91 MAGAZINE WINTER 2012
HOMES / STYLE / VINTAGE / SHOPPING / CRAFTS
Caroline Charlotte Hannah Clarke Taylor Bishop Editor and Art Director
Greetings! Well here we are, the last issue of 2012. Doesn’t time f ly! This is our biggest issue to date, with over 20 pages more than the last few editions, so I hope you will enjoy the extra pages full of lovely features. You may notice that while this is our December issue, it is not particularly festive. Now, I am by no means a scrooge (I already have my Christmas tree up in fact!) but I did make the decision a while ago to do something a little different with 91 Magazine and to move away from the typical seasonal format of most magazines. The reasons for this are firstly, that the magazine is read globally. So while we are snuggling under blankets with the fire blazing in the UK, our southern hemisphere readers are basking in glorious summer sun! I therefore didn’t want some readers to feel the content is not relevant to them. Secondly, as I archive all the past issues on the website, I want them to be accessible at any time of the year, not just during the applicable season. We do have a small nod to the festive season however, with our alternative gift guide starting on page 10. The rest of the issue is jam-packed with an eclectic mix of features, from styling your child’s room to a home tour of a Californian converted barn in a vineyard! Enjoy and as always I LOVE to hear from you, so do get in touch via email: firstname.lastname@example.org or through Twitter @91magazine. Lots of Love,
Caroline x x x
91 Magazine is a Patchwork Harmony publication. All content is copyright of 91 Magazine and its individual contributors. Images can be used only with a link back to www.91magazine.co.uk and where possible, the contributors website. Cover Photograph : Michelle Young
CONTRIBUTORS Emily Burt
Crafter & Blogger www.shipshapestudio.co.uk
Yvonne Eijkenduijn Blogger www.yvestown.com
Designer & Store owner www.angel-lifestyle.com
Illustrator & Styling Assistant www.charlottelove.bigcartel.com
Blogger & Photographer www.foundnowhome.blogspot.com
Malcolm Menzies Photographer www.82mm.com
Design and Lifestyle Writer www.charlotterivers.blogspot.com
CONTRIBUTORS Vicki Sleet
Rin Simpson Lifestyle Writer www.glassjarsandphotographs.wordpress.com
Lifestyle blogger www.iwantthat.co.za
Joanna Thornhill Interior Stylist www.joannathornhill.co.uk
Writer & Stylist www.sophiewarrensmith.wordpress.com
Contents Page 8
Interiors & Style News
Alternative Gift Guide
Collect & Display: Sibella Courtâ€™s latest book, Bowerbird
A Vintage Lovers Guide to...York
Etsy Seller Spotlight... Meanglean
Embrace Simplicity: floral ideas for home & gift
Style Notes... from a kids room
History of Vintage: Travel posters
Designer Makes... Paper Flowers
Read all about it: how to use old books in the home
A Vine View: a Californian home surrounded by vineyards
Work / Life / Style: a South African homeowner and her business
91 Magazine desktop 2013 calendars
Ladies Online: Winters Moon
Our top picks of the latest, most stylish buys for your home this season
Think outside the box with your decorations this year, buy from independents for unique and oneoff pieces like this vintage lace cobalt angel. Handmade from stoneware, this pretty decoration will give your tree an authentic look this year. ÂŁ12, Duckydora, www.duckydora.com
By Sophie Warren Smith Damson & Slate are renowned for their pretty homeware and unusual handmade products. This gorgeous tea cosy is designed and hand knitted for Damson & Slate in Pembrokeshire using local rare breed yarns. It comes with a contrasting plaited tie in hand dyed local mohair or yarn and there are 3 colourways available - chocolate brown, biscuit and pale grey. ÂŁ28 each, Damson & Slate, www.damsonandslate.co.uk
Pretty Pastel Style is the new and gorgeous Lake. See how to use this very versatile col looks from Modern Pastels - with pops of s - think smoky pinks and faded greens to Re cream shades and Simple Pastels - an eleg pastel style. There are also sections on furnitu beautiful book is not out until 14th March so p now! Pretty Pastel Style by Selina Lake & Jo good book stores.
book from interior stylist Selina olour palette to create a range of stronger shades, Vintage Pastels etro Pastels - 50’s prints with ice gant and minimal take on pretty ure, lighting and decoration. This pop it on your must-buy list right oanna Simmons, £19.99 from all
Felix Clay / Save the Children
What to create a craft piece that has a mission too? The Craftivist Collective are a visual group that are launching a campaign called the Jigsaw Project which is to run until spring 2013. The idea is to create a giant jigsaw embroidered with provocative messages to support Save the Children’s Race Against Hunger Campaign. The end result will be an art installation to raise awareness of the issues of world hunger and injustice. For more information check out: www.imapiece.craftivist-collective.com When the latest Graham & Green catalogue falls through the letterbox we all excitedly f lick through it! You can always find superstylish interior buys from them that are sourced from all around the world. This pair of Clara sculptural matt ceramic vases have a knitted relief pattern making them right on trend for this season, £35, and the pretty butterf ly in a frame is paper cut from vintage maps and comes in a chunky wooden box frame, £65, both from Graham & Green, www.grahamandgreen.co.uk
The Imperial War Museum shop works with a number of individual makers to create beautiful one-off pieces using the ‘make do and mend’ ethos of reusing old clothes and textiles. We adore these stunning vintage handkerchief needlecases, complete with hand embroidery and a contrasting inner, £14.99 each, The Imperial War Museum, www.iwmshop.org.uk
91 gift guide
Storage basket, £45, Toast
Heirloom recipe card box, $135, Riﬂe Paper Co.
