Here's one from the archives, a staircase stencilled with our leopard repeat stencil.
Here's one from the archives, a staircase stencilled with our leopard repeat stencil.
Q. What is cooler than an Icelandic winter and hotter than a pepper sprout?
A. Our new stencils inspired by Scandinavia.
We used chunky hand knits, urban folk art and a desire to re-present classic folk style as the seed for our new stencil designs. Motifs similar to our Nordic Rose stencils can be found on textile design through the ages, often as embroidery or knitting patterns. Changing the scale of the motifs gives a fresh spin on the familiar. The Scandinavian style stencils would look equally at home in modern or traditional settings. Experimenting with colour combinations offers wider appeal. Choosing hot or earthy colours could suggest Mediterranean style decoration or African. White combined with blue or red gives a classic interpretation of the folk art motifs, think reindeer and log cabin, or thick, whitewashed stone walls....and whippets. At the other end of the decorative scale monotone combinations of black, white and grey eliminate any folksy connotation to the design.
...and a sneaky peak of the master bedroom. I was reminded of a really useful tip for planning the layout of pictures when perusing Abigail Ahern's book "A Girl's Guide to Decorating". To be honest, I should have known this as I am forever telling customers to employ a similar trick when planning a stencilling scheme when you need to know how the scale of a pattern or motif will look on your wall. It also works well for working out the layout of furniture in a room (although you will need more paper).
I had bought a lovely 1930's oil portrait of a young lady (Miss Anne Gordon, whoever she is) on ebay. It sparked a collection and before you knew it, I had amassed 5 paintings of a similar theme. I had deliberately left one wall in our bedroom quite plain to display art although I wasn't sure at the time, what format this art would take (please forgive the first two photos, they were taken on my old iphone in bad light):
Very simply, you cut paper pieces to the size of your artwork. Then using low tack tape (the green tape used for stencilling is perfect), place the paper cutouts on the wall, changing them around until you are happy with the final layout. They then provide a plan for hanging your art:
I have a couple more spots on the wall that I could fill should my collection expand, but if not, these 5 fill the space nicely in the haphazard and informal fashion I was looking for. Photos of our master bedroom in full shouldn't be too far off. The room is finished except for the fact that we do not have a bed yet, just a mattress on the floor. We are looking for an old one which will compliment the other old furniture in the room, so have to be patient until the right one appears. The walls and ceiling are painted in "Railings", a deep grey, by Farrow & Ball in their estate emulsion finish, the skirting in the eggshell finish. I shall save information about other details until the room is fully photographed for the blog.
On another related note, three of these paintings are on canvas board. I didn't want to frame them, but was unsure how to hang them. Lesley from the fab art supplies shop in Corbridge, Delight & Wisdom, told me to use plate hanging discs. Brilliant! If you don't know what they are, they are canvas discs coated with glue (you wet the back to get them tacky) with a "D" ring for hanging. They cope with the weight of plates so have no trouble with a lightweight canvas board. Lesley sells them, but I think you can also get them from good china shops where you may be likely to buy plates to hang for decorative purposes.
If you've got any handy tips and tricks for decorating, please share.
I saw this pretty peacock feather wallpaper at Decorex, London.
Does anyone know where it is from? It reminded me of a room set decorated with our CO19 peacock feather stencils at the start of this century.
We still make them in large and small sizes and they work well with both formal and random placement of the motifs.
Metallic paint adds an extra peacock like iridescence to the stencilling. Apply the metallic colour through the stencil then swirl contrasting coloured paint very lightly over it.
Don't forget if you know where the peacock paper is from then tell me and I can make a link. Thanks.
Ned the Octopus stencil of course!
We were delighted to see this interpretation of the slippery sucker stencilled by Jane Craycroft.
Jane wrote 'Thank you for another successful project. Ned looks fabulous in my tiny powder room. I love the people's reaction when they discover him. So fun, and sort of glamorous'.
We agree with her, there is something about the octopus stencil that makes us smile and we loved seeing the pictures of Ned in her home. The photo on her wall gave us a giggle too. Thanks Jane.
