Latest obsession – Nathalie Lete

Posting today and being super organised rather than tomorrow as I leave at the unearthly hour of 4.45 for a journey up North for a meeting with our potters – and know I will be flying around the house like a mad thing tomorrow morn and forgetting to post.With Paris still in my mind I wanted to post images of a Parisian artist who is truly an inspiration – her work has been coveted by everyone from Chanel to Anthropologie and crosses a vast range of products including dinner ware, ceramics, rugs, clothing, jewellery and books.

Nathalie Lete’s work has a fairy tale quality about it – nostalgic, naïve, poetical and fabulous. Animals, folk art, flowers and landscapes predominate in a whimsical, vibrant way. I may have said it before (possibly a zillion times) but am saying it again – add, add, add and add again the odd vibrant, bohemian, playful, quirky piece. You up the kudos and style ratings in an instant. You don’t need a big artsy home – you just need a little bit of confidence. Add to that a happy jumble of colour, some texture and fab lighting and you will have created yourself something very different amongst the sea of sparsely decorated spaces that I see so often.

Nathalie at Maison Objet last September – her stands was one of the most intriguing there.

Rugs, art, ceramics are all given the same magical twist.

Nathalie in her studio – a truly inspiring place. I adore the fact that she follows her heart and paints and makes what she loves. Need their be a better advocate than Nathalie to follow your heart be that in your career or your home, it may be difficult but to work at something that you love or live in a house that lifts your spirits when you return home every evening is I think as good as it gets.




Embracing Pattern

Yesterday late afternoon snuggled up on the sofa with Maud, a fire flickering in the hearth and an early glass of wine (it was 6pm and I felt I deserved it after Paris) I came across the work of someone quite extradinary – Heidi Lender. Heidi has led an international life as a fashion writer and photo stylist in New York, LA, London, and Paris, and then changed directions not so long ago to become a photographer. Her pictures are whimsical, magical and inspirational. Not purely for the composition but for the fabulous juxtaposition of so many patterns and textures.

I have decided I need to embrace pattern in a far bigger way this year – patterns truly transform a space like nothing else I know. Yes you need a bit a confidence but see here how beautifully it all works. The hottest rend in decorating today is eclecticism and you can only achieve this look if you surprise the eye. Acres and acres of solid hues just won’t do it, so this year I am going to knock it out of the park and create truly tantalising spaces that are pattern lead – not crazy but  balanced, harmonious and unique .

All photographs Heidi Lender:

Pattern upon pattern – beautiful

Catching Up

First up apologises for not keeping up to date with the blog. The days were just too crazy in Paris to keep up with everything and we were rather overwhelmed on the stand with the response to our lights.

Now I am back, rested (well sort of) and inspired – there is nothing like escaping to another city for being inspired. The interior below is not actually French although the vibe is so French but its actually the downtown NY loft apartment of Robin Standefer and  Stephen Alesch – super doper designers. I saw it on Habitually Chic’s website and it pretty much personifies what a great many of the stands were doing at Maison Objet – mixing things up. Juxaposing modern with traditional – very little matches and yet it all makes perfect sense. Art (my latest obsession) is everywhere in this apartment and yet is doesn’t feel overwhelming- nothing transforms a home more than a slap of dark paint and some fab art I say.

Ok so its not dark – but its beautiful and its beautiful because it feels relaxed and informal. As for the art it doesn’t have to match start with one painting and add over time to your collection and before very long you will have yourself a lovely little gallery.

This is the couple’s library or snug a lovely haven in which to relax and it makes me want to redo my living area all over again.  My sofa swamps the whole room something like this is way more perfect. Talking of sofa’s I saw one to die for in Paris which I ordered for the store (and I can’t quite believe didn’t add one  on for me) – its like nothing else I have seen – a sectional (and I normally hate sectionals)  boho, patterned faded velvet low slung piece of fabulousness. As soon as it arrives which regrettably is not until May I shall post an image if I can stand to wait that long.

Maison Objet – January 2011

Not much from me today regrettably we were so tired with all the building of the stand that have now woken up rather late and have had to toss up writing my blog or going out and ordering a cafe a lait and sorry guys coffee wins out. If anyone happens to be in Paris this weekend do come by we are in exhibiting at Maison Objet Hall 7 Stand C78. In the mean time I leave you with a beautiful image shot by the fabulous Damian Russel to brighten or I should say darken your day.

Moody, eclectic and in my mind heavenly. Just goes to show although there isn’t a lot of stuff going on by painting your walls a dark hue furniture and accessories just look way more interesting. Lecture over I will not keep preaching and trying to convert – new plan shall just blast beautiful dark images all the time.