Wednesday, 24 March 2010
After smashing two cans of paint right next to the checkout (what are the odds, and moreover it was just as embarrassing as it sounds!), I replaced the two cans, went home and disappeared into the garden to paint.
Two days later and seven coats of varnish, I am in love. Pictures will be forthcoming as soon as my camera is charged. Yey!
Thursday, 18 March 2010
Isn't it amazing when you discover something so enchanting that you want to gather your things and rush to see it as soon as you can?
Today, I learned about 18 Folgate Street, a house bought and renovated by Dennis Severs, a Californian drawn to London; a man with a love of 'English light' and a clear passion for how our society has evolved since the 18th Century. But that is only the beginning.
The house has ten rooms, each evocative of a different era and poised to cast a 'spell' on those viewing the property. The intention is to create a feeling that the fictional family who live there are just out of reach in the next room. A half eaten apple on the table, shoes and socks by the bed...it looks just like the kind of place I could get lost in for hours, endlessly searching for the inhabitants who seem just out of reach.
Dennis Severs articulated his vision much better than I ever could, so I suggest you visit the website or better yet, visit the house and see for yourself. Who knows, you may just come across one of 18 Folgate Street's elusive residents.
Oh well. Sometimes it's just not meant to be...
Tuesday, 16 March 2010
There's somthing brilliant, but also so frustrating about having your best ideas just as you're about to fall asleep. You blank your mind after a busy day and 'boom'! Suddenly, you're overtaken by something that was so far from your consiousness that you have to scrabble for the lamp switch so that you can exorcise the idea that's keeping you awake! Needless to say, I am very tired this morning!
Last night, I had two ideas I am really excited about. One is a project for this webpage and involves a bit of creativity and a lot of thought to produce something very sweet - more on this will follow when I've had some time to experiment! The second was actually a very welcome inspiration bolt on what to do with a plain old Ikea pine table that I bought a while back with the intention of doing something fantastic with it. Anyway, it's still in its original box, gathering dust in the attic.
But last night, the future looked bright for my sad old table, and my weekend craft project will be to transform it into a resplendent, glittering example of art deco design. I'm thinking of a design of black and bronze/black and grey mosaic tiles based around deco architecture - most likely the Empire State building. Anyway, it's still very much in it's infancy, but I am dreaming about it taking centre stage in our new dining room and getting very excited about it. (We're moving in about 3 weeks, at which point I'll take some before and after photos of our flat to post here!)
As soon as I have pictures of the materials I plan to use, I'll post them here, along with the great guide for putting together a mosaic table from Danielle Proud's excellent contemporary craft book, House Proud.
Monday, 15 March 2010
Sunday, 7 March 2010
I love Sonia Rykiel, and moreover, the mood she creates in her shows. The clothes are always so cute and wearable, and it's amazing to see the normally serious models laughing, dancing and being so playful on the runway. Her collections are lighthearted and made for fun. Looking at these fabulous photos taken by the gorgeous Alix at The Cherry Blossom Girl makes me feel like donning an enormous pom pom headband and skipping along the banks of the Seine, knowing that mischief and magic are just around the corner...
Taking one's own photo is never easy, even with a timer, and I discovered that my trusty old point-and-shoot is not going to cut the mustard. After perfoming contortions worthy of the Chinese State Circus to try and fit my whole body into the shot (and making the outfit disappear in the process), I abandoned the exercise and started to wonder whether I am going to be that kind of blogger, because:
a) I hate having my picture taken
b) I never look that great in photos (maybe that's just POS, though...)
c) Is it worth investing in a great SLR to find out that it's not just POS?!
d) I need a personal photographer!
Watch this space (warning: it may be a big space!)
Thursday, 4 March 2010
7. Skirt, DKNY
Wednesday, 3 March 2010
Monday, 22 February 2010
Sunday, 21 February 2010
Isabel Marant, Autumn/Winter 2009/10. Source: The Fashion Spot
After several seemingly endless months of searching, Peter and I finally found the most perfect Georgian flat in my beloved
When it comes to fashion and style, balance represents something else entirely: it’s the need to offset a voluminous cardigan with the skinniest jeans; the most daring heel with the simplest dress; or about pulling together lots of pieces to create something so crazy or so simple that it just seems to work: basically fashion yin with fashion yang (for this in extreme form, see Viktor & Rolf's Flowerbomb Spring/Summer 2005 - two completely contrasting concepts rolled into one show). Those are the outfits that make me happiest. Above are looks from Viktor & Rolf and Isabel Marant. Whereas the latter manages to create that quintessentially, slightly 'off', relaxed French style, Viktor & Rolf show the need for balance in a characteristically extreme and whimsical form!
In life, it’s about offsetting the everyday with the escapist, and that’s how this blog was born. I hope that through reading this, you’re inspired to find that perfect balance in your life, whatever that may be.