Thursday, 30 May 2013

The Disappearing Boy

Happy Thursday dear readers!
Did you enjoy the bank holiday weekend?
Monday was the most perfect sunny day!

I'm always looking for art and I've been following this artist for a while now. I found him on Etsy a few years back and I'm in love with his style of painting, his colour palette and his technique.

You know when a painting moves you and you keep going back to look at it, taking in all the details, the colour, the expression, trying to read the emotion behind the painting?

I recently bought an archival digital print of The Disappearing Boy.  As soon as I set eyes on him, it reminded me of the fleeting time between being a boy and becoming a man.  I have a 16 year old son and it seems only yesterday that he was a boy of nine climbing trees and now he's nearly all grown up.  This painting reminds me of how precious childhood is and how brief.

Kai Samuels-Davis is an artist from northern California.  He's been painting since he was 16 years old.  He studied art at the Woodstock school of Art in NY, then moved on to SUNY  Purchase where he received a BFA.  After moving to the west coast he completed the MFA programme at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena,CA.

A look at some of his work

And you'll find the very talented Kai here

What are you planning for the weekend ahead?

Have a good one!

Saturday, 25 May 2013

The Floral Home

Hello dear readers!

My Saturday started early as I drove to fetch a bicycle I won on eBay.  A vintage 1979 Stowaway.  I immediately dropped it off at my local bicycle store for new tubes, tires and a service.  It's now a lovely bicycle for my daughter who I hope will take the odd beach cycle with me!

As a tribute to our late Spring and the abundance of wild flowers I see as I drive or walk along, I'm doing a post on living with florals. I recently visited an area I hadn't been before and I was amazed and oh so pleasantly surprised by the sheer abundance of wild flowers growing on grass verges, around trees, near curbs and sidewalks, sprouting through cracks in walls and brickwork.  Flowers have such a relaxing, calming affect when seen in their natural habitat.

Florals can be large and blousey, small and ditsy, modern or vintage looking, faded, prim and proper or bold and bright, monotone or colourful.   Floral fabrics can be Antique French, ornate Italian, detailed Oriental and intricate in pattern.   And of course floral interiors are synonymous with English cottage living. Every country has their own unique way of using florals in decoration.   What we all agree on is that florals are a beautiful and necessary part of decorating our homes, whether we use fabric, wallpaper, painted furniture or a simple vase of garden flowers.

My favourite book on floral interiors, is the book The Floral Home by Leslie Geddes-Brown.  Unfortunately it's no longer in print, but there are several second hand editions on Amazon.  Leslie introduces us to her book by saying that people have been decorating their houses with flowers for 4500 years, from the acanthus and palm leaves in ancient Greek architecture to the humble Iris which was revered by the ancient Egyptians.  
It's no wonder we continue to use florals in our homes today.

A few collages and pics from the book:

Some photos of wonderful floral interiors, vintage in style, bohemian and modern...

and my own floral bedroom, a mixture of antique French fabric cushions and high street finds!

Have a happy bank holiday weekend!

Saturday, 18 May 2013

Gatsby Fever!

Hi everyone, and thank you all for your comments.  Welcome to new followers, thank you for joining me!

The new Gatsby film is out with mixed reviews it seems and while it remains to be seen whether this new film will outshine previous versions, whichever way you look at it, Gatsby fever seems to have taken over.  There's an opulence and decadence to Baz Luhrmann's Gatsby that is both enthralling and disturbing.  The 1920s fashions are absolutely gorgeous and the decor dripping with great art deco pieces.  Personally I can't wait to see the movie, just so I can catch a glimpse of the interiors!

Art Deco originated in France during the 1920s, and it was Le Corbusier who penned the term in a 1925 exhibition... it then became very popular  internationally, the USA really embraced the art deco style which is evident in so many of their buildings.  Due to world war II austerity measures, its popularity declined.  Art deco design is characterised by bold geometric shapes, rich colour and extravagant ornamentation all of which the film has in bucket loads!

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Jay Gatsby's glamourous ballroom

The Buchanan's sitting room - a mixture of European Art Deco and Regency pieces

Gatsby's stunning Art Deco bedroom
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21st century's interpretation of flapper chic

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Do you like Art Deco design, could you live in a home decorated in this style and are you going to see the film?

Until next time

Wednesday, 15 May 2013


Hi everyone, hope you're having a great week!
I just wish the weather would remember it's supposed to be spring...

I spent some of the weekend pruning my lavender bushes of old dry stalks.  I know I've left it really late, but better late than never.  The stems have gone all woody so I'm thinking after summer I'll pull them out and plant new lavender or even white ice berg roses, which are my favourite flower!

I've also been looking for a bookcase for one of my walls.  My books are multiplying as I type and I've no more shelving left.  I usually like to look in charity stores and Ebay first and then if I can't find what I'm looking for then I'll go hunting online.  

At the moment I've got books under console tables trying to look ever so chic, but I'm not loving the look at all.  I need a bookcase!

As you can see I like the slightly dishevelled casual look, nothing too uptight and neat!

Have a happy week!

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Eye can see you...

Hi everyone, did you all enjoy the bank holiday weekend?
  Monday was the most beautiful sunny day!

I've had a couple of really good cycle rides lately.  There's nothing quite like feeling the wind in your hair and smelling the sea breeze as you ride along, pure bliss!  My aching muscles are testimony of my eagerness to cycle thrice weekly, if not daily!  Nothing too strenuous mind, just enough to get my heart racing and thighs stinging!

On a trip to Malaga a few years ago, I bought this lovely little card from the Picasso museum.  I knew at the time it would look great framed, but it lay in my card drawer unnoticed until I came across it recently and decided it was time for him to go up on the wall.  I found an Ikea frame with a mount board the exact size of the card.  He's intense, I can tell you that...his stare seems to follow you around the room, but I love that about Picasso...

Art doesn't have to be expensive to be effective.  A stunning card can be framed and made to look like an original drawing or painting.

Have a great week!