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Woohoo, it’s my favourite week of the year – London Design Festival! London really pulls out all of the stops to celebrate design; I’m talking installations, experiences and events. For 2018 there are now more Design Districts than ever before, which is great news because it means every part of London can join in the design fun! On Friday I was so happy to attend the LDF press tour for a first look at what...

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Some people holiday in Lanzarote or Barcelona, but when you’ve got a perfectly good Seaside just a train ride away (1 hour 30mins from London Victoria), why not stay in the UK? I’d heard a lot of good things about Margate and as I hadn’t had a proper holiday for 3 years, I was ready for some sea air and sunshine – luckily we booked right on time for this year’s summer heatwave. Emma, Josh, George...

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It’s common knowledge that I love a good wall. When I say ‘a good wall’, I mean a wall decorated with a mural/street art painted by a talented artist. (If you share this love, come say hi to me on Instagram btw.) Last month I shared a snap of an amazing mural by Hixxy alongside my frustrations on crediting (or lack of) Artists and it started a bit of a conversation… 🌿The shade of it all…...

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May has been quite a crazy month for me so far (and there’s still a week left!) but I love to keep busy so it suits me! If you follow me on Instagram you might’ve seen that I’ve been painting with Hattie Stewart for her installation at NOW Gallery in North Greenwich. When Hattie posted a call out for painters on Instagram I applied without really thinking about it – I definitely didn’t think I’d get picked...

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CIAO Bellas! Last month I joined the rest of the design community in the annual pilgrimage to Milan for a celebration and prayer to the design trend gods; Milan Design Week 2018. From Hermes to HAY and Wallpaper* to Toiletpaper, brands and designers worked together to create atmospheric installations, experiences and visual delights around Milan. It was my first visit to Milan/ MDW so I went with an open mind, not really knowing what to expect… other...

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I should probably begin with a little confession; I am a bad reader. Yep, I hold my hands up. I used to really love reading, and in fact at one point I had worked my way through the whole Young Persons section in my little hometown library – I even started requesting books from other libraries in the county. I would inhale a Nancy Drew/Gossip Girl book for breakfast! Things have changed quite a lot...

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As I sit in my East London flat just down the road from where the Suffragettes were living, campaigning and fighting, I can’t help but think that it’s all pretty crazy. Over 100 years on from what these women began and a lot has changed, but there is still so much work to do. We’re still challenging stereotypes, equality and tampon tax in 2018. Happy International Womens Day, although it’s kind of a shame that we...

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As I transition from an all black clothing wearer into a walking talking rainbow, I’m constantly on the look out for the most exciting, quirky and colourful pieces. The aim? An outfit that’s just screaming to be photographed in front of a cool wall on an Instagram adventure. A Pantone perfect outfit… Sugar rush OH HI THERE Oasis x Pantone Colour Institute range. Can I hear you say Parma Violet vibes? But seriously, how sugary...

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As someone who is always out and about exploring London, I’m frequently asked for my recommendations: ‘Where do you go to look for inspiration?’ ‘Which are the best Art galleries in London?’ ‘Where can I go to see cool & colourful things?’ Anyone that follows me on Instagram (and if you don’t already, then you should HERE) will know how hungry I am for visual inspiration and that I love sharing it for others to...

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Oh walls. I think I’ve proven myself to be good at snapping cool walls (find proof on my Instagram btw), BUT here’s a question: am I any good at painting them? A few months back I mentioned that I’ve been helping Morag Myerscough paint some of her projects on and off for the past 12 months. It’s been an amazing experience and I’ve learnt so much from it, BUT was I ready to go it alone and...

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As a Freelancer working from home the majority of the week, things can sometimes be a bit lonely. I’m an extrovert needing human contact and I’m lucky enough to have a co-working space to visit, but every now and again I treat myself to a morning or afternoon working from a coffee shop. Sometimes I’ll meet with a friend (usually lovely Ella – she took these photos of me btw) but other than chatting to the...

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You wouldn’t expect to find a staircase in a shipping container, but in East London anything can happen. When Print Club London invited me to a preview of the Blisters 2017 prints I knew it was going to be good, but stepping down into this amazing warehouse style room (yes it was underground) I was in awe – of both the room AND the prints, of course. If you’re not familiar with Blisters then listen...

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It’s common knowledge that I’m quite partial to a wall or two, or three – give me some street art to Instagram et voila, I’m happy. So when Travelodge offered me a couple of nights stay to go colour hunting in Bristol, the home of Banksy, how could I say no? With bright sunshine and a crisp breeze, October is the perfect time of year to explore a new city in the UK, and so...

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OK, confession time: I’m not really much of a pretty white houses kinda gal, but when in West London and all! On Tuesday Bloom and Wild invited me to a flower arranging workshop at the Artists Residence (near Victoria), so I donned my best sleeves in preparation for a floral afternoon with a Matisse inspired twist. I think I’m getting better in front of the camera now? Art at heart Yes, we’re talking Henri Matisse...

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Well, that’s it; looks like London Design Festival is finished for another year, sob. You might’ve seen on my Instagram that I was quite busy trying to squeeze in as many LDF exhibitions and events as I could and now, if I’m honest, I’m exhausted. Is it possible that I’m all design-ed out!? You might remember my LDF 17 guide from the other week? Hopefully that helped you to choose a handful of the best...

© Natasha Nuttall | February 2020