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Christmas Market, 16th and 17th November 2013

October 13th, 2013 § 1

Hello! Well, I’m busy working away on the big Christmas Market in Derby and it’s looking to be a fabulously festive weekend! Back at The Roundhouse in Derby for a 4th year, I’m delighted to announce a bigger event this year with over 100 handpicked exhibitors offering delicious food, drink, gifts and home accessories.

Derbyshire Christmas Market 2013

The Christmas Market is full of inspiration exhibitors who have been carefully chosen ensuring you will be spoilt for choice.  This year will see over 100 exhibitors, a NEW Food and Drink Hall, VIP tickets and Workshops.

Christmas Market, The Roundhouse, Derby
Saturday 16th and sunday 17th November 2013
The Roundhouse, Pride Park, Derby

Open: Saturday 10am – 5pm & sunday 10am – 4pm
Christmas Market website click here

Derbyshire Christmas Market november 2013

The Christmas Market, Roundhouse, Derbyshire is brought to you by Fabulous Places.  If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us.

The Wedding Event with a Difference!

October 7th, 2013 § 0

Next Sunday sees the return of the rather fabulous Wedding Event with a Difference at The Roundhouse in Derby.  Run by Save The Date, I have to say that this is the only wedding event I still like to visit now I’m married.  Full to the brim with wedding inspiration, it’s a feast for the eyes.  I would also recommend this event to anyone who is planning a celebration, the array of exhibitors cover all types of events.

The event will be attended by some fabulous businesses I love including Darby & Joan Vintage, The Roundhouse, Red Square Photography and The Greenery.

To book your tickets please visit the Wedding Event with a Difference website.

Two fabulous events…

October 7th, 2013 § 0

This year I’m helping two rather fabulous venues present festive events.  There is the Winter Fair at The Waled Garden at Beeston Fields and a Christmas Fair at The Priest House Hotel.  Both dates are for your diary as they’re guaranteed to put you in the seasonal mood.  The exhibitors have been very carefully selected and I think you will love them!

Sunday 10th November – Winter Fair at The Walled Garden, Nottingham (10am – 4pm)
Sunday 24th November – Christmas Fair at The Priest House Hotel, Derbyshire

Both events are being managed by Fabulous Places.

Don’t forget that the BIG Christmas Market is back on the 16th and 17th November at The Roundhouse, Pride Park, Derby.  Over 100 exhibitors, workshops, VIP tickets, Vintage Tea Room and much, much more!  For full Christmas Market information please click here.


Christmas Market 2013… it’s on the way!

October 7th, 2013 § 0

I’ve been busy planning the Christmas Market for months, so I am very pleased it’s getting closer!  The event this year is looking fabulous and will have more exhibitors and we’re open an extra hour on the Saturday!

This year you’ll find:
- Over 100 carefully selected food and gift exhibitors
- VIP Tickets, make your visit even more fabulous!
- Workshops
- Pop-up Vintage Tea Room (presented by Darby & Joan)
- New for 2013… The Food & Drink Hall

Derbyshire Christmas Market november 2013

To find out all about the Christmas Market please click here.  Don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions.

Please note:  The Christmas Market is now fully booked for exhibitors.

the last Creative Business Workshop of 2013

September 22nd, 2013 § 0

This coming Wednesday sees the final Creative Business Workshop of 2013.  We’ve had a wonderful time meeting so many great business owners since the first Workshop back in April this year. The venue, sessions, food and company have been fabulous and we’ve had a ball!

The final Creative Business Workshop will have a festive twist offering lots of inspiration for making the most of the run up to Christmas.

If you would like to join us for a day of inspiration click here to book your place.

Hope to see you there!


Derbyshire Creative Business Workshop

A trip to the Feastival

September 14th, 2013 § 0

Last month we went to the Feastival. I have wanted to visit for a couple of years so I was really excited whence finally booked the tickets and added to our calendar, exciting!

The day finally came and we weren’t disappointed, we had a fab day. As soon as we arrived there was Jamie Oliver and Alex James welcoming everyone to the event. The attraction for us was the focus on food and fun for all the family and both boxes were ticked. Lily is 2 and she had a great day dancing to live music, eating lots and taking part in lots of activities.

