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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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 10th, 2014

Source: The DPages

WelI officially have a design crush on architect Joseph Dirand. I mean the man can design! He’s a master at proportion and mixing materials and he loves his velvet - need I say more…. This little snapshot is from the restaurant Monsieur Bleu. Isn’t is great?! Busy, elegant, contemporary, retro, and classic yet completely distinctive. Love it.

(Source: thebowerbirds.com)

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July 9th, 2014

Source: Sketch

Is it just me or are those chair FABULOUS! We’ll call them lady finger chairs because that’s the first thing that comes to mind (yeah I’m weird….) and I love them. If you are ever passing by Sketch pop in a have a look. It’s a lot of pink (I mean A LOT of pink) but the look is consistent and it’s different! We like a bit of different.

(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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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.