July 30th, 2014

Source: Vogue Living

I’ve been a bad blogger as of late, but work had been keeping me very busy! Anyway, I’m back and thinking about a crucial piece in my living room. The fireplace. The house is an old Victorian terrace so it make sense to restore some of the period features - fireplace being one of them. Architectural Salvage yards are a great place to find said fireplaces. I’m thinking marble for sure.

(Source: thebowerbirds.com)

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July 22nd, 2014

Source: The D Pages

Today I bring you one of my fav designers du Jour - Ilse Crawford. I have a bit of a girl crush on this woman - I mean have you seen her interiors? She artfully mixes old world and contemporary to create a sort of moody romantic vibe. The colour palette is muted but the textures are rich. Definitely a design inspiration I’ll be taking tips from when doing up my own place.

(Source: thebowerbirds.com)

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June 26th, 2014
Source: Corriere Living
This is an old image now but I still love it. Dark chevron floors, period features and mid century furniture? Seriously…… could give me an aneurysm.

Source: Corriere Living

This is an old image now but I still love it. Dark chevron floors, period features and mid century furniture? Seriously…… could give me an aneurysm.

(Source: thebowerbirds.com)

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June 8th, 2014

Source: Nuevo Estilo

So this might be a little OTT and eclectic but at least it’s not boring! I’m craving something a little different. Colour, old vs new, collected pieces, the obscure and unusual. Today will be a hunting day!

(Source: thebowerbirds.com)

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June 7th, 2014

Source: Diversion Project

I tooootallly want an Armoire. I have zero storage in my house and this would be a great solution - cheaper than having something built anyway. Now if only I could fit it through the front door……

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May 28th, 2014

Source: French by Design

Uhhhh, I think I may have died and gone to interiors heaven……in Barcelona. Heaven in Barcelona. Ok enough. But seriously?! When I come across spaces like this I’m reminded why I love my job. I also get a serious craving for adventure and the feeling of possibility - like “I can do that!” also a massive craving to do exactly that. You following me? It’s hard to explain, but I love nothing more then trawling the net for run down, tired properties (all over the world!) and dreaming about all the things I could do to them. This place gets me because of its enormous proportions, elegant details, amazing windows and mix of contemporary furnishings. I’m also slightly in love with the floor. Like a LOT in love. 

(Source: thebowerbirds.com)

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May 25th, 2014

Source: Apartment Therapy

So every year AP hold a “Small Cool Homes” competition where folks can send in pictures of their home all in a bid to win the contest. I love this! I love trawling through the entries and would even consider entering myself if my place were ready (sadly & probably thankfully it’s not - not by a mile). This year marks the 10th annual competition and as always there are lots of interesting entries. My favourite by far is this little beauty called Erin’s Well Considered Home. She has combined a mix of styles that work together seamlessly. Slightly industrial, slightly vintage, definitely collected and monochromatic at the core (but not in a harsh sharp way) Erin’s home is a reflection of her and that’s the best part! You can really get a feel for the competitors. I find it fascinating - looking at a strangers home and being able to form a mental impression of who these people are, how they live, what they like and even what they might do as a profession. I’ve always said that I believe our homes are an extension of ourselves. If there were such a thing as a PHD in this I swear I would do it in a heartbeat!

(Source: thebowerbirds.com)

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May 22nd, 2014

Source: Emily Henderson

For those of you in the UK (or anywhere other than American really), you probably won’t be familiar with Emily Henderson, a designer and HGTV  show host in the US. Many moons ago Emily competed on a very popular TV Design competition called Design Star where she won and it’s been interesting watching her grow and develop ever since (I watched the whole competition……Yep, geek). Even back then she was fun and playful with her style which has only become stronger. She’s quite thrifty and loves her vintage (good girl!) and often recovers old tired pieces like those aqua chairs above. Have a look at her site. It’s entertaining reading and she has some fun ideas.

(Source: thebowerbirds.com)

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May 15th, 2014

Source: Apartment Therapy

The one thing I’m struggling to figure out in my house is a dining area. The flat is large for London standards but the way it’s configured means I have to compromise on comfort somewhere if I want everything (something I’m in complete denial about!). As much as I’d love a whole room as my dining area, I think that’s perhaps a bit greedy….. I think the solution is to incorporate it into the kitchen somehow - by way of a counter/bar or perhaps island. Watch this space. I’ll make sure to post pictures when it’s done.

(Source: thebowerbirds.com)

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May 14th, 2014

Source: Design Files

And over on the Design Files this morning was a feature on one of my favourite Interior Stylists, Sibella Court. I feel like Sibella and I should most definitely be friends (not in a creepy way….and should we ever meet ). Quite simply we share an appreciation for all things curious and obscure. She is a collector, a beach comber, a hunter - like me. You’ll know what I mean if this applies to you and you won’t understand it if it doesn’t. Oh Sibella, please be my friend, or at least take me to all your treasure finding locations!

(Source: thebowerbirds.com)

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May 11th, 2014

Source: Moi (bowerbirds instagram)

Now that I’m back from my mini break (Boooo!) it’s time to start thinking about really getting the renovations started. Pulled some stuff out of storage to try and wade through all the crap sort it out…… It’s amazing how you forget what you have and how exciting it is rediscovering it all!

(Source: thebowerbirds.com)

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May 5th, 2014
Source: The Coveteur
The one thing I love about coming home (besides seeing family & catching up with friends of course) is how inspired I feel. Spending days beach combing and riffling through all my old stuff, taking photos of palm trees (a lot of photos of palm trees…..) and generally feeling good about life!

Source: The Coveteur

The one thing I love about coming home (besides seeing family & catching up with friends of course) is how inspired I feel. Spending days beach combing and riffling through all my old stuff, taking photos of palm trees (a lot of photos of palm trees…..) and generally feeling good about life!

(Source: thebowerbirds.com)

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April 26th, 2014

Source: Anson Smart Via DTI

Good morning World! So happy it’s the weekend! I LOVE this image above. It’s an old one but I never tire of it. It makes me want to go out and hunt! - which I will be doing next week in the Caribbean (jealous much?). I’m due for a quick trip home and I’m sooo excited. I have so many treasures at home, like above, that I’ve collected over the years and I’m thinking it’s about time I shipped them to London. It’s all part of my master plan Muahahaha! Watch this space!

(Source: thebowerbirds.com)

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April 22nd, 2014
Source: T Magazine
Ummmm Marble. I have a slight obsession with marbles at the moment. I love the movement it can have as seen in the example above. It can add drama where you want to see it or be understated where you don’t. In a kitchen, a bathroom or as accent pieces and furniture, it has an aesthetic quality that is almost unrivalled by other materials (in my opinion - apart from perhaps woods). Big fan right here. Big fan.

Source: T Magazine

Ummmm Marble. I have a slight obsession with marbles at the moment. I love the movement it can have as seen in the example above. It can add drama where you want to see it or be understated where you don’t. In a kitchen, a bathroom or as accent pieces and furniture, it has an aesthetic quality that is almost unrivalled by other materials (in my opinion - apart from perhaps woods). Big fan right here. Big fan.

(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.