creative spaces :: nancy & betty

Katie | February 22, 2012

Taking their name from Creative Director Hannah Bidmead’s Grandma and her twin sister, Nancy & Betty are purveyors of fine stationery…

Nancy & Betty You're Just My Type

I first came across them at the Whitstable Oyster Festival, and being a bit a stationery geek, was instantly smitten! So I was very excited when they got in touch to see if I’d like to feature their studio on my creative spaces series.

I have a strange obsession with map chests – it’s one of those items of furniture you only have when you’re properly creative, I think, and so always a great source of envy, for those of us who haven’t quite got there yet! This was one an eBay find – and I’m very impressed with the particularly neat labels.

Nancy & Betty plan chest with drawers open

…and it’s even more exciting when you see what’s inside.

Nancy & Betty fireplace

The studio is within Hannah’s home, and she’s gone to great lengths to create a really inspiring environment. The wallpaper is Grove Garden by Osborne and Little.

Nancy & Betty typewriters

And that’s not just through what’s on the walls, but also by surrounding herself with things she loves, like these vintage typewriters  and fabulous till (I used to have one just like it!) and these old Sellotape tins, variously sourced from eBay and an uncle’s house clearance…

Nancy & Betty Sellotape tins

Of course it helps that the products are gorgeous too…

Nancy & Betty rolls of wrapping paper

Nancy & Betty studio wall

Nancy & Betty tape

Further reading for the especially geeky:

Further Reading for the Especially Geeky ::

Founding Editor – Katie Treggiden

Having established confessions of a design geek in 2010, Katie Treggiden has gone on to a career in design journalism, writing for titles such as The Guardian, The Telegraph, Elle Decoration, Stylist, Design Milk and Ideal Home. In 2014, she launched Fiera, an independent magazine dedicated to discovering new talent at the world’s design fairs. Her second book, Makers of East London, was published in 2015.

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