Monday, 29 August 2011

Monday Inspiration – going green


Almost without exception whenever I see an avenue of trees or a tree “tunnel” (where the avenue meets overhead) I am instantly up lifted.  Maybe it’s the lush and fertile green colours, maybe it’s the glorious dappled light and maybe it’s the road and the journey. But what I do know is that it makes me smile and my heart light.

So, with that in mind I’m planning on bringing the outdoors in. House plants aren’t my cup of tea (always die very quickly in my un-capable hands) so instead I’m planning on a bold wallpaper. 

 “No pattern should be without some sort of meaning.”
- William Morris


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Monday, 22 August 2011

Monday Inspiration – cube illusion


I saw this online at Contemporist and fell head long in love. This cube appeals to me on so many levels and I think it looks pretty unbelievable too. I really want to handle it and feel the tactile nature of the wood and the voluptuous beauty.

The case is a simple cube, with a surface covered with geometric ornaments produced by CNC-woodturning. The case is diagonally symmetrical, so the storage section can be covered with the lid.

Cube Illusion by Laszio Tompa was selected on IFDA Asahikawa 2011 as a finalist.
Cube Illusion, 40 x 40 x 40 cm, cherry wood via: Contemporist

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Monday, 15 August 2011

Monday inspiration – Living with beautiful books


I really enjoy reading and those of you who follow me on Twitter will know I’m also part of a book club. My book taste is fairly eclectic but neatly falls into two categories – interesting fiction and design books. I find that literature can inspire me in so many ways – to go to places, to research and find out more, or just to whisk me away to another time or place.
Recently I’ve been re-reading some classics and my family thoughtfully decided to combine books with design and gave me a set of beautiful cloth covered books. Some are Clothbound Penguin Classics and some by White’s Books.
In September’s issue of Elle Décor Gwyneth Paltrow revealed her favorite things and her shortlist also includes clothbound Penguin classic’s (as well as De Gournay wallpaper – sigh). 

Maybe she should join my book club?
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Thursday, 11 August 2011

Treasure hunting in French Brocante and Vide-Greniers

Whilst in France last month I spent some time visiting different brocante (antiques fairs/flea market) and 'Vide Greniers' (literally translates as empty attic – think house clearance meets car boot sale) in the Dordogne region.


We visited a fantastic 'Vide Grenier' running alongside the Vézère River.  The 'Vide Grenier' took over the whole village where every nook and cranny had a blanket with wares displayed, every road full of tables piled high of nick knacks and curiosities.  Where the Brocantes are often filled with provincial dealers the 'Vide Grenier' feels much more casual with itinerant traders, families and individuals from the village opening make shift stalls.  
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Monday, 8 August 2011

Monday Inspiration


I’m really excited by brass and bronze at the moment. I’m sure if I sat and thought about it I could pin point why, but at the moment my magpie eye is drawn to these two metals.  I have brass in my own home already (Morrocan tray and punched pendant light, a couple of brass figurines and a beautiful brass cocktail table) but no bronze. So when I was flicking through Traditional Home magazine online the below image stopped me.

The marble-topped bronze coffee table is from Matthews & Parker Ltd, which is a US based company. 

Maybe it the beautiful amethyst tones in the flowers in such an elegant vase (from www2.lostcityarts.com) and certainly the small bowl on coffee table helps. But the photographer has caught the composition well and it makes the table just jump from the page for me.
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Monday, 1 August 2011

Monday Inspiration - Vintage Vehicle


Another red Citroën (see previous here) as Monday inspiration as seen at the Vintage Festival at the weekend.

It reminds me of the matchbox cars and tonka trucks I used to have as a kid – I used to line them up in the order of the colour of the rainbow.… Must have been a sign

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