The Marmalade House

Vanessa @ The Marmalade House, Lansdown Rd, Bath, UK

The Marmalade House in Bath sells a bespoke furniture chalk painting service and runs courses teaching the chalk painting techniques. They stock Annie Sloan paints and have branched out into selling their own products, each within the homely, rustic and muted colours of their brand.

Annie Sloan chalk painting @ The Marmalade House

The store was founded by Vanessa Sayce, and it was a real pleasure to shoot product for her website last week.  Trained in interior design, Vanessa is also a natural at styling and was at hand to art direct as we made our way around the products within the shop. She sells (among other things) picture frames, lights, cushions, tea towels, candles, bread boards, bowls and of course, paint.

Products available @ The Marmalade House

To see more about the courses, services or products available at the shop, visit:

Thanks Vanessa for a fun day and thanks for the yummy cheese scones!

The Bindery

Nola sewing pages, @ George Bayntun bindery

It was such a delight to photograph at the George Bayntun Book bindery in Manvers, St, Bath this week. Walking into the store is like walking into a museum. The shop at the front and the bindery in the back haven't changed since the business moved into the building in the 30's. Some of the talented professionals working in the bindery have been honing their skills for a long time, some for more than twenty years. 

Part of the process involves "forwarding" which is essentially preparing the books for binding, sewing the pages onto linen cords, preparing leather, paper and other materials used in the process, and gilding with gold to protect the pages from moisture and dust and headbands are sewn with silk thread

Tools are heated in the "finishing" process in order to letter or decorate the book in gilt or blind.  This bindery has thousands of tools and zinc & brass blocks.  The clock which can be found in the bindery is the old "clocking in" timer which historically, the staff used to clock-in their work hours.

The tools @ George Bayntun Bindery

The current owner of the business, Edward Bayntun-Coward told me a great anecdote about why the bindery is painted green - his grandfather had bought some green paint in bulk which was going cheap from the local mental hospital because apparently the colour was disturbing the patients! 

The Bindery

The manager Jeremy Peters, and all the staff were super sweet and gave a lot of their time to show me around and explain many of the processes. Thank you to all of you for making me feel so welcome. It was a real honour to have shot there. 

Jeremy Peters, Manager @ George Bayntun


Speckled-wood designs

Today I photographed product for Speckled-Wood designs. Anna and Matt, founders of Speckled-wood, create beautiful brooches, tree decorations and wall art, out of wood. Anna and Matt etch their designs onto the wood to produce intricate pieces of art. Each item needed to be photographed for their new website. Their studio is out in Claverton, surrounded by stunning countryside and nature where the duo often get their inspiration. Their product often feature things like dragonflies, moths, birds, butterflies and trees

tree decorations by Speckled-wood

Speckled-Wood won best chalet at this years Bath market and it's no surprise. Their delicate designs are truly stunning. 

Moth brooch by Speckled-Wood

Anna and Matt @ Speckled-wood

Product shoot for Lucy Simon Designs

Lucy Simon Designs: handmade candles

It was a treat to shoot for Lucy Simon today. Lucy owns a homewares store on Bartlett St in Bath, called "Article" where she sells locally produced artisan work and produce. In addition, Lucy also designs and makes her own scented and beeswax candles. The store changes seasonally so keep checking back to see new items on offer, many of which are hand-made.

Lucy Simon @ Article, Bartlett St, Bath (and her friend's dog, she was looking after for the day!)

Lucy will also be running candle-making workshops shortly. I might join up! It's so great to see the rise of designer-makers in Bath. It seems there's an endless realm of creativity here. 

"Article", Bath, UK

I'm so glad to have photographed the beautiful items in Lucy's shop. I've suggested we shoot four times a year to keep her website updated with seasonal changes.  Thanks Lucy for the lovely homemade pate sandwiches for lunch too!