Styling Spotlight... Studiopepe

studiopepe01 Studiopepe is a design studio founded in Milan in 2006, which takes a visionary and multidisciplinary approach to interior design, styling and set design.

Founded by art directors Arianna Lelli Mami and Chiara di Pinto, Studiopepe has carried out styling projects and iconic shoot concepts for a large number of international magazines such as Wallpaper*, Port, Elle Decor and Case da Abitare, with a philosophy based on "a conceptual approach inspired by the unexpected."

Their portfolio is wildly eclectic and varied, spanning interior and retail design to brand consultancy and advertising, but it is their editorial work that I am really drawn to. Split into Abstract, Domestic and Still Life in a Box, their work is imaginative, full of surrealism and unexpected combinations, creating strong and highly original compositions.

Which of these styled interior set-ups is your favourite?

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Styling Spotlight... Cia Wedin

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{Residence Magazine SE; photography by  Mathias Nero}

Perfectly fresh for the new year, I love the portfolio of Swedish design journalist and stylist, Cia Wedin.

Her work belongs within an eco aesthetic approach and is strongly influenced by Scandinavian Modernism, with lots of pure white light and delicious colour pops.

Feast your eyes on all this luscious loveliness; I hope Cia's fresh, delicate touch inspires you this dreary January morning...

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{Elle Decoration JP; photography by Anna Kern}

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{Elle Interior SE; photography by Johan Sellén}

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{Residence Magazine SE; photography by  Mathias Nero}

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{Elle Interior SE; photography by Johan Sellén}

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{Lantliv SE; photography by Johan Sellén}

Styling Spotlight... Kate Imogen Wood

Originally from Kendal in the Lake District, Interior Stylist Kate Imogen Wood now lives in Copenhagen and her love of all things Danish infuses her styling with a delightful playfulness and quirky humour, reflecting a cacophony of cultures and creativity.

She says that she likes "to combine interesting elements and aspects of everyday life within an image; to produce something organic and balanced," and that philosophy echoes throughout her gorgeous portfolio of imagery.

I simply adore these party-pop visuals which, while not stricly Christmassy, capture all the fun of the festive party season...

Styling Spotlight... Papermash x Charlotte Love

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I simply adore these gorgeous monochrome inspired festive visuals that Lynne from Papermash shared over on her new blog recently, styled by Charlotte Love.

Perfect for getting you in the festive mood and inspiring some Christmas wrapping ideas - those decorative stars made from striped paper straws are fabulous, and I love the black stamped Christmas trees on the kraft labels, and miniature stars on the plain brown giftwrap!

What's catching your eye?

{photography by Lenka Rayn H.}

Styling Spotlight... Erin Swift

I've been feeling very festive of late, so was delighted when I stumbled across the rather beautiful portfolio of props stylist Erin Swift, which draws heavily upon the elegant frosty tones of winter.

The sophisticated colour palette of smoky greys, glitzy silver and pure snow white really help elevate the festive appeal of these images and I particularly love the colour pops of cobalt blue and dusky pink in the later images which help add an even more luxurious touch.

What do you think, would you opt for a frosted Christmas colour scheme?

Styling Spotlight... Toast

Every season I eagerly await the new lookbook from Toast, knowing full well I'm going to be drooling over every page - and their new AW12/13 catalogue certainly doesn't disappoint!

Styled by Lesley Dilcock and photographed by Ditte Isager, the look book is full of beautifully lit visuals that mix gorgeous neutral tones with autumnal pastel hues and layered textures. From sumptuously tactile cushions and soft ticking stripe bedlinen, to raffia handcrafted baskets and watercolour palette ceramics, there is a whole lot to delight the eyes, and awaken the senses...

Styling Spotlight... Elkie Brown

One of my favourite shoots in the current issue of Heart Home is "not just black and white," styled by Elkie Brown. A former visual merchandiser and window dresser, Elkie first moved into fashion, home and gift buying before pursuing a career as a freelance stylist in 2010.

I love her beautiful portfolio of work, which includes editorial features for Red and YOU magazines, as well as The White Company. Not afraid to mix and match a pattern or two, her work is bold and vibrant, layering up textures and tones to create a wonderfully cosy feel.

Which images are catching your eye?

Styling Spotlight... Twig Hutchinson


There's certainly no case of the winter blues with these beautifully styled images from one of my favourite stylists, Twig Hutchinson.
Photographed by Emma Lee for Coast magazine and Ian Mankin, these shots embrace the moody winter blues with relish and delight, capturing the inky shades of the season perfectly.

Blue feels like such a fresh and modern colour trend following the past few seasons of zany honeysuckle pinks and tangerine oranges. What do you think; could you live with a layered blue-on-blue decorating scheme?






Styling Spotlight... Tracy Lee Lynch

{Elle Decoration SA, photography by Justin Patrick}

Having spent the past week in South Africa, it felt appropriate to share with you the work of Cape Town-based stylist Tracy Lee Lynch, whos colourful, creative and eclectic portfolio of work epitimises the buzz of creative energy I experienced during my trip.