Curated by Yvonne Eijkenduijn
Aluminum pendant lamp, €239, BijzonderMOOI*
Numbered pudding basins, £17.50. Burleigh Figgjo Love A3 print, $39, Linnosaurus/Etsy Bread board, €27.50, Collected by Tas-ka
Dotty teapot, £18, Cath Kidston
Chalkboard, $40, Poketo
Rubber stamp set, ÂŁ30, Donna Wilson
A4 box ﬁle, £14, Cath Kidston
Anglepoise lamp, £148.80, Anglepoise
Grid notebook set, $24, littleotsu
Ash and porcelain desk catch-all, $65, farrahsit /Etsy
Heart print sticky tape, £6, Heart Zeena
Jumbo market tote,$40, claudiagpearson / Etsy
Aliceâ€™s Aviary poster, ÂŁ10, Alice Melvin
Knitted hand warmers, $47, clovaknits / Etsy
Wicker basket, £26, Cath Kidston
Secateur holster, £19.99, Felco
Red boots, £65, Hunter
Lungo watering can, €19.95, Xala
Herringbone wool blanket, £30 National Trust
Duvet cover, €88, Collected by Tas-ka
Porcelain vases, €19, Foekje Fleur
Origami lampshade, €89, nellianna / Etsy
Wooden birds, $50, Huset shop
Bunny cushion, $40, erinﬂett / Etsy
The Flax and Twine 20 The Shambles, York www.thef laxandtwine.co.uk The Flax & Twine is housed in a beautiful 18th century building, on one of the most famous cobbled streets in the world, right in the centre of the city. Inside you will find a cornucopia of vintage furniture, ribbons, haberdashery, ceramics and hand-crafted items from a variety of local designers. And just in case you are in the ‘making’ mood, The Flax and Twine also host craft workshops as well as regular networking events for creatives. With their own lovely cafe, serving mouthwatering treats, you will have somewhere to recharge your batteries!
Glory Days 22 Walmgate, York www.glorydaysvintage.co.uk Tucked away on a city centre street that is fast becoming the York vintage shoppers mecca, the aptly named Glory Days (below) was founded by dressmaker, costume designer and vintage devotee, Hayley Claire Neil. The shop offers a wide range of vintage clothing and accessories from all eras of the 20th Century - from 60’s psychedelic minis and 50’s prom dresses, to 30’s jewellery and 70’s chiffon wonders! And, if you can’t find what you are looking for, a bespoke dressmaking service means you can have your very own vintage couture creation made just for you!
18 Fishergate York www.vintageemporiumyork.co.uk
Specialising in vintage homewares and fashions, from 1920-1950, the Vin veritable treasure trove of expertly sourced, 100% original vintage items. A century homeware and furniture, including ceramics, textiles, mirrors, kitche well as jewellery and clothing galore! Keeley Harris, the multi-talented owner beauty and the brains behind the very successful ‘Vintage Home Show’ and
ntage Emporium (right) is a A wonderful collection of midenalia, pictures and books, as er of Vintage Emporium, is the nd the ‘Festival of Vintage’.
Duttons for Buttons 32 Coppergate, York www.duttonsforbuttons.co.uk A veritable York institution, Duttons stocks a truly amazing 12,000 different button designs [the largest collection in the United Kingdom]. As the go-to emporium for all things haberdashery, Duttons have supplied buttons and accessories for costume makers and film designers, on such films as Pirates of the Caribbean, Evita and Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, to name but a few! Loose yourself amongst the shelves of ribbons, buttons and trimmings!
The Yorkshire Soap Company 10 Blake Street, York www.theyorkshiresoapcompany.co.uk A new addition to York city centre, this spectacularly lovely shop is the brainchild of Warren and Marcus [aka the ‘Soap Boys’] The company’s own range of, handmade in Yorkshire, bath and body products, fill all 2,000 sq ft of this amazing soap boutique. From tiny cute cupcakes to fairytale four tier wedding cakes, this soap is almost edible! (below) It is the very clever use of retro display fittings and fixtures that really makes this a vintage pearl. Worth a trip to admire the design alone!
Compiled by Kirstin Hodgson Illustration by Corinne Lee-Cooke
We m�t Christine Felix, owner of Etsy shop, Meanglean, to ﬁnd out m�e about her quirky co�ection of curiousities. How would you describe your Etsy Nostalgia is definitely one of the reasons why people buy something shop, Meanglean? from Meanglean. I get great emails I see it as a curiosity emporium; where from happy customers, reminiscing people can stumble upon something on childhood memories, prompted by new to them or find something they a little trinket they found in my shop. I also get a lot of help from random may have long forgotten.
people. Often I am unsure about a certain object or itâ€™s original purpose and, sure enough, a kind soul will come along and provide the answer. I get a kick out of peopleâ€™s generosity and this willingness to share knowledge.
