keeping it in the family {lovely bones}…

if i ever wanted to breathe new life into my career i’d definitely consider plying the rag & bones trade & i know exactly who i’d want to join forces with…

because when it comes to a love of antiques & curios i have a life long partner in crime: my eldest brother…

just as well there’s 12 years, a gender divide & an ocean between us because otherwise i fear our shopping escapades could prove hazardous: if we didn’t both suffocate under the mound of ol’ tat we carted home, then we may just claw each other’s eyes out for claim to the best bits…

his obsession: vintage guitars, old dressers, wood planes & lathes &, well, vintage tools in general really {boy stuff}…

mine: signage, vessels, oil paintings, carved wood, vintage photos, mismatched china, linens, etc {girl stuff}…

but we meet squarely in the middle with this…

love warriors

lovely bones…

these intricately-carved lace longhorns {or what i’d like to refer to as ol’ bones made good} appeal to our shared love of quirk, craftmanship & the magic that is mother nature…

they are raw & yet beautiful, striking but simultaneously delicate…

& best of all they represent both the perished & the reborn {deep, huh?}…

needless to say, we both want to make them ours: pronto!

old bones

sure old bones & antlers have been doing the rounds in interior design for a while now…

bare bones & guitars

& frankly, i never tire of them…

gold bones

ever…

lacy longhorns

but this takes the celebration of skullage that one step further, adding an element of artistry to the found & a certain purposefulness to the forage…

& i think it most definitely breathes new life into the old…

{interested in other ways to up the ante on your skulls, antlers & hornage? check out this, thisthis}

images via: love warriorsmade by girljapanese trashdesign shimmerhoneypie living etc

keeping it light {hanna wessman}…

hanna wessman

i’m keeping it light today, literally, as i really, really have to crack on with some house plans…

& isn’t it always the way when you have something legitimate that you need to be pressing on with that you suddenly find multitudinous waves of creativity washing over you which are all magically directed towards everything except the thing you’re meant to be working on!?!

it’s a skill!

so i’ll leave you with what i thought was a really rather lovely bedside companion from the home of hanna wessman {find out more about her & her lovely home here}…

 

{ps: happy friday!}

image by malin cropper/plaza interiors via: from the right bank

explorers, all of us {happy friday}…

tim walker

we’re off exploring the english countryside this long weekend & little would please me more than to stumble upon a cinematic classic being projected onto the back of a barn in the middle of seemingly nowhere {providing i had my fully-stocked picnic basket in hand, that is}…

this, my friends, is my idea of heaven…

happy weekend all…

image by tim walker via: georgina graham

on how other people live {& being a better designer}…

a nomadic abode

 

nothing gives me greater pleasure than having a good ol’ nose around someone else’s home: an itch that was duly scratched repeatedly on our recent trip back home…

in four short weeks i toured no less than 18 homes…

some of these houses were long-established family homes, others recent acquisitions &/or first home buys & there was even a new build or two thrown in for good measure…

& i feel i can say with some sureity that the households i visited represented a fairly broad cross-section of society: uni students, retirees, young families, established families, ready-to-fly-the-nesters, artists, professional couples, divorcees, singletons: you name it, we visited!

& their homes were just as varied: wooden queenslanders packed to the rafters with memorabilia, pared-back homestead-style houses on large leafy blocks, inner-city cottages, high-set weatherboards complete with veggie patch nestling amongst the gums, church conversions, art deco abodes & townhouses alike…

but as different as these homes {& their inhabitants} were, they shared one commonality: each & every one of them represented real homes of real people filled with the things that bring them real joy…

without exception, the paraphanaelia of life {ie, all those things the magazines generally try to hide away in cupboards} was there in full view with a delightful absence of over-staging…

there was evidence of kids, pets, hobbies & interests wherever the eye landed & it left me feeling really rather humbled…

you see, the prospect of building our own home & evaluating how we {my partner & i} live & what is dear to us has yielded a really rather fabulous by-product: it has opened my eyes to trying to be more respectful of what is, in turn, dear to others…

