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Caroline Charlotte Hannah Clarke Taylor Bishop Editor and Art Director

Deputy Editor


Happy Birthday to us!

Just over a year ago the concept for 91 Magazine was pretty much just a seed of an idea in my head and I was unsure of whether I should give it a go or not. Over lunch in Gourmet Burger Kitchen one day, my friend and now deputy editor told me to take the plunge. And here we are, one year on delivering the 4th issue. I can’t believe our first 3 issues have attracted nearly 100,000 readers! Every single email, tweet and message of support I receive truly means so much, and reminds me why I decided to create something that I hope encompasses everything you, the reader, wants from a magazine - affordable style, thrifty tips, inspiring entrepreneurship, beautiful images, and engaging reads. Personally I think it is best to try and fail, than never try at all. If you have an idea, pursue it, you never know where you might be in a year’s time! This week also sees the re-launch of the Patchwork Harmony website. Things are changing, and it is a new chapter for the business, so I hope that you will take the time to see what we’ve got to offer! (see facing page) I hope you enjoy this ‘anniversary’ issue of the magazine, and as always, I love to hear your thoughts, so get in touch via email: or through Twitter @91magazine. Lots of Love,

Caroline x x x

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CONTRIBUTORS Sally Cullen Interiors Stylist

Jonathan Gooch



Lucy Davidson

Designer & Illustrator

Nadine Hartley Blogger and Amigurumi designer

Kerry Layton

Corinne Lee-Cooke




Charlotte Love


Lauren McGlynn

Illustrator & Styling Assistant


Leigh Metcalf

Mary-Ellen Paul

Blogger & Photographer

Interiors Writer & Editor

ZoĂŤ Pearson

Lucy Pope

Writer & Blogger





Rin Simpson

Design Blogger

Lifestyle Writer

Catherine Sprunt Fashion & Lifestyle Copywriter

Celeste Sunderland Writer & Photographer


Sophie Warren-Smith

Writer & Stylist






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Interiors & Style News

Page 10 Shopping: Rustic Living

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A Vintage Lovers Guide to... Berlin

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Etsy Seller Spotlight... Golly Bard

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Stationery: Putting Pen to Paper

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Stationery: Take Note

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Style Notes... from a garden shed

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History of Vintage: Hairdryers

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Colour trends: Neon / Pastel

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From Paris with Style: Au Petit Bonheur la Chance


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Designer Makes.... Fabric hangers

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Homes: My 36m2

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The early bird gets the vintage: car boot sale tips

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From screen to social: blogging events

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Ladies Online: This is your Kingdom





Our top picks of the latest, most stylish buys for your home this season By Sophie Warren Smith

We are excited to receive a preview peek at Holly Becker’s (decor8) new book ‘Decorate Workshop’. This is a hands on, interactive workbook to help you explore your creativity. It guides you through all aspects of decorating, including how to put together a moodboard, working with colours, textures and pattern, with a view to making the end result personal and full of self expression. Packed with stunning photographs, there is space to write notes and the book guides you through the process of decorating your home whether it’ one room all the whole house. Published by Jacqui Small Publishing on 31st October, £25 from all good bookshops.

Oh how we love Toast! This beautiful tableware is part of their autumn collection and the harmonious colours are to die for. Hang on your wall as a display as seen here, or enjoy using them everyday in your kitchen. Each piece is pressed into a mould by hand which gives them an individual quality, prices start from £22,

Sparrow & Co is a unique homeware with products that you won’t find else, which is always a bonus in With an emphasis on handmad Samuel Sparrow sources his from places such as Morocco, Scotland which gives talented m opportunity to keep t alive and kicking. Th candlesticks are han from walnut and m lathe in the traditio from £20. www.sparrowandco



Super store Liberty is holding a course of special craft, knitting and sewing workshops this season, starting off on 20th October with ‘Homemade Vintage Gifts’. An all day workshop that will be crammed full of projects, from learning how to make a strawberry pincushion to wallpaper wrapped soap. It runs from 10.3 0-4.30pm and costs £100. Other workshops are ‘Wardrobe Re-vamp’ on 25th October, ‘Vintage Apron’ class on 17th November and ‘Handmade Heirloom Stocking’ on 24th November.

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Donna Wilson is launching her new collection this month and for the first time it includes a full range of bone china dinnerware decorated with a graphic acorn design. There are also some delightful melamine trays featuring woodland creatures and as always with Donna, there’s an element of fun and bright colours! Prices start from £15 for the acorn ceramics

There’s going to be a lot of ‘industrial’ looking bits and bobs around this autumn, so keep an eye out now for good buys that will last beyond the trend. This industrial coffee table from Nordic House is a really useful piece that can work in any room. A clever mix of weathered elm wood and black metal legs make this a buy worth making! £250

lived in, and loved A welcoming home is a place that feels lived in, and comforting. Rustic, worn objects with a muted colour palette are the perfect way to get this look.

Bedside Decanter, $29.50 Greenhouse Design Studio


Ceramic Scissors, £28 The Shop at Number 57

Bamboo Storage Basket, £22, Rose and Grey

Vintage Galvanised Bucket, $19.99 Greenhouse91 Design Studio MAGAZINE

Antique American Tin Tiles £95.00, Dee Puddy

Flea Markets

A great way to spend a Sunday morning in Berlin before heading off to enjoy brunch in one of the nearby cafes, is a stroll through Berlin’s bustling f lea markets. Most offer a colourful mix of second hand books, clothing, records, furniture and brica-brac. What’s unique about Berlin’s f lea markets is the selection of GDR memorabilia, remains from the Berlin wall as well as Russian icons. For the best markets visit Flea Market Mauerpark (below) located next to the remains of the Berlin Wall or Tiergarten f lea market, which is the biggest and busiest market located in Tiergarten on the Strasse 17th Juni, near to the Siegessäule (Victory column).

Kaufbar Gaertnerstrasse 4 10245 Berlin www.kauf Have you ever admired a comfy sofa, great artwork, or the pretty crockery while out for dinner, wishing you could take it home with you? Well, in Kauf bar your wish could become true as everything that is on show is for sale. From the chair you sit on to the cups you’re drinking from. Kauf bar is a cafe, a vintage furniture/homeware shop selling items from the 1950s to the 1970s and a local gallery in one. While enjoying their organic and homemade food, you can browse the cafe for your favourite items to take home or choose a piece of art from the ever changing exhibition of local artists. Kauf bar has it all.

