Archive for: February, 2010



Little Brown Pen is such a fun blog! I’ve just discovered it and can’t get enough. Authored by Nichole Robertson, it celebrates her love for exploring details through photography. Much of the images Nichole shares are from Paris, like these gorgeous ones focused around the colour red. These simple images have me itching to crack out the paint charts and inject some vibrant reds into my flat. I know what I’ll be doing this weekend…!





Images: littlebrownpen’s photostream
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My Mum has a serious addiction to recipe books (sorry, Mum!) and for as long as I can remember her kitchen has been bursting at the seems with them. It certainly makes present shopping easy as I know she will always love a recipe book, but secretly, I’m also quite a fan of them for gaining inspiration. Be it the colourful, vibrant and cultural themes from the pages of Jamie Magazine, or the delicate, yet indulgent imagery from a Nigella book, I always find something that inspires me. The rich red of a pudding or the crackling of hot caramel – so many times the colour of one of my rooms has come from a recipe book. I think styling and photography for food and interiors often go hand-in-hand and boy do they make for some gorgeous imagery. Holly Jolliffe’s photography is no exception and her online portfolio is perfect for escaping into for a dreamy five minutes.

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On my recent trip to Paris I suddenly realised that there was one area of interiors I had been overlooking: flowers. Of course, I’ve appreciated floral fabrics, prints and the such like within home interiors before, but I’ve always over looked a simple display of blooms. Whilst I was in Paris, my eyes kept being drawn to tiny little florists. My favourite was this one:
I loved it because it wasn’t big and grand, or clinical and corporate like some of the major players can be. Instead, it felt homespun and welcoming; even the door slightly ajar despite the freezing weather says, ‘come on in and say hello’. The delightful store became even more magical by night, all the twigs above the entrance gently twinkled with a soft, white glow and simple window displays were bathed in a moon-like light.
Thinking over my trip as I travelled back on the Eurostar, I felt excited that I had discovered a new found interest in this part of interiors. I’ve been on a search for some more inspiration…

Holly Becker from Decor8 has worked up some seriously gorgeous styling with this Heather. A pop of vibrant green tissue paper offsets the purple hues brilliantly.

I’ve spent what must have been hours drooling over the Terrain website. Part of the Urban Outfitters and Anthropologie family, this cracking US chain hopes to bring people and flowers together. I’ve made a pact with myself to visit one of their stores on my next visit to the states. I hear they do great food in their cafes, too!

Images: Parisian Florist by Will Taylor for Bright.Bazaar; Heather from Decor8′s photostream; square screen grabs from Terrain.
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