Brighton and Hove open artist houses, starting on May 5th until May 27th. I'll be heading down a few weekends throughout May to do the seperate trails. These are the trails my mum and me usually do, and have done for the past few years;
Five Ways Trail
Beyond the Level Trail
Independent Houses (Not part of a trail)
I haven't visited the West hove Trail before but may do this year.
The Art in Ditchling Trail is my personal favourite, in particular the Handmade House which we spend the majority of our time in each year! They have a wonderful sculpture trail through the woods and a really gorgeous and well-maintained kitchen garden. They have a little cafe where you can buy their homemade lunches and drinks.
Thursday, 19 April 2012
Sunday, 15 April 2012
I can now see it. I am obsessed with rugs. Every house I walk into, I see first the floor, then the colours on the walls and then the decoration and furnishings. Rugs are so vital in the seperation of living 'zones'. They also create a different style if you don't have many statement pieces in the room. Rugs can change the atmosphere in an entire room (and they feel fantastic for people like me who don't like to wear shoes or socks in the house). So there we have it, my future, in rug design!
The Kenya Night/Cream hemp rug by Ralph Lauren. Just such a bold rug with hints of Asian and again Aztec patterns. Also available in a complete opposite cream/chocolate colour way.
Another hemp rug by Ralph Lauren. This time it's the Rhodes cream/chocolate rug. Only available in this colour, but beautifully unique all the same. It's probably seven hundred dollars well spent if I had that kind of money to spend on a rug!
A natural coloured wool and cotton mix rug by Ralph Lauren called Plains Creek in Mesa Natural. Also available in desert cream which is a more beige version and would suit a darker room with maybe not much natural light.
A funky way to display a classic cow hide rug, cut into patchwork pieces. This is the Ralph Lauren Douglas in Denver Brown. Also available in a black and white 'Mountain Black' or a really beautiful silver tone 'Bleecker Steel'.
Here are a few rugs from French Connection's new home collection. They are exceptionally good value, but will probably rise in price as much of their fashion range does. Firstly, there are the Jute and Leather rugs in natural and grey and natural and blue.
Also, look at this gorgeous ceramic crackle pot. Also in French Connection's new home range. Anyway, off to do some much needed filing before the coming busy busy week.
Monday, 9 April 2012
Some great personalised prints for memories and holiday locations from Not On The High Street.
I would probably have one print dedicated entirely to the things I did on my South East Asia trip in 2011 such as; riding an elephant in Chiang Mai, getting bamboo tattoo's in Pai, riding bicycles in Vietnam, learning to ride a scooter, partying at a full moon and half moon party on Koh Phagnan in Thailand. Watching a sunsets and thunderstorms in Koh Tao, sleeping in my own hammock, learning to surf in Bali, travelling for 24 hours solo to Bali, Touring art galleries and museums in Ubud, tubing in Vang Vieng Laos, seeing Angkor Wat, partying in Bangkok, visiting the original Thai capital Ayutthaya.
And another larger floor standing print I would love to do my favourite places in the world and places that mean a lot to me. Probably including Bali, Koh Tao, Hoi An, Chamonix, Spain, Marrakech, High Atlas Mountains, Geneva, and my favourite French destinations Saumur, Dordogne, Rieumontagne, west coast dunes, Nice, Giverny.