I truly adore having a house full of artwork, walls covered in colour, in personality and things that mean something to us. I love walking into peoples homes and not knowing where to look first, homes bursting with character and with loads to see, thats what I want people to feel when they walk into our home, I want a house that feels like a home, a home that is lived in not a show home. So I’ve been collecting some pieces of art over the past few years and with that I’m often asked what I look for and where I head to to find the perfect piece, so I thought I’d compose a blog post that shared just that.
I’ve snapped some of the pieces of art within our home on my Olympus Mju II film camera and whilst they’re certainly not perfect, they connote exactly what I wanted them to, an imperfect but totally relaxed and colourful vibe, just like our home in Manchester.
So let’s start with the dining room, a space painted in a gorgeous deep green shade (Hobby Wood by Earthborn Paints) and my favourite room in the house. The colours of the walls lend itself perfectly to lashings of further colour in the form of prints and art and there is certainly tonnes to look at in this room.
The Edie Sedgwick Print above is from King & McGaw my first port of call whenever I’m looking for a new piece for our home. They have SO many amazing pieces whether it’s photographic, abstract or simply awesome posters, there is so much amazing choice. I also adore the way they frame each piece so King & McGaw tends to be the first place I start when on the hunt.
This piece was a Christmas present from my mum & dad and I totally LOVE the black and white photobooth style snaps of one of my style icons of the 60s Edie Sedgwick. It’s a piece by Andy Warhol too somebody else I truly admire. This piece combines everything I love including the 1960’s, fashion, photography and art, I think it’s one of my favourites.
Next to that image we have a snap of our gallery wall which is directly opposite the Edie print and, if you know our dining room well (full tour coming soon) opposite the personalised neon too. We have a few other prints from King & McGaw here including the NYC travel poster; New York is a very special place to George and I so this has more of a sentimental feel to it, the 1960’s Vogue print was a house warming gift again from my mum & dad along with the “Le Chien” by Picasso.
I totally adore this wall and how it all ties together with the yellow tones of the NYC print, the David Bowie photograph from Mr Porter and the Up To Know Good print from Oliver Bonas. Oliver Bonas do the most amazing pieces of art, I could quite happily own every single piece. Scattered throughout this wall are photobooth snaps of George and I, along with some photographs of the Sex Pistols, Elton John and a couple of pieces by the amazing artist Eleanor Bowmer.
The abstract piece is another absolute fave of mine and unfortunately I no longer remember the artist which is a huge bummer but I thought I’d share it all the same. I love the use of colour within this piece, the abstract shapes and the fact that it is actually an old window that has been painted by the artist. I saw this hanging in a local coffee shop and simply had to have it, I made an offer and proudly walked out with it… Or should I say George went and picked it up in the car. It’s always worth asking the owners of independent coffee shops/bars/restaurants/shops etc about the pieces you like on their walls, you never know they might let you have it or at least divulge the artist for you to go forth and hunt down.
George and I are quite sentimental people so we like to collect posters/postcards etc on our travels and thats where these two pieces came from. The first is an Isle of Wight poster from when George and his band One Night Only played the festival and the second is from a night at Burlesque show Crazy Horse in Paris. I was there with L’Oreal and it was such an awesome night that I just had to have a souvenir to take home with me.
Although I’m into colour in a big way I do like the pieces to work together in some way and our living room is a great way to showcase this as everything that is hung on the walls has a touch of orange within it which works beautifully against the dark walls (Farrow & Ball Railings) and compliments the orange sofas. Scouring websites such as Junique, Etsy and Desenio are always great, affordable places to start when looking for artwork.
Our hall, stairs and landing is one of those places that has a lot of layers to it. We tend to keep adding to it and it’s becoming such a warm and vibrant place in our house. The LOVE mirrors were found in Arighi Bianci, one of my absolute fave homeware stores. This sign is one of my favourite pieces in our home and it looks so fab against the grey walls (Farrow & Ball Downpipe) and above the yellow radiator cover.
The order of service for this area seems to be “If it’s colourful, graphic and has a touch of retro-ness then it can stay” and I just love it so much.
Our dressing room has a little slither of wall free so we popped up some monochrome prints and drawings that were kindly sent to my PO Box by you guys (if it was you please let me know so I can credit and THANK YOU AGAIN SOSOSO MUCH!) mixed in with these are some pink & red tones that you know I like a lot…
The Darling You’re Different print in my office is a daily reminder to just do me, I adore the typography and of course the vibrant colours so much and it truly makes me smile every time I look at it. It’s nice to have these little “note-to-self” quotes scattered throughout our home to be taken from whenever we need them. This piece was a beautiful gift from the team at Print Club London who again have the most phenomenal selection of prints. Head here if it’s colour and graphic designs you like, they have them by the shed load!