Here are some photos from our day:

As an event organiser myself it was great to go to an event that was so inspiring and exciting. The attention to detail was fabulous and the selection of exhibitors made it a great experience.

The Christmas Market website is live

September 13th, 2013 § 0


The year is flying by which means the countdown to the Christmas Market is on! I love this event, the planning, selecting exhibitors, designing promotional materials… it makes it all very exciting. I’ve just launched the Christmas Market website with all the information you need to plan your visit.

christmas market derby roundhouse november 2013

This year the event is bigger and there are some new and exciting things going on! VIP tickets, workshops, food and drink hall… roll on the 16th and 17th November! The site launched earlier today and VIP tickets are being snapped up already! To find out all about the Christmas Market click here!

If you have any questions about the Christmas Market please click here to get in touch.

Please note:  the event is now fully booked for exhibitors.

Guest blog post… Darby and Joan

September 13th, 2013 § 0

Mix & Mismatch – Styling the mismatched trend

Well hello there lovely readers!  What an honour it is to be gracing these oh-so-Fabulous pages!

My name is Mirlah and I’ve had the pleasure of working with the wonderful Karen at Darby and Joan over the past few months as their guest blogger and we’re both delighted to start sharing our ideas and vintage inspiration here with you each month. If you’re planning a wedding, party, big birthday, vintage tea party, or just fancy browsing through some prettiness then do stay tuned, as we can’t wait to get started.

Who are Darby & Joan? Specialising in planning, styling and creating beautiful weddings & events Darby & Joan are all about the little details. With an ever-growing, handpicked selection of antique props, vintage tableware & Dolly – a 1966 split screen VW campervan available to hire, Darby & Joan can be as involved with your event as much as you need. 



Whether you are looking to hire vintage china, would like them to provide an Afternoon Tea or you would like them to work with you on planning your wedding, then Darby & Joan are here to help and they absolutely love what they do!

So then, to start with, we’re kicking things off by focusing on mismatching elements of your wedding styling – a style we think will never go out of fashion. The mismatched theme is perfect if you’re thinking about a shabby chic style wedding, don’t want things to look too formal and want to add a touch of rustic vintage. All the ideas aren’t necessarily limited to weddings and you could easily incorporate mismatched elements to any special event. We really hope you enjoy the posts. Let’s get going!

When it comes to planning your wedding you can be pretty sure you want everything to perfect, or do you? With the rise of the shabby chic, vintage style wedding, couples are now opting for a look that’s a little less pristine and are mixing things up to create a unique effortless style.

Décor & Tableware

Create fabulous centrepieces by mixing different vases and glassware on your tables. Opt for a range of sizes, shapes and even colours to create a beautiful and distinctive tablescape. Don’t be afraid to think small. A single stemmed rose is just as beautiful as a big centerpiece and when showcased in a stunning vintage cut glass bottle, it’s sure to make a big impression.

Mismatched Wedding Trend - Vinateg Glass Bottles

Image Credits: Left: s6 Photography via Love My Dress, Etsy: Leaping GazelleStyle Me Pretty Right: Lehua Noelle via 100 Layer Cake Lavender & Linen: Pinterest

Mismatched Wedding Trend - Vintage Bottles -Single Stem Flowers

Image Credits: Left: Krystal Mann via Style Me Pretty, Kara Miller Photography via Style Me Pretty Right: 52 Flea, Raquel Sergio Photography via Ruffled Blog

Think twice about throwing out unusual tins and pots and make way for a spot of up-cycling. Turn those quirky coffee tins into vases, whilst looking fabulous they are incredibly thrifty too! If you’re feeling in the mood for a spot of DIY, jazz up regular food tins by giving them a spray paint or wrapping them in lace or twine.

Mismatched Wedding Trend - Recycled Tins and vases

Image Credits: Left: FHWedding, Wedding WireWeddingity.com Right: Love This Pic, Jayne Weddings

Why stop there? Give your Wedding Breakfast a real vintage edge with mismatched tableware and china. Layer it up and add a splash of colour to the table with different patterns and styles.