The former décor editor at both Elle Decoration SA and VISI Magazine, Tracy's work as a stylist has been unique and transformative, working across all sectors of editorial, commerical, film and interior design. I love the way her portfolio veers from pared down natural elegance, to quirky vibrant installations while maintaining a light, feminine touch.

How wonderful are those colourful umbrella clustered around that dripping raincloud? If only London were that cheerful in the rain!

{Elle Decoration SA, photography by Justin Patrick}

{Elle Decoration SA, photography by Justin Patrick}

{Elle Decoration SA, photography by Justin Patrick}

{Horizons, photography by Justin Patrick}

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Styling Spotlight... Emily Henson

 Emily Henson is an interior stylist living and working between London and Los Angeles - how cool! - whose clients include Anthology Magazine, Anthropologie, Rue Magazine and Target. She's styled cookbooks, commercials and catalogues, and decorated homes and hair salons and somehow still manages to find time to raise a young family and decorate a beautiful home in northwest LA, which you can see in this sneak peek over on design*sponge.

I was particularly drawn ti these photos from a recent shoot she did at Curtain Road studios in London, which capture an eclectic mix of vintage vs. modern cool by layering traditional colour hues with futuristic cool pops, and playing with both rough and smooth textures.

What do you think, which style is you favourite?

{all photography by James Gardiner}

Styling Spotlight... Catherine Huckerby

Catherine Huckerby is an accomplished stylist with over 15 years of experience in the industry and a vast styling portfolio that encompasses editorial, advertising, TV and book styling.

The gentle muted colour tones and fanciful use of fresh florals coupled with her soft, feminine styling exudes a timeless appeal, creating a charming English country feel that is warm and inviting.

Just feast your eyes on these delightful scenes...

Styling Spotlight... Tara Sloggett

Tara Sloggett's portfolio eagerly welcomes you into her "world of loveliness" and oh my, what a lovely world it is!

Originally from London, Tara now firmly "has her toes in the sand in beautiful Cape Town," and her sunny array of delectably styled editorial and commerical visuals are certainly testament to the good life!

Full of bright colour pops and pretty patterns, and embracing the beauty of the great outdoors, let these delightful images transport you away to sunnier climes....

Styling Spotlight... Hans Blomquist

Author of the highly popular interior design book The Natural Home, influential art director and stylist Hans Blomquist is best known for his catalogue styling for Swedish brands IKEA and H&M, where his beautiful styled shots capture the whimsy of midsummer at it's very best.

These images for H&M Home perfectly capture this sun-drenched aesthetic by making ample use of fresh flirty florals and warm tonal colour schemes to transport you away to a midsummer day spent lazing in the sun, which is where the Heart Home team wish they were now!

Happy summer everyone!

{All images styled by Hans Blomquist for H&M Home}

Styling Spotlight... Gitte Kjær

{RUM magazine, photography by Mikkel Rahr Mortensen}

The styling portfolio of Danish concept and interior stylist Gitte Kjær is full of edgy, cool angles and colour pop splashes to draw the eye.

A regular stylist for Scandinavian magazine RUM, Gitte's fabulous combinations of colour, texture and materials epitomise a fresh, modern take on Danish design.

Here are a few of my favourites...

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Styling Spotlight... Rebecca McEvoy

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Rebecca McEvoy is an experienced freelance interiors stylist, set designer and art director who has styled shoots for the likes of Elle Decoration, Habitat, Sunday Times Style as well as the windows of Selfridges, and has a truly enviable portfolio of work!

Her style is playful and quirky, and I love the way she uses colour and shape to draw the eye and perfectly frame her set ups. I was particularly drawn to her beach shot (above) as I love its eccentric English holiday appeal - but perhaps I'm just longing for a little flash of sun to break through the clouds in London just now!

Which of these beautiful photographs is calling to you?

{Habitat SS12, photographed by Beate Sonnenberg}

{Elle Decoration, photographed by Beate Sonnenberg}

{Favini, photographed by Beth Evans}

Styling Spotlight... Saša Antić

Saša Antić's interest in styling took off in his early childhood when he was given his own dollhouse and bacame obsessed; redecorating it every single day- putting up wallpaper, cutting out carpets and making different arrangements. It's now wonder he ended up becoming an interior stylist!

The Swedish stylist and prop designer has a exhaustive range of clients from H&M Home, IKEA, Kosta Boda and Elle Interiør, and typically describes his style as "colour, arty, with a twist and a sense of humour." I love the way he layers texture and tones in his set-ups and isn't afraid to mix and match clashing patterns and colour hues.

What do you think? Do you like his style?

Styling Spotlight: Jenni Juurinen

I am completely in awe of Finnish Interior Stylist and Set Designer Jenni Juurinen's portfolio of work!

