Category Archives: creative ideas and projects

Creative Family Home – Dedicated feature in You Magazine – Sunday 6 October 2013

YOU magazine published a stunning dedicated interior feature this weekend to our founder Ashlyn Gibson and new book Creative Family Home. The book has flown into the top 10 of the hit parade for style and deco books on Amazon.   If you are looking inspiration for a creative and original present this Christmas you could pick […]

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Festival Project

Great to see pics from last summer by Elena Neocleous!  Worth waiting for the pics from the Olive Loves Alfie dressing up camp at LolliBop last summer bought back lots of sunny memories of a great weekend that has already inspired lots of new ideas and made us look forward to the summer holidays even more […]

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Golly Don’t You Just Love That Hat?

I had a great night out at the midnight matinee courtsey of The Tristan Bates Theatre last weekend. Part of the Seven Dials Festival it was a brilliant evening but more of that later.  During the show I was plucked out of obscurity to become a glamourous assistant for non other than Miss Ballooniverse.    […]

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Making News In Japan

Our home has made it onto the pages of another new Japanese interior book, A Girly Interior in London, published by Editions de Paris.  Just inside the front cover there is a beautifully illustrated map that puts Stoke Newington right up there where it belongs as an exciting and diverse London neighbourhood.  We have already been asked […]

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A New Delivery From Rice Has Arrived

The new delivery from Rice has just arrived and I could take most of it home with me.   We have delicious new things arriving every 6 weeks so if you are looking for homewares or presents don’t forget to check out what new exciting Rice products have arrived. Their new oil cloths are fantasic and […]

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ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ

I have always had a love of typography and particularly a love of retro circus fonts.  These hand printed tiles were made by our friend Bianca from ‘Kiss Her’.  I wanted to spell out the alphabet in alternate coral and black tiles and ‘Olive Loves Alfie’ in the space between our pigeon hole shelving.  Not […]

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Photographic Montage

A few weeks ago I met a brilliant London based photographer and film maker whose work I found beautiful and fascinating.   In his photographic work Phil Miller creates montages using projections, artwork and multiple exposures.  Layering inanimate objects, scenic and typographic elements together his work has an amazing depth and quality so that each piece of work becomes a compelling contemplative […]

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Get Festive With DIY Paper Chains

We found our Christmas spirit by making strings and strings of different sized paper chains last week to hang in the window of our boutique in Stoke Newington.  Our colour theme was influenced by creating a back drop for the long awaited arrival of a new collection from a newly launched designer in Denmark called Size Small.  The most directional […]

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Dumpling Dynasty

I fell in love with Eastern styling during my design days at Red or Dead when we travelled to China and Japan three or four times and year. It was there that the design team always found new and exciting inspiration. We spent time scouring fabric markets in small towns, flea markets and night markets […]

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I Love Tokyo Milk

Making new discoveries has always been one of my favourite things.   Finding Tokyo Milk , in a tiny artisan perfumerie in a quiet Parisien back street in the Marais,  last month is quite possibly my favourite find of the season. The hand glittered packaging make everything Tokyo Milk produce a miniature work of art that is almost collectable.   That is before […]

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