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colour stories : Tamar Schechner

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Can you believe today is the last day of April? This month seems to have whizzed by in a flash! Easter has been and gone and the spring has brought blossom and much appreciated colour back to my world. While there may have been an odd mishap everything else has been good. Plans that have been delayed again and again are slowly but surely coming together step by step, you might have noticed my colourful blog makeover this last week?

colour story : Tamar Schechner | Emma Lamb

Talking of the end of the month and colourful things what better way to round off the end of this spring month than with today's colour story guest - Tamar Schechner of Nest Pretty Things. Tamar is one of my biggest colour crushes! Her eye for pretty and appreciation for beautiful colour and pattern is completely swoon-worthy and shines through in every thing she does. From her ever colourful jewellery collections to her beautiful home and her incredibly popular Tumblr blog where she collects gorgeous inspiration. Read Tamar's colour story after the jump...



Hello, I'm Tamar. Thank you so much dearest Emma for inviting me to write my color story on your blog!

I am a jewelry and accessory designer and I've been selling through my Etsy shop Nest Pretty Things for 8 years now, I also have a jewelry shop for girls Nest Pretty Things Kids and one for brides Nest Pretty Brides I also have a blog nestprettythings.com

My color story starts many many years ago as a child, I come from a family of artists, my grandfather and my mother were both painters and my dad an architect, I grew up surrounded with color, art, textiles and design. I am originally from NYC but moved to Tel Aviv with my parents as a child, I spent most of my childhood going back and forth between Tel-Aviv and NYC, eventually going to college at Parsons School Of Design in NY were I majored in Communication Design, not long after graduation I moved back to Tel Aviv, got married and started a family, we have three beautiful boys.

colour story : Tamar Schechner | Emma Lamb

I spent many many years working as a Fashion Stylist, Creative Director and Fashion Editor in the magazine industry. About 9 years ago we moved back to the USA to a tiny picturesque Vermont village.

Our home is full of color, I love to sew and I can spend days planning out colors for a new batch of sofa pillows... I am very inspired by art, gardens and textiles - I love vintage fabrics and anything with flowers on it, the more the better and a trip to a museum is like music to my ears, I try to visit nyc as much as I can even though I love the country life I'm still a city girl and the urban life, markets, colors and movement also keep my juices going.

colour story : Tamar Schechner | Emma Lamb

colour story : Tamar Schechner | Emma Lamb

All of this really shows up in in my work, I try to use unusual and surprising color mixes such as aqua with lilac and orange, reds with blushes and chartreuse and mismatched fabrics that create a bohemian look, the flowers in my garden are a big color inspiration too, the beaded jewelry are all inspired by my summer garden, but I also love a soft romantic palate, pinks and blushes, pale aqua and whites.

This year our youngest son went off to college and I decided that it's finally time to move my work space out of the house and the corner of the dining room and into a new studio space in town, it's so exciting to have this new inspiring space and room to move around!

colour story : Tamar Schechner | Emma Lamb
All images: Tamar Schechner for Nest Pretty Things // website - shop - blog - Facebook - Tumblr - Instagram

To see more of Tamar's new studio and gorgeous home take a peek at her blog here or be sure to check out this recent post on sfgirlbybay. And if you are like me and just can't get enough of her fabulous colour sense use the links above to explore the rest of her colourful world.

Thank you dearest Tamar for sharing your colour story today, a visit from you is always so uplifting and energising. You have absolutely made my day!

Emma, x

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colour stories : Laura Amiss

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Hello you lovely people, thank you so much for all your kind words about my haiku yesterday. It's been so fun to read yours too, you clever people! Please do keep them coming, they are all so inspiring!

Righty-ho, today's post is a beautiful new colour story and I am so thrilled to welcome the wonderfully talented Laura Amiss! Laura is an absolutely incredible textile artist and I have been following her work for nearly five years now, ever since she posted this set of embroidered portraits over on her Flickr pages back in 2009. At the time many of us were just discovering and falling in love with all things 'granny chic' and for me Laura's textile canvases were the perfect blend of something old and something new.

colour story : Laura Amiss | Emma Lamb

Her fresh approach to using traditional embroidery and applique techniques was and still is a huge inspiration to me, not to mention her fabulous eye for colour! Since then her portfolio has gone from strength to strength as she constantly evolves and explores new subject matter. Her building and cityscapes are instantly recognisable as being uniquely 'Laura Amiss' and I absolutely love her most recent animal themed pieces! Goodness me! I had better stop gushing and hand you over to Laura to share her colour story in her own words...


