoors_INDOORS Shooting_Outdoors_INDOORS Shooting_Outdoors_INDOORS

It’s always great to style shoots for Poundland. Apart from the amazement of the standard and quality of the products  “How much is this? It can’t be a £1” is heard on every shoot by people who are on the set, but the team is an absolute pleasure to work with. Laughter all the way – even when we’re up against it with time and delivery schedules.

So, what are you waiting for? Get down to Poundland and get gardening!

EmmaMT x