Liberty Wallpapers – Is That A Meadow On Your Walls?

I’ve been very excited about this collection and now It’s here and it’s beautiful. What a way to burst into the new year with meadows and secret gardens. This collection is an array of colour and texture and it’s defiantly injected some cheer into January for me.

The top two in this collection for me, and that will be added to my Wallpaper Wish List, would have to be the super pretty Meadow that is guaranteed to bring your walls to life, and the gorgeous, rich like fabric Library Shand Voyage.

Liberty  - Grass Mawston Meadow Wallpaper

Liberty – Grass Mawston Meadow Wallpaper

Liberty - Library Shand Voyage Wallpaper

Liberty – Library Shand Voyage Wallpaper

Click here to see all of the other beautiful wallpapers and fabrics in the Secret Garden Collection.

William Morris Love (Wallpaper Wish List)

I’ve been a big fan for as long as I can remember and I’m currently having a bit of a revival.
I recently had the pleasure of hanging some beautiful Golden Lily for a client.

This got me to trawling back through all of my Morris books and of course the beautiful Morris & Co website – Here are some of my favourites.

The absolutely wonderful Strawberry Thief wallpaper.

The absolutely wonderful Strawberry Thief wallpaper.

Strawberry Thief in red.

Strawberry Thief in red.

It warms my heart to see that so many classic Morris designs are still in print today.

Originally named Pomegranate, now produced as Fruit.

Originally named Pomegranate, now produced as Fruit.

I absolutely love the Indian wallpaper below.

Indian

Indian

These designs sit so well in both the contemporary and traditional interior and with the current revival of bold patterns within the home.

Liberty Print Christmas

Being a bit of a Liberty print fan girl and part time crafter. (I have been super busy watching Liberty Of London and working my way through their lovely craft blog).

Give your old baubles a new lease of life with some Liberty prints.

Give your old baubles a new lease of life with some Liberty prints.

As you can imagine, I was very happy to find these beautiful festive Liberty print themed decoration projects on their craft blog. So now, since it’s officially December, I’m letting myself get a little bit Christmassy excited!

Whilst I love the traditional wreath, this beautiful Liberty wreath pictured above and from last years blog (see here for instructions) makes me very happy, it will be a fine crafting task to undertake at our Christmas craft club soire.

For individual Liberty fringed baubles see here for instructions

Get your bauble on with these fringed lovelies.

Get your bauble on with these fringed lovelies.

Also if you fancy seeing your initials in Liberty print or want to craft up a batch of gift tags this ones for you, see here for instructions

Lovely Liberty letters, pop them on your gifts or the tree.

Lovely Liberty letters, pop them on your gifts or the tree.

House Of Hackney (Wallpaper Wish List)

I’m an absolute sucker for a bold pattern and a punch of colour, and that’s exactly what the wonderful House Of Hackney are providing.

The gorgeous Peoneden wallpaper

The gorgeous Peoneden wallpaper

With their bold wallpapers and matching fabrics, beautiful lampshades and furniture. I love that you can almost lose your lamp as it blends in wonderfully with your freshly wallpapered wall.

Peoneden wallpaper and lamps in Absinthe green.

Peoneden wallpaper and lamps in Absinthe green.

Or maybe misplace your sofa that’s neatly tucked in between your beautiful furnishings.

The Iinferno 'Martello' Sofa sits very stylishly with  matching lamps and furnishings.

The Iinferno ‘Martello’ Sofa sits very stylishly with matching lamps and furnishings.

Amazing Palmeral  wallpaper and pineapple lampstand.

Amazing Palmeral wallpaper and pineapple lampstand.

All of the above wallpapers and more have been added to my current wallpaper wish list.
For more of the above, a stream of beautiful and inspiring images of patterns, wallpapers and a few cute pets thrown in, check out their instagram feed.

William Morris – Golden Lily Wallpaper

This William Morris wallpaper – Golden Lily was joy to hang.

I’m so happy that it’s still being produced and used today, I’m looking forward to finding space for it in my own house one day.

William Morris, Golden Lily wallpaper, recently hung for a client.

William Morris, Golden Lily wallpaper, recently hung for a client.