Do you have another job, or is your Etsy shop your main income? Meanglean is my main job although I occasionally work as a script supervisor mostly on small independent films. I do it less and
less now as the shop becomes all consuming. You have a wide range of items in your shop - what is it that draws you to the items you stock? I take myself to various f lea markets, antique fairs, auctions and so forth, but for the most part I feel that these things find me. They will suddenly jump out from a pile of old knick knacks and shout: take me! Anything that can lend itself to interpretation is welcome to come.
Nostalgia is deﬁnitely one of �e reasons why people buy some�ing from Meanglean
You clearly have a passion for vintage has probably been enameled into a - what is it about vintage that you beautiful brass pin. love? Your profile says that you hope that The way we manufacture (and where customers may use your items in and why) has changed so much in their artwork - have people sent you the last few decades. Materials have photos of what they have done? if become obsolete, trends are ever so, whats been the most interesting changing and some functions are no thing? longer needed. As a result old things become little time capsules, we People are very communicative and could send them into space and they often write to me explaining why they would tell so much about us and and bought a certain item, however, sadly our history. I know I am constantly I donÂ´t get that many photos. learning through them and find it Still, I can remember a few stories. I had a seventies slide viewer that an endlessly fascinating. For example; through sourcing for artist bought to use in her exhibition,. Meanglean, I have become an avid It was fitted into a wall like a peep fan of old society and club badges. hole with her work inside. There are all sorts of great reasons Another story I quite like is from a why people get together: prevention lady who regularly buys ceramic doll of road accidents, lonely widows, parts. She paints them with f lowery, cheese, businesswomen, to mention colorful patterns and uses them as a few. Anything you can think of vases for small cactus plants.
Do you have any tips for how to display the types of things you sell in the home? Small things can easily become characters in a story. Probably due to my background in theatre where I played around with set design models, I am a sucker for things inside things or tiny worlds. So, the temptation is always to put them inside a shadow box and tell a story. Equally, I find it very hard to resist populating a ship in a bottle.
Do you have any future plans for your business? I recently started to contact people who have used Meanglean purchases for their art projects to ask them for that story. The aim is to start a blog that focuses on the extended life of these objects and at the same time, feature different artists and their work. It is still in the very early stages but I am looking forward to what it might become. Another idea I have been cooking is to make a series of little videos, (some of them are stop frame animations) featuring items from Meanglean. I am looking to test out the theories I have about them, to make true the fantasies I had when I first got them. I am very excited about that. www.etsy.com/shop/Meanglean
Embrace Simplicity Create a sophisticated look in your home or give a beautiful gift using just a few simple blooms and a small bunch of creativity.
Photography: Michelle Young / Styling: Charlotte Love
eonardo da Vinci is quoted as having said “simplicity is the ultimate sophistication”. Although we all love the occasional bit of glitz and glamour, the ‘simplicity factor’ is something we all try to emulate when we wear a little black dress or spend hours creating that ‘natural’ make-up look.
Indeed, we all love a large, dramatic bouquet of f lowers but, unless your beau has deep pockets, its unlikely this is a regular extravagance. For the everyday, investing in just a single stem or two makes it possible to have beautiful blooms as a more permanent feature in your home. And while this is a thriftier approach to f loral purchases, it doesn’t mean that it can’t be luxurious. A trip to the f lorists should be considered a weekly treat. A grown-up’s version of the candy store. Once home, the presence of f lowers can help to make the more routine parts of life that much more elegant. When there is a f lower on display it seems like we should put more effort in to sitting down to enjoy it, perhaps with an afternoon tea break at the table. Simple arrangements or a statement stem can help ornament your home, bring colour in the gloomier seasons and put a smile on your face all year around.
Start Sundays off with breakfast in bed. Even a simple breakfast is made indulgent when eaten under the blankets and served with a beautiful rose. Once you have treated yourself to a few hours lazing in bed, just move the f lowers to your bedside table to be enjoyed all week.
91 pink, MAGAZINE Carlos Lila Bed Linen, £49.99. Fundas Almohada pillowcase,£29.99 for 2, both Zara Home. Silk cushion -rose £49.99. Susie Watson. Blue Floral Cushion made in Metro; £38 per m, Cabbages & Roses. Vase painted in plasticote Metallic Copper: £8.49 for 400ml, DIY stores. Tray & Toast rack stylist own.
Invest in a variety of simple glass vases. A selection of car boot finds and vintage vessels can make even a minimalist selection of stems an architecturally interesting display in your home. For a fuller look, bulk out a few shop-bought f lowers with a selection of wild f lowers from your garden or evening walk.
Walls in Juniper ash, Absolute Matt Emulsion, £16 for 1L. Little Greene. 100% Linen Tablecloth – natural, £75.00, Cox & Cox. Button vase, £18 for 6. Barley Bottle, £28.00, Both Rowen & Wren. Traditional School Milk Bottle, £2.95, Dotcomgiftshop.
Taking inspiration from Dutch masters f loral paintings, create a three dimensional artwork by bringing together a combination of woody stems, like pussy willow and fuller blooms such as hydrangea into a tabletop vignette. Or simply attach a single stem to the wall and add a frame. This is a great idea for dried f lowers.
Walls in Black, Vinyl matt. Dulux trade. £23.62 for 2.5ltr, Dulux. Frame, try Kempton Antiques. Delicate Beaded Vase, £18.50, Cox & Cox. Tile, for similar try Fired Earth. Barley Bottle, £28.00, Rowen & Wren.
