Spring Sale!

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Hooray Spring is here and with the dawn of our favourite season comes the time to clear out the clutter and prepare your homes for the coming sunny months. We’re giving you a little helping hand with our fabulous Spring Sale with selected items at 30% off! We hope you find something you will love on www.sophieconran.com! The Sale must end on Sunday so make sure you don’t miss out on some fabulous offers!

Beetroot Risotto Courtesy of Gousto!

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Image: Gousto

Gousto are a fabulous Recipe box company who have sent me many delicious ingredients in the past. Don’t you think their delicious Beetroot Risotto looks fabulous with our Portmeirion Pasta Bowls? Gousto have very kindly said our readers can receive £20 off their first recipe box with this code: https://www.gousto.co.uk/sophie20. Our Portmeirion Pasta Bowls are available here.

My talk at the Country Living Fair: Crafting a Homeware Business and Protecting your Brand

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I was thrilled to be invited to speak at the Country Living Spring Fair as part of their 2015 Build-a-Business Day. I was asked to talk about crafting a homeware business and in particular to relay my experiences of building a brand and protecting copyright. 
First of all I talked the audience through the experiences that I have had, and the career steps I took. This included the very early days working with my brother Jasper at Debenhams, working with my Dad accessorising the Conran restaurants, working as a buyer at The Design Museum’s shop and The Conran Shop, launching my pie business and most recently launching sophieconran.com.
After that, I went on to discuss my own product development and what measures I took with the various licensee partners, to protect my designs.When it comes to people copying each other’s work, it is my firm belief that if you design your own products to your very best ability, partnering with the best of the best craftsmen, the end product cannot be copied to that same level. I also believe that one idea lights a thousand candles, as Ralph Waldo Emerson once said. Creativity stems from people sharing ideas, and that is how the the world of design moves forward. First and foremost you should be flattered that someone has developed your idea in their own way.
Having said that, there are various ways in which you can protect your ‘intellectual property’ from the outset. I spoke about various different types of protection, including copyright, trademarking, design and trade marks.
I would like to highlight 3 important tips, which I think are the most important:
1) Register your brand name straight away.
2) Always work with people you trust and respect.
3) Read the rules explained on the Intellectual Property Office website so you know where you stand: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/intellectual-property-office
Thank you to the Country Living team and to everybody who came to hear me talk. See you all at next year’s Fair!
Sophie X

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Country Living Fair! By the Sophie Conran Team

We had a fabulous five days exhibiting at the Country Living Fair last week and it was great to meet so many people coming in and out of our little stand! We all had so much fun decorating the stand and were so thrilled to be exhibiting at a trade show for the first time ever. The Country Living Fair was the perfect show for us, and we loved all the other lovely stands we came across. We thought the Design Museum was an incredible building to be exhibiting in, amazing light and lots of space to moneuvre. Thank you to all those who entered our competition to win a Sophie Conran breakfast bundle, we will be announcing the winner of this at the end of next week! Thank you also to the organisers for producing such a fantastic event and we hope to see you next year! The Sophie Conran Team X

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Our fabulous stand!

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Sophie and Rebecca enjoying setting up!

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Assembling the dresser!

 

 

Fabulous Competition with Rococo Chocolates!

We’ve teamed up with the lovely people at Rococo Chocolates to bring you a prize so delectable that even the Easter Bunny himself has entered. The Prize – A set of Sophie Blue Egg Cups and a box of DELICIOUS Rococo chocolate eggs. Designed to sit perfectly together as a perfectly exquisite Easter treat. All you have to do is email hello@sophieconran.com using the subject ‘Chocolate eggs’ for a chance to win! There will be 3 lucky winners, who will be announced from Wednesday 25th March- Friday 27th March! Good luck!

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Gorgeous Sophie Blue Egg Cups

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Easter Decorating Tips

The best tip I can give when decorating your home for the coming season is to think about the colours of Spring – those gorgeous subtle pastels, bold yellows and luscious greens. Incorporate these colours into your Spring table with bunches of fresh flowers, which will not only look heavenly but will make you go “ooo” when you walk through the front door and smell the fragrance! I like to arrange mine in an organic fashion so it looks like they have been picked straight from the garden. Daffodils are a lovely and simple way to add some delicate colour to your table settings. I tie tiny daffodil heads to my white linen napkins using my Burgon & Ball Twine instead of a napkin ring – it’s a lovely finishing touch.
White Linen Napkins - £14 each

White Linen Napkins – £14 each

 

Pasta Shells with Broccoli & Chilli

This deliciously simple dish makes a perfectly tasty supper. Packed with healthy broccoli & gorgeous flavours.

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Sophie Blue Pasta Bowls – £80 for a set of 4

Serves 4

400g large pasta shells
2 heads broccoli split into florets
1 tablespoon olive oil
4 cloves garlic – chopped
6 anchovy fillets – chopped
1 teaspoon chilli flakes
Salt and freshly ground pepper
Grated parmesan to serve

Steam or boil the broccoli in a separate pan and put aside. Bring a large pot of salted water to a rolling boil. Add the pasta to the water and stir. Heat the oil in a frying pan and gently fry the garlic for 2 minutes, add the anchovies and cook for a further 2 mins. Stir though the cooked broccoli and chilli flakes. Once the pasta is cooked, drain well. Return to the pot with the broccoli and heat through. Serve in warmed bowls and sprinkle with parmesan. Season with pepper to taste.

Charity Event

I was delighted to be asked to give a presentation with the fabulous Emma Bridgewater at my kid’s old school, Bedales in Sussex last weekend. The school provided a delicious lunch and I really enjoyed chatting to some of the guests present. The event was raising money for the school’s new Art & Design centre, so I was especially thrilled to be a part of raising money for such a fantastic project. After lunch, we set up shop with all the proceeds going towards the new building. Thank you to all our lovely license companies, Portmeirion, Arthur Price, Norfolk Kitchen and Burgon & Ball for providing us with such lovely gifts for the goody bags and Raffle Prize. Sophie X

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Gorgeous goody bags looking stunning amongst the daffodils.

 

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Some of the Sophie Blue china basking in the Spring sunshine

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Gorgeous Raffle Prizes: Apron & Oven glove from Norfolk Kitchen, Set of 3 salad bowls and champagne coups from Portmeirion and a 2 piece carving set from Arthur Price.

 

Country Living Fair!

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Don’t forget to buy your tickets for the Country Living Fair next week (18th-22nd March). We will be at stand M155 and look forward to saying hello to lots of you there! We will be offering 15% off everything exclusively at the fair plus there will be a chance to win a fabulous prize. If you haven’t bought your tickets yet- don’t panic, they’re still on sale here. See you there! The Sophie Conran Team. X

Visit to Crisis

Crisis is a charity that provides a life line for people living in the streets in the UK, dedicated to ending homelessness by delivering life changing services and campaigning for change.

Last year, Crisis housed more than 4,000 homeless people over Christmas, helped more than 500 people to find employment and have helped countless more re-build their self esteem shattered by homelessness through arts and crafts. Today I visit the charity and It was humbling to see how the charity’s volunteers are helping to improve the lives of the homeless people in their care through the arts, education, sport, health and employment to name a few. Here are some pictures of the amazing work I saw. Please visit their website and show your support – http://www.crisis.org.uk. Thank you, Sophie. X

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