London art sale realises over £44 million

It wasn't the biggest seller of the night but David Hockney's Hotel L'Arbois, Sainte-Maxime of 1968, which was estimated to reach £1-1.5 million, sold for £1,329,250 at Sotheby's February 2011 Contemporary Art Evening. The painting was acquired by the previous owner at Sotheby’s New York back in 2005 for $968,000. 
Hotel L'Arbois, Sainte-Maxime of 1968 

The Master of Colour

I'll end the week with the master of colour, Vincent Van Gogh.  How can you fail to be inspired?  Have a great weekend.  Hope you enjoyed my colourful offerings.

Dreamy Blue

The dreamy, transparent blue on this chunky glass sits well with opaque white and brown sugar cubes on a deep red backdrop.  

Pea Green

A bowl of pea green soup.  Do you find it inspiring?  Well, I loved the colour and the smooth, velvety texture made my mouth water.  

Letterbox in Scarlet

OK it's a British letterbox, I know.  But it's a great design that looks so good dressed in red.  Often we take things which are around us for granted, but the inspiration is right there to be found.

A Week of Colour

It's going to be a colourful week as I'm focusing on colour.  Here's a print by Patrick Caulfield - a British painter and printmaker, noted for his sparse, precise studies of interiors and still life - to brighten up your Monday.
Do you have any inspiring or colour-filled images you wish to share?  Email them to me at  Please include the photographer or artist's name to be credited.

Front Doors in Cyprus

The elegance and grandeur of this stunning French-influenced architecture cannot be faded or eroded with time.  Sadly, many of these doors and buildings in Cyprus, are left to decay and crumble away.  Hopefully they will be placed under conservation orders and protected.  I snapped this one whilst on holiday in Larnaca....  

and these cared for examples in the capital, Nicosia....

.....this is the doorway into an art college in Larnaca.  It is beautiful the way it is but still, I hope they restore it soon.
Have a super weekend.  Thanks for reading : )

A Londoner's Front Door

The traditional front door of this elegant Edwardian property in London's NW3 oozes character.  The grandness of these properties demands your attention and instills hope that the owners treat the original features inside the building with as much respect.  

What does your front door say about you? - My guess is that this is a practical family home, with elegant yet minimal interior styling.

Touchy Feely Entrance

This front door and entrance give me the impression of a green-fingered, style conscious, tidy and colour-loving individual.  Layers of interest are created with the mustard-coloured door, textural delights of herbs planted in smooth, slate-coloured pots and crisp, smart matt steel accessories on a base of wonderful, warm wood.  It's all so touchy-feely, and I'll bet it smells great too.

What Does Your Front Door Say About You?

I was struck by the calm, serene, beautiful entrance of this house on Sentosa island, Singapore, designed by Guz Architects.   The natural elements work in harmony and the approach to the front door incorporates light, water, air, greneery and a tantalising view of the sky.  The well-thought out use of lighting adds to the atmosphere together with the reflection of the water which bounces the light around and mirrors the stunning focal point on the wall.

Photographer: Patrick Bingham Hall

So what does your front door say about you?  I'll guess that this home belongs to a calm, tidy and organised, peaceful individual who loves nature.  More from my front door theme this week. 

Stairs with a Sea Breeze

Inside the Japanese home featured here yesterday, a central light and stairwell funnels the sea breeze through the centre of the building.  Curved and straight lines create a perfect balance.  The curves, natural elements such as grass, stone and wood used through the building evoke a purist approach at one with nature yet sleek, modern and contemporary.

Photographer: Patrick Bingham Hall

IMAGES & LINKS: Guz Architects, Contemporist
Have an inspiring weekend - thanks for reading :  )

Singapore Style

Intelligent architecture and clever use of space has been employed by the architects in this house on a new estate on the island of Sentosa adjacent to Singapore.  Despite having small plots to work with and neighbouring buildings close by, the design has allowed privacy, light and a feeling of space.

A beautiful view of the city......

A house well adjusted to its environment......

At night the gentle curve gives a contemporary edge and both envelopes and softens the design.

Photographer: Patrick Bingham Hall

See more from the interior of this beautiful home tomorrow.

Scandinavian Inspiration

Muted colours and inspiring, fresh designs printed on simple cotton and weave fabrics will be lauched by Villa Nova in April 2011.  Soft greys, greens, blues and neutrals blend to form a cohesive easy-on-the-eye mix.  Uplifting and very Scandinavian.

Art and Light

Overlapping squares of natural timber veneer create a beautiful pattern of light and shade in this Spanish-designed Armadillo light fitting, which looks like a piece of art during the day and is particularly stunning at night.
It's great way to introduce texture to a room. The design was launched at the Valencia Fair 2010 and is available from Chelsea Lighting Design in a range of natural timber veneer colours including American White Wood, Cherry and Beech.

Debut Armani Hotel

This sleek bedroom oozes class at the Armani Hotel, Dubai in Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building. Giorgio Armani’s debut hotel features 160 rooms filled with bespoke furnishings by Armani/Casa, as well as eight restaurants and a 12,000-square-foot spa.

Photographer: J. Offenbach

W heart K

China is busy producing souvenirs and gifts to commemorate the royal nuptials on 29 April 2011.  Here's a UK-made item with two little birds standing in for William and Kate, available at Caroline McGrath.  The ‘I Do’ is a limited edition tea towel design by Swedish graphics creative Maria Dahlgren, who is known for her vibrant, contemporary graphics.