Add your personality with Identity Papers

wordsearch wallpaper from identity papers.jpg

It’s another archive post today, this time from the 2017 Grand Designs Live show at Excel. It’s crazy, I remember this wallpaper like it was yesterday, and so I was pleased to see that the company, Identity Papers, were still in business.

It’s another one from the Design Arcade, which gives people two or three metres by one metre to display their wares, and share their ideas.

This wordsearch paper was brilliant. Without the white picture frame the random letters wouldn’t have made any sense at all as you wandered by.

Digital wallpaper printing makes it all possible, and it’s completely customisable. At the time, and again now, I thought this would be a fun approach for a downstairs loo, or as an alternative to a blackboard wall in a kitchen, or playroom.

Speaking to the people on the stand at the show, yes it made that much of a mark on me, I remember them saying that it all started with the words. And I can see why.

The wood effect wallpaper on the adjacent wall and on the lampshade are also wallpaper. The woodgrain geometric shapes can be mixed and matched, I think they’re a much more subtle approach, but for me the real star is the word search paper.

The other style that I was keen on was the photo grid wallpaper, which again is entirely customisable and would make a really special memory wall. The wallpaper books below show what a vibrant option this could be.

You can tell I’m a fan, but what do you think?

Would you use customised and very personal wallpaper in your home?

I think the challenge would be, what words to include, what would the theme be, and how much checking you’d need to do to make sure no unintentional rude words crept in by mistake. That could be embarrassing!

wallpaper books of identity papers designs
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Mowgli, Indian street food in Liverpool

We had some great food in Liverpool and discovered some great restaurants. After a Moroccan feast for lunch, sumptuous steak Saturday night, on the Sunday were were up for something different. After some internet searching I kept coming back to one restaurant, or actually restaurants, and that was Mowgli, which promised Indian Street Food, and didn’t disappoint, we struggled to finish everything we’d ordered - but clearly tried our best.

What I wasn’t expecting was to be so wowed by the decor. The photos are darker than I’d usually post here, and it was quite a dark and moody space, but one lit with plenty of fairy lights, which gave it an almost magical feel. The birdcage lamp shades threw shadows across the walls and ceiling, adding to the overall atmosphere.

the bar at mowgli in Liverpool

Even on the staircase, there was ropes and more fairy lights. We started with cocktails - a Mowgli G&T for me, complete with ginger and a Smokey Cardamom Old Fashioned for him. When it comes to cocktails, we’re pretty straight forward and can often guess which one each will order. For the food there was so many options we could have chosen, and the menu definitely encourages an ‘eyes bigger than your belly’ approach if you’re not careful. We just about finished ours, though I’m not sure which of them we’d have left out.

twinkly lights in the restaurant
starting with cocktails at Mowgli
heading back from the loos, more sparkly lights
Tiffins for our indian feast
tables in the restaurant at the end of the evening

The bar caught my eye, look at the end of it below, it’s made from stacked sleepers on their end, and is a really effective and natural looking addition. It was of course, finished off with more fairy lights. Ropes hung from the ceiling and pulled taut were used to divide spaces between tables, in open kind of booths.

the bar made of sleepers
ropes hung from the ceilings divided the spaces

And walking around the rooms, was Mowgli himself, painted onto walls, and featured on the menus. He’s walking (in a stationary way) with purpose isn’t he?

mowgli of course
in mowgli in liverpool

So a great space, and great food. If you’re in Liverpool, or visiting, then one of their restaurants is definitely worth a visit.

Love this #86: Scout & Boo

The Design Arcade at Grand Designs Live is one of those places that just oozes inspiration and craftsmanship. And the best exhibitors are those that are relatively small and/or just starting out, and have something that’s completely different. This year’s show, back in May, was no different. In one of the smallest of spaces I found myself attracted to the decorative furniture of Scout & Boo., who were sharing a stand with Charlie Caffyn, who has some fantastically and timeless wooden furniture designs - which are also worth a look.

TREES

TREES

But the decorative approach for the mid-century furniture stole the show for me. The colours and vibrancy really appeals, and while a year or so ago if you’d asked me about the naked version of this era of furniture, I’d have said it wasn’t for me, it is increasingly growing on me. Now if you ask me I’ll say I’ll need a new, or suitably aged, house for everything I fall in love with.

MOUNTAIN SUNSET

MOUNTAIN SUNSET

I mean, how can this Mountain Sunset fail to bring a smile to anyone’s face?

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