The scent of jasmine catches you unexpectedly; spring is coming. I’ve pulled out my box of inspirational images, gearing up for new design activity in the coming months. The bones of the house, the structure, are now in place. It’s time for wall colours, fabrics, curtains. Softness, texture and flow from room to room.
Putting together a new pin board. Lately I’ve been getting a lot of ideas off blogs and Instagram but nothing is quite the same as a magazines- they’re tactile. There’s something in flipping though the pages, looking at them with other people, letting your mind roam to alight on an idea. I’m going through old and new issues of World of Interiors, and current ones of Australian Vogue Living, Country Style and Kinfolk. There’s a tension between the images on the board; some are simple and spare, others exotic and ornate.
The image above has nothing to do with interiors- but I like their style! It’s up on the board.
Looking around the shops in Sydney- liking koskela, & their mix of industrial, Australiana, Aboriginal basketry & wide fibered New Zealand knits. I want to buy some of their concrete animals- but they are not for sale. Who would have thought that battered old garden ornaments would be so highly sought after!
I don’t want just blank white walls. Not for the old schoolmasters house. I‘ve ordered a lovely wallpaper from one room, all Australian parrots hanging on a trellis, almost 1940s, yet very fresh.
The thing I most want to do is to paint a mural in one of the bedrooms. A reinterpretation of old pictorial wall paper, adapted with Australian flowers and landscapes. Hard to pull off, difficult to start -the inspiration all in place- now to dive in & do it. After all, you can always paint it out.