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Kilda Berlin (above) is a quirky little interior design shop in the former Eastern district of Prenzlauer Berg. The shop is crammed with original Scandinavian furniture and accessories including candles, beautiful patchwork blankets and kitchen utensils. Kilda Berlin is a wonderful treasure trove of unique little gift ideas.

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Claerchens Ballhaus Auguststr. 24_10117 Berlin Set in the historic Jewish quarter of East Berlin, Claerchens Ballhaus is one of the last preserved ballrooms from the 1920s. It still retains most of its original features, including a stunning mirror hall on the second f loor. The venue oozes a magical atmosphere that immediately transports you back to the past. A live band playing Swing music invites young and old to hit the dance f loor and a lovely garden restaurant offers a delicious mix of German and Italian cuisine.

Class of Berlin Grosse Hamburger Strasse 19, 10115 Berlin www.classof Recently opened, Class of Berlin (left) is a vintage clothing emporium, founded by a group of vintage clothing enthusiasts. Located in one of Berlin’s oldest buildings, and surrounded by quirky cafes, restaurants and art galleries, it houses two f loors packed with vintage treasures from the 1930s to the 1960s, including clothes, accessories, music and books. They even have a classic barber to complete your vintage make-over.


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n the central district of Mitte, Alex Vintage is an underground paradise of vintage clothes and accessories. Exposed brick walls set the background urful mix of 1960s to 1990s treasures, and their seasonal sales offer a great ty to pick up a bargain. Photos by ©Alexandra Schulz; ©Torie Jayne; ©Max Hermus

Compiled by Nadine Hartley Illustration by Corinne Lee-Cooke

Natural Talent An obsession with the cycle of life has inspired artist Holly Ward Bimba to focus her creative talents on the study of all things bugs, birds and butteries.



seller spotlight

Go�y Bard


olly Ward Bimba, otherwise known as Golly Bard, (a nickname given to her by her family), talks to us about her inspiration and selling her artwork online.

exhibiting my fine art in galleries whenever possible. I still believe word of mouth is always the best form of marketing.

Do you find the internet has opened What is your background? How did up lots more opportunities for your work? In what ways? you start working as an artist? I studied printmaking, papermaking, and book arts in college. I began working as a letterpress printer in New York City while I furthered my interest in making fine art paper. Eventually, I went on to work as a papermaking assistant for an artist with whom I still work with on various projects each year. All the while I continued my own fine art pursuits and I eventually started a small line of stationery. When I happened upon Etsy I knew it was going to be an adventure. Did you sell your work before Etsy came about? if so how? Yes, I took a more traditional approach: marketing my stationery through trade shows and selling through bricks and mortar stores,

Yes, the internet is so far reaching that nothing compares to it. My work is seen and purchased by people all around the world. It’s really remarkable. Are there any negative aspects of selling your artwork online? Not really. The only challenge is not being able to see paintings in person and size and scale is not easy to convey online. What other interests do you have? I love to travel and visit museums. I read a lot. I enjoy working


in my cottage garden. I always have my camera with me on my daily walks with my dogs. I like to record the things I find. Backyard chickens are on my wish list!

Having the freedom to do whatever I want. Do you have any future plans for your business?

What do you love most I’m always dreaming up new about what projects and new ways to use my artwork. I’m working on some you do? exciting new things for my Etsy shop and Spoonf lower, so stay tuned!

ART: FABRIC: www.spoonf profiles/gollybard BLOG:





Putting penďż˝ to paper... Catherine Sprunt looks at the extraordinary effect

the digital age has had on the stationery industry


o you still get excited about new notebooks and pencils like you did before the first day of school? While the stationery cupboard at work offers up an endless supply of black biros and spiral notepads, I make a point of investing in pretty coloured

Kraft Address Labels :: Paper Pastries :: $8 for 20

pens and fresh notebooks to brighten up even the most mundane tasks. Thanks to a growing interest in luxury stationery and global paper trends, I’m not alone, as the British high street and independent sellers make it increasingly easy to spend my hard earned paper

on, well, paper. As modern technology continues to grow, handwritten letters are becoming few and far between – how many friends’ addresses do you have stashed away in your address book. Do you even have an address book? And the one on your computer doesn’t count. But perhaps that is precisely the reason that stationery is making a comeback. Letter writing is tactile – from the excitement of receiving a handwritten note to all the treasures that could be hidden inside a brown paper package tied up with string. As we write fewer letters, the ones that do make their way into a postbox beg to be special in some way. Treasured, even. And while computers and e-mail have been considered the downfall of putting pen to paper, the digital era has also facilitated the stationery boom, with mass production and printing faster and cheaper than ever before. But it wasn’t always this way. In Victorian times, when paper and pen communication was the norm, sending out massproduced

cards was a signifier of wealth, due to the extortionate price of printing. The creamy-pages of a Basildon Bonds notebook aside, step into any Paperchase across the country (London’s Tottenham Court Road f lagship is a favourite) and you’ll be overloaded with the widest selection of cards. From a cheap photo postcard to hand printed, illustrated thank you notes, no occasion or preference goes unnoticed and there is not a naff supermarket birthday card in sight. Browse the shelves and you’ll be surprised to find there’s a card for every budget too: with letterpress stationery growing in popularity, it’s not unusual to spend £4 on a card. So thorough is this high street stationery mecca, even boutique American companies like Hello Lucky and Rif le Paper Co have made it to the UK with their letterpressed goodies filling British shelves , confirming our thrist for luxury paper no matter what the cost. And so we come to the humble letterpress. Running rife among wedding blogs like Style Me Pretty and 100 Layer Cake, is it any wonder that at the forefront of the letterpress market are brands from across the pond, where blogging is much more prolific. Coincidence? I think not. In fact, without the internet, I

Canine Coaster Set Rif le Paper Co :: $18 for 8



Mini Floral Envelopes :: Present and Correct :: £4.50 for 5

industry is having success in its own right. As consumers are prepared to up their budget for pretty paper, we’re shelling out more and more for stationery with a story – brands with a personal connection and cards with hand drawn illustrations are coming up trumps, and luxury stationery is getting in on the action too. The eyewatering prices of British brand Smythson rival a couple of weeks’ rent or a pedigree pooch, but is there anything better than seeing your initials monogrammed in gold foil on On this side of the Atlantic, the stationery the front of a passport cover? I think not. doubt this would be happening at all. And if it was, we surely wouldn’t know about it. As the world wide web means we can reach all corners of the globe like never before, it’s never been so trendy to source from abroad, and that applies to the printing press too. Sans internet, it would be all well and good for the thriving craft community of, say, San Francisco, but I would imagine the brides-to-be of Nowheresville would want to get in on the action too.


