Interiors Remix: English Rose


Mum and I played around with some of her daintier, more feminine pieces the other day and displayed ceramics against one of her original collages. The result was a delicate balance of fuschia pinks and dusty neutrals, finished with 1940s details and vintage books.

I don't consider myself very girly these days in how I present myself, I prefer hints of girliness balanced with men's style brogue shoes, or a black blazer, or my big nerd glasses. All over girly, in my opinion, is a place to revisit in the summer sun, when you want to wear floaty florals, and unfortunately that's not a look that bodes well with Newcastle weather (it snowed in April guys... seriously).

Mum and I styled this shoot with a variety of her vintage bits and bobs and wanted to use her art as a prop in itself, in a way that original pieces are rarely incorporated into other still lives.


Having said this, girly homewares still appeal to me. Again, I would never go 'full on femininity' with my interiors because I think it's such a specific style that I would quite swiftly get bored with quickly. When I was 11 I was obsessed with Shabby Chic style (mum used to read through big Laura Ashley styled coffee table books with me, so blame her!) and did my whole room in cream, pink and flowers. Then I hit 14 and decided that Panic at the Disco was #everything and all I wanted to do was wear black and neon pink... But I was stuck with my hummingbird print bookcase forever more.

This delicate cupid's arrow bracelet is delicate enough to look at home on handpainted florals but chunky enough to make a fashion statement. A perfect Valentine's day gift if I may say so myself.

What did you think? Did you like the girly composition or was it more sickly than sweet? Leave your comments below!

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