F is for…
Everything from the colour palette to the practice of this trade enchants me. Imagine if your bread & butter was reliant on forging a partnership with a majestic bird. And then there’s the all-important accessories, such as the falcon’s leather hood and the claw-proof suede gantlet. I think a billowy white shirt would be the must-have wardrobe item for a budding falconer. My journey to Scotland allowed a much-anticipated falconry lesson, which showcased a study in beautiful brown tones. Feeling the power of the bird I was paired with, filled me with awe for this practice, which is not as arcane as some of the previous trades, and only exaggerated the romantic notions I associate with it. It’s hard not to be swept up in the thrill of the hunt.
There’s something about honest & humble items that captivate me. A mainstay of everyday life, stationery is one of those things that can be enjoyed simply for its utilitarian purpose, but I prefer to look a little deeper. I’ve listed the five pieces that are never far from my toolbag & tacklebox, not only because they’re handy to have on hand as a stylist, but also because they bring a little more to the table in the aesthetic department. Use them for their basic function, but don’t disregard what they can bring to your spaces visually.
I think these things are a tribute to vintage classrooms, a time of Cuisenaire rods, and maps that pull down from behind the teacher’s desk. Perhaps it’s the typography of the numbers that attracts or maybe the different shapes they come in. So let’s open it up to all the tools that measure: fabric tape measures, wooden squares with etched numbers, enamel liquid measures, cone-shaped footed etched glass, old shop 1-metre sticks with a hole in the top for hanging, metal measuring sticks attached to the long tables at the draper’s or even just a good old-fashioned wooden ruler. Always good to have when working out your space’s measurements, but also one of those pieces that can enrich a display when not hidden away.
From Vietnam, my great-grandmother’s pinking shears, tiny, tiny cord-covered Japanese ones, Chinese kitchen scissors – you name them, I seem to have acquired them. There is no reason why utilitarian tools should not be beautiful; these are for use and display.
This still-life showcases a love for linen and how texture can add depth to any vignette. Mixing material textures through a setting is a great way to add interest to a more neutral palette. These pieces were collected during a journey to a fortified church perched in the medieval village of Viscri in Transylvania.
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Tales Of A Sea Gypsy
I am enchanted with all things sea: mermaids & mermen, underwater worlds & treasures, myths & legends, serpents & seafaring spirits. The romance & shimmering beauty of the Mediterranean on the Amalfi Coast in all its magic depths & moods: moon tides, tempests & starry nights.
These beautiful tones sparkled before me in my travels through Italy, and just wait until next week to see the brilliant effect they can have on interiors, as I celebrate the inspiration I found along the coast of this beautiful country via interior styling.
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E is for…
I have mentioned my particular inclination towards paper and packages, so when I came across the profession of an expressman I felt a certain closeness to it. Perhaps I’m adding a little too much romance to this early postman or courier, but the image I’m conjuring has a certain ruggedness attached. The duty of an expressman was to see the safe passage of a train’s gold or currency, so they’d accompany the cargo in a specially allocated car. Add into the mix that the expressman would often have to memorise the safe’s combination and sometimes armed himself and I’m sure you start to understand the mysterious allure of this character. Of course today, perhaps some of that mystery has diminished from the postman’s job description, but I feel like there is still a glimmer of intrigue that goes hand in hand with sorting & delivering the mail.