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sneak peek: megan price + robert shadbolt

by anne

Designer Megan Price (of Mr.PS) and illustrator Robert Shadbolt have lived in 4 cities, and 5 different houses over the past 5 years so they were thrilled to find this Victorian home which is walking distance from the vibrant, cultural city of Manchester, England. They bought it two years ago in an empty, neglected state, so it’s been a long, slow processes fixing it up themselves while working and running their own freelance businesses. Gradually they are making it a light, bright space and breathing new life into it with clean, simple colors, and filling it with their collections of ceramics, books and graphic ephemera. So far they’ve tackled the kitchen, main living area and one of the bedrooms, while the rest of the house remains it its original shabby chic style. Thanks Megan and Robert! –Anne

Image above: We were stuck with this fireplace when we moved in, and so I thought we’d better make a feature of it, hence the eggplant paint. It’s a great place to arrange our jugs and vases. The Ed Carpenter Pigeon Light is from Utility Design.

Image above: The bedroom is painted in skylon grey, which is calm, as surprisingly warm. The G-Plan wardrobe, chest of drawers and bedside tables were a hand-me-down wedding present from some family friends, who themselves had been given them as a wedding present 25 years previously. They were looking to update, so we were thrilled to give them a new lease of life. The woven Lloyd Loom chair we picked up at a garage sale. The previous owners had spray painted it gold, and I was planning to neutralise it, but the gold has grown on me. The curtains are Greenwich Village by Designers Guild, the printed leaves are in shades of grey, black, green and gold.

More images of Megan and Robert’s home continue after the jump!

Image above: I love you tea towel (in clip frame) by Unity Peg. The Venetian mirror has finally found a home after years of being stored wrapped in bubble wrap as we moved round rented properties with flimsy walls. The chest of drawers was swapped with a friend, who had no room for it anymore, for a drinks cabinet that didn’t fit in this house. I changed the handles for these decorated porcelain ones.

Image above: The lampshade is by Helen Rawlinson, the base is made in Anglesey, but found in a secondhand shop. The Funny handbag is by Antoni & Alison and is too lovely to store away when not in use.

Image above: The dining room and kitchen are linked, the diner being the main room we hang out in, the kitchen is a small space through an archway. This image shows the dining room bookcase with cookbooks and loose recipes torn from magazines; one day I will get round to collating this into an orderly fashion. The lamp is by  Helen Rawlinson and the coffee pot is by Glazed and Confused. The mini Mini was bought for a pocket-money sum from a child having a yard sale of unwanted toys. The curtain fabric shown here is from IKEA.  The original Ministry of Food war-time print is from a vintage sale.

Image above: Thrifted oval mirror, the wooden letterpress letters were a Valentines gift to ourselves that we found in a local antiques shop. The Iden lamp is an ebay find, which complements the small red Danish vase. My collection of small porcelain trinket boxes were my grandmother’s.

Image above: Our compact kitchen is light and bright with gloss white units and brightly colored tiles. The walls are kept neutral, painted in truffle.

Image above: Between us we have amassed quite a collection of vintage and contemporary ceramics, and as well as using them we wanted to be able to decorate our home with them. We were inspired by the rustic scaffold plank shelves in our one of our favourite cafe hangouts, Northern Tea Power. These we made with wood direct from a timber merchants, treated with beeswax, mounted on simple aluminium brackets. The two vintage cabinets underneath create a free-form dresser. The table is a classic Heals, but sourced on eBay for a steal.

Image above:  Two vintage tins from our collection, and vinegar bottles from a local shop which sells everything.

Image above: Vintage painted Poole vases, Italian bowls, and Ursula jug from Skandium.

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  • So great to finally see a sneak peak on D*S that has an adventurous and sophisticated use of color on the walls and in the decor. I love this place!

  • What is the print reflected in the mirror in the first photo? Is it a bus timetable? I grew up in Costessey (pronounced ‘Cossey’) and squeaked when I saw the print!
    Thanks for sharing your lovely, colourful home!

  • I want that stove! I see them in many places but so often they look bigger than necessary. This one is sized just right.

    They color tiles behind it are absolutely delightful.

  • Light bright and lovely, just like all the Mr.PS goodies. I love the purple fire place and the yellow kitchen and shelves. A big thank you for showing off ‘me old lampshades’ Megan. It all looks fab. x

  • Thanks everyone for all your lovely comments.

    Here’s a few responses to specific points.

    >Anne-Marie – Well spotted! It is an original letterpress poster from 1893 advertising a farm auction in Costessey, we bought it from a vintage sale in Norwich, all folded up, so the poster hadn’t travelled far in all those years, until now!

    >Cheltz – yes, this is the spare bedroom. The colour on the walls is called Tuscan Rose, in different lights it can look pinker and lighter or deeper and darker.

    >Eileen 2 – yes it tooks us ages to find a small stove that would fit, but also had a double oven for using seperately. Luckily we did find one in the end!

    >Helen – Thanks, the lampshades look good don’t they! The dining room is actually a pale green, called willow, rather than yellow, but it’s nice and sunny still isn’t it.

    Thanks again everyone, glad you liked our sneek peek,

  • Hi Annah, The main bedroom is painted with Skylon grey, the other with Tyrian Rose. The dining room is painted with Willow. Thanks, Megan.