Monday, 1 September 2014

Brit Decor: Loves/ Rifle Paper Co.

I think it's safe to say that my crush on Stationery will never end, largely due to the highly diverse and exciting assortment of all things paper currently gracing our shops and stores. My curious designer's eye is always quick to glance at the back of any greetings cards or stationery that I am lucky enough to receive or buy, which brought me to this edition of 'Brit Decor Loves'.

Today I want to take you Stateside to meet Rifle Paper Co - the gift and stationery brainchild of creative duo, Nathan and Anna Bond, based in Florida. Like many creative businesses before and after them, the Bonds started small and began working from their apartment. However, today it's a different picture entirely with the brand now international in its reach - don't you just love a good success story!

If like me you are concerned about more than just aesthetics, then you've got to hand it to this company for using recycled content in their papers and environmentally friendly printers. The designs take on a quirky and vibrant hand-drawn feel with the option to personalise some items, and there has already been one collaboration with French Author and Illustrator, Garance Dore.

And there's more! For all those interiors junkies there is a 'watch this space' in progress for the possibility of Rifle paper Co moving into homeware too (yes please!) and judging on their wallpapers (above) this can only be a good thing.

I'll leave you with Nathan and Anna's own statement which encapsulates the brand beautifully; 
We strongly believe life's personal stories and moments are best told through the gift of a handwritten card or note, and hope that our goods inspire you to share these moments with others.

Visit the Rifle paper Co. store here.

Friday, 29 August 2014

BRIT DECOR: BAKES / Baked Custard

All Images / Mike Ahern

Brit Decor, baked custard? No my friends, the blog hasn't been hijacked and it's still very much under the control of my own 21st century editorial hands!

This simple and rather old-fashioned bake came to me in an unexpected flicker of inspiration whilst watching one of my favourite old Miss Marple movies, Murder She Said. Shot in black & white in the 1960's and starring the indomitable Margaret Rutherford, these films are among some of my favourite and reflect a very different Britain. So, you know when you have one of those gloomy, rainy days and feel like the only feasible thing to do is find a cosy corner and stay indoors? Well that's often a Miss Marple day for me!

Anyway, in this particular film, the buoyant Miss Marple whipped out a dish of baked custard from an oven and this was to be my inspired bake from the past. The sight of the baked nutmeg topping and the warm tones of the egg custard is a real heart-warming dish, particularly on a wash-out of a day. 

300ml cream
250ml milk
120g caster sugar
3 eggs
1tsp vanilla extract
Ground nutmeg (sprinkle)

How to make:
Preheat your oven to 180oc. In a bowl,  whisk together the sugar and eggs before adding the cream, milk and vanilla extract. Once the mixture has been nicely whisked together (light hand workout!) pour into an ovenproof dish. Then sit the dish in a larger tray half-filled with hot water and place in the oven for around 35 minutes until golden on top. One of my easiest bakes yet!

Serve warm for the full comfort factor.

Tuesday, 26 August 2014


Confession of an interiors addict; Tiles are a source of constant fascination to me, to the point of becoming an obsession! I love the way in which these building blocks of interior design introduce colour, pattern and texture to a scheme. From intricate to minimalist, gloss to matt, handmade to mass-produced, there's a tile out there for everyone. Wherever I find myself in the world, I like to pick out the finer details of my surroundings, and tiles are one of my top design details. 

Classic white brick tiles are a 'win win' design detail, the simple monochromatic palette formed by the white bricks and dark grouting, creates light, contrast and simplicity in a highly effective way. This look also knows no boundaries in the home as it suits bathrooms and kitchens alike - you literally cannot go wrong with this look! For a very current style statement, try adding some citrus yellow detailing like these industrial metal ceiling pendants in image no.2 'above'.

Tiles are surely worthy of a celebration, right? I can't think of a better way of doing this than creating a confetti inspired riot of pattern and colour. This look is busy and full of energy so think about deploying some 'peace-keeping' whites to offset this and balance your scheme, as shown in image no.3.

Monochrome magic is the illusion that keeps on giving, the combinations and styles of this two-tone palette are incredible. The striking monochromatic colouring of these fireplace tiles in image no.4 become more powerful with the repeating uniform pattern which catapults the chimney breast in this vintage-styled lounge, into the centre of the room.

Finally in image no.5 we see how a touch of 70's vintage tiling injects some fun and warming colour into this kitchen setting, which also works in tandem with the rustically warming wood. Smaller concentrated areas of intense pattern can add colour and a focal point all-in-one.

Which is your favourite tile style?



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