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urban jungle bloggers – my plant shelfie

Hello lovelies. Yes, unfortunately this isn’t a post about the unveiling of my new venture. Building an online store, a website, taking product shots et cetera is taken longer than anticipated. Please forgive this delay. I promise it won’t be much longer…..

Meanwhile, what better way to return from my Hiatus than join the lovely #urbanjunglebloggers for the October edition.

Urban Jungle Bloggers is a monthly series, devised by Igor and Judith. The idea is to get some green into our homes, especially for us urban folks! Every month they invite bloggers to share ideas for creating an urban jungle through styling challenges, DIYs, green tips and tricks. Every month there is a different theme on the topic. You can follow and get more Urban Jungle Bloggers inspiration on Pinterest and on Facebook.

October’s theme is: ‘my plant shelfie’

Well, I couldn’t pass on that, could I? A few weeks ago while buying some flowers, I saw this gorgeous cactus in this amazing pot in the window of the florist. It was a one-off and you know me all to be quite forward. ‘He’s got my name written all over him’ I heard myself blurt out! Can I take him home? The lovely sales assistant wasn’t able to refuse and so Herbert has become the latest addition to the Colourliving abode.

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Herbert saying: ‘Hello’.

This below here is Herbert from the back. he needs propping up a little. I’m very much hoping that Judith will give me some hints on how to care for him.

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Some of you will have read my very first Urban Jungle Bloggers post back in February this year when I introduced Magda, the Hydrangea. She did splendidly throughout the year. Round about August I moved her to the roof terrace to help her grow new bulbs. I’m delighted with her progress.

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Magda growing new bulbs. On the far left you can see the beginnings of some flower petals.

I’m also in love with my new pitcher, hand-painted in Pakistan. Again, it was a one-off, so I quickly snapped it up. Isn’t it gorgeous? The candlelight holder on the left has got a bouquet of herbs from my terrace. As I’m preparing for winter I’m pruning everything. My flat smells of herbs that I display in little pots but also then use in my cooking. Why let them go to waste, right?

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I love the painting of these birds. The colours are so vibrant. In the pitcher there’s a bunch of white Astranzias. They are very delicate and last a long time. I also have some pink ones.

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Finally, my ‘shelfie’. It’s an island that divides my home office from the living room space. It changes often and today it’s been dressed in honour of the Urban Jungle Bloggers.

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I hope you all have a good weekend.

Igor and Judith, it was a real pleasure to see you last weekend. I hope London treated you well and I’m sorry I wasn’t able to join your event at WestelmUK. See you soon x

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a thank you letter to mike

Hello lovelies. I know I have been teasing you a lot and not revealing much of what I’m up to. The good news is that everything has now been printed and early next week a new venture will have been born into the world. That thought alone is very exciting.

Now, as I get ready to stock shops and work on our online shop I will have to take a little hiatus.

I thought it would be fun to share some pictures of the day we spent at our printers in East London. The sun was shining, expectations were high and the excitement was mounting.

Heidelberg printers are the business. Look at this Original Heidelberg Cylinder. Vintage or what? A beauty!

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So, you already know it’s printed matter but you will have to wait for another couple of weeks until I reveal all.

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I had no idea that after proving colours on press we would open the back door to this….. the sun was beaming and we were by the canal. Result!

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We spent the best part of 6 hours at the printers so I was greatful for the weather and outdoor beauty. In the midst of barges and industrial land, this most beautiful swan just appeared out of nowhere. Alone, he swam towards me in the hope I might have some bread. Unfortunately I had nothing on me.

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We did have a beautiful lunch next door to the printers and being able to eat alfresco at this time of the year is such a treat.

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The mandatory fresh mint tea to keep me balanced and sane during a stressful period.

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And now, I would like to introduce you to Mike, my good friend and business partner. I’ve known Mike for about 7 years and this venture would have never happened without his sheer brilliance and trust. I love working with you. Thank you Mike x

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I hope you’re all well. I do miss not being as interactive as I usually am but starting a new business while running Colourliving, a blog and normal life is very time consuming. There won’t be an edition of Vive la Différence this month.

I’ll be back here on Thursday 23rd October and delighted and excited to unveil everything! I can’t wait……..

