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Style Files: Artisan Homewares by Artha Collections

December 9th, 2016

You’ll know from previous entries in the Style Files series that I love nothing more than discovering a young brand and learning about the creative process that goes into their product. When Swiss based independent homewares label Artha Collections reached out a few months ago, I was taken not only by their range of products but of their story and admirable vision to use modern day commerce to influence the lives of artisans around the globe. Their  products are made in small creative communities spanning from Tibet to South Africa, Bengal and beyond and are of exceptional quality. So much so that I used two of their hand woven pieces in this recent bedroom project. It brings me so much joy to be able to work with independent labels in helping them to grow by collaborating together.

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Knowing the kind of consciousness and responsibility that is behind the lovely Artha wares, it has been even more of a pleasure working with them these past few weeks to style and photograph their winter campaign. Below, a peek at some of the scenes I created for them in my home using their table linens, pillows and woven baskets.

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Colour Files: Rust and Dust

December 8th, 2016

While many exciting things are going on here behind these pretty scenes, all to be revealed in the new year, I am having a serious dusty pink and rusty red moment. I went on a rare solo shopping afternoon a couple of weeks ago for some autumn/winter wardrobe pieces and the shops were strewn with these warm pink and burgundy hues with earthy undertones. Here are a few of my favourite palette appropriate pins of late and why I think this combo works so well.

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I am always a little surprised by how each new season brings with it fresh inspiration in colour combinations. We have enjoyed ‘Marsala‘ as colour of the year in 2015 and old pink has made a comeback in recent months too, but the combination of the two feels fresh and new somehow. Both hues feel distinctly 70s, particularly together, but are so very contemporary when used right. If my last blog entry is anything to go by, rust and dust are best combined with calming neutral shades to give a generous dose of colour while still being tranquil and relaxing. Here are a few spaces that exercise this theory, very well indeed. Get the full scoop

Style Files: Ceramics Studio July Adrichem

October 17th, 2016

Hey guys, I wanted to post this last week but I was struck down with the flu hard so out the window went that plan. Life just gets in the way sometimes, doesn’t it? Anyway, some time ago, I had the pleasure of visiting the lovely and very talented ceramicist and multi-disciplinary designer July Adrichem at her home and studio. I have followed her work after discovering her on Etsy a year or two ago and when my friend Lotte, a Dutch writer I collaborate with, suggested we shoot a story at her studio I didn’t need much convincing. I was so excited to meet the person behind a brand I have long admired and I can tell you, July was an absolute delight and every inch as talented as I thought she’d be. I thought you’d like to see into her studio and read about her work as a designer and ceramicist and see some of the images I shot at her studio that day.

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From previous entires in my Style Files column you will know that I love meeting fellow creatives and delving into their stories. And this one is nothing short of inspirational because, like me in many ways, July (pronounced Julie) has learnt much of her craft from scratch with little to no formal training in some areas and does the most wonderful work that certainly evoked something in my soul that day. As a multi-disciplinary designer, she spends her days helping small businesses develop their branding, doing product styling, photography, graphic and surface pattern design and also has her own ceramics line that is gorgeous, just take one look at her shop. So many things going on and yet she’s as cool as a cucumber. Take a peek into her studio with me, see the beautiful wares she produces and read a bit about her process and story… Get the full scoop

Food Files: Rhubarb Yoghurt Upside-Down Cake

July 23rd, 2016

It’s been so busy these last few months I’ve strayed a bit from the pages of this blog. While my days start with vigour and enthusiasm, deadlines loom, projects demand my focus, emails keep streaming in and the days just slip away, silently rolling into weeks and then I realise I have so much to share and so little time. Remember I shared my kitchen with Ingrid from Let’s Talk Evergreen? In the midst of crazy work schedules we decided to press pause and share food, our love of photography and laughter for a day, each cooking something of our own with the goal to come away with new inspiration, renewed energy and a couple of recipes for you guys to try. I made my favourite lime infused lentil and roast veggie salad and Ingrid made this beautiful rhubarb yoghurt upside-down cake, which I know you are going to love.

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Ingrid’s cake is soft, dense, and moist and it’s the subtle sweetness combined beautifully with the tartness of the rhubarb that makes it so very delicious. The perfect accompaniment to a cup of coffee, and even suitable for breakfast too. Ingrid first developed this recipe in my kitchen, and then returned home to perfect it. I spied some rhubarb in the supermarket this week, so I’ll be snapping some up and giving her recipe a try this weekend!  Get the full scoop

Food Files: Lime Infused Lentil and Roast Veg Salad

May 4th, 2016

I’ve been wanting to share this recipe with you guys for so long. I made over the Christmas and New Year’s break for the first time and have had friends literally beg me for the recipe. So when Ingrid, my sweet friend and the talented soul behind Let’s Talk Evergreen, came to hang out with me in my kitchen last week to cook and photograph together – each making our own recipe and shooting as we went along – I gathered the ingredients I needed to make my very own lime infused lentil and roast veg salad and got to work. It was such a heavenly day. We chatted, nibbled on scraps, swapped photography secrets and laughed. We made a mess and worked in the chaos and it was the very best.

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This recipe is an adaption of one that I spotted in the cookbook Nopi, which my husband gave me as a Christmas present. I wanted to make something special to take with me to our New Year’s eve party – which was at the home of my food stylist friend Ajda Mehmet in Amsterdam so it basically had to be VERY good. I wanted to make a roast pumpkin dish with lime yoghurt dressing but I thought it would be a bit challenging for people to eat while mingling, so decided to adapt the flavours to a lentil salad to serve in small bowls and be eaten in a more civilised fashion. The results were so good I have made it several times since, and every time I do I get begged for the recipe. So here we go. Get the full scoop