Today I wanted to focus on structure. From the pleated preppy skirt to the folded cladding of a modern high-rise. How the light falls on a natural ribbed wooden surface and the wavy shell encasing a home. Love it!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Keeping it monochrome, your humble home can rival the interiors of Italian masters – well almost.
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.
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.
If in doubt follow the masters, Van Gogh’s painting of almond branches adorns this wall. That shade of blue is mesmerising.
Into the woods again, this painted tree brilliantly merges ceiling and walls. The dark furniture adds to the drama.
So many shades of green, who could count. A tropical paradise lining the walls.
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.
A more modern take on the forest room. This paper mural brings drama and depth, perfectly paired with velvets and silk accents.
Wow, serious wow. This mural is based on the Dutch painter Jan Davidsz de Heem’s artwork and is pretty mind blowing.
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!
A slightly different slant today on my world of interiors. I wanted to appreciate a room through the eyes of the artist. Just as I am a lover of colour in decoration, I also enjoy vibrant art. Composition matters, drawing your eye in, appreciating a detail or being struck in awe at the whole. Here are some interiors caught on the canvas.
Lets lead with red, what a regal space. Golden walls are enriched by geometric panels of light off-setting the fiery accents in the room. ‘A London Interior’ by Herbert Davis Richter.
In a completely different style, Tom Haugomat plays with perspective. The Mid Century furniture emerges from the dark, your eye is drawn, like the lone man, to the window on the world.
Emile-Jacques Ruhlmann, the French designer, captures my heart with everyone of his interiors. He celebrates colour through his varying tones. Subtle, dramatic, but definitely enviable!
Here, the room’s scale is beautifully communicated, painted in 1921 with evergreen and inky black.
The vastness of this room is evident, from the rounded ceiling your eye follows the immense chandelier to the intricate embellishment picked out in gold. Ruhlmann’s vision for these rooms is breath-taking.
Even in simplified lines Ruhlmann conjures an impression of that time. Here I love the how the colours play, the silvered blue, vibrant violet (I had the exact same colour carpet as a child!) and the fresh yellow. Do seek out more of his paintings, they are glorious.
In a sort of unfinished frenzy of green we have this fireplace by Kathleen Melian. ‘Remains of Desire’ (2012) caught my eye with its rich greens and little interior touches.
Peacock colours intrigue in this dramatic glimpse of the room beyond. I like this arrangement, entitled ‘Interior with Opera Cloak’, painted in the early 20th century by Francis Campbell Boileau Cadell. The cloak is the subject, but all I want to know is what the rest of that royal blue room contains, yet we are kept in the dark!
Who would have thought I would be happy to gaze upon a utilitarian sink, but painted by Chelsea Bentley James it becomes a thing of beauty. In cool blues the artist divides this dull spaces into a patchwork ready for us to appreciate.
Sometimes a room exists to complement and frame a view. Here Edward Gordon paints ‘Music Room’, an inspiring space with stunning scenery wrapping round the house. With such skill the artist traces the light around the room, revealing the curve of the piano and the equally stunning Girl with a Pearl Earing by Johannes Vermeer in pride of place.
To me this painting conveys one thing perfectly, jazz. My eye dances around the room struggling to settle but enjoying the ride. Painted by Anton Henning.
Dark lines separate the cool colours in this series of rooms. Preston Dickinson painted this humble home in 1922, I like how the painting feels like a series of shapes rather than objects, I am rather partial to those rugs too!
Back to elegance, the wonderfully serene ‘Green Room’ by Marie-Louise Roosevelt Pierrepont. Such a happy space, a perfect reflection of the inviting garden shown through those giant windows.
Caro Niederer reduces her interior to its abstract essence. Citrus coloured blocks are recognisable as furniture and walls. Pink roses in the foreground remind me of Charles Rennie Mackintosh.
There are so many more I could show you! Its like a rabbit whole, once I started looking I couldn’t stop! Happy Friday everyone.
Fresh off the back of my India post, I’m still feeling the colour. Today I have turned my focus to kitchens. At home, my kitchen is in a cherry wood style with white mosaic tiles held in place with orange grout. It works but it wasn’t my choice, its how the kitchen was when I moved in. I fill it with colourful finds and happy patterns. On the notice board I pin illustrations I have drawn, or postcards I have collected. There is the vintage blue scales that were my grans, my nan’s ceramic salt and pepper and a wooden dresser piled high with teacups and patterned bowls. My ideal kitchen would be a mix of wood and white. Light, bright with clean lines and colourful flourishes and accents. When I cook, which I love to do, I like my food to look colourful, a little bit of everything goes on my fork – textures, colours, smells – in perfect balance. I think I like my kitchen to be like that too. Here are some kitchen’s that I’m enjoying today.
The best thing about my kitchen at home is the view! Gorgeous green hills fill my window. I like in this kitchen how the green foliage becomes part of the colour scheme. Adding a rug is an easy way to bring the colour.
Who doesn’t love a Smeg fridge, and in vibrant orange this one brings the joy! The wooden floor, Victorian style radiator and light shade are all things I love.
Ultra sleek and ultra modern, grey tames this glowing yellow splash-back.
What a creative space, they make great use of the height with layered artworks and I love the mug hooks.
This kitchen has that Scandinavian calm. Mint green units are satisfyingly chunky, together with light wood and ample helpings of white.