Watercolour notecard Rif le Paper Co :: $16 for 8

Stationery has become so desirable, Liberty’s of London took note and opened The Paper Room early last year, stocking personalised, handcrafted, beautiful cards, nestled just off the main hall housing luxury handbags and jewellery, making paper the latest ‘must have accessory’. Even designers are jumping on the bandwagon, making ‘It’ pieces out of notebooks and postcards – Holly Fulton collaborated with Smythson, Louis Vuitton has announced a foray into paper goods and American brand Kate Spade champions the thank you note. And perhaps the most personal of all, lets not forget the humble homemade card. Retailers are seizing opportunities left, right and centre to capitalise on

crafty consumers and are stocking up on folded blank cards ready to be adorned. Coffee table book, “I Love Stationery” by Charlotte Rivers made its debut this February and is a wonderful insight into the inspiration behind contemporary stationery. With a focus on good old fashioned, handmade fun, it showcases stationers whose craftsmanship is the starting point for their homegrown businesses. Glean ideas from every page and f lick through techniques and tips to get the creative juices f lowing. Sadly for me, my attempts at calligraphy have been temporarily shelved after being branded ‘hopeless’ by a dear friend – I think you’ll have to come find me in Paperchase, after all.

I Love Stationery by Charlotte Rivers is published by Jacqui Small; £16.99



Our top picks from the UK and US...

Assorted f loral notecard set Rif le Paper Co $18 for 8

Patterned envelopes Superlovely ÂŁ3.75 for 5

Various notecards Hello Lucky from $2 each

Bird post it notes Papermash ÂŁ7.95


Take Note Fill your desk drawers with sticky tape, stamps and a serious amount of style

Styling by Sally Cullen Photography by Lucy Pope



‘Compat’ large drawing notepad, £10; ‘Compat’ small drawing pad, £3.50; lilac ‘Grid’ exercise book, £2; grey ‘Grid’ exercise book, £2.50; letter block ‘C’, £3.25; birds stamp from ‘Midsummer Stamp Set’, £8; Letter ‘B’ greetings card, £2.75; Elephant postcard, £0.60; all Paperchase. ‘Talking Point’ paper clips, £4; mini tapes (also see opposite), £6 for 2; both from Heal’s. Lilac paper & envelope and cotton reel, stylist’s own

ABOVE: Recipe cards, £2.75 per pack; ‘Cool as a Cucumber’ greetings card, £2.50; ‘Herb Chart’ greetings card, £3.50; ‘Daydream’ giant paper clips, £2.00 a pack; pack of pencils, £2.25 for 4; A5 green recycled ‘Perfect Pad’, £3; large green ‘Manhattan’ notepad, £10; ‘Think Green’ notepad, £12.50; all Paperchase. Turtle memo pad, £10; Heal’s. Pear fruit memo pad, £4.95; Liberty. Seed packet, stylist’s own. RIGHT: ‘Compat’ Indian pink notepad, £3.50; ‘I want to text you even when I’m sober’ postcard, £0.60; Weekly Keyboard Pad, £10; A4 brown recycled ‘Perfect Pad’, £4; all Paperchase. ‘Royal Love Birds’ note pack, £13.50 for 10; Gold Foil Award Ribbon sticker (stuck on notepad), £3.95 for 5; pink mini luggage labels, £3.95; all Liberty. Illustrated notepad, £15; Pink Sparrow Paper Clip Nest, £8; Linden wood pencils £3 for 5; mini tapes,as before; orange notebook, £8; all Heal’s.





LEFT: ‘The world is your oyster’ greetings card, £3.50; red recycled pencils, £1.50 for 3; A4 red ‘Grid’ exercise book, £2.50; ‘Think Green’ notepad, £12.50; ‘Destination Stamp’ kit, £20; all Paperchase. ‘Telegram’ notes, £15 for 10; ‘Assorted Library Cards’, £7.95 for 50; number 5 greetings card, £2.95; all Liberty. mini tapes, as before; ‘Task Clips’, £8 for a set of 15; both Heal’s. Airmail envelope & memo pad, stylist’s own. ABOVE: Bulldog clips, £12; Elephant eraser, £12; notecards, £16 for a set of 4; large patterned notebook, £8; all Heal’s. Patterned greetings card, £2.50; Pantone postcard, £0.60 both Paperchase. Large ‘Ritter’ notebook with orange pen, £5; small ‘Ritter’ notepad with pink pen, £3, both Habitat. ‘Eat Me’ luggage labels, £3.95 for 6; Liberty. Stamps and matches, stylist’s own.

Style Notes... from

a garden shed



Words by Rin Simpson


hey used to be the preserve of men of a certain age; a place to store tools, to potter and escape the wife for a few minutes’ peace. But now sheds have become the ultimate in house candy, the property equivalent of a cherry on top.

