The sun is shining, the Thames is sparkling and blue (HAH), the ice-cream van down by the Globe is playing SUMMERTIME at maximum volume and yet, in the office today, we’re already in the realms of November and I’m sourcing woolly socks. It’s a funny old world. ANYWAY, on a summery theme, here are some new shots from the very pretty Pale and Interesting, AKA, shop of Atlanta Bartlett, the lady who loves a bit of the old white paint:

This makes me wish my little hydrangea bush would hurry up and produce some flippin’ flowers so I can butcher them and stick them in Bonne Maman jars asap. Sigh.

If you’re loving the mercury glass votives in this shot, head to Dotcomgiftshop where you’ll find similar for £2.95 each. Then, pop to Cox and Cox for antique glass candlesticks. – Ellie

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Pale and Interesting

September 29, 2009

Check out the scrumptious photography on stylist/author Atlanta Bartlett’s new mailorder website, Pale and Interesting. Shot at the Kent home she shares with her photographer husband Dave Coote, these images are fresh, pretty, and ooze shabby-chic charm.

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Picture 19There’s something so pleasing about this mixture of mercury glass accessories, glass bell jars and white tongue and groove panelling. By the way, tip of the day: for inexpensive tongue and groove panels, shop at EasiPanel. I love the plaster cast antique scissors plaque in this shot – a great gift for a sewing fan.

Picture 17Picture 24Pink peonies in pretty china teacups, zinc garden planters, white folding bistro chairs, linen cushions – this is text book English vintage style. Nothing new, but very lovely all the same.

Picture 22Picture 20The image below isn’t helping to cure my current obsession with old leather armchairs – if anything, it’s making it worse! Aren’t they lovely? And one day, they will be mine, mwah ha haaa. But for now, it’s time to wipe the drool off my keyboard and stop fantasising about chairs – it can’t be healthy. By the way, is anybody else watching Design For Life on BBC2 with Philippe Starck? Isn’t it HILARIOUS? I love the fact that every week he sets the students a vague, ‘invent something new and amazing that will change the world as we know it’ brief, most of which is lost in translation, and then they all go away and spend a week ‘brainstorming’ and panicking, then produce…well, very little…apart from some vague ‘ideas’ and a bit of tinkering with magnetic cutlery while Starck clings to his stunning girlfriend or bangs eeez ed against ze wall in despair. Top notch TV. – Ellie.

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I think it’s time we had a little ogle at this week’s Book of the Week and wallowed in some gorgeous photography for a while. Atlanta Bartlett’s new book Easy Elegance is a real visual feast, with lots of lovely shots from photographer Polly Wreford. Think clean white walls, elegantly-curved retro furniture and simple but gorgeous styling touches…

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easy elegance 5Mmmmm, so much eye candy here. Hanging the picture low down looks great and books and magazines stacked on the floor is always a hit with me – it’s something I have copied in my own home. The reality is that they get dusty, and it’s a complete nightmare when you want to read the one at the bottom of the pile…but who cares!  Aesthetics have to take priority over practicality sometimes!

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Black painted exposed brickwork – who’d a thunk it. But it really works here, and adds drama to the look. Glass cloches are a stylist’s best friend – you can fill them with dried hydrangeas and they always look elegant. Buy your own cloches from Hibbit of Oswestry to make a fabulous display. There’s so much I like about this book but I’ve got to highlight the simple ceramics – rustic, textured and lovely:

easy elegance4If you like these images, you can order the book for £16.99 from Ryland Peter Small. Definitely one for the coffee table. – Ellie

Wonderful white

March 13, 2009

When The White Company look book arrives in the office, it’s always an exciting day. These new spring/summer photographs are so airy and beautiful, we had to share them with you.

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An all-white room with pretty accessories, fresh flowers and a flickering candle is a magical, restful space.

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You might think white’s a difficult choice to live with – particularly if you’ve got children – but stylist Atlanta Bartlett, author of At Home with White, says she finds white ‘extremely practical’. Atlanta thinks the idea that dark colours and patterns are better because they don’t show dirt, isn’t right. ‘At least with white you can see exactly what needs a good clean, plus if something is really stained you can always resort to bleach,’ she says. I’ve been thinking about sanding my bedroom floorboards and painting them white for a while now. I think I’m nearly ready to take the plunge! – Ellie