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Archive for December, 2008

I’ve long been a fan of the moody colour palette at ATELIER Abigail Ahern on Upper Street in Islington –  it’s like a cross between ‘In the Mood for Love‘ and a BBC Dickens special.  It’s also a refreshing antidote to the minimalist modernism that seems to pervade a lot of interior design these days.  Get in the mood!

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Betsy Makes Calligraphy

Betsy Dunlap does such amazing calligraphy – it feels like a throwback to the 50′s – but with a modern day touch.  I’ve yet to find anyone who does anything quite similar anywhere else – maybe I haven’t done enough research?   Her rates are reasonable – and easy enough to ship internationally I’m sure!

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Camilla Makes Pictures

I’ve long been a fan of Swedish artist and illustrator Camilla Engman’s distinctive work.  I particularly love her captivating snow-covered landscapes.  If you’re looking for a great Christmas gift – how about her 2009 calendar?

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This is old news – but I just have to get this up here:  Julianne Moore’s house from the March 2006 issue of World of Interiors (photographed  by Thibault Jeanson).  I’ve used this place as an inspiration in my own house over the past 2 years – the tearsheets from the magazine were taped to the wall for ages during our building works.  I think the colour palette is incredible and can’t decide which room is my favourite.  I am particularly fond of those turquoise stools in her kitchen and the large photograph in the bathroom.  MADE of Brooklyn have done a fantastic job!

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I love David Gates‘ utilitarian style – this is functional beauty at it’s best.  He’s currently only doing commissioned work – but still quite inspirational, no?

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Helen Makes Ceramics

I’ve long been a fan of Helen Beard.  She’s equal part ceramicist, illustrator and painter.  I’ve managed to buy a few of her porcelain pieces – but could easily squeeze many more somewhere into my house.  Oh – and she also makes lovely cards, if you’re looking for something under £5!

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I discovered Trainspotters when in a desperate search for lights for my new kitchen (now sold out).  They’ve got a nice selection of architectural salvage – including lighting, furniture, clocks and decorative bits.  They’ve got a good eye, the items are in good shape and their prices are pretty reasonable – unlike a lot of salvage places.  And if you ever need an enormous ‘marine spot light‘ then this is the place to go!

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