What a lovely way to wrap up the week… I just discovered the fine art photography of Susannah Conway, also known to some as Unravelling, who lives in coastal south west England. She has this ability to create stories through everyday objects that really speak to the viewer, and a real eye for composition, light, color, and beauty. Her photos are very transporting. See for yourself.
It’s a journey worth taking to simply view her Flickr photos and portfolio. I enjoy viewing the world through her lens because it makes me look at the seemingly mundane things around me in a new way. These photos remind me of where I live here in New Hampshire since I’m in the country and of the New England coastline and have inspired me to take my camera out this weekend and head to the shore. Susannah also has an etsy shop if you are interested in owning some of these magical works.
(photography by susannah conway)
I was flipping through a recent copy of VTWonen and noticed Eijffinger wallpaper and felt an instant attraction to some of their latest patterns. Their papers for kid’s rooms really make an impact! On their website they mention that wallpaper framed versus on an entire wall is a big trend right now. Do you agree?
I’ve also noticed a rising interest in using only a few sheets of wallpaper to visually section off a room, useful in open spaces that double as a dining and living area. Eijffinjer recently collaborated with VTWonen magazine on a special line, you can view that here.
I’m glad that their site is both in English and Dutch or else I would have completely missed this otherwise. It’s a handy guide for wallpaper installation and the space effects that it has on a room depending on pattern and color. “With the use of colour it is possible to make a room look larger or smaller. Light tints optically enlarge while dark tints make smaller. Colour and atmosphere are inseparable. It is perhaps useful to think of regions and countries when trying to create a certain mood.”
(images from eijffinger)
I’ve been looking over a lot of Dutch decorating magazines lately since a friend recently sent over a stack of magazines from the Netherlands as a present. It’s so exciting to see fresh ideas and new products, and I remain a fan of decor magazines from Australia, England, Denmark, Sweden, Germany, the Netherlands and France. I’m sure that you are fascinated with magazines outside of your home turf, you can learn so much about a culture and expose yourself to fresh decorating ideas that you may not have thought of before.
I especially like magazines that stay true to their voice. For instance, a theme I see in Swedish and Dutch magazines is their connection to simplicity, the outdoors, and on the other side, there is this folk style that I also like. But they are true to their culture and this is so important to me. They are innovative, constantly looking to make everyday objects more attractive, and nature is a constant theme. As a result, they feed the creative mind — you can’t help but feel your own wheels turning when you either visit these places or take a vacation through the pages of their popular design mags. Same with French magazines, like Marie Claire Id?es – so fabulous.
Some want to know the secret to pulling together a perfect room. There is no secret, no perfect room. Like art, I believe that decorating is open to interpretation. What one believes to be flawless another will criticize even when all of the principals of design are followed to absolute perfection. It comes down to personal style and emotion, how much of yourself you allow to shine through in your design, and believing in your own ability. I’ve been in homes where nothing made much sense from a design perspective, chairs out of scale, proportion all wrong, but the home felt far more welcoming than some of the showroom homes I’ve toured where perfection is the ultimate goal.
Decorating outside of the box is something many of us desire, we crave alternative ways to decorate so that our home doesn’t look like a catalog or ‘common’. To me, decorating is all about using our imagination, getting creative, and translating our personal style into our rooms so that our unique personalities shine through. Remaining true to yourself, decorating from an authentic place, that will ultimately make you feel more comfortable and safe in your abode. It’s inspiring to view how others decorate and to learn new tips, we often seek the advice of a pro and turn to the pages of our favorite glossies because they give us fuel. But ultimately we need to process these images through our own filters and see what results.
In the end, you will love your home if your energy, spirit, and style flow freely through it.
Speaking of inspiration and magazines, I find Dutch magazine VT Wonen a very good read. In this post I’ve included photos from homes of their readers homes featured on their site. You can view more of these lovely rooms right here.
(images from vt wonen magazine online)
I could fill my walls with the work of Australian collage artist Kareem Rizk from The Suitcase. I felt a connection to it immediately so sharing it with you right away felt oh so necessary.
It’s exciting to find work like this, I see so much on a daily basis as a blogger that often one thing blends into the next and I can feel a little lost in the great sea of it all sometimes. Not because what I am exposed to isn’t lovely, but in order to write about something it needs to reach me on some level, I need to somehow relate to it or understand it in a creative sense. This is all so hard to explain in words as it is very emotional and emotions are never easy to put into words. The point is that I filter a lot of work on a daily basis and in the end, I write about what truly grabs me. Like Kareem Rizk.
These collages made my day as they are composed of the exact colors that I’m into right now and the layered elements make me think of some of my most cherished activities like foreign travel, hitting flea markets, journaling, and relaxing by the sea. Most of the art that I purchase is mixed media art. There’s a story in the layers, all of the found elements, paint, torn pieces of vintage papers, everything creates an emotion, a bigger picture. Something about the texture and imperfection, how random pieces connect to form a beautiful picture, it feels very alive and real.
Do these inspire you as well?
Psst: His website + portfolio can be found here.
(images from kareem rizk)