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james hobbs – moleskine city stories

I love to sketch. Do you? Lately I’ve noticed that unless I go on a course I don’t do much sketching anymore.

When I bought Sketch Your World by James Hobbs earlier in the year I had all the good intentions of going out to sketch. Did I? Of course not!

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I was therefore doubly delighted when I saw that Moleskine had announced City Stories, in partnership with Urban Sketchers where four artists were invited to draw life and to provide free workshops in Covent Garden. Guess, what, James Hobb was one of the artists. Result! I quickly booked myself on to his session and on the day went along!

James Hobbs is a London-based freelance journalist and artist who started drawing in sketchbooks at art school 30 years ago. His work was selected for the Jerwood Drawing Prize exhibition, and he is a founder member of London’s Urban Sketchers.

It was great to meet the man himself.

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The event hubs used were The Moleskine Store at 40 King Street and the London Graphic Centre. Here, artists of all abilities dropped by to meet the sketchers and take part in one of the Learning Sessions.  Moleskine were also giving away 140 Moleskine Sketch Albums, which came in handy on the day!

I really enjoyed that it was a very casual event. James Hobbs talked about his own experiences of what sketching means for him while offering guidance as we, the participants, undertook our own drawings in and around Covent Garden.

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James Hobbs sketchbook page.

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James Hobbs sketchbook page.

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James Hobbs sketchbook page.

This, here below, is our group. What I hadn’t accounted for was that it was more of a speed drawing sketching session. We literally had 10 minutes on site before we returned to the event hub, looked at each others drawings and handed our drawings over to be collated and sent on to Moleskine for their travelling exhibitions.

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An here’s my 10 minutes attempt. I think using a thicker black marker and this very short time frame is a great way to force myself to look and put down marks in a quick manner, without much thought or analysis. The colouring can always be done at a later stage.

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I had a great time and would like to thank Moleskine and the Urban Sketchers for this experience.

So, back to my original question. Do you sketch? This post will stay live until Thursday 9th October.

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urban jungle bloggers – plants in the workplace

Late to the party but at least I turned up.

After a short summer break it’s Urban Jungle Bloggers month.

Urban Jungle Bloggers is a monthly series, devised by Igor and Judith. The idea is to get some green into our homes, especially for us urban folks! Every month they invite bloggers to share ideas for creating an urban jungle through styling challenges, DIYs, green tips and tricks. Every month there is a different theme on the topic. You can follow and get more Urban Jungle Bloggers inspiration on Pinterest and on Facebook.

September’s theme is: ‘back to school, plants in the workplace’

Wousa, have I missed something? Holiday month? I’ve been working non-stop so it’s all becoming a blur. Thank you to those who keep patiently awaiting news of my new venture. It’s really not long now.

Back to business. I have a home office and it’s difficult to photograph as it’s not big but with a lot of desk space. If I turn to my right, I have some in-built storing cupboards and here sometimes you’ll find my trolley. The ceramics biscuit tin I found in a second hand shop and I immediately decided to house a vibrant and jolly plant in there to keep me company as the weather turns and the nights draw in.

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Azalea plant in biscuit tin

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Faber Castell Pitt Big Brush Pen

If I turn around I’m faced with a big desk. Some of you would have seen my post of stationery heaven where you can see it better. Right now, I’ve got 2 plants sitting there. I’m a bit in love with the lidded pot I found recently (left)

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Left: Kalenchoe | Right: Heather plant (which usually lives outdoors on my terrace).

This next section is where my Apple Mac sits. This purpose-built desk is facing the front of the room, which is open plan. I built this island for my home office as a separation between living and working.

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The succulents in the 3 little pots were gifted to me by a friend.

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These guys like to move around the apartment and are actually doing rather well.

So, there you have it. As autumn turns to winter and I have to say good-bye to my roof terrace for a long while, I try and cheer myself up with flowers and plants. I make sure I choose ones that don’t need too much looking after:-)

As I prepare to launch my new venture, my blogging is (unfortunately) taking a bit of a back seat. Apologies to my readers for the lack of posts. I’ll be back here on Thursday 2nd October. See you then x

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Thank you to everyone who has so kindly nominated and voted for me in the Amara Interior Blog awards. I’m humbled and very touched. Please feel free to vote for me. http://www.interiorblogawards.com/vote/colour-living/
Voting closes on Friday 3rd October.