Create some temporary wall art with a simple wreath. Rosemary is great as a base as it not only smells lovely but will also last a bit longer out of water than f lowers. Add a few f loral sprigs which you can change as they wilt. Keep it rustic by hanging it with a piece of frayed linen.
To decorate a gift, you can add a twig of berries or a small f lower to simple brown paper wrapping. Make your own thank you label either on a typewriter, using rubber stamps or on your computer. Add a wash of watercolour paint in a pastel shade for that extra special touch.
Style Notes... from a kids room
Words Leigh Metcalf Photos Celeste Noche and Natalie Jeffcott
hildren’s rooms are some of the most fun rooms for parents to decorate. Whether it be a nursery for a newborn, a bedroom for a toddler, a playroom or study, children’s rooms can be filled with character by mixing vintage finds, one of a kind handmade items and choice shop bought goods. The days of going solely pink or blue are long gone. Modern children’s rooms are more creative than ever and can be found in a rainbow of colours, with inventive methods of storage and a variety of decorative
elements to stimulate growing minds.
When deciding on the decor of any child’s room, the purpose should stay in mind. If it’s a nursery you’re decorating, you might want to create a soothing atmosphere. But if it’s a toddler’s room, a variety of stimulation may be the goal. But where to begin? As with decorating any room, inspirational images are often a great starting point. Pinterest is a fabulous place to look for inspiration. But you might also have a specific colour in mind, or
Arrowâ€™s room Son of Lauren Smith owner of The Curiosity Shoppe
San Francisco, USA
arthurâ€™s room Son of Natalie Jeffcott photographer and owner of Arthurs Circus
one piece of artwork, or a theme you want to go with. Once you have a starting point you can easily build from there. Toddlers and preschoolers love to help do anything you’ll let them do, so getting them involved is a great idea. It stimulates their imagination and helps build confidence in their own decision making. If you’re brave enough, let them choose a paint colour for their room, or some other decorative element like their bedding, or even something as simple as a print for their wall.
special places to put their things. Wine crates or old desk drawers make excellent wall displays. Old letterpress trays are especially great to hold those little figurines, collected rocks and other special bits kids love to see in their room. Kids also love to see their own artwork on display and using their artwork in the decor is one of the easiest, cheapest ways to add colour and design to the room. A simple, affordable Ikea Dignitet curtain wire can turn your child’s room into a mini museum. Maps are also an excellent way to add a burst of color for an affordable price, and of course they’re educational too!
Display is key to any child’s room. Kids love to see their toys, games, and dolls and always love to have In any child’s room, storage is
“Using vintage items is one of the simplest ways to make your childs room one of a kind.”
essential. Children amass so much stuff that it’s important to have a place to put it all! Of course there’s always Ikea for reliable, practical storage solutions. But why not get creative and think about using old lockers, wine crates, or vintage trunks? Or if you’re feeling extra ambitious, you could even customise your own book and toy bins by building your own. Flea markets always have loads of bookcases waiting to be saved too. An old painted bookshelf easily adds character to a room and makes for a nice display piece.
you’re not too keen on sewing, you can also find plenty of handmade goods on sites like Etsy or Not on the High Street, where sellers can make custom items for you. Remember to have fun and know that it won’t come together overnight. Part of the joy in decorating a room is finding that perfect piece to compliment what you’ve bought so far. Eventually you’ll have a fabulous room that is completely unique!
Vintage toys and books add a nostalgic charm to any child’s room. Using vintage items is one of the simplest ways to make your child’s room one of a kind. Source these items at local f lea markets and car boot sales or go online and browse sites like Etsy and eBay. Of course nothing makes a room more one of a kind than handmade goods. If you’re so inclined, sew some cheerful bunting and cushions for your child’s room to make it unique. For a more advanced project, a handmade child’s tent provides a cozy place to read, nap and play. If
Check out our Pinterest board for more kids room inspiration.
Kids rooms top buys!
Create the eclectic
Elephant mobile, $66, Petit Collage
vintage look in your Child’s formica chair, £70 Molly-Meg
Vintage Circus ephemera, $20 AUD, Arthur’s Circus Donna Wilson cushion, $110, The Curiosity Shoppe
Toadstool Lamp, £69,Caravan
Wooden crates, £45, Pale & Interesting
History of Vintage
From Skegness to St Moritz Rin Simpson looks back at the nostalgia associated with travel advertisement posters and why they are still so popular today.
