ISSUE 22  |  Australia and Beyond

Tea with the Queen of Homemade

May 28, 2012 3:30 PM

BY Christine Chang Hanway

Sania Pell, the UK queen of the homemade, invited us for tea recently. Here's the story:

Pell started posting on DIY matters about a year ago; ever since, we've been checking in on her creative genius. So when her book, The Homemade Home for Children, launched, we were curious to learn what she was up to.

Photography by Rahel Weiss.

Above: Fluorescent ribbons tied around linen napkins add a dash of color.

Above: Pell uses painted terra-cotta flower pots as containers; she repurposes glass milk bottles as vases.

Above: Vegetables as decor.

Above L: Pell uses bright pink Dymo Label Makers (the message? "Arti, Don't Choke"). Source the Dymo Label Maker ($9.90) from Amazon. Above R. Pell favors tableware in muted tones from Brickett Davda.

Above: Pell freezes flowers and slices of fruit into ice cubes.

Above: A vintage clock (painstakingly restored) keeps time in Pell's kitchen.

Above: The Homemade Home for Children is available in the US for $16.29 from Amazon.