When the recession called a halt to relocating on a whim, savvy home owners began to look for canny ways to improve their living areas and gain a bit more space. Lofts got turned into bedrooms, garages into teen dens... and sheds into a slice of paradise down the end of the garden. The wonderful thing about a shed is that it’s small enough to decorate with very little in the way of financial investment and, because it is separate to the rest of the house, you don’t need to worry about whether everything matches with the rest of the decor or suits the tastes of the rest of the family. It is that very separateness which is the heart of a shed’s appeal. “Your shed might only be a minute down the garden path,” says Sally Coulthard, author of Shed Chic, “but


it is a million miles away from the noise and distractions of daily life.” It gives an opportunity to indulge in your favourite style, to have all your knick knacks on display with no fear of the kids destroying them, to fully take on board William Morris’s advice: “Have nothing in your house which you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.” There are many types of shed to choose from, whether you want something just big enough for an armchair and a bookshelf, or a full-on garden room complete with electricity supply and running water. Once you’ve decided, then it’s time to start thinking practicalities and aesthetics. The former centres around one key factor: size. Sheds tend not to be all that big, so choose space-saving furniture like tall, shallow shelving, and folding chairs that can be stowed away when they’re not needed. There’s much more freedom when it comes to aesthetics though, so let your imagination loose. That’s what sheds are about these days: indulging your creativity. “An intrinsic part of their charm is that normal decorating rules don’t apply and they give their





owners the freedom to express use of wall space with bracketed themselves in a different way,” says shelving and pinboards for all your Jane Field-Lewis, author of My Cool notes. Shed. And if you simply want somewhere Think about how you want your shed to escape, surround yourself with the to function. If it is a space in which sights and sounds that most connect to paint or write music, make sure with your soul - a jar of seashells it’s filled with things that inspire you gathered on your last holiday, vases - old maps or piles of books, framed of scented wild f lowers from the photos and all sorts of found objects. garden, or that bunting you made The tools of your trade may well for a summer birthday party that you double up as decor too, whether can’t bring yourself to throw out. in the form of a beautiful vintage typewriter or a few simple jars Don’t be afraid to experiment. Not bristling with colourful paintbrushes only is it the secret to any great design work, but in a shed it’s so or felt tips. easy to do. And if you get bored of If you’re trying to get on with running your new look? Well, it won’t take all your own business, functionality is that much time, effort or money to do of the essence, so keep vital tools it again. The most important thing is nearby and minimise clutter. Source to enjoy it. that’s what the 21st century an old filing cabinet or architects shed is really all about. drawer for paperwork, and make Images taken from My Cool Shed, by Jane Field-Lewis, Anova Books and Shed Chic, by Sally Coulthard, Jacqui Small Publishing.



History of Vintage

Hair today, antique tomorrow Owner of an extensive vintage hairdryer collection, Helen Powell shares her knowledge and passion for these quirky items.


he urge to collect can arise from many different impulses. For some it might be an appreciation of the fashions and designs of a particular era, for others it’s a desire to rescue and preserve forgotten objects that might otherwise be lost forever. Whilst design and social historians collect and study objects in order to map historical and cultural trends, designers themselves frequently accumulate objects out of a fascination with exploring the same object in multiple and observing small differences in colour, material or style. Often the urge is driven by nostalgia linked to a need to rediscover certain aspects of our own personal or family history and connect with childhood

memories. The certainty of the past offers a comforting and reassuring safe haven in a fast moving and uncertain world. Hairdryers might appear to be an unlikely thing to seek out and collect but they appeal to collectors on all of


these levels. Delve into their history a little and you uncover stories of women using vacuum cleaners as hairdryers in the first part of the twentieth century. Early vacuum cleaner models sucked in air through the front and blew it out through the back and women would often connect the hose to the back end and use it to dry their hair! The first hand held hairdryers were produced in the 1920s. These were made of chrome-plated steel or aluminum and had wooden handles. They were noisy and heavy, and would have been expensive items at the time. Their invention was made possible by the development of the first commercially successful motors and they were produced at the same time as a number of other small electrical domestic appliances. These products coincided with, and can to some extent be seen as part of, the advent of modernism. They heralded the arrival of a new era in which there was a profound shift away from “dirty” old technologies like steam power and towards new “cleaner” electrically driven technologies. The story of vintage hairdryers really takes off in the aftermath of the First World War when women began to shed the elaborate updos they had worn throughout the Edwardian era and adopted shorter hairstyles and looser fitting clothing to ref lect the fact that


they were beginning to break free of the old social structures. Inspired by modern style icons like Josephine Baker and Coco Chanel, the most fashionable women of this era were modish, chic, independent and energetic, and their short stylish hair defined the decade. As early plastics like Bakelite became widely used, hairdryers made of this new material appeared. Bakelite had a number of advantages over metal. Firstly it was considerably lighter and secondly, as it insulates rather conducts electricity, it was much safer. It could also be moulded into different shapes and so it became possible to produce more refined designs and incorporate motifs such as the Art Deco sunburst pattern that was popular at the time. From the onset of the great depression until after 1945, the average household had very little spare income and what little there was almost certainly wouldn’t have been spent on something as superf luous as a hairdryer. It was only after the end of the Second World War that the inf luence of modern design really began to impact on the lives of most ordinary people. The 1950s and 60s were decades of unprecedented consumer spending power and it was at this time that


hairdryers started to become regarded as the essential styling tools that we consider them to be today. Many hairdryers from the 1950s and 60s had hood attachments. These ref lected the popularity of the “wet-set”, a hairstyle that was achieved by wrapping the hair around rollers or creating pin curls. Once set the hair was dried under a hood, either in a salon or using one of the many popular models available for home styling. The 1960s was a time of rapid change in popular culture, music and fashion. It was also a time of experimentation and self-expression, and hairstyles were no exception. Against this vivid cultural landscape, in 1963 Vidal Sassoon introduced precision cutting and created the Bauhaus inspired five point cut. Suddenly, the shampoo and set was no longer de rigueur and women were liberated from the relentlessness of weekly trips to the salon. These simple wash and wear styles, accompanied by Sassoon’s invention of the “blow-dry”, revolutionized the world of hairstyling. Throughout the decades women’s hairstyles have ref lected changes in their economic and social position, as well as changes in fashion and taste.