 

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vive la différence – the alphabet

I’m delighted to feature another blogger in this month’s Vive la Différence series. After a brief summer break during August, we’re back in full swing.

Today, please welcome Emma Harris, who writes the blog A Quiet Style and who some of you might know from her Instagram feed. Emma, on her blog, shares her love of interiors, design, fashion, photography and her two lovely girls, Elvia and Dottie.

For new readers:

The concept: each month I will invite one blogger. They will create and showcase one image/vignette. There are 20 themes and 20 objects for my guest to choose from. They choose 1 theme and up to 3 objects. I will then create an image/vignette based on their choice. Everyone has free reign on how to create the image. It can be simple photography, a drawing, a collage, a hand-painted image, a styled table top… the choice is yours! The fun part is that you, my readers, will see 2 versions inspired by the same subject matter. There is no right or wrong. There’s just ‘different’.

Emma chose the theme: The Alphabet…. with the objects: Flowers and Stationery.  Here is Emma’s Vignette.

When Tina asked if I would like to take part in her Vive la Différence feature, I must admit I was a little nervous, I am not at all artistic in the traditional sense, I can’t draw, or paint, so I felt slightly intimidated by the other talented people she has featured.

I knew at once that I wanted to use flowers, they have been a constant love and source of inspiration throughout my life.  I always have cut flowers at home, on the very rare occasion when some have faded before I have been able to replenish them with others, the house has felt empty. As for the subject, that was a bit harder, but after a gentle push by Tina, and not being one to turn down a challenge, I decided to select ‘The Alphabet’.  I initially considered writing out the whole alphabet in floral form, but when I thought about it again, I decided on a more personal note, which was when I decided on B is for bloom.  The word bloom represents not just the flowers, but also my life as it is currently, my littlest one has just started nursery, and I am focusing on blogging, something I have wanted to do for a while.  I feel that this is a chance to find my voice, and my path and hopefully by doing that, it will be my time to bloom!

Thanks for having me, it is such a great column, I can’t wait to see what you come up with Tina.


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As a Graphic Designer, the Alphabet holds a never ending fascination for me. It can be interpreted in so many different ways, with millions of type fonts and millions of hand rendered versions. Type will always be close to my heart.

As I’m slowly but surely approaching the unveiling of my new venture, I thought it would be nice to set you a little Anagram.

“An anagram is a type of word play, the result of rearranging the letters of a word or phrase to produce a new word or phrase, using all the original letters exactly once.”

The name of my new venture lies in this Anagram, here below. Don’t worry too much, all will be revealed soon, but for those of you who like a good riddle, have fun and good luck. A clue: two words and they each start with the letters in magenta.

Flowers in the background. The letters act as the alphabet and the M and G in magenta are representative of stationery.

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Emma, thank you so much for taking part and foremost for accepting my challenge:-) I love your B is for bloom and look forward to your own ‘blooming’. Vive la Différence returns on 20th October.

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rushing around during london design festival

Hello everyone. Just a quickie today. London is buzzing with all that’s happening in the capital. So much rushing around!

I wanted to share with you some of the places I visited in the last couple of days and hope you’ll find some inspiration here.

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Holborn Dining Room

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Hay Mini market pop-up in Selfridges for London Design Festival

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Florence Balducci re-created her eclectic studio in Anthropologie’s Regents Street window for London Design Festival

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The lovely Smug shop on their late night opening. This year sees the Launch of the ‘Islington Design District’ for the London Design Festival. Go and also visit the exquisite Present & Correct, Aria, Twentytwentyone and many more.

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I briefly popped into Design Junction‘s Press Preview on Wednesday. As always there’s a plethora of amazing work on display. I particularly loved Kristjana S Williams’ newly launched range of pouffes, wallpapers and Art Cartography. Just breathtaking stuff. I hope you get to visit Design Junction when it opens 18-21 September. It’s always incredibly inspiring.

Phew, I’m continuing to enjoy the London Design Festival and all that London has on offer. I hope you get to see or enjoy some of it. Monday sees another round of Vive la Différence, after a short month summer break. Have a fab weekend whatever you’re up to.

