ELLE Magazine Feature

2014-10-02 12.35.04I have a typewriter featured in ELLE magazine this month! They chose to feature the pastel blue Olivetti Lettera 32, classic choice. I believe Claire La Secrétaire is now officially “trendy” 😉  I sell this particular model on http://www.notonthehighstreet.com, £400 as well as a vibrant red or mint green option.


My Pastel Collection


If I was in a situation where I had to make the really tough decision about which of these colour combinations to pick, I think I’d go for the blue and yellow. Yep. Decision made. There is something Wes Anderson-y about the blue and yellow.. It makes me think of The Life Aquatic, one of my favourite films. What about you?!

Apricot and Pastel Green Style


Hello everybody, how are you today? Good I hope.

I’ve been busy working on a new design for my latest typewriter! I decided to go a bit 2 tone pattern vibe for this one. I just can’t seem to get away from pastels, every time I try, the colours somehow become pastel again…

Anyway – this is Avril. That’s her name. She is an apricot and pastel green Royalite with white detailing. The Royalite is officially my favourite model of typewriter. It’s so ergonomic, there is something so satisfying about hitting the keys on this typewriter. The keys don’t clunk, they feel very tight and quite soft, there’s no loud rattling of the metal, the padding on the back of the type basket really helps produce this soft satisfying feel when you type, as well as some kind of mysterious magic that clearly happens inside the mechanisms.

The carriage return lever is longer than average, and so shiny and curvy! You can reach it with ease when you’re typing a super urgent article for the telegraph or something. But you’d probably be best off with some technology for that really.

So as much as I want to keep this for myself, it is going up in the shop this week.

Have you been up to anything creative recently? I’d love to hear about it even if it’s not pastel coloured…


Watercolour Apricot Typewriter

This was a typewriter I painted a few months ago, now it is living in Canada, but remains immortalised in my studio through the medium of watercolour! I will be painting my favourite past pieces as watercolours and putting them together in a collection, maybe for a print set, or postcard set.. not sure yet. I hope you’re all having a great Sunday! I’m off to eat lots of lovely BBQ food now. See you later!
Watercolour Apricot Typewriter

Me and My New Baby… Hermes Baby

It feels like I’ve been working on this powder pink Hermes Baby typewriter for ever! But it is finally finished, and will be shipped off to Belguim this week! I decided to make the badge the same green as the keys, rather than the original steel, just as an extra touch. Here’s a picture of me posing. I think I look a bit smug, but I’ve just got the sun in my eyes… believe!
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Delicious Hermes Baby

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I always seem to connect colours with foods, especially anything pastel. This Hermes baby is really making me crave mint and strawberry icecream. I don’t even know if that exists, but it should.

The Hermes baby comes with these gorgeous mint green keys, and I stripped off the original grey / green paint and repainted the body in a soft baby pink. The colours work so well togethere so it would have been a shame to refurbish the mint, so we agreed it looked better with the keys left in the colour they are. As it is, it looks utterly unique now and rather fetching.

The customer for this particular order requested an Azerty keyboard – the French style instead of the qwerty we are so used to, so I imported this one from France for her.
After touching up the space key, and finishing the pink paintwork it will be a real beaut. 🙂