28 Feb 2010
[Image credits: Ninainvorm's etsy shop and blog]
I came across Nina's blog a few weeks ago, and then last week she was on the Etsy front page as a featured seller which reminded me of her fresh and wonderfully light-hearted creations. As well as making colourful collages, she screen prints her designs onto vintage tablewear: the triangle-print jug and sugar bowl are my favourite items in her shop. She has the most beautiful craft area... I especially love the yellow and blue lamps.
27 Feb 2010
26 Feb 2010
I'm always on the lookout for great vegan shoes. I don't wear leather as wearing a dead animal on my feet repulses me just as much as the thought of eating one. I have a bit of a dilemma as well-fitting, pretty and affordable vegan shoes are not easy to find in England, as I mentioned here before. As much as I enjoy studying Interior & Spatial Design, why, oh why didn't I choose to study fashion design and specialise in footwear?! There is such a gap in the market for reasonably priced, attractive vegan footwear! Mark my words: this niche will take off in the next few years.
Anyway, this is a round-up of some of my favourite non-leather shoes. Most are out of my budget, but they're pretty. I've convinced myself that I need the navy Crocs slip-ons for the spring. Crocs = walking on air, and these ones are cute, right?
1 Cri de Coeur "Kate" sandals, £42.50 (originally £95)
2 Beyond Skin "Gloria" heels, £112 (originally £160)
3 Green Shoes "Willow" shoe, £106
4 Green Shoes "Lovage" sandal, £60
5 Crocs "Lady" slip on, £24.95
6 Beyond Skin "Sole", exclusively for Anthropologie, £35 (originally £65)
25 Feb 2010
[Photograph by Anitta Behrendt. Found via Decor8]
When I came across this beautiful open plan space I gasped. It's so light and airy and I love the turquoise! I used to adore this colour and wore it almost everyday and had lots of turquoise bits and pieces in my home, but for some reason I fell out of love with it. But I think I'm ready to start introducing it back into my life. It's so fresh and clean, but vibrant at the same time.
The layout of this room is almost the same as my own living space, except mine is narrower and I don't have such wonderful windows. It's spaces like the one above that remind me that I did the right thing painting my home entirely white, but it's the accents of colour that really bring it to life. I wish I'd chosen a darker sofa (mine is boring beige! but maybe I could have slipcovers made one day...) as I love the contrast of the dark against white.
24 Feb 2010
23 Feb 2010
[Source: Galerie Schuette]
A couple of weeks ago I attended a lecture by minimalist Austrian artist, Ferdinand Penker. His work is inspired by his vast collection of cheese graters; they are almost identical but each one has slight variations. The notions of series and repetition are central to his paintings. He creates paintings in which he repeats the same colour over and over again, where there are only small variations in the texture of the brush strokes. These are displayed in rooms where every available piece of wall is covered in nearly identical paintings.
Although I do like his paintings and other creations, I was particularly drawn to the ones above which are a collaboration between Ferdinand Penker and Trevor Sutton. The pencil markings on masking tape are the cast offs from Penker's own drawings (the tape is used to stick drawing paper to his desk, and when his pencil veers off the page the masking tape is marked), and it has been layered over a geometric painting by Sutton. I'm not the best art critic, but I do like the way the lines, colours and textures intersect.
One thing that Penker said that I will try to remember, is that drawing can help you achieve a real sense of concentration, and it's important to just draw for the sake of drawing.
20 Feb 2010
19 Feb 2010
[Image credits: Snug blog and shop. Found via Here Comes the Sun]
When I saw these photos yesterday, I thought to myself, "Why didn't I think of that before?!". Aren't those the best placemats ever? I rarely find practical ones that I like, but these certainly fit the bill. I adore the cut-out tree. I can imagine it at various scales: small for hanging necklaces.. and as a really big minimalist Christmas tree! I wish a had a saw as I'd love to make some of these trees and paint them fun colours... Hmm.. maybe I could use the workshop at university.......
