Fifth Wall

A week today Nottingham-Trent University’s 19th photo festival will commence.

Those that know will know that owner and designer Beth Smith is a current (not for long!) Photography student at Trent and will be displaying work that she has been creating over the last year. Throughout this project she has created work that both looks at photography and interiors. Her practice has developed skills and grown over the course of the project and the work that she will displaying sums up her development perfectly.

All the images within this project have been made with film photography, in the colour darkrooms and the process of cyanotypes. Beth has been photographing Priory House and Oriental Brewhouse, a Bed and Breakfast in Long Bennington. It’s eccentric wonders lend itself to the classic styles of photography that Beth has been using. The images produced for this project look at the sense of the ‘Uncanny’, the familiar in the unfamiliar, the frightening in the unknown.

The festival will be open 26th May – 6th June 2015.

Beth’s work will be displayed at Chaucer Court Workshops, NG1 5LP. Open Monday – Saturday 10am – 5pm. With a private view held on the Thursday 28th May 7.30 – 9.30 pm.

Visit the Fifth Wall website to see Beth’s page:

And some more of the exhibiting photographers work:

-Apologies for the random blog posts! All will be back to normal in a week or two!-

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So, it isn’t really do with interiors but, who doesn’t love some good stationary? Here are few we’ve seen this week.

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Rhodia is a great brand for notebooks. Theres a whole range of them but nothing beats the classic orange and black, as above. We’ve recently bought a couple sizes of the blue notepad above and they look so nice.

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Pocket typewriter are a great little stationary brand. They offer a range of cute little notepads, such as the ones above, as well as cards and gift bags.

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Intro colored ntb


Moleskin – The classic notebook.

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A little gem from Etsy. A vintage map stationary set with notebook, pencil, eraser and pegs. This shop, of course, isn’t the only shop on Etsy that offers great little bits of stationary.

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The school of life schools of thought: Buddhism set of 3 notebooks. They’re simply designed, the colours are soft and theres three of them. Urban Outfitters also offers them in other colours as well as many other notebooks and journals.

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Priory House

This week we’ve been busy shooting the idiosyncratic interiors and exteriors of Priory House and Oriental Brewhouse. A B&B based in Long Bennington, Lincolnshire, owned by Roger and Carole Lee. It offers many photographic subjects from dressed mannequins in the hallways to stag heads on the wall.

We are waiting for the rolls of medium format and 35mm film to be developed and in the process of editing the digital photographs but here is a sneak peak at the outcome of the shoot!


 Working with medium format on such a sunny day was a treat. Can’t wait to see how this one comes out!


The front of the house, again looking forward to how this one comes out on film.

Priory House Photos, 10/11/14

The spiralling wooden and gold staircase with bright coloured walls leads you up to the B&B rooms and collections of childhood toys.


The piano holds many other musical instruments, family photos and has a tiger skin draped over it!

Priory House Photos, 10/11/14

Owner Carole Lee is a fashion designer, mannequins pop up all over the house, some of them are wearing her designs and others are left to become part of the decor.

Priory House Photos, 10/11/14

Toys that once were used by their children now sit in the hallways creating interesting little still life scenes.

Priory House Photos, 10/11/14

More mannequins, these ones have become part of the garden, mixing with the tree and the foliage to create unique garden ornaments.


A rusty box full of old and new toys hidden in the garden.


And finally, a photo-bombing chicken.

Check back in a week and we’ll have the film images to show you too!

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We’re now on Bloglovin’!

 Bloglovin’ is a website that holds a collection of the interesting and useful blogs (ours included!)  You can follow your favourite blogs and save your favourite posts. It even has an app available for iPhone for reading on the move!

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The Ridge Mural

The Ridge Project is the latest mural to the growing collection of hand painted designs by

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The brief for this mural was that it had to be subtle. The colour of the design is similar to that of the background, and in different lights the design seems to disappear. The design covers the whole chimney breast and a the detail is small swirls, flowers and leaves.

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A Happy Customer

Earlier this month we received the below image of our wallpaper hung in a customers house.

Our customer says that “Everything is perfect” and that her daughter is very happy with her new room.

We love the birdcage light shade, the soft pink goes with the grey of the wallpaper and of course the bird ties in nicely.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Seize The Day

In the September 2013 edition of beautiful kitchens an original mural was featured.

Beautiful Kitchens sept 2013

A five-page spread of images and information on the kitchen where the design is a key feature. This was the second mural by and takes inspiration from the abstract kitchen and colour schemes whilst making it strikingly different from the clean lines of the work surfaces.

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Pages 114- 118 of Beautiful Kitchens September 2013 edition.

The mural as well as being in some of the pictures had a special mention “Above the entrance to the sitting room, the Smiths’ Daughter Beth, who is at university has painted an abstract mural, making a feature of the ceiling support.”

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Here We Are offers plenty of ways to keep up to date with our news and ideas about design:

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And you will be able to find our wallpaper in Lake Worth at Chelsea Lane and Co.



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Sketches To Product

To start the process of making the ‘2014 original collection’ I drew out seven or eight A4 designs, which would be a repeat pattern. I then did a poll on the best two, the two that would work best as wallpaper.

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These are the two designs that were chosen.

The next step was to find a company that would be able to help me turn these sketches into wallpaper. Being based in Nottingham I found a company close by in Loughborough, Anstey. On my first visit to the warehouse, I met the team that would be making the wallpaper and had a tour. Seeing the machines working and the whole process from the rollers to printing to wrapping to boxing to shipping.

Wallpaper being printed at Anstey.

The wallpaper that was being printed when I visited.

On my next visit to Anstey I chose the type of paper, the printing method (flexographic printing) and how the repeat should be on the wallpaper. In this visit I also met with the person from Laserflex that would be making the rollers for the two wallpaper patterns.

Once I had signed off on the pattern for the rollers and they had been carved it was time to think about the colours that I wanted the wallpapers to be. I wanted them to be subtle colours, the pattern is detailed and a bold colour would have been too much. I gathered samples of other wallpapers, colours of paint, ideas of what works together in the different room and looked at the colours of the murals that I had previously painted.

Having decided on blue/green and grey, the colour ideas were sent to Anstey, ready for their team of colour technicians to match what I had chosen to an actual ink colour.

In January, I went to Anstey’s warehouse and worked with the guys that printed the wallpaper to make sure that the colours were the same as what I had signed off. We did this for each colour and designs and waited whilst each lot was printed in full.

All that was left for me to do was to wait for the rolls to be cut and packaged with our personalised label and then to be delivered to me.

A Roll Of Wallpaper

A roll of wallpaper with our logo.

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