26 March 2015

In the Night Garden

For those of you who know what the title refers to... You must have a toddler who loves the show as much as my little boy does. My favourite part of this rather strange and endearing show is at the beginning, when stars turn into cherry blossoms, and we find ourselves in a magical garden. Then it gets a bit weird, when bizarre vehicles and oddly-shaped plush creatures show up. But anyway...

This post isn't about strange gardens, it is about beauty. I'm in the mood for dark florals, now that it is autumn and Easter is approaching--and spring, for those of you up North. I still cannot quite wrap my head around Easter being in autumn, but I'm trying to get used to it, year after year of living in Australia. 

Flowers make me happy all year round, that's for sure. These gorgeous floral fashions and images seem so perfect for this moment of seasonal change, with the gorgeous, colourful flowers contrasted by darker tones. What a dramatic look!


















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24 March 2015

20 Beautiful White Kitchens

A conversation I had this morning with a woman about her kitchen renovation sparked my love of beautiful white kitchens. We were both gushing about how much we love them! I just had to go through my kitchen images and Pinterest board and gather together some of my favourite white kitchens, to share with you today. I hope you will enjoy them as much as I do.






















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18 March 2015

Artist Spotlight: Anna Atkins











I just had to share the beautiful work of Anna Atkins with you today.

I had never heard of her until a couple of days ago (thank you, Google, for those famous birthdays). Atkins lived from 16 March 1799 – 9 June 1871. "She was an English botanist and photographer. She is often considered the first person to publish a book illustrated with photographic images.", according to Wikipedia

When I saw her exquisite botanical cyanotypes, which are photographs created using sunlight and chemical reactions to produce "blueprints" with cyan ink, I just fell in love with her work. Wikipedia also says that "Atkins placed specimens directly onto coated paper, allowing the action of light to create a silhouette effect. By using this photogram process, Anna Atkins is regarded as the first female photographer." How cool is that?

I would love to make some cyanotypes inspired by her work, and hang them in simple white frames on the large blank wall next to our dining table. I think a group of four of them would look fabulous. You all know how much I love blue and white, and all things floral. Classic beauty.

What do you think? Isn't she inspiring?

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