a wintry walk

November 20, 2011  in inspiring places


There is nothing quite like a walk by the sea, even on a cold and cloudy day. The fresh sea air, inhaled deeply, is just a wonderful change of scene for a city dweller like me. The blustering wind making our noses run and blowing away cobwebs, cheeks glowing and fingers tingling. Seagulls soaring and clouds threatening to rain, laden with grey precipitation. Dungeness nuclear power station was on the edge of our view and a reminder that Derek Jarman‘s Prospect Cottage was not so far away. I must visit his little coastal retreat one day, a good reason to return.


So our little family visited the coastal town of Rye in Sussex one grey, moody day last month. It is a very sweet town with cobbled streets, antique shops for browsing, steeped in history and stories of pirates and pistols, smuggling and shipwrecks. We felt like we were part of an Enid Blyton adventure.

We returned to London that evening, blown away by the wind, saying good bye with our pockets heavy, laden with found loot; pebbles, shells and dried seaweed, to be treasured and admired as mementoes at home.

sania pell found treasures

I photographed our finds rather like a Victorian collector cataloguing their discoveries, layering papers and using graphic stamps as a detail. Little nothings to display on shelves and evoke lovely memories.


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  1. elisa says:

    what a lovely adventure! is that seaweed? it looks like felt or paper! gorgeous shapes. rye looks nostalgic, how beautiful. we’ve been wanting to go to jarman’s garden in dungeness, my sweetheart did his thesis on jarman’s work and it seems like a magical place. x

  2. I love the way you photographed your finds! And that little black house with red roof, it’s like it’s painted on a photo of the grey landscape. Beutiful!

  3. Kinga says:

    These photos are stunning…and I love that heart shaped rock! Beautiful!

  4. Kinga says:

    These photos are stunning…and I love that heart shaped rock! Beautiful!

  5. Christa says:

    I especially love that last pic of your finds. Beautiful. 🙂

  6. I want to frame that last pic and stick it on my wall. Absolutely simple and beautiful! So my style.

    Kristina Gulino
    Something 2 Write About

  7. Sania Pell says:

    Thank you everyone, happy you like them!

    @Elisa – yes, it’s dried seaweed and it does have a kind of velvety/felt feel to it. It survived the journey home and is now on display in my bathroom!


  8. Saskia says:

    Hi there,
    Im new to your blog, love it! Just wondering what program you use to edit/write on your photos? Your photos look neat with a colour swatch and a title:)

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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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