Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Pinspired: 21 Ways with Watercolour at Home

Bluebellgray cushions on Ercol chairs via Pinterest

This week I'm inspired by watercolours, the washed out beauty can be seen everywhere at the moment. It's the next step on from the ombre trend, as ethereally lovely, but a bit more timeless. Not as formal as Monet, but the same essence of vibrant colour, washed out by the rain.

Here's a selection of inspiring images to see how it could work at home, and down the bottom I've brought together a collection of products you could buy to add a little delicate water wash to your house.

Don't forget, just hover over an image to see the Pin It button to pin to your own boards!

See more on my Pinterest board too: Living in a Watercolour

by Dean Crouser via Pinterest
buddha interiors on via Pinterest
Ampersand wall art on Society6 via Pinterest
Indigo Rock -20 by JenniferJennyJenJen via Pinterest

from via Pinterest
Tidal Wallpaper by Emma Hayes via Pinterest
Source unknown via Pinterest
Blue Drops from Scandinavian Wallpaper & Decor  via Pinterest
Watercolour Damask by Timorous Beasties via Pinterest
Bluebellgray cushions again, on Heart Home via Pinterest via Pinterest

1. Flamingo Cushion by Lox & Smith 
2. Blossom Bird on etsy
3. Watercolour damask by Timorous Beasties
4. Saapaivakirja Dinnerware by Marimekko
5. Eberson Rug by Designers Guild 
6. Fresco Linen Union in Lagoon by Liberty
7. Painted Garden - Sapphire fabric by James Dunlop
8. Akimbo Pillow by Eskayel

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Norwich Art Car Boot Fair - Art, Beer, Music, Yes.

So Sunday saw us doing the whole Fathers Day thing - he got a lie in until 8.30.  That IS a lie in, all Dads of under 5s will tell you. That is a lie-in the length of Frozen, so there. And then he nearly got to eat his breakfast in bed, if it weren't for the small ravenous beasts, stealing the toast and leaving crumbs on our sheets. Mmmmm crunchy.

After a lazy morning we mooched down to Norwich to visit the Art Car Boot fair at the Redwell Brewery. The scene was colourful and eclectic, the beer was plentiful, the music was cool, the food was delicious (Fathers Day meant nothing once the small girl had tried her Dad's curry from Comrades Canteen, luckily he had beer) and the people were smiley. A good choice for a lazy Sunday.

And the art, oh the art! Yes, we looked at that too. Here's my picks from the day...

Ella Goodwin - gorgeous illustrations, I thought they had a manga element to them. Take a look, especially if you like cats (you know who you are). We bought this 'Bumbelina' print for our mighty girl's room:
Image: Ella Goodwin on Etsy
Kellee Rich's pattern's caught my eye - see her Etsy shop to see the full range, some really special prints and hand painted brooches:

Image: Kellee Rich on Etsy
Fiona Gowen had some lovely maps, I'm a bit map obsessed...
Image: Fiona Gowen on Etsy

Beverley Gene Coraldean
As I said, map obsessed, I truly love what this lady does with maps, cartography on another level. Also, check out her Spiegeltent poster on her website. Octopi are cool, end of.


Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Norfolk & Norwich Open Studios

Having been along to the Dulwich Open Studios a few weeks ago, I was so pleased that the Norfolk & Norwich Open Studios happened over the last couple of weeks. And most pleased that a whole host of artists live pretty much in my back garden.

I didn't get along to as many as I'd have liked - you know, life gets in the way, it's not easy to take small people into artists studios - things are all far too interesting and artists don't generally like rugrats being inquisitive*, but here are my highlights, I really recommend you check out any open studios in your area, they are such an insight into otherwise private, and often magical spaces.

*wrecking the joint


Jules Allen
Jules Allen creates artists books, and altered or sculptural books, using a range of materials and techniques. I was particularly taken with the artist's book in the main image and above, a collaboration between the artist and singer/songwriter Marina Florance. It combined original copperplate etchings with lyrics from a CD entitled 'Fisherman' which is contained inside the cover. It really turned a book into an experience.

 The book on the right simply bursts from it's cover, adding a whole new dimension to an otherwise plain book.  See more...

