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colourful paper mask by laura redburn

colourful striped deer painting by laura redburn

sponsored by king & mcgaw. all words & images my own.

as an artist/illustrator/visual creative, art surrounds me all the time. it’s my life and my living. this of course relates to the home too, whether that be me making a mess making my collages, art books piled everywhere, and of course art on the walls. a home doesn’t really feel like a home until there’s art on the walls. i remember when we moved here just over 5 years ago …it was only when we put my paintings up that it felt more like home, somewhere that was really lived in.

if you followed me way back in 2010 (or even years before that) you’ll know that i painted quite a lot alongside getting into collage, and most of these paintings are the ones that reside on our walls now. i feel like 90+ percent of people reading this will have never seen these, so thought this was a great opportunity to share!

narwhal painting by laura redburn

postcards from house industries

of course, i do have work by other artists like esther cox, louise byng, mouni feddag, postcards by house industries (above)… and more. i would love an andy warhol print and some classic vintage fashion photography, too. if we were allowed more holes in the walls i’d love a gallery wall with some vintage botanicals. i don’t do themed and minimal when it comes to home decor, ha!

saying that, though, i do love minimal geometrics and think they look stylish and well suited to many home decor styles. i put together a pinterest board below with some geometric pieces from king & mcgaw, interspersed with some lovely homes with minimal and geometric elements.

Follow laura redburn’s board king & mcgaw geometrics // on Pinterest.

chewing gum print behind orla kiely pots filled with stationery items

flamingo gifts | new in

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orla kiely flower mug

sass and belle moroccan tile coasters

all items ℅ flamingo gifts

ahh, a cuppa is extra nice in the winter, isn’t it? as well as filling a need for thirst, the warmth and comfort it gives is like a little hug. i mostly drink green tea, but there have been times past when i’ve popped a dash of brandy in (to ‘normal’ milkless tea) for a little christmas treat. add in some honey and you’ve basically got a hot toddy!

i’m the kind of person that believes the cup or mug (or glass) you drink from makes a huge difference to your enjoyment and experience. this orla kiely mug is not only enjoyable to me because it’s orla kiely print and i love orla kiely, but it’s bone china too and i swear tea is best from bone china.

also handy to avoid ruining your surfaces are some good coasters. i have some fantastic ones from block that i use every day, but it’s nice to have a bit of change, so these sass & belle ones will now come in handy ..and they look cute too!

poison tin and pill box

umbra storage box - brooches

umbra storage box

talk about coming in handy, the rest of these items are super useful too!

the poison pocket box would be perfect for business cards, little loose bits that you can’t fit in your purse but don’t want floating about your bag, or, what i’m currently using it for, stashing the £ that i’m saving for a new laptop. which feels like a time that will never come, but that’s a different story.

the pill box – conveniently in the shape of a pill – will probably become a permanent fixture in my bag as i always need to carry various tablets with me ..antihistamines, painkillers and more. it doesn’t have separate compartments but i just pop in a tiny bit of tissue to separate them. at least now i don’t have to worry about forgetting and carrying clunky boxes.

perhaps the most useful of all is the umbra storage box, which can be used for a multitude of things. i think it was originally made for make up storage, but for me (despite having a lot of lipstick) it’s come in more useful to store extra pens, brooches and general stationery items like scissors and my mini stapler. it has a handy compartment underneath too for even more storage. it’s now on my chest of drawers which house all my other art supplies.

flamingo have SO many things in their shop, and it would be a fantastic place to get some christmas and birthday presents for your friends and loved ones. i warn you though, it will be hard to choose!

affordable statement pieces for your home

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gold star lamp

star lamp ℅ graham & brown

sometimes, you really want a room to have that wow factor when you or a guest walks in, but having a limited budget kind of puts a dampener on that idea! i thought i’d compile a short list of items (and some tips) to add a bit of POW to your rooms without breaking the bank. all items cost less than £100, and would go with different types of decor.

some ideas:

– look out for sales and discount codes. signing up to newsletters often gets you 10% off your first purchase.
– look in charity and secondhand shops as well as places like ebay and gumtree.
– re-use and repurpose something you already own.
– statement doesn’t necessarily mean a big item. if your decor is minimal, you could opt for one fancy or more decadent looking piece to bring a focus to your room.

do you prefer your rooms to be a mixture of items with no particular focus, or do you prefer something a bit more simple, with statement pieces to add some wow?