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.
When a random issue of a home and lifestyle magazine arrives it is usually because The Stencil Library has been featured and the magazine have been kind enough to send us a copy.
Wohn Idee arrived from Germany, neither Racher nor I knew what was going to be in it and so we leafed through the pages.
Was it one of our dot stencils on the picture frames? It may have been our MD33 Printers Dots or perhaps the polka dot stencil in our budget collection? It could have been either of them...but wasn't.
Were they our stencil designs on the inspiration board?
No, but they are similar to some of our repeat patterns. I liked the monochrome collage idea and have stored it to memory.
Were our silhouette stencils part of this display?
No. However I have been wanting to do something like this for ages. We have both stencils of silhouettes and stencils of frames. Our Blenheim frames from the Print Room collection would be just the thing.
There were many projects featuring styles of lettering. Did they use typography stencils from our 'In Your Own Words' collection. No.
Did they stencil numbers on the cushions?
No, they are embroidered and the chequerboard floor is not stencilled either.
Did this floor feature a mixture of our modern design stencils?
No, it's definitely a rug but I am tempted to stencil a floor with a mosaic of left over stencils.
I had not yet found any evidence of our stencils in Wohn Idee but was gaining so much inspiration for using them in future projects.
There were so many more tempting and creative ideas but it is not fair to show any more, you'll have to get a copy of the magazine.
Finally, was it our stencil of Hokusai's The Great Wave decorating this wall?
Yes! I would love to know who to thank for featuring our wave border. I can find no credits for photographer and stylist. I like the combination of brown, blue and grey and the way that the wave blends into the colour of the wall.
If my language skills were better who knows what else I may have learned from this issue of Wohn Idee the magazine is stuffed with tips, news and accessible ideas for home decoration.
Our new, large, damask stencil appears in the September issue of Homes & Gardens magazine.
The damask pattern was stencilled with white paint onto pale floorboards so is very difficult to see in the photographs but I imagine that it looked stunning. Here is an illustration of the stencil from the Gothic section of our web site.
In addition to the stencilled floorboards we have repeating designs in both the Vintage and the Modern collection that give a similar graphic pattern to the rug featured in the same picture.
Stylist Claudia Bryant used Cornforth White floorpaint from Farrow and Ball to decorate the floor. The same damask stencil will give dramatic impact when stencilled onto walls even if a similar, white on white scheme is used.
Graded stipple colour can give a stronger, yet soft and muted effect . A strong contrast such as slate grey or indigo and white would look striking with a large pattern such as this.
I would like to see it stencilled in bright or neon colours...but then I am like that.
'Supersize Me' shouted the headline from Easy Living Magazine when stylist Sophie Martell featured our GMT53 damask stencil in this photo by Mel Yates. The pattern is not usually as large as that but Sophie ordered a custom size. We thought the result was fab.
JA138 Cherry Blossom stencil was enlarged to create an unusual feature in this picture from Homes and Gardens magazine. See how it wraps around the wall and spills onto the bed head.
A similar concept has been employed with an oversized bird and blossom stencil. It is JA116 from our Japanese Style collection.
Homemade with love is a new, craft and style magazine.
It is full of tutorials and creative ideas and is on sale now at WHSmith and by subscription. They have a website, blog and all the usual channels. The April issue features a story about stencilling and includes some of our photographs and a nice mention for our Stencil It book.
I wrote a project for them in which I demonstrate how to create a vintage style kitchen with stencils.
They offer a 'how to' that shows how to make felt flowers.
I fancy trying huge ones as wall decor. I might combine them with one of our stencils of branches similar to this....
...only bigger. The picture shows our DR2 Cherry Blossom stencil, paper flowers were fixed over the stencilled branches. The picture is the cover from In Bloom by Alice Whately.
An email from the fab designers at Raskl reached me yesterday. It carried an attachment from Deco Home magazine in Germany asking where to buy the modern Girl with Pearl Earring painting in the photo. The press cutting and enquiry was a nice surprise, my husband Chips painted the picture though the page has nothing to do with him. The text in February's Deco Home featured the aforementioned fab, Newcastle based Raskl Design. The picture shows their Agranda Bench which is telescopic...
Isn't that handsome?
The Raskl photo shoot was at the beautiful home of one of the North East's brightest artists. I am surprised that this home has not appeared in more shoots it is very lovely. The owner used to be an editor at Conde Nast, she is extremely stylish and creative and just happened to have bought one of my husband's dot paintings. You may remember me blogging about his progress and the sale of this piece when I visited the house to hang it. So in a roundabout, abstract way. Chips has had a piece of international press exposure this month.
He is working on a collection of smaller paintings at the moment for Chippendale and Morris and I'll look forward to showing you, when he lets me. Now that Deco Home Magazine has details of the painting you never know he might make another sale.