For maximum impact wallpaper the entire room, as well as using mirrors to reflect the beautiful patterns.

For maximum impact wallpaper the entire room, as well as using mirrors to reflect the beautiful patterns.

William Morris (1834 -1896) was an English textile designer, artist, writer, and socialist activist associated with the Arts and Crafts Movement. A true hero of mine. William Morris revived a number of disused techniques and insisted on the use of quality materials, mostly natural dyes, and hand processing.

Here are a few Morris quotes –

“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.”

“Nothing should be made by man’s labour which is not worth making, or which must be made by labour degrading to the makers.”

“The true secret of happiness lies in the taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life.”

Wedding Shoes – It’s All In The Detail.

Last week it was confetti this week it’s shoe clips. It seems I’m on a roll with the wedding related blog posts at the moment, it must have something to do with our one year anniversary coming up and that lovely feeling of nostalgia for the day.

So it was pretty easy finding the right shoes. I got them on the first shopping trip, they were of course the first pair that we saw, but being thorough, myself and my lovely friend Clare did a full search of probably all the shoe shops in London, with much loitering around the shoe section in Liberty. However, I knew that we had found the ones, so it was back to the first shop for a final try on. So with shoes in bag off we went to drink lots of fizz and eat fancy raddishes at Hix Bar Soho.

Looking at my new shoes, I knew I loved the shape, style, height and their sparkly gold colour, but they needed just a few little extra details. I had to make my amazing sparkly yet slightly plain peep toes just a little more colourful, plus this was also a way to incorporate something old and something blue into my outfit.

SOMETHING OLD, SOMETHING BLUE – I used beautiful bits broken of jewellery that I loved and that had memories attached to them. A turquoise ring that I had worn thin and that had once belonged to my good friend Laura, an earring, also turquoise and that was a present for my 30th birthday also off Laura, I’d sadly lost its partner. Another worn out ring from my first and life changing trip to India and a tiny little horse that was a gift from long ago and also my Chinese Astrology sign.

Turquoise ring that was passed onto me by my friend Laura and other bits from my jewellery tin.

Turquoise ring that was passed onto me by my friend Laura and other bits from my jewellery tin.

Turquoise earring, turquoise ring from India and my tiny horse

Turquoise earring, turquoise ring from India and my tiny horse

I had the best intentions of assembling these pieces myself, however with time running out and being busy drying out hundreds of rose petals! I looked for help and as fate would have it my Mum and good friend Marina of Pistachio Inc (and wedding props lady extraordinaire), both knew the lovely Kate Peterson who as luck would have it, not only does amazing hair and make up, but also makes wedding accessories. So help was at hand and my shoes clips were constructed perfectly. The clips and shoes teamed up with some beautiful turquoise nail varnish, made for some very happy wedding feet.

So it really is worth saving all those pretty bits of broken jewellery and making yourself something nice x

Shoes from Dune and nail varnish from Lancome.
Photography by AliPaul

Save All Your Petals For Me – Homemade Confetti

There’s nothing like a little light crafting and collecting to make me happy, one of my recent obsessions has been collecting and drying as many rose petals as I can get my hands on. Luckily for me my lovely local florist has been handing me all of her wilted blooms.

My obsession started last summer with the build up to our amazing wedding, which I still haven’t had the chance to blog about. So I suppose this is also my first wedding post!

Rose petal & lavender confetti for our quests.  Presented in easy to hand out in little paper cones.

Rose petal & lavender confetti for our quests. Presented in easy to hand out paper cones.

So I wanted to find an alternative to paper and even worse plastic confetti, these are both a problem for wildlife and places of beauty. Plus I love the smell of roses, just add some lavender and you have a pretty, beautifully scented and environmentally friendly confetti to fling.

All you have to do is –

1 – Gather as many petals as you can (befriend and keen gardener or florist).

2 – Place your petals on a warm sunny window sill, the lovely smell will fill the room and the faster they dry the better. You can also use a cooling down oven. Place on a clean baking tray and keep an eye on them, I’ve crisped a few batches.

3 – Place in a dry container and sprinkle in some dried lavender. This smells delicious and keeps any pests at bay.

