My Dream Christmas Gift Guide 2011


Suddenly Christmas doesn’t seem that far away and soon the shops will be awash with panic stricken shoppers hunting down the perfect present. I’ve put together a few of my favourite interiors gifts in the hope it gives you a little inspiration if you’re searching for that special something for the home… Happy shopping!

Made from linen and silk screened in France this dreamy Ombu cushion is based on a watercolour landscape by artist Haby Bonomo. Cushion, £60 at Atelier Abigail Ahern.

There are numerous scented candles available but this one makes a truly chic addition to your home with its beautiful scent. The classic design and the fact that it is called Bohemia make it a must for me. Scented candle by Byredo Parfums, £40 at Liberty.

John Derian is an artist known for making vintage inspired decoupage hip again. Who would have thought? Love paperweight £55 at Liberty.

This natural hide rug is perfect for cosying up on cold winters nights. Rug, £175 at Cox and Cox.

An illustration by Rory Dobner adds a touch of rock n roll to any interior and I particularly like his ink drawn letters. Ink drawn letter by Rory Dobner, also available at Liberty and the Shop at Bluebird.

This dinnerware is handcrafted at a South African co-operative and features lacework on every piece. Love, love,love. Wonkiware, from £13.95, available at Love it Want it Buy it.

Being an interior decorator, stylist and life long resident of Hackney, it has been impossible to miss the rise and rise of the hip new brand House of Hackney. Their Dalston Rose and Queen Bee textiles are favourites of mine while their Hackney Empire wallpaper is stunning. Dalston Rose luxury bed linen from £149 at House of Hackney.

Put an end to unsightly filing at home with these beautiful box files that look like vintage books. Vintage style box files, from £18.95 at Graham & Green.

Everyone needs a sturdy and stylish leather bag to carry and this one is gorgeous and good value. Savannah leather shopping tote, £89.95 from Handpicked Collection.

Talya Baldwin is a rising star on the art scene, with her illustrations soon to appear on clothing for Sienna Miller’s label twenty8twelve. Look out for her beautiful drawings on several other high profile interiors brands soon. Bird illustration by Talya Baldwin.

I love natural materials and nothing beats the ethereal beauty of deer antlers. Now you can enjoy them with every glass of wine. A beautiful addition to any dinner party table. Antler Bottle Stop, £28 from Whippet Grey.

This Louis XV earthenware ceramic collection references the elegance of Louis style but the earthy tones and chunky feel give it a contemporary edge. Ceramics, from £7.50 at The French House.

Perfect for snuggling under on the sofa or thrown over a bed, this chunky knitted blanket and cushion look chic and add great texture too. Bailey blanket and cushion, £300 from The White Company.

A romantic French mirror adds real wow factor to any room and is a great investment piece. I could have one in every room. Based in France, antique dealer Rosemary will source pieces by request and is very reasonably priced. Antique French trumeau mirror, £595 from Rosemary Conquest Antiques.

Nothing else compliments a stunning antique mirror better than a beautiful chandelier. Add an instant dose of glamour and sparkle with this stunning example from one of my favourite shops. Ballroom chandelier, £550 at Atelier Abigail Ahern.

Another soft and luxurious throw, this time in silky velvet. I can see a theme developing here – must be this sudden cold weather! Nitin Goyal velvet throw, £300 from Heals.

I love birds and find myself drawn to anything that features a beautiful bird perched on it. This cushion fits the bill perfectly. Hummingbird Linen cushion, £70 from Natural History.

I adore this egg cup. I’m hoping it mind find its way under my tree…. Peacock eggcup, £10.95 Liberty.

This diary is fabulous. Jonathan Saunders for Smythson limited edition Soho diary 2012, £295 at Smythson.

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The World of Interiors, July 2009


The July 2009 issue of The World of Interiors has a beautiful feature on table linen, shot on location at the Ashridge Estate in England. The shoot features gorgeous cloths and napkins from elegant stripes and checks to graphic motifs and antique embroidery. Some of my favourite fabrics featured here include the romantic ‘All-Over Design’ table cloth by Cologne & Cotton, from £75, the fun graphic ‘Fork’ runner, £28 by Re, the colourful cloths from Zara and Anthropologie and the exquisite 19th century lace cut-work tablecloth from Guinevere at £950. The bluebells on the Ashridge Estate are inspiration enough – I visited in May – and this shoot highlights the beauty of the woodlands as much as the fabulous fabrics. Just lovely.

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Below is one of my shots from my visit to Ashridge…

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You can find more information about the Ashridge Estate at http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk.

Last chance to catch Ptolemy Mann at the Margo Selby Gallery


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Textile artist Ptolemy Mann is currently showing at my lovely friend Margo Selby’s gallery near the British Museum in London. Ptolemy works in partnership with architects, art consultants and interior designers to produce hand dyed and Woven Textile Art pieces to commission for domestic, corporate and public spaces. Carefully stretched and three dimensional, these panels bring dynamic colour and geometric form to interior spaces. Ptolemy’s beautiful work has featured in Vogue (see above) and really shouldn’t be missed.

 

Margo herself is an amazing award winning textile designer who continues to go from strength to strength, creating wonderful textiles which you can see at her gallery and studio.

 

Ptolemy Mann is exhibiting at the Margo Selby Gallery until May 2nd 2009.