Hello, I’m Laura, I’m an illustrator and designer living in Holland, although I am originally from the North of England. I’ve been selling my printed illustrations online via Etsy for over 5 years now. I begun after my second child was born, I was feeling unsatisfied from a work perspective and it seemed like a perfect time to take a few risks. Studying Textiles at Goldsmiths lead me to my first creative commercial experiment: knitted hand-bags. Once enlightened to the limited market for non-showerproof and water absorbent handbags, I soon broadened out into mounted stitched textile illustrations, and then developed an applique canvas technique, utilizing felt embroidered onto printed canvas and in doing so opening up in to a world of colour that felt so natural to me.

colour story : Laura Amiss | Emma Lamb

Last year I was approached by Wordpress to design a premium theme based around the work they had seen on primarily on my Etsy site. I designed for them a theme drawing a lot on my cityscapes illustrating style and similar palettes called Little Story. Using skills I learnt for Wordpress I’ve now begun creating custom Wordpress templates and web art, such as banners and logos. I receive most of my work because people are attracted to my use of colour, which gives me great satisfaction, as it is the area, which I feel most confident and comfortable.

colour story : Laura Amiss | Emma Lamb

I am very much inspired by colour combinations, pattern and texture; these things are often the basis for the beginning of an illustration rather than an image. I sometimes try to go outside of my comfort zone with regard to colours, however try as I might to avoid using the colour teal, it will usually wiggle its way in somewhere. I painted the frame of an old 1950’s door frame teal when we moved in to our home 3 years ago, the first thing my father in law said was ‘what colour are you going to paint that door?’… hmmm it’s painted already!

colour story : Laura Amiss | Emma Lamb

My textiles canvases often start with interesting pieces of fabric I have found, my process is rather organic in how I piece things together. I don’t see it that different to sketching and drawing, I am essentially still mark making. I really enjoy combining muted tones with the occasional splash of something bold, I do this in both my digital illustrations and pure textiles. Colours can make us happy, one thing that took my by surprise regarding the feedback on my work is that it made people smile and I think that has a lot to do with the colours I use.

colour story : Laura Amiss | Emma Lamb
All images: Laura Amiss // website - shop - facebook - twitter - instagram

Love, love, love! Thank you so much Laura, it is such an honour for me to share your work here and to be able to support one of my favourite textile artists. You are an absolute star and I look forward to following your fabulous work for many more years to come! Goodness, I'm doing it again! Please, please go check out Laura's Etsy shop I know you will love everything there just as much as I do :)

Emma, x

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colour stories : Caroline Rowland

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Hello and happy Wednesday my blog buddies! Can you believe we're almost at the end of February already!? Although the days are beginning to stretch out again it is still very grey and miserable in these parts which is just one of the reasons why I am so happy for today's gorgeous colour story from the fabulous Caroline Rowland! When I invited Caroline to share her colour story I had an inkling of what she would talk about and did expect some pretty pinks, but I wasn't quite expecting the full on pink feast for the eyes that follows! Let me hand you over to the lovely lady herself to tell you more...

colour stories : Caroline Rowland | Emma Lamb

Hi all! I’m Caroline, the founder and editor of online publication 91 Magazine and I also blog at Patchwork Harmony, both which feature interiors, crafts and vintage. My background is in photography, and before I went freelance last year I worked on a weekend newspaper supplement as a photo editor. I studied photography at university, but I found that it wasn’t so much the taking of the photos I loved, but the editing and putting them together in a pleasing way that appealed to me. Hence taking the route of an editor – and I have learnt over the years that the use of colour is one of the most important elements when editing pictures or designing the pages of a publication. It’s colour that ties things together – whether it be picking out a shade in an image for the text or grouping images together of similar or contrasting colour palettes – even if it’s just putting an outfit together, it’s the colours that must compliment each other.


colour stories : Caroline Rowland | Emma Lamb

As for me and my personal colour favourites, pastel shades are definitely up there, and I’ve just bought a pastel green Smeg fridge for my new kitchen which I am so excited about! I’ve never thought of myself as a particularly girly girl, but actually it’s become clear to me recently that when it comes to colour I am! I do seem to have a lot of pink in my life! When I was planning our wedding last year, I didn’t have a strict colour scheme, but knew I wanted coral pink peonies for my bouquet, so loosely based things around that. When everything came together on the day it was a little bit of pink explosion! In a good way I hope! But it proved to me that perhaps pink is a colour I am naturally drawn to, whether I like it or not!

