having a nosey inside other people’s houses

Last Friday I helped out as a volunteer for Living Etc magazine’s House Tours. If you’ve ever wondered what some of London’s grandest houses might look like behind their elegant façades, then this annual event offers you exclusive access to step inside and have a peek.

In the morning I helped look after a five bedroom family home in Bayswater. Five floors of light filled, pared back, clean lines designed by architect Michela Bertolini. I did my best to answer some of the questions from visitors. I had learned that the flooring was Dinesen oak with a lime wash and most of the large format photography in the house was by French artist Noemie Goudal.

In the afternoon I went off to see the rest of the curated tour of beautifully decorated and renovated homes. From a house filled with a riot of colour and pattern, to another with a calm country cottage feel. All tastes catered for and a great opportunity to find ideas for styling your own home, and indeed, feeling inspired I went straight home and rearranged the ornaments and furniture in my lounge.

 

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bring a little graphic art into your home

This weekend, I went along to Somerset House to explore Pick Me Up, the graphic arts festival. Showcasing the talents of up-and-coming illustrators and graphic artists, this event also featured lots of have-a-go spaces to try your hand at creative processes such as screen printing or paper craft. Many of the featured artists have turned their hand to producing wallpapers, rugs, ceramics and other homewares, and in particular, I loved the work of Brighton-based Emily Dupen aka Dupenny. Her range of fun and quirky boutique wallpaper celebrating all things pin-up and a little bit cheeky would certainly create a talking point in any room.