Monday, 24 August 2015

Got to have it – Yellow

I’m a fan of yellow in the home – I have yellow doors to my kitchen and a fantastic yellow and white geometric rug in my living room. I have yellow upholstered vintage dining chairs, ahhh yes and my current favourite bedlinen is yellow and grey in pattern. Hmmmm that’s more yellow than I thought I had. This week’s got to have it is mostly about yellow. Enjoy.

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Got to have it - Glamour

A girl’s got to dream and my dreams are always filled with redecoration ideas. As you will know I’m always finding things on 1stDibs there are so many lust worthy items there.  Today’s curated items are just shouting modern glamour luxe. An aesthetic that works well if you don’t have toddlers (unless you have a daily house keeper and a nanny) and have a large expansive living space.

I'm particularly taken with the two artworks of Joseph McGlennon which would freak my husband out but I just love.  Doesn't the armchair by Flemming Lassen designed in 1936 look fantastic today. And very very comfy.

Friday, 14 August 2015

Keeping that holiday feeling - design tips

It’s so lovely coming back from holidays rejuvenated, refreshed and with a spring in your step. It’s also amazing how quickly that feeling fades and if you’re really unlucky the holiday blues set in.  Ever since technology has allowed us to travel the world by high-speed train and aeroplanes, the world has become a smaller and more accessible place.  Keeping that holiday feeling is so important when you get back to your home and your “regular” life.  Consciously or unconsciously ‘home’ is often about familiar surroundings and things.  It’s why your bed at home is often the comfiest. Taking that holiday feeling home is about engaging with our senses.

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Lately Lusting for Art - Sydney Ball

I’d never heard of Australian artist Sydney Bell, although he’s quite well known in art circles having studied in New York with Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko. As you can imagine his work is all about colour. In fact his abstracts are absolutely bursting with colour combinations and deep colour process.  
He originally studied to be an architect, which came as no surprise when I read in an interview that he said 

Monday, 10 August 2015

Amara Interior Blog awards – please vote hellopeagreen

It’s a big deal to me and I can’t quite believe it but I have been nominated for an Amara Interior Blog award in the BEST INTERIOR DESIGNER OR STYLIST BLOGS category.  There are some seriously big hitting interior design firms and blogs in this section and I am hugely honoured to be alongside so many amazing bloggers.

Being part of this vibrant community of interior, décor and design bloggers has been a rewarding part of my life and given me opportunities that I just didn’t know existed when I decided to change career direction.  Whilst my blog is relatively small and it takes time and dedication to keep it moving forward it’s something that I thoroughly enjoy doing. When I received the email saying I had been nominated it made me realize that someone somewhere also thinks I’m creating great content and enjoys what I write. That in itself was a shot of confidence in my arm.

In fact this year there are 589 blogs in 15 categories to vote for to win a 2015 Amara interior blog award #IBA15 - a huge increase from 2014 when there were 270. I’m in a category with some people who will have huge mailing lists, so I’d really appreciate if you could spread the word.  I would love to have your support in voting for hellopeagreen if you like what I write about here.  Voting closes on 18th September 2015 and short list announced 28th September.

Everyone who votes will be entered into a draw for a luxury holiday for two on Italy’s romantic Amalfi Coast with Amara and Exsus. 

Voting for the awards has started and so I would love to have your support in voting for hellopeagreen.  Please, every vote counts – link here.

To find out more about Amara visit here.


Monday, 3 August 2015

Inside Out. Polish Graphic Design and Illustration

Last May when I was in New York for BlogtourNYC I visited an exhibition as part of WantedDesign 2015 called Inside Out. Polish Graphic Design and Illustration in the Making, an exhibition organized by  It featured some of the best of Polish graphic design and illustration. The exhibition didn't just focus on the end product of the poster, the book, the plate, the magazine, etc but also on the creative process, which I found very interesting.

Although technology is often the go to for these skill sets and is ever more advanced, the creation of a new illustration or a new graphic design is often rooted in the hands-on craft of cutting, gluing, sketching and drawing.  The exhibition showcased hand-made, hand-produced, and hand-thought. Three of my favourite are shown below not least because of the use of colour just made me heart sing. 

Bożka Rydlewska is an illustrator and graphic artist. After graduating from the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow, she moved to Sweden, to attend the School of Design and Crafts in Gothenburg and I'm sure I'm not the only person who thinks her work would look amazing on fabric.
Joanna Górska and Jerzy Skakun graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk and soon after they started their own graphic studio called Homework. Their areas of expertise include graphic design for publications and posters as well as visual identity design for cultural events. This fantastic wallpaper would be amazing fun in a kids playroom or even a small w/c.
Kwiaty & Miut is a Poznań flower shop that creates one-of-a-kind floral compositions inspired by the beauty of nature. The flower shop’s founders Łukasz Marcinkowski and Radek Berent created this tableware pattern as a limited edition for the Bolesławiec company. The company has been making ceramics since the 14th century using a special variety of clay from the region in a distinctive blue colour. Totally beautiful and a very delicate take on a traditional blue and white pattern.

How to use vintage pieces in your home

My love of vintage is well documented here. As far as I'm concerned there isn't much better than a morning spent hunting for vintage and pre-loved bits and bobs. If you’re a lover brocantes or flea markets integrating those impulse finds into your home can be a head scratching moment once you’ve got your purchases home. I now have to stop myself, almost forcibly, from buying any more chairs. Well at least until I get storage container or something else of that sort. One couple who don't seem to have that challenge is Andrew and Erica behind The Other Duckling, an eclectic online store full of great vintage homewares, delightful home accessories and gifts most of it with a vintage vibe. Their lovely home is a delightful mix of their vintage finds, homely accessories, and bright colourful contemporary items and wallpaper. 
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