Archive for February, 2011

February 26, 2011

Wildlife photographer of the year

This Saturday’s classic mooching around Bristol activities  included going to see the ‘Wildlife photographer of the year exhibition’ at Bristol city museum and Art gallery.

These were my favorites:

This photojournalism piece was called ‘The house in the woods’ it detailed the comings and goings of woodland creatures in an abandoned house in Finland. Ahhh I do so love Scandinavian woodland magical fairytale feelings.



February 24, 2011

Bloom Magazine

I LOVE Bloom magazine….

It is a bi-anual journal detailing the trends in horticulture, It’s images are some of the most inspiring and beautiful I have ever seen and each collection of images reads like an abstract enchanting story, It’s like nature’s fairytale.

Priced at 75 Euro’s I’ve never bought a copy, however, I recently discovered an online gallery of  images from the magazine – AMAZING. Find it Here .

Here are a few of my favorites:

February 20, 2011

Bring the outdoors in



I have always had a love for botanical drawings, especially the vintage kind. You know the one’s that look like dissected medical drawings, terribly intricate and fine. My eyes home in on them and I take a lot of inspiration from them when doing my own illustrations.

Thinking of spring and the imminent project of decorating a new flat and restoring a jungle garden I will once again be turning to this style for inspiration and creating my own little botanical corner somewhere.  




What I love most about using botanical images in interiors is the feeling of calmness you get from bringing the outdoors inside, living in the city this helps keep my pining for the country at bay.

 I came across an old copy of  World Of Interiors the other day with a feature on the artist LP Promenheurs home, he used his walls as a canvas for his beautifully fluent large-scale nature inspired motifs. The house becomes a living painting, I love the idea of one-off hand painted wall murals, shame my new flat is rented.




If, like me you can’t draw on your walls there are lots of beautiful posters for sale on the internet;



This vintage botanical poster from 1947 is available on Etsy


This one from 1973 is a beauty, also from Etsy


 Slinkymalinkicat also has some beautiful prints on Etsy


I  love this vintage seed packet.

February 18, 2011

Old and dusty;

“Unexpected intrusions of beauty. That is what life is”

                                                                                                  Saul Bellow


Today I was considering all the old things housed in our nearly decrepid Georgian flat:

February 17, 2011



Picasso Owl


At Knitting club this week I decided to start the Owl cushion, however following a knitting pattern is not as easy as the grandma’s make it look. I am now on my fifth attempt, hopefully the perseverance will pay off in the form of Olive the owl, a partner for my friends lovingly created owl Olaf!

Knitting Club




In the mean time I have developed a slight obsession for Owl things;

                                                                                 Night Owl cushion from

                                                                      Vintage knitted owl cushion, get the pattern Here

                                                                               I LOVE these three from Donna Wilson


                                                                            Glass owl’s from Retro Art Glass

                                                            A print I bought for my Husband by Lucie Sheridan

                                                        For all beautiful things Owl related; have a peek at My Owl Barn

February 14, 2011


The Owl and the Pussy-Cat went to sea
In a beautiful pea-green boat:
They took some honey,
and plenty of money
Wrapped up in a five-pound note

The Owl looked up to the stars above,
And sang to a small guitar,
“O lovely Pussy, O Pussy, my love,
What a beautiful Pussy you are,
You are,
You are!
What a beautiful Pussy you are!”

Pussy said to the Owl, “You elegant fowl,
How charmingly sweet you sing!
Oh! let us be married;
too long we have tarried:
But what shall we do for a ring?”
They sailed away, for a year and a day,
To the land where the bong-tree grows;
And there in a wood a Piggy-wig stood,
With a ring at the end of his nose,
His nose,
His nose,
With a ring at the end of his nose

“Dear Pig, are you willing to sell for one shilling
Your ring?” Said the Piggy, “I will.”
So they took it away, and were married next day
By the Turkey who lives on the hill.
They dined on mince and slices of quince,
Which they ate with a runcible spoon;

And hand in hand on the edge of the sandThey danced by the light of the moon,The moon,The moon,They danced by the light of the moon.

Edward Lear

February 13, 2011

Vintage Vogue covers

“I could see you in a Sussex teashop,

Dressed in peasant weaves and brogues,

Turning over, as a firelight shone on brassware,

 Last years tea-stained Vogues.”

     John Betjeman


Whilst beginning the lengthy process of sorting and packing up all the things we own before we move house in April, I came across a little (tea-stained) gem that I’d forgotten all about;

‘The Art of Vogue covers 1909-1940’ by William Packer

The illustrations are so beautiful, pieces of art in themselves, I particularly like the work of Georges Lepape, the prolific 1920’s fashion illustrator. Here are my Favorites;

George Plank 1918


Helen Dryden 1916


Georges Lepape 1918


Georges Lepape 1919


Georges Lepape 1924


Georges Lepape 1925


Andre Edouard Marty 1926


Georges Lepape 1927


Georges Lepape 1928


Georges Lepape 1929


Georges Lepape 1933


Eric 1935

February 8, 2011

Coral ;





 Dandelion screen printed wallpaper from ecocentric

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February 7, 2011

Love Birds


Make a love bird for someone you love;

Masculine version;

Find the pattern here


Or give them your heart;

(Cut two heart shapes out of felt, blanket stitch around the edge and stuff, Voila!)


…and how about a vintage card to write some nice words in;

Pictures available to download and print here

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February 5, 2011

A tonic for the nation

Reading the weekend guardian supplement  today I came across a page full of 1950’s graphic print designs. Ahhhh

It was a blast from the past in more ways than one. I first fell  in love with this style a few years ago when I was a Textile Design student in Falmouth.

The Festival of Britain kickstarted this modernist style and was an attempt to give people a sense of hope and progress after the devastation of the war, Herbert Morrison described it as “A tonic for the nation”. In these tough economic times we are perhaps hankering after another tonic, we are getting more creative with our interior design, staying in and nesting is the new going out and we have a fresh love of nostalgia and quirkyness.

From this era I particularly love Lucienne Day, whose designs were beautifully modern and abstract whilst also managing to channel the fluidity of nature by combining  irregular spindly lines and bold organic shapes, her use of colour also combines the earthy tones of nature and the acid brights of modernism.

My personal favorites are:






 Pictures from the V&A


 If you want to inject some sharp 1950’s design into your home here are some ideas;

Sanderson’s have launched a collection of wallpaper designs inspired by the 1950’s.

Sanderson's 50's collection


Habitat has some lovely modernist inspired pieces;

Naoko chair

Felti footstool

Ida table


Liberty always has beautiful vintage designs, I love these things;

Liberty Building Tapestry Kit

Plum Dog C, Tana Lawn

You can’t beat the real thing though, these websites stock original vintage fabrics and homewears;