One way to make some really effective art for your walls is to use a sample of some beautiful wallpaper. Artwork should always tie in to its surrounding linking in to it's colour, line or shape for instance. Creating that relationship will make your art sit comfortably in the space. One last thing don't be tempted to scrimp on the width of the mount as it can make all the difference. Below I have used quite a soft paper of light floating feathers that suit both the colours and calm, monochrome surroundings.
Every year I am drawn to visit Spain and this year was no exception. I love playing about with the textures and light in my photography.
Having now caught the bug for regular short breaks to Devon and Cornwall for mini holidays (this is my third this year) I recently ended up in beautiful Sidmouth having just walked 12 miles on the Southwest coastal path. Where do designers get their inspiration from?? Anywhere and everywhere and any travel provides an opportunity for new prospectives.
On a recent trip to Cornwall I discovered a great new company called Whistlefish. . Producing greeting cards, notebooks and seaside art whilst supporting independent artists which I love. Great for presents and pastel coloured art. Could inspire a decorating scheme in a child's bedroom. Check out their website https://www.whistlefish.com
Never write off old furniture. The important thing is to look at the shape. Can it convert to a contemporary look by a lick of paint? Here, I gave a rather 'orange' blanket box a new look by losing the mock black metal strapping and giving it a few coats of paint using a good quality paint (Farrow and Ball). Always make sure you take your time preparing your piece and use a primer before you start on your top coats.
So why would you spend a lot on cutlery - isn’t an ordinary box you pick up from your local supermarket going to get the job done - well, yes and no..
Think of it, your mouth and finger tips are the most sensorily developed part of your body. Sensations from touch channel though your body and mind creating an emotional response.
Great restauranteurs have learnt the art of elevating the dining experience. By offering diners high quality crockery and cutlery or (flatware) to use its proper name, it can change a good restaurant experience and into a great dining experience
Having recently purchased a set of quality cutlery from Robert Welsh (www.robertwealch.com) I am definitely converted!
Ok, so we may not use them on every occasion but just to make that mid week supper or a Sunday brunch feel a little more elevated try using some great designed pieces. It will make all the difference.
The French has been dining this way for years, it is part of their culture. Spending time on their presentation, creating a welcoming experience and making a little go a long way. This often translates into enjoying a smaller portion as you also tap into your sense of touch.
Remember in the words of Virginia Wolf from her text A Room of Ones Own.
“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.”
Again, another great magazine to get inspiration, ideas and understanding of interiors is the magazine Livingetc. Very much London based and high end influenced, this very contemporary and modern magazine takes it’s inspiration from properties all over the world. Typically featuring homes from the US, Australia and New Zealand as well as London, it gives great ideas and articles for key looks as well as current and future trends in interior design and architecture. It also has some great regular features such as industry expert short get to know profiles and short contemporary articles on design classics.
This is again one of my personal favourites and one of the best ones on the market, I subscribe monthly. As you would expect it is available in many on line mediums to suit you as an individual and you can sign up for a email newsletter.
It is currently priced at £4.20 per issue.
My aim here is to capture moments or thoughts around design. I am constantly inspired by the London design exhibitions, photography and design publications. In fact I get my inspiration from so many places.. By sharing these experiences and thoughts with you I hope to both educate and inform.