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This is a bit of an exciting post to be writing. Last week, I had the pleasure of spending an entire day with renowned catalogue and online shopping emporium, Studio - a British company that I remember from growing up and circling everything in their Christmas catalogue (did you do that, too?).
And why was I there? Well, because I’m going to be reacquainting myself with Studio as a brand ambassador and, between now and Christmas, writing a monthly feature on The Ordinary Lovely sharing a selection of my favourite products with you. Cool, right?
So, why Studio? If you’ve been reading the ‘My Favourite Finds’ posts that I’ve been putting together over the past couple of years, I’m sure you’ll agree that Studio fit perfectly with them. They’re posts where I share great quality but purse-friendly accessories that I've welcomed in to my home and that I think you'd be rather fond of too. And that’s what Studio pride themselves on - offering quality and vaIue.
I know it’s going to be a match made in interiors heaven and I hope the posts will offer you inspiration and point you in the right direction if you’re looking for something lovely to brighten up your rooms. Plus, I’m hoping that in sharing more corners of my home, it might spur me on to continue with the decorating, something that seems to have stalled over the past few months.
My day with Studio started at the stunning Stanley House in Mellor, Lancashire. We walked in to a room filled with colourful home accessories, cute clothes perfect for summer, and a table, with a place laid for each of the ten ambassadors, featuring cupcakes with our blog logos on them and personalised stationery (Studio have the most incredible range of gifts which they will personalise for you for no extra charge - the supersoft robe is my favourite).
We heard from the head of marketing and the interiors and fashion buyers and really got a feel for Studio’s vision and their customer base. Studio’s whole ethos is #WeDoWow. Wow products at wow prices. We were shown a number of items during the immersion day and asked to guess the prices. Most, I honestly believed, were underpriced for the quality. A couple in particular, I was completely blown away by and have since ordered to show you in June’s Studio post. See if you can guess which ones they are from the photos below.
While fashion’s not really my thing, I couldn’t resist bringing the Wish You Were Here embroidered sun hat home with me. If you want to treat yourself to one summer accessory, let it be this one. It’s gorgeously floppy, perfect for the beach, and a complete bargain at £7.99. The straw basket with pom poms was lovely too, and just £9.99. It’s not hard to see why Studio has 1.9 million customers here in the UK, placing 6 million orders a year, is it?
After lunch, we jumped in the car and drove to the Studio headquarters in Accrington. We tried our best not to disturb the photo shoots taking place but couldn’t resist spending a few minutes to see the work involved behind the scenes … and take a few snaps, obviously.
Of course, I loved the room sets most of all. Blue walls aside (I still can’t cope with dark-coloured walls), the rooms were so beautifully styled and what an amazing way of showcasing Studio’s furniture and homeware, right?!
The tableware particularly caught my eye, especially the copper coloured cutlery. It’s currently out of stock, unfortunately, but you might like the gold instead.
What do you think of the grey, teal and mustard combination? I’ve earmarked these voile curtains for the playroom once I paint it. The tassel detail makes them look so much more expensive than they are. I love the sideboard too. The combination of wood and white is timeless.
And then the living room. Switch the walls to white and I’ll take it all, thank you very much. The standout piece for me had to be that stunning hammered metal coffee table. I loved it. The lid comes off so it offers a ton of storage, too. It’s a really special piece for just £169.99.
We left Studio with a little goody bag of treats in order to get a bit more of a feel for the quality of the products. Morris & Co soaps, a velvet rose and blackcurrant candle, a pretty pastel pink photo frame, and a handy stainless steel water bottle, it’s fair to say my reaction was ‘WOW’.
So pop back in June when I’ll be sharing the first corner of my home styled with my favourite products from Studio’s home collection. I’m so excited and I think you’re going to love the pieces that I’ve picked!
My fellow Studio ambassadors are Apartment Number 4, Boo Roo and Tigger Too, Soph Obsessed, Rachel The Hat, Ellie Polly, Sparkles & Stretchmarks, What The Redhead Said, Emma Plus Three, and Fifi McGee. Why not pop over to their blogs and YouTube channels and see what they’re up to, too?!