Hairdryers, as the ‘tools of the trade’ have, in turn followed this. They have appeared in a wide range of colours, with each colour subtly ref lecting the wider design inf luences of the day – from the Bakelite walnut brown of the 1930s and the Americana inspired baby blue and pink pastels of the 1950s, to the psychedelic patterns of the 1960s and the bright orange of the 1970s. Their basic shape, however, has hardly changed at all. My own collection includes a 1920s German Sol hairdryer that doesn’t look much different from some of the designs available today. The basic hold and point pistol design has, with just a few exceptions, remained the same for almost a hundred years. So which are the models to look out for if you are thinking of starting a collection? Sought after items include the Ronson Escort, a portable unit with a hood and shoulder strap, designed so that you could casually sling it over your shoulder while doing the ironing or some other household task. It came in a stylish vanity case and would have


been on many women’s Christmas wish list during the early 1970s. Pull one out and the chances are you’ll attract nostalgic comments from people who affectionately remember their mum, auntie or grandmother having one. If you are lucky enough to pick one up they are fun to use and perfect for recreating vintage hairstyles. It’s also worth seeking out the

Braun HLD 4 designed by Dieter Rams (left) in 1970 - one of the few exceptions to the basic hold and point pistol shape. His work has become highly collectable in recent years and these currently fetch around £80. The more common designs can often be picked up quite cheaply at car boot sales, on ebay or occasionally at auction. Even very old models from the 1920s and 1930s can often be found in working order (but using them isn’t recommended as they usually don’t meet modern safety standards). With many pieces selling for under £20 they are relatively affordable. Alternatively, your auntie might just have a great example sitting in the loft!


neon / pastel


Mix this year’s hottest colour trends for an eyepopping effect that is still easy to live with.

Styling by Charlotte Love Photography by Jonathan Gooch

Fan, painted in Grecian spa 5 eggshell 2010, £12.99 for 500ml, Dulux , plast-kote gloss new yellow, £8.49; DIY stores. Cord covered in neon pink coloured masking tape, £3 per roll; Papermash. Pokal mug in pink, £1.70; Ikea. Candy pink notebook, £11.50; Brown Paper Designs

instructions... For the fan: •Dissemble parts, lightly sand the surfaces wipe off any access dust, carefully spray the fan with primer. Leave to dry. •Apply second coat. Repeat the same process with the spray paint, carefully spraying the fan until you have an even coat of paint. Leave to dry, then apply second coat. Once dry reassemble. {Note: always follow usage instructions on the reverse of the paint cans.}


For the cord: •See instructions for wooden bead light on page 44.

neon desk fan You will need:


Desk fan – from a good hardware store Plastic primer Spray paint Pink masking tape (for the cord)

Ofelia vass quilt cover and 4 pillowcases in grey, £30, Ikea; Cushion cover’s L-R made in, On Point - Pinkish - Simpatico by Michelle Engel Bencsko - Cloud 9 Organic Fabrics; £14 per m, Ruby by Bonnie & Camille for Moda, £14per m; Pink Geometric - It’s A Hoot - Momo for Moda, £7 per m; Pom pom trim in mint & hot pink, £2.50 per m, all by The Eternal Maker; Stool, try Kempton Antiques. painted in spring breeze 3 eggshell 2010, £ 12.99 for 500ml & vinyl matt white, £17.94 for 2.5l all, Dulux; Bitossi Home ceramic pastel cup & saucer, £6.50, Oliver Bonas; Alarm clock, try John Lewis; Frame, try Ikea for similar; DIY artwork - create your own geometric pattern using paint samples cards, available from diy stores; Light (see ‘How to make’ feature).




Wooden bead light You will need: Cable with light fitting & plug Wooden beads Spray paint Wooden dowling / knitting needle Washi tape Power drill Vice NOTE: Ask a qualified electrican to wire the light fitting for you

instructions... •Using the vice clamp, carefully drill through the centre of each bead {Note: make sure the hole is bigger than the light cord you are using} •Make it easier to spray paint your beads by sliding them onto a piece of wooden dowling or a knitting needle •Spray in various colours and once dry, slide onto the light cord For the cord: You will need 2 people as it can be tricky to apply. One person needs to hold the cord straight & taught. The other needs to carefully apply the washi tape. Starting from the top slowly work your way down, using your fingers to smooth out any bumps and creases. Depending on the thickness of your cord, the tape may not cover the full circumference; repeat the same process on the back. Alternatively prime and spray paint the cord a colour of your choice.



Acrylic letter, try Heals for similar; Vintage cotton reels, £1, Kempton Antiques; Glitter apple card, £3.50; Brown Paper Designs. Jam jar lids painted in various gloss colours approx. £8.49 for 400ml, DIY stores. Inside Jars –Wooden beads, from a selection, HobbyCraft, painted in a selection of plasti-kote colours; Aqua, Lemon & Cherry Devine bakers twine £2.45 each for 10m, Striped washi tape, £5.75 for two, all

Brighten up plain storage boxes with craft papers or fabric. Or use washi tapes to create patterns or blocks of colour. Coloured masking tape, £3 a roll; Papermash. Striped blue washi tape, £5.75 for two;




LEFT: Micke Desk, £40; Ekby Östen Shelf, £8; Ekby Stilig Bracket, £4; Bygel Rail, £1.50; Sommarlov Hooks in Blue, £1 for four; all Ikea. School chairs, try Ebay; Knitting Needles, try charity shops. Devine bakers twine spool in cotton candy & aqua, £20 each for 220mts, The Rustic Fox; On board: Postcards, £1.50 each; all Seventy Tree; Tracing Paper envelopes, £5.00 for five, Papermash; Magic Rabbit card, £2.50; Lisa Jones studio.

