Natural Photographic Talent

The beauty of a magical moment captured with wonderful lighting by talented photographer Lloyd Dobbie.  Lloyd travels far and wide to help couples ensure that their special days are remembered for years to come with his natural shooting style. 

IMAGES & LINKS:  Lloyd Dobbie

Oh, Little Bird!

Love this branch coat hook designed by Neko Design.  Hand made in Mexico from sandcast recycled aluminium, each piece is individually finished by hand and available in red, black or white.  Quirky, green and fantastic for any hallway.


IMAGES & LINKS: Green & Present

Silkscreen Art

Silkscreen is a process ideally suited to creating bold, bright images. A separate screen is used for each colour layer and many screens can be used to create a single image, resulting in a high quality image.
This bold print by Charlotte Cornish makes the most of the silkscreen process.



Setting Out I by artist Charlotte Cornish - one of 40 limited edition prints. 

Origami Extension

This origami-inspired extension is unbelievably part of a Victorian end-of-terrace home.  It's received a prize as the Best Extension in this year's Grand Designs Awards.  The white, light flooded space flows out into the garden and the outside surface is clad with black zinc. 
Photography: Lyndon Douglas Photography
IMAGES & LINKS: Grand Designs

Budda 'No Bean' Bags

Don't these look fun!  These Irish-made Budda Bags have no beans, but instead are filled with granulated memory foam commonly found in orthopaedic mattresses.  The filling has the ability to mould to any weight, offering maximum comfort and support.  I love this tactile, soft cover but the manufacturers offer a wide range of machine-washable coverings from pure cottons to luxurious faux fur.  You'll love their colourful choice of fabrics and textures. I'd love to be lazy in a Budda.




IMAGES & LINKS: http://www.buddabag.com/

Jump!

After a tiring, hard week there's nothing better than getting home and jumping onto a huge, comfy sofa and vegging.  Love this Long Island sofa in soft, textured hemp linen.   
Have a super comfy long weekend. 

IMAGES & LINKS:  http://www.sofa.com/

Sky High at Canary Wharf

Sky high living with bags of space and expansive views in this penthouse apartment at Eaton House, Canary Wharf, with its kitchen supplied by Tisettanta.  Tisettanta produced the first kitchens to be designed without handles. 

IMAGES & LINKS: Tisettanta Ltd

Small Victorian Goes Modern

This Victorian home in Southend was photographed by its creative owner who posted her interior design experiences on the Living etc website. Stylish, interesting, and innovative, I thought her rooms to be a cool mix of eclectic yet sleek - the epitomy of contemporary design which works effectively in a small space.  See more here.

IMAGES & LINKS: Living etc

Wild Child Wanted

The school summer holidays are almost here and the National Trust are running a Wild Child competition.  It's a great excuse to get out and make the most of the great outdoors. 
Children are invited to send in their experience of going wild outdoors.
You can enter with a photo, story, poem, sculpture, collage or drawing, or any way you want to express yourself.  Be as wild and creative as you like!  

Some ideas to get started:
Build a den or sand sculpture and take a photo.
Make a leaf collage.
Write a poem about a scary wood.
Draw the creatures you spot at night.
Get out there, have fun – and inspire others. 
If you win you can spend a day you'll never forget as a National Trust Ranger.  Find out more here.

Light Fantastic

Light is so important to any interior space.  The rooms in this Nantucket carriage house have been white-washed during their renovation by architect Hugh Newell Jacobsen, allowing a purity of light and calmness to infiltrate and demand peace.


Photographer: William Waldron

IMAGES & LINKS: Elle Decor

Any bids over £6.2 million?

A huge collection of treasures owned by Princess Diana’s family is being auctioned off at the world's oldest fine art auctioneer, Christie's in London, to help restore the family estate at Althorp. The family are attempting to raise £20 million.

