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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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December: Silver All that glitters is NOT gold… Nope – it’s silver! Ok so silver isn’t technically a colour, but come on, it’s almost Christmas so let me have some fun. But first, let’s address the elephant in the room – the gold vs. silver debate. Now, I know that gold is always seen as the best precious metal (everyone wants to ‘go for gold’ and silver is 2nd place or whatever) but I’ve actually been...

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As the colder months creep into our lives, there is a big focus on looking after ourselves – eating things that are good for us, keeping warm and generally avoiding catching the flu. But two small things that we seem to forget when it comes to indulging in some TLC: our eyes. We totally overlook them despite being one of the most important things in our daily lives! Pun intended btw. November and December are...

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Last Thursday evening Emma & I headed to Bermondsey for a mysterious but exciting event with HP and Smirnoff. In all honesty, we didn’t really know what we’d rsvped to attend BUT as you know, we’re suckers for bright colours and patterns so the jazzy invite had us intrigued from the get go. Are we easily persuaded or what? Arriving at the venue we were greeted by these amazingly colourful posters, and that was JUST...

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November: Black So Halloween is just about over, but black is here to stay! The clocks have gone back but the nights are still drawing in and it seems to get dark at 4pm now!? I don’t really mind though as even though I love the colours of the rainbow, I love black too. I was thinking about my relationship with black the other day as even though I’m a colour lover, I often find...

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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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October: ORANGE Is it a predictable move to choose orange as my colour calendar for the month of halloween? Yes. Do I care? Nah, because a little slice of autumnal orange never hurt anyone. Now, I know that Orange can be a bit scary for some people: it’s bright, bold and quite unusual in our daily lives. I think we forget that some of the best things in life are orange; the sun (we all need...

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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...

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Cocktails along the canal; sounds ideal, right? And it was, thanks to Campari’s cute little red boat moored at Granary Square – red is my colour of September btw. To get into the spirit (get it?) I even dressed ‘on brand’ to match the giant stripey typographic installation by design duo Eley Kishimoto… because if I can’t wear these flares during London Fashion Week, when can I? Whether you’re more into LFW or LDF, you...

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For creatives in London, the London Design Festival (affectionately known as LDF) is the highlight of the year with exhibitions, events and generally just a celebration of all things design. From textiles and flooring to colour theory and social change, there’s lot to see and be inspired by and I’m expecting LDF 2017 to live up to the hype. If I’m honest I usually follow my friend’s recommendations, but this year I wanted to be...

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Pinch, punch, first of the month and welcome to my new monthly series: Colour Calendar. 12 months to celebrate 12 colours. Simple! September: RED This September I’m seeing RED for a number of reasons (not just because Taylor Swift released her new album and she is out for blood). It’s usually paired with February for love etc, but I don’t see why we have to wait until Valentines day to spread the love. Red just...

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A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away… I was wandering the streets of Soho with Ella when we found a holographic door that matched my earrings. Yep, it was that simple. I’m so used to snapping grimy graffitied walls in the back streets of Shoreditch, but posing on a busy Soho corner? That was a new experience. But I channeled my inner Princess Leia and used The Force… P.S. Did you know...

© Natasha Nuttall | February 2020