Creating magic

Alice in Wonderland is a big inspiration for me both at home and in the store.  I love creating a magical world whereby a cacophony of furnishings and accessories (think different shapes, colours and textures) are set against dark walls. Magic happens when you start playing with scale – big oversized objects in small rooms, tiny teeny furnishings in large rooms look incredibly theatrical and way more impressive than they really are. Scale in my humble opinion is so under rated too many people are scared of it and yet I beg you to try – you will I promise become a convert.

Below are a few images of pieces that we sell in the store taken by the photographer Paul Massey at my fabulous friends pad (Jo and Graham Atkins Hughes)– giant size teacups on tables, oversized chandeliers and floor lamps is what its all about. Fun, fun fun.

I’m heading out the door now to Heathrow and my sister and her boyfriend are looking after Maud. I shall worry the whole plane journey about how she will cope without both her parents although she does have the best baby sitters in the world! The fridge is stocked with good Russian vodka and pressico, Miss bundle of trouble Maud is a tad spoilt – sleeping half the night on my pillow so I have no room and the rest of it on her back in a horizontal position with everything in the air. Haven’t gone to much into her sleeping habits, or the fact that she likes a story before bed to Gem & Russ was rather hoping after a few glasses of booze it might not seem such a big deal! Yikes!

Rustic v Glamour

Having just returned from Paris and a visit to one of the most beautiful stores on earth ‘Merci’ I have rather gotten into the country esq vibe. The French do this very well and its a look that feels relaxed and lived in and is super easy to achieve. Now back in London with its hard edged vibe and tomorrow off to NY with its even harder edge vibe I am now coveting glamour. Its a perpetual conundrum – rustic v glamour and which look to go for. So I am doing a little bit of both – in Paris brought vases for the new collection in the softest of hues – perfect for spring and summer along with some beautiful roughly hewn stools  crafted from old oak.  I am offsetting this with some rock chic cushions in vibrant pink with some chain detailing and some fabulous metal stools which Gem and I will be fighting over to take home. A journalist recently asked me to describe my style and I started off with quirky, eclectic and glam but also country esp with a touch of baroque thrown in – sounded like a right old nut case!

Below are two images taken by James Merrell one of my favourite photographers:

So its this – sweet, relaxed, lived in and beautiful.

OR its this

Quirky, crazy, glamourous and I love it.

Up cycling

I am rather into up cycling as you have probably all gathered and was thinking of creating an award for the most super doper up cycled home. A strong contender would be the rather fab pad of two very talented boys Jimmie Karlsson and Rick Schultz. Jimmie is one half of the cutting edge furniture duo Jimmy Martin.  Their London home is very inspiring. I am particularly taken with the graffiti they have done thorough out. Chairs, doors, canvases have all been graffiti to give the space a very urban vibe. Its totally unique, thrifty, antiquey glamorous a hotch potch of styles abound but it absolutely works.

So I am pulling out the tear sheets and stuffing them into my inspirational file – just trying to figure where I can do something similar with the graffiti. I will not mention this idea to hubby just yet as the red skirting boards are still causing a few problems irritating enough!

Was thinking maybe over supper in the Spotted Pig on the weekend in the west village after a few glasses of wine Graham might be a little more amenable. Love the spotted pig it’s on the quietest street in Manhattan a teeny tiny gastro pub serving fab food and full to the brim with people. Anyway that’s the plan,  as you can gather madly, truly, deeply obsessed with all things interior the poor people that share this life with me probably need an award not the upcyclers!

Cool, no?

A dash of the unexpected

Apologises for not posting yesterday I had every intention but then the day got away with me – I had forgotten how much things build up being away for merely three days .Paris was fabulous, Merci was beyond fabulous and Maud spent the time hanging out with her father drinking beer , eating pizza and watching bad movies apparently! She didn’t miss me one bit!Before I forget  and I forgot all last week to tell you the very good news that my book has been reprinted and is now back in stock and Urban Outfitters have just ordered a load – thank you Urban Outfitters I am delighted and flattered !

So here’s today’s plan (ok maybe not today as we are all working but something for the weekend. I will be in NY so I can’t join in but will do so next weekend I promise). I think we should all ditch convention and add a dash of the unexpected into our homes.  The reason being to add depth and excitement to our spaces, to make them irresistible ,adorable and gorgeous.  Now it could be subtle you might want to add say an unexpected touch to your  desk maybe a cute bird  – see below. I happen to have a plastic crow sitting on my mantle piece and I adore him and everyone but everyone smiles when they see him.  Or you might want to go a little further and paint your skirting red (also see below). Yikes I here you cry but Spring is on its way – its time to start a fresh put all the past behind you and embrace the future. This was the pitch I made to my husband last night -  I suggested we paint the hall black and the skirting red,  I was meet with a rolling of the eye and a stony silence! Hey ho we have 8 hours on a plane together at the end of the week so I am compiling my case for red skirting as I type- and nothing drives Graham more mad than me talking to him over movies in the plane, particularly if its about the house and painting!!

Parrots, birds and animals in general add a touch of whimsy and spirit to a space like nothing else I know

It sounds whacky but it’s looking irresistibly adorable to me – funked up glam skirting boards – heaven.