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At the start of the year I painted my first mural – a bright burst of colour inside my co-working space in Camden. I instantly caught the painting bug and wanted to work on more painting projects (and luckily had the opportunity with Hattie Stewart and recently as an artist in residence with West Elm), so when Jacqueline Colley posted a call out for some painting help on her Instagram I volunteered straight away. Strike...

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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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Sleep – you can’t live with it (ok, during) and you can’t live without it! It’s an everyday essential that we all have to embrace and structure our day around. Everyone’s sleep experience is different, but the average adult needs 7-9 hours a night so best to make it a good one. I think I have quite an unusual relationship with sleep; I don’t really rate it much. I know I need to sleep, but...

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Hello sunshine! The majority of Britain is over the moon about all of these blue skies and sunny sun – everyone seems a bit happier anyway. Londoners are embracing the heat; walking instead of sweating on the tube, eating lunch in the park and meeting for drinks in the evening because we need to make the most of every second of this unusual summery summertime. Plus, you know us Brits love a bit of small talk...

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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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As a Graphic Designer, colour is important to me. I can spend hours looking at colour palettes, adjusting hues – it’s a game of tones all in the name of design. The good news is; I’m not alone! A few weeks ago I headed South of the river for the Mapleton Crescent SW18 Design supper club hosted by Pocket Living at Flotsam and Jetsam. We ate, we drank, we talked colour – it was a...

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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 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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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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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...

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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...

© Natasha Nuttall | February 2020