November 6, 2012
I mean it when I say Autumn is my favourite, I’m at home in Autumn, I feel renewed by the dramatic sense of change . A few weeks ago I went to the Isle of Skye and it was magnificent, I think Scotland was made for Autumn, rusty mountains and floating mists etc. While there I picked up a cosy tartan blanket in preparation for the impending hibernation, which has started early this year due to a remote location and a freak snowfall on Sunday. I love blankets. I also recently acquired a massive crochet one from family that covers our three seater sofa and gives our new home the touch that only a colourful granny square blanket can, I don’t think I can ever have too many, and when they reach the bottom of the cycle the Russian Princess (aka cat) we live with inherits them.
I now have my eyes on these beauts from Fine Little Day:
May 11, 2011
Recently I have been swooning over images of Hilda Grahnat‘s Swedish home, it is such an inspiration, especially because almost everything in her small apartment is a vintage find, recycled or from a thrift store. I love the mid-century style furniture combined with her charming style; eclectic clusters and collections of personal objects and touches of colour amongst the clean sleek Scandinavian ping.
All images from Hilda Grahnat’s Blog, you should have a look, it’s beautiful.
April 6, 2011
Wallpaper panel from: Anthropologie
Clock radio study from: Anthology magazine
Cuckoo clock From: Find, Make, Do
March 11, 2011
Of late I have developed an obsession with all things Scandinavian, I dream of living in a woodland cabin by a water’s edge getting rosy-cheeked doing wholesome things like chopping logs and yodeling, before retreating inside for a hot chocolate by the open fire to do some knitting etc etc…
At the moment these dreams are being fuelled by this beautiful blog I came across: Lovenordic Design
Until I run to the Swedish hills I shall have to be content with white washing my furniture, investing in a quilt and wearing as much fair isle as possible, all a bit more achievable. Anyhow I think what I love about the Scandinavian interior style most is its ethos and how it manages to create graceful juxtapositions; Folksy and modern, personal and uncluttered, airy yet cosy. It’s all about nesting, making the most of natural light and ensuring your living space is enjoyable, personal and above all comfortable.
Here are a few things I would put in my Scandinavian dream;
Marimekko is a Finnish textile company, they have some beautiful designs.
Green green fabric
And from SCP:
Frank pouffe by Donna Wilson
Jacob chevron blanket
March 8, 2011
Today I came across this amazing wallpaper;
‘Owls of the British Isles’ by Abigail Edwards is a design featuring ten different owl’s, 5% of profits from sales of this paper go to The Barn Owl Centre and her wallpapers are printed at a traditional UK wallpaper printers in Lancashire, using non-toxic inks which is SUPER.
Her website is definitely worth a peruse, lots of beautiful interior styling to feast your eyes on, I particularly love these;
…and there are some adorable illustrations too;
Oooh I love cats and decanters!!
March 5, 2011
Today I received a lovely surprise; a package from my Mum containing two beautiful vintage place mats that she’d picked up from a charity shop. I LOVE them and the colours are so SPRING!
…and a pretty doily I found in a charity shop
February 20, 2011
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
“Unexpected intrusions of beauty. That is what life is”
Today I was considering all the old things housed in our nearly decrepid Georgian flat: