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Pretty in Pink

Apologies for the radio silence. I’ve been super busy the last few weeks getting things ready and setting up a new space in a retail outlet. All very exciting.

The 1986 film Pretty In Pink became a formative part of my teenage years. Yet, the colour pink in the home has never really done it for me. Well, not until recently that is. I confess to being a complete convert!

Pink in the home can be used in so many different ways. You can introduce subtle pastel pink hues or go full-on saturated in-your-face-pink, or somewhere in the middle. Whole walls can be painted or just well-chosen accent pieces… There is huge scope for experimentation. Combinations that work well are pink and copper, pink and black, pink and concrete, and if you’ve really got guts, pink and red. You can introduce colour through artwork, paint just a door, throw in a vibrant rug or some cushions. If you feel cautious start with soft furnishings as they are straightforward to change. Pink can be sensual or cosy, dramatic or subtle.

So if you are like me – basically turning my nose up at the thought of pink in the home until recently – feast your eyes on these visuals and hopefully you too will see the potential of pink!

 

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Pink trompe l’oeil. (tinekhome.blogspot.dk)
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Deep, saturated cerise used successfully in a kitchen couple with concrete. The combination stops the pink being too frou frou! (bloglovin.com)
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Take inspiration from this truly stunning restaurant interior. The Pink Gallery at Sketch in London // pink dining room with retro chairs and chevron floors. (thecarelessblogger.wordpress.com)
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The Pink Studio, 1911 by Matisse. (TOPofART.com)
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If you can pull it off, go big and bold and transform the facade of your home with pink! (reifhaus.tumblr.com)
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Why not look to existing belongings to determine the colour of your walls. Here seashells have been the point of reference. (chintz-of-darkness.blogspot.com)
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Pale pink, but done with aplomb. Who doesn’t love an embossed wall. (1stdibs Introspective on Frank de Biasi / 1stdibs.com)
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Pink wallpaper punctuated with vintage frames. (boho-weddings.com)
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Creating a bold statement hallway using salmon pink, and black and white. A combination that definitely works. An eclectic collection of artwork, a vibrant rug, and monochrome stair runner all help pull this strong look off. (domino.com)
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Introduce pink through fabric and soft furnishings. This Art Deco fabric (1920–1930) would look incredible as curtains. Think sophisticated pink… (pinterest)
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In the pink. (flickr.com)
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A pink accent chair. (lisasaysgah.com)
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Not for the faint-hearted! Pink living room in the home of designer Solange Azagury Partridge – Photography by Neil Gavin (wmagazine.tumblr.com)
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If you’re going to go pink, go pink… I love the combination of pink and yellow kitchen units. (ilovepolkadot.blogspot.no)
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I just love this image. (theleoisallinthemind.tumblr.com)
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Pink and copper. And a tolix chair. What’s not to love! (ideasmag.co.za)
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Be bold and brave… combine pink and red for a truly dramatic look. (pinterest)
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Or create a mediterranean roof-dining experience and give the exterior of your home a lush pinky colour wash. (pinterest)
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Pink doesn’t have to overpower. Here it is used effectively with a combination of seemingly clashing patterns to great effect. (pinterest)
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Another kitchen. The pink works as a powerful backdrop to a very personal collection of belongings. (pinterest)
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And to finish, a gorgeous pastel pink geometric artwork. (pinterest)

Forever Frida

I recall clearly when my love affair with Frida began…

I was in my early teens when my parents took me to an exhibition to see the work of Mexican artist Diego Rivera. In a small section of the show there was a subsidiary exhibition of the work of artist Frida Kahlo, Diego’s wife. I was blown away by the power of her paintings, their tactile nature and the feast of colour and pattern presented in them. Full of references to indigenous Mexican culture, I was drawn to their primitive style and bold use of symbolism.

Since then I’ve been hooked and have looked to Frida’s work for inspiration in much of what I do – and I seem to not be the only one. Frida lives on as a modern-day cultural icon and references to her style and art can be seen in fashion trends, interior furnishings, photography, and popular culture on a regular basis. Personally, given half the chance I would surround myself in all things Frida-oriented! I recently treated myself to a gorgeous Queenie and Ted wrap with stunning embroidery and applique that to me is very Frida Kahlo. It has become my go-to autumn accessory!

And I am loving the fact that Florence Welch has a bathroom dedicated to Frida in her home.

So in celebration of Frida and her enduring influence on all things visual here are some images to inspire you… I hope you enjoy!

All hail Queen Frida. (pinterest)
All hail Queen Frida. (pinterest)
Influence on fashion. (pinterest)
Influence on fashion. (pinterest)
Interiors a la Frida. (pinterest)
Interiors a la Frida. (pinterest)
Colours and flowers. (pinterest)
Colours and flowers. (pinterest)
Folk, boho, and Frida come together in this stunning interior. (pinterest)
Folk, boho, and Frida come together in this stunning interior. (pinterest)
Queenie and Ted Frida wrap. www.queenieandted.co.uk
Queenie and Ted Frida wrap. http://www.queenieandted.co.uk
Colours. (pinterest)
Colours and symbolism. (pinterest)
Frida gracing the cover of Vogue. (pinterest)
Frida gracing the cover of Vogue. (pinterest)
Jean Paul Gaultier and Frida. (pinterest)
Jean Paul Gaultier and Frida. (pinterest)
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It’s all about that centre parting! (pinterest)
More influence on fashion. (pinterest)
More influence on fashion. (pinterest)
Frida and deer. (pinterest)
Frida and deer. (pinterest)
Folk and Frida. (honestlywtf.com)
Folk and Frida. (honestlywtf.com)
'Self-portrait with Monkeys', detail. www.thecityreview.com
‘Self-portrait with Monkeys’, detail. http://www.thecityreview.com
Interior. (pinterest)
Interior. (pinterest)
Poster (Tano Design/pinterest).
Poster (Tano Design/pinterest).
Bold colours and patterns. (pinterest)
Bold colours and patterns. (pinterest)
Frida-influenced moodboard. (www.molsandtatilois.com)
Frida-influenced moodboard. (www.molsandtatilois.com)
Folk and Frida. (honestlywtf.com)
Folk and Frida. (honestlywtf.com)
Crockery by Wild and Violet. http://wildandviolet.bigcartel.com/
Crockery by Wild and Violet. http://wildandviolet.bigcartel.com/
Vibrant upholstery. (pinterest)
Vibrant upholstery. (pinterest)
Homage to Frida.
Homage to Frida. Artist Yasumasa Morimura. (artnet)
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Gracing Vogue once more. (pinterest)
Gracing Vogue once more. (pinterest)
Frida. (pinterest)
Frida. (pinterest)
Fashion and Frida. (pinterest)
Fashion and Frida. (pinterest)
More fashion and Frida. (pinterest)
More fashion and Frida. (pinterest)
Frida/Daft Punk. (kottke.org)
Frida/Daft Punk. (kottke.org)
Frida print from rockett st george. http://www.rockettstgeorge.co.uk/
Frida print from rockett st george. http://www.rockettstgeorge.co.uk/
Frida socks (hotsox.com)
Frida socks (hotsox.com)

White… not a mere absence of colour

“White… is not a mere absence of colour; it is a shining and affirmative thing, as fierce as red, as definite as black…” 
Gilbert K. Chesterton

I will be honest, hitherto I have not been a fan of a lack of colour. In fact, the very absence of colour makes me get a tad twitchy. I thrive off colour, lots of it, and pattern in abundance. So, I thought I’d take myself out of my comfort zone and see what all the fuss was about.

Neutrals, whites, natural materials… plain, dull, soulless. Well, that’s what I used to think. I did some digging around and it’s quite incredible what you can create with a very restrained palette and lots of different textures – not just soft furnishings; you can source incredible textured wallpapers and tiles these days to add further dimension to your walls. Far from clinical and devoid of any personality, you can create quite wonderful, uplifting, almost spiritual spaces.

Two designers whose signature style is the very absence of colour are Alex Legendre and Zoe Ellison, owners and founders of the divine i gigi General Store in Hove, East Sussex. Alex and Zoe have embraced unique textures and a natural palette to create a haven of calm. They have also written a beautiful book called A Life Less Ordinary, which I highly recommend for anyone who wants to pour over gorgeous photography and interiors. Definitely one to curl up with.

Below I’ve collected some inspiration for you should you wish to travel down the route of natural palettes. It’s certainly a style that can be successfully applied to any room in the home. Just beware of small people with crayons and sticky hands is all I can say…I can’t say I am a complete convert, but I am certainly not quite the skeptic I once was! Enjoy.

It's all about texture. (srta-pepis.tumblr.com)
A monastic experience? It’s all about texture. (srta-pepis.tumblr.com)
Stripping it all back. (esin-ozcan.tumblr.com)
Stripping it all back. (esin-ozcan.tumblr.com)
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i gigi general store on Hove, East Sussex. (www.igigigeneralstore.com)
Simplicity in the kitchen. (pinterest)
Simplicity in the kitchen. (pinterest)
A veritable celebration of white. (pinterest)
A veritable celebration of white. (pinterest)
Stunning beaded chandelier from www.bodieandfou.com.
Stunning beaded chandelier from http://www.bodieandfou.com.
Vita Eos Feather pendant light from www.papilloninteriors.co.uk.
Vita Eos Feather pendant light from http://www.papilloninteriors.co.uk.
Grey flocked donkey head from www.abigailahern.com.
Grey flocked donkey head from http://www.abigailahern.com.
An injection of natural materials. (pinterest)
An injection of natural materials. (pinterest)
Chair from www.bodieandfou.com
Chair from http://www.bodieandfou.com.
Neal Grundy photography. www.igigigeneralstore.com
Neal Grundy photography. http://www.igigigeneralstore.com
White and cream rag rug made out of upcycled T shirts by Handiworkingirls (www.etsy.com).
White and cream rag rug made out of upcycled T shirts by Handiworkingirls (www.etsy.com).
Doing the neutral thing, but with a splash of wall art colour. For me a happy compromise! (pinterest)
Doing the neutral thing, but with a splash of wall art colour. For me a happy compromise! (pinterest)

Blinging up the boudoir look

boudoir. (ˈbuːdwɑː; -dwɔː) 1. a woman’s dressing room, bedroom or private sitting room or salon. [C18: from French, literally: room for sulking in, from ‘bouder’ to sulk]

Now the weather is turning decidedly autumnal how about creating a warm and relaxing sanctuary in the home where you can snuggle up with a good book, a hot drink and some cake, or luxuriate in a roll-top glass with some tunes and an indulgent glass of bubbly… I’m in!

For me the boudoir look is all about opulence, texture, pattern, drama, deep rich colours, and some female charm. Lighting is key too. This is a fantastic look to work with in a bedroom, dressing room, powder room or snug. If you are not a fan of bright colours you can always adopt a more sedate palette of nudes, creams, sorbet pinks and chocolatey browns.

