Saturday, 18 June 2016

The Home Library





Photo from The Mirror of Eden

Books as decoration. Shelves for literature, beautiful books on display.  Shelves to make the most of small spaces within hallways and passageways. Home library and studies.

Treasured Books❤ Bx


1. Image via: www.bitrebels.com
2. Image via: www.houseandgarden.co.uk
3. Image via: www.mostbeautifulthings.net
4. Image via: www.houzz.co.uk
6. Image via: www.yellowtrace.com
7. Image via: decordesignreview.tumblr.com
8. Image via: www.mostbeautifulthings.
9. Image via: www.themirrorofeden.com

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

PARIS by night


'Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that' Martin Luther King.

 We love Paris, a place of love. 

1. Louvre at night - www.adventureswithfamily.com
2. Guide Secret De Paris image via zsazsabellagio.blogspot.it
3. Jean Paul Gaultier www.artsy.net
4. Shop display  en.colette.fr
5. Cartier perfume www.vogue.fr
6. Dark Chocolate Paris  en.colette.fr
7. Cafe Scene Paris georgianadesign.tumblr.com
8. Gift www.flickr.com
9. Eiffel Tower at night www.google.co.uk


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Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Do I Paint it or leave as Wood? Seven Tips

Painted furniture is here to stay for a while longer  - the trend will evolve into more decorative looks and will reign as a style until at least 2023 - it won't die completely, but another trend will overtake. One of the reasons it will stay mainstream is our desire for ‘ light’ - painted furniture helps lighten a room, particularly kitchens and bathrooms.
As a general rule, No21 Interiors never paint beautiful wood, only pieces that are veneered, new, uninteresting or damaged. (watch out the second generation of strippers who will reveal the patches of filler!)
We have always created a polished finish to painted furniture or used limewashed finishes. I must admit I don't like the culture of badly painted furniture. Preparation and finish are paramount unless you can create a genuine aged French or Scandinavian finish.

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Wood has never disappeared as a look; antique pine is still selling, but it tends to be in rural areas rather than cities. Trends such as Industrial or Eco-couture - empower natural as beautiful.
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If you are undecided whether to paint or leave it s wood, here are seven ideas;

1. Combine a painted finish with wood i.e. paint the legs and leave the wooden top – this creates light and illusion of space in the room and focuses the eye on the beauty of the natural wood surface.
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2. Combine wooden furniture and painted furniture in the same room.

3. If it is naturally beautiful with a fabulous patina - don't paint it ... or strip it back for raw luxury.
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5. Lime washing exposes the wood grain, mainly wood that isn't at its best. A very practical finish, great in kitchens.
Image via eye-swoon.com
6. If it is a large piece of furniture and you have a dark room consider painting it.
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7. I would not paint dark blackened or aged wood as it can look fabulous against pure white walls, creating a contemporary mood.

The most important advice is to go with your gut feeling and create your individual style and nest. Surround yourself with the things you love and cherish.  Bx

Sunday, 1 November 2015

Marbling on Silk


Silk printed cushions in swirling patterns, marbled in tones of muted colours from mauve, pale grey and gold.

I have always been fascinated by the marbling technique having been to Florence Italy. I found a little shop that sold wonderful marbled paper to cover books, perhaps they are still there?. Bx

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Kit Miles - Flora, Fauna & Geometrics





Fabulous surreal designs by Kit Miles, ex -graduate of The Royal College of Art. Exquisite illustration using flora and fauna, often birds, exotic flowers and bold geometrics. 

Neutral colours mix with exotic brights in an unusual use of scale, Available in fabric and wallpaper. Bx


Thursday, 10 September 2015

NEW Photography Blog!




A link to my new photography blog
- Hope you like it! Bx

Thursday, 14 May 2015

Gorgeous Glass


Glass is one of the most amazing light reflective materials. From antique chandelier droplets, bottle stops to decorative pieces. So very decadent.

I have a treasure trove of small glass object d'art from when we repaired antique chandeliers - I cant part with them, particularly the huge mauve  antique droplet , I often wonder what the chandelier would have looked like. Bx

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Nature Inspires - Boa Design Lighting

Photograph by Tomas Miikule Image via www.designboom.com
Lighting by Boa Design 

Flora - reed lamps, inspired by the shape of water -bound plants. A cluster of glass lights create wonderful light reflecting shapes.

They can be individual or grouped, and would 
look great in a group, at varying heights. Bx



Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Sapphire Blue


Shades of intense sapphire blue. Gorgeous clusters and layers of one colour in varying density's 
This titanium quatz ring by Totokaelo is on my wish list. Bx

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Monday, 11 May 2015

Indigo Tatoo



 Kimono inspired patterns with geometric and floral designs. New indigo tones for tattooing. A great choice for men - teamed with denim.
.....remember tatoo trends change, but tattooing is permanent. Bx

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Sunday, 10 May 2015

Fashion Pick of the Week ❤ Rag & Bone S/S15


Modern urban casual-wear by Rag & Bone for New York Fashion week s/s15. Simple, clean silhouettes in indigo cotton hemp. Beautifully constructed with attention to detail.
Have a look at this seasons range of contemporary shapes and basic essentials, in core classic colours. www.rag-bone.com Love this brand. Bx
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Saturday, 9 May 2015

F&B Drawing Room Blue - Painted Kitchens


Drawing Room Blue - paint by Farrow & Ball. A clean graphic feel. Contrast with white for a modern classic approach to a painted kitchen.
Looks fabulous with matching Smeg fridge and subway tiles. Bx

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Friday, 8 May 2015

Lounge Chairs for the Garden

Outdoor furniture for luxury living by Patricia Urquiola, for B&B Italia. A Polyethylene woven structure in griege with a  mottled natural, water repellent finish.
Large lounge chairs are heaven Bx

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Thursday, 7 May 2015

The Bohemian Garden

Create an oasis in the garden with decking, structured seating, lots of colourful cushions. Great with this seasons print trend for palm and tropical plants on white backgrounds. A retro inspired Bohemian paradise.
View lots more palm inspired cushions www.etsy.com
Similar poofs & cushions www.urbanbarn.com

Bold colour and print doesn't suit all interiors - a garden is a fabulous place to experiment with colour and wild prints. Authentic retro fabrics would also look great. Bx

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Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Novel - The Mirror of Eden


This week, I am concentrating on my novel called The Mirror of Eden. I am in the process of improving the content, prior to publishing with the aim to have it printed by Nov 2015. I am undertaking a huge project particularly as I have decided to self publish and not send it to agents. It is the total concept that interests me - the cover, the marketing etc.

I am currently trialling the first four chapters with children aged 8-15, although I believe my target age is 8-12. I will not be revealing any content of the book yet, therefore, my blog will cover my journey and information leading up to release. This is a very exciting time for me. If you have children, girls and boys please take a look at my website. Bx

www.themirrorofeden.com

Monday, 4 May 2015

Stella McCartney + Canon - Fashion & Technology

Combining fashion with technology. Stella McCartney designs the Canon EOS 100D box shaped bag. A combination of neutral tones and metallic finish.
The Linda camera bag is on my wish list 'limited edition' ....love the Canon in white. This addresses a huge gap in the market for well designed camera bags. Bx


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Sunday, 3 May 2015

The Stencilled Floor

Following the popularity of painted furniture, stencils have become useful tool to personalise homes.  The intricate lace design (top image) is by Royal Design Studio
Pale grey with white looks fabulous, I recommend tone on tone to give a very subtle effect, Great to disguise concrete floors. Bx


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