three go mad in liberty

May 16, 2011  in homemade, interior styling, news

Liberty launch

Liberty has been trading since 1875 and, as a textiles, craft and interiors girl, it is one of my most favourite shops in the world. I’ve been a regular visitor since I was a teenager and living in London means I find any excuse to pop in there regularly!

So imagine my excitement when I was asked by my lovely friend Holly Becker to be part of a styling demo for the launch of her new book Decorate…  at Liberty!  You can read the highlights of how Holly, Leslie Shewring of A Creative Mint and I went a little Liberty crazy over at Decor8.

Holly Becker, Leslie Shewring and Sania Pell

When we started brainstorming ideas for this dining table setting, one of things I said to Holly and Leslie was that we needed to “think catwalk”. We didn’t need to think about it being a realistic, practical table setting as it was a styling demo – it needed to be eye catching, creative and inspiring.

Liberty has a very British design aesthetic.  It is classic with a twist, elegant and a little bit eccentric. So we wanted our table to be a bit quirky too, a little bit bonkers – but in a good way. It needed to be Decor8 x Liberty. I think we achieved it, do you?

Liberty launch

Liberty launch

Liberty launch

We knew we wouldn’t be able to have a working bulb so we used a little mirror ball!

Liberty launch

We made each place setting unique!

Liberty launch

It was so much fun to collaborate with Holly and Leslie (they are both as lovely as they come across on their blogs) and the Liberty team were brilliant too.  I met so many great people that afternoon (and well into the evening!).  If you came along I do hope you enjoyed the demo!

I wish Holly and Joanna Copestick the very best success for Decorate!

P.S. Thank you to my wonderful assistant Polly Ord for helping make and to set up the table and to my husband for taking these photos while I was busy chatting away!!

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  1. hannah says:

    I love your ideas! And please, do you have any other Liberty inspired makes?x

  2. donaville says:

    inspirational post 🙂 love all the details!

  3. decor8 Holly says:

    This is so sweet Sania, thank you for everything! That was such a special night and I owe that in large part to you and Leslie and your wonderful husbands and my Tee. xo

  4. Lisa P. says:

    Thanks for sharing all the “how-to’s” over at decor8. Congratulations on your new blog!

  5. Irishwifey says:

    Loved the tutorials on decor8, Sania. Feeling very inspired, specially about the lampshade and little house mobile so off to rummage in the wardrobe and to demolish the standard lamp in the living room. Look what you’ve done 🙂

  6. Sania Pell says:

    Thanks so much for your lovely comments everyone! I’m so happy you liked the how-tos on Decor8 today and this post too.

    It was during the Liberty demo that Holly and Leslie gave me the encouragement to start this blog!! Thanks girls!

    I’ll be posting more soon.

    Sania x

  7. amyks says:

    Came over from Decor8…love your craftiness. I may have to get my hands on your book:)

  8. I love your table setting. Absolutely perfect for the Liberty style… I write a column on home entertaining and your images are really inspiring. M

  9. I love your table setting. Absolutely perfect for the Liberty style. I write a column on home entertaining and your images are really inspiring.
    Take a look at my site where I do al the styling and photography myself – recipes, home crafts and own brand products.

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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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