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May 20, 2011  in inspiring places

kettle's yard

After my visit to the FOUND sale yesterday, I thought it was perfect to post my photos from a trip to Kettle’s Yard to give you some more insight into this wonderful space.

I visited this amazing house whilst I was in the middle of writing The Homemade Home. It’s a real inspiration, filled with beautiful artworks and styled with interesting objects and found treasures.

Kettle’s Yard was the home of Jim and Helen Ede who lived there from 1958 until 1973. He was a former curator at the Tate Gallery in London and through his friendships with the leading artists of the period and other like-minded people he amassed a beautiful art collection. It includes paintings and sculptures by some of my favourite artists including Ben and Winifred Nicholson, Alfred Wallis, Joan Miro, Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore.

kettle's yard

I love the way he set these amazing artworks alongside everyday items and found treasures. His vision was of a place that should not be…”an art gallery or museum, nor simply a collection of works of art reflecting my taste or the taste of a given period. It is, rather, a continuing way of life from these last fifty years, in which stray objects, stones, glass, pictures, sculpture, in light and in space, have been used to make manifest the underlying stability.”

kettle's yard

kettles yard

If you are ever in Cambridge go and spend a bit of time there, it’s inspiring. I posted more of my photos of Kettle’s Yard  here.

You can find out more information and visiting times on the Kettle’s Yard website.

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  1. elisa says:

    my goodness, it’s extraordinary. profoundly inspiring. i’ve been a bit careful (having young children) with art in our house, but they are so easygoing now. i’m going to take a leaf out of their book x thank you sania, this is amazing. those stone pieces!

  2. Sania Pell says:

    It is definitely worth going to visit, my pictures are just a little taste of the wonderful place. The pebbles and the way they are displayed are beautiful! x

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Sania Pell freelance interior stylist London.

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 over 18 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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