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london design festival at the v&a

Every year in September I look forward to The London Design Festival. Now in its 12th year, it’s bigger than ever.

I spend some of the weekend at the V&A, the hub of the Festival. Last year I was honoured to have my work hang in the museum, as part of a collaborative project with Moleskine.

There’s so much to see that you would need a full week just to explore what’s on offer. Part of the program is a full series of talks.

I was delighted to find out that graphic legend Paula Sher, New York based partner of Pentagram, was going to present some of her work and talk about her successful career. A long-time heroine of mine, it was amazing to be in her presence.

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Paula Sher in conversation with Adrian Shaughnessy

Yesterday I returned to the V&A to hear Amsterdam born Irma Boom present her work. Irma specialises in bookmaking and has made more than 250, of which 50 reside in the collection of MoMA in New York.

A true maverick, her constant pushing boundaries and staying true to herself makes her the most interesting designer in her field. It was fascinating to hear that for every project Boom makes a miniature model first.

I loved meeting her.

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Irma Boom presenting some of her work.

Another highlight (in the true sense) at the museum is the Candela installation by a multi-disciplinary team comprising of product designer Felix de Pass, graphic designer Michael Montgomery and ceramicist Ian McIntyre.

A large rotary machine sits centrally, hovering just off the gallery floor. As the face of the machine revolves, it passes through a light source charging its surface, which emits this energy as afterglow. The continual revolution of the machine creates a perpetual ebb and flow of light patterns travelling across the structures.

Photographs don’t do it justice. If you can get to the V&A, make sure you put that on your list.

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Candela installation

While at the museum, pop out to The John Madejski garden. There you’ll see Zaha Hadid‘s Crest. It’s designed as a demountable sculpture to be installed as a permanent feature within the ME Hotel in Dubai which opens in 2016.

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Also in the garden you’ll find The Wish List, a collaborative fusion of design experience. Ten famous names in design and architecture each nominated an emerging talent to collaborate on a very open brief:
“What have you always wanted in your home but never been able to find?”

Paul Smith asked Nathalie de Leval for his ideal shed. It’s 3m x 3m just like his first ever shop in Nottingham.

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The shed from the outside. It’s made from thermo-treated ash.

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Loving the Anglepoise + Paul Smith lamp.

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Those chairs are to die for.

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Interior by Paul Smith and Nicholas Chandor

Other works from ‘The Wish List’, are located close to the entrance of the museum.

I’ll leave you with this incredibly ambitious project. Double space for BMW – precision & poetry in motion. Designers Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby have collaborated with BMW to create a remarkable and memorable experience in the V&A’s Raphael Gallery. The first thing you notice is the sheer size of the space. Truly imposing.

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I’m really enjoying the Festival. I shall be back on Thursday with more Design inspirations. Have a good start to the week everyone.

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the monocle guide to good business

I’m very excited today to review ‘The Monocle Guide to Good Business’.

I’m a huge fan of the Monocle brand ever since I first discovered the magazine back in 2007 at the now sadly closed Border bookshop in Oxford Street. I was instantly smitten, became a regular reader and an avid supporter!

A couple of years later I attended a talk Tyler Brûlé, Monocle’s Editor in Chief, gave to MBA students of the Rotman School of Management. I’ll never forget how passionate Tyler spoke about the magazine, why he founded it, how the format, paper and smell were key. He wanted the magazine to be collectors items.

For me, the magazine really came into its own once they started working with Japanese illustrators. Then came the wonderful posters, products, physical shops, radio station, cafés and books.

For their first book – The Monocle Guide to Better Living – Monocle collaborated with the brilliant Gestalten, who publish and distribute books and other media on contemporary visual culture. This is a match made in heaven and now there’s no stopping them. Robert Klanten, co-founder, Publisher & Editor in Chief at Gestalten is equally dynamic, entrepreneurial and a good leader.

The Monocle Guide for Good Business, the second book in the Monocle series has just hit the shelves. Regular Monocle readers will be aware that Tyler Brûlé does not like the status quo. He’s in the business of changing, challenging, shaking things up. A true entrepreneur, he likes to guide anyone who will listen. He has firm views on everything, especially on how to set up and do good business.

