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What colour to paint…Sophie.

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This is Sophie.

She’s not just any Sophie but the Sophie behind the heroic illustrations of Willy Walnut (

The Sophie behind my girl crush.

The Sophie who loves colour and is currently fasinated with YELLOW.

Me: ‘So what is it about yellow ?’

Soph: ‘I love how yellow things make me feel, like unwaxed lemons which smell and taste great in and on anything. A very good friend of mine bought me a lemon holder for the fridge which is still very exciting to behold. I also have a very brand new old up-cycled raleigh bike which has been sprayed powder yellow in the exact same colour as my logo, and even has a green wooden pencil in place of the pump which looks bloody brilliant. The sun is yellow and when he has his hat on friends come out to play and summer is finally here.’


Check out those wheels – you couldn’t fail to be happy when riding this!photo-11 The infamous lemon holder! (available to buy in Marks & Spencers)

Sophie has extended her love of yellow into the nursery she is currently preparing for the impending arrival of her first child. Wary yellow can be difficult to get right, Sophie chose to paint the walls in a pale grey with lilac undertones and add yellow through accessories. A primitive colourful rug on the floor with yellow running through it, a soft zig zag Anthropologie cushion and she has even commissioned some bespoke blinds with a yellow panel at the bottom.

How do you feel about yellow?


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What colour to paint… beach BBQs.

photo 2The sun.


Fresh food.

The sea.

As we approach the longest day of the year it is about time we got out and made the most of the long evenings! Yesterday was no exception and I was treated to a feast of fresh fish, caught by Mr James and a host of other delights prepared by my not so secret girl crush 4photo 3Beautiful rich oranges, reds, greens and yellows adorned our mint blanket as we waited for delicious silvery fish to leap from the electric blue BBQ on to our plates. The sunset provided a soft, quiet and peaceful light and we giggled our way into a state of contentment…until we got really cold and had to go home for hot chocolate and treacle tart!

If I could recreate that early evening light in my home I would do so immediately. Then, just like our picnic blanket, I would add tiny amounts of jewel like colours to please my eyes.

Everything looks happy when it is bathed in the end of the day sunshine – a bit like us when we’re eating crisps and dips…

photo 5Get out and make the most of the sunshine!



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What colour to paint…my dad.

dadI’d like to introduce you to my dad, one of my favourite people in the world. His name is Chris, he lives by the saying, ‘measure twice, cut once’ and is always telling me to be careful.

His favourite colour is blue. Don’t ask why, it just is.

Upon further questioning it transpired blue reminds him of holidays and summer and therefore occupies a positive place in his heart. I enjoy how colour, just like smells and sounds, can stir moments once forgotten or help anticipate those to come.

Think about your favourite colour and why you love it – I might be asking YOU soon!


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