The Art of Display

Many years ago my display teacher warned the class that once we had started the course we would never be happy until things were placed correctly, and that we would be forever moving and adjusting, often to the annoyance of others we lived with.  Naturally, he was right!  But sometimes an arrangement is just perfect.  It's all down to the art of display.

Whatever you are doing dear reader, hope it's inspiring and perfect for you.

IMAGES & LINKS:  Bright Space Design

Sexy and Sophisticated Home

I adore the simplicity and clean lines of Calvin Klein Home.  Restful rooms full of texture and smooth surfaces, combined with clever lighting are uplifting and yet calm. 

Fabulous Ferns

Walking through these wonderful woods in a national park in Berkshire made me marvel at the ferns which have carpeted the ground and made it such a magical place, especially beautiful when the sunlight shines.

Glaciel Cavern in New York

The Richard Chai store in New York displays this temporary retail installation created by Snarkitecture in collaboration with designer Richard Chai.  The installation is carved from the confines of an existing structure and transports visitors into a glacial cavern excavated from a single material.

White architectural foam has been hand-cut by to produce erosions and extensions of the sculpted walls and ceiling to create a varied landscape for the display of Richard Chai’s collection with a range of shelves, niches, hang bars and other moments embedded within the form.

If you want to see this inspiring installation it will be open from October 21-31, 2010 at 504 West 24th Street in New York.

IMAGES & LINKS: Contemporist, Snarkitecture

Lowena Cottage

I had a super weekend staying at this pretty Cornish cottage in Looe.  It's all fully equipped, tastefully decorated and designed with pretty views overlooking the bay.

View from the living room window....

Neutral decor in the Victorian style bathroom in keeping with the design of the building.

This is the view as we walked down towards the shops...

The master bedroom...

Beautiful view from the bedroom....

 Looe at night.....

Up, Up and Away.......

A day at Knebworth ended with the spectacular sight of this hot air balloon being prepared for launch.  I love the colours of the landscape and the piercing scarlet-coloured balloon next to its complement green, against the blue sky.

Everybody in.... quick!

Away they go!  Hope you have a colourful weekend!

Admire the Architecture

London's architecture is steeped in history with an abundance of Victorian and Edwardian properties to enjoy.  There's still time, before the cold weather really sets in, to take a stroll and admire the views like this one in central London.....

and stunning townhouses like these in Hampstead.

NB: There's one day left to enter the free Weekend Giveaway competition. Scroll down to last Friday's blog (15 Oct) and leave a comment so your name is entered into the draw.  Winner will be announced this Friday 22 October.  

Interior Design Geek

Light floods in through the elegant, extra tall windows which are wisely left undressed in this well-thought-out open-plan living and dining area. There are many clever features within the room which are not obvious at first sight - textures, for instance, are at play with the large deep brown, leather sofa, colourful striped wool rug, smooth crisp white walls, natural wood and intricately designed art which draws you into the detail of the room. 

The rug also clearly demarcates the transition between the dining and living areas, and even its directional stripes work in harmony with those on the retro-style radiator and the long windows.

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A Bright Tweet

What a gorgeous hand-made drum lampshade, from Hunkydory Home, cleverly adorned with chocolate brown and the occasional orange bird.  Measures 30 x 20cms.  Its design simplicity is striking yet endearing. 

Weekend Giveaway

Storage is always an issue and this is a good time of year to edit what's in your home, before the winter season - and Christmas - set in.  It is so easy to forget what's hidden away so edit frequently to keep your spaces beautiful and clear.  Hide as much as possible away.  If you don't have enough storage check out the wardrobes at CSN stores' online shopping site. 

CSN Stores have teamed up with Bright Space Design and are giving away £25 to spend on any of the CSN Stores' websites.  CSN Stores has over 200 online stores where you can find everything from wardrobes to fantastic fitness equipment to cookware.
To win please visit,, or and leave a comment below. A winner will be chosen at random next week.  Have a great weekend and good luck!

IMAGES & LINKS:  Mazzali: Wind canopy bed and Sky wardrobe. Bedroom area by 

Designers Guild Sale

There's a mid season sale on at Designers Guild with up to 60% off some linen and blankets, and 20% off all upholstery orders until the end of this month.  Find them in Kings Road, Marylebone High Street and Selfridges stores and browse through their beautiful fabrics.

