Category Archives: interior ideas

Inspiration for Children’s Spaces

My new book Creative Family Home published earlier this month by Ryland Peters & Small is sitting in the style/deco hit parade on Amazon in the top 10.  This weekend The Telegraph Magazine are publishing an extract from my book with a focus on children’s bedrooms. Exploring the heart and soul of 13 homes around Europe […]

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A Love Affair With Minakani Lab – handprinted wallpapers from Paris

I recently fell in love with a range of hand printed wallpaper from Minakani in Paris.   Our favourite design ‘Mosaic’ has given our living room a sensational new feel.   The geometric design has a stylish modernist feel and is created from over 30 colours.  Combining zingy brights with tonal grey neutrals it is surprisingly easy […]

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Olive Loves Alfie Colour Press & Trade Launch – Bubble London

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70’s Design From Blafre

We grew up in London in the 70’s in a house that was beautifully styled by my mum who I think was always a bit ahead of her time.  Purple and turquoise swirl curtains, black gloss painted hard board floors and black matt Ladderax, grey carpet tiles and Verner Panton junk shop finds that you can only […]

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Name It With Galia

I knew that illustrator and self named drawist Galia Durrant had it going on when she burst into the shop with her slightly crazy enthusiasm for all things weird and wonderful. With a dynamic individual streak she is better known as one half of critically acclaimed duo Psapp who put toytronica on the map with […]

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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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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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Vintage Styling

When I am buying I love seeing how different people present their collections.  Justine from Cotton and Milk told a lovely story with vintage props, black and white vintage photographs, metal coat hangers wrapped in ribbon and a huge vintage tin that she kept her stationery in.   And the collection?…vintage inspired, beautifully styled and perfectly made merino […]

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