There is so much fun to be had in hunting around vintage shops and car boot sales and watching your collection come together. Why not even ask your guests to keep and eye out for any vintage beauties. If you are a little strapped for time you can always choose to hire it in. We have a wide range of gorgeous vintage wares and china available and you can choose to hire as much or as little as you like. Feel free to take a peek at our Prices over on our website.

Mismatched Wedding Trend - Vintage China

Image Credits: Top/Bottom & Middle Right: hba photography via The Poppy Trading Company Middle Left: Jill Thomas via Ruffled Blog, Over the Moon

A Traditional Twist

If you fancy something quirky and floral then these fabulous chair covers from Doris Loves are just perfect! What a unique and gorgeous twist on traditional chair covers! Mismatch different colours and vintage fabrics for a stunning vintage look.

Mismatched Wedding Trend - Floral Chair Covers

Image Credits: Doris Loves

Sitting Soft

After all that dancing you might want to ‘sit soft’ Why not create a lounge area in your venue where you and your guests can enjoy a little rest and sip those cocktails in comfort?

Outdoor Event? How about really shake things up by bringing the indoors outside. Add vintage coffee tables and lamps for a cosy living room feel and make use of that stunning countryside view. For a smaller, more intimate affair we’re loving the idea of using vintage sofas for the Wedding Ceremony seating.

Mismatched Wedding Trend - Vintage Furniture

 Image Credits: Left: NT Calke Abbey, Found Rentals Right: The Lane, Found Rentals

Spot of DIY

If you fancy getting your hands a little dirty, here a few ways to decorate your seating or ceremony aisle. How about making some vintage inspired chair decorations using scraps of old fabrics? Although a little more time consuming it’s great to have handmade details dotted around to make things a little more personal and if you were having an outdoor wedding, these ribbons would look beautiful blowing in the breeze.

Jazz up the seating by attaching ribbon, bunting, handmade pompoms or tying big bows of vintage fabric. Use a selection of different colours and fabrics such as lace and silk to create the perfect mismatched look. You could even ask a few guests to help, host a little DIY party evening, these ideas are so easy even after a glass of fizz!

Mismatched Wedding Trend -diy chair decor

Image Credits: Left: I do Crafts, Intimate Weddings Right: Michaela Noelle, ee photography via Green Wedding ShoesRecreations Project

Mismatched Maids

Onto the fashion! Finding that one dress that fits, suits and pleases everyone is always going to be tough. So deciding to mix and match your bridesmaids’ dresses may just be the best idea yet. There are so many different ways you can achieve this trend, different colours, different styles and lengths or just, well, completely different dresses.

Same Colour Different Style

If you have a set colour scheme for your big day then you can still get the mismatched look without compromising your theme. Find dresses in the same colour and mismatch elements such as the length and necklines. Scout the high street and wedding boutiques for dresses that are part of the same collection; they will often be the same colour and fabric but each with a different twist.

Two birds have a fabulous selection of colours and with 15 ways to wear each dress you’re bound to find a style to suit all of your maids.

Mismatched Wedding Trend - Bridesmaids - Same Colour

Image Credits: Left: Theebury Collection, Raya Carlisle via Ruffled Blog Right: Magic Dress Bridesmaid UK Two Birds

It’s amazing what a few twists and different kinds of wrapping can do. Each dress looks unique and utterly gorgeous in its own right but is still coordinated. Genius. For all the different styles and tips on how to tie the dresses head over to TwoBirds - How to tie. 

Different Colours Same Style

Not all colours suit every skin tone and with this in mind why not dress your girls in varying shades of your colour scheme? Make a pit stop at a DIY shop, grab a paint chart and find colours that compliment each other and carry it in tow on your shopping trips. For more colour inspiration have a peek at websites such as Design Seeds. They are a fantastic way to find complimentary colours and while away an hour or two looking at gorgeous pictures and colour schemes.

