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Monthly Archives: April 2012

Christmas (!) 3M & private jets

On April 25th, 2012 by .

It’s 6.47am and I am sitting on a train, heading up north for a meeting about my first Christmas job (!) Is it me or does this come earlier every year? With the planning under way for this job, I am also working on a book with the lovely Jemma Watts.  Not sure I can say much more about it other than it’s with Kyle books and it’s going to be lovely!  I will of course share the work once it’s finished.

Last week we finished shooting for our private jet client, it was a great brief which meant we were shooting at a couple of gorgeous locations.  Thanks to Lavish Locations and 1st-option for being so patient with shoot dates moving no less than 3 times!

We have now finished two large jobs with 3M Command, ‘How to create a children’s den’ and ‘Spring update’ (some of the images can be seen here.  I know I’m biased as I am their Ambassador but the products really are great (I haven’t been paid to say this!)  Just in case you are not aware; they enable you to hand pretty much anything on the walls without using nails – damage free hanging.  Perfect for protecting your walls and especially good if you are in rented accommodation.

I’ve arrived and off to look at tree decorations – Merry Christmas everyone!

Serax Maison d'etre

On April 25th, 2012 by .

The images below are from the 2012 collection of Serax-Maison d’être, a company that flourished after two sons took over their mothers business under the name of Serax.  I was fortunate enough to see their collection at Maison 2012 and it didn’t disappoint.  Offering a selection of modern interior objects, their collection ranges from original glassware to elegant services and tea-light candles.  What I love most about this collection is the mix of snowy whites against the punchy Pantone colours.

The idea of living without colour is unthinkable. Colours show our state of mind, our emotions and our feelings. Colours determine who we are. Set yourself apart and bring colour into your life with the new Serax Collections flower pots, vases and solifleur vases. Four objects drenched in 12 unique colours. Serax lays down the form, Pantone Universe™ the colour. The result is a perfect symbiosis of design and colour.” Quote: Serax-Maison d’être,

Creative displays by Pippa Jameson

On April 23rd, 2012 by .

Last month, I worked on a great shoot with photographer Jemma Watts, looking at creative ways to display pictures and home accessories, using a selection of 3M’s Command products.

When it comes to wall displays you don’t have to stick to conventional set-ups, think about what you are hanging and try to have a little fun. Our styled collection has a retro feel, with most of the items having been up-cycled or restored. We started by painting the wall in a rich grey, this created the perfect backdrop to the punchy reds and bright mustard. It may not be your obvious choice for the wall, but this demonstrates that with the right light and accessories, slate grey can look striking and above all, warm.

My favourite item is the handmade peg rail which has been made from old yard sticks, genius. We used the Command picture hanging strips to attach it to the wall, just make sure you check the weight of the products against the back of the Command packet. All products wall are from the fabulous Home Barn, they sell a mixture of home accessories that have been lovingly restored and transformed into very cool and individual pieces.


Credits from left to right: Wall painted with Railings, Matt emulsion, Farrow & Ball. Tom Collins red chair, Sofa Workshop. Crystal stool designed by Marcel Wanders for Kartell, £133, Lifestyle Bazaar. Smoke bottle vase, £29, Ebury Home & Garden. All wall decoration including letters & pictures, wooden shoes, vintage bottles, coat rack & vintage flags, all Home Barn. Yellow throw, Just Blankets. Mathew Williamson Cushions, £20, Debenhams.

Credits: Crystal stool designed by Marcel Wanders for Kartell, £133, Set of 3 Delft flying ducks, £45, Lifestyle Bazaar, Ben de Lisi Red table lamp, Debenhams.


Credits: Wall painted with Railings, Matt emulsion, Farrow & Ball. Vintage American clear colour Balls jars, £22.00, Antique Apothecary / Chemist Bottles Medium, £25.00, Vintage Baby Shoe Lasts, £55, Distressed letters and numbers, £10 each, all Home Barn Ben de Lisi Red table lamp, Debenhams

Credits: Letters and numbers, shoe lasts as before. Note book, V&A.