Thursday, 10 January 2013

Birthday booty

I just wanted to thank everyone for all their Birthday wishes. I've had the most fabulous Birthday week and have had great fun.

This turning 40 business is also a lucrative gig. To say I have been spoilt is a complete understatement. If I knew that the blow of aging was cushioned by the coolest gifts, I would've turned 40 a long time ago!

There were plenty of bottles of champagne, lots of vouchers for pedicures and beauty treatments, art supplies for sketching and also a voucher for the Paddington Antiques Centre. Yay!

As requested by some of my readers, here are some of the more house/design related gifts which were so gratefully received:

I received the most delicious hard cover design books from some lovely friends. They are just brilliant and there will be many hours of pleasure derived from them.

Design books

The California Design Book will be a great way to whet my appetite for the upcoming exhibition scheduled for GOMA in November 2013.

The Iconic Interior book is pure room porn. Gorgeous in every respect.

The Florence Broadhurst book has been on my wish list for a few years, so I was delighted to get a copy. Dear old Florence was a complete character, but her textile and wallpaper designs are truly exquisite. Love this book.

Florence Broadhurst for Kate Spade plates. The design is Japanese Floral and is one of the most popular of her designs. Again, just exquisite.

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And dear old Jason...Not only is he an ace renovator, he is also the selector of great Birthday gifts.

He gave me just the most divine Georg Jensen cutlery set. Designed by one of Sweden's best silversmiths Vivianna Torun Bulow-Hube in 1990, this Vivianna design is my all time favourite. I cannot wait to use them for our next dinner  party.

I also got some new art glass, but I'll save that to show you in another post. Very spoilt by everyone.


  1. Wow you did get spoilt! Glad you had such a happy birthday week :)
    Cas x

  2. Ooh congrats on the Birthday booty.

  3. Goodness I had no idea such treasures could be expected from a milestone birthday! You scored big time. My poor husband has already been bagged by his work colleagues for my proposed gift as not being fancy enough. One of the women at his work said, "you can't give her that, I got an Audi for my 40th you know"! Cracker. mel x

  4. Happy Birthday! I am so jealous about those presents, the cutlery and plates are stunning. I heard about the California Exhibit at GOMA too- I can;t wait. Hopefully they have a matching film programme too.

  5. Wow, you really raked in the cool loot! I don't remember getting that much good stuff when I turned 40...but that was 24 years ago, so maybe I've just forgotten...LOL

    You deserve every bit, so wallow in it and enjoy it shamelessly.

  6. What absolutely divine presents! I love everyone of them. You deserve it all! Such style and class. Love that cutlery set. PAC has some great stuff. We're always mooching around up there.

  7. What beautiful unique presents! Jason did find the coolest present ever, Georg Jensen is a favourite of mine. I can't wait to see your art glass, I have a small collection and just love it.

  8. Sounds like a very good haul! Mx

  9. Happy days dear one :) and another forty more! best le xox

  10. I am so sorry for my late birthday wishes, but for what it's worth...belated happy birthday! 40's the new 30. Those are gorgeous gifts, btw! All the best. x


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