When I was working on photo shoots alongside food stylists and photographers there were many behind-the-scenes tricks I learnt: one of the most important being – what colour/style plates with which food? The big no-no is dark blue plates with meat of any kind, as it makes it look cold and unappetising. Luckily, my favourite colour way crockery – black and white – looks good with everything, so I’m loving these gorgeous little Etched Peony gems from M&S. Prices start from £5 for a side plate.
I Adore… The Fab Five Buys from The French Bedroom Company
Grand, glam, baroque, quirky or kitsch – that’s what I love about the products from The French Bedroom Company. Although it mainly focuses on stuff for the bedroom, I could fill every room in my house with their items. As an interiors obsessive, I think there should always be statement pieces and conversation-starters to add some fun to one’s decor scheme. These favourite five do the job perfectly.
I’ve always gone the paint and tile route in the kitchen, but viewing the latest offerings at the Autumn/Winter 2014 press shows a few weeks ago, I was surprised to see so many wallpapers being showcased dans le cuisine. One of my faves, being a major fan of the unsurpassable Dachshund, was this rather country-cool Hunterhill number from Laura Ashley – certainly makes waiting for the kettle to boil a bit more fun! £39.90 per roll.
I’ve fallen in love with these Valletta tiles in Carmelo, from Fired Earth. They’ve got that wonderful vintage feel about them with the added bonus of Mediterranean colours. Great in a dining room, large hallway or open plan space – and fabulous with the decor in this beautiful photo (adore the picture gallery) or with a more contemporary-designed home. Handmade encaustic tiles, 20 x 20cm, £8.99 each or £224.70 per sq/m.
Mix together a beautiful soft grey palette with a delicate, modern/retro pattern and a hard-wearing finish – and you end up with this rather divine wallpaper from Vanessa Arbuthnott, which is just perfect for bathrooms, both period and contemporary. It’s called Up The Garden Path – just imagine how many hours you can while away, glass of fizz in hand, following the pattern around the room, as the water grows chillier and chillier!