4 – Voilà! You’re ready go.. Place in easy to carry paper sweetie bags, make little paper cones, or just throw them straight from the basket.

The confetti gauntlet - Lots of fun :)

The confetti gauntlet – Lots of fun 🙂

Rose petals and lavender are also wonderful for popping into your homemade soaps and for scenting your bath water.

Enjoy x

Photography by AliPaul

Wallpapering – Be sure to get the right tools for the job.

I bloody love a useful well thought out tool. They really do make life a lot easier, and don’t get me started on the phrase “A bad workwoman or workman blames their tools”. Bad tools can make life difficult and potentially ruin the materials you are working with.

The past few years I have been using a wonderful little wallpapering tool called the WalWiz and I love it!

It really does make paper hanging so much easier and comes in an array of bright colours, purple, blue, pink and yellow. See below the WalWiz in all its glory and resting pretty on this wallpaper by Mathew Williamson. This paper was printed by Cole & Son for the Habitat VIP collection, sadly out of production now.

The Walwiz in pink and blue. Looks great next to my gold papering shears

The WalWiz in pink and blue. Looks great next to my gold papering shears

The WalWiz was designed by American wallpaper installer Linda Mitchell, it’s a smoother, edge flattener and trimming guide all in one. (Although I still prefer a steel seam roller for some papers or a felt roller for very fragile papers). But if you are confident that your paper is compatible with the WalWiz, it really will help you whizz your way though all those rolls.

The WalWiz’s smooth edges glide over the wallpaper and the edges are rounded so that it won’t drag or catch, these rounded edges are also the perfect width for creating a beautiful straight trimming edge that glides along the paper and laps it ever so slightly into and over any unsightly corners.

This diverse little tool is an essential part of my kit, plus its really brightens up my tool box.

Wallpaper: My Top Three Favorites.

Flavor Paper

I discovered this super cool wallpaper company on my last visit to Brooklyn, I was also lucky enough to sneak a peek at these guys working (albeit through the window!). I really must try and get in for a visit next time I’m in town.

Its such a beautiful workspace and also just a stones throw away from Brooklyn’s amazing Smith Street, teeming with cafes, craft shops and thrift. A must see on any Brooklyn visit.

Inside this lovely space Flavor Paper is busy hand screen printing lots of beautiful, shiny, colourful wallpapers. Options are also available for custom designs FlavorPaper

There are really too many designs for me to wax lyrical about here, so check out the web site for an extensive selection – FlavorPaper and be sure to check out the Warhol Collection I’m a sucker for a Warhol print and they really do have quite a few.

Flavor Paper's Warhol Collection.

Flavor Paper’s Warhol Collection.

 

Quirk & Rescue

I love these guys and I was so happy to stumble across this wonderful East London company on Twitter. Bold and punchy, they have such a great style and they really have nailed this geometric design. It’s everyting a geometric wallpaper should be. All hail the HexaGone.

Quirk & Rescue's HexaGone.

Quirk & Rescue’s HexaGone.

Check out the awesome colour ways available here

All The Fruits

This gorgeous little company is made up of Jessica Pinotti and graphic designer Stephan Cheetham I have the pleasure of knowing Jessica from my, (living in an amazing creative warehouse space) London days, and these beautiful ideas come as no surprise.

Super cute, super conversational, these simple, yet bold graphic design style wallpapers are a joy the look at. You can even cut and paste some! Great news if your mind boggles at the thought of working out the pattern repeat.

All The Fruits - Cut & Paste wallpapers.

All The Fruits – Cut & Paste wallpapers.

Check out the Cut & Paste designs here.

An Ode to Wallpaper

I love wallpaper.

I love its ability to transform, warm up and expand a space all at the same time. Its depth, the emotion it can evoke. The stories and struggles told within its design.
Conversational papers, flocked papers, historical papers, pretty papers, I could go on.

I love what you can do with wallpaper – Paper the ceiling, patchwork and
mix things up, create a montage, add things like maps or postcards.
You can even paper the door and frame! I’ve done this. Um… Could you show the way out please?

Hidden doorway - Some wallpapering that I did for the Fornasetti showroom Milan.

Hidden doorway – Some Wallpapering I did for the Fornasetti showroom Milan.