Wednesday, 3 April 2013

#7vignettes April - Day 3 - Gift

Day 3 theme was gift - perfect challenge for me as I'm the girl who never has wrapping paper and rarely sticky tape at home. I'm normally forced to find an old brown paper bag, crinkled for extra effect, to use as wrapping with some string and a couple of magnolia leaves that have fallen from our tree outside. Scrubs up alright I reckon!

#7vignettes April - Day 2 - Layered

This is possibly my all-time favourite photo. Of course I love black on black on black and I think this photo illustrates perfectly my love of black textures and hints of subtle colour. The theme for Day 2 was layered and I wanted the image to be subtly layered - the placemats are layered and the objects and tones are subtly layered. I only wish I'd taken an out-take shot so you could see where this was set up in our house - didn't look nearly as sophisticated as in this shot!

#7vignettes April - Day 1 - Favourite

Back on the #7vignettes instagram challenge because god knows I haven't been doing any other blogging of late! I do know I work well with deadlines and a photo a day certainly gives me a challenge for each day. Day 1 theme for April was favourite. I do love me a bit of scandi design - although our house doesn't lend to that style throughout. My favourite piece at the moment is this Marimekko offcut I bought from etsy (about 3 years ago for about $15 - bargain) and have finally framed (in an Ikea Ribba frame). I love that this piece is subtle in its colour use and that the graphic is strong and simple. I've styled it with a vase and platter from Ikea to keep with the scandi theme and because I love them.

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

#7vignettes - March round-up

Circles - impressed myself with this one
Yes, I know it's almost April so this March round-up of #7vignettes is waaay late. Actually, it's only because I'm planning April's shots that I realised I hadn't actually uploaded my March efforts. I really enjoyed the March round of #7vignettes and I felt as though I pushed myself and came up with some shots I was really pleased with. I did spend too much time thinking about it, but I think I was so happy with my first couple of shots I didn't want the series to be compromised by something I wasn't completely happy with. I did, however, discover that I really like shooting from above and front-on and that's something I definitely need to work on!

White - nature does it best
Upcycled - hand painted baby food jars
Geometric - nature does it best, again
My colour palette
Paper - watercolour placemats and handmade flowers - cheap and easy way to decorate and personalise
Bathroom - simple, relaxing pleasures

Monday, 11 February 2013

Valentine's Day chocolate cupcake with sprinkles on top

This one's for chocolate, cake and sprinkle lovers young and old. If you reckon your loved one will like it feel free to download it - happy almost Valentine's Day! Now I want a cupcake.

Sunday, 10 February 2013

A knack for colour

I can sense a few mother-daughter collaborations coming on in future years, though daughter may out-do mother if this artwork is anything to go by. Little m did this yesterday with NO help or direction from either parents. Colour, tone, shape, texture - all her own. I am in awe of her use of colour - shades of green with just a pop of peach and blue finished with the hand-cut, pink-outlined circles pasted on top. I'm framing this one in something to do it justice. And I might even get her working for me too.

Thursday, 7 February 2013

7 Vignettes, Day 7: Pattern

To me this is the perfect mixture of natural and man-made. The natural swirl and pattern of the succulent with those subtle pink-tinged leaves is reflected in the swirl of the green japanese dining plate and the many swirls in the beautiful red and white Samantha Robinson porcelain ceramic bowl. I also like that the grooves on the wooden table are straight and angular in contrast to the swirls. For a five minute shot this morning between feeding kids I have impressed myself. 

7 Vignettes, Day 6: Old

I'm not a great hoarder of things and this is good and bad. Sometimes I get rid of things and regret it later, but mostly it makes me be really selective about the things I keep. This tether car, lovingly restored by my dad, is a perfect example of the good. I could look at this for ages. I placed it here against the 'old' fireplace and then added some colour using the rug - the colours in the rug pick-up the number 12 on the car. Old and new together and it definitely works with my design sensibility - I only wish I could keep the car here on display, unfortunately, little inquisitive fingers mean it wouldn't last long there.

