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Bright Bazaar - debut book!

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Bright Bazaar - debut book!

On April 15th, 2014 by .

I bought a copy of Mollie Makes magazine last week as my fellow blogger and author, Will Taylor,  mentioned that his super stylish home was going to be featured. The article is to coincide with the launch of his fantastic debut Bright Bazaar book, where Will shows you how to use colour in an intelligent and user-friendly way.  It’s available to buy through Amazon now, and if you haven’t bought it already then what are you waiting for!  Image below by Andrew Boyd

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Above is a picture of Wills office space, combining a mix of old and new pieces.  The weathered table sits quite comfortably with his modern accessories and it’s his fresh pastel palette that pulls it all together.  This is a common thread throughout Wills work, he is so passionate about colour and manages to articulate his expertise in such a friendly and conversational way.  This relaxed journalistic style has won him fans right across the globe and I almost certain that this will the first of many publications from Mr Bright Bazaar, huge congratulations Will xx

Now it’s time to get crafty!  As I was flicking through the beautiful pages of Molly Makes, I stumbled across their free giveaway, a template for a floral brooch that was so pretty, I had simply had to make it. This was partly due to the fact that my 4 year old daughter was sitting at the tale with me and said “Mummy, you can sew, can you make this?!” Below is a picture of the finished article with my very happy daughter wearing it.

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How to make Christmas gift tags

On December 9th, 2013 by .

If you are feeling a bit ‘crafty’ over the festive period and would like to know how to make Christmas gift tags, read on for a few ideas.  My first suggestions are silver birch stars, the birch can be bought relatively cheaply as a pack of square sheets and are easy to cut.  Don’t worry about them being perfect shapes as this just adds to their individuality; you can see from the image below that mine are far from perfect! You can either hole-punch one of the points and thread some twine through or simply tuck them into presents as we have below.  They really do look as pretty as a picture if they are used with newspaper or white wrap.

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Now, I know that fresh flowers will not survive for very long once they have been cut and tied onto a present, so the idea below would be a very special Christmas gift tag that you would present soon after it had been made, and not left under the tree for a few days, the effect is instant and stunning.  Think about the colour of the flower and whether it compliments the wrap and string.  I have chosen purple as it sits beautifully with the slate tag and grey newspaper print.  Green foliage also looks great with newspaper but thick cream paper would work just as well (foliage also lasts a little longer than flower stems).  Another tip is to use a sprigs of Rosemary, it looks really stylish and will of course leave a beautiful scent on the present (just don’t over do it, one sprig is enough).

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The classic pine cone - you can’t go wrong!  You have several options of attaching it, either a glue gun or if you don’t have one of these then just wrap some very thin garden wire around the base and then around the twine, make sure you twist the ends to avoid any sharp points. The cone looks even prettier if you spray it white first…

Pine cone gift tag by Pippa Jameson InteriorsPhotography credits. Top two images Jemma Watts, all Christmas gift tags Pippa Jameson 

Trend: Modern florals

On May 16th, 2013 by .

As ever with interiors, we see constant parallels with the world of fashion.  You can guarantee that what you see on the catwalk will ultimately filter down onto the high street, albeit a few seasons behind.  We saw this happen with colour blocking, coastal style and utilitarian design, the list goes and will continue to do so.

I know flowers and design have been around for decades, but ‘modern florals’ have bigger and brighter flowers with a more painterly feel, great for companies  such as Designers Guild, who are one of the best when it comes to pattern.  I have picked out a few images from the catwalk and high street, including Next and House of Fraser, who have both mastered the look, but first, a few hints and tips on how to pull the look together.

The key to any successful scheme is balance, not too much of one thing, if you are going to go crazy with a busy pattern, you will need to calm the look down with plain blocks of colour.  My advice would to pick one large area for your floral pattern, this could be your large furniture pieces such as the sofa or armchair or, it could be your walls.  Then, pick a few colours from the pattern and use these for the rest of the room scheme.  Below is a good example of this rule. You can see that the beautiful vermilion colour (pinky/red) has been used for the chair, the oatmeal background colour from the pattern has been used for the lamp and the pale grey flowers from the design have been matched to the wall panels, thus making the picture perfectly balanced.   If you follow this rule of thumb, no matter how big your room, your scheme should feel confident and pleasing to the eye.  

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Image credits: House to Home, Linea collier Campbell, House of Fraser
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