Thursday, 22 June 2017

The Nooks....

I have just found this beautiful calm home via the website Nooks. All the homes on the site might be for sale - for the right price ...

I love the mixture of contemporary and traditional in this home, and although it is very tidy, little areas such as the skirting board in the hall could do with a scrub..... which makes me feel better about my own.

Saturday, 27 May 2017

The Perfect Mug: Hand To Earth Ceramics

Down To Earth Ceramics

A little while ago I asked my Instagram followers for some help in finding the perfect mug! I got so many wonderful suggestions that I thought I would share them here with you guys. There are some seriously wonderfully talented potters out there, and being a keen (but not very good) potter myself love to look for some inspiration

Down To Earth Ceramic's was one of the first studios that caught my eye. I love the round cauldron shaped mugs, especially the ones with Moons and Crystals on, and the glazes are really beautiful natural hues! These mugs sell like hot cakes so you need need to keep your eye on Deanna Steinborgs shop and instagram if you want to catch one....

You can see more of Deanna's beautiful work on Instagram or her Etsy Store

My name is Deanna Steinborn, and to me, ceramics represents magic, nature, art and the beauty hidden inside small, quiet moments. I had my first encounter with making ceramics in a college course in 2011, and I fell in love. I’d always loved art, but never has something captured my interest so much as playing in the mud. I am currently an artist in residence at a gallery, shop, and classroom in downtown Springfield, MO called Springfield Pottery. I genuinely believe that one could spend an entire lifetime exploring the myriad avenues this art form provides and I'm excited to continue exploring new techniques, various materials, and the endless possibilities of form. 

I am currently focused on creating functional pieces, such as dinnerware, because I love that ceramics bridges the gap between art to be admired and the tactile relationship between the objects we encounter every day. I love the idea that someone wakes up every morning with his or her cup of coffee, spending their quiet moments of the day holding my mug in their hands, exploring the space where my own hands have devoted hours of love and care. These are the moments I am excited to be a part of. 

For my design aesthetic, I have the most fun experimenting with all sorts of decorative techniques. Over all, I love an intricate pattern or texture. I want the eyes, hands and lips to be able to explore the surface of my forms. Most of my patterns are inspired by nature, and I love to incorporate both the symmetrical, ordered aspect of nature as well as the more free-flowing, organic qualities. 

Both the process of decorating as well as forming my pieces has been a form of meditation for me, and I am so grateful to have found my niche. I fully expect for my ceramics to not only grow with me, but to help me grow as I become more connected to the earth, to other people, and to myself.

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Big round mirrors

Large round mirror above bed
Gold framed round mirror above a desk
Big round mirror in Bathroom
Big round mirror in PInk room
Those mirrors!!!

The circle symbol meaning is universal, sacred and divine. It represents 
the infinite nature of energy, and the inclusivity of the universe.

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Perfectly imperfect: The Kitchen Table

Light wood table with mismatched chairs

To me a good table is one you can read like a good book. Unevenly worn and smoother in places and showing the chapters of a lifetimes use. Coffee rings, curry stains, red wine splashes, crayon wax and pet scratches all ingrained in the wood reminding us of a time when....

 To begin your story you don't even have to spend a lot of money to find a decent one. They are often on craiglist, ebay or found in thrift stores and in fact ours was a lucky find from an alley when we were still students. It was covered with a lifetime of other families memories (and a nasty dark wood stain) so a simple sanding down refreshed and lightened the table and gave us a blank canvas in which to start our own memories. We already have a great collection of marks and bashes including a wonderful blue stained bit that will always make me smile (from a paint explosion that had my 2 year old and me in hysterics for a good 20 mins).

For this reason I could never buy a new table, one that had to be kept in perfect condition and religiously varnished/oiled/waxed. My table has sentimental value (yes I am a Taurean) and I look forward to many more meals sharing stories and laughter with friends and family, seeing my son complete his homework at it and even just sitting at it having a cup of tea on my own.  It is also why it is always dressed with fresh flowers.... the kitchen table is the heart of the home and deserves a little TLC.

Country kitchen table
All images not Sourced from my Pinterest page here

Friday, 19 May 2017

Druids temple, Masham, England

Druids temple, Masham , England
I get quite a few private messages on Instagram asking me of cool places to visit in the UK. Of course there are the obvious wonderful places like Glastonbury (a personal favorite) and Stone Henge but I thought I might share a few other cool places worth a visit with you all.

