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my library – a frame for life

Today I’m delighted to review the much anticipated A Frame for Life: The Designs of Studioilse. A further soon to be iconic title in my library series.

A lot of you might know that Ilse Crawford is my design hero and some of you might have read my post when I had the good fortune to spend ‘a day of good design‘ in her presence.

This is Ilse Crawford’s third book. A fan of the previous books, this tome of 240 pages is an inspirational volume of Ms Crawford’s teachings and work undertaken since forming Studioilse in 20013.

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© A Frame for Life by Ilse Crawford with Edwin Heathcote | Published by Rizzoli New York | Publication Date: November 2014 | Price: £35.00

“Over the last decade, through my work with Studioilse and my teaching, I have developed an agenda of working to create design that is a frame for life; a design that starts with human experience, that prioritises our well-being and enhances our humanity.” – Ilse Crawford

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Left: Knitted socks for staying friends with the neighbours | Right: My Smythson notebooks tells many stories

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Left: His foot got chipped so we had to keep him | Right: The Leather Aero bag is perfect for brick samples

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Left: Tea is a ceremonial part of studio culture | Right: These were made for the Elle Deco opening party in 1989

The book is full of Ilse Crawford’s philosophies in the field of design and well-being. Anyone who has come across the writings or designs of Ms Crawford will know that she puts the human being at the centre of all her projects. There are many anecdotes and gems of early influences.

“I learned as a child in west London that design was a potent, magical thing.” – Ilse Crawford

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Left: the bathroom 2011 | Right: Prioritising well being

An extract: “I love to lie in the bath in the early morning and look at the sky. What makes the normal so special is attention to detail and real materials: for example, seriously good lighting, solid traditional taps, handmade zellige tiles, a bench in the shower, deep drawers for storage, a wardrobe of flat-weave towels collected on our travels. This attitude is carried through into our cleaning and grooming products; no detergent, no animal testing, no artificial fragrances, so no ‘smell of napalm in the morning’.” – Ilse Crawford

You’ll find stunning photography of Ilse Crawford’s most interesting domestic interiors to public spaces, along with layout designs and individual products.

“Home is so much more than bricks and mortar. It is such an interesting construct. On the one hand, it is a receptacle to house objects and people. And on the other, it is a living thing; constantly in flux, as changeable as the people that live in it and a vessel for so many different activities.” – Ilse Crawford

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Design with the Human Being at the Centre

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Dinder, Somerset 2008 Left: the Home Office | Right: the bookcase, drawn by the client

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Design that brings people together

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Mathias Dahlgren, Stockholm 2008 Left: Testing a chair | Right: Matbaren

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Why is Interior Design so misunderstood? Essay by and a conversation with design critic Edwin Heathcote

“Design can be a powerful force. I have never understood why interior design is often so underestimated, misunderstood and trivialised. It is too often dismissed as something superficial, without instrinsic value. An ‘add-on’. It’s a mistake that it is considered a luxury to be applied if there is money left at the end, rather than an integral part of making and shaping new realities from the outset.” – Ilse Crawford

I’ve now had this book for a few weeks and it’s taken me this long to have a good read and absorb so many pearls of wisdom you will find in it. I don’t see Ilse Crawford as just a designer. I see her as someone who tells stories through design. She’s much more interested in the story of a building, a place and how to make humans feel good in that space.

A Frame for Life is the perfect title for this most wonderful book. Ilse Crawford has the masterful ability to merge the fields of interior design, architecture and product design with the priority of putting the desires, needs, and well-being of the human being at the center of all her projects.

I will cherish this book and refer to it over and over again. Thank you Rizzoli UK.

For a great article on Studioilse’s new office space, see here.

This post will stay live until Thursday 27th November.

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vive la différence – museum visit

Today I’m delighted to feature another guest in this month’s Vive la Différence series. Apologies for not posting this series in October, but I was busy launching the all new Mapology Guides. Thank you to everyone who left such nice comments.

Please welcome Naomi Den Besten, a graphic designer living in Amsterdam. I came across Naomi when she designed and self-published  the creative guide to Amsterdam. Please peruse Naomi’s website Pretty Unexpected and her blog.

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’.

Naomi chose the theme: Museum Visit…. with the objects: Art Supplies.  Here is Naomi’s Vignette.

When Tina invited me to join the series and emailed me the list of topics, I knew right away that it had to be ‘Museum visit’. Amsterdam is a pretty crowded city and I love going to bookstores and museums for a quiet afternoon of gathering inspiration. So last week I biked to FOAM, the photography museum. My intention was to create a series of small drawings about my experience at the museum, like an illustrated journal entry. I felt a bit self-conscious about bring my sketchbook into the museum though, so I decided to take photos of the things that I might wanted to draw later on.

Currently there are three exhibitions on display in the museum, showing work by JH Engström, Vivian Maier and several young American photographers. Engström makes images that sometimes are really beautiful and romantic but most of the time really raw and snapshot-like. It sparked a lot of comments from fellow visitors. Vivian Maier is a street photographer whose work was only recently discovered. It truly is a remarkable story and if you’re interested I’d highly recommend watching the documentary Finding Vivian Maier. One of the the American photographers, Lucas Blalock, made a photo of a cactus which is visibly photoshopped, but keeps you wondering for a second if it could be real.

I’m currently taking an art photography class in the evenings and therefore I’m looking at a lot of photos; taken by myself, fellow students and well-known photographers. When I went into the museum, I noticed that I looked at the images a little differently because of it. I spent more time comparing images in a series, contemplating the photographers intention and reflecting on why I like some photos more than others. Every photo tells a story but you don’t always know what you’re looking at, which is something that I wanted to express in my illustration too. The idea of putting nine small illustrations together came from looking at the wall that displayed nine self-portraits of Vivian Maier.