HOW TO MAKE Wall Organiser You will need: A3 hardboard x2 strip wood (same width as your hardboard) Cork board x3 nails x4 screws x4 screw cup washers Picture hook Spam tins Primer White paint (undercoat) Grey paint. (top coat) Strong double sided tape Hammer Power drill

instructions... •Using a power drill, screw your strip wood brackets to the top and bottom of the back of the hardboard •Use screw cup washers to give a decorative finish to your screws •Attach picture hook to the centre of the top stripwood bracket {Note: The strip wood acts as supporting brackets, and as a mount for the picture hook} •Drill a hole in the centre of your spam tins, spray with primer & allow to dry •Experiment with the layout of your wall organiser before you attach the cork board/tins and nails •When you are happy with the layout, place cork board to the hardboard using strong double sided tape •Tap in 3 small nails to the top of your board for the bull dog clips to hang from •Using a drill screw in your spam tins to the hardboard. Apply a white undercoat to your organizer, then finish with a colour of your choice




From Paris, with Style

Au Petit Bonheur La Chance A small but perfectly formed Parisian shop that will have you rummaging for hours

Words by Leigh Metcalf

Photography by Celeste Sunderland


f you’ve been to Paris, you might already know that Le Marais is a wonderful place to scour for art, antiques and vintage trinkets. It’s simply a magical area to wander, get lost without a plan and see what you find. The charming, winding streets will surely lead to great discoveries. One gem of a shop in this village-like part of Paris that I stumbled upon during a recent visit was Au Petit Bonheur La Chance, aptly named, as it means “haphazardly,” and indeed it was just by random chance that I came across it. It’s nestled on a picturesque street, Rue Saint-Paul, just north of the river Seine above Ile Saint-Louis. You’ll find a number of wonderful antique and vintage shops, but Au Petit Bonheur La Chance is my favourite in this area.






The shop itself may be petite indeed, but owner MariaPia Varnier has used every nook and cranny of the space. Although it is jam-packed, she’s organised it in such a way that it doesn’t feel cluttered. It’s a dream of a shop for anyone who loves 1930s-1950’s vintage kitchen and craft or paper goods. Maria-Pia says she buys everywhere, everyday and never knows what’s she’s going to get. “It’s like fishing,” she says. She puts her line out there and just sees what comes up! She’s owned the shop for 13 years and only buys what she loves. She used to be a designer and says she has collected many fabrics and papers over the years. What’s most impressive about the shop is the sheer volume of collections. You won’t find a small stack of vintage French linens,




but huge stacks that pile almost to the ceiling. And that goes for just about everything in the shop. The variety of items within each collection is fantastic. There is an incredible collection of colourful, beautifully patterned cafe bowls; enamel kitchen canisters; enamel street number plates; adorable children’s games, toys and books; vintage craft supplies such as buttons and embroidered, monogrammed ribbon; postcard sets and notebooks worthy of Bertie Wooster’s desk. For Maria-Pia, quality is essential so you’ll only find the best of the best vintage here. Next time you’re in Paris, do wander, but be sure to mark this petite spot on your map! Au Petit Bonheur La Chance,13, Rue Saint-Paul, 4th Arr, Paris. (Metro Saint Paul)


Designer Makes....

What you will need: Wooden rounded hangers Fabric of your choice Needle and thread Fabric scissors Sewing machine Fabric pencil Wadding Pins


Lucy from Pea



as and Needles // Fabric Hangers Step 1

First, unscrew the hook from the wooden part of the hanger. Keep that in a safe place as you will need it later.

Step 2

Cut a long strip of wadding about 5cm thick. Wrap the wadding around the wooden hanger until you have your desired thickness. I would recommend either stapling or using glue to secure the wadding to the hanger or it will slip. Make sure to mark the hole for the hook.

Step 3

Once you have completed padding out your hanger, you will need to measure how much fabric you will need. Lay your hanger on top of your chosen fabric, remember to have the right sides facing each other. Using your fabric marker carefully draw around the hanger, remembering to leave enough for seam allowance.

Step 5

Once sewn together, you will need to snip into the seam at the corners so when you turn it right side out it will leave you with a smooth ďŹ nish.

Step 4

When you are happy with the shape and size of your outline, cut around your dotted line and sew together. You can do this by hand or by machine. You will need to leave a 1cm hole for the hook and an opening at one end to insert your hanger.

Step 6

It’s time to insert the padded hanger into its cover. Once this is done, you will need to sew up the opening using a slip stitch. This way your stitches will be invisible.



Step 7 Screw the metal hook back into the hanger and you are all done. To add the ďŹ nishing touches just tie a piece of ribbon around the hanger to hide the hole.


Step 8 Hang a pretty dress on your hanger and display it on the wall!





My 36m


Words by Caroline Taylor Photography by Anna Weinreich



logger Anna Weinreich lives in a one bedroom apartment in Roskilde, Denmark, about 30 minutes outside of Copenhagen. Anna describes her home as ‘My 36m2’; as if this is her small section of the world where no one else can interfere. It may be petite but its hers. When she is not studying to be a teacher at University College Sjælland, Anna spends her days scouring f lea markets for furniture to bring home and reinvent. Her love for pattern and colour is evident throughout - and pack in pattern to her tiny space she does! Whether it’s retro, scandi or chintz, she mixes them with effortless style.





“Anna’s love for pattern and colour is evident throughout...”






As well as her love for vintage and retro, Anna is always on the look out for handmade ceramics. Her colour and style preferences are clear as every item in her home seems to compliment everything around it. Perhaps this is the secret to a perfectly curated small space - know what you like and stick to it!

See more of Anna’s home and craft projects on her blog: Find her on Facebook:


The ear gets the

Seasoned car boot sale shares her tips and tric best bargains. Lie

Photo by Laur

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rashed toys, unopened foot spas, crap Christmas gifts and outright ugly crockery… oh yes, you can find all this and more at your local car boot sale. But hiding in amongst all that, you might just find a gem. The operative word here is ‘might’.

That’s the funny thing with car boot sales. You never know what you’re going to find – or if you’ll find anything at all. As The Rolling Stones said “You can’t always get what you want… But if you try sometimes well you might find you get what you need”.

A rather (un)glamorous hobby... reality of car boot sales. Banish any thoughts you have now of being a British Zooey Deschanel, f litting from pretty stall after stall in the bright sunshine. Most car boot sales are found in car parks or out-of-town fields… basically places you would My first ever car boot sale was in never want to be otherwise. a dark, dingy car park. I can only compare it to a scene from zombie However, the plus point of all this horror movie, 28 Days Later – a mass is that there’s less competition than of people, shoving and pushing in say there is at a charity shop or cute vintage emporium. And of course, near darkness. Now I’m not telling you this to scare the prices are much lower (much, you off but so you understand the much lower.) I started visiting car boot sales when my local charity shops began upping their prices (I know it’s for charity but selling a teapot second hand for more than it costs new just doesn’t make sense to me.)

