Category Archives: General

9Feb

Colour Hunting: Indigo Blues

For our first colour hunting expedition we explore Indigo Blues, a textile inspired palette I designed for my first book ETC.

Call it serendipity or simple coincidence, but it seems just about every colour to which I’m drawn has a textile alter-ego. Indigo textiles have origins rooted in the ancient times of many Asian countries, in particular Japan, as indigo dyes from the flower of several of plant were one of the easiest to source and most inexpensive natural colourings available. My favourite of these are Boro, the repeatedly mended rags worn or used for bedding by rural peasants in Japan. Often heavily stitched and patched, the shades of blue give them a depth and history that is irresistible.

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8Feb

The Stylist Alphabet: Y is for…

Y is for…

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A traditional round tent covered in felt and hides and used as a house for nomads. The perfect place to stay cosy in a raging blizzard or use as inspiration for a layered look in your interiors.

 

The Stylist Alphabet:
A is for…      B is for…
C is for…      D is for…
E is for…      F is for…
G is for…     H is for…
I is for…      J is for…
K is for…     L is for…
M is for…    N is for…
O is for…     P is for…
Q is for…     R is for…
S is for…      T is for…
U is for…     V is for…
W is for…    X is for…

5Feb

Deconstructing a Still Life

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This afternoon we are dreaming of Indigo blues whilst looking back through the archives of stills from years gone by. Creating vignettes within a space is an inspired way to bring history, stories and memories into your home.

We’ve pulled some treasures from our shelves to deconstruct this photograph. The Indigo no.40, a beautiful Japanese abacus, a cloth pendant like the Ay Illuminate, and a blue Check hand painted side plate would be my selections to rebuild this still.

 

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Shop the look here.

 

 

5Feb

Simple Ideas To Add Style To A Bathroom

You really want to play up the luxurious and relaxing aspects of a bathroom. Think of it as a quiet sanctuary to escape the hustle & bustle of the day. Just imagine drawing a warm bath and soaking for a a little while. Adding certain touches will soften the crisper elements of the space and make it feel more like a cocoon.

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The first port of call when it comes to adding softness to this space is obviously with your towels. You know me, I love to mix and match, and texture in many forms really appeals. Laying your fabrics lets you offer a different experience to everyone and also becomes a place to play around with a vignette. Personally, I can’t go past a Moroccan towel.

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The Japanese bathing tradition is incredible. Even if you’re not enamoured with the scalding hot baths, the accoutrements are stunning. In true Japanese style, intricate accessories bring so much the the bath houses. Take your cues from the focus on nature – seek out scrubbing brushes handmade from timber with sturdy bristles. The timber tones bring warmth to an often clinical white bathroom and make your daily washing routine more of a ritual.

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Mirrors in a bathroom are taken for granted – the run-of-the-mill choice is a rectangle or circle (if people are feeling adventurous). But look at what a statement mirror can do! This space is given an entirely new focus and character thanks to the sailing ship mirror. The bevelled edge os great when showers get too steamy and will ensure the mirror doesn’t get foggy. You can find your own boat mirror here.

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In fact, lots of little mirrors bring much more vibrance to a bathroom and also help to up the natural light. Seek out interesting shapes and old shaving mirrors in second-hand shops to bring life to a bare wall in your bathroom.

3Feb

Bringing Home Indian Style

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Inspired by the endless painted exterior walls of India and an amazing cover handmade of remnants, and casually tossed over a motorcycle in Samode, patch where you can. I laid woodblock samples on the floor and randomly hung hunting photos, in mismatched frames, like you see in Indian hotels & homes.

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The braid & ribbon store: bedazzled, jewelled, sequinned, metallic, typical Indian braids for saris. Lace, cotton & silk, jute rickrack and fringe galore, tassels, beaded ribbon, stripes, gathered, tucked & pinned, leather plaited, crocheted buttons.

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Strung flowers appear throughout India, not just for weddings & celebrations, but for a simple welcoming & decoration. Apply this to your own interior and hang from doorknobs & keys. I used brightly coloured dahlias.

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Soften up wooden & metal furniture with cashmere throws & cushions. I love to put framed works outside, even if they have to brought in at the end of the day.

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Find inspiration from a tented camp or India’s many forts. Set the seen with some draping & pinning of fabrics, and pile the bed high with quilts, fabric & cushions.

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Sometimes, your purchases can be bigger than pocket size. If you really fall in love with India, don’t be scared to ship home doors, columns & anything else. purpose build your interior around them and add your travel inspiration & purchases. Create intimate spaces by hanging sari fabric to create soft walls.

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A play on the trophy heads from Colonial India’s hunting past. Make your own plaque shapes from cardboard (old grocery boxes will do) and paint, using your palette of colours.
In India, I saw chalk and more permanent painted floors everywhere. I drew a design that washes off when desired and a new pattern applied for another occasion.

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Set the scene with a hand-painted wallpaper mural as your decorative backdrop. The life of a maharaja! Pick a bright base like this blue hide and add mirrored, embroidered & embellished cushions, and while away the afternoon. This is similar to the bolstered floor cushion I lay on as I listened to the magical sounds of musicians from the Thar Desert.

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Weddings are important business in India and you often see white horses with painted hooves, strings & strands of threaded flowers, an parades lit by chandeliers & their carriers. Use this theory & just lie a chandelier down on the floor or table, and tangle fairy lights if you like for a crumbling & slightly chaotic look.
Old sari borders with metallic thread (don’t fret that they are quietly disintegrating, that’s the appeal) become a very romantic Raj table runner.

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You can bring everything you admire in India into your home. The details & patterns that appear in palaces, on walls & ceilings, and furniture should not be limited to those things, but continued through to your tableware. It’s nice when it’s all a bit haphazard. I was so surprised when I saw peacocks running wild and hooting throughout India – even in the desert. Brin this bird imagery  into your patterns as with this de Gournay wallpaper.
Stencil a lampshade using any paint you have lying around and with stencils from the flea market.

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Pick up old silver cutlery from various places & use randomly – no two sets have to be the same. Instead of a tablecloth, run paper with layers of vintage sari trim down the centre of the table.

Tune in next week as I detail more ways I drew the beauty of India back into interiors as well as let you know my favourite things to check out on your own journey.

1Feb

The Stylist Alphabet: X is for…

X is for…

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X marks the spot
A free-hand marking on a tattered and weather-beaten map unveiling the secret location of buried treasure. You can be sure a band of cutlas-wielding, rum-drinking pirates will sail the seven seas to seek out what lies beneath that telling mark.

The Stylist Alphabet:
A is for…      B is for…
C is for…      D is for…
E is for…      F is for…
G is for…     H is for…
I is for…      J is for…
K is for…     L is for…
M is for…    N is for…
O is for…     P is for…
Q is for…     R is for…
S is for…      T is for…
U is for…     V is for…
W is for…