Mismatched Wedding Trend - Bridesmaids - Different Colours

Image Credits: Top: Judy Pak via Style Unveiled, Design Seeds  Middle: Colin Cowie Weddings, Brandon Kidd via Festival Brides Bottom: Wedding Inspirasi

Different Styles & Different Colours

This option can be really effective and your bound to keep everyone happy. Keep that paint chart handy and don’t be afraid to mix different textures and fabrics, you might be surprised to see how well it all comes together. Throw the rulebook out altogether by mixing florals, patterns and blocks of colour to really embrace the trend. Think spot vs. stripes, lace vs. sequins and you’ll be on the right track.

Mismatched Wedding Trend - Bridesmaids - Different dresses

Image Credits: Left: Joanna Brown via Rock n Roll Bride, Matthew Morgan via Green Wedding Shoes  Wedding Chicks, Right: Dan O’Day  via Ruffled Blog , Julian Beattie via Rock n Roll Bride

Let them loose

Why not let your bridesmaids choose their own dresses? It’s fair to say people know what they look good in and ultimately you want your girls to feel fabulous in what they’re wearing. Before letting them loose, consider a girly Pinterest get together to get some inspiration. Talk colour palettes, fabrics and make clear any ‘No No’s’.

Mismatched Wedding Trend - Bridesmaids - Let them choose

Image Credits: Our Labour of Love , Style me Pretty

A Common Thread

Whichever way you choose to mismatch you bridesmaids you still want to make sure they look a part of Team Bride! Create a common thread and tie it all together with flower bouquets, coordinated hairstyles or matching accessories.

The Merry Men

Mismatching isn’t just for the ladies. Gone are the days where just a black and white tux is on the menu. Now your Groom and his Merry Men can fuss over braces, bow ties and handkerchiefs galore. Ooze effortless cool and let the fellas mix up their suits. Ditch the jackets, don the braces, maybe add a waistcoat? And don’t forget the socks! Stick with your chosen colour palette and mix textures and patterns for perfectly mismatched attire.

Mismatched Wedding Trend - Groomsmen

Image Credits: Top: Toni Darcy via South Bound Bride Left: Hejley Petein via The Bijou Bride , Pobke Photography via Landlocked Bride Pinterest Right: More Than Stats  Ryan Ray Photo, Well Groomed

Well there we have it. Are you feeling inspired to begin the hunt for vintage goodies? We hope you’re eager to start playing around with different sized vases, bottles and any other delights you can get your hands on. Where will you be scouting out your vintage wares or have you already started your collection? Will you be adding your creative touch your chairs and décor? And what are your thoughts on letting your bridesmaids choose their own dresses? We’d love to know.

We could pour ourselves over this look forever but we do hope we’ve given you some inspiration on how to avoid being too ‘matchy matchy’ and actually, if done right nothing looks out of place at all.



the first huddle

August 11th, 2013 § 0


On Thursday 25th July the first ‘huddle‘ took place at The Roundhouse.  Presented by Fabulous Places, the huddle is a brand new networking for creative business owners.  The event offers an opportunity to listen to presentations, showcase their work and network, with cake of course!

The event was a great success and a unique opportunity for creative business owners to meet and network.  The event started with a great talk by Emily, owner of Ink and Thread. A big thank you to Nat, owner of Yummy Little Cakes, who provided us with delicious cakes.

Photographs snapped by the fabulous Butterworth Photography.

The next Huddle will take place at Mackney Photography’s studio in Darley Abbey on Thursday 12th September.  Book your place here.




Workshops from Fabulous Places

August 3rd, 2013 § 0

Exciting news… there’s a fabulous schedule of Workshops coming up:

Wednesday 7th August                       Creative Business Workshop

Wednesday 28th August                    Pinterest Workshop

Wednesday 25th September            Creative Business Festive Workshop
Focusing on making the most of the Festive season

I’m delighted to be working with Butterworth Photography and Miss Sammie Designs to bring you a schedule of fabulously inspirational workshops.  The Workshops are held at Blackbrook House, nr Belper.

For full information about the Creative Business Workshops please click here.

creative business workshop derbyshire


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