Thank you Tina for having me – it was such a fun experience!

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Where do I start with a museum visit? Being a designer, doing art and loving exhibitions it was quite hard for me to choose what to do. And I live in London with a plethora of amazing museums and art galleries.

I somehow wanted to transmit the inspiration I get from starting with the excitement of visiting a museum, right to the moment I go and visit. I started asking myself the question: ‘What makes a great museum visit?’ and ‘Why do I go to a museum?’

In the end I opted to create a sketchbook page where I answered these questions, listed some exhibitions I look forward to visiting in 2015 and some of my favourite exhibitions of 2014. Here they are:

1. Quentin Blake’s Inside Stories at The House of Illustration
2. Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs at Tate Modern (now showing at MOMA in New York)
3. Hockney, Printmaker at the Dulwich Picture Gallery
4. A nod to my guest Naomi. My favourite Egon Schiele exhibition was the first dutch retrospective of work by Egon Schiele at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam in 2005.

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Thank you Naomi for being part of the Vive la Différence family and enchanting us with your wonderful sketches of a museum visit. Vive la Différence will return on Monday 15th December.

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mapology guides – the birth

Happy November. Happy new week and hello Mapology Guides!

I know that many of you think I’ve been purposely cagy and teasing a lot about my new venture. The truth is that it’s not something easy to explain, so I wanted to wait until the whole story is ready to be unfolded!

Shall we start at the beginning? You know that I’m a big advocate of the creative process, so I’m happy to share some of my journey with you. I hope you indulge me.

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Early sketch for Be Present Perfect map | 1

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Early sketches for Be Present Perfect map | 3

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Be Present Perfect map | writer: Simon Rodway | illustrator: Miranda Sofroniou

It all started towards the end of 2012. Ideas were brewing in my mind. But how and where to start? All I knew was that I wanted to collaborate and that I needed a partner in crime. This was not something I could or wanted to do on my own. So in 2013 I asked my good friend Mike Abrahams to come on this journey with me. Thankfully he agreed:-)

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Early sketch for Matchmaking Pets & People map | 1

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Matchmaking Pets & People map | writer: Sarah Farley | illustrator: Nanna Koekoek

We set out to encourage people to explore questions of every day life in a fun, humorous and educational way.  Starting from the idea that almost everyone can use a map to work out where they are, the ‘traveller’ can then decide where they want to get to and begin the journey along a route and at a pace to suit. We fully believe in and support bite-size, visual learning and wondered if topics that are not geographical could be explored in map form?
Mapology Guides are the result.

Maps, although very in vogue and most of you know I’m obsessed with them, are still seen as mostly geographical. With the help of books like  Mapping It Out, this is slowly but surely changing. The act of map making can reveal a lot about all kinds of topics, different ideas, scientific phenomena and so on.

We decided on our first three topics and now the challenge was to go and choose the right writers and illustrators to help bring our maps to life!

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Early sketch for What’s Bugging You? map | 1

 

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What’s Bugging You? map | writer: John-Paul Flintoff | illustrator: Jenni Sparks

The long journey began and it was truly a most thrilling time. The magic happened when all four contributors of each map met to brainstorm and work out the most appropriate direction and solution for each map. Then the hard work started.

This venture would have never come to life without the dedication and sheer hard work of each and everyone involved in this project. I cannot thank them all enough.

All members of the team producing the maps are recognised for their contribution and share in the success (or failure) of the project with 50% of profits split equally between them for 15 years. This business model is called ‘shared risk and shared rewards’ and Mike and I are both very passionate about this way of doing business. As designers we aim for creatives to be more entrepreneurial and have part ownership of their work.

For now I leave you to glance at our happy hours at Mapology Guides HQ, peruse the website and online shop. All feedback is welcome and much appreciated as we prepare for the next series of maps in our collection. Thank you for all your support and understanding of my infrequent blogging. Soon, everything will return to normality.

We would love you to follow our adventure on Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest. Facebook will follow shortly.

This post will stay live until Monday 17th November.

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florence balducci at anthropologie

During the recent London Design Festival I luckily managed to pop into Anthropologie, Regents Street, to see talented Parisian artist Florence Balducci work in the store’s window.

It was a really short encounter but, for me, it was so enriching and inspirational.
Florence, hugely talented, spent 20 years in art direction at advertising agency Saatchi & Saatchi in Paris, before she turned illustrator and ‘professional visionary’ (according to Anthropologie). Florence mixes different techniques and medium for illustration, ceramic and textile.

Meet Florence.

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Passers by were treated to some wonderful black and white illustrations. Here Florence used some wasara biodegradable paper tableware from japan.

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There is a real sense of vintage and mystical imagery here. It reminds me of the world of Tim Burton and a touch of Aubrey Beardsley. How beautiful are these?

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Lovely touch of using black and white MT tape on the table lamp.

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Window drawing.

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Ceramics and more of the wasara biodegradable paper tableware from japan made the window installation feel homely.

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These black and white botanical illustrations and folk-inspired animal drawings are screen-printed on to both sides of the cotton-and-silk cushions and are a collaboration between Anthropologie and Florence.

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Some of Florence’s tools of the trade.

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How inspirational is this? Some pages from Florence’s sketchbooks.

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Florence is definitely a professional visionary and it was an honour to meet and spent a little time with her. I hope we will meet again very soon. Merci Florence! À bientôt…..

This post will stay live until Monday 3rd November.

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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 Delicatessen

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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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