This morning a dear friend of mine died after a four year battle with cancer. Her last 24 hours, I spent at her beside with her closest friend. It was a surreal and intense experience. If I were a writer I’d try to put it into words, but as I am not this sums up what I am feeling.
The picture above is of a late 17th century house in Spitafields, London, renovated by 6a Architects whose ”trademark style involves stripping old buildings of all extraneous detail in an effort to expose the timeless elegance of the structure.”
Somehow the fact that the building is so old and seen so much, even in its stripped back minimal state it is complex, rich and full of soul.
In Australia in the 1970s, there was a trend to remove the plaster in historic homes in order to reveal the beauty of the original bricks. I am not an advocate of treating old buildings in such a manner, but recently I have been noticing exposed bricks popping up with increased frequency in super-stylish interiors. Take a look for yourselves.
Ilse Crawford London Apartment via FlickRiver
Mr WongYum Cha Restaurant via HomeLife
Michael Graydon Photography via Desire to Inspire
via House to Home
via House to Home
via My Ideal Home
via Loft Global
As many of you know I love dark interiors. And to make them work, dark rooms need a sense of fun and vitality. This can be achieved by enlivening the room with splashes of vibrant colour, moody lighting and quirky accessories. Another great idea is painting your walls with blackboard chalk and then doodling. If done well, it can look oh, so lovely. In fact, I love this so much I have posted on this topic twice in 6 months!
via Vosges Paris
via Vosges Paris
Olaf Hajek’s Berlin Apartment The Selby
I love this wall where the chalk badly rubbed off. It’s particularly cheeky with that iconic image of Kate Moss printed on a tank top.
Finally, how cool is this magnetic blackboard wallpaper by Groovy Magnets?
Should blackboards be kept to kids’ rooms and the kitchen? Or are they also fine in bedrooms and living rooms?
This week Cole & Son launched their second range of Fornasetti wallpaper by the Italian design studio of the same name. The hand-made paper showcases drawings by the Milanese artist Piero Fornasetti and celebrates the centenary of his birth. The range consists of 13 different designs in a variety of colour ways. Be warned though, they are quirky.
You can select from Edwardian flying machines, bizarre sea creatures, surreal dark rain clouds, gold keys hanging in dense foliage, wide-eyed owls, Pietro’s collection of umbrellas, walking sticks and riding whips, super-sized fountain pen nibs, promenading monkeys, architectural features as well as trompe l’oeil niches which reference the Renaissance masterpiece that is the Duke of Urbino’s Studiolo. There are both vertical and horizontal papers. The idea being that you can mix them together to create your own fantasy. For example, clouds can be combined with balustrades or climbing monkeys with umbrellas (as seen above).
Barnaba Fornasetti recalls that “Pablo Neruda once described my father as the magician of precious and precise magic and I think that this decorative collection beautifully captures the magic essence of the Fornasetti world”.
I adore using unconventional and unexpected elements in design that make you smile and add fantasy to your life.
The papers are wild and I am longing to use them. Would you or are they just too mad?
Just adore this bathroom vignette: the white painted wall, the vintage mirror, the rustic wooden stand painted in gloss black, the deep pie dish sink, the black and white tiles and the low hanging off-centre light bulbs. Designer Paola Navone has nailed it.
Elle Decor Italia via Yellow Trace