There's some gorgeous fabrics to choose from to create your own upholstered piece.

Tomorrow is 'giveaway Friday' and one lucky reader will win £25 worth of vouchers to shop with.  Don't forget to check in and enter.

Art Fair's Free iPhone and iPad app

Frieze has launched a free iPhone and iPad app. The company’s first mobile  app is an invaluable tool for collectors, curators and general visitors to the 2010 Frieze Art Fair - one of the world's most important and influential contemporary art fairs which takes place annually in London's Regent's Park and usually attracts over 60,000 visitors.
Main app features include an interactive map of the fair and ‘Art Finder' - a comprehensive search filter enabling visitors to navigate and browse the exhibited art works on their own terms by selecting specific media and size, as well as work priced under £5,000. The ‘Favourites’ section acts as a notebook and gives users the opportunity to keep a record of artists, galleries and events of interest at the fair.

An interactive map helps to discover exhibiting gallery information with wayfinder, a feature that directs you from one stand to another. The app also gives quick access to all the events in the curatorial programme in and around the fair; where and how to find the auditorium, artists’ cinema and bookshop plus the nearest cafes and restaurants within the fair.  Fair visitors wanting to plan a calendar taking in Frieze Talks, Frieze Films and special events will be able to do so via their iPhones and transport their bespoke fair diaries straight to iCal. 

Frieze Talks - the daily programme of artists, writers and cultural commentators which takes place in the auditorium (and this year includes Thomas Demand, Susan Hiller and Wolfgang Tillmans as speakers) will be downloadable from iPhones and iPads as podcasts within 24 hours.

The app also gives information on where to eat, drink and stay whilst in London in October and includes information about the current exhibitions of all the participating London galleries and key London contemporary art institutions including Tate, Whitechapel and Serpentine galleries.

Art's Big Week

London is buzzing in anticipation of the 2010 Frieze Art Fair which has promised to be the largest in its eight year history.  173 galleries from 29 countries will be setting their stalls in Regent's Park from 14-17 October.

"One of the few opportunities to get a truly representative picture of artists across the world," says The Times.

The fair has had more applications than ever before this year, which many feel is a sign of a thriving art market, in direct contrast to all the financial doom and gloom elsewhere. 

"I have no crystal ball but certainly in the art market, things have settled down," said co-director Matthew Slotover. "Very few galleries have closed. It's surprising, but the economy seems to be buoyant enough."

Tickets available from +44 (0) 871 230 3452

What a Sausage

Sausage dogs have an incredible charm.  Love this funky Happy Hot Dog tray with its adorable dachshund and multi-striped design available from October 2010 by Hunky Dory Home.

Happy Cloud Spotting

"We love clouds, we’re not ashamed to say it and we’ve had enough of people moaning about them," say The Cloud Appreciation Society.  Browse through amazing cloud photos like these on their website.

 Above the clouds over Snowdonia, North West Wales © John Rowlands.

Sky in Queensland, Australia (below)....

And here (below) is my own cloud photo taken in Larnaca, Cyprus.  Can you see the giant bear?

Have a wonderful weekend and happy cloud-spotting!

Portuguese Stunner Reveals More

A beautiful landscape, a spacious home, a respect for the holistic effects of natural light, and a huge dose of style make this home a winner.  The property makes the most of its aspect as it was designed and built taking into account the sun's circuit with a glass fa├žade and its position beside a valley.

The concept of this Portuguese home was located around a central internal square, like Roman houses, and this idea is at the core of the design. The main area provides open plan living and dining areas without doors to the kitchen.

Down below the architect, Manuel Ribeiro, cleverly created a space for a gym, office, locker room, support kitchen, and engine room to supply the services to the pool facilities, making the most of the natural slope of the terrain. 

I love the way the light floods in.

“We tried to take the most of the land to create a connection with the interior of the building, leaving a view of the valley and the square that exists between the two bodies housing”, Ribeiro highlights.

IMAGES & LINKS: Photography by Ivo Tavares