Volume 9 will be remembered as ‘the one we published during a global pandemic’. Back at the end of March I was feeling unsure about what to do. I was hearing about other magazines halting publication, so naturally I worried about whether I was crazy to forge ahead. Thankfully, 10 weeks on from publication, I feel happy that I made the choice to publish as the support has been wonderful, and I now only have around 100 copies left. Many of our stockists have been super supportive too, selling it online, and we will see some reopen their physical stores in the coming weeks, all being well.
Anyway, as has become tradition, I’m sharing a few images ‘from the cutting room floor’. As always our fabulous photographers took too many beautiful images to fit in the magazine! Here we go…
If I could move straight into Abbey Withington’s home I would! Kathryn Taylor’s photographs captured the space beautifully and I loved reading about Abbey’s journey transforming the place. Our loose theme for this issue was colour and Abbey’s use of it really is second to none.
It seems like a lifetime ago when myself and photographer Nuraan Ackers met up to shoot Mason and Painter on Columbia Road at the end of last year! Every corner of this dreamy shop is photogenic due to owner Michelle’s impeccable styling. It was a joy to watch Nuraan shoot it.
Also a lifetime ago was when Jemma Watts and I travelled to Paris to shoot the home of Helene and Julien, who are the couple behind Heju. A memorable day as after the shoot Jemma and I found ourselves amongst some of the protests that were happening weekly in Paris at that time. The cafe I had my heart set on visiting had a fire burning in the road in front of it, so we swiftly canned that plan! Despite that, it was wonderful to spend time in Helene and Julien’s beautiful apartment and capture these images.
Despite Zoe Pearson telling me they hadn’t quite finished renovating their home, I was so keen to have it in our colour issue and thankfully Zoe agreed! The decor is bursting with colour and fun against a crisp white backdrop, and I’m sure you’ll agree, Cathy Pyle did a really beautiful shoot of this family home. Just gorgeous.
If you follow Clare Nicolson on Instagram you’ll know she is all about colour, so having her home in this issue was a must! Photographer Hege Morris captured the warmth of Clare’s Glasgow home superbly. So much so, Clare’s living room made the front cover of the issue!
These last three images are from Julia Smith’s shoot in Margate for our Seek Inspire Create feature, which included illustrator/designer Melanie Johnsson, Mar Mar and Eucalyptus. Just before we sent the magazine to press, I had to quickly edit out the part of this feature that was highlighting the event we had planned to host in Margate this month in fact. We’d spent the early part of 2020 planning for it, but realised just before our print deadline that there was no way this event would be able to happen. Such a shame, but I do hope once we are able, we can reschedule this event and some of you might join us in Margate for a lovely day out!
Hopefully you’ve enjoyed a little peek at some of the extra images from our shoots! If you are yet to get your copy of this issue, then don’t wait too long. As I said, I am literally down to the last few boxes!