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    Christmas Gifts & Last Posting Dates

    Posted on December 6, 2018

    I’ll be sending out a few Christmas gift ideas via email over the next few days, so do sign up to our mailing list if you’re in need of some help! And remember – I LOVE TO WRAP – which means each of your purchases will be ready to pop under the tree / hand over at the office party. I’m always happy to include a hand-written gift message if I have time, just leave a request in the comments section at check-out.

    Last order dates for pre-Christmas delivery are as follows:
    Australia/New Zealand/Japan/South Korea – Sunday 9th December
    USA/Canada – Saturday 15th December
    Europe – Monday 17th December by 12 noon
    UK – Thursday 20th December by 12 noon

    Local and last minute? Choose “local collection” at check-out and I’m sure we can arrange something…

  • Lee Krasner Icarus 1964

    Lee Krasner, Living Colour

    Posted on October 31, 2018

    The Barbican will be celebrating the work and life of Lee Krasner in their Art Gallery next year. I relish any chance I get to visit that amazing Brutalist estate – to immerse myself in some Abstract Expressionism while I’m there will be AMAZING!

    Details of the upcoming exhibition (30th May – 1st Sept) appeared in my inbox alongside this image of Krasner’s “Icarus”. This fascinating painting inspired me to dive into my silk scarf collection and plan out a few more drapes for the shop. Isn’t it great when art inspires creativity just like that. I wonder if Lee ever had any idea how many billions of people her work has and will continue to touch in this way.

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  • Catharina Klein postcard

    Catharina Klein

    Posted on September 19, 2018

    I am obsessed with vintage florals. I love old floral everything – paintings, fabrics, postcards, silk scarves, ceramics. The lot! I’m also a bit of a minimalist, which doesn’t always sit happily with this particular obsession, but I make space for my beloved collection of vintage floral postcards.

    I find most of my cards in French flea markets, picking up a few each time I have the pleasure of a weekend in Paris, which is usually tagged on to a visit to the biannual trade show, “Maison et Objet”.

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  • Hit The Road book

    Hit The Road

    Posted on July 19, 2018

    Ooh, I do love a dwelling! Camper van, caravan, tree-house, cabin, boat… You name it, I can imagine myself in it. Put it on wheels and I’m in my element.

    Recently browsing in my local bookshop, I chanced upon a beautiful book, “Hit The Road: Vans, Nomads and Roadside Adventures”. What a dream title.

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  • Sofia Jansonn By Mokkasin for Numero 74

    Midsummer & Mokkasin

    Posted on June 27, 2018

    The end of June is usually Glastonbury Festival time for me. I’ve enjoyed this unique gathering since my late teens and I met my husband there – it’s truly a family affair! I find the summer solstice a very special time of year for many reasons.

    The festival site is currently having a fallow year and I’ve been lucky enough to get the chance to celebrate Midsummer in Stockholm, another wonderful experience. The trip has reminded me of the work of a favourite Swedish interior stylist, Sofia Jansonn of By Mokkasin.

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  • The chapel of Swigters Almshouse

    A Ticket to Heaven

    Posted on June 6, 2018

    Amidst the gables along the Amstel River in Amsterdam, a richly adorned gate leads to Swigters Almshouses. The gate is decorated with a sculpted tympanum depicting a hand and Latin text stating “Blissful is he who is gentle towards the miserable. The Lord will set him free on Judgment Day.”.

    Isaak Swigters hoped that founding an almshouse would result in eternal life in heaven.

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  • Caravan Style Silk Scarf Drapes

    Posted on May 10, 2018

    I’ve had a lovely session going through silk scarves with a customer this morning – we were oohing and ahhing over the wonderful palettes and patterns that each tell such a unique story of their time.

    I adore vintage silk and satin scarves and have collected quite a selection over the years, from which I pick out and put together to create our dreamy Caravan Style Silk Scarf Drapes. These striking lengths of eclectic vintage fabric hang beautifully as a window dressing or to divide a living space.

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  • Farrow & Ball Paint - Setting Plaster

    Setting Plaster

    Posted on April 24, 2018

    We had a wall plastered and it’s been setting for some time now. I’m loath to paint over it as the natural textures and tones look just lovely as they are. If it wasn’t for the fact I’m smitten with a certain off-white which covers every inch of our home and studio (and covered my last two shops… yes, addicted!), I think I’d go for Farrow & Ball’s “Setting Plaster”.

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  • Heju Studio Apartment Gabrielle Kitchen

    Kitchen Dreams

    Posted on March 21, 2018

    I’ve recently been thinking about kitchens. I love it when there’s a good dose of pretty in practical and this pinky terrazzo heaven by Heju Studio ticks all my boxes…

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  • Wabi-Sabi-Inspiration-Sitting-Room-Caravan-Style-Blog

    Wabi Sabi

    Posted on February 28, 2018

    Creating a warm atmosphere and living with beautiful pieces is the ultimate goal, isn’t it? Decorating with intention has always been of interest to me. In the current wave of paring down the general clutter while investing in quality, I find myself revisiting Axel Vervoordt’s iconic interior style and considering that all-important wabi-sabi.

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  • Golden Day

    Posted on February 1, 2018

    It’s Golden Day today, a much anticipated yearly event when the children can choose which creative activities they’d like to enjoy, for a more relaxed, fun school day.

    As I dropped an excited Bunty off this morning she said “You can have Golden Day today too, mummy”. After initially dismissing the idea, I thought again and decided I can have a Golden Day! I still have the same to-do list but I’ve approached my schedule with a Golden Day attitude, and it’s going well.

    I’ve decided to treat myself to a golden bunny today too, to mark the occasion. He shall sit on a window ledge until I’ve saved enough for him to multi-task as a useful door stop.

  • Showroomisation

    Posted on January 25, 2018

    I’ve just returned from the Maison & Objet trade salon in Paris where it’s always interesting to see various key trends (urgh, that word!) highlighted and predicted for the year to come. This year it’s all about the exhibitionist approach to home decoration.

    According to Vincent Grégoire, Director of M&O’s partner trend-forecasting agency Nelly Rodi, the modern day consumer seeks refuge from reality through ‘story-living’ and ‘showroomisation’.

    Enabled by the internet, the consumer can learn, buy, and curate. And then show off. The consumer is now the art-director, the ‘prosumer’. The new design professionals, the new opinion-leaders.

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