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Acro- Navy wallpaper by 17 Patterns

We’ve loved the wallcoverings by 17 Patterns since first coming across their designs a couple of years ago during a redecoration project we carried out in Fulham.

Acro- Navy is one of our favourites…

Diespeker Terrazzo

We recently encountered the work of Diespeker – a venerable specialist in terrazzo, established in London in 1881 – while working on the new restaurant in Herne Hill, Llewelyn’s.

Here is the bespoke terrazzo used in the restaurant, “a mix of grey, black and red/brown marble chippings in a light cement”.

Diespeker have a summary of the material on their website: “Terrazzo originates from Italy where, around 500 years ago, quarry workers used stone offcuts for flooring in their own homes. At first, the finish was rough-set and uneven but as methods progressed, the flexibility and benefits of terrazzo were recognised.”

Here is another striking bespoke terrazzo from Diespeker, using only glass.

Wallcoverings from Jupiter 10

Instagram, ever a reliable source of product inspiration, brought Jupiter 10 to our attention this morning.

Jupiter 10 is London-based design studio specialising in wonderfully bold Modernist wallcoverings.

You can find their designs here.

Eleanor Pritchard

Do point your cursor towards the wonderful designs — woven into woollen blankets and cushions — produced by Eleanor Pritchard, particularly if you are drawn to mid-century style. Three of our favourites are below.

Eleanor Pritchard blanket design

Eleanor Pritchard blanket design

Eleanor Pritchard blanket design



Cole & Son

The venerable English firm Cole & Son, established in 1875, continue to produce wallpapers which please the discerning eye.

A hat tip is due to Anouska Tamony for reminding us of their beautiful designs; these examples are all from the Contemporary Restyled range.

Cole and Son wallpaper

Cole and Son wallpaper

Cole and Son wallpaper

Timorous Beasties Fabric

Timorous Beasties caught our eye this morning with their wonderful and typically richly detailed Topical Tropical fabric, shown below.

London-based painters and decorators, designers and homeowners can pay a visit to the TB shop on Amwell Street; the mothership is in the west end of Glasgow — details for both are here.



Sitting room in All White and Cornforth White by Farrow & Ball

We delivered a bright finish with clean lines in this Edwardian sitting room in south London, with the walls in All White, and the fireplace in Cornforth White (both by Farrow & Ball).

The bespoke alcove unit was made by Cunningham Furniture.

Sitting room in Herne Hill

Crittall Windows

We first encountered Crittall Windows when working on a flat in Astral House in Westminster, a classic expression of the Art Deco style (not far from the much-loved, and much-filmed, Regency Cafe).


Crittall windows are steel framed and are distinguished, in contrast to typical sash windows, by their repeating patterns of glazing bars and smaller panes.

The company, named for its founder Francis Berrington Crittall, is still going strong, long after its founding in Essex in 1889.

Oak drawer front detailing

We worked alongside our friends from Made by Jason on the fit-out of the Myla and Davis salon in East Dulwich in 2013.

During a recent return visit my eye was drawn once more to this wonderful bit of detailing: oak drawer fronts and their surrounds formed from the same piece of timber, resulting in the continuation of the grain from one section to the other.

Made by Jason oak drawer fronts


Perhaps your eye has once or twice been drawn to the incredibly thin and beautifully elegant pointing on a handsome Georgian building in London?

The technique which yields this appearance — bearing the wonderful name of tuckpointing — is an illusion…

 Tuckpointing is a way of using two contrasting colours of mortar in the mortar joints of brickwork, one colour matching the bricks themselves, to give an artificial impression that very fine joints have been made.

You can see the contrast between the more common weather struck pointing on the left, and tuckpointing on the right, here:


And here is an image which illustrates the care and skill involved in the deception…

Tuckpointing brickwork

Should you wish to add another brick to the foundations of your pub quiz knowledge, 10 Downing Street features tuckpointing…