The Natural History Blog

  • New Products: Sneak Peek

    In just a few weeks we'll be unveiling our new concept store.  We'll still be Natural History, but there are some changes coming!  Expect a wonderful and ever-changing range of stock from the newest and most wonderful designers and apothecaries we can find.  Jewellery, skincare, furniture and magazines - we hope you will enjoy it all as much as we do! 

    Here's a sneak peek at one of the new products - I can't wait to show you the whole thing.

  • Mood Board Monday: Pop-Up Cafe

    I've been asked to help out in the set-up of a pop-up cafe in Oxford.  The spec is all the harder, because being a short term residency, there is no budget for decoration apart from a few small things that can be used, removed and reused in other contexts.  No challenge at all, then, right?

    What do you think?  The space is a bit bashed up, in terms of damaged plasterwork, a fantastic wood floor and huge windows, so I think that a lot of the looks in these pictures can be easily applied without spending too much money.  You can see where I found the images by following me on Pinterest - here's the pin board for this project.

  • New Workshop: Kickstart Your Creative Business in Oxford on the 20th of September

    I'm thrilled to announce our next Creative Start-Ups workshop, which is taking place in Oxford on Saturday the 20th of September.  To find out more and book your place, head on over here.  Please feel free to ask me any questions - just use the contact form and I'll get back to you right away.

    Creative Start-Up Workshop in Oxford

  • Moodboard Monday: Courtyard in 18th Century Village House in Crete

    We're working on a major restoration job in Crete - the complete rebuilding of a listed house in a rural village.  The planning department have been incredibly strict, to the extent that archaeologists were went out to inspect the ruin and give their opinion on what the house had looked like when it was built in the 18th century, and the architect was not allowed to deviate from that opinion at all.  

    Still, even with the restrictions, the completely ruined condition of the house has given us an exciting blank canvas to work with, and over the coming weeks, I'm going to share our moodboards with you.  By Christmas, we should be able to show you the finished home!


  • Fill Your Book Shelf With Inspiration

    I work from home, and it has to be admitted that my working day is punctuated by domestic tasks or consideration of whether I could realistically install a new kitchen without my husband finding out while he's at a wedding in Crete next month.

    This morning, my procrastination has been spent on interiors books.  I used to spend a LOT of time and money on my interiors book habit, which I weaned myself of a couple of years ago, but that just means that there have been a endless wonderful books published since then and my Amazon basket is suddenly heaving with planned indulgence.

    Will Taylor's Bright Bazaar: Embracing Colour For Make-You-Smile Style is the obvious first choice - vivid colour and Natural History do not often go hand in hand, but Will's approach is so inviting and friendly that even I find myself pricing lime green paint at Homebase after a few minutes on his glorious blog, Bright Bazaar.

    Not new, but just as necessary for me, I think, Is Holly Becker and Joanna Copestick's Decorate.  I've been reading Holly's Decor8 blog for years and years, and I've been resisting this book for a long time, but it seems like just the sort of book I have been after and will definitely help me sort out some of the trouble spots in my house.  I'm also a huge fan of Debi Treloar, which helps - I mean, just LOOK at her work.

    Finally, the Andrew Martin Interior Design Review is where things get serious.  The world's top interior designers compete to be included in this definitive list of the great and good of international design, and while it might be a little beyond what we might call practical inspiration for our own homes (for some of us, at least!) this is the book that I most want to get my hands on this month.


    Follow the authors...

    Will Taylor - @Will_UK

    Holly Becker - @decor8

    Joanna Copestick - @jojocope

    Andrew Martin - @AndrewMartinInt

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