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Wonderful Wallpaper

2 Jul

Myself and my husband are in the process of moving house – upping sticks and moving from central London to the adorable riverside town of Wivenhoe in Essex. Although we love London town, we’re so excited about our relocation and new adventure.

I’ll be doing posts soon on why I love where we’re going and why I’ll always love where we’ve been, but in the mean time I thought I’d share our sense of anticipation by showing you what we’ve been doing in preparation for the move – you know, looking at expensive stuff to adorn our new abode.

Last week we’ve been mostly looking at wallpaper. Now, I’ve been a bit hesitant of wallpaper of late, I think it’s because a lot of mediocre bars did the wallpaper thing and let’s face no one wants their home to look like a mediocre bar. However, done well, the clever use of wallpaper can enhance a home, add a lively touch of character and colour and be a fun addition to your space – I think an element of fun and humour in your gaff is no bad thing…

So here’s a round up of what we’ve been looking at on the Sanderson and Anthropologie sites – WARNING some are real expensive.

If you like what you see, I’ve included links to the shops below…

Sanderson Miro fifties wallpaper

Sanderson Rya fifties wallpaper

Sanderson Wrappings fifties wallpaper

Sanderson Mobiles fifties wallpaper

Anthropologie Gilded Wallpaper

Anthropologie Hide and Seek Wallpaper

Anthropologie Dreamscape Mural Wallpaper

Anthropologie Blazing Poppies Wallpaper

For details on these designs and to see more fabulous patterns take a look at the following:

Sanderson fifties wallpaper:

Anthropologie wallpaper:


Oh for the love of type

25 Mar

I’ve liked the art of words since I was a kid and I have a fascination for slogans, propaganda posters and advertising campaigns. I’m particularly obsessed with early 20th Century posters that recruit soldiers to war and promote virtues of thriftiness, discretion and national pride. I’m always struck by how such messages are communicated through carefully considered illustration, amazing copy writing and tremendously artful graphic design.

Army recruitment

Carless talk costs lives

Inspired by posters such as these I recently did my own set of propaganda posters – illustrating the contradictory messages we’re often fed in the early 21st Century – it was a lot of fun to explore.

After seeing this work. a friend introduced me to the Keep Calm Gallery website and I’m a regular visitor. The site is a real pleasure to explore and features a range of fantastic print artists. Right now, I’m absolutely loving, loving, loving the work of Lesley & Pea – Sussex-based artist makers who, until recently, ran the Aardvark tearoom in St. Leonards on Sea.

The Boat of Life

A fine example of their work is their Aardvark manifestos. These prints have been letter-pressed by hand in Sussex using wood and metal type.

2010 Manifesto

2011 Manifesto

Every year these guys properly spread the love. – I rate the sentiment (anyone who tells me to ‘keep it wonky’ has got to be okay) and I’m impressed by the playful typography and great selection of archival, vintage imagery. I adore their lightness of touch and am hearted by the genuine warmth and charm of the posters. Lovely.

Owls at Twentytwentyone

14 Mar

After popping into the craft fayre/flea market at The Horatio on Holloway Road on Sunday, I took a peek into Twentytwentyone on Upper Street. I’m drawing an owl at the moment so these fellas caught my attention.

Sculptural owls made of walnut by Matt Pugh, with coloured tops in either green or white lacquer.

George Nelson’s ‘Zoo timers’ were a colourful and graphic contrast to his sculptural clocks from the 1950s. They’re made of lacquered wood and metal.

This Lagom Owl greetings card by Ellen Giggenbach is created by hand cutting specially coloured paper to produce designs which have an eclectic mix of simple 1950s and 60s shapes and European folk art. Twentytwentyone’s website is here.