Textured Wallpaper Shelves & Goodies From Curious Egg!

Yesterday I finally got around to wallpapering the backs of the shelves in the living room (more about that next week, including what I used, and all the options I looked at before choosing this one!).

I absolutely love the result, and I couldn't wait to put everything back onto the shelves, with the much more dramatic backdrop, along with a few new additions from Curious Egg.

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Curious Egg is not just another online homewares shop. Nope. Delve into the beautifully curated Curious Egg collection, and I promise you'll find so many beautiful gems that you have most definitely not seen before. I can't tell you how happy that makes me! So refreshing in a world of sameiness (that's totally a word, right?).

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Artist Lorraine Aaron (and husband Roddy!), launched Curious Egg last year. They travel regularly, and on these off the beaten track adventures, they source many of the pieces in the collection from artisan makers and entrepreneurs around the world.

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I asked Lorraine to share her styling tips for the pieces I've chosen for this post...

The Kea Vase

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'This is one of my favourites as it’s so different to our other vases and has great texture. The more you look the more you see. It’s like looking at the edge of a shoreline as the waves draws away and you see all the grains of sand, foam and little reflective channels of water. I’ve shown it on the website against a very clean crisp background to show off its gnarly surface but it can look fantastic next to really dark walls too. It’s like relic that’s been buried under the sea for centuries and the unusual glaze will make your room instantly more interesting and confident because its not immediately ‘pretty’ – more like a dug up relic it adds layers and story.  The jug shape looks great with medium ‘mop headed’ flowers like green chrysanthemums or ball headed thistles as well as flat headed ‘lacey’ types.'

The Ana Vase

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'This vase looks beautiful sat on a little pile of two or three books on the coffee table or on a shelf between books or a console as the main focus.
To show this off best I’d place it beside solid colours rather than patterned walls to show off its beautiful speckled like glaze. It looks lovely against brownish pink such as Farrow and Ball’s pink ground or any flat grey from pale to charcoal.
It’s like an artwork in itself so looks great on its own or if you want to put flowers in the tubes you could experiment with really tall grasses and put the vase down on a low table or the floor. You could also try umbrella type seed heads –flat headed, sculptural flowers to play off against the vertical tube forms.'

Lunga Bowls

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'These have a lovely lozenge – like shape that makes you almost want to bite them!  You can stack them together making them ‘statement bowls’ for the hall console table, or make an arrangement of them on the coffee table all facing different ways as though they’ve been scattered - especially if they are the main gold item in the room. They’re really eye catching and work well for serving little wrapped treats in them at parties and can also just be a stylish way to keep nik-naks safe! So simple and striking, they work well with all colours of interiors and even with heavily patterned wallpapers.'

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Here are some more of my favourite pieces from the current collection...

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1. Angel #2 Original Mixed Media Artwork by Rachel Lee. Mini orginals for just £45?! There's a whole series of these and they're fantastic.

2. Cocoon Wire Lampshade. Three words: Oh. My. God. I've got a serious crush on this. It would be absolutely perfect on the landing outside my bedroom. I think I NEED it!

3. Urn Vase. I absolutely adore this vase. Yes, I do have a thing for vessels.

4. Appaloosa Fringe Cushion. Speaks for itself really, don't you think? L O V E.

5. Agata Marbled Vase. Le Sigh...

Thanks for the lovely pieces Curious Egg and for raising the online interiors shopping game. Go check them out!

This post is in collaboration with Curious Egg.

Fantasy House Friday! [Jonathan Adler]

So, what is my fantasy house missing?

Vessels. Big, over the top, show-off vases that probably won't get used as vases because they actually look better as they are.

How I've neglected to pop a few pieces from Jonathan Adler into the fantasy house, I do not know.

We're fixing that today by adding the Luciana Vase into the mix. Isn't she a beauty?

My daughter would be appalled, and my son would ask SO many questions. Why does she have so many boops (yes, boops!) Mummy? Where's her head Mummy? Why is that her name mummy? And so on.

It'd be worth it though, because she's a keeper! I love the unglazed milky white matt porcelain. She'd look great on the fantasy dining table.

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Image: Jonathan Adler