My Kind of Architectural Box

If pinned down I would say my favourite architecture type would be Georgian. Houses from this period just have so much scope, and the ‘bones’ are so good. However when it comes to modern design I find myself enjoying most the minimal box.

The simple relationship between glass and wood are what make me happy, framing vistas effortlessly. Giant behemoths of buildings elegantly protruding from the landscape. I have chosen these few architectural boxes, not just for their beauty but for the calm they bring. Who would have thought something so big, bold and striking can leave me feeling relaxed – just by looking at them! See what you think…

Here we are literally enjoying a view framed by a building. Simple clean lines enhance  rather than distract.

Architectural box with a stunning view

I love the mottled cement coating on this luxurious home.

Almost camouflaged white concrete house

Nestled in amongst the trees this stilted home feels to me like a child between the legs of its parents!

Modern home in the woods on stilts

This is a visitor centre, and I have to say I’d move in today! I just adore how the warm wood frames the concrete and glass box. Balance of elements, in my opinion, is perfectly achieved.

Perfectly framed wood, glass and concrete box

Lastly we have an almost invisible house. The slender design adds to the already stunning landscape.

architectual masterpiece - a glass box that dissapears into its context

 

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Jo&Co Home

Amelie Chesterfield sofa from Jo and Co

One of the companies I work with at Pickle Design is the beautiful lifestyle brand Jo&Co Home. I really enjoy these projects, the clean and minimal layout feels like a breath of fresh air. Jo Eldridge runs the store and they have a lovely clothes, gifts and homewares shop right on the Atlantic Highway, Cornwall. It’s a great spot for a stop off with the delicious Strong Adolfos café and another client of ours, the world renowned artist John O’Carroll at Circle Contemporary Gallery.

Ceramics from Jo & Co Home

Jo and Co Home wicker basket storage

Jo has recently opened a furniture store and we were happy to be involved. I brainstormed ideas for signage and created little takeaway cards about each piece of furniture. We also designed invitations for the launch and advertisements. If you are interested in some of our work for this Instagram-worthy lifestyle brand you can check it out here.

Mimi sofa in forget-me-not-blue from Jo&Co Home

The Amelie sofa (blue above) is to die for, the Mimi too (Chesterfield first image) is so strokable!

Pink Indian rug from Jo&Co

The Brilliant Brightness of Baumann

Wow its been a while, apologies, its manic at my day job at Pickle Design. We are moving offices and lets just say its been colourful! Speaking of colourful, I was reminiscing about the one that got away. Years ago in my lovely Lostwithiel I found a large screen print of my favourite tree, the cedar of Lebanon complete with a favourite quote of mine ‘be still and know’ in the most warming olive greens and golden yellows. Sadly this work of art was out of my reach but its beauty has stayed with me. I even know where it would sit in my house!

Woodblock print Three Pines 1925 by Gustave Baumann

Lovely blue-green trees woodcut print by Gustave Baumann

Today when combing the internet, and in particular my favourite portal for inspiration, Pinterest, I came across the woodcuts of Gustave Baumann. I had seen his work before but not really registered who it was by. Today I delved a little further and my was I rewarded! A festival of colour captured serene scenes, all of which I would gladly display in my home. Like me, Baumann has a love for trees, and although from Germany originally the artist emigrated to America in 1891 at age ten, choosing to focus on the vast and varied countryside of his new nation. He was one of the leading figures in America’s woodcut revival, famed for his graphic style – a type of art I love. To me its like nature is almost to wonderful to take in all at once – so vast and detailed – I appreciate when an artist filters that view in a more linear style. With exuberant colours capturing the light and mood.

Colourful woodcut by Gustave Baumann, Summer Breeze

Woodcut print by Gustave Bauman, Cholla and Sahuaro 1924

Grandma Battin's Garden woodblock print by Gustave Baumann

The last years of his life were spent in Santa fe where the light is even more vivid and stark. This style of art has influenced my illustrations, check out the Pickle Design poster calendar we created in 2016 with a nod to vintage travel posters. Scenes of our wonderful Cornwall.

Woodblock print by Gustave Baumann 'Pines Grand Canyon'

Colourful woodblock print by Gustave Baumann, Arroya Chamisa

Woodcut by Gustave Baumann 'Singing Woods'

Such an exhilarating way to start the day, I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

Gustave Baumann's woodblock print 'Morning Sun'

Time for the Serene

Today I am feeling green, in particular that verdigris, aged shade. Be that Farrow and Ball’s Arsenic or Little Greene’s Verditer, I love it. Not as harsh as emerald can be, or as clean-cut as, say, apple. Its bright and warm and slightly, just slightly, sinister.

Jade green, arsenic and verditer interiors. The old and decay and the modern and fresh

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Paired with a Seventies mustard and copious amounts of books, delicate embellishments, deep dark wood and Regency plaster.

