Posted in Color Shape Space, DÉCORATION, HOUSE & GARDEN, Inspirations

Inside Outside Room

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Do you have an “Inside/Outside” room?

We have three in our house. Not sure what else to call them – OK two are on the first floor, so I guess one could say “Balcony”, or “Logia” as a friend of mine suggested – sounds so romantic!

The third “Inside/Outside room is on the ground floor leading out to the courtyard one-side and the terrace and swimming pool the other side. Do you call this a “Porch”?

Not sure.

But what is so special about these places is you can sit in the shade out of the sun but still feel you are getting some fresh air. A perfect place to sit and read, or eat or play with the ipad – The cats seem to think it’s pretty cool too!

This is the Big Balcony Upstairs Inside/Outside Room

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Posted in Blog, Color Shape Space, DÉCORATION, Inspirations

Danish Decor Neutral Style

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I’m continuing my quest for neutral cool decor and came across this lovely Scandinavian home – not surprising, all homes from that part of the world seem totally beautiful!

These photos are from the home of Danish designer Michala Wiesneck have to admit that I had to look her up – well, I’m no ‘fashionista’ but must say, I like her style and love her fashion photo shoots – more like fine art than magazine glamour.

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Well, I think at 61 years old these clothes are a bit too young for me – BUT – I am proud to say that I could still get into them as after the weight I have lost this year – now back to the same weight as when I was 25 years old!

Anyway – I digress. What I love about the fashion shoot above is the back drops. They could adorn the walls of any living room – LOVELY!

Well back to Michala’s House tour:

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Keep an eye out at your local Flee Markets, and you will find stuff like this above.

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I just love these NEUTRALS – white – black – grey – brown. So calming and you can still add a splash of color as in the painting.

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Found on Bliss blog

Posted in Blog, Color Shape Space, DÉCORATION, Inspirations

Country Chic Australian Style

If I ever get the chance to go to Australia , then I am going to this country retreat near Melbourne. It just looks so amazing – be inspired!

EST Magazine

ORCHARD KEEPERS | COUNTRY CHIC
SEPTEMBER 13, 2013 EST MAGAZINE
When Pos Sampieri sent us the images of her beautiful new labour of love, Orchard Keepers, in Victoria’s Red Hill, our heart skipped a beat. Within minutes we were scanning our diaries furiously to find a date that we could book an escape to this idyllic country retreat an hour out of Melbourne. We had to get in quick before we shared it with you (so sorry – but we couldn’t help ourselves) as we know you’re going to love it as much as we do.

Set within established gardens and overlooking surrounding vineyards and orchards, the 4 bedroom guesthouse and separate Workers Cottage sit beneath a giant Sequoia tree. After leaving the corporate world behind her, Pos set herself the task of restoring what was once 3 separate cottages that hark back sometime between the 1890′s and the 1950′s, and committed herself whole heartedly to the entire process.

Working closely with Sue Carroll from Montreaux & Trove in Melbourne, Pos has created a sophisticated and elegant country retreat that she quite rightly refers to as ‘country chic’. Mixing antique pieces with lashings of white paint, layers of linen, concrete surfaces, pale timbers and a collection of ceramics, Orchard Keepers is the definitive of country chic in our opinion.

If your looking for the ultimate country getaway – whether its with family or a group of friends – you can’t go wrong here with Orchard Keepers….but its our little secret right?

Book here quickly if you want to see for yourselves!

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Posted in 3rd SHELF FROM THE TOP, Blog, Color Shape Space, Inspirations, Paper Ephemera, Wall Displays

Collage Collections and Kurt Schwitter

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There is nothing like being inspired on a Saturday morning to BE CREATIVE! I saw this lovely collage and started getting itchy fingers to do something similar.

I love old vintage paper ephemera and decided to gather some of my collection together to show you and to remind you not to throw anything away as it could be the crucial piece to finish your own creative collage.

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Want more inspiration? Then go and have a look at the artist Kurt Schwitter – the Grand Daddy of collage art.

An old bus ticket, a torn out piece of typography, an old stamp, whatever catches your eye!

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Posted in Blog, Color Shape Space, DÉCORATION, House Renovation

OSB Decorated Art Wall

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I’ve noticed that there is not much inspiration out there as to decorating OSB walls, so I thought I would show you what I have done with one of my OSB walls.

PAINTED of coarse!

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I used layers of good quality household paint – mat acrylic that dries quickly.

REMEMBER – Layers create depth!

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Posted in Blog, Color Shape Space, DÉCORATION, Inspirations

Framing the Painting Painting the Frame

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I just had to share this with you.

More pics and links where I found these weirdly wonderful paintings at BeautifulDecay.com

Yet another original way to work with old ornate frames – let them become one with the art work so that they become the art work – gestalt!

Posted in Blog, Color Shape Space, DÉCORATION, Inspirations

Vintage Cars — Vintage Color — Paintings by digital Artist K M Gatzka

02I came across  an old webzine by chance the other night featuring digital paintings by Artrage users — and just loved this set of themed paintings around vintage cars.

I’ve been using Artrage for some time now and have been trying to master some of the basics of digital painting. I’m no artist — it’s an uphill battle — but it’s great relaxation — losing yourself for a while with “pots of paint” with some favorite music playing in the background.

This lovely set is by musician and digital artist K M Gatzka — here is his blog. Kirk mainly uses the Corel Suite of drawing and painting software — each artist has his or her own favorite. I’m just a dabbler and find Artrage very affordable, highly intuitive in use and well supported with help files and forums.

Give it a try — you never know when your next masterpiece is just around the corner!

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Posted in Blog, Color Shape Space, OUT & ABOUT

Weekly Photo Challenge Green Autumn Color and Texture Tarn South West France

How Green – How Green this walk has been! Such a lot of green moss on the trees – I have no idea why – OK, the time of year is November, in the depths of Autumn here in South West France, but not particularly wet. In fact when we went on this local walk, we had bright blue skies and a temperature of 19 degrees.

OK, I know the photo challenge is green, but I couldn’t resist adding a little red – just as important during this autumn time – and so complimentary to the color green!

Posted in Blog, Color Shape Space, DÉCORATION, Inspirations, OUT & ABOUT

Fresco Paintings — Nicolaus Greschny

Nicolaus GreschnySome years ago, we were lucky enough to view a tiny Chapel, lost deep in the less-frequented regions of the Tarn.

Its exact location is best forgotten  as one of our party of three had wheedled the key from whomever it was who held it (not me I might add).

It isn’t normally open to the public. However, by those in the ‘know’, it’s renown for its splendid frescoes by Estonian painter Nicolaus Greschny.

He has painted well over 80 paintings, the majority of which adorn the walls of churches in the South of France. A year or two later, we enjoyed a guided tour of a larger church on the outskirts of Villefrance de Rouergue, in the Aveyron, again to view more frescoes by the same artist.

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So what is Fresco?

Should it happens to be asked when facing both the question-master and the ten million watching public, during your attempt to win the jackpot on “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire”, then just choose the option that has the following KEY Words — FRESH WET LIME PLASTER – MURALS – WATER BASED PIGMENTS – WALL PAINTING and the money’s yours!

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