Welcome to TGP Tidbits where we round up the happenings and our musings of the design industry each week. Written by Natalie Aldridge
This week The Glam Pad travels across the pond to attend the Chelsea Flower Show and celebrate Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee. With both events occurring within the same two weeks, London is brimming with festoonery. The world-renowned Chelsea Flower Show was held by the Royal Horticultural Society on the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, and the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee marks a momentous 70 years on the throne.
The Glam Pad adores gardens and all things floral, so the Chelsea Flower Show is particularly exciting for us. Held May 24th – May 28th, the show displays unrivaled horticultural and landscaping feats by garden designers from around the globe. The show dates back to 1913 when it was formally known as the Great Spring Show. Not yet the royal affair it is today, it drew gifted exhibitors yet experienced many tribulations for its first few decades. Between two world wars, depressions, and other global strains, the show wavered between success and despair. Cancelled during the Second World War, the Chelsea Flower Show resumed in 1947 to great success and went on to become the globally recognized event that it is today.
Take a peek at some of the highlights from the show!
Click the video above to learn more about the rose named “Elizabeth” to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee
Strolling about the streets of Chelsea this time of year feels almost like a dream. To honor the occasion, storefronts, homes, and businesses alike throughout the posh London neighborhood take the opportunity to adorn their facades in imaginative and dazzling floral displays. Much like window displays during the holiday season, nothing is too grand or extravagant when it comes to the vignettes that capture the hearts of those who pass by.
I had the chance this past weekend to visit my old stomping grounds and favorite spots around London, all while taking in all the exquisite flower displays. Here’s a look at some of the displays gracing the streets of Chelsea!
February 6, 2022 marked the Queen’s 70 years of service to the United Kingdom, the Realms, and the Commonwealth, making her the longest-reigning monarch in British history. On April 21, 1947, her twenty-first birthday, then Princess Elizabeth delivered a radio address from South Africa where she declared her devoted service for the remainder of her life. She has since become a much-loved figure across the globe. Throughout her 70 years on the throne, she has advanced countless patronages and charities serving causes such as education, wildlife, and foreign relations.
While the official date marking the Platinum Jubilee has passed, the festivities are set to take place from June 2nd through June 5th. The Glam Pad cannot be in London to celebrate but we would like to reflect on Queen Elizabeth’s extraordinary life through iconic images of her storied past.
In other news
In interior design news, CeCe Barfield has launched her latest tabletop collection, “Summer Garden.” Inspired by lovely sunny days in the garden, each piece has been meticulously designed and crafted, and is perfect for entertaining indoors and out. Wildflowers and climbing vines are painted on porcelain, embroidered on Belgian linen, and carved on silver-plated cups. Wicker baskets and vases add natural texture. Warm, colorful, and designed for layering, just like Cece’s elegant trademark interiors!
Shop the collection!
Drum roll, please… Elle Decor has announced the A-list class of 2022. Each year the magazine, a mainstay of the industry, carefully select the top emerging and established talent to join their coveted A-list. The Glam Pad looks to the A-list with much excitement as it allows us to discover designers we may have otherwise been unaware of. It is also a momentous occasion to celebrate the recognition of such talent across the globe. New names this year included Billy Cotton, Nicole Hollis, and Frances Merrill.
In royal fashion here are some of our top finds of this week, fit for a queen!
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