Fresh from the pages of Rue magazine
A wonderful eclectic mix including my favourite turquoise
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
Today I found an image I compiled from a photograph taken at Maison Objet last year. Think it was on the Asiatides stand. A beautiful piece of coral against a backdrop of a chinese glazed tile. Have been waiting for just the right interior to use it, framed up will look great. In fact there is a whole series, so I can have a wall group of nine images in total.
Maison Objet is a very inspiring interiors trade show in Paris, alas this year I wont be able to go in January because of the foot, but hopefully will manage the one in September. Used to go twice a year, but its not worth it, they are much the same except that in September there are more fabrics, but this isnt why I go, I like to source new furniture ideas, note trends, and in general just absorb ideas like a huge sponge……………. and of course any excuse to get on that train to Paris !
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
Another day of resting up (broken foot scenario) has produced more inspirational images. With the Aesthetic movement finds of yesterday and the image of NIGHT AND SLEEP by Evelyn De Morgan, I found the wonderful ceramics of William De Morgan. The colours and imagery I have found a renewed love for, he uses lots of blues, turquoise and greens with great effect, red lustre too. I remember back in the day, many years back when Morris and his contemporaries were much in vogue, think they are making headway again but not in such an overblown way this time.
This tiled panel below was commisioned by P&O shipping lines for on etheir cruise liners. De morgan uses ships a lot in his imagery, and was very drawn by the sea
Having some holiday time from the office has enabled me time spend researching some of the projects I am working on. Usually office is so full on there is just not enough time. Also I have broken my foot and have to rest up !!
Its all Interesting stuff, one building in its hay day, towards the end of the 19th century, belonged to the founder of Shell and an ex mayor of London, The house was famous for its beautiful gardens which was cared for by 25 full time gardeners. Another has Lytton Strachey as a pupil, bohemian intellectual and part of the Bloomsbury group. So interesting, so much history, a beautiful Tudor gothic revival building. The Aesthetic period, the rich colours, especially turquoise has caught my attention, I want to try and incorporate this look but in a more pared down way.