I was so excited to have celebrated my blogs first birthday this month. It was such a crazy feeling because it did feel like an actual birthday – and why not. When you’ve invested and put so much hard work into your little creation and watched it grow it does begin to feel like a huge part of you. So to celebrate my first year on bloggersville me and the girls went out for a victory lunch courtesy of our friends The Folly.
The Folly is a restaurant I stumbled across when I discovered its sister restaurant The Parlour. Having discovered its decor on the website when looking at venues, I literally think my heart skipped a beat. The interior is like an interior garden of Eden – think fresh, lush interiors and floral fantasies married to chic design! For all my interior lovelies, the Folly will definitely tickle your interior taste buds. This space is a collaboration between Managing Director Jullian MacLean and the creative geniuses at Fusion Design and Architecture. You definitely get a relaxed, organic feel here with a sprinkle of San Francisco style.
Maurizio, Folly’s finest Manger, gave us a welcomed tour then welcomed us with a round of culinary cocktails – Folly style! Whilst sipping on my cocktail I was just overwhelmed by how relaxing, chilled and refreshing the space was. There were loads of style tips to steal here too. I really like the newspaper tied around the plant pots of fresh herbs which were placed on all the tables – a nice touch. You can also add these fresh herbs of thyme to your meal!
Having opted for the traditional British Sunday roast we were served with our food on wooden platter boards and lovely traditional casserole style pots. It really did add to the that ‘British’ Sunday dinner experience. The food was fantastic! The chicken was cooked to perfection and came accompanied by perfectly puffed yorkshire puds, glazed carrots, swedes and parsnips and my fave, the red cabbage!
Over our Sunday roast the girls and I discussed what might be next for HOP. As you would have seen I’ve kicked off this new year with a new series entitled In My Shoes.
Each month in the series I interview a different designer asking them all those need-to-know questions that we all want to ask but just never get the chance to. I’m also a firm believer in learning new skills, experiences and growing so I’m all signed up for Meet The Blogger 2012 taking place at the dam that is Amsterdam. I’m also going to attend Holly Becker’s Blogging Your Way short course soon (see, I am sticking to my New Years resolutions)! I’m also going to wet my feet in the interiors & lifestyle editorial pool. So if you’re an interiors or lifestyle, digital or print publication and like my writing style please do get in touch.
Having the ‘eyes too big for my belly syndrome’ I couldn’t resist but to go for the Folly’s Chocolate Fondue. Accompanied by marshmallow lollipops, yummy shortbread biscuits and juicy strawberries to dip, this dessert was a tasty yet fitting birthday treat. The girls, Sharlene and Sherese both opted for a lush chocolate brownie paired with smooth vanilla ice cream. It certainly got the thumbs up and are such great treats to share.
What I loved about the space here is how they have played successfully with the green, fresh, floral theme. A HOP favourite is definitely the plant pot lights. That’s such a nice playful way of pulling the scheme together adding a trendy yet organic touch. The Folly also has an in-house florist with beautiful blooms. There is also a private area to do some mixology if the mood takes you. It’s such a great use of space from top to bottom and there is so much to do. Whether you just want to pop in for a cosy coffee or a Sunday roast, or even taking a little salsa at one of their salsa sessions you will definitely leave with a pep in your step.
If there is one thing I must tell you all about as interior lights go, this is it! I loved, no…adored this ostrich feather light in the cosy café style area. Beautiful soft feathers make up this light, which is so simple yet very effective and exquisite. I was also impressed by the juxtaposition between the feathers and cosy fabrics against the hard dark wood furniture, thus playing with textures.
Another HOP Style Steal are these wall plates. Such an effective yet stylish way to apply a style trend to your wall without using a wall covering. If you fancy a private dining experience there is also a cocoon hideaway for your private party. The natural wood surface wall was a HOP favourite! Full of personality it gave a rich feel to the space.
I had such an amazing time thanks to my Folly friends. From the interior, to the scheme, to the food each part just made it a mouth watering day to remember. As a HOP recommendation I’d say it’s certainly worth a visit and if you do pop in, try the fondue.
What I’ve learnt through this year is that with tremendous support from my friends, my passion and a sprinkle of fun, HOP Interiors can only go from strength to strength. I can’t wait to see what the forthcoming year at HOP Interiors holds.
Images Credited: My own & The Folly