he world was once a smaller place; before we had HD television, the internet and budget airlines. Back then your average family didnâ€™t have a car and even a long train journey was still considered a novelty by many. Those were the days when travel was glamourous and exciting, something enjoyed by the privileged few, an adventure to distant places rarely seen
outside the pages of a book. No wonder we have such a love of the nostalgic travel posters of the late 19th and early 20th century. With their distinctive illustrations and their promise of luxurious, exotic escapades, these vintage items have been popular on the collectibles circuit since the early 1980s, when the first dedicated travel poster auctions were held in London
Poster images via www.ltmuseumshop.co.uk, www.davidkleinart.com, eBay.co.uk, allposters.co.uk
and New York. Today, there is no sign of the love affair cooling. Just this summer, for example, a poster advertising the Palace Hotel in St Moritz, created by artist Emil Cardineux in 1918, fetched £19,000 pounds at Christie’s. And in 2007, Mary Ray’s 1939 Keep London Going poster sold for an incredible £42,000, thought to be a world record price. So what is it about these historic works of art that makes them so desirable? Well, the answer lies in the question. For a start, they have great historic value, acting as a sort of visual commentary on the development of both travel itself and also the printing industry. The most iconic are those from the golden age of travel in the 1920s and 30s, but it was as early as the mid-19th century that the trend began. This was the time when ocean liners first started ferrying people across the Atlantic. At home, train travel began to take off. By 1903 the Wright brothers had kickstarted
the aviation age. Speedy technological development, particularly during the war years, meant that it wasn’t long before passenger airlines capable of f lying large groups of people were available to those who could afford such luxury. Later, in the 1940s and 50s, a drop in prices spurred a postwar holiday boom that saw more and more Brits going abroad. And all the while, travel posters were advertising key locations at home and abroad, from family days out in Skegness to exclusive ski retreats in the Alps. The development of a high speed printing technique called lithography in 1796 was another important factor in the development of travel posters. Lithography gave the posters their distinctive rich colour and texture and was, most importantly, cheap. This made it perfect for the mass production needs of the advertising industry. Jules Cheret designed more than 1,000 posters from the 1860s onwards and is considered the ‘father of the modern poster’. He is credited with bringing a
level of artistic merit to billboards which get yourself a colourful snapshot of the Amalfi coast, a pretty snow scene had been previously lacking in style. from the Chamonix ski resort on MontIt is this which is the other draw of Blanc, or an advert for the New Pullman travel posters - the fact that they are, Express to Brighton (just 12 shillings for in their own right, pieces of art. Many a day return!). were commissioned from well known talents such as French illustrator Roger How to use them in the home? Well, Broders and political cartoonist Philip that’s easy. With today’s eclectic trend Zec. Unlike, other collectables such as making personal taste more important coins or stamps, the aesthetic value of than ticking style boxes, you really can posters is obvious. Framed and hung on put them absolutely anywhere, from the wall, they make vibrant focal points the kitchen of a funky industrial loft that can add a retro touch to any home. apartment to a bedroom in a quirky The combination of a top artist and a country cottage. There are so many glamourous location makes for the most shades and styles on offer that everyone valuable examples, as well as those will be able to find one that suits. Make referencing British Rail or the London sure you choose a decent frame - a Underground, perhaps representing cheap clip frame just won’t cut it. A plain wall space is ideal to allow the our nostalgia for childhood holidays? colours and textures of the travel poster Of course, not everyone can afford to shine. to spend thousands of pounds on an original. Luckily modern printing Then pour yourself a glass of pink gin, means you can pick up a reproduction sit back and imagine you’re aboard the that looks just as good and gives the Orient Express for Paris, a steam liner same vintage feel at a fraction of the headed for the Americas, or a airplane to price. For just a few pounds, you can deepest, darkest Africa. Bon voyage!
Emily from Sh
hipshape Studio // Paper ﬂowers
What you will need: Round lolly sticks. Approx. 20cm long and 3mm in diameter
Sellotape Floral tape Washi tape 4 sheets of 5” tissue paper circles per flower. either pre-cut or cut your own.
Starting at the top, wrap the f loral tape around the wooden stick. The tape has a bit of stretch in it so keep it taut to ensure it wraps around the stick smoothly.
Step 1 Layer the 4 sheets of tissue paper circles on top of each other. Fold them in half, in half again, and then in half again. Snip 2mm off the pointy end of the folded tissue paper and cut the circular end in to a petal shape.
Step 2 Open the tissue paper out. Take the top sheet and put the top of the lolly stick through the middle hole of the paper. Position it so that it is 1.5cm from the top of the stick. Make sure that the tissue paper folds are facing towards the bottom of the stick.
Step 4 Carefully pinch the bottom of the tissue paper around the stick and secure with sellotape.
Step 5 Repeat this step for the remaining tissue paper circles by pushing the tissue paper circles on to the bottom of the stick to the bottom of the taped tissue paper circle.
Step 6 Once you have attached all 4 tissue paper circles, cover the visible sellotape underneath the bottom layer of petals with corresponding-coloured washi tape.
Tape your tissue paper f lowers to the wall as above, or add to vintage glass bottles for a cute display that will never wilt!
This craft project was created by Emily Burt - Co-Founder of Shipshape Studio, an online lifestyle shop and craft venue in Northwood, Greater London. She also writes Handmade by Emily, a craft and lifestyle blog.
\\ Co�ect & Display \\
Sibella Court’s new book Bowerbird shows us how collections of found objects can be displayed in your interior, creating personal stories as well as style.
Photography by Chris Court
A bowerbird is an Australian native bird that builds a reed-y ground nest & goes to extraordinary lengths to decorate it with stolen goods & found objects such as shells, bones, pegs & shiny milk caps. I have always been referred to as a bowerbird & thought of myself in the same way. I go far & wide to add to my collections and love to arrange & rearrange the pieces throughout my home. I believe that objects contain stories of where you were, who you may have been with, funny stories, scents or sounds and that having these around you inspires these memories & are a vital part of any home. I know that others feel the same way, which is why I thought I’d create a book that shows you what I do with all my stuff, how I manage to keep it out rather than hiding it away and display it in ever changing and unique ways. I want people to embrace their collections and start viewing their belongings in a whole new light. With a bit of creativity, you can surround yourself with the collections that reflect a 3d timeline of your life and live in a beautiful, uncluttered space.” Sibella Court
Your collections donâ€™t have to be simple or make sense to anyone but yourself. This interior was inspired by my love of beads & sequins, which feature on the Megan Park cushions. Look for the things you love in all sorts of different forms & incarnations so that you can translate them throughout your home in unique & interesting ways or if youâ€™re feeling creative, sew your favourites onto plain cushions or linen.