Collection of green interiors, art nouveau and painted wood

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Visions of green from rustic wardrobes to rooms contrasted with pink. Painted wooden hideaways to embellished Victorian interiors and dreamy textiles.

The soft green of Van Gogh, period bedrooms and wallpapered doors

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A perfectly optimistic bedroom, wallpapered doors with a Deco feel and the distinct green of Vincent van Gogh.

Sea glass green walls with a pink door, painted bedroom woodwork, green blue bath tub and an open door on to a green and red room

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Antique-filled boudoir, a fresh verdigris backdrop for jewel-like tones, a calming tub at home in nature and peering into a red and green room.

William Morris, green with candy stripe pink, a modern kitchen and a manor house in green and gold
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William Morris celebrates nature with his intertwined foliage, candy stripe pink lifts a gentle green room. Modern kitchen units add a sleekness to our shade, and gold edging helps this interior scream ‘Lord of the manor’.

Green front door with gold lion knockers, green upholstery, green Victorian patterns and modern green room

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Such impressive doors! Love the gold lions. A satisfying combination of textiles and shades. Victorian patterns and a modern room with hints of tangerine and raspberry.

 

Shoe Gazing

Well this caught my eye, do you know Atrafloor? I came across them as I was perusing the internet. Such eye-catching flooring does make you think of retro lino, true, but this is actually quite an inventive product. They custom print vinyl that is hard wearing and can pretty much have anything on it. I really like the vibrant patterns, from the illustrative to the geometric, the kid friendly to the rather chic. Here a few of my favourites:

Geometric Vinyl Flooring from Atrafloor in blue, lilac and pink

Ombré neon yellow flooring from Atrafloor

Forest green geometric flooring

Brilliantly bright patterned vinyl floor

Marble effect floor in dreamy greys and gold

Really fun kids vinyl flooring - a town map

Triangle flooring

The benefit of vinyl is that it is durable and easy to keep clean. Plus things bounce! I have a slate floor in my kitchen, and don’t I know it. As beautiful as it is I have shattered a fair few plates and glasses in my time.

I am partial to the geometric patterns. Their website says they believe floors to be generally over looked in interior design, and I’m inclined to agree, when really the possibilities are endless..

A Room with a View

The thought of a mural can often conjure up awkwardly painted kids rooms, at least with me it can. However at the same time I love the dreamy interiors of grand houses where walking into a room is like walking into a dream. There’s a middle ground of course, glorious murals can now be purchased as wallpaper and voila, you can transport your room to another dimension.

As you may be aware by now I am slightly in love with trees, nature in general helps me breathe deeply and gives a calming sense of relief. This lush forest features some Regency ladies relaxing underneath its epic canopy of leaves.

Lush forest mural covers a wall

What a stunning room, the structure itself is noteworthy, every surface has exotic birds in flight, peppered amongst the leaves. Known as the Birdcage Room in Grimsthorpe Castle, Lincolnshire circa 1760.

Golden room filled with painted exotic birds

These pictures hold a world of wonder, oh to be a child in that room! The imagination would run wild. Boschereccia, or “Little Wood”, dates back to 1810 and is one of the finest examples of garden style trompe-l’oeil from the early 19th century.

A painted interior with a tree mural on an epic scale

Painted garden room

Equally as grand but more up to date, you can cover your walls with marble. Silvered greys and copper flecks add depth to an otherwise plain room.

Marble mural in the bedroom

Keeping it monochrome, your humble home can rival the interiors of Italian masters – well almost.

Marbled wallpaper on soft grey and white

Bringing the bright back we have this vibrant mural in the Arroyo Hotel, Buenos Aires. Local artist Eloísa Ballivian was responsible for the beautiful 10 metre hand-painted mural, it took two months to complete.

Giant painted flower mural

Forest green wafts up the walls in this watercolour mural. Brilliantly bold, I think I would team it up with deep blue wood work and golden accents.

Green watercolour mural

If in doubt follow the masters, Van Gogh‘s painting of almond branches adorns this wall. That shade of blue is mesmerising.

Blossom mural inspired by Van Gogh

Into the woods again, this painted tree brilliantly merges ceiling and walls. The dark furniture adds to the drama.

Painted tree covers wall and ceiling

So many shades of green, who could count. A tropical paradise lining the walls.

Painted trees and monkey in this grand house mural

In a totally different style, the everyday becomes wall art here. Avital Pudinsky, from Tel-Aviv, hand drew this wall with her marker pen. Nine hours with no planning or sketches, just whatever came to mind. I love the impact it makes.

Monochrome wall mural with everyday objects

A more modern take on the forest room. This paper mural brings drama and depth, perfectly paired with velvets and silk accents.

Modern take on a forest room

Wow, serious wow. This mural is based on the Dutch painter Jan Davidsz de Heem’s artwork and is pretty mind blowing.

Rubenesque floral mural in a huge scale

And there you have it, some walls to inspire. With so many modern builds lacking soul, murals can be a great way to bring the drama!