Saturday, 5 May 2012

House of Istria's little refreshment

Please excuse us for two weeks until the end of May when our new Blog will be ready to reveal to the world!

Until then we witter about everything House of Istria on twitter - click the link to follow us right now and for updates on our BEAUTIFUL shoot which took place this Monday.

Peace x House of Istria x

Suzy takes a trip

Barcelona! One of the most beautiful cities I have visited. I found myself lost in a dream.
Walking through twisty side streets. Indulging in treats from the Market away from touristy Las Ramblas. Witnessing the ongoing build of Gaudis Sagrada Familiar. Having an adventure in Park Guell. Spending hours in beautiful vintage shops. Being mesmerised by the water of the magic musical fountain dancing into the night. Toasting wine on the beach watching the sun set.

What a perfect place for a House Of Istria girl.

Suzy x

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Erin Petson draws our hearts

Spied on a recent V&A advert, the work of illustrator Erin Petson.  We are in awe of her gifts.

One day we will be on her list.

House of Istria xx

Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Dance tiny dancer for all that you may love

And then pause a while, but to dream. 

Photography by Cat Hepple
Gowns by Claire Pettibone for The White Room
Accessories by House of Istria

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

A Space Of My Own

While strolling round the streets of Bath recently we came across the very beautiful Topping and Company Booksellers. Inside surrounds you with hand crafted bookshelves, stacked high with the most wonderful books.

Gazing at the craft and home section a title caught my eye; A Space Of My Own. The saying do not judge a book by its cover does not apply here - if there were no pages in this book, just the title and the cover would be enough to inspire the most beautiful and creative studios, home offices and studies.  Lucky for us the pages are filled with swoon-filled images and ideas to help you create a workspace to motivate you 24-7.

So next time you are in Bath, stroll up to Topping and Company Booksellersfind a table, order a cup of tea, and sit and dream with this book. We may well see you there.

House of Istria's favourite- a desk to dream upon...

Suzy xox

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

our great love

Date a girl who reads. Date a girl who spends her money on books instead of clothes. She has problems with closet space because she has too many books. Date a girl who has a list of books she wants to read, who has had a library card since she was twelve.

Find a girl who reads. You’ll know that she does because she will always have an unread book in her bag. She’s the one lovingly looking over the shelves in the bookstore, the one who quietly cries out when she finds the book she wants. You see the weird chick sniffing the pages of an old book in a second hand book shop? That’s the reader. They can never resist smelling the pages, especially when they are yellow.
She’s the girl reading while waiting in that coffee shop down the street. If you take a peek at her mug, the non-dairy creamer is floating on top because she’s kind of engrossed already. Lost in a world of the author’s making. Sit down. She might give you a glare, as most girls who read do not like to be interrupted.

Ask her if she likes the book.
Buy her another cup of coffee.

Let her know what you really think of Murakami. See if she got through the first chapter of Fellowship. Understand that if she says she understood James Joyce’s Ulysses she’s just saying that to sound intelligent. Ask her if she loves Alice or she would like to be Alice.

It’s easy to date a girl who reads. Give her books for her birthday, for Christmas and for anniversaries. Give her the gift of words, in poetry, in song. Give her Neruda, Pound, Sexton, Cummings. Let her know that you understand that words are love. Understand that she knows the difference between books and reality but by god, she’s going to try to make her life a little like her favorite book. It will never be your fault if she does.
She has to give it a shot somehow.

Lie to her. If she understands syntax, she will understand your need to lie. Behind words are other things: motivation, value, nuance, dialogue. It will not be the end of the world.

Fail her. Because a girl who reads knows that failure always leads up to the climax. Because girls who understand that all things will come to end. That you can always write a sequel. That you can begin again and again and still be the hero. That life is meant to have a villain or two.
Why be frightened of everything that you are not? Girls who read understand that people, like characters, develop. Except in the Twilight series.

If you find a girl who reads, keep her close. When you find her up at 2 AM clutching a book to her chest and weeping, make her a cup of tea and hold her. You may lose her for a couple of hours but she will always come back to you. She’ll talk as if the characters in the book are real, because for a while, they always are.

You will propose on a hot air balloon. Or during a rock concert. Or very casually next time she’s sick. Over Skype.You will smile so hard you will wonder why your heart hasn’t burst and bled out all over your chest yet. You will write the story of your lives, have kids with strange names and even stranger tastes. She will introduce your children to the Cat in the Hat and Aslan, maybe in the same day. You will walk the winters of your old age together and she will recite Keats under her breath while you shake the snow off your boots.

Date a girl who reads because you deserve it. You deserve a girl who can give you the most colorful life imaginable. If you can only give her monotony, and stale hours and half-baked proposals, then you’re better off alone. If you want the world and the worlds beyond it, date a girl who reads.

Or better yet, date a girl who writes.

Thank you to a feather who sent this our way today xx

House of Istria xx

Saturday, 31 March 2012

A beautiful Shoot...

House of Istria; We make pieces for dreamers. A lot of brides to-be- are dreamers; the little girl with princess- dress- dreams somehow refuses to leave, and remains tucked away somewhere, lightly sleeping until the big day becomes reality and she stirs, awakens.

That is what this shoot by All In The Image for The White Rose boutique reminds us of. Part classic bride, part secret fairytale; or, the tale of the girl in the white dress.

For more on this shoot read the beautiful shoot report her

 Sahara headdress by House of Istria

House of Istria xx