Friday, 30 March 2012

Weekend Wishlist {1stDibs}

I can’t believe how quickly the weekend has come around. It’s been a busy week but a rewarding one.  I’m hoping that this weekend I can final start finalising the palette for my own home project. If money was no object I wouldn’t be adverse to a few of these items making their way into my home. All these gorgeous items are found on 1stDibs

Product source 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Monday, 26 March 2012

Monday Inspiration {as Mad as a March Hare}

I just can not get over the glorious weather we are experiencing, its hard to believe its only March. It will probably mean a horrible summer or something. I hope not.
Well this mad march weather has made me excitable and unpredictable and behaving not unlike a "March hare", I’ve been shopping for garden furniture. Yes in March. I’ve also booked a hot holiday in May and I’m about to start a new yoga course. I think the sun has got to me….
Bright, Bold and on its way, lovely things from Fermob for my courtyard garden.

Or maybe it's because my lovely husband is in the Far East. He gave me a fantastic description of a factory in Vietnam that sounded straight out of Willy Wonka. Although I don't think they got anywhere on a boat but he was given sugar cane to drink!


Friday, 23 March 2012

Thank goodness it’s FRIDAY

The week has thundered past and now the weekend is approaching.  It’s really felt like Spring has sprung, what with warmer weather and spring tides.

On sunday we stopped in at the Chocolate festival. Lots of yummy goodies to be tried and tested - just walking through I think I gained 3kg.
Then yesterday I took the opportunity to get to the beach for low tide (its below average due to spring tides) so that Milo could play in the sand, which he really enjoys. 
He also took part in a micro-photoshoot with the lovely Rhian down on the beach. She captured some lovely shots of him even though he wouldn’t really play along with the process. If you’d like to have your dog photographed for your walls contact Rhian at Brighton Dog Photography
With weekend upon us I hope the sun continue to shine although I have plans to continue with my spring-cleaning – read more in my post for hearthome magazine. Mostly though I wish you all a sunny weekend.


Thursday, 22 March 2012

Curves in all the right places

I came across the new lounge Autoban have designed for the Turkish Airlines in Istanbul, Turkey. It’s like no business lounge I’ve ever seen.  Consisting of a combination of spheres within the airports existing structure they create wonderful airy divisions. Entry to each new sphere/section is through black-rimmed circular openings.  Each sphere or module is dedicated to a different activity such as a restaurant, tea garden, library, movie theater and so on, each with a different interior design.

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

At home with Abigail Ahern

Before Christmas I enjoyed a fantastically informative day with the lovely, eclectic and very stylish Abigail Ahern. I attended one of her workshops and was blown away by her generosity of knowledge.   You’ve probably seen the fantastic pictures that the Selby shot of her home but it really doesn’t compare with getting up close and personal with it – and being able to ask where the specific shade of purple/plum come from!

I completely agree with Abigail’s mantra “painting a space a different hue is one of the most transformative things you can do ". Plus it’s cheap!

Her dogs Mungo and Maud were clearly at home on her dark and moody scheme. And I came away with some useful thoughts on how to vary the intensity of colour and bring a little more quirkiness/humour to interiors. Here are some of the pictures Abigail graciously allowed me to take in her home.

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

For Art’s Sake {picture walls}

The arrangement of art, photographs and other objects is in itself an art form. I love grouping or collage style hanging. In my home we have a “glory” wall, which has a mixture of art and photo’s, all hung together. There is though, just as much need for symmetrical displays, series, shelf displays, floor leans etc to create a balanced and pleasing display.

Neat and geometric v collaged and eclectic, it’s a personal choice. For a grid approach having identical (or almost identical) frames is important. What’s actually inside the frames can vary wildly; it’s the frames that keep it sharp and together, providing a clean organised appearance. The only down side to a grid is the precision hanging.  

Monday, 19 March 2012

Monday Inspiration {Miami Beach and Candy Brights}

Candy brights and colour blocking are still high on the agenda for 2012. This very Miami palette is summed up in the below advert for Mac cosmetics Viva Glam – hot pink, sunshine yellow, turquoise all set off against a deep blue/navy.  A great look achievable through accessories on the high street.  

Saturday, 17 March 2012

Happy St. Patrick’s Day {green interiors}

Wishing everyone a wonderful St. Patrick’s Day, hope you all celebrate in style. I’ll be glued to the rugby and hubby will be tucking into the Guinness.