If you ever visit my shop you will discover that I have a growing collection of utensils from all over the world. When I ďŹ nd something for the kitchen pleasing to the eye, I bring it home & display it proudly on hanging racks, stacked piles on the bench or in any way I can.These are old spoon moulds, not functional in my own kitchen and available for a semi-permanent display. In the drawers are hand-carved spoons made from wood, shell, mother of pearl, snails, bamboo & horn. Cover the ugly side of the fridge with paper & have a conveniently placed to do list at the ready.
I am all about 3d spaces and interesting points of view at all heights and in every nook & cranny. This is my collection of vintage hunting photos that I picked up in India, hung higgledy-piggledy at different heights with the addition of an antler frame with a silly photograph so that the arrangement doesnâ€™t take itself so seriously.This reminds me of a lodge and sits loosely in my collection of trophies & antlers, but any of your paper ephemera can sit in this way on any wall in your home.
Shells & things found on the beach were some of my ﬁrst ever collections. I used to trawl the shoreline with my brothers & sister when we went on adventures on holidays at my Grandparent’s place – there are always good ﬁnds after a storm. If you are not one to beachcomb, I often come across the collections of other shell lovers at ﬂea markets. Arrange them together and mix through random vessels or domes that you have to create a focal point on a mantel or shelf.
Sibella Court is an interior stylist, product designer and author. Her latest book Bowerbird is published by Hardie Grant and is available to buy now.
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However much we love our e-Readers, the unique charm of a favourite vintage book is beyond replication. From display ideas to crafty makes, we show you how to embrace your inner librarian with all things bookish. Words and Styling by Joanna Thornhill Photography by Malcolm Menzies
Large reclaimed wood apple crate, £29, The Orchard. Penguin Classics Virginia Woolf upcycled cushion, £60, Hunted & Stuffed. Natural metallic woven cushion, £30, Betty Jackson at Debenhams. Victorian Silhouette book prints, £8 each, The Spotted Sparrow. William Shakespeare mug, £10, Bookish.
LEFT: Create an impromptu reading nook by placing a cushion atop a vintage apple crate, or tucking it into a cosy corner, using the crate itself to house some favourite tombs. Victorian silhouettes printed onto old book pages provide some tongue-in-cheek, relaxed wall art.
Time for a Story
BELOW: A picture ledge provides the perfect display for pretty book covers and favourite pages, and little (and big!) kids alike will appreciate a vignette of charming vintage children’s books and toys. An unobtrusive Ladybird book doubles as a clever clock nestled into the space and pared-back book bunting looks sweet but not twee.
Large wire legged handmade bramble bird, £32, Rowen & Wren. Vintage music sheet gift bows, £5 for set of four, Bookish. Wooden alphabet ABC blocks, £46, After Noah. Popular English Art book clock, £27.95, Maison Ami at Not on the High Street. Ribba picture ledge, £8.25, Ikea. Bunting, made by cutting triangles from old book pages and folding the ends over some string, securing at the back with a little glue.
Light Reading RIGHT: When space is at a premium, make every nook and cranny count. These cubbyholes prove the perfect spot for a prize collection of antique books, whilst turning the spines right side in highlights the striking texture of their aged pages. Walls painted in Winter Teal 4, £24.29 for 2.5l, Dulux. Fitted units, priced per bespoke design, Hammonds. Wooden stag head wall trophy, £85, Clive Roddy at Not on the High Street. Limed artichoke tealights, £12, Elvie ceramic pine cones, £6 each, Glass lined birch votives, from £8 each, Wooden acorns, £6.00 each, all Rowen & Wren
All in Print
ABOVE: Whether you’re a renter who’s banned from decorating or a homeowner just not ready to commit, make a statement with wallpaper by hanging a single drop from a clothes hanger – no pasting required! Use the excess to decoupage a piece of furniture or cover old notebooks. Statement bookcase wallpaper, £19.98 per 10m roll, B&Q. For a similar hanger, try Morplan. Walls painted in Night Jewels 3, £24.29 for 2.5l, all Dulux. Rosa pendant, £27, Very, shown on wire wrapped in garden twine, from a selection at B&Q. Valder chair, £199 for two, Made.com. Dahra etched tray (on f loor), £48, Rowen & Wren. Feather ‘quill’ biro pens, £4.95 each, The Conran Shop.
Say it with Flowers...
ABOVE: Style up an everlasting f loral display and give new life to an old book by crafting paper roses from its pages – Pinterest has dozens of how-to tutorials, or purchase some ready-made blooms from Bookish. Display individually in a selection of muted block painted vases and bottles for a grounded rather than girlie look – to add some texture (and make the effect reversible), wrap some clingfilm round your vessels before painting with water-based emulsion. Paper roses, £8 each, Bookish. Vintage vases and bottles painted in Mellow Heater 3, Winter Teal 4, Moon Waves 1, Royal Regatta 1, Night Jewels 3 and Emporium Rose 5 matt emulsion, £24.29 for 2.5l, all Dulux. Postcard, £4.95 for a set of four, Anja Jane.
