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Tulip close-up

Tulip close-up

Posted by on May 17, 2009 in Art, Color palette, Decorating, Design | 2 comments

My other half is trying out more of his macro photography technique (not exactly sure what that is, but I like the end result – especially because it gives me an excuse to splurge on flowers!) Here’s the latest subject: multicolored parrot tulips. I think these photos are pretty good. In fact, I’m thinking of printing them onto a roller...

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Iridescent flowers from artist Neece Clark

Iridescent flowers from artist Neece Clark

Posted by on May 17, 2009 in Art, Decorating, Design | 1 comment

When artist Neece Clark commented on this post about wallpaper alternatives (I mentioned her lovely murals), she sent in a link to her latest paintings. I’m glad she did because they’re absolutely stunning. This one is entitled ‘stars’. This is ‘hot pink peonies on honey’. The descriptions of the paintings are almost as...

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Ranunculus obsession

Ranunculus obsession

Posted by on Apr 20, 2009 in Art, Inspiration | 0 comments

I absolutely love Ranunculuses. So I’m delighted that it’s Ranunculus season again. We planted some more in our garden and, to my surprise, some of last year’s have also re-appeared. I tried taking a few pictures of them. Then it occurred to me that if I really want beautiful photos of these flowers, there are people far more capable of...

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‘Something’s Gotta Give’ and the perfect beach house

‘Something’s Gotta Give’ and the perfect beach house

Posted by on Apr 20, 2009 in Art, Decorating, Design, Inspiration, Movie interiors | 2 comments

Perhaps it’s because of the hot weather, but I’ve been thinking about beach houses (well, the beach in general actually). I’ve been wanting to do some posts about amazing movie interiors, so what better place to start than the most stunning beach house of all: the one in Something’s Gotta Give. Something’s Gotta Give, with Jack...

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Personalizing the IKEA home

Personalizing the IKEA home

Posted by on Apr 19, 2009 in Art, Decorating, Design, Shopping, Tips | 1 comment

I like reading Apartment Therapy‘s ‘how to’ posts. Today AT Chicago has a post that’s particularly close to my heart – ‘how to avoid the catalog look at home’. When we moved to the US seven years ago, we first lived in San Diego. We had visited a couple of months prior to scout out rentals and had managed to line up...

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Decor trend: plates as art

Decor trend: plates as art

Posted by on Apr 11, 2009 in Art, Decorating, Design, Design memes, Houses | 0 comments

Is it me or am I seeing displays of wall-mounted plates everywhere? I actually really like the effect, although it does remind me of an English country kitchen. It seems the trick is to use a mix of different styles and colors and avoid too formulaic a lay-out. The examples below almost look like clouds – the effect is quirky vintage rather than...

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Kitchen backsplash idea

Kitchen backsplash idea

Posted by on Mar 29, 2009 in Art, Decorating, Design, Inspiration, Shopping, Tips | 1 comment

I’ve mentioned before that we’re contemplating a kitchen renovation. So my mind is on countertops, backsplashes, cabinets… I want something a bit different for the backsplash and struck on the idea of using a favorite print behind a sheet of glass for the backsplash behind the stove. I would like something with a graphic, quirky appeal....

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And breathe…

And breathe…

Posted by on Mar 21, 2009 in Art, Decorating, Design | 0 comments

Decorology has posted a series of shots from photographer, Debi Treloar (I just added her to my blogroll after seeing these). They’re absolutely stunning. Don’t they make you wish you were sitting in one of these pictures, reading and drinking a glass of chilled wine? Now that’s...

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