1.) The American flag, the most common sight in the States, would be my guess!, 2.) The displays at the entrance to the AD Home Design show (which is in part sponsored by Jenn Air) by Devin Delano, 3.) my favourite Barber Wilsons tap, Mastercraft, 4.) Marys and Mimosas, complete with Baked By Butterfield doughnuts. A dangerous (but delicious) breakfast especially when paired with jet lag, 5.) The Architectural Digest display for DIFFA‘s Dining by Design feature, 6.) Victoria + Albert‘s very, very nice Edge 45 basin, 7.) Benjamin Moore’s bright and vibrant display for DIFFA‘s Dining by Design feature, 8.) the latest addition to Victoria + Albert‘s bath collection, the Cabrits, 9.) trade show furniture painted in fabulous New York cab yellow, 10.) the 1890′s with ceramic disc (GCD) tap again from Barber Wilsons
This series of photographs ‘I Wanted To See The World’, by German-born photgrapher Jessica Backhaus are simply sublime. A glorious variety of reflected colours which magically conjure up the architectural delight that is Venice. Now, I know we’re all kicking ourselves for not coming up with the idea, for as with all great ideas, it’s strikingly obvious once someone’s done it but I’m delighted that it is Jessica’s. There’s a innocence and joy that infuses her work and her approach to light and colour and the use of angles is exceptionally pleasing, and can be seen throughout all her projects. Having happily spent hours wandering around taking pictures myself, a few years back, this project truly sums up summery Venice for me, though if only I’d concentrated on the reflections. Damn.
The more I wander through Swedish artist, Michael Johansson‘s website of sometime-colour-coded-but-always-stacked-up household paraphernalia which for once, actually does include the kitchen sink, the more I like it. Actually, it’s definitely verging more on the love. They are WICKED. And so NEAT. There are a variety of installation spaces, from exhibition to domestic places and areas of whimsy but all executed with the same precision and care. I can’t begin to imagine the time and effort that goes into filling each void but the shopping must be fun. It’s beautiful mundanity.
A gentle pictorial blog post for the last day of the week. A little research on balloons is never an arduous task and always welcome. There’ll be a reason somewhere, lurking in the back of my mind though until then I’ll just enjoy them for what they are. The cat at the end was just for fun, to be honest. Little fatty that he is, bless him. Have a good weekend, everybody.
No, these aren’t particularly Spanish. In fact, Spain nor Latin America has anything to do with any of these images. It was just a little flourish, a little fluffing up as paper flowers just doesn’t sound as exciting, does it? However, this wee blog post is merely a pictorial pleasure ride than anything of meaning or substance. I like paper flowers and soon shall be having a go. I’ve done origami flowers before as you can see in my portfolio, but I want to try something different. Fingers crossed, they’ll work out lovely.
With thanks to all the contributors on We Heart It
Sunday saw the Summer’s final fling of glorious sunshine, which surely signals a change in the weather and the start of the move towards Autumn. And how better to spend it than out in the fresh air. I bade farewell to London with all its activities (Paralympics closing ceremony and The Thames Festival) hopped on a train and chugged my way down to the south coast. Slathering on the sun cream and looking the part of the ultimate walking geek, I headed to the beach at Seaford and hooked a left, heading east along the coast. This little walk was by no means a breeze. 21km of pure unadulterated hill and no joke, various parts of my body are still stiff rendering it tricky to do even the most basic of daily movements. However, the views were such that I would do it again in a blink of an eye. We are rapidly losing our south coast due to the aggressive erosion of the sea, which has been documented in the dramatic photographs on display at Birling Gap, charting the demise of Birling Gap in particular. On the day went, and slowly climbed all seven of the sisters and made it to the top of Beachy Head. The weather momentarily turned for the worse and I thoroughly enjoyed watching the clouds blow on in, we were spared and remained safe on top the cliffs, despite moments of uncertainty. With my end goal of Eastbourne now in sight, I ignored my throbbing feet and onwards was spurred. I skipped through Eastbourne (not literally) without stopping even for chips and settled smugly onto the train, an hour earlier than the book predicted. Go me. I recommend it to anyone and everyone. No walking book required as you just follow the coast!
A trip to Tate Britain earlier on in the year and this decorated staircase gave me so much pleasure (as did the exhibition that I went to see). This is by architect David Tremlett and his team of assistants took 12 days to colour in the Manton staircase with pastel crayons using their palms. Lovely. Watch a video of the making here
Paint filled jam jars to coat the inside drying outside in the afternoon light in preparation for my styled Laura Ashley blog post. Pretty.