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Live Your Own Way Series 2 with with Emma J Shipley

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I’m thrilled to have just started Series 2 of my Live Your Own Way Podcast. For the first episode I chat with Graphic Artist and Founder of her own accessories and homeware brand – Emma J Shipley.

You may well have seen Emma’s designs either online on her own store or in one of the many stores who stock her brand. The artwork is so distinctive, so that was definitely a talking point as I wanted to know how she developed her signature mythical and colourful style.

It was a great chat and we covered her time at the Royal College of Art including how she came to win the John Lewis Award for Emerging Talent while studying amongst a handful of other accolades.

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Stockists and collaborations over the last few years include Liberty, Anthropologie, Clarke & Clarke, Aesop and a fascinating one with Disney and Star Wars.

Her designs are timeless. An example of this is the Audubon print with an intricate hand-drawn scene of fantastical birds inspired by the works of John James Audubon.

I love how Emma works the colours together so that the different collections work still perfectly together. They work in rooms with rich colours but also white walls or anywhere in between.

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As a textile lover and maker of things, the range of fabrics are really appealing and made with cotton and velvet which are both lovely to work with.

There are so many beautiful accessories on her website, she has everything covered – the scented candles in bona china pots, wallpaper, tableware, cards and also the most stunning art prints – we go in to detail about the silk Constellation print and the inspiration behind it.

It was interesting talking about her use of colour within the Scarves too; which are her favourite hues to use – and we discovered a mutual love on one particular colour…

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Really, it was so inspiring to discuss see what someone can achieve with a combination of talent, focus  and a seriously good eye for colour – and all with self deprecation !

Times are obviously unusual at the moment so Emma offered some helpful advice for anyone studying in the creative field right now – which will be very useful here at home for my daughter too who is set for the world of art.

Here is my Podcast page where you can catch up on Series 1 if you’d like to. I hope you enjoy it as much I enjoyed making it. Do subscribe if you would like to hear more. I have a great interview lined up for next week too – about one of my most favourite ever subjects.

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Images Copyright: Ben Broomfield.

Adding Big Print to a Small Space

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There are always certain areas in a home that tend to get neglected. Maybe they’re not utilised as much but just small space and therefore harder to add character to. Our back door has been a bit like that and it has been bugging me for some time, so I decided to add a lovely big print in the form of a door curtain to add some character. It’s amazing what some plants and pretty fabric can do. As this part of the room is often in my eye line when cooking and daydreaming about interior design projects … it really has made a difference not only to that part of the room but the overall feel of the kitchen.

I’m a massive Linwood Fabrics and love using their fabrics. They’re so easy to work with; lovely to cut and sew. I have had my eye on this Kahanu Oasis print from their Belleville range for ages. Not just the colours but the exuberant design. It is inspired by an early 20th century chintz and is a really gorgeous quality. This style has made a huge comeback over the last few years, but I’ve never stopped loving it. It would look great upholstered on a chair. It’s a feature print for stands out on it’s own but if feeling brave, would also look amazing with some other bold colours.

Disclosure: This is a collaborative post with Linwood Fabrics.
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It does take time to make a curtain because of all the hand stitching but all worth it. Let’s face it as well – we all have a bit of extra time at the moment. If you sew then you’ll know about pattern matching with seams when making items  – it’s not always easy but I found this one extremely simple when I was joining the two panels together. The feel is lovely and soft with a medium weight linen.

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With my love of Biophilia growing by the day, it’s also a great excuse to add more plants even in textile form to the home. The greens and pinks are good for the soul and are an extension of the garden – although I’m still working at owning plants that look this good. If you’ve seen my banana plants on instagram you’ll know I am giving it a good go ! The houseplants here are Spiderworts at the top and Pothos underneath. Both grow quite quickly and will trail so nice to grow in a wall mounted pot.

Speaking of instagram – I recently did a Reel to road test Linwood’s stain resistant fabrics as many of them have this kind of finish. If you saw it you’ll know that I poured tea all over some of their velvet and linen. It felt oh so wrong but I really wanted to know of it really worked. Here are the results.

So, what do you think of our newly spruced up area here ? Is there anywhere in your own home that you want to give a facelift ?

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If you’d like to see more of Linwood’s collections then pop over to their website for some inspiration. Many of their textiles are designed and printed solely in the UK with the rest made in cherry picked mills in Europe. Each collection is drawn and painted by hand. I think for me, that’s what makes it so special making anything they have created.

You can see an older post of mine where I upholstered a bench seat in their Tango fabric and created a Youtube video here.

Live Your own Way Podcast – BBC1’s The Repair Shop Expert Dominic Chinea

 

Dominic Chinea BBC1 Repair Shop Metal Expert Live Your Own Way PodcastI can’t believe we are six weeks in now with my Live Your own Way Podcast. It was an absolute pleasure chatting with Dominic Chinea this time who is the Metal Expert on BBC1’s The Repair Shop.