Some of Zoë’s finds have included a typewriter, £2. Kodak booklet, free! Polaroid cameras, between 20p and £3.



The early bird gets the vintage... Car boot sales also operate at times you would never dream of normally, such as 7am on a Sunday morning. I won’t lie, there’s been many a time where I’ve had to drag myself out of bed, cursing myself and wondering why I bother. But of course, getting there early means it’s more likely you’ll be the one to find that Singer sewing machine, blue typewriter or 60s Meakin tea set (tea pot included). The best advice I can offer you here is caffeine. Whether you’re a coffee fiend or a tea addict, make sure you have one before you go. And have something to eat too. Car boot sales are tough when you’re hungry and caffeine-free. Or… sleep in, take a chance and go at the very end of the car boot sale. Essentially by the end, all the sellers who have been up since 6am are tired, maybe bored and there’s no way they want to carry home all their unsold stuff. So this is the time for some real bartering. I once got a vintage pulldown old school map this way for £7. (Online vintage shops sell them for £150 minimum.) I can’t promise you the sleep-in technique will work. For every time it’s worked, there’s been a time I’ve gone home empty handed, but if you can’t face getting up super early it’s worth a shot.


Get on the other side... The second car boot sale I went to, I wasn’t buying, I was selling. To really understand car boot sales and how they work, it’s worth having a go yourself. To be a seller, you have to turn up super early. You need a table, spare change, plastic bags, a thermos of tea (I forgot this and regretted it after 30 minutes) and possibly something to sit on.

with people pawing over your items and trying to lowball you. Stay patient, keep smiling, but be firm about what price you want.

Once the car boot sale actually opens, it gets easier. Try to relax, have a bit of chat with potential customers and have a joke if you can. (We once offered someone 2 CDs for £3 or 1 CD for a £5… funnily The instant you open your car boot, enough, he nearly paid that before you’ll encounter ‘swoopers’ – people he realised we were joking!) who will try to get you to sell to them (for cheap) your So why try it yourself? Because it’ll wares before cure you of seeing car boot sales as the car boot intimidating – and also when you’re sale even opens. haggling over a vintage globe with This can feel pretty someone, you’ll remember just intimidating as what it’s like to be on the other side you’re swamped of that.

Happy thrift hunting... One last thing: have fun when you go car boot sale shopping. They should not be for serious shopping. They’re too unpredictable, too crazy and too early in the morning! So try to enjoy


the thrill of the chase instead, and treat yourself to a decent brunch afterwards! Oh, and if you ever come across a small mug with a sun, a rainbow and the name Zoe on it, do let me know. It’s on my ‘to find’ list!



Zoë’s Top Thrifty Tips 1 Know what you want – or don’t want.

Looking for old cameras? What type of camera do you want? What are your must-haves? What will make you walk away? Work these out before you go.

2 Don’t dilly-dally. I once spotted a beautiful typewriter for £2 on someone’s

stall. But did I like the colour? Where would we put it? … While I stood there, deliberating, someone else bought it. Rookie error!

3 Pretend you don’t care. One of the key things with car boot sales is to go

almost out of curiosity. Pretend you really just fancied getting up at silly o’clock and you’re just a casual browser. It seems to work somehow.

4 Buy now, think later. If it’s cheap and you like it, just buy it and work out what to do with it later. I’ve also bought things because they might be good for a friend.


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Check your local paper

Blogging is no longer just about recording your views and ideas online, in the hope someone will read it. Networking, socialising and making friends for life have become the fringe beneďŹ ts of the growing trend for blogging events. Mary Ellen Paul investigates. 76

Illustration by Kerry Layton



nce thought to be an activity for the geeky or lonely, blogging has well and truly cemented itself in the media world and is continuing to gain momentum. As well as needing to be good writers and editors, bloggers must also be their own PR manager, IT specialist, designer, proof-reader and secretary. All in all this creates a dynamic online world of confident, passionate people who know their stuff - and who are sociable too. Blogging is now a great way to connect with like-minded people, particularly in the field of Interiors and lifestyle. In most cases, online connections often lead to face-to-face meetings where you can discuss ideas and form collaborations.


personal and editorial context. Speaking with renowned Dutch blogger Yvonne Eijenduijn of Yvestown, for example, I found she has made some loyal and genuine friendships: “It’s the beauty of blogging about a certain topic… The topic is already shared, so [it] is a good foundation for a friendship,” she says. Besides the much larger, well known events around the world such as Meet The Blogger and The Hive in Germany, there are also many smaller gatherings where bloggers can connect. Writer and author of Happy Interior Blog, Igor Josifovic, recently attended a much cosier gathering in Munich, Germany. Organised through a dedicated events page on Facebook, a few local bloggers from Hamburg used their creativity and connections to construct a well thoughtout programme which even supplied attendees with goodie bags.

For example, I recently attended Meet the Blogger, an event in Amsterdam, where I was not only able to learn how to become a better writer but also had the and accommodation opportunity to meet several inspiring, Logistics international writers and find out what suggestions were finalised through the online group, which helped enhance fuels their passion. the connection: the experience of being “It’s fun to meet fellow bloggers. You involved in the process, not just being share [part of] the same passion and an attendee. Being in a more intimate goals and know each other through setting also no doubt created much more blog posts and social media. To meet of an opportunity to act natural, bond other bloggers gives blogging an extra and share valuable experiences. I asked dimension,” says Iris Vank, a Dutch Igor if the experience had enhanced him blogger and author of Enigheid. as a blogger and he earnestly affirmed this: “It not only helped to answer a few You are able to build upon what you burning questions but was also useful have already learnt about that person to see that others struggle with similar online and ask them more questions problems and concerns.” about who they are as a writer, both in a Yvonne also now has a handful of friends


Left: Bloggers enjoy Blognic 2011; Right: Delicious treats at Blognic 2011.

who she has met over the last eight years through more intimate meetings. Giving her honest and frank opinion on cosier meet-ups she says; “Some are good, some are great and some are really bad.” In the end it seems you just have to ask yourself which ones work best for you and stick with them. With regards to online rivalry: In over a year of blogging, I haven’t encountered any vicious catfights or bitter vexed words from other bloggers. In general, interiors and lifestyle bloggers appear to be eager to immerse themselves within their industry and learn from each other. They are less focused on the ‘on-trend’ elite aspect that may be found in other disciplines. As a result, they excel within social networking, forming long lasting friendships off line as well as online.

