Tuesday, 27 October 2009

Through the keyhole: ShoeMissy

There are some friends whose houses evoke envy and inspiration in equal measure. For me, one of these is Anna, the creative brains behind ShoeMissy, purveyors of customised, vintage-style shoes, with a saucy hint of the 1950s pin-up about them. Anna's flat always inspires me as she has a talent for creating gorgeous vignettes by combining objects in casually creative ways:


The huge living-dining area is full of unusual details. A pair of ShoeMissy 'Amy Velvet' sequined platform courts make an unusual tableau on this chest of drawers, while they wait to be sent out to the next lucky customer:

The warm wood-tones of the stripped pine floor, and the bentwood rocking chair and stool create a cosy corner. The print of the portrait of a family ancestor was ordered from the National Portrait Gallery (where the original resides) and given a simple gold frame, from which he now casts a benevolent eye over the household:

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 A Greek-god statuette fills a space in the disused fireplace beneath a Venetian glass mirror:

Anna is a prodigious seamstress and knitter and made these cushions herself. I particularly love the detail of the cameos on the buttoned cushions...

 ...that also appear on the elegant chaise longue, which was a lucky antique-market find.


In the bedroom a globe-light sits next to a Louis XV-style chair, which Anna reupholstered in white linen, using an antique tablecloth - genius! (n.b. If you want to know how to tell your Louis XIII from your Louis XIV, there's a great guide on Design*Sponge here.)


The bathroom reveals more vignettes, like this French shelving, which provides a space to display perfume bottles...

... and an amaryllis with a vintage china jug for watering.

Anna and her husband are expecting their first baby at Christmas, so I'll leave you with this display of natural history prints on the wall above the cot...

... Something tells me that this is going to be one rather stylish baby!

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