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Pippa Caley + Not on the High Street

Pippa Caley is a lady whom I’d love to meet. Pippa is interesting and stylish, her embroidered and screen-printed cushions and wall papels speak volumes about just how cool she is. Outside of her work, I found her inspiration board imaginative and colorful, a glimpse into her world.

Pippa’s inspiration board

You can learn a lot about a person when you ‘see’ what they’re thinking. People that are highly visual give you an immediate glimpse into their soul. Just a glimpse though, not much more. :) Knowing a creative type is such a pleasure, so satisfying, instant gratification in a sense, don’t you think? You need not spend hours in conversation, you may never even meet them in person. Just looking at their photography, their inspiration board, their work – you can learn so much about what makes them tick. My husband calls this ‘Alternate Words’, it’s a way of hearing a story, learning about someone, through an alternate means. Often through the eyes, but also through smell, touch, or sound (music, not the spoken word). Telling a story without using words (spoken or written), can impact the soul and spark the imagination. Unlike a novel or movie where most of the details are laid before you, photography, art, and other highly visual forms of expression gives the viewer a lot of creative freedom – you can tap into your imagination, pull new ideas, and as a result, walk away inspired. Whatever the case, Pippa and her body of work, certainly accomplishes this.

As a graduate of the Royal College of Art, her collection of textiles for the home really speak to me. I love that she’ll take your vintage photographs and create a bespoke product exclusively for you to enjoy. This actually reminds me a lot of Michelle Caplan and her mixed media artwork, someone I’ve been purchasing art from since ’05. I love seeing vintage photography used so creatively, especially since surrounding yourself with photos of those that have been a guiding force in your life is such a positive addition to your home, and certainly is a less traditional approach to showcasing your favorite photos. It’s almost visual storytelling… A glimpse of your past.

You can also shop the Pippa Caley collection online at Not on the High Street, an amazing treasure chest of a store with goods from so many talented artists, mostly based in the UK.

Psst: Ms. Caley even has some really cute tea towels too. :)

(images from pippa caley)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, textiles on March 19, 2007
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Living with Panache

Have you heard of eBay seller, Living with Panache? They offer bold, graphic wall hangings, shades, and pillows using fabrics from the great Florence Broadhurst, Marimekko, Ljungbergs, Sanden and Alexander Henry. Just think, with a $10 lighting kit, you can transform a shade into a pendant in a snap! Items can be purchased from either their current listings or made to order according to your specifications.

Great selection, they ship worldwide, and I think their prices are reasonable. Of course, they use some of my favorite patterns, so they were an insta-fave from the start for me. I’m totally bookmarking them for future projects.

Psst: Living with Panache also has a gallery located at 1 Kenrick Street inn Newcastle, Australia. Another example of an independent shop owner stretching their wings and expanding to the online space. Fantastic!

(images from living with panache)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, textiles, vintage on March 16, 2007

Annette Meurer of Wechselstelle (Hannover)

Annette Meurer is the talent behind Wechselstelle, her amazing design studio based in Hannover, Germany. From there, she creates textiles, art, products made from silicone, and fashion.

I want everything in the above two images, the sofa (love the textile), the dog painted on the wall, the art, all of it. Love this.

Everything has a fresh, happy vibe – I absolutely love her technique, so spirited! I first discovered her at Frau Zimmer last year and have been checking her site for updates ever since. I’m hoping that someday, I’ll see Wechselstelle products available somewhere online or in American boutiques because everything would fly off the shelves – seriously, her work that good.


I love the sporty illustrations, the pugs, the deliciously preppy colors, all I can say is fresh, fresh, fresh! I own a few of her silicone tiles, they look gorgeous pressed against a window where I have mine displayed, and I think I only paid $25- Euro for both. They’re the size of a standard drink coaster, with vibrant colors and the best illustrations ever. Mine have a single face on them, one of a man, the other, a woman. Available as circles or squares, sold as a set of two, in a single box (see below).

Even the silicone oven mits stick to the wall, window, appliances, glass…

You can view her work here, and if you’re a store owner or you simply want to inquire about her work, email Annette at kontakt{at}wechselstelle{dot}de. When I’m in Hannover again this Fall, I hope to arrange a meet-up with Annette because I’d love to see her entire collection and shop, of course!


At this time, Wechselstelle appears to only be sold at Frau Zimmer in Hannover, so if you happen to live there, lucky you!

(images from annette meurer)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, shopping, textiles, travel on March 14, 2007

Deyrolle (Paris)

Deyrolle in Paris is another source if you’re on the prowl for charts, and I owe a huge thank you to decor8 reader Muse for pointing them out to me. Insects, botanicals, anatomy, they have charts on everything you can imagine and they’re priced between 18- 150,- euros, available for purchase at their store in Paris or right here online.

Here’s a glimpse of their store, have you ever seen so many stuffed animals in your life? And we’re not talking plushies here people…

This place has total taxidermy fever. I don’t know if these animals are completely recreated from man-made materials, or if they’re formed using actual animal parts, but Deyrolle gives me the creeps. I do love the wall color though, and would definitely visit them just for the whole scare factor (plus I love the vibe, it’s cool I think). For me though, I’m sticking with the charts only (wink).
Note: No animals were harmed in the creation of this post. As for Deyrolle, no clue what’s going on there. See no evil, hear no evil… (fingers in ears – la la la la la.)

(images from deyrolle)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, shopping, travel on March 13, 2007

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