October 5, 2017 in news
This blog is currently paused due to commercial and editorial work commitments, but my blog posts remains accessible as a reference archive.
We attended a white-on-white pop-up dinner one evening held in the middle of Flow’s gallery space. La Fromagerie provided the food, designed specifically to sit on handmade, bespoke ceramics from Flow Gallery. The combination of the owners’ impeccable taste – one with an eye for shape and texture, the other nose and palette – created an event that was a sensory experience.
Find out more about La Fromagerie’s cheese range and buy online on their website.
Find out more about Flow Gallery, their exhibitions and works available on their website.
This shoot for Earthborn was to showcase two of their products. Their paints and other products are organic and environmentally friendly.
One product was their new crackle paint which creates a textured, cracked effect on painted furniture. Earthborn Crackle is a water-based, oil-free and-acrylic-free medium perfect for creating a textured, crackle effect on painted furniture. Use in between two contrasting paint colours for the ultimate crackle look.
Another product was a clear wax for interior wood surfaces. Used over Earthborn Eco Claypaint it seals the paint surface.
Find out more about Earthborn paints on their website.
This shoot was influenced by my love of Japan and experiences on a recent family holiday there. It was photographed by the talented Ben Anders.
I have always admired the way the Japanese use space, embrace texture and use dark shadows and this shoot explores those elements, showing that even when there is empty space, an image can feel complete.
A recent book I read, a gift from a friend, entitled In The Praise Of Shadows is an essay on Japanese aesthetics by author and novelist Jun’ichirō Tanizaki. It explores architecture and a sense of the use of space in buildings. This magical book also includes descriptions of lacquerware under candlelight and illustrates beauty in the imperfect.
I painted the backdrops and surfaces to give texure and interest to calm areas in the shots. The foliage was selected for the natural imperfections. The shot above was influenced by temple moss gardens, small internal courtyard gardens and miniature planting.
Many props were brought back from Japan from visits to flea markets, stationers, calligraphy stores and ceramics galleries. Other props were from home made by Japanese ceramicists and bought from Flow Gallery.
Photography Ben Anders, styling Sania Pell.
July 18, 2016 in interior styling
These images are from my styling story entitled ‘Scandenese’ that was published in the April issue of Elle Decoration UK and photographed by the talented Heidi Lerkenfeldt. The concept was based around my observation of the similarities between Scandinavian and Japanese design, two of my favourite styles.
It illustrates how both cultures celebrate purity and paired back living. The shoot is about clean lines, natural materials and elements of nature which the talented Simone Gooch from Fjura provided with the flowers.
July 10, 2016 in food styling
This story is a play on the classic still life oil painting style of the Dutch masters in the 17th century. A table top shoot with fresh fruit and vegetables and classic props – styled simply and graphically, with minimal items and using empty space to make them look modern in contrast to the often visually-busy Golden Age still life paintings. Photography by the talented Beth Evans.
Sania Pell is a freelance interior stylist, creative director and consultant based in London. She is a Contributing Stylist at Elle Decoration magazine, with whom she has worked for almost 20 years, and is known for bringing a unique aspect to photographic shoots for national publications, leading international brands and retailers as well as style consultancy for top architecture practices and property development companies. 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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