Late last summer we had a little photoshoot at our house for Design Bloggers at Home, a new book that is soon to be released by Ryland Peters and Small. I felt honoured to be even considered for the book, but also a little embarrassed, because it feels a bit silly getting your house photographed all the time. Mostly our cottage is a chaotic, lived-in mess but it does scrub up well. Thankfully, I had nothing to worry about that day as author Ellie Tennant, and photographer Rachel Whiting, both did an amazing job on the shoot. I really enjoyed hanging out with them all day, chatting about textiles and playing house. Their photographs look beautiful and I’m very excited to see the rest of the homes in the book.
Design Bloggers at Home features twelve spaces belonging to, ahem, ‘leading online trend-setters’!! These include SF Girl by Bay, Oh Joy!, Happy Mundane, Vosgesparis, My Scandinavian Home and myself! The spaces range from a pared-back monochrome cabin, to a maximalist, colour-filled apartment in California, and of course, my own little cottage in Cornwall. If you’d like to see more, you can pre-order the book now from rylandpeters.com.
Creative Family Home by Ashlyn Gibson is a new book which features imaginative and original family homes. The book is filled with lots of clever storage ideas (which every parent knows is a must) and unique examples of display. My favourite homes are the ones which embrace the children’s creativity; there are fun plant displays filled with toy dinosaurs, plastic penguins sitting on bookshelves, and walls of painted-paper collages. This relaxed approach is refreshing, and makes this book the perfect place to find inspiration for fun and stylish living.
Creative Family Home by Ashlyn Gibson (photography by Rachel Whiting) is published by Ryland Peters & Small and is available from www.rylandpeters.com
Here are some pictures of my latest house tour, also published on Apartment Therapy. Polly and Dai live just a short walk away from the rugged cliffs and sandy beach of Crackington Haven in Cornwall. The couple moved to this idyllic spot three years ago when their twin daughters, Minnie and Rosie, were babies.
Their house is made of traditional stone and cob, and like all good homes is still something of a work in progress. In fact, since I took these photos, they have had their downstairs ceiling removed to reveal the roof timbers – I’m looking forward to seeing how that looks.
Since moving into the house, the couple have designed and built a new kitchen, using old tea chests for cupboard doors, and they’ve transformed the garden with beautiful and productive vegetable beds. This is no mean feat considering they have young twins to look after!
The girl’s rooms are a definite highlight of the house. Each of them has a great room, and I particularly like Rosie’s as she has a cool cabin bed, built into an otherwise empty space behind the stairs. Both their rooms are bright and colourful, and jam-packed with toys, books and pictures. This looks like a fun house to grow up in, and these are my very favourite kinds of family homes.
Thanks Polly and Dai for letting me photograph your house! You can click here to see the full tour on Apartment Therapy.
I am quite taken with John and Jen Vitale’s house which featured on Freunde von Freunden recently. John is a skateboard designer and Jen, a stylist. Their home is a Navajo-hued stucco building in Portland, Oregon with lots of light and architectural charm. Filled with plants, records, books, natural objects and a fine collection of handmade kitchen items (check out the pots in the kitchen cupboard), it seems their home exudes an appreciation for the simple things in life.
I would love a natural, stripped-back home like this but, I am so drawn to colour & pattern that it’s kind of impossible.