One of the paintings sold this week at the Old Masters & 19th Century Art Evening Sale was top lot, Sir Peter Paul Rubens’ A Commander Being Armed for Battle, which has hung at the 14,000-acre childhood estate of the late Princess of Wales for over 200 years.

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You can hear a pin drop and hearts stop in the auction room at Christie's, King Street, London, when the auctioneer starts the bids at a cool £6.2 million.  I won't spoil the suspense by telling you what it finally sold for.  Watch the live auction here.

Pantone Colour Chairs

Love these folding Pantone colour chairs. They are sure to bring a punch of colour to any space in an instant. Available in seven different colours from The Holding Company.

Comfy Love Seat

This Waltzer Loveseat, available exclusively from Heal',s is inspired from the traditional fairground ride and currently reduced by over £1,000 due to the summer sale.  Now I'm not trying to sell it to you, but just thought I'd point it out, as love seats and snuggle chairs are all the rage in interiors this year.  Also available in Charcoal, Brown, Grape, Soft Grey and Natural, but I do love this earthy, comforting Wok Green.

IMAGES & LINKS:  Heal's

Mountain Retreat



This amazing house stands facing the Andes drinking up panoramic views of the surrounding mountains. The architect believes "the inside is as important as the exterior".   Transparency dominates the design with each room having an entire side made of glass. The stunning landscape becomes part of the interior space and visually expands it.

With multiple sliding glass screens, a main bedroom that faces the Andes, and a service area located underground, this house really makes the most of its sloping plot.  The building seems weightless as the bottom parts of the walls are covered with a dark stone, and the exposed concrete walls evoke a feeling of natural earthy, beauty at one with the natural surroundings.




House On The Andes by Architect, Juan Carlos Doblado


IMAGES & LINKS:  Contemporist,  Juan Carlos Doblado

Pathways

Pathways, Ronda Gorge

Heat warnings have been issued in the UK - it's going to be a scorcher.  This oil on canvas by artist Teresa Pemberton is sure to brighten up your sunny weekend even more. 

IMAGES & LINKS: Teresa Pemberton, Byard Art

Calling All Artists - Free to Enter Art Competition


What does London mean to you?  Would you like to have your work seen by millions?  The gold medal winner of the London Lives art competition will have their work reproduced to a large scale and then emblazoned on London's Blackfriars Bridge for a year.  London Lives is a vibrant, new and free-to-enter art competition developed in partnership by Bankside Gallery, Cass Art and Network Rail, and supported by the Guardian. The final 100 shortlisted entrants will be invited to exhibit their work at Bankside Gallery from 9-19 September 2010.

Original artwork entries may be in any 2D paint or print media including oil, tempura, acrylic, watercolour, inks or original print.  Sorry no 3D or photography.  Closing date is Sunday 25 July.


Westminster Bridge and Parliament and above The Telephone Box 2
Photography: Alex Holland

IMAGES & LINKS: Alex Holland, The Guardian newspaper

London at Night

There's something special about London.  Something that Londoners often miss or take for granted.  This is 'Westminster At Night' by freelance photographer, Alex Holland.  Alex uses colour and black and white photography capturing prominent London landmarks and skylines, often at night.  Alex's work can be found at http://www.londonart.co.uk/ where you can also find affordable art and photography from a variety of artists.

IMAGES & LINKS: Alex Holland, http://www.londonart.co.uk/

Living Room Luxury

I love rooms like this which combine glamour, practicality, comfort and layers of interest through the variety of items accessorising the space. Natural light floods in and allows the dark brown walls to add sophistication and luxury without making the room oppressive or dark.  There's also a clever use of different textures and bright colours to make the interior design sing. 

IMAGES & LINKS:  http://www.livingetc.com/

Classic Living

I'll leave you with this Kelly Wearstler designed living area for the weekend.  It's a conservative room compared to some of her more edgy designs but employs a clever use of balance, tone and harmony in its furnishings and accessories.   Have a super weekend.

IMAGES & LINKS:  Kelly Wearstler