Photos by Tori Hancock

up by two lifestyle bloggers, Rebecca Norris of Florence Finds and Michelle Kelly from Pocketful of Dreams, it is designed to teach bloggers the basic essentials over a single weekend: photography, Photoshop, advertising, monetisation and PR guidance, as well as give attendees the opportunity to network.

Blognic, a picnic for bloggers, is also due to take place this month, run by Lynne Robinson (www.teaforjoy. and Ellie Tennant (www. – keep an eye out on their blogs for further details. Meet The Blogger has extended its Amsterdam event to Stockholm, and BlogTour, a sponsored event inviting select groups of design and lifestyle bloggers to get involved in a five day trip to an international design destination, is Some of you may not have attended a an ongoing event to keep your eye on. bloggers event or meet-up before. If you feel inspired to give it a go, there’s And if the idea of a big event doesn’t still time to bag a spot on some of the f loat your creative boat, why not set up hottest meet-ups around before the year your own mini meet-up? It seems not is out. Dream, Find, Do, a blogging only will the experience improve your masterclass, launches this month [29 blogging skills and your contacts; it may September] in Manchester, UK. Set bring you a friend for life!


Ladies Online



More and more women are taking the plunge and setting up their own business. With the internet making this easier than ever, many of these businesses are being run solely online. We meet some of these inspiring women who have made cyperspace their marketplace.

Charlotte Clarke talks to Hannah Needham who runs website This is Your Kingdom with her business partner Rebecca Gaunt Illustrations by Jess Linares Photo by Rosie Bray

What gave you the idea for This is your Kingdom and what research did you do before starting up? Prior to founding TiYK in 2010, Rebecca and I would spend many hours discussing our latest finds - a lovely cafĂŠ for breakfast, a shop full of beautiful handmade keepsakes, our favourite place to picnic or a secret spot for supper. It was during one of these many inspiring chats that we stumbled upon the idea for TiYK - somewhere people like us could go to celebrate, share and discover only the loveliest things to see and do in the UK.

illustrate the site – something we felt was key to the success and appeal of TiYK. Following six months of hard work, the site was launched in April 2010 and quickly gained a loyal following of dedicated We quickly set about researching the readers. concept, investing a great deal of time What did you both do before? finding the right team to design and


After meeting through mutual friends during our time at Cardiff University, we spent the next six to seven years pursuing our respective careers in London. I was a corporate lawyer and Rebecca followed her dream to secure an editorial role at a well-known publishing house, where she specialised in children’s books.

sum up the business ethos of TiYK?

The TiYK website is a feel good place to be, something that is ref lected in both our aesthetic and our content. By inviting contributors to share their ‘favourite things’ our content celebrates great delights, simple pleasures and happy occasions. We want our readers How did you divide responsibilities to feel like they could be sat listening to between you at TiYK? And what business a good friend getting excited about the advice did you get? most wonderful place or thing they just discovered. Our career paths to date mean our skill sets are handily complimentary. Rebecca We have an incredibly loyal audience is our editor and gatekeeper of all our by virtue of the fact that we place our wonderful content. She’s responsible for readers at the heart of every decision the style and voice of TiYK and has the we make. Our long-term business goal final say on everything we send out. I am is to work with similar minded brands responsible for looking after most other by incorporating beautifully designed, areas so everything from PR to accounts, bespoke advertising campaigns on the meeting contributors, sourcing images, site and in our newsletters that will add drafting T&C’s to project managing value to our readers experience. our current site redesign and build. As I’m based in London and Rebecca in What is an average day at work like? Hampshire it’s important for us to be able to retain a slight sense of autonomy. I work from home so find having a strict However, we’re both firmly involved in schedule vital to achieving my maximum the big decisions and regularly productivity! I usually begin the day meet up at Brew, our checking emails and looking through my f a v o u r i t e to-list, prioritising tasks and making a bit lunch spot in of an action plan for the day ahead. I was C l a p h a m , t o told my someone that the first few hours talk business of the morning are your most creative so (amongst other I always try to use this time effectively things of course!) by writing a press release, guest blog or working on our new designs for the site. After this it’s anyone’s guess; I might How would you be planning our PR strategy, enjoying



submissions from our readers and will happily provide an accreditation to each author. Each submission is carefully vetted by the TiYK editorial board to ensure they provide Which part of the UK has been your an independent, honest, balanced and indeed ‘lovely’ recommendation. favourite to discover so far? coffee and cake with a new contributor, attending a press launch or doing the monthly accounts - there really is no typical day in the life of TiYK which is perfect for me as I definitely have a low boredom threshold!

I took my first trip to Northern Scotland last autumn and was absolutely blown away by how beautiful it is. I stayed with my mum and aunt just outside Inverness and we spent happy days exploring the local antiques centers and tea-shops as well as taking long walks on beautiful white sand beaches and through historic woodlands. I got carried away and took hundreds of photographs. There is something about the light up there that makes everything look truly special – like nature’s very own Instagram filter.

We are always on the look out for new contributors so please do get in touch if you’d like to be considered to join our team! (thoughts@thisisyourkingdom.

What has been your biggest lesson learnt? Keep focused - do one thing well.

What advice would you give to other potential online businesses?

How do you source new contacts / Visibility is KEY. Starting up online is a contributors? viable option for many startups due to its fairly low barrier to entry however what Our handpicked recommendations people often overlook is how customers are compiled by a team of style savvy will then find them once their site is contributors. Most of our contributors live. You may have developed the most are bloggers or small business owners magical, life changing, mind boggling that we’ve been lucky to meet online product ever to grace the earth but if or through the network of events we nobody knows about it there is little point attend. They each share our taste and in its existence. A well thought out, well values and appreciate the importance of executed marketing plan is absolutely creating unique quality content in return key to your success. for some great visibility on the site and in our newsletters. We also love to receive ad hoc Click here to read more of this interview


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