colour stories : Caroline Rowland | Emma Lamb

Our home certainly isn’t filled with pink and is actually quite neutral, with white walls and more muted colours like grey, pale blue and green, but with the odd hint of brighter colour here and there with small accessories or flowers. When it comes to interiors I think I am slightly more drawn to Scandinavian style and industrial, rustic looks. Sometimes I wish I could be bolder when it comes to colour in my home, and just imagine living in this bright pink house I snapped during a trip to Whitstable! Fabulous!!

colour stories : Caroline Rowland | Emma Lamb
All images: Caroline Rowland / with the exception of the one noted as Kasia Fiszer

OMG, I love it! Girly pinks galore and how amazing are all those peonies, especially in Caroline's wedding bouquet!? In honour of her fabulous pink colour story I have donned a shocking pink cardigan and bright red scarf today and have picked out my best pink biro for today's notes. It's good to let the inner girly girl out every once in a while!

Emma, x

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colour stories : Ayda Algin, cafe noHut

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Hello my lovelies! Today I am thrilled to be able to share the first colour story of 2014 and am so excited that it is from the super lovely Ayda Algin, who you may all know better as cafe noHut. As you know I am a huge, huge fan of all that Ayda does, she is a regular contributor to making everyday beautiful and I have featured her images in my Monday posts many times. Ayda has such a great eye for gorgeous colour and pretty details so I am feeling just a teeny bit giddy about her story! Let me hand you over to the lovely lady herself to tell you in her own words...

colour stories : Ayda Algin, cafe noHut | Emma Lamb

Hello everyone! First of all I would like to thank Dear Emma for this great invitation and opportunity. It is a great pleasure to be here. I’m so honored.

Let's talk about me and my color story.


I have been working full time as an environmental engineer for a long time but have always been interested with interior decoration, craft, homemade food and art. In 2011, I decided to have a blog which I called “cafenoHut” and started to share my inspirations, crafts, memories, baking adventures, interior ideas and designs. During this time, my style has changed and evolved with each passing day.

I live in Istanbul and I've always been influenced by Mediterranean culture, the rich colours and natural wood textures – At the same time Mediterranean colours echo those of the sea and sky, lavender and pastel tones and I prefer to see pastel colours in my home and my crafts. Also nowadays I am inspired by Northern European, particularly Scandinavian style, white and simplistic.

colour stories : Ayda Algin, cafe noHut | Emma Lamb

I really enjoy playing with papers or fabrics to make something interesting, joyful and colourful! A few years ago I started to sew some things, it was a great opportunity for me to play with colors and patterns. By this means I have been more interested in how colours work together.

I really adore pastel colors and I love seeing them together with bright colors. Colours are rarely used in isolation so it’s the combination of colours that often give the overall mood and colorful inspirations are everywhere. We need to look around more carefully and feel them. For instance I'm always inspired by flowers, their pastel and bright colors make me happy and the impact of this is reflected in my work. Pastel tones remind me of innocence and children, so love to produce some things for them.

colour stories : Ayda Algin, cafe noHut | Emma Lamb
colour stories : Ayda Algin, cafe noHut | Emma Lamb

When I start a new project, sew some things or a decoration for my home, I always create my inspiration board first. I huddle together some objects which make me happy, energetic and peaceful - fabrics, ribbons, postcards, magazine pages, something old and new. Also I love Pinterest so much, it gives me a great opportunity to create a color story board. It's an incredible source of inspiration, like a bottomless pit!

I share my sewn things in my new ETSY shop called "deconohut". When I find a little time in weekends or evenings after work, I enjoy working on them and I usually lose myself in them, it’s a very relaxing and peaceful time. I prefer to work with colors which make me relaxed and happy in the short time I have to spend on them. This is a treat to myself :)

colour stories : Ayda Algin, cafe noHut | Emma Lamb
All images: Ayda Algin for cafe noHut & deconoHut // blog - Etsy - Instagram - Pinterest - Facebook

I am sure Ayda won't mind me telling you that she sent over thirty images for her colour story, utterly gorgeous images I might add! But what's more mind boggling is that she took over 300! I love it, I love that I have a kindred spirit when it comes to photography and that we're both completely snap happy with out cameras! I take it as a sign that when we are passionate about our subject we want to immortalise every single fleeting detail and capture colour in every variation. It's definitely an obsession but so worthwhile, especially in Ayda's case when she captures such pure pretty every time!

