Handblocked spots on cotton from Les Indiennes
One of my favourite Liberty tana lawn sprigged floral prints - great for little blouses and floaty skirts as well as cushions and other home ideas.
More simple handblocked Indian cotton from Les Indiennes - great as detail in schemes with larger prints
Milly Molly Mandy, hollyhocks, , tea and cake on the lawn: as thirties` in feeling as this Liberty tana lawn
Paisley power is in this season, not that the little teardrop/fertility symbol is ever out.
Modern retro yellow dandelions on cotton by Angie Lewin from St Judes
Native Heath on cotton, by Old Town, also from StJudes
Friends say they don`t know how I put up with a disrupting stream of photo shoots at home. I suppose, like anything it`s how you choose to look at it. For the most part, the family are cool about the shoots, plus they know that it means income. The childrens` rooms and my husband`s study are off limits and so there`s enough private space. I`ve been a home worker for so long anyway and am used to combining an office with mashing the potatoes. In a way we`re living over the shop, or, as when I was a child, living over my father`s surgery. It is important though to be laid back enough to let strangers waft around the house shooting mail order catalogues, or Christmas cakes from the Great British Bake off. There`d be no point if I twitched every time a cup and saucer were moved. Actually, quite a number of clients, photographers and stylists aren`t strangers at all but long lost faces from my magazine days. `Still hanging on in there, we rib each other`. I also meet new faces - and it`s a chance to chat and brainstorm. And when you know that it`s not your stuff but someone else`s monkey then even days of rooms piled high with boxes and camera equipment don`t raise the blood pressure. Apart from the odd set painter who doesn`t know how to control a paint brush, the most stressful thing is when a domestic drama is being played out behind a closed door. This generally involves two siblings warring over some item of clothing that one has pinched from the other without permission. "Be quiet we have a shoot "I hiss, and barr the way to the flouncy behaviour spreading further - more Miss Trunchbull than the smiley location house owner that the clients meet at the front door. One rather wonderful advantage of the shoots is seeing all sorts of wallpapers, fabrics, paints and things, here in the flesh - window shopping chez nous. I am sighing over this beautiful yellow printed linen from Bennison Fabrics that is playing a leading role in a magazine story currently being photographed. I have managed to sneak a little sample to show you how rich and mustardy it is, and the perfect colour to go with something blue .
Even the shoot leftovers can be inspiring. My compost bin last week looked a picture, see below, with the floral remnants from a summer flower catalogue job. And, of course the house smelt rather lovely and garden borderish, too.
More brilliant ideas from the Pure Style design files.
Mellow yellow: simple Daisy pattern wallpaper from The art of wallpaper. Also comes in a good sludgy blue, brick red, and charcoal.
The clocks will be going back soon and there will be a great excuse for investing in a really good desk lamp - I love this one from Anglepoise.
Blue and white striped Cornishware mugs feature in all the kitchens that I have lived in over the years. I love their utilitarian cheerful feel. From recently rescued TG Green Ė and also in red.
Indian summerís over Ė itís time for tea and toast. This smart glass jar comes with spiced fig jam, from Toast. Recycle it for your own jam making efforts.
More autumn leaf yellows (THE colour this season) in wool knit by Danish company Kvadrat cover this 50ís Scandinavian style easy char in oak, from Healís. It also comes in leather, but Iím not so sure that works so well.
Yes I know linen sheets almost need a mortgage, but treat them like investment dressing and save up for a set from Volga Linen to last and last.
I love the way denim fades when you wash it. Get the look with this squashy bean bag made in the UK and covered with indigo denim woven in Lancashire, from Ian Mankin.