on the home front {our new home}…

a nomadic abode_snapshot

 

 

a few snapshots of some styling in our not-so-new home {did i mention we’d moved?}…

last october we snagged ourselves our latest {no.5} & most favouritist london rental abode yet, just 4 doors down from our previous pad, but it couldn’t be more different…

& we love it!

no more laminate floors & endless magnolia walls {yes, off-white paint abounds here too, but it’s interspersed with bare brick & acres of windows overlooking the greenery of neighbour’s backyards}

here we get to enjoy extra-wide wooden boards plucked from a french railway station, stained-glass windows procured from the owner’s former polo club {as you do!} & beautiful tiles crafted, i believe, by his ceramicist sister…

but even better, this home just feels like us & we have finally found a space configuration which accommodates the way we live…

gone is the home office/guest bedroom {sorry guys, but we’re putting ourselves first on this one} & in its place is a super-sized, double-height living room wherein our furniture is positively swimming in space {no more sofas pushed against walls, yay!}…

we have a spacious kitchen-diner with a dedicated reading nook overlooking the treetops beyond {all we need is that elusive reading chair}: this keeps the lad more than happy as it’s here he can combine his favourite pursuits of cooking, reading & catching some much-needed rays of sunshine…

meanwhile the household nightowls {yours truly} can hang out in the lounge & watch trash tv to our hearts content without disturbing the sleep patterns of others…

all-in-all it’s a total win win & i’m so proud of us for really analysing how we live {not how we thought we should live} & choosing a space that allowed us to do just that!

in my home {studded cross vase}…

a nomadic abode_cross vase

continuing with my new in my home series, today i’d like to share the most recent addition to our abode {it arrived this morning}, my studded cross vase {a christmas gift from my mum}…

confession time: my 76-year-old mum did not choose this gift, but no doubt tired of hearing my endless babble about how a studded cross vase would complete my life, she wisely conceded & offered to buy it for me, despite it being the antithesis of her own personal style {gotta love that}

it’s a hulking, behemoth of a vase {though i consider it more a piece of sculpture than a vessel}…

cast in ceramic with a mission brown glaze finish, it’s adorned with knobbly studs dotting the surface…

a nomadic abode_cross vase detail

it’s a little big retro {think dalek} & a whole lot of cool…

i’ve long subscribed to the need for a good bit of ugly in an interior to elevate the beauty around it & i think this rather fits the bill…

i also love the masculine edge it brings to this space…

a nomadic abode_dining room addition

i first clocked this vase on jen ramos’ blog made by girl & was a little elated when i found it for sale closer to home via none other than here {of course}

cherry on the top, it was actually cheaper to purchase in the uk than in the usa {that’s got to be a first}…

i wish i had more details to share, but there are sadly {or delightedly, depending on your point of view} no discernible maker’s marks…

if you have any further details, please do share as i pretty much want to marry this piece!

in my home {caroline swift}…

whilst giving our decor a bit of a refresh recently, it became readily apparent to me how much ‘stuff’ i have accumulated…

& so was born the notion of a nifty column idea…

so today here’s the first of my in my home series where, from time-to-time, i’ll share with you a few of the truly delectable pieces i’ve found in my wanderings through the world of design & which have actually made it home with me…

i’d like to kick the series off with the work of ceramicist caroline swift

caroline swift_large spoons

i’ve always had a fascination with porcelain: the fact that it’s so fragile in appearance & yet so surprisingly robust…

add to this its simplistic beauty, the sculptural forms it lends itself to & the way it interplays with light & it’s one of my favourite decorative finishes…

caroline’s work showcases all of these aspects beautifully…

caroline swift_vase

a former knitwear designer for benetton, caroline now works her magic predominantly with unglazed porcelain {best for showcasing its inherent beauty}…

her range includes delicate vases etched with poetry…

caroline swift_spoons

perfectly-formed porcelain spoons {too good to use}…

caroline swift_bowl

& sweet, organically-shaped bowls…

& the thing i love almost as much as the individual pieces themselves is the way caroline’s work is presented: delicate artworks perched atop neat rows of iron nails, their smooth & crisp contours juxtaposed against a distinctly industrial backdrop…

it’s a look i instantly want to replicate in my own home…

caroline swift_porcelain leaves

i am the proud owner of a strand of caroline’s porcelain leaves…

not only are they beautiful to look at, but they make the most magical tinkling sound whenever the breeze hits them…

& though i’m yet to find the perfect spot to house them in my current abode, in my new home there’ll be a suitably rustic backdrop dedicated solely to showcasing their splendour…

images via: caroline swift

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