18 Feb 2010
[Miss Print, found via Elle Decoration - March 2010 issue]
These stunning wallpapers and wall vinyls are handprinted by Rebecca and Yvonne Drury in their East London studio. I would love to find an special place to incorporate one of these fun patterns into my home. Their website is a feast for the eyes, and also offers cushions, lampshades and vintage furniture.
17 Feb 2010
16 Feb 2010
1sr row L-R: Wikstenmade, Marie Emily, Darling Dexter
2nd row L-R: Postlapsaria, Green Olives Design, Green Olives Design
These dresses are all handmade by the lovely girls modelling them. There's something magical about creating a garment from scratch; specifically to your measurements. This is a skill that I would love to learn one day. I don't have a sewing machine so the most I can do is cut of the bottoms of dresses and skirts (sometimes I get a bit too scissor-happy) and dye clothes new colours. But I dream of making the perfectly fitting dress in a rainbow of colours. These dresses are such eye-candy for me.
15 Feb 2010
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10 Feb 2010
9 Feb 2010
Room 606 is the only hotel room with the original Arne Jacobsen décor from July 1960 when Royal Hotel Copenhagen first opened. It still functions as a normal hotel room: can you imagine waking up there one morning?! The blues and greens are so refreshing. I like the way the pictures have been hung in the simple frames and I can just imagine Arne calculating the perfect position. To me, this room is perfection.
8 Feb 2010
Habitat double duvet £55
Habitat table runner £18
Heal's double duvet set £115
Urban Outfitters rug $34
There's something so fresh and playful about these textiles. I really need that rug.. but I should be thankful that they don't stock a home range in Urban Outfitters in England, as I'm sure I'd spend dangerous amounts of time and money in there!
7 Feb 2010
[Image source: Living etc]
I love the bold colours in this space and the way the paintings are casually propped up against the wall. It's so relaxed yet elegant!
PS. Some sweet person nominated me on the Lovelies. If you happen to be over there, feel free to leave a message to vote for me - or vote for whoever you'd like, of course! ;)
6 Feb 2010
5 Feb 2010
I saw the Chris Ofili exhibition at Tate Britain on Wednesday. I didn't know anything about this artist, so when I entered the first room and noticed elephant dung on his paintings I was slightly shocked! But I was immediately blown away by the stunning colours. When you go up close, you can see layer upon layer of dots in vibrant colours. Close up shot of texture:
I've since learnt that Chris Ofili started using elephant dung in his paintings when he was in Zimbabwe. He says, "[Using dungballs is] a way of raising the paintings up from the ground and giving them a feeling that they've come from the earth rather than simply being hung on a wall." [Quote from exhibition leaflet]. When I read this, it made much more sense to me.
It's a large exhibition with 7 rooms in total and my favourite was the Upper Room which takes you on an extraordinary sensory experience. The paintings are displayed in a specially constructed vault designed in collaboration with architect David Adjaye.
To enter the vault you first pass through a long corridor which is completely dark apart from some illuminated openings along the floor. It's quite scary walking in the dark but the lights entice you further into the space.
When I reached the end of the corridor and turned the corner, I was amazed that the entire space was clad in beautiful timber - floor, walls and ceiling. The texture was lovely, as it felt smooth but also quite raw.
The lighting is exquisite. Each painting is illuminated by a single directional light from above, and it is this light that shines through the openings behind the paintings into the corridor. The paintings literally glow against the dark timber backdrop, and the light is reflected in a pool at the foot of each canvas. The conditions in the timber vault really bring out the richness of the paintings.
I feel I really learnt something at this exhibition, and not only about a new artist, but also about the design of the exhibition. I should visit Tate Britain more often as it is directly opposite my college and I have free access as a student!
[Image sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7]
4 Feb 2010
3 Feb 2010
[Images: Sanderson. Available from John Lewis]
This new line of fabric and wallpaper by Sanderson is so pretty. It's a company that I would normally associate with more traditional designs, so it was such a surprise to see this fun Lucienne Day inspired dandelion print. I'd really like one of those cushions for my bed...