sneak peek: emma jeffs

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Emma Jeffs is a UK-based designer, maker, researcher and educator with a focus on textile, surface and product design. Her background blends craft and industry experience and takes a flexible approach to working on a variety of projects, from window films for sale and as custom work to developing a line of neckwear and serving as a business mentor. When her daughter was born, she moved her office into her home to spend more time with her, but now that she is older, Emma has moved out again to find a better balance and separation between work and life. She resides in southwest London in a 1960s home next to a large park. The style of her home is a constantly evolving collection of all the things she loves. Thanks, Emma, and thanks to Akemi Kurosaka for the photos!— Anne

Image above: Our kitchen; we did this all ourselves. When we moved in we had no kitchen — not even a sink! My partner is a chef, so lots of work surfaces are a must and everything has its place. You can see a little piece of my Otto window film, which is stuck onto the glass in the door frame. You can also see in this pic that we still have to finish boxing in the oven!


Image above: A snippet from my daughter’s room, including the paper birds I picked up before she was born. They cast wonderful shadows. My Otto window film is stuck onto an old cupboard that I didn’t have time to paint before she was born. The basket-size teacup I got from a trade show I exhibited at. A polystyrene manufacturing company had produced them to demonstrate how polystyrene could be moulded. I think they should put it into production, as everyone who sees it loves it. When my daughter was a little baby, she loved sitting in it.

See more of Emma’s London home after the jump . . .


Image above: This is an old library card drawer set. My partner bought it and put it in our kitchen. Each drawer contains a different kitchen knife.


Image above: I saw this shelf idea in a café and convinced my partner that we could recreate it in our kitchen. It’s great; it keeps all our oils, spices etc. within easy access and the worktop clear for cooking.


Image above: Living room with various artworks from friends and family. All my family are artists who work in print in some form. I also have framed some Kaffe Fassett fabrics. They remind me of my childhood, as my mother was big fan. The rug is from Ikea and so is the sofa (but I changed the legs).


Image above: Our bedroom with my wall stickers produced for the V&A museum.


Image above: A riot of colour and pattern. I think this photo highlights my passion for pattern and colour . . . and pumps & clogs!


Image above: My notice board changes all the time, and the collection of cards are inspirations for colour. Books you can never have to many.


Image above: This collection of tin toys were my late mother’s; they are very precious to me. The tin cable car (on the top) was one she bought for me when we lived in San Francisco.


Image above: A snippet of an area in my studio at home. Fabric curtains from Ikea hiding my enormous fabric collection. On the wall are some test strips of my wall ribbon product, Gingham and Lace. You can stick them horizontally or vertically. I hope to produce more of these this year.


Image above: We built this glass extension on the house. It is lovely to be able to see directly into the garden throughout the year. The room is mainly used as a play space for my little girl, and sometimes it becomes a dance floor for our summer garden parties. When we moved here, the garden was just a patch of dirt. I have slowly transformed it, building the timber planters and laying the paving and then planting. I was not a gardener at all until we bought this house, and nearly all the plants were cuttings given to me by friends and family. I have loved seeing the plants establishing themselves. I am now hooked on growing and gardening.

  1. What a beautiful home…it looks so lived-in and loved-in. I like that ;)

  2. Sarah says:

    what a gorgeous garden and glass room! gives me ideas for landscaping our little backyard :)

  3. Marianne says:

    Gorgeous! Who knew window film could look so beautiful!!

  4. i love the way the art is displayed in the living room.

  5. Amy says:

    Love! How do I order the window film? Is it only available in the UK?

  6. Rosa says:

    so beautiful garden

  7. isabel says:

    the window film is available on public design (i think) and 2Jane.

  8. Linda K. says:

    Love it! So simple and cozy.

  9. Danianoo says:

    I think I recognise this house from my train ride into London Victoria. If it is I must say how much I enjoy passing your lovely home on my commute. If not its a lovely home anyway!!

  10. Love it all! Those little notes are so cute!

  11. JillBetty says:

    I love the garden room. Are the windows terribly difficult to keep clean?

  12. says:

    Lovely house! No doubts : “This is home”.

  13. decotales says:

    What a lovely family home. I’ve used that gorgeous geometric print Ikea fabric for some window seat cushions – love the combination of the grey and olive green… And I couldn’t agree more about the giant tea cup – I love it!

  14. Louise says:

    Love your customization of the Ikea sofa. I think I have the same one so my question is where did you get the great legs?!

  15. Kevin Louis says:

    I love Emma Jeffs stuff! I just found out 2Jane.com (a site with all her Window Film Prints) is doing a 30% off deal with the promotional code: DESIGNER30. So if anybody is interested, 2jane.com – Decorative Window Film. Such a steal.

  16. daisy says:

    Nice home, I like the chairs with the blue cushions.

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