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Talking shelfies on BBC R4’s You and Yours

Back in 2019 I appeared on You & Yours on @bbcradio4 talking about shelves and shelfies with Melanie Abbott. I said that I often see the objects I work with as animate and regularly see them communing or conversing in some way. I mentioned some glassware I’d previously worked with so I thought I’d repost […]

3 steps to creating a blue M&S shelfie

Hello and welcome to a new week Recently, I suggested a challenge to @marksandspencerhomepr – to show people how M&S homewares could be combined with vintage and found objects that you already own to produce eclectic, contemporary shefies. Shelf styling is that it can be daunting, especially if you think that a good shelfie means spending […]

Shelfie with world’s worst and world’s best colours

Welcome to Friday, and it’s a day of wall-to-wall blue skies. As such, I’ve very much got blue on my mind; the brightest celestial blue, like the colours in this shelfie. I did this last year to show the world’s favourite colour (blue) with the world’s worst (a khaki dubbed ‘death’) and I still love […]

Pink and orange shelfie

Ah, pink and orange. You make me so happy when you work and play together. Pink and orange together are blazing sunsets, Dunkin’ Donuts and the 70s curtains in my childhood kitchen. They’re the coloured pencils I always want to draw with simultaneously when I see them together. To me they’re like brothers in arms […]

Creating a shelfie with ‘hidden’ objects

Did you love hide and seek as a kid? As well as being great fun, it’s helps little ones to understand the notion that things can still exist even if you can’t actually see them. I loved ‘hiding’ these crystals and rocks in front of these books; there yet not there, hiding in plain sight. […]

Shelfie Sunday with Pascale Banks

For me, every day of the week is a shelfie kind of day (though the alliteration afforded by Saturday and Sunday adds to the geeky linguistic pleasure of a weekend styling session). Today my model for Shelfie, the book, is my gorgeous pal Pascale Banks (who, for those of you who don’t know, I met […]

Green shelfie

This green shelfie is one of a series I did to show how different shelfie colourways work on the same Made.com shelf unit. I wanted to show how one unit could be made to look different depending on the colours, shapes and backgrounds you use. Changing things up is fun – that’s how I see […]

The secret lives of colourful pottery

Often happiness lies in the simplest things – like the unmatchy matchness of three little plants and the stories embedded in the scene. I love the vessels they’re sitting in – the Poole pots (they have lids – are they for honey or possibly jam?) and the little one in the middle, which really intrigues […]

Shelfie tip: ‘same on same’ colour

One of my favourite interiors techniques is putting ‘same against same’ colours on  my shelfies. In fact, I talk about it in ‘Shelfie’ in the chapter on ‘Colour’. It makes me think of ha-has, used in gardens as a device to build a wall without it being seen (it was put in a ditch so […]

The story of Staffordshire dogs

I love ceramic Staffordshire dogs. Dating back to the 1720s, there are all manner of stories relating to them. Apparently the delicate gold chains (like the one on my friend Sarah’s dogs, top left) were apparently painted by children as young as seven who were paid two shillings a week for their work (not great […]