It really is one of my favourite programmes for many reasons and I’ve always been quite fascinated by how Dominic and the team can turn someone’s precious heirloom back in to something they remember from years gone by in their home, making the family so happy in the process.

Not ashamed to admit I’ve shed a few tears over several of the personal stories when families arrive and even more so when they receive their beloved items back. It’s such a kind format and has clearly touched people’s hearts as they are currently filming their sixth series for BBC1 – Dominic very kindly gave up his lunch break for us to have a chat about how it’s going.

Dominic has had a really interesting career leading up to this work having studied Graphic Design at University and then going on to Car Restoration, Set Design for a very well known photographer –  and then starting his own business with a studio carrying on with Set Design and also Sign Writing and Prop Making on Photo Shoots, Film Sets and Restoration.

There is a great story behind how he came to be an Expert at The Repair Shop during the Podcast.

You’ll see on his website some of the Installations he’s created  – I wanted to know how the collaborations had come about such as an incredible Chandelier he made for the interior of Billingsgate Market. All of his designs and jobs themselves are really diverse so naturally I asked about the process – how do they come about?

He gives some really useful advice for anyone considering a more Artisan type career as he specialises in age old Craftsmanship – it’s really good to know that the show is encouraging people to try out crafts again. The more restoration that goes on the better for us all.

So, you can link to the interview here on various channels and do remember to subscribe as I have a brand new series of the show coming soon with some more great guests.

You can find last week’s chat with Author Sally Coulthard here.

Thanks you ever so much for listening to the Podcast. I am really enjoying it and am so glad I finally got around to doing it.

Live Your own Way Podcast – Laura Jane Clark

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It was a great week for my new Podcast in the Itunes Design Charts with the first episode. Thank you for listening.  For Episode 2, I’ve chatted to the very lovely Laura Jane Clark. She is an Architect and TV Expert on BBC2’s Your Home Made Perfect amongst other shows such as Shed of the Year and Ugly House to Lovely House with George Clarke.

I learned a huge amount during the interview about renovating do’s and don’ts and how Laura took on an extremely unusual project for her first home after qualifying, which was an unused old underground public lavatory … I know, you’re probably thinking ” What ? ” because that was my reaction initially but after years of back and forth conversations with various London Councils she got the go ahead and turned it in to the most incredible, stunning dwelling.

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Before.

I’m sharing some images here so you can see the before and after when she talks about it on the Podcast. This is pre renovation.

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During.

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Completed.

Amazing isn’t it ? I love the light streaming in through the ceiling windows.

She also took on a tenament in Glasgow and updated it beautifully – a few images here to use while we discuss it.

Before.

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Completed.

Last but not least, Here a few images too below that we talk about, of her current Georgian home.

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Before.

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Completed.

But look, I don’t want to share everything now – have a listen to our chat and find out more about her career. There’s some fantastic information about her new website to encourage diversity in her industry Siren Sister  – and a little exclusive too at the end.

You can also have a look at some projects  on her company website Lamp Architects.

Hope you enjoy it and please do subscribe. I’ve got another interesting one next week that I think you will enjoy especially if you love colourful textiles and homeware. Very inspiring.

Images copyright Laura Jane Clark 2020.

Going Green for a Teenager Bedroom

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A few weeks ago I promised this post after showing you our newly painted in Mylands Mint Street and so here it is – we are going green for the teenager bedroom too, but a very different shade.

Finding the right colour and balance for a room that is being used for study and socialising you know that thing we used to do … and will again at some point – and also wanting to go for something a bit more grown up to see her through the next few years.

I let Mae decide on the colour and she was quite definite that she wanted a strong one and it ended up being a choice between Primrose Hill and this one Stockwell Green.

Disclosure: This is a collaborative post with Mylands.
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It was an excellent choice to be fair. In the morning and evenings, when the sun is rising and going down, it has a coppery warm tone to it and it’s very calming.

I think the teenager phase in a child’s life for finding the right colour is as important as when they are babies, but for different reasons obviously. They spend so much time in their bedrooms – thought it would never happen to us but alas it has ! If they are studying in the room then a balancing hue is pretty vital in my opinion.

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Green is naturally associated with nature, serenity, the feeling of calm, refreshment and harmony. All the things that might be needed for long days and nights studying. I think we had opted for a red or orange then it would have been far too intense and definitely not conducive for good sleep and concentration.

It feels inviting and cosy in the room. Although I rarely get invited in these days… I have to invite myself.

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The name Stockwell Green is taken from the site of the original Mylands shop opened in 1884. They call it a mixture of dark Georgian and rich apple green which sums it up perfectly.

Finish wise this is Marble Matt Emulsion which goes on really well. Two coats is completely adequate. It’s a nice creamy texture.

So this is the second time we have used Mylands and they are definitely on my recommend list. Still love Mint Street. I’m very picky about my paints so I don’t say that lightly. Hoping to do another room soon.

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What do you think of the teenager colour make over? Leave us a comment  – also do pop over to my instagram page; there’s lots of inspiration over there too.