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This most beautiful publication, a true feast for the eye is adorned with gold foil lettering and a pale coloured linen cover. It’s worth the money just for that alone.

Who is it for? Basically it’s for anyone who has ever had a dream of starting their own venture, right through to established businesses that could do with an injection of innovation. If the Monocle brand can teach us one thing, it’s how to do business well, since Monocle has just sold a minority stake to a Japanese media company and has been valued at £70 million.

What you won’t find in the book is a get rich quick formula or any business jargons. No, this is for people and connoisseurs that are willing to work hard, value purpose, understand what it means to have a good lifestyle and who want to excel in what they do. It’s about starting small, doing it right and having fun along the way. The book covers everything from how to ‘get started’, to things you ‘need to know’, right through to ‘observations’ and ‘building an office’. It truly is the definite guide to good business and is backed up by the trademark Monocle photography and sublime layout and printing processes. Mr Brûlé has always understood that if you want people to take in information, you have to make it accessible, bite-sized, fun, visual and cut out boring jargons. He started this formula when he was Editor in Chief at Wallpaper and has gone on to excel in it with the Monocle magazine, and now the books!

Take a look at the book’s film trailer here.

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The first two books in the Monocle book collection

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Chapter 1 – Get started – How to start a farm

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Chapter 1 – Get started – How to build a business (50 steps to success

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Chapter 1 – Get started – How to build a business (50 steps to success

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Chapter 2 – Next steps – Looking Ahead | Paris

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Chapter 3 – Need to know

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Chapter 4 – Business cities (and villages)

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Chapter 5 – Observations

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Chapter 6 – Build an office

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Chapter 6 – Build an office

If the Monocle brand is one thing, it’s aspirational, but in the good sense. It’s not about owning yachts and wearing expensive clothes (as so many people ignorantly believe). It’s about standing up to be counted, intelligent navigation through life, making better and wiser choices and challenging our own status quo. It’s about making every day count and being mindful with it. Oh yes, and then there is the visual porn and expensive products. But hey, it is Tyler Brûlé after all. But then I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Monocle does get a fair share of flack. To the naysayers, especially the media critics, I say: ‘go and set up your own businesses, be accountable, do some good out there and then write your commentaries. Critics to me are often failed beings in their respective industries.’ I predict Monocle will go from strength to strength and I will certainly be supporting them along the way.

As I unveil my own little new venture in a few weeks, I would like to thank Tyler Brûlé for all the inspiration over the years. It has certainly influenced and partly shaped my thinking.

Thank you Lee Williams (Gestalten office London).

This post will stay live until Monday 15th September.

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styling the seasons – stationery heaven

It’s 1st September and Autumn has made its first appearance. Hello to my favourite month. I was wondering why September is my favourite month? It’s always full of hope after the summer. It’s new beginnings, many design shows and the weather is cool, especially if we have an Indian summer.

As I launch my new project this month I’m full of hope and new beginnings. Not long until I can reveal it all.

So when I got asked to help launch ‘Styling the Seasons’, I jumped at the opportunity. Refresh, rework, re-style. The lovely Katy from Apartment Apothecary has teamed up with Charlotte from Lotts and Lots for this monthly series.

I opted to style my wooden key holder cabinet that came from a university in North London. As a designer and creative I very much believe in creative chaos. Enough to stimulate my senses but with some sort of order too. You minimalists out there (you know who you are), don’t be alarmed. There is a point to this creative clutter.

OK, as I’m leaving this post up for a week I thought it might be fun to list most of the items on show with links where you can get them. If you’re a stationery freak like me, pay attention.

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The full monty!

