July 15th, 2014

Source: AD España

"Art" thou wonderful to look at!. Something I find as important in a home as furniture is Art. Good art - although this is always a highly controversial and somewhat personal subject because taste differs from person to person AND THEN it opens up the whole debate about "what is considered art"? Let us not go down that road. Let’s keep it simple. For me, art should have 3 main things. 1) Subject - if the subject doesn’t grab you then so be it. End of story. 2) Colour composition - this can sometimes go against number 1 because often it doesn’t matter what the subject is, if the colours are right then I’ll like it (confused yet? just wait….). 3) Scale. Now that doesn’t mean oversized but more about whether the scale fits and compliments the subject and detail. So, take the piece above for example.

1) The subject may not be to everyones liking but I find it intriguing - it makes me want to know more and want to study it.

2) The colour composition - It grabs my attention and I love the way the vivid pink is centralised because it really draws attention to the subject (not overlooking the fact that this piece was clearly created to cause controversy)

3) Scale - if this image were a small photograph would it have the same impact? Personally, I don’t think so. I think a large part of its appeal comes from the scale.

Anyway, you may or may not agree with what I think but that’s the beauty of Art - it’s in the eye of the beholder ;)

(Source: thebowerbirds.com)

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July 14th, 2014

Source: Domaine

I have a slight sofa obsession right now. I’ve bought two in the past week that are completely at odds with each other. One is a 1960’s curved (and very grotty) old thing and the other a sleek original 1973’s modular sofa called COR Trio (in a very dodgy burnt orange fleecy type material. Ekkk. and yes I may have lost my mind….) but it’s all in aid of something……to be revealed! What I’m really excited about is the prospect of having them recovered! Just need to decide on a fabric…………

(Source: thebowerbirds.com)

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July 12th, 2014

Source: DTI

Who doesn’t want a taxidermy parrot in a vintage cage on top of a checker board table? Oh….. Just me then….

(Source: thebowerbirds.com)

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July 7th, 2014

Source: Apartment Therapy

Happy Monday! And here we have one of the winners of the Small Cool Homes contest held annually by Apartment Therapy. This Teeny-tiny 350sqft apartment (yep I said 350, Oh my dayz that is small!) is perfectly planned and very stylish. It’s important in a small space like this not to over scale or over clutter as every inch is precious, but you still want to define specific areas. Make sure you check out the rest of the space to see how the owners achieved this.

(Source: thebowerbirds.com)

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July 2nd, 2014

Source: Desire to Inspire

Whoa, there’s all sorts of good going on here. I’m loving all the tall, elongated pieces because they really draw attention to the high ceilings and by highlighting the window frames in black against the pale flooring, it perfectly defines the space. Good trick to remember.

(Source: thebowerbirds.com)

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June 28th, 2014

Source: AD

Welcome to the jungle!! There is no doubt that jungle and all things leafy are the flavour du jour. Everyone and their dog wants palm leaf wallpaper or fabric, which is great! but a lot of it tends to be a repeat of each other, so it’s nice to see something different like the Thatch Palm wallpaper above. I love the contrast in colours because it’s bold but not harsh and hectic. In fact, it’s perfect for a “nooky” hideaway space like this. Anyone know where I can find it?

(Source: thebowerbirds.com)

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June 23rd, 2014

Source: Rebel walls

Happy Birthday to me! Happy Birthday to me! In case you hadn’t guessed today is my Birthday :) I’m far to old and actually not much of a birthday person but I am feeling very loved and thankful today for all my lovely family and friends. They do put up with a lot ;) But back to interiors. The only reason I’m posting this image is because I’m in love with that wallpaper! It’s hard to find a good tree/woodland wallpaper that isn’t over done (ehem…..Cole & Son) or that resembles a badly painted mural. This one is detailed and graphic and a little bit magical. Just Perfect.

(Source: thebowerbirds.com)

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June 20th, 2014

Source: Ana Donahue

Don’t judge me……. my taste is becoming more bizarre by the day, I’m fully aware of this, but to be fair….. I blame it on my clients :) I mean just this week I’ve been dealing with palm wallpapers, flamingos, taxidermy bears, huge paper horse sculptures, all manner of vintage Italian wall lights and chandeliers and so much more. Talking to Paris, NY, Montana (random right?) Milan and even Australia, so it’s no wonder it takes a lot to pique my interest these days. Anyway…..I’m loving the palm wallpaper in this image and the chevron stripe on the bath tub. It’s cosy eclectic :)

(Source: thebowerbirds.com)

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June 18th, 2014
Source: Nuevo Estilo
Ugh, my week is sooo busy I’d kill for a weekend away. Somewhere farmy and countrified (yes I’m aware that they’re not real words……) with fields and woods and a stream or a river, not fussy really. Yes, a lovely contemporary farmhouse to retreat to. Perfect.

Source: Nuevo Estilo

Ugh, my week is sooo busy I’d kill for a weekend away. Somewhere farmy and countrified (yes I’m aware that they’re not real words……) with fields and woods and a stream or a river, not fussy really. Yes, a lovely contemporary farmhouse to retreat to. Perfect.

(Source: thebowerbirds.com)

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Interior Designer raised in the Caribbean and transplanted in London. These are images I collect which I love. It might only be a part of an image, a single object or the composition, but each has something that I am drawn to.