Every month we look forward to our copy of Country Living magazine and were thrilled to see that the current issue features two of our stencils on its cover. They are MD33 and MD35 both can be found in the Modern Design collection at The Stencil Library.
The photo by is one of a selection from the feature titled 'The art of decorating' and was styled by home design editor Ben Kendrick with assistance from Rowan Fuggle and photography by Nassima Rothacker. All the paints in the feature are from Farrow and Ball. Both of the stencils on the cover photo are made of dots which make them very hardwearing. The team at Country Living chose contrasting stencil patterns in complimentary shades of grey. The effect is altogether different when primary or neon colors are chosen. More of our stencils appear in the pages of the magazine and so does a rather lovely ombre shaded wall along with scrumptious homes, gardens, recipes and lots of country related enjoyment. Country Living is for sale on UK new stands now and is available in many countries.
Rachel is lusting after copper pans and jelly moulds for her new home and it set me thinking about the resurgance in the popularity of copper as home decoration. So, I bring you a selection of copper coloured goodies that excited me at the design shows in London and some DIY copper projects that I have created at home.
The copper bath tub from Kit Kemp's display at Decorex, London
and the one at Heals on Tottenham Court Road. Note the copper mirror, lamp and towel rail.
Black and copper lamps from Davey at Original BTC.
Scrumptious hand printed wallpaper from Rapture and Wright
If you prefer to craft your own copper decoration consider fabric stencilled with copper paint
I have used metallic stencil paint with an arts and crafts style border
and an Ottoman Tile design. Both were stencilled onto black velvet.
Mullan Lighting exhibited this oxidised wall sconce which I think is gorgeous and would look fab on my dark grey walls.
Transfer leaf is an easy and inexpensive way to achieve copper effects on home accessories.
This garden bench was gilded with copper transfer leaf and I gave the same treatment to some Moroccan tin lanterns.
Bravo Design Studio hail from Chile and use indigenous copper and lenga wood to make these tactile vessels that felt as good as they looked.
When I get my garden of succulents organised should I treat them to this lovely bowl from Bronzino?
There was an inspirational and informative stand at 100% Design called Copper in a Box. They were happy to discuss the versatility of the metal and show off a selection of design possibilities.
The copper bicycle from Van Heesch Design was featured
and copper sculpture from Co Works UK. The bowls by Tom Dixon at the top of this post were exhibited at Copper in a Box and I saw them for sale at Liberty later that day.
Finally, here are two rooms from my home that employ stencilled copper leaf as a decorative accent.
See it on the walls, screen, floor and radiator in this room
and on the walls of our arts and crafts style dining room.
Even my copper hair might be 'on trend' this year.
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I would apply whispers of paint to achieve the atmosphere of a ghost flock traversing various surfaces. The stencilled shapes of Y10 Three Swallows stencil would mingle with the shadows from May Ball. Boatswain make beautiful lighting from translucent, natural, porcelain and offer a bespoke design service along with a range of gorgeous pieces that appear in luxury interiors around the world. Their website shows a similar ball of porcelain butterflies each piece embossed with a damask pattern. Their shadows could combine with our flight of butterflies stencil.
Oh the potential, I have the inspiration but not the budget... Or the space. ..But you might.
Ever since I saw the slightly macabre and oh so gorgeous scarves and cushions from print designer Louise Coleman I have been coveting them.
Coleman hails from Norfolk in England, a county famed for its lace and it's forest, she takes inspiration from both and combines them in her debut collection Forest Secrets. Norfolk is known also for the beauty of its sky and beaches, both were interpreted in Coastline Coleman's graduate degree show.
I met Louise on her exhibition stand at Top Drawer and asked where one can buy pieces from her collection. She tells me that Interiors store Moochi Modo, Holt, Norfolk sells them. I would hope that by the end of Top Drawer many more stores will be offering them. However, Moochi Modo looks well worth a visit.
Come on purveyors of beautiful fabrics snap up this collection and get them to a discerning public. These are truly stunning pieces. Visit Louise Coleman Facebook page or her website for more information.