& that is, i hope, in turn making me a better designer…

i’m trying to look beyond my own aesthetic & be more mindful of appreciating other people’s tastes, passions & yearnings & taking delight in someone else’s story & how it is regaled throughout their home…

i’m willing myself to quell those inner voices that tell me to dole out ‘helpful’ suggestions without first being asked {mmmh, failed a few times, but i’m trying}

& i’m really, truly working on resisting the urge to mentally {if not physically} rearrange the furniture & furnishings in each & every home i enter {ok… so, i’m definitely still working on that last bit & if i have done this to you recently, i duly apologise}

afterall, when somebody invites you into their home, they are inviting you to explore a little piece of them, to share in their pride & revel in their accomplishments…

& while it’s all well & good as a designer to possess a covetable style that others may want to emulate, being able to help people successfully interpret & bring to life their own unique vision is a covetable attribute all in itself…

 

{to everyone back home who shared their home with us, wined & dined us or simply took time out of their busy schedules to catch up with us, we thank you!}

i’m back {but something’s missing}…

spring

the continual chattering of my teeth confirms that not only am i back in blighty, but that spring, as yet, is not {despite the melodic chirping of a nearby bird}…

morning all…

thought i’d pop in to let you know that i’ll be getting back into the swing of more regular posting real soon…

whilst i had intended to blog a little more than i actually did whilst away, truth be told the month off was liberating…

i’ve had a brilliant few weeks: some highs, some lows, lots of laughs & a little too much indulgence of the good things in life…

we’ve caught up with family & friends {old & brand-spanking new}, toured multitudinous homes & squeezed in some shopping here & there…

we’ve even kickstarted the planning process of our new home with a local architect…

& now i’m back feeling invigorated, inspired & ready to get into the swing of things {& spring}…

hope you’ve all been well…

speak soon!

 

image via: stellarsky

country kitchen alchemy {edition four}…

hello & greetings from down under: where the weather is perfect one day & either mind-bogglingly hot or wet & rainy the next {& i thought british weather was bad}!

well this month’s edition of country kitchen alchemy couldn’t be any more apt for me as i’ve been eating its key ingredient in handsome quantities since my arrival home…

so i’m pretty chuffed to have some options beyond slapping it on a sarnie, alongside a salad or on top of a beefy burger…

without further ado, it’s over to lisa & her kitchen magic…

country kitchen alchemy_intro_edition four_onscreen

country kitchen alchemy_ingredient_edition four_onscreen

country kitchen alchemy_recipe one_edition four_onscreen

country kitchen alchemy_recipe two_edition four_onscreen

so what do you think? would you be game to spice up some gravalax with a beetroot topper, or does the idea of a fresh & tasty dip tempt your tastebuds? just the thought of the latter served with fresh crusty bread & soft goats curd cheese is doing it for me!

lisa, you’ve outdone your good self!

be sure to join us in april for the fifth instalment of country kitchen alchemy &, in the meantime, if you’d like to try any of lisa’s recipes yourself please do feel free to print off the recipe cards which i have saved in a more printer-friendly format {ie, a white background} under the my features tab…

previous editions of country kitchen alchemy: onetwo, three

{this is not a sponsored post, just two friends sharing the love!}

me & my striped pony…

osa johnson

in a few hours me & my zebra {minus my zebra} will be hitting the donkey trail & heading south to the land of oz…

i’m about to experience 28+ solid hours of about as much fun as you can possibly have sitting in an upright position {not}…

i’m not sure what the next few weeks of blogging are going to look like in all honesty as i’ll be at the mercy of my family & friends’ internet capacity & hospitality…

but i do hope to be able to squeeze in a few quick hellos here & there so do stop by…

until then: keep smiling & happy days!

 

image via: absolutely beautiful things

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...