Archive for October, 2013

A Radical Flower Movement in Bloomsbury 2013


Looking back to the days when families living in Bloomsbury slums were encouraged by Haddon Parks to grow geraniums in window boxes, to improve polluted air quality. He then showcased them in a festival that would inspire the visitors to make a positive change in their own lives, resulting in a glorious atmosphere.

I had the idea to recreate this in the shop window with specially designed Floral decoupage plates for the Bloomsbury Festival that happened a couple of weeks ago. Next year we plan to get the whole street involved. The results might be riotous on the eyes. 











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Introducing Pentreath & Hall Patterned Papers

I was watching Crufts earlier this year and playing around with patterns I’d taken out of Batty Langley’s ‘Treasury of Design’, tiling them together  and colouring them in. When the idea came to me that perhaps Ben and I could turn them into wrapping papers.

For a while we’d been wanting a project to do together but we weren’t quite sure what it was, we knew it would be called Pentreath & Hall. We thought we might start an antique shop, which looking back now seems crazy. I guess it was a round about and necessary thought process to go through to reach the conclusion, in May (the weekend I stayed in Dorset and we visited the Bluebell Wood) that we would go into business together.

It was staring us in the face really, I would buy a half share of the shop. A project we were already doing together. And we would start our own little range of products, the first being the Pentreath & Hall Patterned Papers. After months of carefully laying out our partnership agreement and endlessly colouring in and working out colour ways. In mid September we became business partners and paper traders.


Layout 1




Hours were spent colouring in, a bit of a chore but worth it for all the felt tips we got to buy.



Colouring in would get pretty manic, more than once we’d step away with burgeoning migraines. 


The end result! Four patterns with three colour ways.




If you are interested in stocking our papers, do email me at to request a set of sample papers and a price list.

Behold! The papers in my new studio!!!!


Private View: Wednesday 23rd October, 6pm.

London Curiosity

Calling all Detail Freaks!

Part Time Studio Assistant Wanted for Bridie Hall at Home

Bridie Hall is currently looking for a part time studio assistant for 1-2 days a week. They will be required to help out with the preparation and finishing of products along with maintaining a neat and tidy studio.

The studio assistant would ideally have a design/painting background with a basic understanding of gesso, gilding, lacquering, though not essential. They will be working with a broad range of products, decouapge plates, intaglio boxes, geometric shapes, scented candles. Photography and styling know how would be an added advantage. The more skill they are willing to pick up and assist with the more work there will be going forward.

The candidate must be meticulous, listen to and follow instruction carefully, have excellent attention to detail, be capable of prioritising their workload and able to be confidently left alone to carry out their work. A tidy and methodical approach to work is of upmost importance.

The studio is based in Bloomsbury, Central London, alongside interiors store Ben Pentreath Ltd.

Hourly rate £7.00/hour

Please email c.v. and anything you may think relevant to

Available to start immediately.