Our first collection, Midsummer Bliss, was inspired by our love for creating beautiful table settings centered around nature; it's been an incredible experience for us to source, collaborate and design beautiful tableware.
We had the privilege of shooting our campaign at the charming Castle Farm Kent, not just because of the sprawling flower meadows and famous lavender fields but, because of the rich history that accompanies it.
Castle Farm is a family run farm based near the pretty village of Shoreham in North Kent.
The Alexander Family have been farming in the Darent Valley since 1892 when James Alexander brought down 17 milking cows on the train from Ayrshire in Scotland!
Today, the farm is managed by William and Caroline Alexander, with involvement from each of their children, Lorna, Thomas and Crispin, supported by the hard-working Castle Farm team. It was the wonderful Lorna that we first reached out to, arranged logistics and whom ensured that the shoot day went smoothly - she even kindly carried Simone (more about her later)!
Renown for their Lavender enterprise, where they started selling essential oils over 20 years ago, they are now the largest Lavender farm in the UK growing over 130 acres of the fragrant purple flower.
Lavender oil has natural antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and mild anaesthetic properties. Due to its mild anaesthetic properties, it makes for a gentle yet effective sleep aid; we love adding a drop into our baths or into burning candle wax for an even more luxurious soak. We think that this sweet and floral yet herby fragrance is as indulgent as it is relaxing: it’s one of our favourite scents and we often hang dried bunches in the shower.
It was nestled within these fields that we showcased a rustic yet romantic table setting with our natural palm placemats, vintage crockery, trailing jasmine and exquisite floral displays featuring purple Allium courtesy of Ally from Studio Kkot.
As ever, a lot of fun was had on set; a day which was so perfect, in large, due to an amazing team which was compromised of: the talented florist Ally, videographer Joe, photographer Harry (with thanks to CFH London) and Andra from, the ever handy, Secret Spa! Secret Spa kindly asked to do an interview with us which is now live and can be read here.
Whilst most famous for their Lavender, Castle Farm boasts multiple picturesque backdrops; it was actually a wheat field that we had our hearts set on when we started scouting locations and we couldn't be happier with the final result of our first look!
Thank you to East London Parasol Company for completing this exquisite set up by kindly loaning Simone to us and providing us with, not only sumptuous shade but, fabulous theatricality!
"Every piece in the range is a labour of love, a contemporary design made by traditional methods in Britain, India, and Bali." Lucy Ferguson, East London Parasol Company
The Gracie Bowl, featured above, is hand thrown by artisan Caroline Couzens. Like much of our collection, this Sicilian lemon bowl is exclusive to Olive & Co and only a limited number were made due to the time and patience it takes to work with bespoke ceramics. We designed this piece, and many others, to be versatile, beautiful and what we would want in our own homes, as well as to be enjoyed by you! We think that this bowl is perfect to be used for fruit, salads, a delicious serving of pesto pasta or, quite simply, a decorative item for your home.
Featured above, and below, are our hand blown Luna tumblers. These beautiful, lightweight glasses are perfect for everyday yet elegant enough to adorn the prettiest of tables.
Bringing us to our third, and final look; a delicate, detailed and rather pink tablescape! We had ear marked the flower fields for this set up, and we wanted to really romanticise the setting by using an abundance of wild flowers and foliage. We dressed the table with vintage hand embroidered tablecloths and layered with our favourite placemat, The Victoria in dusty pink.
Naturally, our candlesticks fit into this look perfectly and we couldn’t resist a hand painted candle as well as our go-to tapered nude candles (we now stock our favourite colour in a tight twist too!).
Our blush Sabre cutlery, eclectic choice of glassware , brass bud vases and gold lustred pinch pots reflected the light beautifully but also continued the romantic theme we had chosen.