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From left: novelty stickers Paperchase | City Clips – London Skyline by Another Studio | Protractor Present & Correct | Marilyn Print Stanley Chow Illustration | Green clip holding print Present & Correct | Midori Brass number clips Luiban | 2013/2014 The Visionnaire Papier Tigre | Paintbrush holder Labour and Wait | Various paintbrushes Cass Arts | Winsor & Newton Cotman Aquarelles

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From left: Neon rubber bands R.S.V.P | Small measuring cup Pitfield London | Inside measuring cup: round paper clips – moon clips R.S.V.P | Fine black safety pins Ray Stitch | Extra small gem paper clips Choosing Keeping | Gold pet recycled milk carton – bought many years ago | Small sample paints Abigail Ahern

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From left: Midori Cotton Notebook The Journal Shop | Artefact Cards | Yellow map of Britain | Animal mailing labels Lollipop | Yellow vase bought for £1 | 4-way rubber bands (in yellow vase) Lollipop | Storage jar with copper lid Petersham Nurseries | Inside storage jar: Wallace and Sewell Ribbons Ray Stitch | Green Gorilla eraser Twenty Twentyone | Black Gorilla Safari calendar Katsumi Tamura

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Left to right: Kaweco fountain pens and pencil Choosing Keeping | Miniature coloured pencils bought years ago | Staplers with coloured staples bought years ago in Gemany | Chinese stapless stapler Manufactum | Midori MD Notebook The Journal Shop | Felt numbers on notebook La Droguerie | Travel Winsor & Newton Coleman watercolour set Cornelissen

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Sequin ribbon Inkkit |Handmade superheroes keyrings Souvenir Gallery | Yellow leather piece – colour for my to be ordered Eames EA217 Soft Pad chair

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From left: Novelty stickers | Bicycle clips and Number paper clips bought years ago | Gold number stickers Present & Correct | Red stickers – inside diary of Moleskine | Fox string holder Volpe and Volpe | East of India No.4 office clips bought years ago

Phew, I don’t know about you but I’m exhausted now. I hope you enjoy browsing and maybe a little shopping. Apart from Paperchase, who I don’t rate much these days, everyone else is firmly in my black book and I enjoy supporting them wholeheartedly.

There will be no post on Thursday. I see you back here next Monday. Have a fantastic first week of September.

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my library – mapping it out

Maps, yay! A subject close to my heart and a never-ending fascination with what they can be and how they can be interpreted differently. So, when I heard that Mapping it Out – An Alternative Atlas of Contemporary Cartographies was being published by the wonderful Thames & Hudson, I couldn’t have been more excited. Unfortunately I had missed the Serpentine Gallery’s Map Marathon event in 2010 (which this book has been inspired by).

In an effort to rethink what maps can do for us in the twenty-first century, Hans Ulrich Obrist invited a remarkable range of 130 leading figures from different fields – artists, designers, writers, scientists, architects, and thinkers to create maps, of interior or exterior worlds, real or imagined, in any medium. Can you imagine my delight? Of course you can!

Mapping it Out shows us so many different approaches.From plans to plots, blueprints and drawings, instructions and lists. You’ll find mind maps, concept maps and fantasy maps. There is a multitude of inventive ways how to ‘map’ something and if you’re at all interested in the evolution of what ‘maps’ can be, this is a book for you. It was difficult to choose from so many amazing entries. Here are just a few to wet your appetite.

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Mapping it Out – the cover

I love Kevin Kelly’s map of the internet. It’s simple, yet evokes a warm and inviting three dimensional aspect. What would your map of the internet look like?

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Joan Enriquez & Rodrigo Martinez challenge that “if beliefs and institutions don’t adapt and adopt as the environment changes” they too, like religions go extinct. Their map illustrates “some of the speciation that occurred with three of the world’s great religions after originating from a common Abrahamic belief.”

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Suzanne Lacy decided to do a project in prostitution in 1974. At that time, there was little knowledge of the lives of prostitutes. Here we see the early sketches of that research, recorded on brown paper. The whole project resulted in: “The journey took me across LA in three dimensions: the sociology and fabric of relationships, the geography and specific places where prostitution occurs, and my own psychological terrain”

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Prostitution Notes, 1974

One of my favourite entries in the book (not only because of the luscious colours) is Mariana Castillo Deball & Amalia Pica’s map, entitled ‘Figures don’t lie but liars can figure’. It states: ‘the first Jigsaw puzzles were made from Maps. Interesting! I love how this map makes me have to analyse my own interpretation. Is it a map? You answer!

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Mariana Castillo Deball & Amalia Pica – Figures don’t lie but liars can figure, 2012

I’ve had this book for nearly 2 months and dip in and out of it nearly daily. So much inspiration and thought-provoking entries. Just fab! A real gem firmly ensconced in my library. Happy weekend!

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