Wouldn’t You Though?
I came across Nicolette Tabram’s beautifully stencilled furniture only recently, and I love how every piece is – quite literally – one of a kind.
Nicolette trained as a printed textile designer, then worked as a designer for all kinds of big high street names, including Monsoon. For the last five years, she’s been designing and painting old furniture instead – and the results are gorgeously original.
If you think stencilling is all a bit passé and oh-so-90s, then her designs really do bring it right up to date. I love the combination of vintage furniture – old school desks, chests of drawers, nested tables, and so on – with modern designs and colours that get their inspiration from all over.
And if you fancy having a go yourself, you can also buy stencils designed by Nicolette – and she runs workshops, too, if you’d like to learn how to do it properly.
However, for the less crafty among us (like, me), the pieces that come ready-stencilled are perfect as they are.
Not only are the patterns beautiful, the colours are super-smart. I love the red in particular, although the blue-grey is gorgeous, too.
While the stencils are sold all over the world, there are only a handful of UK stockists. Right here in Herts, you can find her gorgeous work at the Hertfordshire Craft Collective – a hidden gem if ever there was one. Tucked away in Battlers Green Farm, it’s a veritable treasure trove of vintage, retro and lovely new things – including Nicolette’s painted furniture and stencils. Definitely worth checking out.