A Quilt in Time
I am always amazed at the time and effort that goes into quilting, creating exquisite, beautifully finished pieces of art that beg to be lived with, not just looked at. The colour matching, the pattern planning, the stitching and the finishing take such skill, they put my efforts to shame...
This quilt was like a stained glass window. See more...

I loved the range of styles and techniques that Jane uses in her work. The little fishies that came home with me don't look so happy about it, but they reminded me of Marianne Nilsson's classic 1950's 'Sill' pattern for Almedahls, featuring herrings all in a row. 

The jugs below caught my eye too, they are slab rolled and then wrapped with wallpaper to get the leaf pattern, once removed, the texture is lovely, highlighted by a wash of blue. Gorgeous!


Hope you enjoyed these, I'm off to finish some long-abandoned projects - newly inspired!

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Geometric Living: Interview with Homes & Gardens Young Designer of the Year Lindsey Lang

I discovered Lindsey Lang at Design Junction 2013, as part of the London Design Festival. I was totally taken with her clever geometric patterns, with their nod to 60's Op art (reminding me very much of Sydney Harry), and classic Marimekko, which lift cement tiles from something functional and often mundane, to really very lovely.

Recently named 'Young Designer of the Year' at the Homes & Gardens Designer Awards 2014, Lindsey's designs decorate a gorgeous range of kitchen and home accessories, but I think they really sing on a grand scale when they are across a whole floor or wall as tiles, with really beautiful, but equally, really liveable pattern. This lady can teach everyone a few things about bringing colour and pattern into everyday living. Move over subway tiles, your time is up!

I caught up with Lindsey to ask her a few questions about her work - I think she may just have my idea of a dream life right now...

CLM: You trained as a Fine Artist, how did you make the change to surface design?
LL: Well, actually my Degree is a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Textile Design with a focus on print and weave. At the University of Kansas, they considered Textile Design to be in the Fine Art category. The thing that really changed my perspective was when I transferred to Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design and finished my degree here in London where Textiles comes more from a commercial perspective. So, the odd thing was that I landed a job in graphic design after university. After working my way up to become design director at a graphic design agency in London, I realised that what I really wanted was to go back to my textile roots and launch my own company.

CLM: What inspires you?
LL: I am constantly surrounded by loads of things that inspire me. It could be architecture, fashion, typography, vintage clothing shops, or anything and everything I see. I try my best to always keep my eyes open and stay inquisitive. My whole family makes fun of me because when I am travelling in a car or train it is as if I don't hear a thing. My mind just goes into la la land while I stare out the window for hours and drift off into imagination.

CLM: What would you dream house look like? Where would it be? 
LL: This might sound quite annoying but my husband and I are building our dream home right now! I am sure that I could dream bigger, but at the moment we are working to restore our 102 year old dutch barge which is moored on the river Thames.…2 bathroom, 2 bedroom and a life surrounded by nature in the middle of London…I couldn't ask for anything more. It is totally a building site at the moment but will be glorious when it's finished!

CLM: If your tiles or homewares could feature in anyone’s house, who would it be?
LL: Ha, I really have no idea because I love each project like it's my own… I suppose I am sort of a nerd in admitting this but, I would love it if my tiles or kitchenwares were owned by Ina Garten from Barefoot Contessa. My guilty pleasure is watching the food network and cooking delicious dishes whenever I have a spare moment.

"Make colourful meals, in a colour filled kitchen."  - Lindsey Lang

CLM: Where do you shop for your home? Who are your favourite designers or brands?
LL: Retail shops like West Elm, Selfridges, John Lewis, Heals…and if it is online shopping then I might buy from or Monoqi.

CLM: What’s next for Lindsey Lang?
LL: I am so sorry but, I can't really tell you much about anything at the moment! You'll have to stay tuned! All I can really say is that I have been working on 5 different collections in the past 3 months…all for completely different projects! There will be loads of new products by the end of this year, some of which will be launching in September during the London Design Festival at Design Junction. The brand is really expanding this year which has been very exciting. Life's good.

Exciting times, can't wait to see the new products, and I think I might just have spent my savings on

Thanks so much Lindsey!

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