At this time of year there is nothing like the warth and glow of a fire to lift the spirits. A Victorian pub was the perfect building for Owen Pacey to convert into a showroom for his reclaimed furniture store. But having aslo made his home above it, the more beautiful pieces he acquires dont’t always linger downstairs for long. Even Paceys dog Missey is reclaimed, she was a stray that ended up at the local police station. renaissancelondon.com
A Stone country cottage in the middle of the woods, that doubles as a glorious party pad. Simon Young set up a interiors company, RE with his business partner jenny Vaughan, They are based in Corbridge in Northumberland. Young lives in a distinctive stone house six miles away with his wife Vicky Pepys. RE specialises in unusual interiors objects, from vintage jelly mould lights to antique needlepoint cushions and all manner of other gorgeous retro inspired functional pieces. Contact
Christmas holiday this year was a great time for me with very mixed blessing, my mum was diagnose with cancer in early December, that was the reason for coming back from our house in India and since then most my time has been taken up with doctors and hospital visit. The good side has is that I have been with my mum much more than I would have normally done, we have become much closer and I feel good that I have been able to help. My family have made time for us all to be together and it was a great time of family, food and open fires and a real Christmas spirit .
Novmebers Homes and Gardens see a designer profile about a good friend and client Louise Bradley, Louise as got a great eye for balance in foam and pallet of colour, this shoot shows all of her ability at design and dress a room with all her passion and style.
I have not shot as much Christmases as I normally do this year, this one was not to bad, sorry to sound humbug about it but if you had shot as many Krimbo as I have, you would know what I mean. I just feel its all so false, shops on the band wagon trying to start Christmas in October, sorry I will stop right there before I start getting comments about grumpy old men. Saturday Times Magazine Writer Vinny Lee
My next post was going to be my telling you about living in our house in Southern India, but sadly after 4th day there my mum was taken into hospital back in the UK with heart problems, so here I am back in the UK and I am very happy to say that my mum is out of hospital and on the mend.
Last couple of weeks before leaving for India had also been very busy. Things you may of seen where Christmas shoots in the last weeks Saturday Times magazine 22/11, where I met Atelier and the fab Maud the dog atelierabigailahern.com,
Garden shoot in this months House & Garden 12/09. I know I spoke about this when I shot it, but well worth a look, drawing inspiration from the original eighteenth-century design of this Northamptonshire garden, the alndscape architect Kim Wilkie has created a modern aerthwork designed according to mathematical principles age of garden history. Clare Foster H&G
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