Tuesday, 5 February 2013

7 Vignettes, Day 5: Cushions

I do love patterned cushions, but whenever it comes to adding them to my home I always tend back to simple colours. I think it's because I prefer the artwork to do the talking. Here I've used this 1976 Japanese print as the focal point against our navy/grey jardan couch with light grey jardan cushions against magenta ikea cushions. There's a country road throw on the couch to add some texture and a white hanging wire sculpture against the white walls for some subtle shadow play and depth. And as a finishing detail, the design sponge and abigail ahern books. Looking at this everyday makes me happy.

7 Vignettes, Day 4: Shiny

I'm not  naturally drawn to shiny interiors, mirrors aside, so I found this really difficult. I ended up using my Alessi bowl on a backdrop of a dark wooden side table, stone sculpture and vase and navy/grey jardan armchair. The magenta bougainvillea adds a pop of colour. Not one of my best, but I'm not too unhappy - especially considering my daughter allowed me only 5 hours of sleep (broken into three lots) the night before. 

Sunday, 3 February 2013

7 Vignettes, Day 3: Love

Yes, you've seen this before, here. I tried styling and photographing this in other ways, but I just kept coming back to this vignette - I love it that much - and I reckon that suits today's theme of love perfectly. You can't argue with true love!

7 Vignettes, Day 2: Texture

I've always loved using fashion and jewellery as art in the home. For Day 2 of the 7 Vignettes Instagram challenge I've coupled together this amazing Toni Maticevski sequinned top with a painting I did years ago using layers of brown and gold paint and hessian-like fabric. I like that the rounds of the sequins in the top are mirrored by the rounds in the painting and that the light plays similarly on both. To contrast I've added the yellow/green ikea cushion with horizontal textures and the fabric flower along with the smooth strands of pearls. I'm really happy with the mood and touch of romance this image evokes for me. But I do wish the top looked as good on me as it does hanging on the wall!

Friday, 1 February 2013

7 vignettes, day 1: Books

So I've joined my first instagram challenge - 7 vignettes run by (the interiors addict) Jen Bishop. 7 days, 7 vignettes - nothing like a deadline to get one motivated! 

First up, books. And in our house at the moment it's all about books for the littlies - of course, I suppose I could have used the time creating this vignette to open one myself, but hey, priorities. The vignette has actually turned out a lot more vintage than I'd envisaged, funny because vintage isn't generally my style, but I suppose I have always loved old-school illustration - I swear the books are for the kids!

Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Interiors and the stories they tell

Merry Christmas. Happy New Year. Yes, I know, t is almost February. I guess time flies when you're caught up in the school holiday madness of looking after an almost four-year-old and an almost nine-month-old, coupled with dealing with a prolapsed disc that's hitting on a nerve. Oh yes, fun times indeed. Needless to say my 'doing' in the last month or so has not centred around this here blog...

...but while I may not have had time to 'do', I have had time to think. 

I've thought a lot about why I love interiors (this may be due to the fact that I've spent a lot of time at home looking at the spaces around me). What I've realised is that I love the way personal spaces evolve and grow with you - nothing is ever 'finished', there's always the possibility of adding something - from travels, from friends and loved ones - you get the idea. And I don't like trinkets or clutter, I'm someone who likes order and minimalism - with the warmth of personal touches - in their design/interiors.

The above collection is what I wake to every morning. It sits above our chest of drawers at the end of our bed and gives me something happy to see before I start my day. It didn't start out as all the pieces you see above - it began with a vase (a gift from my aunt), the hanging necklace (a piece from travelling in europe), the ceramic votives (a gift from a friend) and the dinosaur designs bracelets (i wore them with my wedding dress). When I chose those items to put together I thought that would be the end of it. Then I made the yellow artwork for our second wedding anniversary and loved the colour and sentiment it added to my little collection. The Emily Green necklace I bought while pregnant with number 2 and I love that it reminds me of that time and adds a great spoonful of colour (sorry!). The latest addition, the Stephen Ormandy card, was a gift from my husband over Christmas - and it fits p.e.r.f.e.c.t.l.y. When I look at the collection now I am overwhelmed with the story it tells. Of course superficially it looks great, but I can't wait to see what I might add to it as my story continues.

Do any of you have a collection that tells a beautiful story?