A page from my scrapbook.
A page from my scrapbook.
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Getting that boudoir feeling. Another page from one of my scrapbooks.
Photographer: Miss Aniela. Series: Surreal Fashion. Model: Faye Shearwood Stylist: Minna Attala. Dress: Busardi. Feather cape:National Theatre Costume Archive. Hair: Doubravka Marcinkova. Make-up: Rhiannon Chalmers. Stylist’s assistant: Becky Smith. Photographer's assistant: Tim Charles Matthews.
Photographer: Miss Aniela. Series: Surreal Fashion. Model: Faye Shearwood Stylist: Minna Attala. Dress: Busardi. Feather cape:National Theatre Costume Archive. Hair: Doubravka Marcinkova. Make-up: Rhiannon Chalmers. Stylist’s assistant: Becky Smith. Photographer’s assistant: Tim Charles Matthews.
More Miss Aniela gorgeousness.
More Miss Aniela gorgeousness.
Photographer: Miss Aniela / Model: Kim Davis / Dress created by Kirsty Mitchell Photography / Stylist: Minna Attala / Hair: Anne Veck / Makeup: Grace Gray / Photographer's assistants: Greg Sikorski, Matt Lennard, Ian Mears
Photographer: Miss Aniela / Model: Kim Davis / Dress created by Kirsty Mitchell Photography / Stylist: Minna Attala / Hair: Anne Veck / Makeup: Grace Gray / Photographer’s assistants: Greg Sikorski, Matt Lennard, Ian Mears
Somewhere to recline with a glass of fizz. (image from pinterest)
Somewhere to recline with a glass of fizz. (image from pinterest)
Grab a book and doze in this delightful space.
Grab a book and doze in this delightful space. (pinterest)
A dressing room fit for any discerning boudoir fan. Loving the lampshade by Zoe Darlington. (Image from Pearl Lowe's Vintage book/pinterest)
A dressing room fit for any discerning boudoir fan. Loving the lampshade by Zoe Darlington. (Image from Pearl Lowe’s Vintage book/pinterest)
Matisse's 'Seville Still Life'
Matisse’s ‘Seville Still Life’. (google images)
Matisse's 'Reclining Nude Back'.
Matisse’s ‘Reclining Nude Back’. (google images)
Sumptuous lighting design by the extremely talented Zoe Darlington. Lush!
Sumptuous lighting design by the extremely talented Zoe Darlington. Lush! (www.zoedarlington.co.uk)
More yumminess from Zoe Darlington.
More yumminess from Zoe Darlington. (www.zoedarlington.co.uk)
The Bluebell sofa from sofa.com.
The Bluebell sofa from sofa.com.
Waterblooms Crewelwork Rug by anthropologie.
Waterblooms Crewelwork Rug by anthropologie. (www.anthropologie.com)
Inject some colour into your scheme with the Maud Deco by Mols & Tati-Lois.
Inject some colour into your scheme with the Maud Deco by Mols & Tati-Lois. (Photo by Chris Gatcum)
The Club Tartan from Mols & Tati-Lois. (Photo by Chris Gatcum)
The Club Tartan from Mols & Tati-Lois. (Photo by Chris Gatcum)
Pineapple wall sconce from www.abigailahern.com.
Pineapple wall sconce from http://www.abigailahern.com.
Anthropologie's Nature Table Dessert Plate... perfect for eating cake off.
Anthropologie’s Nature Table Dessert Plate… perfect for eating cake off. (www.anthropologie.com)
Elegant perfume bottles are a must. (fredmiranda.com)
Elegant perfume bottles are a must. (fredmiranda.com)
The bubbly is beckoning... so let's get supping. Enjoy. (pinterest)
The bubbly is beckoning… so let’s get supping. Enjoy. (pinterest)

The work of the extremely talented artist/photographer, Miss Aniela, encapsulates the boudoir look perfectly in my opinion and she adds a healthy injection of attitude. A very modern boudoir I would say.

Historical references include Ingres’ Grande Odalisque, Manet’s Olympia, works by Egon Schiele, and Matisse’s many vibrant nudes, to name but a few.

Think lush fabrics such as velvet combined with sheers, fresh flowers releasing a heady aroma, ornate mirrors, furniture to recline on (sofa.com has some beautiful customisable sofas), pattern clashing, flamboyant lighting (visit Zoe Darlington, she rocks, and of course Mols & Tati-Lois), beads, tassels, fringing, dark corners, rugs, throws, cushions, arresting wall art.

There’s so much scope with this interior style so let your imagination run wild.

Revamping the humble foot stool

Breathe some life back into a sad-looking charity-shop find and create a stunning conversation piece for your home.

Today I am going to show you how to quickly and easily transform a tatty old foot stool into a quirky, unique object of beauty for the home. A foot stool makes a great little punch of detail in a room if you don’t feel confident yet to reupholster a whole chair or sofa. Kids love sitting on them too! So let’s get creating… I hope you enjoy it.

What you will need:

-A foot stool

-Fabric

-Staple gun plus staples

-Hammer

-Pliers

-Upholstery tack strip trim plus tacks (you can use just standard tacks, but strips save time)

All photography by author and photographer Chris Gatcum.

