1. Catch Some Zzzzzs Blanket by Wee Gallery
2. Personalised Baby Blankets by Giannina Capitani
3. Merino Wool Colour Blankets by Anna
3. Forest Blanket by Donna Wilson
5. Lambswool Forest Blanket by Sally Nencini
1. Friday Night Pizza from Lolas Cookies!
2. Bacon & Eggs from Oh Happy Day!
3. Tetris Cookies from Sugar & Cloth!
4. Lollipop greatness from The Biscuiteers!
5. General amazingness from American cookie maker – Holly Fox.
Ok…. we’ve gone to 6 but we just couldn’t help including these from Hungry Hippopotamus!
I can’t take any credit for this tutorial on how to make these amazing faux Cacti I’m afraid – it is all the creative genius of American artist Brie Zachar from Like The Cheese. These little beauties are made from painted stones, and won’t die on you like my cacti always seem to. I know, I know…
As you probably already know, Howkapow is a colour-lovers paradise. From homeware, to prints and unique gifts, there is something for just about anyone with a pull towards things bright and beautiful. Being so vibrant and quirky, it’s no surprise that Howkapow was born in the equally bright city of Bristol.
I’m Olivia from Bristol Doors (instagram) – a fellow Bristolian and a lover of all things colourful. Here are some recommendations of where to visit in order to be surrounded in colour in Howkapow’s hometown.
Drink at Cupp –
Just off the city centre is Cupp, home to the very best Taiwanese bubble tea. Inside the small shop pastel colours and graphic shapes decorate the counter and the walls. Wooden cube shaped stalls with a different pastel colour on each face, are the perfect place to sip your bubble tea. Flavours including peach, mango, blueberry and watermelon mean the tasty drink comes in many colours of the rainbow too!
See the sights in Kingsdown –
Near Cotham and just up the hill from Cheltenham Road is the largely residential area, Kingsdown. Kingsdown is a part of the city where colour is a running theme. Kingsdown Parade is full of beautiful Georgian houses in every shade of the rainbow and is great for an explore on a sunny day. Being high above the city, you can also view the rest of the quirky city here too. Grab a pint at the lovely Hare on The Hill Pub – which stocks local ales.
Shop at Howkapow –
Tucked away on a quiet road in vibrant Stokes Croft, is Howkapow’s colourful studio. You may not know that you can come and visit! Whether you use the ‘click and collect’ function to fetch your newest purchase, or you book to have a browse through the collection – Cat, Rog and the rest of the team will be happy to welcome you.
Be pampered at Betties and Baldwins –
Want to be surrounded by colour on all occasions? Me too! Especially when I’m sat in a chair getting my hair and nails done. Betties and Baldwin‘s is a unique salon where the walls are covered in graphic prints and bright colours, as well as a mural by Bristol based illustrator, Mr Penfold. Betties and Baldwins is famed for their ability to transform hair to any colour of the rainbow and their nail art is equally as daring.
Live in Cliftonwood –
Ideally located between Hotwells and Clifton is the vibrant area of Cliftonwood. Rows of colourful houses look over the harbourside in the part of the city famed for it’s vivid colours. An area full of community spirit, with an annual street party, a monthly newsletter and a community garden, the area is vibrant and unique and the perfect place to set up home in Bristol.
(credit for bottom two photos @porthjess @sheandhem)
Cat and I have set up a new co-working desk space, right next door to the Howkapow studios in Stokes Croft, Bristol! While Howkapow occupies Units 15 – 17 we bought Unit 11 earlier this year with the idea of turning it into a creative hub with seven desks that people can rent on an hourly, daily or monthly basis. We decided to call it 11 Backfields Lane… just to keep things simple!
Howkapow moved into Unit 11 after our pop up closed in 2013, and we moved out at the end of 2015 because we ran out of space. But we loved the space and area so much that we decided to snap it up. We polished the floors, fitted a new kitchen and got some furniture in – and are now open for business! Find out all about our journey (as well as everything the new studio has to offer) on the 11 Backfields Lane website. We’re so excited about this new little business!
(found on Apartment Therapy)