A few collections, finds and projects from our busy month past…
For the next two weeks over at Natalie Long’s Bowerhouse blog I’ll be sharing some of my tips to creating story telling vignettes (a fancy name for a group of objects and curios!) in the corners and empty shelves in your home. Of course these ideas are just the beginning – do you have any other clever tips when it comes to decorating with objects you love?
Summers’ longer and warmer days have invited us outside to interact with the landscape, and in that has offered many a ‘find’. So much of what I do is about finding those pieces, be it decorative, background or structural that fit perfectly into ideas and concepts for photo shoots and the like. But I like to remind myself of the real joy in the genuine ‘find’ – those pieces of treasure that cross our paths when we aren’t necessarily looking for them. It’s often these trinkets and keepsakes that are the most special, as if they have somehow found us, to appreciate and enjoy.
I’ve really been enjoying “vignetting” over on Instagram these last few days as part of the #7vignettes Interiors Addict challenge. It’s all about story telling with grouped objects and it’s something I love and just get lost in. Here’s my entry for day 2, inspired by colour. Definitely loved using a brighter palette for this – something I wanted to do more of this year anyway!
Yellow placemat by Madras Link (on wall); Koko Ambrosi bowl, Aztec trinket tray from Sportsgirl; Message in a bottle by O-Check, paper heart handmade (for those Inside Out fans it’s a crafty project found in the recent Summer issue!).
I’m not really one for New Years resolutions. Rather I have made some decisions about what I’d like to incorporate into my days from now on that will make myself and others around me glad, grateful and slow down to appreciate the everyday. Things like having fresh flowers in the house, either bought or snippets from the garden. Hand writing notes to friends to let them know I’m thinking of them, rather than a text or email which doesn’t seem to hold as much value these days. Not being afraid of using, designing with or wearing colour, and actually stopping to pick up that fallen feather or interesting seed pod as it strikes my fancy. Here’s to the simple things, which really make up the fabric of our every days.
Yesterday, a beautifully sun-kissed afternoon welcomed an intimate sioree for the launch of Natalie Long’s new online homewares label, Bowerhouse. Set and styled in Natalie’s gorgeous coastal apartment, she revealed a selection of her debut range including rattan bar carts (these will not last long!), artisan silk cushions and an array of tabletop accessories. The collection has a beautiful eclectic feel with strong flavours of travel and summer, and are now available online.
If I could pick just one range that IKEA designs consistently really well it would have to be their textiles. Always unique and quite typically Scandinavian, the designs are stand outs and beautifully made. Their new BJÖRNLOKA textile collection is no exception with stunning graphic elements and a bit more of a sophisticated design and colour palette. It’s no surprise I’m loving the stripes and geometrics!
Just a few snapshots of the week past, and it appears that I am attracted to anything geometric!! I just can’t go past it. It’s been a week of regrouping and reflection for me, before a couple of weeks of interesting interiors projects. In the upcoming weeks I will be posting a few more styling and foodie related images and posts as I delve into the world and study of food and tabletop styling and shooting. It’s something I have always loved and keen to experiment with a bit more. Being definitely more of a savory girl when it comes to food styling, my challenge will be making and styling desserts – a genre I think I’ll really enjoy. Let the baking begin!
Oh and if you like these images please free to follow me on instagram…
It’s no secret I love instagram, and my addiction has reached a new level with my participation in #interiorsphotomonth, a super fun initiative of Jen Bishop over at Interiors Addict. Simply shoot and post a photo a day according to the list and you have it! I didn’t anticipate having as much fun as I am ‘playing’ but for me it challenges me to come up with creative images of everyday things, and I think really the most enjoyable part of the exercise is looking at other people’s perspectives. I think it helped keep me sane during an intense week of moving house, actually!
So if you are on Instagram and enjoy a challenge, it’s not too late to join in and get snapping! Here are a few from this past week, clockwise from top left the words for the day were: Pair/Matching, DIY, Upcycled, and Clock.