To see more 'pure pretty' from Ayda follow the links above and stop by her cafe noHut to congratulate her on it's 3rd birthday and the opening of her brand new Etsy shop deconoHut.

Emma, x

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colour stories : Marna Lunt

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Hello my lovelies, I am beyond thrilled and excited to be able to share today's 'colour story' with you! It's from the fabulous textile artist Marna Lunt, one of my sweetest online buddies and an absolute force of creative energy! I absolutely adore her work and I am sure you will too. If you don't already know this incredible lady then you really need to so let me stop waffling and hand you over to lovely Marna herself...

colour stories : Marna Lunt | Emma Lamb

"Hello!! I’m Marna and I started a little ‘thing’ a few years ago on Facebook called Little a Designs where I sewed and made hand stitched things to battle my post natal depression. Things have moved on a lot from then and I have come full circle back to my fine art roots and rejoined my artistic path. Oh and I met joyful, inspirational people like Emma that help me with their glorious pictures along the way which is highly recommended I must say.


This path of mine is dominated by colour at every turn. I am obsessive and addicted and totally dominated by the world of colour. I love & embrace that it effects me this way.

So blimey this colour story mission has been a tricky one, to chose one element or story about colour, it’s got my cogs and turning and cobwebs cleared, it’s made my brain hurt and yet tingle with excitement. Only colour can truly awaken these senses, challenge them, and exhaust them in this way. Because colour is everything, it effects us in so many ways and controls us. It can take you through every emotion. It is why the world is beautiful and why I wake up and want to jump and sing or stay snuggled up under the duvet.

colour stories : Marna Lunt | Emma Lamb

So sticking my neck out for one colour was too much for me, what a chicken eh, I’m clearly a colour fair weather friend. So I thought a small combination of colours which evoke my happiest memories and bring me peace joy and warmth would be the way to go. That ok? I hope so coz it’s happening baby.

I am an textile artist who grew up in the North East of England in the national park of the North Yorkshire Moors, hidden away in a house surrounded by a depth of heather and peat, peaks and valleys. The colour of the rolling moorland around me had a profound impact on me, my personality, my creativity and my soul. Ultimately those earthy warm tones were my womb and are my inspiration for everything I do. Being away from them for too long physically hurts. Yes a drama queen I hear you say, you could be right.

What my waffle is trying to get at is that I like the combination of deep plums, hot pinks, orange, madder brown with hints of pale blue, olive green and acidic yellow. Essentially thought of as autumnal colours, here on my moors they are there all year round, they make an isolated and barren landscape feel welcoming and cosy. They make my heart happy.

colour stories : Marna Lunt | Emma Lamb

In my work I use fabric and hand embroidery to breath life into local scenes and monuments that mean a lot too me. Colour and texture are my main concerns and using a needle and thread makes me bond with the artwork and connects me to it to give it a part of my soul and breath life into it. My main subject is the Moorland I love so dearly. The colours I hope draw you into my work, make you want to be apart of it and touch it, they are chosen not because I am sat looking at the landscape but because I am transmitting that feeling that moves me when I am there. The power of colour and its effect on your emotions is the draw and I find the subject fascinating, I studied it doing my fine art degree and it follows me whatever I do.

Now given this slightly extreme pull of colour can you image the adventure of decorating a new room in my house. My husband weeps at the thought (another drama queen) but the colour HAS to be right. Even if it is a tiny shade wrong it must be repainted, I mentioned I was obsessive right?"

colour stories : Marna Lunt | Emma Lamb
All images: Marna Lunt // website - blog - facebook

It's totally infectious isn't it!? Marna's energy and passion for colour and creating! Who else is feeling the need to grab some yarn, thread or fabric and just start making? I am in constant awe of every piece of textile art she creates, her passion is evident in each and every last hand stitched detail. Yes, hand stitched! Marna is entirely dedicated to her craft and her work is all the more beautiful for it!

This week Marna is exhibiting at the Country Living Fair in Harrogate, stand M80. If you are nearby or have already planned a wee trip please do pop by to say 'hello'. If you can't make it and want to find out more about Marna and her beautiful work you can visit her website of Facebook page for her latest updates.

Emma, x

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