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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  1. Sania, I picked up my copy of Elle deco a couple of weeks ago and realised that you had styled it as soon as I saw the combination of flora and fluoro and the wrapped vases. I immediately said to myself ‘that must be Sania’s work’ and indeed it was! I have already pulled out the sheets and popped them into my sketchbook and felt so inspired that I painted the tips of one of my hydrangea’s. I adore having flowers in the house but they are quite a luxury so I have been attempting to get into gardening to that I not only have a lovely view from my kitchen window but also can take a leaf out of your book and pick little bits and pieces to go into jam jars and tiny vases.

    I therefore have a plea, could you write a gardening post to inspire and inform us all? You seem to have such beautiful flowers and plants and I know you are a keen gardener, could you give me some hints on the kind of flowers and plants that you grow? It would be great to have a little shopping list! Thanks again for providing so much inspiration x

  2. I am in love with the second spread- the hanging upside down orchid is incredible and such a genius design element!

  3. I picked this issue of Elle Decor at the airport flying back from Santorini, Greece and my flight home was a sumptuous bliss of being lost in creative design…Your story echoed the simple forms and natural colors I saw on that island, but your little perks of fluoro color, decorated vases and cute cut-outs added the kick…So much DIY inspiration, totally enticing!
    Great blog too!

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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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