So this beautiful place is called Druids Temple in Masham, England. Although it looks like a historic circle it was actually built in the 1820's by William Danby The squire of Masham. It was said to have been built to boost the economy in the town and give unemployed locals something to do. The cool thing about this Folly is it gives the feel of what it would have been like to visit the real now semi-derelict sites like Stone Henge back in the ancient times.

Very pretty and well worth a visit. It is also near the very beautiful Harogate!!

Druids Temple

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Attic Room envy....

Light and airy: Anoushka Hempels Loft room
Vintage style, A frame Room
Country Charm
Church Conversion Bedroom
As a kid and an adult I have moved around a lot. Last count was 21 houses! That is a lot of bedrooms and not one of them was an attic room...... my ultimate dream bedroom!!

I just love sleeping below exposed timber beams, it just feels so nest like and comforting. bliss!!

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Kitchen : True Blue

 How magical is this stunning kitchen found over at Casa Chaucha I love the contrast of the cool clinical white and the ultra marine blue. Such a happy place to create a yummy meal with friends and family

Just wanted to say a massive thank you to everyone who commented on my last post. It really means a lot to receive such support.

Saturday, 29 April 2017

The home of..... Inge King and Grahame King

King House and Studios (1952-64)

So for the first time in 9 years I took a little unplanned break from blogging and it was really nice to disconnect for a while and focus my energies, or lack of energies, elsewhere. A couple of months ago I found out that my recent issues with extreme tiredness, nausea and a range of other physiological symptoms, including fertility issues, were the result of the return of a Pituitary tumour that I thought I had seen the back of in 2013. It is not cancer, and it is treatable but it is was still a bit of a kick in the teeth as I had really wanted another baby..... but alas some things are just not meant to be !

My break from blogging, although much needed was also a bit of a silly move as I find it strangely therapeutic .... so I am back. I have found some beautiful homes, and also beautiful products that I would like to share with you all, and as I have been for some time thinking about the concept of 'home' as both an external and internal space, have contacted some wonderful conscious women to interview for a new series of personal interviews..... so watch this space :)

So for my return I have chosen this beautiful home and sanctury of husband and wife Sculpturist Inge King and Artist Grahame King designed by Architect Robin Boyd. I was brought up in and therefore have always been a fan of 'period' properties but since moving into my 1960's home have really started to appreciate the large windows and more open plan vibe to properties of the middle of last century.

What I really love about this home is that it has huge windows that look onto greenery, such a luxury for a city dweller such as myself. The couples collections of pottery, textiles and artwork are all beautiful rich warm earthy tones that fit in perfectly with the building

Below I have included an extract of the original text by Nigel Bertram, I would strongly urge you to head over to Architecture au to read the full article and also to see the full collection of photos by Dianna Snape

"Robin Boyd’s King House and Studios in Warrandyte, designed for sculptor Inge King and artist Grahame King, was completed in three stages in 1952, 1955 and 1964. The plan for the first stage of this house is an almost-square rectangle, four bays by three, about 120 square metres. The plan is a little confusing at first glance; it does not have a particularly recognizable figure or clear hierarchy of zones. It seems a bit loose and even empty, like an industrial building. There is one main room, with a small bathroom, porch and “bedroom” (which isn’t used as such). The kitchen, raised platform and bathroom each take up one structural bay in an offset, abstract arrangement, which gently partitions the singular space into implied zones. The plan is structurally determined, blunt and logical. It does not easily imply domesticity – making us question, in fact, what a “house” is.
As Inge King explains, after the plans were first submitted to council the “bedroom” was added because the authorities would not permit a dwelling of only one room. The raised bay to the north of the main space is labelled as “painting platform” but was apparently most useful as a dance floor for the Kings’ infamous parties. The underfloor space, which increases in height under this platform, is labelled “food store” but has been used as a workspace and studio – a space entered each morning and left sometime in the afternoon, a true home office. Here the ceiling joists in the main area are barely 1.8 metres above the floor. The exposed structure serves as racks for tools and welding clamps, or places to hang work in progress. Adjoining underfloor space up the slope has been fitted out with watertight cupboards and flyscreened cross-ventilation panels. Large plate glass windows to the north, salvaged from shopfronts, unite the lower workspace with its corresponding raised platform living space above. This underfloor workspace, which extends to a level gravel terrace outside, appears to function as the heart of the house – the engine room."