I’m the sort of person who bombards a space with colour within a week of moving in – I can’t cope with plain surfaces and dull rooms. Here are some of my favourites:
1. Amelie’s bedroom, complete with impossibly high ceilings and womb-like colours. (Also, note the doggy in the frame – he’s wearing a cone!)
2. Headboard by Johnny Vintage (via Oh Joy). This is of the ‘go big or go home’ decor school, and I most definitely approve. (I’d be so tempted to paint the wall sea-foam green.)
3. Something I drew when I was ill and bed-bound for days. I used to have a bedroom with bright yellow walls, and I loved it. (From here)
4. OK, so this is not the most colourful room in existence, but imagine waking up here everyday! That light is amazing! Found here.
5. And finally: the bedroom of my dreams*, from Marie Claire Maison.
*assuming the other end of the room has a massive walk-in wardrobe, of course.
Posted by thefty on 06/02/2012
The weather in London was incredible this weekend. I spent the afternoon at home, with friends, eating and drinking on the balcony. It was one of those days which I’ll remember for a long time:
1. Bare legs, fresh air, and a fragrant blooming geranium.
2. Pitcher after pitcher of iced lemon water (plus the odd splash of Jamaican rum).
3. Strong light and dramatic shadows (not to mention excellent frocks).
4. Happy colours and chilled fruit salad. (And Nutella.)
Of course, in true London style, it is now Monday morning and it’s raining.
Posted by thefty on 06/06/2011
I’ve got a drawer full of empty jam jars. They are very handy little things. I fill mine with loose peppermint tea, or sequins, or raisins…or any loose bit of stuff that needs a home. I’ve never drank out of a jam jar though. Perhaps I’m not bohemian enough? Perhaps.
1. Jars are for jam.
2. Sometimes, though, jars pretend to be vases.
3. Other times, jars become vessels for tea lights.
4. Here we have some birds in bell jars.
5. And these ones? They’re for sweet scents.
Posted by thefty on 06/04/2011
Our living room is currently dominated by a 7 foot, aggressively sparkly tree. But don’t worry, my boyfriend assures me it isn’t tacky because, ‘it’s not gold, it’s champagne!’ Frankly, I’m happy either way.
1. A garish miniature beauty (the tree, that is).
2. Wicker in the countryside.
3. All aglow.
4. A Dorito/Twiglet delight.
5. Tinsel and elfin slippers.
Gosh, Christmas turns me into a child. I love it.
Posted by thefty on 14/12/2010
‘Kitsch is a form of art that is considered an inferior, tasteless copy of an extant style of art …As a descriptive term, kitsch originated in the art markets of Munich in the 1860s and the 1870s, describing cheap, popular, and marketable pictures and sketches.’ (Thanks, Wikipedia.)
1. A rather offensive carpet in a suburban bowling alley.
2. Thunderbirds wallpaper! This is rather spectacular, no?
3. Garish, retro carpet.
4. The sistine Chapel…in a London pub.
5. A nice, minimalist sofa. Hah.
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Posted by thefty on 16/09/2010
Because nightclubs are ugly when the lights come on.
1. Kazbar, Oxford.
2. A surprisingly colourful alley in central Athens.
3. Tea party time at my house.
4. Spitalfields market, London.
5. Clubbing it up.
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Posted by thefty on 12/08/2010
I think I love wallpaper because I hate plain surfaces. I could never be a minimalist.
1. The lining of my bookcase.
2. I sometimes use collage in my illustrations.
3. The Charmingly Printed facade of London’s Liberty.
4. Sumptuous reds at Amsterdam’s St. Christopher’s Inn.
5. Elaborate silk walls at the Wallace Collection.
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Posted by thefty on 26/01/2010
‘Look up. What do you see?
All of you and all of me, fluorescent and starry.’
(REM, E-Bow the Letter)
1. The stunning entrance hall to London’s Victoria & Albert museum.
2. The Cloisters, Magdalen College, Oxford.
3. The cafe at the aforementioned V&A. If you haven’t been, go! Go! Go!
4. The Greek Orthodox church never got the memo about minimalism.
5. Inside the Kensington Palace state apartments. This is paint, not fresco.
Posted by thefty on 30/11/2009
In no particular order:
1.Look at the shadow lines that have formed between the bulbs. Cool!
2. The perfect kitschy chandelier.
3. Burning bright.
4. My friend took this photo with my camera. It’s the ceiling of our old flat.
5. The underside of a chandelier in a Greek Orthodox church.
Posted by thefty on 28/09/2009
In no particular order:
1. (note the traditional rag rug in the background.)
2. A happy little boat in Kefalonia.
3. It’s not all blue and white, y’know.
4. Look at the bougainvillea creeping into the corner of the photo.
5. A perfect little balcony.
Posted by thefty on 01/08/2009