Art & Design: David Ralph Studio

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A few months ago I was invited to a private view of photographer David Ralph’s latest works entitled ‘Papilio‘. As soon as I walked in to the studio, I knew I wouldn’t leave without buying one! On first glance you think you’re looking at a painting of a butterfly. What you are actually looking at is a series of photographs, each one consisting of layers upon layers of frames of the same butterfly literally bursting at their metaphorical seams. Their composition is faultless.

Papilio prints are available through his website www.davidralphstudio.com

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Amara Blog Awards

Hi All,

I hope you are enjoying your week so far!

I have been nominated for the Amara Interior Blog Awards for 2014 and in order to win the ‘Best Stylist Blog’ category, I need votes. Lots and lots of votes!

If you have a spare second and if you enjoy reading my blog each week, please click here and vote!

Please accept my sincere thanks in advance,

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Shop Love: David David at Darkroom

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Well, what can I say? I love these umbrellas so much. They are beautiful, bright, colourful, punchy, high quality and beautifully made.

They have been created by designer David David and can be purchased through the online store here or online at Darkroom.

Darkroom needs a post all to itself really. It is a fabulous independent store (and online shop) in Lambs Conduit Street in London . It’s been open since 2009 and is as much a gallery space as it is a retail store. 

They curate an eclectic mix of hand-made, unusual and one-off accessories for men, women and the home. One of the things I love about the store is the ‘unisex’ nature of a lot of their products. None of this ‘pink for girls and blue for boys’ that I can’t stand. Nope, all products are of strong aesthetic value and can be appreciated by all. As well as self-designed collections, Darkroom prides itself on supporting and featuring emerging and unknown designers from all over the globe.

Check out their online store, here!

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Outside in: Philadelphia | Delaware River

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Photography by: Lucy Gough

Howdy peeps! This week’s Outside In comes to you from Philadelphia. This city is brilliant! It’s gritty, it’s diverse and it’s full of culture.

Philly is a city of firsts. The first hospital in the US, the first international style sky scraper in the US, the first major industrial city in the US AND the first zoo in the US, too.

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RHS Chelsea Flower show madness

Hi All,

I am so sorry for being off air for the last month. My mac died and I haven’t been able to update my website for weeks. It’s amazing how so much of our life relies on computers!

Anyway, I’ve been meaning to blog about this for a while, but when we went to the Chelsea Flower Show earlier this year we went on ‘sale day’. This basically means that starting at 4pm on the final day people can buy all the flowers and plants on display.

You have no idea. At 4pm someone rang a bell and the crowd ran to buy as much as they could carry. It was hilarious to watch and so very…British! Well dressed people carting around baskets, trolleys, wheelchairs, back packs, wheel barrows, plastic bags- any vessel they could find.

Below are some pictures of the end of the day. They are not the best photographs but show you a little of the madness!

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Design Love: Yajibela Waste paper baskets

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Styling: Christina Schmidt | Photography: Phil Ashley

Waste Paper Basket by Yajibelena, £49, Available at Skandium

Last week, I met Christina Schmidt, one of the founders of Skandium and she brought my attention to a wonderful project in Burkina Faso started by a woman named Eva Seidenfaden. Here is a little bit about it!

It all started, trying to find a way to help women in Burkina Faso to find a means to make a living for themselves and their families. Their tradition is basket weaving, my passion is basket weaving, says Eva Seidenfaden, the initiator of this brilliant self help project. Eva comes from Denmark. 10 years ago, she visited Burkina Faso, one of the poorest African counties. She made it her mission to help with the knowledge she had, basket weaving, and founded  work groups in Ougadougou the capital and in Banfora the South of the country.

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