Just in time for Valentine’s Day, here’s a little look at the latest Paumes offering – Paris Creative Couples. It’s full of 18 trendy young brogue-wearing couples – elegant Parisians with His ‘n’ Hers Apple Macs and fun-sounding job titles. A bit sickening perhaps – in the same way that commuting couples who snog at the station are – but if you can see past the pink love hearts, this is a beautiful book packed with inspirational interiors that are achievable with imagination and effort – not just bags of money…

“As the pigeons pecked at his head, which poked through the sky-light, David realised Cheri always gave him the smallest screen AND the worst seat…” This isn’t a quote from the book, by the way. As we’ve discussed before, it’s in Japanese, so you have to make it up yourself. This is the lovely attic flat belonging to Stylist and Designer Cheri Messerli and her OH, Creative Director David Rager. (Incidentally, you can see photos of their old home and a sketch Cheri did of David’s head on a dog’s body at over on The Selby.) Of course, I’m jealous of their ceiling beams and general gorgeousness. Not that I’m bitter or anything.

Here’s the stylish parquet-floored flat of Aurélie Dorard and Romuald Stivine, creators of The Lazy Dog. I love the grey walls – doesn’t the blush (or are we calling it salmon pink? pale coral?!) painted mirror frame look fabulous in front of them? I also like the Elephant Grey vintage Eames rocker…and the vintage chairs…and the hanging wicker chair (just visible in the mirror’s reflection!)…and the wooden lampshade…and the advertising sign…and, let’s be honest, Romuald is rather nice, too…

You can pre-order this stunning book direct from Paumes using PayPal (here’s a link to a page that ISN’T in Japanese!) – or keep your eyes peeled at Bodie and Fou, or Ella Doran – two of the main UK stockists – as no doubt this new Paumes addition will be arriving soon! – Ellie


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Last weekend, I went to Ella Doran‘s lovely little shop on Cheshire Street to check out Fumie Shimoji’s exhibition of photos from his new Edition Paumes book, London Family Style. Here’s ceramicist Lubna Chowdhary and illustrator Nick Higgins in their airy home…

My passion for Paumes books cannot be quenched. Yes, they’re in Japanese and I can’t understand a word. But that adds to their overall cool-ness, as we’ve established on here before. You can buy them direct from Paumes, or from Ella Doran’s shop, or Bodie and Fou (Karine Kong’s home is featured in the new book).

Now, THAT’s a dog. This happy home belongs to clothing designer Nicole Frobusch and Paul Winter-Hart, drummer for the band Kula Shaker. Govinda jaya jaya. Ah, that takes me back to what is affectionately referred to as my ‘Ying-Yang-necklace-joss-stick-inhalation’ phase. Sigh.

I love this shot of designer Rosa Wiland and her daughter:

The homes in this book are not owned by the rich and famous – these are spaces inhabited by creative, interesting, arty people who have used imagination and style to create warm, quirky, cosy places to live. There are lots of ‘ideas to steal’, and plenty of gorgeous rooms to ogle, but the homes are not overly styled or unrealistically perfect – they’re full of colour, clutter and love. – Ellie


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What a great start to the week. My breakfast bagel didn’t catch fire in the IPC toaster (most days, it does), it’s sunny here in London and the new Paumes book I ordered, London Ateliers, has just arrived in a little parcel from Japan. It’s far too gorgeous to keep to myself, so it’s officially my ‘Book of the week’ and the ideal excuse for a tasty little post to kick things off…

paumesLondon Ateliers is a real visual feast, packed full of photos showcasing the studios of some of London’s hippest young designers. From Lisa Stickley‘s Clapham workshop, to Sharon Elphick‘s stunning Columbia Road base and Becky Oldfield‘s amazing studio (of Lost and Found)…there are some really interesting and inspiring work spaces in this book, packed full of quirky objects, gorgeous retro furniture and ideas to steal for your own home.

paumes2paumes3The colourful collages of photographs that fill the pages make up for the fact that all the captions are written in Japanese and I can’t understand a single word! Actually, the Japanese text looks really cool visually and kind of adds to the overall effect in my opinion.

paumes4As well as being a coffee-table stunner full of pretty pics, this cute book is also a handy directory of some of London’s most talented designers, most of whom I already know and love, but there are a few names I need to google and investigate further after admiring their style in this little design bible. You can order the Paumes books online for 1800 Japanese yen (roughly £12) each. – Ellie

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Photographer and artist Henry Wilson has designed a gorgeous new range of rich, oriental-style wallpapers for Osborne and Little, and they’re making waves in the interiors industry. The Sariskar collection oozes Indian elegance – the designs were inspired by ‘the fine details’ in Indian interiors which, Wilson believes, are often overlooked due to the ‘soaring, overwhelming architecture.’

osborne1osborne2I love the bright Bollywood colours in these papers, but I think you’d have to be quite bold to use one in your home. It could work as a feature wall somewhere, but they’re just a bit too much for me with my boring ‘paint-everything-white’ decorating philosophy!

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If you’re a fan of Indian design, check out Henry Wilson’s book India: Decoration, Interiors, Design. It’s full of gorgeous photography and inspiring images that whisk you away to a land of spices, sumptuous fabrics and elaborate patterns.

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india1While I’m on the subject of books, I’ve just ordered a few more of the stunning Paumes books, which I’m a huge fan of. After my recent trip to France, I couldn’t resist Paris Brocante and I’ve had my eye on London Ateliers for a while, so I’ll do a full review of those delicious little books soon! – Ellie