This kitchen is like visiting an art gallery. I love the forest green units, brass handles and marble counter tops. The drama of dark kitchen’s always draws me in, but I don’t think I could have one – I need the light. It is so sophisticated though.
Green is the colour of choice here too. A more industrial and rustic vibe. The island unit I love, and the concrete and wood dining table.
I like the wooden in this kitchen, just the right amount of honey and grain. White counter tops gleam and the yellow stools just make me happy. Its the simple things!
This is pretty perfect – the long table, low lights, acres of books and framed prints just all work wonderfully.
This diddy kitchen maximises the limited space with sea green units and cream framed windows. The light streams in and what is essentially a corridor looks inviting.
A shelf window allows a plentiful supply of herbs. Lovely wooden counter tops and painted units make washing up less of a chore.
And finally, another flash of yellow! You can never underestimate the power of a lick of paint. Enjoy.
The kind of staircase I like is one that is elegant, falling from the ceiling like a ribbon cascading to the ground. Not clunky, asserting its presence – but brilliantly designed so you feel all the more lighter as you alight.
Like the flick of the brush this beautiful staircase makes the room.
A pool of light is revealed as the curvaceous wooden staircase cuts out the floor. I love how it follows through underneath.
This feels very architectural, perhaps not elegant but certainly refined. The white steps stretch to the sides creating a perfect perching patch.
A delightfully minimal hand rail flawlessly twists into the ground.
Old school charm! Wonderfully wide for those gigantic skirts, this staircase transitions from wood to stone effortlessly.
A rhythmic staircase with a linear balustrade. There is something quite nautical about the black tripes. Perhaps it is their uniform nature, beautifully done.
We have an Egyptian feel next with these stone steps. Spacious and gently rising out of the ground, the smooth sides allow the light to bounce.
A nod to Art Deco, these stairs create a pleasing zig-zag just stopping short of the floor.
Striking putty pink stairs reveal a cut-out handrail as they swirl down the wall.
Pleasing shapes are created with this simple black metal handrail.
Strong concrete stairs make their presence known as they twist from the ceiling.
A slight but beautiful enclosed staircase. I like the blonde wood and vertical thin white-washed strips that follow the curve.
Ending with a note of monochrome, a confident staircase that breaks away from the wall has a playful feel.
Its sizzling hot here is Cornwall today, lovely and very much holiday weather. It does make my toes appreciate a good, cool, slab of tile underfoot. In my kitchen its grey slate but today I am exploring geometric beauty and rich exotic shades. Tiles to me have a far away feel. I loved the ones I came across in India and Morocco. So much detail on something we just walk over.
This is how I think the universe would look if tiled. The deep inky blue is carved up with mesmerising shapes.
Lovely layered tiles just like mermaid scales. Every shade is beautiful in its own right.
Pale pink patterned kitchen tiles perfectly complement copper pots, pipes and pendants!
Sky blue higgledy-piggledy tiles look so fresh and vibrant alongside the mottled white.
Elegant shoes for an elegant floor. These fanning mosaic tiles are just perfect.
These must be Moroccan, jewel rich colours in intricate patterns. Its tiles like this which make maths beautiful.
A modern take the geometric design. These gold and grey tiles have a 3d effect with tactile surfaces to touch.
The wall tiles in this bathroom catch the light adding depth and interest.
I love this depth of green, I could just dive in. Stylised blooms fit together in pleasing shades of turquoise and teal.
A feathery zig-zag in soft white and dove grey. The perfect backdrop to black taps and a marbled sink.
Giant geometric floor tiles impress in terracotta, grey, pink and black.
Little blue square tiles carry a mesmerising sun pattern.
This ice-white snowflake pattern looks very luxurious, with shimmering grey diamonds.
An easy way to add some glam to the bathroom, these large white tiles shimmer with an intricate gold pattern. Love the fittings too!
Here we have the same interlocking hexagon design but first in forest green, white and black while the second is more subtle using a blush pink, a slight grey and deep blue. I love the effect.
And to finish off this tiling collection we have mosaic squares framed in black, complete with silver sandals!
The sun is beaming, its Friday and all I can think about is kicking back and relaxing in the garden. At home I have a lovely view with a little wooden deck, I tend to drag the furniture outside when its really nice. Today I thought I would collate some sun loungers, if money was no object, these are few I would happily have dotted around my fictional pool.
What elegant curves, gently bobbing here seems rather perfect to me.
A rocker made for two. The natural linen looks so inviting.
Or perhaps do it yourself, the internet is bursting with recycled pallet ideas, I rather like this one.
From the rustic to the surreal – pink metal palm leaves bring shade to a rather glamourous day bed.
Simple lines and neutral furnishings, a classic way to soak up some sun.
Submerged chairs in the pool! Love it.
This lounger looks poised to pounce! Red leather and steel, perfect against the matt black background.
Smart ‘deck chair’ for the beach, easily portable and kind of cool.
What a happy place, dappled shade with silvered decking, metal framed seats, wooden tables and sinkable grey cushions. Not forgetting a fire pit!
Unusual design that I rather like, the head rests meet a point rising for that cushioned support.
This basket weave day bed borrows its design from the waves. A handy cover in harsh sun, to me it has a welcome Seventies vibe.
I hope you find some time to relax this weekend!