Papa Stour (Scotland)
An anonymous decor8 reader commented today with a great tip on finding art for a nursery, the art of Kate George at Papa Stour (thanks anon!). I've browsed the site before, but I don't think I've ever written about them, so here's my chance. And yours, too. Prepare to fall head over heels. Ready?
This darling online store combines some of Scotlands most talented artists to offer some of the most unique and beautiful collections I've seen in a long time. The owner, designer and stylist Rosie Brown, has an amazing eye, immediately obvious upon entering her website. This online boutique features only items that she has specifically selected for their unique and fresh appeal. Inviting, inspiring, hand-crafted, and created only by Scottish artists, these are all what Rosie delivers in a very large way. Whether it's screen-printed Harris tweed cushions, hand turned wooden bowls, silver jewelery, landscape photography, or another special something that you seek, you are certain to find it at Papa Stour. (psst: Rosie herself designs home and fashion accessories available on the site.)
Brown tells us, "This is a vibrant period for contemporary arts and crafts in Scotland so Papa Stour is a unique link to the very best of what's happening today."
Her bio tells us that she holds a Master of Design from the Glasgow School of Art and that she has a background in textile design from her years in London and a freelance interior stylist where she was a regular contributor to Elle Decoration, Living Etc and Homes and Gardens (UK). Upon relocating back to Scotland, she decided to explore ways to promote and sell quality wares by Scottish artists and designers in a modern and accessible way.
From the looks of Papa Stour, she's not only accomplished her goal, but far exceeded customer expectations, at least mine. Sheesh. It's quite impressive. Taking you on a lovely journey as you browse the pages of her site, and far from being unaccessible, items are priced so that all can obtain a few of her fresh-plucked treasures.