Typewriter cuff links give a cheeky nod to yesteryear and make a quirky gift for any book addict.
If a book is too badly damaged to restore, upcycle it. Cut free its front and back covers and use as a small canvas for original collages and save its pages to use in some of the other projects featured here.
THIS PAGE, LEFT: Typewriter cuff links, £18, Bookish. Antique paper upcycled Victorian fan print, £8, Roo Abrook at Not on the High Street. RIGHT: Bluebird print vintage stamp keepsake collage, £24, Roo Abrook at Not on the High Street. Mini vase, £12.50, Shan Annabelle Valla. NEXT PAGE: Mimosa bed, from £675, Loaf. Keiko pleats duvet cover, from £40, John Lewis. Mayfair stripe pillowcase, £28 for set of two, Jasper Conran at Debenhams. Natural metallic woven cushion, £30, Betty Jackson at Debenhams. Shire cable knit throw, £39.98, B&Q. Books painted in Mellow Heater 3, Winter Teal 4, Moon Waves 1, Royal Regatta 1, Night Jewels 3 and Emporium Rose 5 matt emulsion, £24.29 for 2.5l, all Dulux. Black and white newspaper print dog lamp, £45 (shade not shown), Ben de Lisi at Debenhams. For a similar bulb, see the Filly range at Habitat.
A haphazard stack of books makes a great improvised bedside table. Create something a little more permanent by painting a set of hardback books that have seen better days, then cut two wooden batons to the same depth and paint these too. Use wood glue to attach these to the top of the pile at either side, then glue a final book on top, creating a useful cubbyhole. credits on previous page.
Visit our pinterest page for more ideas for using old books on the home
A vine view An eclectic and light filled home nestled in the heart of Californiaâ€™s wine country Words: Caroline Taylor Photography: Bonnie Christine
logger and surface pattern designer, Bonnie Christine, lives in the small town of Santa Ynez in the heart of central California’s wine country. She shares her home with her husband David and their dog Toaster.
The only information Bonnie had about their current house before viewing it was that it was ‘a vine covered converted barn’. She said as soon as she saw the huge windows looking out over the vineyard she was hooked on the house. It could have been missing a kitchen and she still would have rented it!
The house is compact but the large living area is multi-functional and is used as a dining room, living room and office. The space is light and airy and Bonnie has transformed it into an eclectic and cheerful space by mixing style and textures, and combining old and new. Sourcing much of their furniture from thrift and antique shops, Bonnie frequently paints and re-upholsters old pieces, but also mixes these with items from trusty Ikea. Her favourite item of furniture is her painting desk; with its beautiful spiral legs and charming patina, you can tell it’s been well loved. Bonnie is one talented and busy lady. On her blog ‘Going Home to Roost’ she shares her inspirations, projects and recipes, and she is also the leader of the ‘Roost Tribe’ – a premium membership and creative community. You can also find her gorgeous paper goods at her Etsy shop.
Bonnie’s top blogs Creature Comforts
Oh Hello Friend
Oh She Glows
View Bonnie’s beautiful paper goods (left) in her Etsy shop. Read her blog: Going Home to Roost
Words by Vicki Sleet Photography by Heather Moore
work/// life/// style// We meet a homeowner whose home interiors inspire,inﬂuence and reﬂect their professional life.
Heather Moore Skinny La Minx Cape Town, South Africa
or Cape Town based textile designer Heather Moore, a penchant for retro style has directly inf luenced her much-loved creations and store design.
la Minx all began, it all makes perfect sense. “I don’t have any training in art or design, and at first when Paul and I were making our home, we just bought things because they appealed to us, not because of their vintage value. Paul has a highly-developed visual aesthetic that values things like texture and patina. In the beginning he would point something out that I couldn’t see the beauty in, but over time, I started to appreciate”, she says.
Walking into the Skinny la Minx shop and studio feels like you’re walking into a pared down Scandi-style living room. An understated, lean lined sofa, dark painted walls, retro-fabulous cushions in some of the brand’s latest designs and a collection of hanging plants fill the space. It’s not unlike how Heather and Heather studied drama and worked husband Paul’s parquet-f loored city as a copywriter before her foray into pad looks and once I hear how Skinny fabrics. She started sketching some
of the collections that the couple had collected, transferred these onto textiles as experiments and the rest is retroinspired history.
from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s, and the fabrics we’ve used are largely from that era too, apart from my own, of course”, she laughs.
The couple’s two-bedroom apartment is situated off a busy Cape Town street. With views of Table Mountain and proximity to the city if need be. Heather says their apartment offers respite from what can often be a chaotic life, overseeing a shop and fulfilling online orders, plus regular overseas travel for Paul’s work (he is an acclaimed fine artist). The couple have curated their space carefully. “The way we furnished our place was to have a ‘good enough’ chair or cupboard or lamp stand that we used until the day when we found one that was sufficiently superior, and then we replaced it. It has been a process of refining a personal aesthetic to be in tune with the size of our pockets”, she says.
