Archive for May 2013

fluoro & flora in elle decoration

May 28, 2013  in interior styling, news

Elle Decoration magazine shoot by interior stylist Sania Pell

After Chelsea flower show last week and all the floral fringe events that have been happening in London, I wanted to show you the six page story I shot with photographer Uli Schade for the June issue Elle Decoration magazine which is out now. We shot my flower-themed interior story early this year at Julia Bostock‘s beautiful new skyrooms location in Sussex. The room sets were simple,  with what I call a Japanavian or Scandanese feel – I know, I made the words up! But I love how these two wonderful design aesthetics can be visually combined.

This issue preview video gives a peak into the magazine:

Japanese and Scandinavian are two of my favourite design styles. I think I am naturally drawn to this style of furniture, beautifully made in natural and tactile materials, light, classic and simple furniture accessorised with graphic, hand-crafted ceramics.

Fluoro & Flora interior styling feature by Sania Pell in Elle Decoration magazine

Fluoro & Flora in Elle Decoration magazine by London interior stylist Sania Pell

Elle Decoration magazine shoot by interior stylist Sania Pell

There are so many people involved in a shoot like this and to mention just a few; textile artist Debbie Smyth made a beautiful, threaded floral picture especially for the shoot, Libby from local Ipswich florist Myrtle & Mint came along and helped me with the flowers, Polly Ord who assisted me and of course all the shops and designers that lent me their products. They are all listed in the magazine but if you would like to know about any specific items do leave a comment on this post and I’ll add their details.

I wanted to add some unique and handmade touches that readers can make themselves at home. These included silk flowers dipped into plaster of Paris, Cole & Son wallpaper cut out and reconfigured on the walls, floral canvases and spraying hydrangeas with yellow fluorescent paint plus a favourite of mine: wrapping vases with fabric and leather.

I will be adding these photos to my folio gallery soon but you can pick up a copy in newsagents now before the July issue comes out.


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weathered glamour

May 20, 2013  in inspiring places, interior styling

Sania Pell Tin Glam Australia

From Sydney we flew up to Cairns in Queensland, hired a car and drove an hour North to the sweet, relaxed seaside town of Port Douglas. It was the perfect location to visit the Great Barrier Reef and explore the Daintree Rainforest. The vibe was quite different to Sydney, but I loved its relaxed charm.

Tin lampshades - photos by Sania Pell

Tin lampshades - photos by Sania Pell

Wooden beams and steel roof - photo by Sania Pell

Wooden beams and steel roof - photo by Sania Pell

The wonderful use of corrugated tin and wooden planking as textural building materials, either painted and smart or untreated and raw, rusting patina next to weathered wood. In a local bar, where we watched cane toad racing, the rusting tin was juxtaposed against twinkling chandeliers and more utilitarian ceiling fans and pendant lights. An unexpected and successful combination.

Shiplap walls and tin roofs - photos by Sania Pell

Tin roof in Australia by Sania Pell

Photo by Sania Pell - Queensland, Australia

It was the wet season when we visited and with this comes rain, short heavy bursts of it. Looking through the car window there were rain specks dotted all over, rather like here in London but the views were however quite different. I couldn’t help snapping away as we drove the coastal highway, continuing my ‘through the window‘ series on another continent.

Seascape by Sania Pell - Queensland, Australia

Seascape by Sania Pell - Queensland, Australia

Seascape by Sania Pell - Queensland, Australia

Abstract landscape by Sania Pell - Queensland, Australia

Landscape from the car by Sania Pell - Queensland, Australia

Wonderful palm trees swaying in the wind, fields of sugar cane and the most beautiful sea views and skys. Heavenly.


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two years old

May 16, 2013  in news

Stencil number 2 by Sania Pell

I can’t quite believe my blog is two years old today. Like a child, its personality is developing and growing and I still feel like a toddler amongst the blogging community.

Thank you to all of you who stop by and read my posts and for the wonderful support I have been given. I have met some really lovely people through blogging in the last couple of years, online and then in person, and for that I am truly grateful.

Lots of love

Sania x

Vintage dice by Sania Pell

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details of sydney: mud ceramics

May 10, 2013  in handmade goodness, inspiring places

Mud Australia ceramics - photo by Sania Pell

Another shop that I was really looking forward to visiting in Sydney was Mud. Their store at 134 Edgecliff Road in Woollahra was close to where we were staying, so I popped in to have a browse and take some snaps. I often use their handmade porcelain plates, bowls and cups when styling commercial photo shoots, drawn to it at the prop houses by the beautiful soft colours and mix of matt and gloss finishes.

Mud Australia yellow ceramics - photo by Sania Pell

Mud Australia ceramics - photo by Sania Pell

Mud Australia ceramics - photo by Sania Pell

I bought a little ceramic beaker as a memento of my visit to the shop and would have bought much more if I hadn’t been worried about the pieces getting damaged during the flights on the remainder of our trip.

Details of ceramics at Mud Australia - photo by Sania Pell

You can see and find out more on the Mud Australia website.

Ceramics at the Mud Australia store, Sydney - by Sania Pell

Ceramics at the Mud Australia store, Sydney - photo by Sania Pell

The Mud website lists only three UK stockists; The Conran Shop, Designers Guild and Zecca, who amazingly is only a 10 minute walk from my house! I will be popping along there soon to see what they have in stock.

For now though I am happy with my little piece of Mud on display.


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Sania Pell freelance interior stylist London.

Sania Pell is a freelance interior stylist, art/creative director and consultant based in London. She is a Contributing Stylist at Elle Decoration magazine, with whom she has worked for over 20 years, and is well known for bringing a unique aspect to photographic shoots for national publications, leading international brands and retailers as well as style consultancy for architects and property developers. She is the author of best-selling book The Homemade Home and The Homemade Home for Children. A trained, former textile designer, Sania is also involved in many multi-disciplinary creative projects.

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