Tag Archives: storyteller

Colour File HQ & me in Your Home mag

Colour File HQ is in the March 2019 issue of Your Home @yourhomemagazine and the living room is looking calm, organised, serene, even.  Grab a copy of Your Home to hear about how lovely Dilly Orme @dillyorme came and interviewed me about my incurable love of colour (follow her – she’s amazing and now a […]

The story of colourful kantha quilts

I once read that creative people tend to prefer asymmetry (I’m all for buying odd numbers of things rather than even ones). This kantha quilt is perfection to me – an explosion of colours arranged in a random, asymmetrical pattern (seen here with my fantabulous @_kittyholmes_cushions, left and right 💚💙). Apparently, kantha quilts are traditionally made […]

The story of the colour, heliotrope

Are there any words you love and, conversely, any you don’t like? Apparently, the least favourite word in the UK is ‘moist’ (and in the States, too) with ‘Brexit’ coming in at fourth place. I’m not mad keen on beverage and platter (they make me visibly cringe) but love parsimonious and profligate. And today I’ve […]

The story of red and white candy canes

Do you put candy canes on your Christmas tree? I tried it once but realised it was a no-go when Harry our (now sadly departed) Norfolk Terrier chomped his way through a few, including the wrappers (this made a nice change from his usual snack, which was SIC’s Lego). The candy cane story is that […]

The story of denim

How many facts do you look up each day? I’m not sure if counting will make me feel good or bad so I probably won’t audit it but I’m pretty certain we’re talking double figures (possibly even treble?…) Of course it didn’t always used to be that way. Pre-Internet and at times when I didn’t […]

The story of Porto’s colourful swallows

In Porto I saw ceramic birds for sale at every turn. I was told they first came about in 1891 when artist Rafael Bordallo Pinheiro decided to produce a set of ceramic pieces that looked like swallows and put them on the outside of a building. They soon became part of the culture, symbolising values […]