Inspirational Image


Today's inspirational image is Mary Fedden's Spanish Chair not least because she was the first woman teaching in the painting school of the RCA

Friday Finds


Some beautiful things to round Friday off this week with some of the delights I have found which are making me happy this week.

1. Astier Vilatte perfume, 2. Anton Heunis earrings find similar at, 3. Plum and Ashby planter, 4. Lamp from Ikea, 5. Beautiful cushions from Pentreath & Hall , 6. Espadrilles from all good French supermarkets, 7. Beautiful scarves designed by Inoui for Plumo 8. Wonkiware cups

Christmas Wishlist 2013

christmas 2013

Now what would Emily Maude have in an ideal world this Christmas, here's what's on the wishlist this year.

1. Eleanor Pritchard blanket, 2. Donna Tartt - The Goldfinch, 3. Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros CD, 4. Alice Waltons beautiful hand made plate 5. Sarah Elwick's stunning scarf 6. Eric Ravilious Artist & Designer by Alan Powers, 7. Charbonnel and Walker Rose & Violet Creams, 8. Dune Chelsea Boots 9. John Dilnot's beautiful collage box featuring birds flying from Southsea to Brighton, 10. A new wool coat from Uniqlo 11. Astier De Villatte candle 12. Kay & Stemmer Agnes bookcase

Objects of Desire



1. There is truly nothing better than a bar of salty chocolate and this
one from Rococo is beyond devine, a perfect pick me up £4.50

2. Sailor and a Blackbird plate by Emily Maude, this is the perfect
size for toast in bed and has a fantastic 1950's feel to it. £18 by Emily Maude 

3. Beautiful knotted doorstop £24.95 The Vintage Gift Company

4. Sea Salt Soap first spotted in Savannah but now available in
Anthropologie for £7

5. Thomas Paul Whale platter from Orange and Pear $30

6. Astier Villate mug, a collaboration with John Derian, this is 
on my abosulte dream list, available in store at Liberty.

7. Gorgeous French flag on Etsy for £51.61



Yorkshire Sculpture Park


Today we decided what better way to spend our day than to travel for eight hours touring the sights of the motorway
network of Great Britiain, no this wasn't a plan to create a BBC documentary about the excitement of the motorway 
we had much greater visions for our day. We decided to sprint half way up the country to Yorkshire to visit the YSP 
for the very first time and to catch the Mark Hearld exhibition before it comes down at the end of the week. And it was 
most definitely worth the trip, although I must admit I was sad that we couldn't explore further into the Yorkshire 
landscape as we had to get back that evening. The show was well curated with lovely vinyls of Marks illustrations popping 
their way along the corridors guiding you through the myriad of applications of his work.


And what a variety there was, ceramics, wooden objects, collages, book covers, paper cuts it was incredible to see such
a diverse body of work and it was truly inspiring. I just loved seeing all the textures, the different media coming together 
to create landscapes that you really just wanted to jump right into. These works are so much more when seen in the flesh 
and had I the money I would most certainly choose an original over a print as an investment to my collection.


This last snippet from one of the larger collages was so beautiful and reminded me of some of the illustrations in A duck
called Angelique by Roger Duvoisin. It was amazing to see the pieces so close up, the layers of paper get flattened in
the scanning process and these pieces have many more layers than you would imagine. A thoroughly inspiring exhibition
with a great breadth of work was followed by a beautiful lunch with a robin for company. Followed by a walk to see Anthony
Caro's Promenade which is even more inspiring in reality, what an immense undertaking and what a setting for it. It was
truly breathtaking. I decided that if I lived nearby that I would most certainly join their membership scheme. It's well worth
a visit, it truly is an amazing place and the architecture is very well considered in the environment. I couldn't imagine a
better place to see sculpture as here.