Thursday, 17 May 2018

Full moon in the Highlands

We watched the full moon rise into a cloudless sky.

It woke me in the early morning shining through the slats in our Venetian blind and I got up to find the house illuminated by moonlight and a thick band of mist in the valley bottom.

I had to go out.

I crunched down the gravel driveway praying I wouldn't wake the three big dogs that lived in the next house. 

Nobody stirred. This horse was already awake munching the frosty grass.

 It was so still and quiet.

The moon was setting on one side of me 

 and the sun was rising on the other. 

It made some beautiful silhouettes.


and it lit up the frosty cobwebs and grasses.

I woke all the sheep on the way back up the lane. I think they thought I was the farmer bringing their breakfast. These tiny lambs had very big voices!

With the moon nearly gone behind the hill I went back to our cosy cottage and snuggled back into bed all full of magic.

Thursday, 10 May 2018

91 Magazine Home Tour

Last month my home was featured on the 91 Magazine blog. There has been lots going on this last few weeks and I haven't had an opportunity to blog about it but the whole process was lovely so I do want to write about it.

 It all came about because of our friend Nicolette from Archie and the Rug who is a blogger and writer and all round creative and she pitched to the magazine to write a story about my house. 

I don't want to share ALL the photos because I'd love you to go and look at them on the 91 magazine blog but there are a few nice ones that didn't make the feature so I thought I'd share a mixture here.

I had such a lovely time with photographer Kathryn Taylor who was commissioned to do the shoot. As you can see it was a gorgeous sunny day and we were both in a bright mood and enjoying getting the job done whilst getting to know each other.

 She managed to catch the light and bright feel of the flat beautifully.

Then I had another gorgeous morning sitting in my window chairs eating breakfast with Nicolette  (which she brought with her) while she interviewed me and she wrote such a lovely piece about my home and my work.

We visited the studio and Kathryn took some lovely photos there too.

Please go and visit the gorgeous 91 Magazine blog and see the feature and read Nicolette's piece. Kathryn has a really lovely Instagram feed too which I have been enjoying ever since.

Thanks to 91 Magazine for the feature and to Kathryn and Nicolette. What a great team!

Featured in Elle Deco

 I have been drooling over the pages of Elle Decoration magazine for years so you can imagine my excitement when I heard I was going to be in it!

It's all thanks to Abigail Edwards and her new Quiet Pattern book which I wrote about a couple of posts back. 

Elle Deco have featured all the British designers which are in the book so you can read about Abigail and the inspiration behind the book, Mineheart (I met them at the book launch and they are SO lovely)

and Daniel Heath who screen prints his wallpapers so skilfully.

The beautiful photographs are by Alun Callender.

It's in the June issue on the shelves now.

Monday, 7 May 2018

Tiny Treasures book

I've been bursting to share my new Tiny Treasures book with you but arrived from the printers the day before my holiday so I had to wait. So I'm here in my studio on a bank holiday Monday with a lot of excitement. 

I made this book to accompany my Tiny Treasures wallpaper and window film. You see the design includes thirty-seven species altogether and as I was telling my friend Suzi some of the stories of when and where I found some of its motifs she suggested I made a book so people could identify what is on their wallpaper!

I didn't wait. I was so excited about the possibility of this little book that I got on it straight away and here it is.

  I loved writing all of the little stories and sharing my memories of finding these seeds, pods, leaves and feathers over the years.

I've always been drawn to these treasures from nature.

I always come back with something from the woods (you should see my coat pockets after my Scotland trip last week) and they have lived in my studio and home waiting to be turned into something.

 So now they are immortalised in wallpaper, window film and a BOOK!  

I'm giving away the book for free with the first twenty-five orders of Tiny treasures wallpaper.

Or you can order a copy here and I would be delighted to send you one.

 The other exciting thing is that one pound from every copy I sell will go to the Tinderwood Trust, a local forest school doing great work with children and young people to educate, inspire and build confidence in a woodland setting. It was founded by my friend Emily and she gets as excited as I do about these small and beautiful things that you find in the woods. As she said this morning 'one pound will buy a whole bag of marshmallows for the children to toast on the fire!' That sounds like a good enough reason to me.

(Please feel free to share my photos online. It will help me spread the word).

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Quiet Pattern

I'm really excited to share that I have been featured in a beautiful new book called Quiet Pattern.

The book is written by this lovely lady Abigail Edwards (seen hear with Claude the dog) who is a wallpaper/fabric designer and a stylist. Back in 2013 when I launched my first wallpaper designs I exhibited them at the ICFF in New York. I had an absolute blast at that show but it is the only show that I have ever been to where I didn't do any business! BUT I did meet Abigail and we have followed each others work ever since.

I was delighted when she contacted me last summer and told me that she was writing a book and that she would like to feature my work. What an honour!

Abigail worked with her friend, photographer Alun Calendar. He did my Country Living feature shoot a few years back so it was nice to have worked with him before. 

They came to my studio and my flat last August to do a photoshoot which was a lot of fun and ever since I have been excitedly waiting for the release. 

 It's an absolutely beautiful book. It features the work of eleven designers from around the world including Abigail and she also writes about the history of 'quiet pattern' design. 

I love the photos that Alun took of my studio. I'm glad they have been captured in a book!

   It was good to see the stylist and the photographer at work in my home too. 

 I went down to London for the book launch last week and it was lovely to meet some of the other designers and celebrate with Abigail. She has done such a wonderful job.

If you are lover of pattern, interiors and design history I think you will love this book. It's published by Clearview books.

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