Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Sparrow & Co.

Being from Glasgow, I jump at the chance to showcase home-grown talent so, say hello to Sparrow & Co. who opened their online doors to the public yesterday.
With just one visit you'll be ready for winter; mustards and greys, textures, patterns and scents. Done.
It's just the beginning so bookmark it and keep popping back to see new arrivals...I will be...
Sparrow & Co. via @IgorJosif

Monday, 28 November 2011

My Kitchen

We got a new kitchen fitted about five years ago. We had the tile splashback applied in July of this year. It's easier to make quick decisions, as an interior designer, when there's a deadline and you're spending someone else's money. When it comes to my own home, little decisions take approximately five years, evidently. It doesn't help that I'm a Libran. Anyway, I love the result. Here's a sneaky peek...
Photography by me

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Ochre Lovliness

I don't think there's anything I don't like from Ochre...and in September they brought new nuggets of pretty to the market.
Yes, please. That's all.
Images from Ochre

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Naked Nursery

When I was pregnant I wanted the baby's nursery to look something like this. 
 I still LOVE this look but now that Sebastian is 4 months old, his response to bright colours is incredible (and exciting considering his daddy is colourblind!). So far his nursery is still a work in progress...not that he even notices...and we are slowly collecting colourful bits and pieces, including these, and this to add to the pale gray walls we finished just days before he arrived (we're fly-by-the-seat-our-pants types). I'm so looking forward to the day it's done...if it ever is...
P.S. Still want the white rocking sheep!
Images from Smallable Christmas catalogue

Monday, 21 November 2011

Francis Cadell

Edinburgh artist Francis Campbell Boileau Cadell was quite a character. He had a great sense of humour, was confident, flamboyant and charming, and had a great many friends who adored him. He was homosexual, at a time when it was illegal, and lived life to the full, spending outwith his means and socialising with high society. When times were tough his paintings paid for a roof over his head.
He painted landscapes (most famously of Iona, where he spent a lot of time), portraits, still lifes and my favourites of his works, grand interior spaces. I find it hard to believe that his paintings of the interior rooms in his George Street studio (my favourite; below) and Edinburgh Newtown townhouses were painted in the early 1920s. Some of the interiors look contemporary even by today's standards. He was fascinated with reflective surfaces, carefully placed objects, and liked the composition of a room beyond a room through open doorways.
 Last Thursday my parents were invited to a private viewing of the exhibition at The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, with Alice Strang, the author of F.C.B. Cadell; an emalgamation of all the research undertaken for the exhibition. Sebastian and I tagged along. It was fascinating.
The exhibition is Cadell's first solo show since his death in 1937. I recommend you go along and have a look. It's on till March 18th 2012.
image via here

Friday, 18 November 2011

Bathroom Envy

...where else would you keep your filing cabinet?
scanned from Living Etc. October 2011

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Monday, 14 November 2011

Colour with Grey

No doubt you all saw The Selby's visit to Abigail Ahern's fabulous home a few of weeks ago. Well, I thought I'd post a few pictures of her sister Gemma's pad; obviously with a little influence from Abigail...unless the love of dark walls and splashes of acid colour is genetic...which it may well be.
Could you be bold enough to plunge into a world of grey ?
images from here

Monday, 7 November 2011

Home to Roost

I was introduced to this incredible food blog last week via A Cup of Jo. Coco from Roost takes the most beautiful photographs of the specially adapted food she creates for her and her husband, who suffers from Crohn's disease. As I got closer and closer to licking my monitor whilst browsing through the images, I came across these photos of the couple's gorgeous new home in Alabama and had to share them with you...
I recommend you make yourself a cuppa and have a browse through the photos and recipes...you may be some time.
All images from Roost

Saturday, 5 November 2011

Bah Humbug

That's right...two brown leather (again) bags in one post! Lucky you...

 Humbug tote and clutch from Kurt Geiger


Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Me and Mrs Jones

Another gem I came across at the Homes & Interiors Scotland Exhibition last Friday was Glasgow based, Niki Jones. These kantha quilts are made from the most beautiful vintage saris. These photographs don't even do them justice...in the flesh the colours are vibrant and the cotton super soft and lightweight yet snug. The only reason I don't own one yet is because I'd have to decide which to go for and my Libra brain can't take the pressure...
 
...the cushions and rugs are pretty special too.

see the Autumn/Winter 2011 catalogue here
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