Tuesday, 31 March 2009
Monday, 30 March 2009
Sunday, 29 March 2009
Thursday, 26 March 2009
Image - Flickr
Wednesday, 25 March 2009
Tomorrow will be better. I know it will be.
Tuesday, 24 March 2009
Monday, 23 March 2009
I fell in love with this gorgeous guest house in the Netherlands when it was featured in Real Living magazine recently. I love, love, love it! The coloured feature walls are divine and I love them paired with the floral fabrics, vintage floral artwork, white walls and vintage inspired furniture pieces. The house is aptly named Bed of Flowers!! You can stay at this beautiful place and I must say I think it is very reasonable priced. Click HERE to visit the website.
Sunday, 22 March 2009
Saturday, 21 March 2009
Thursday, 19 March 2009
As a side note, I am currently looking for some beautiful original artwork to display in my store, Black & Spiro. If anyone is interested in submitting their work for consideration please email me...firstname.lastname@example.org. I would be very excited to see paintings of table vignettes, vases of flowers, room scenes, pieces of furniture, blue and white ginger jars filled with flowers etc. etc. etc. I am looking for pieces which are medium to large in size.
Wednesday, 18 March 2009
Tuesday, 17 March 2009
I love our new inlaid trays as above and also the Chinese brushes are so beautiful...the hot pink one is begging me to take it home!!
This little vintage chair is so pretty. I would love to see it find a home in a little girl's bedroom!
Monday, 16 March 2009
Thursday, 12 March 2009
Wednesday, 11 March 2009
Tuesday, 10 March 2009
India Hicks has stacked a collection of beach hats on a shelf in her house in the Bahamas above.
Another trait my mother has passed onto me is collecting beach hats. She has always had a passion for beautiful straw/raffia beach hats. I remember her often popping on a new hat ready to head to the beach. Over the years she has collected many, many hats...favouring the designs of Helen Kaminski, Annabel Ingall & most recently Axel Mano.
If you look closely at the picture above you can see my small stack of hats on my sideboard at Straddie.
By incorporating usable, everyday things like hats and baskets into the decoration of our homes, whether they are at the beach, in the country or in the city, we are able to achieve a very personal, simple, cost effective yet stylish look.
Monday, 9 March 2009
Interior Designer Sister Parish once said...
As well as being a fashionable accessory to carry to the beach, a basket can be very useful as decoration in a beach house as shown above & below.
This is such a simple yet beautiful tradition to begin. I know one day I will have a barrage of wicker baskets to love which my mother has collected over the years. Ever since I can remember, she has carted her goods and chattels, groceries and clothing to and from our family beach house in wicker baskets - big and small, much to my fathers annoyance. He always insisted that they were such a pain to pack in the car.
The life-long obsession my mother has had with baskets has rubbed off on me. Gosh, I hope Harry will be prepared for all the wicker baskets he will inherit one day...
Thursday, 5 March 2009
In stark contrast to last week, I have had the most wonderful, exciting, inspiring, happy week. So, I think I will finish this week today and then I can come back here next week refreshed, ready and roaring to go again. Wishing you all lots of hapiness until next time!!
Image 1 - Flickr
Image 2 - Vi.sualize.us
Wednesday, 4 March 2009
Beautiful fabric is obviously a passion of mine. Mostly I love patterned linens. I also love embroidered/crewel fabrics. So when I stumbled across Richard's work over at Historically Inaccurate I was beside myself...two of my favourite things joined together in one fabric...embroidery and patterned linen.
This might just be the perfect choice for a small vintage chair I have at home which desperately needs recovering.