In honour of St. Patrick I’ve taken inspiration from the humble shamrock. The great craft idea is from Paper and Ink and can easily become a shamrock by using 3 leaves rather than 4 (which represents a 4 leaf clover).
Image source can be found on pinterest here


Friday, 16 March 2012

Hot off the Press New Heart Home Magazine Spring '12

Have you seen the new Spring edition of Heart Home magazine launched today. So many wonderful features including designer Tina Bernstein, graphics guru's Mini Moderns, designer Catherine Hammerton and interiors stylist Marie Nichols showcasing their homes shown within the pages.

Plenty of eye candy so be sure to pay them a visit!
All pictures above by the talented James Balston


Tuesday, 13 March 2012

My pretty has arrived...

When I was in Stockholm before Christmas I fell in love with the Lean floor lamp by Orsjo.  I first spotted it in the Malmsten store and then I just kept seeing it everywhere.

Monday, 12 March 2012

Monday Inspiration {Hockney}

For my Birthday I spoilt by friends and family and had a truly lovely long weekend. One such spoiling was from my good friend Chrysta who whisked me to the Hockney exhibition at the Royal Academy (courtesy of the Yorkshire Tourist board and Chrysta’s own Village Farm B&B).

It was busy and slightly crowded but oh-my-goodness was it good. The exhibition, A Bigger Picture is devoted to a single genre landscapes and specifically those around Bridlington, the small Yorkshire seaside town where Hockney lives (and just down the road from my friend Chrysta). The whole exhibition if filled with punchy colour with canvas after canvas of fields, hedgerows and trees. 

There were literally hundreds of pictures to see and I can’t wait to go back again. It’s so awe-inspiring and clearly Hockney’s time in Los Angeles has been a big impact. Not just in terms of colour but also the subject of rolling hills and winding roads – something Yorkshire has in common with LA.  There is also whole room filled with 50 large prints of his ipad artwork of Yorkshire – I really want to know what app that is. 

My over whelming impression though is of grids. So many pictures are actually comprised of grouped canvas’ and others are hung as grids – such as his watercolours. Now I want to organise everything into grids and I mean everything….

Images above by Mary Middleton and Royal Academy


Friday, 9 March 2012

Chaos and Control {white rooms}

Do you ever feel like your life gets a little out of control? Maybe it’s not enough hours in the day or that chaos has taken over your life? Sometimes it’s simply that its not going the way it should?  It’s at these times I find myself focusing in on calm zen-like spaces. Minimalist white cubes where thoughts are orderly and serene…. Well that’s what I like to think anyway and I certainly find looking at rooms like the below very calming – even if its only temporarily. 

I lived in a “white box” for a while. It was all white because it suited the buildings Grade II architecture and the huge windows (one whole wall of the living room) – it was a mid-century gem by Sir Denys Lasdun. However I did struggle with keeping everything out of the way and chaos was overtaken by obsession instead! But even so, when times are a little too frantic I find the viewing of simple white interiors brings calmness.

The zen space above by SAMI-arquitectos is also A+ rated in terms of energy efficiency. To see more images of House C:Z visit Daily Icon here
The above gorgeous calm space is by the architecture practice ASKarchitects in the landmark Piraeus building in Athens. The historic features are still visible even though the building has been “whited out”. To see more images click here

To see more white & pure spaces visit my pinterest board

Image source 1, 2, 3,


Thursday, 8 March 2012

Today over at Heart Home – Mothers Day

Mothers day is just around the corner and if like me you feel it’s become a little less special in recent years check out my post here


Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Timeout Tuesday {cute alert}

So I’m back from a fabulous trip with my lovely husband who completely spoilt me. I’ll post all about the Hockney exhibition, The Soho Hotel and Kit Kemp’s fantastic designs and also about Bob Bob Ricard designed by David Collins Studio.

In the meantime I had to share some silliness that landed in my inbox. I think everyone knows I love dachshunds but this is too cute for words….. and very silly but I hope its true.

This very kind looking dachshund is fostering a little piglet, as his mother couldn’t take care of him. Whilst he is a little bigger than her pups she seems to love him just like her own and is nursing him back to health. Say hello to Pink the piglet-puppy.

Thursday, 1 March 2012

Big Day - Happy 1st March

Today is Saint David’s day (the patron saint of Wales) whose feast day is celebrated on the 1st March. It’s also my birthday and I’m going to be missing in action for a couple of days as my DH is taking me away… lucky girl that I am.

So that you can share my birthday I baked a cake – you’re all welcome to some.

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