A tower of foot stools. What the foot stool looked like originally.
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Original foot stool stripped of old fabric and any tacks and staples, and with legs already painted, distressed and waxed.
Step 2: Original foot stool stripped of old fabric and any tacks and staples, and with legs already painted, distressed and waxed.
The length of upholstery tack strip needs to be long enough to work around the whole of the edge of the top of the foot stool.
Step 3: The length of upholstery tack strip needs to be long enough to work around the whole of the edge of the top of the foot stool.
Step 4: You will need sufficient fabric to cover the top of the foot stool plus an inch for turnover. I’ve used a vintage-style tea towel to cover this foot stool.
Step 4: You will need sufficient fabric to cover the top of the foot stool plus an inch for turnover. I’ve used a vintage-style tea towel to cover this foot stool.
Step 5: Start by stapling each edge in the centre point of the fabric, creating a smooth seam by turning the fabric back on itself by about and inch.
Step 5: Start by stapling each edge in the centre point of the fabric, creating a smooth seam by turning the fabric back on itself by about and inch.
Step 6: Once you’ve secured each edge you can start stapling along each edge fully. You will need to pull the fabric taut in order to avoid an uneven finish, but do not stretch it so much that you the pattern if the fabric has one.
Step 6: Once you’ve secured each edge you can start stapling along each edge fully. You will need to pull the fabric taut in order to avoid an uneven finish, but do not stretch it so much that you the pattern if the fabric has one.
Step 7: Next attach the upholstery tack trim by bending it around the edges of the foot stool to cover the line of staples. Use a hammer and watch out for your fingers!
Step 7: Next attach the upholstery tack trim by bending it around the edges of the foot stool to cover the line of staples. Use a hammer and watch out for your fingers!
Step 8: The finished foot stool transformed into something really rather lovely. Definitely something to be proud of!
Step 8: The finished foot stool transformed into something really rather lovely. Definitely something to be proud of!
Alternative trims and finishes: You don’t have to limit yourself to upholstery tacks to finish your foot stool off. Pom poms, braiding, ribbon, and even buttons can be glued or stitched around the edge of your foot stool to cover the staples and create a unique trim. You also don’t need to use one whole piece of fabric. A great way of using up remnants of fabric is create a patchwork foot stool. This is a great way to mix up print styles.
Alternative trims and finishes:
You don’t have to limit yourself to upholstery tacks to finish your foot stool off. Pom poms, braiding, ribbon, and even buttons can be glued or stitched around the edge of your foot stool to cover the staples and create a unique trim. You also don’t need to use one whole piece of fabric. A great way of using up remnants of fabric is create a patchwork foot stool. This is a great way to mix up print styles.
The finished stool! A foot stool makes a great little punch of detail in a room if you don’t feel confident yet to reupholster a whole chair or sofa. Kids love sitting on them too!
The finished stool! A foot stool makes a great little punch of detail in a room if you don’t feel confident yet to reupholster a whole chair or sofa. Kids love sitting on them too!

For the love of scrapbooks…

Hello everyone,

This is my very first personal venture into the world of blogging so please be patient. I have been collecting magazine cuttings, postcards, wrapping paper, and all manner of visual stuff for many many years. It all goes into a box and slowly I create collaged pages in a growing number of scrapbooks. I do this purely for pleasure, however, often the pages of my scrapbooks become a go-to source of inspiration for all the creative projects that I embark on, be that decorating spaces, revamping furniture or making lampshades. I cannot get enough of all things visual. So with this in mind I thought I might start to share things that are exciting me visually. A close friend of mine was blown away when I showed her one of my books and she pretty much ordered me to share it with the world! So humbly, here are some of my scrapbook collaged pages together with other images that have caught my eye today.

A page from my scrapbook.
A page from my scrapbook.
Orange is one of my favourite colours. This image is incredible. I found it on pinterest.
Orange is one of my favourite colours. This image is incredible. I found it on pinterest.
A page from my scrapbook.
A page from my scrapbook.
More scrapbook inspiration.
More scrapbook inspiration.
A couple of pages from one of my scrapbooks.
A couple of pages from one of my scrapbooks.
Just a great space. (Image from pinterest)
Just a great space. (Image from pinterest)
Green... another beautiful colour. Combined with lighting, it's just gorgeous.
Green… another beautiful colour. Combined with lighting, it’s just gorgeous.
Just the most incredible styling. I love everything about this space.
Just the most incredible styling. I love everything about this space.
Cameos with yellow and concrete. Such a great combination.
Cameos with yellow and concrete. Such a great combination.
More orange, this time with teal. I am in heaven!
More orange, this time with teal. I am in heaven!