The whole purpose of this blog is to share with you the things that get me up in the morning. I'd love it if when reposting them, that you link back to this site. (In fact, doing so would really make my day.)
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So I was flicking through some of the blogs that Jules from The Diversion Project follows (she has great taste) and I found a very intriguing blog called A Paddington Perspective (I like that name) and found these lovely images. Blogger Bree Oliver took a walk through her neighbourhood in Paddington, Sydney and photographed some of the houses. Aren't they gorgeous? Man alive, there are some powerful combinations going on there. I love it - as if I need yet another reason to get over to Sydney...
I popped in some images of the rather quaint British Front Door, as seen in various parts of London and the striking difference makes me want to laugh for some reason - I don't know why...
This talk by Simon Sinek is one of the best things I've seen on TED. I love it because it intellectualises why I do what I do. The speaker celebrates what I recognise as my inner dialogue and it is doubly inspiring to hear it articulated so well.
Although I'm an avid fan of TED, I first saw this talk posted on Maria Killam's outstanding blog Colour Me Happy. You really ought to have a look; the lady knows her business.
Would you look at that?! The detail is just incredible. From raised doorways to dropped pavilions to concrete and tiled surfaces this house is a work of art. And they have an unbelievable catalogue of work...
image 3 is from a different project, but I think it works...
layering colours to create a warm and sophisticated environment - great colour palette.
love their use of clean lines and symmetry
I'm researching tiles for an apartment in a wonderful Art Deco building in Hackney. We're going to be putting the soul back into a 'modernised' bathroom which has had all it's original features ripped out by some heartless individual - too harsh? No, not when you see what they've replaced it with. Dear me...
Having previously resourced tiles from Tiles Etc. (they're super efficient), I noticed that they, like many other stores are now endorsing an interior design company. In their case Kianfar Revell. Tiles Etc. have chosen wisely as interior designers Amanda Kianfar and Marina Revell do great work.
Affiliation is popular in this industry; you may have noticed that the big brands (Heals, Laura Ashley etc.) have been advertising their interior design services for quite some time. Clearly, it's a good tool for generating revenue - especially at a time when the retail market is suffering.
At the moment I prefer not to be affiliated with a particular brand or product. I believe that my projects are as unique as the clients I work with and it's important to my reputation to remain autonomous. Then again, although slowly blooming, my business is relatively small and it runs purely on word of mouth. To some extent I'd like it to stay this way but who's to say what the future may bring?
"plant a garden in which plants grow and mysteries bloom" Ken Kesey
I love ranunculus, orange ones particularly. When I see them bunched up in buckets at the local florists; these bright heads of colour remind me of excited school children - I love how expressive they are in their little dance of life. Whoever picked the colour palette of this particular species of plant did an outstanding job. What flowers are your favourite? p.s. I found these photos on Flickr - have a look at sara + h's work, she's taken some lovely photographs.
Look, I know this is a little lazy - you know, just posting pretty pictures but I have been saving these for a while; waiting for the right link to share them with you.
I'm working on a big project at the moment - we have an architect on board and a project manager and so my work is all about colour and layout (dream job) and these images are good examples of how colour can be introduced in surprising ways. Notice how they've played with scale? I love that.
I've got some pretty exciting things happening at the moment - new projects, clients and potential mergers are keeping me on my toes and I just can't seem to find the time to blog. And I miss it!
In the meantime, until I can get back to the business of blogging, I hope you appreciate these pretty pictures. Isn't photographer Debi Treloar talented? She has a vast catalogue of really good work.
Thisis a quick snap shot of a project that I completed last year. Although I am dying to show you what I've been doing, I can't post any of the professional shots until my new website is up and running and the press releases are out, but this photo should give you an idea. What I can tell you is the pendant light is called the Caboche, designed by Patricia Urquiola.
I've been spending a lot of time exploring creative ways to light some pretty damn awkward spaces. I love the idea of illuminated ceilings (popular in the 60's & 70's), where diffuser panels are hung like a suspended ceiling below florescent lights. These photos are from a project in Portland Place, W1. One of the teams of builders that I work with from time to time, did this - his detail is so good that it actually makes me feel emotional. Great, isn't it?
It's only 1pm here in London and I think my day has just been made. Would you look at these images! This is the kind of thing that gets me up in the morning. I can't tell you how much blogging, blogs and bloggers has contributed to my life. Being self employed and running a small interior design business is not nearly as glamorous as it may seem, and if you're not very careful it's easy to become demoralised when occasionally faced by that mean ol' dog: isolation. And so, having access to some fantastically creative people via blogs and Twitter has at times been the only link between here and full time employment.
I am amazed by the sheer generosity of spirit that is out there, particularly in the creative fields and it's a delight to every now and again, find 'my people'.
Latest finds - do have a look, these blogs are outstanding:
Remember the 'Ash cloud' drama a few weeks days ago? Well, Joanna Goddard, the delightful writer of the one of the best lifestyle blogs out there; A CUP OF JO, posted a link to this website.
Airbnb.com - 'travel like a human' (I think they should work on that tagline), is being referred to as the 'eBay of Lodging' and you can see why; the prices are outstanding. This 5 bedroomed house in the Lower East side of Manhattan caught my eye. Just look at the interior! I love the smashed mirrored tiling - the contrast between that an every other surface area is endlessly pleasing. (Not to mention the yellow in the bathroom - bliss.) The next time I go to NYC, you can bet I'll be staying there.
p.s.What a fantastic website; it's informative and super easy to use. Oh, and it's international, too.