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October 23rd, 2016

I photographed my friend Julia de Pauley’s house here  a couple of years ago. It changes all the time. She was designing some belts under her pseudonym, ‘shophound’ but her perfectionism meant that things were never finished. There again in September and October,  I took some more pictures. Here they are.

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A trio of John de Pauley’s small stone sculptures on the hearthstone.

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Equine plaster by John de Pauley.

The sitting room doubling up as a leather finishing workshop.

The sitting room doubling up as a leather finishing workshop.

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Tablescape in the corner of the sitting room, something like one of David Hicks’s but less knowing.

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John de Pauley’s small cast metal sculpture.

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Inside the front door

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New uses for a silver pepper pot

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Aidan in the hall, Jim Dandy belt

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Georgia de Pauley, Bamboo.

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Guardian horse figurine and horseshoe around the sitting room door lintel

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Julia’s worksheet

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The dining room with sheets drying

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and an old wooden tea caddy bought that morning at Bridport market

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Julia, drying linen and their dog Rocky, a handsome old Pointer cross who died on September 21st, after a slow sad decline.

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Kitchen cupboard, Greek Key design cups by Susie Cooper for Wedgwood.

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Tea ceremony. Julia likes gold cups, I think most of hers are by Royal Worcester. I covert the peculiar but charming Staffordshire dog milk jug.

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Charlie McCormick, florist, gardener and dealer in antiques, did the kind favour of standing in as model at the Old Parsonage, in shooting trews, old Harris tweed and his ‘Jim Dandy.’

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Archaeological lion belt.

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Julia has been working on these things ever since I’ve known her.  They are part of her very exquisite aesthetic, intrinsic to the way that she lives.   rapsondepauley.com

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NEXT WEEK: Domenica More Gordon, a maker and her family home in Scotland.

14 responses to “At home in West Dorset 2, Julia de Pauley.”

  1. Lovely to have you back!

  2. Very beautiful and inspiring. Especially taken by the worksheet and John’s sculptures – re the belts, well perfectionism pays off….. Really good to see thank you

  3. Deborah Graham says:

    May I reiterate how nice it is to have you back I have missed your touches of lovely Bohemia and true style!

    • Ruth says:

      Thank you, it’s lovely to be back, I’ve missed this and I hope next week’s – an old stone artist’s house in Scotland – will be rather beautiful.

  4. Whit says:

    Have been looking forward to your newest post!

  5. Martha Wade says:

    Yes, we’re glad you’re back and we missed your posts!

  6. Chris Boyne says:

    Interesting. I’s nice to see genuine clutter rather than the staged stuff to be found in most house shoots.
    Possibly the house has too much white?
    …and I noticed the horseshoe on the wall was in the ‘unlucky’ position!

  7. deby (in Canada) says:

    Lovely to see a post from you again- I always enjoy them… this home is a treat and her work a marvel. Charlie is the icing on the cake…
    Debycheers

  8. Ella says:

    How lovely to see this, and nice synchronicity! I just bought a Jim Dandy belt for my own dear dandy whose name is Jim for Xmas… he is notoriously difficult to get presents for and I am *delighted* with it!

  9. Ahhh rest assured the horse shoe is the right ‘ Lucky ‘ way around !!

  10. sarah says:

    Welcome back. How enjoyable it is to look at real interiors.

  11. Good morning!
    Beautiful photos, thank you! I like the word tablescape.

  12. pete stevenson says:

    Hi there – John de pauley is my cousin and I am trying to track down details for him and his sisters Sarah and Lizzie could you send me some details

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