As well as working as the style editor for Deko-magazine, Jenni also designs sets for theatre, film and TV in Finland, and writes an inspirational style blog, Little Helsinki - she is one seriously busy and talented woman!

Her portfolio is bursting with creativity and innovation. Her style marries bold, eclectic and minimal in perfect harmony - every element is precisely placed and essential to the overall vision on the vignette.

Just feast your eyes on all this deliciousness...

{ all imagery via Deko-magazine, photographed by Jorma Marstio}

Styling Spotlight... Jubilee Tea Party Ideas from The Contemporary Home

This weekend the whole of the UK will be swathed in the red, white and blue of the Union Jack as we celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, and up and down the country there will be a whole host of street parties dedicated to toasting Her Royal Highness' lengthy reign.

If you are looking for ways to make sure your Royal celebration is the most stylish on the street, look no further than these beautiful visuals from The Contemporary Home, which are full of fabulous ideas to make sure your party is fit for a Queen!

These regal looking thrones are perfect for displaying the creme-de-la-creme of your Jubilee cucpakes. If you are feeling crafty, try making your own using lightweight cardboard and decorate with marker pens or wrapping paper, customising the design for each party guest.

Simple vanilla cupcakes can be topped with icing discs decorated with the red, white and blue of the Union Jack, and accesorised with mini paper patriotic flags. I love the addition of the quirky 'eat this,' 'fancy that,' and 'yummy' slogans!

These elaborate pop-out cake toppers featuring cut outs of the Queen, Prince Phillip, the Corgis and Buckingham Palace are available from The Contemporary Home and are perfect a-top a classic Victoria sponge.

Adorn champagne glasses with cut-out cardboard crowns, and decorate them with the Union Jack flag using red and blue marker pens. You could even add your guests' names to ensure glasses are never misplaced.

No party is complete without the classic British combo of vanilla ice cream topped with strawberries, especially in this heat! Serve yours in small paper bowls, decorated in the classic red, white and blue scheme.

Whatever you do, don't forget the bunting! You can easily make your own using coloured paper triangles stapled to a length of ribbon; it may not be waterproof but it never rains on a bank holiday... right?

Styling Spotlight: West Elm

I always find  inspiration perusing the seasonal catalogues of homeware brands, and for me, one for the best is West Elm. Have you ever visited their website? Despite being US-based they now ship to the UK, and their new Alfresco Summer catalogue is packed full of quirky style ideas for pepping up your outdoor living space, California style..

Vibrant colour pops will instantly lift an outside space and help create a balmy, tropical atmosphere. Try painting one of your external walls in a warm pastel shade to compliment the zingy accents.

One of the hottest trends this summer is bringing the indoors out, helping to extend your living space. Consider outdoor modular seating if the space allows, low occasional tables, and outdoor rugs to bring the essence of your home outside.

String some pretty fairy lights above your patio table to create a warm, magical environment for your early evening supper. Lay the table as you would indoors - do not settle for paper plates and plastic cutlery!

Ok, so you're unlikely to have an outdoor pool, but why not indulge in some large patterned cushions to liven up your outdoor seating?

Hanging candle lanterns from your outdoor parasol offers the perfect mood lighting for alfresco dining.

Lay raffia matting on your outdoor deck for a cool textured surface underfoot, and pair with nautical themed blue and white striped linens and accessories.

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Heart Home meets... Susie Clegg

With an extensive styling porfolio that even includes a Royal commission, Susie Clegg is a stylist with a very enviable client list, having styled catalogues for Oliver Bonas, Habitat, John Lewis and Marks and Spencer amongst many others.

The interplay between colour and shape in her work always fascinates me, and her portfolio is peppered with clean contemporary lines and a liberal use of colour, always drawing you right into the centre of a shot, and making her very sought after within the industry...

{Oliver Bonas, photographed by Carolyn Barber }

I credit an old friend to getting me into styling who came home one day from work and said, ‘I met a girl today, her job was a Stylist, she makes things look pretty and shops a lot, I think you would be good at that!’ I never looked back! Simple and uncluttered, with a splash of colour

{Photographed by Kate Davis}

Everywhere, I love my Iphone, as I always see things in the most unexpected places and it is great now to have a instant way to capture things. One of them would be styling an event at Buckingham Palace recently, it was amazing to be there, everyone was lovely, the event was a success so it was a great day topped off with Royal approval.

{M&S, photographered by Adrian Briscoe}

Less is more, live with a space before you fill it. The royal appointment was not bad, other than that anything that involves travel really I love to combine my job with some guaranteed sunshine.

{Anthony Burrill Still Life, photographered by James Gardiner}

Stylists that create out of the ordinary shoots, that really push the boundaries and make you look at everyday objects in a different way. Apart from the whole job, I have always been a chatterbox and a bit nosey so meeting lots of different people and seeing some amazing places that most people would not get the chance to see is great.