Author Archives: Martha

The many colours of vintage Penguin books

Vintage Penguin books come in a number of colours, each of which denotes a particular genre.

Here are some pretty Penguins for your delectation… The colours add beauty to the tomes and you’ll often see them on social media interiors accounts, whether in clusters of orange and blue or the whole range from red through to purple and cerise. However, the colours weren’t primarily introduced to look pretty but rather they […]

5 ways colour helped me cope with coronavirus lockdown

I don’t know about you but I couldn’t have done without colour during the various coronavirus pandemic lockdowns. Here are just a handful of the ways in which colour has helped me cope with – and even embrace – the lockdown life… 1. Collaging The only collage I can ever remember doing was sticking pasta […]

Colourful boxes for shelf styling

Ok, so you know my penchant for buying books for their covers. But did you know about my ‘thing’ for boxes? When I buy something, whether it’s a food item (@harveynichols food hall is a favourite hunting ground) or a beauty product, I’m more inclined to buy it if it has a pretty box. Why? Because, […]

31 January 19: Are you a fan of the fade?

Good morning, folks. I was really inspired by the @marksandspencerhomepr SS19 event yesterday. As well as being overjoyed to see azure and indigo earthenware (which I’m ITCHING to do a #shelfie with…watch this space…) I was thrilled with the buttery, low saturation pastels of their Sun Baked range (swipe for peach, coral and yellow – I’m longing to pop […]

Where the idea for Shelfie book came from

Hello my colourful friends. Aren’t you glad it’s the weekend? Another throwback, this time to the early days of the Colour File, two years ago, back in the mists of time. This was before the idea for Shelfie ‘the book’ was even born. All I knew at that point was that I enjoyed faffing around […]

My (growing) vintage cotton reel collection

What object you own gives you the most joy? In the words of Marie Kondo, what ‘sparks joy’ (in my book, Shelfie, I talk about objects that make you grab your heart, like falling in love). Last night at my #shelfie workshop at @highroadhouse I had all my Colour File props sorted in colour order on a massive table […]

What do you see first when you wake up?

Sending you happy vibes from a sunny Sunday ☀️☀️☀️ One of the first things I see when I wake up each day is this cluster of pictures above my bed. There’s a tiny vintage bag I bought in Peru and had framed, a mesmerising Welsh landscape by @paulwestart and a small but perfectly formed marine litter pic […]