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What’s on my shelfie by Anna Jacobs Art with @annalysejacobs

We recently took on a beautiful oast house farm in East Sussex – a complete contrast to my South East London flat. My boyfriend and I are both creatives – I’m an artist and homewares designer, he’s a film maker; and we both love birds – I paint them, he watches them. So the idea is to make it into a peaceful space for creativity and wellbeing, as well as a place of refuge for people and animals. And …. it now means I have a whole new place to decorate!
 
We’ve renamed the farm Little Wild, because we want to allow much of the natural flora and fauna on the grounds to re-emerge. At the same time we plan to revitalise the old buildings on the site to create a contemporary living experience that is really connected to the nature outside.
 
We don’t have a proper hallway yet, so for now, inspired by working with La Redoute, I wanted to use some wall space in the kitchen, which opens out onto the garden, as a place for coats and shoes.
 
For something similar, please look here.

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Wall-Mounted 3-Hook Coat Rack
 
But before I continue, you should also know that despite our shared interests, one thing we really divert on is colour and pattern! I love bright bold colours, usually on the cooler side of blues, pinks and greens, with lots of interesting patterns; whereas he needs neutral simplicity around him, and where he does enjoy a little bit of colour it’s in the warm spectrum of tawny oranges and ochres. An interesting challenge for the first place that we’re sharing together!
 
So where to start? One key colour that he’s constantly attracted to is orange and it’s probably the one colour that he actually enjoys being quite bright, so I’ve immediately latched on to that and used it as a starting point for the whole scheme. Straight away we’re both happy!
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Navaja Aged Effect Kilim Jute Cotton Corridor Rug

Then it’s a matter of building around that. To make a colour scheme really work, it always helps to use contrasts of bright:dull; dark:light; warm:cool and then to play with those proportions. So here for example I’ve contrasted the bright orange of the painted leaf and lamp, with the duller grey/blue colours on the wall, cushion and baskets; the dark blue leaf and black pot contrast with the pale grey bird ornaments and off whites in the cushion and baskets; and the general warm oranges and wood tones contrast with all the cooler grey blues. 
 
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Tribal Ceramic and Linen Table Lamp
Tribal Ceramic and Linen Table Lamp
 
Then to hold those contrasts together, I’ve used a beautiful pale pink Gandra Sandstone bowl, which itself oscillates between matte and shiny due to its glaze and the pink softens the transitions between cool and warm, bright and dull.

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Gandra Sandstone Salad Bowl
 
I’ve also used a contrast of textures. The transparent smooth glass of the Izolia recycled demi-john vase next to the opaque rougher texture of the black Anaia vase; the glossy contemporary Kinoko glass lamp with the textured and less structured Sana soft sided baskets and Joan tufted cushion.
Izolia 36cm Recycled Glass Demi-John Vase
Izolia 36cm Recycled Glass Demi-John Vase
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Anaïa 17cm High Metal Ball Vase
Anaïa 17cm High Metal Ball Vase

Joan Tufted Cushion Cover 
Joan Tufted Cushion Cover

I always love adding some personal meaning and symbolism in decorating schemes too. So the leaf mural I’ve painted is of Ash leaves – we have lots of Ash trees on the property, but sadly many of them are dying due to the Hymenoscyphus fraxineus fungus, which is causing them to die across the UK and particularly where we are in the South East of England. The mural symbolically keeps them alive. The wooden Asayo stool is made of Elm and the Quilda console table of oak – both of which we have in the woodland. And finally, the two ceramic birds are symbolic of our mutual love of birds.
Asayo Stool
Asayo Stool

Quilda Vintage Style Console Table with 4 Drawers
Quilda Vintage Style Console Table with 4 Drawers
 
For something similar, please look here.

Set of 2 Strakaza Brass Decorative Birds 
Set of 2 Strakaza Brass Decorative Birds
 
And the boyfriend’s verdict? Well you’ll have to see read my Instagram post to find out!
 
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14/12/2022