My love affair with blue, the turquoise variety in the main, does not seem to be diminishing. I have a red thing going on too, a big georgian mansion with a double ht hallway with a stone cantilevered stairway, 10m high !!, however thats another story that I am very excited about.
I found an image on Style Salonista this morning, a fashion shot by Demarchelier, that’s so cool and very inspiring from an interiors perspective. the mix of dark navy wool, chocolate, cafe au lait inserts, tuquoise embroidery with bronze studs and beading, all topped with a beautifully quilted turquoise hat……… A Dior creation ,that to me is stunning. I want to use these colourings in a huge victorian pile that I am designing, it also has an amazing galleried entrance , large spaces, tall ceilings. The richness of hte blues make other colours zing, add orange, golds and yellows, paler teals, duck egg and greys for softer less dramatic areas.
images courtesy of Style Salonista
Courtesy Bellocq Tea Atelier New York
an image from Domino magazine inspired me to research Joseph Frank, his 40’s prints are so vibrant of full of energy and so incredibly detailed.
This room is full of hope, waiting for the summer sun to return, strangely this pattern is called Hawaii?
Svenskt Tenn a wonderful interiors shop in Stockholm , opened in in the 1920’s, 10 years later Josef Frank joined the design team and his abundantly floral fabrics were born. Click on the image below to take you to the Svenskt Tenn shop,
more images to inspire me in the turquoise mode. I hadnt realised that William de Morgan not only used this colour to great effect but used red too, take a look here :- red lustre ware
Allthough I love colour and paint very colourful artworks, for interior spaces, especially the wall finishes I like a far more understated affair. I like to use colour that has no sense of time, does not denote a fashion “trend” but one that instills a sense of calmness, unseen, just “there” . You could liken it to blank canvas but that really demotes it I feel, I like to think it enhances the symmetry of the architecture, like putting on a tailored jacket to enhance your “shape”.
Its important for me that each piece of the “jigsaw” has integrity, it has a purpose, and that purpose for me is to create a sense of emotional wellbeing, this is where I source my designs from, happiness, feeling comfortable, feeling secure, and of course excitement.
Greys, Charcoal to silver, always have been a favourite, using the tonal values, rich, dark, and dramatic, to a much lighter airy feel. These images inspire me, they demonstrate what I feel, they are tear sheets from numerous media sources, elle decoracion and various american mags. Always on the look out for inspiration, not only from the media, but from nature, food and paintings, more on this later