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.

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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.

Nicolette Tabram Designs Bureau 3

However, for the less crafty among us (like, me), the pieces that come ready-stencilled are perfect as they are.

school chairs 4

Not only are the patterns beautiful, the colours are super-smart.  I love the red in particular, although the blue-grey is gorgeous, too.

drawers close

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.

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