As with most artists, Heather takes much of her inspiration from her surroundings and viewing Skinny la Minx’s now extensive collection of fabrics and lifestyle accessories this is certainly evident. A tea towel design featuring favourite vintage tea and coffee cups was a runaway hit. Her Orla leaf pattern takes its inspiration from queen of contemporary retro textile designs Orla Kiely, who Heather greatly admires and recently met while in New York. Meanwhile regular walks on Table Mountain (situated a steep 20-minute walk away) inspired indigenous plant sketches that evolved into the Flower Dreams fabric collection with Heather’s trademark retro-esque twist of course.
Heather has since discovered many of her early vintage discoveries are collectors’ pieces. “We developed our taste for mid-century style before it was trendy in South Africa so we picked up some amazing vintage pieces for very little indeed. Most of our furniture is
Heather’s fascination with retro interiors has absolutely informed where she has taken her successful brand and looking at the ease with which her modern yet inf luenced-by-the-past designs sit in her home and so many others around the world, its clear she’s onto a very good thing indeed.
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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.
Julia Grant from Winters Moon
Interview by Charlotte Rivers
What inspired you to set up Winter’s natural extension to sell the surplus finds that weren’t needed. The idea of turning Moon? it into a business came about in one of In my previous life part of my job was those exciting ‘wouldn’t it be lovely to….’ to buy props to style photo shoots. I chats over coffee with a friend. There had always been drawn to things that was nowhere selling vintage homeware had the character of age and loved the in Chichester, so it was a very scary patterns and designs of the 50’s & 60’s experiment at the time. so bought whatever I loved. It was a
What were you doing before Winter’s and are complementary to their story plus having regular stock lines makes Moon? good business sense. Items such as our I worked for a high street furniture Formica tables are made very locally, company responsible for images and that the furniture is good quality is really words. So basically, art direction, graphics important as I want them to stand the test and copywriting. All of which was great of time just as the vintage pieces have. experience for setting up my own business. It gave me an understanding Where do you go to find all the vintage of what makes people buy and how to goodies in your shop? generate PR and so on. My background prior to that was in textiles and I get huge I buy all over the place, markets big and enjoyment from working with fabrics for small, near and far. It’s all about the thrill of the hunt, getting your hands on something Winter’s Moon. before another dealer and being able How has Winter’s Moon evolved over to make a quick decision. It’s basically looking through a whole heap of stuff the years? for little nuggets of loveliness. Over the It went from buying bits and pieces, years I have got to know the local house to hosting house sales. The next step clearance guys, who will sometimes was building a website and launching keep things for me as they have a good online which happened in 2009. In 2010 idea now of what I buy. Occasionally you I outgrew the comforts of home and the make a mistake and get something home business moved into its current setting and it’s got a break you hadn’t noticed, – a chilly, but spacious studio in an or is just not that special. But it’s all part old builders yard in Chichester – which of the territory and no one gets it right all made a huge difference. There is space the time, and sometimes you just have to to mend, renovate, photograph and take a gamble. dispatch without having to clear up to make supper! You sell both vintage and bespoke handmade items, how do these two different parts of the business work together? Sourcing the vintage items was the founding backbone of Winter’s Moon but it is very unpredictable. The new items bring freshness to the vintage pieces
How do you decide what to buy? It’s very simple, I basically buy what I like. It’s tricky to sum up Winter’s Moon’s style but I have a very strong visual identity in my head. I think my brain now has inbuilt radar on how to spot a perky leg or certain colours in amongst everything else on the backs of vans or in the crates. Ultimately it’s impossible to predict what you will find when, hence me buying an impossibly gorgeous garden swing seat in the middle of November last year.
under the name Winter’s Moon that extend the range beyond just vintage. Upholstery fabric was a real need as many vintage fabrics are just not durable enough to use. I had seen Brie’s work online and was delighted she was happy to adapt one of her designs. We had lots of technical teething issues getting it printed successfully, but finally launched it early 2012, and the response has been great. I definitely hope to do more collaborations with illustrators and designers in the future.
You also do some fantastic collaborations What is a typical workday for you? with designers, Brie Harrison for instance, how did these collaborations Some days early mornings are spent on the vintage hunt, but mostly I am in come about? the studio until school pick up. My time It has been fantastic to create products is spent renovating, cleaning up items,
photographing and trying to find the right size box to accommodate some strange item I have sold. There is also lots of standing and staring at fabrics draped on chairs trying to make decisions about what to put on what.
a few of them really well over the years. Ultimately itâ€™s great working for myself. There are highs and lows but I am really lucky to have great friends who run their own businesses and can talk things through with them over coffee and cake.
What do you love most about what you What advice would you give to someone do? thinking about starting an online shop? I love the creativity of working with furniture and fabric and get a big buzz from someone buying something that has been reupholstered or transformed in some way. I also enjoy the variety of people I meet, from the house clearance guys and the banter at the back of the vans, to the other vintage dealers. And, I have the loveliest customers. Even though itâ€™s an online business I have got to know
Develop your own style and stick to it. There are lots of online businesses out there so you have to be distinctive. I also constantly try to put myself in the mind of the customer; I am fussy and impatient so I assume that everybody else is too.
View Juliaâ€™s full range of products at: www.wintersmoon.co.uk
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