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First of all, sincerest apologies to my faithful readers for the lack of posting here lately.  I hope you’ll both forgive me :P.

Between my new job and all the learning of new stuff that it entails, and the absolute nightmare I’ve had trying to get a broadband connection at my new house, it’s been difficult to get online long enough to put a decent post together.  So without further ado, here’s my latest installment of design inspiration…

I’ve decided to go for black walls in my living room, despite my concerned friends and family members’ pleas with me to reconsider (my counter-arguments: a) it will not make the room smaller.  I was no physics whizz at school, but I have yet to come across paint that can physically alter the dimensions of a room.  b) It’s my darn living room :P)

I had one black wall in my last house and I loved it, so I’ve decided to go for full on drama this time.  It’s a small room, and the effect I’m going for is very cosy and den-like – I have so far got cream sofas and a pale grey floor, and will eventually have lots of art on the walls.  I’d love to hear from anyone who has done this in their own home by the way.

Some inspiration….

(These are not all living rooms but humour me, it’s the visual impact I’m after)

The above three images are from Desire To Inspire

via Decorpad

via La Trunk

via Living Etc.

Not interior decor as such – Shawn Barbers‘ ‘Tattooed Portraits’ exhibition had his paintings displayed on black walls, which in my opinion was stunning.  (Image from here)

via Apartment Therapy

via Desire To Inspire

Above three images also via Desire To Inspire

Live Now is a project consisting of a growing collection of artwork, quotes, thoughts, experiences and ideas, powerfully pursuing the notion of ‘living now’. Engaging participants to grow, live meaningful lives & be happy!”








Via Shelteriffic

“Is it waste? Art drifting over borders. Waste floating in society” at the GEIC, Tokyo.

eco04From the Tokyo Wonder Site – ‘The mass of marine debris washed ashore on the Japanese Islands is said to be approximately 15 million tons per year. The marine pollution is becoming a serious social problem and has also been recognized as a growing international issue as flotsam crosses borders.
Linked with an open symposium “Creative Dialogue and Commitment to the Environment” at the United Nations University, the exhibition “Is it waste? – Art drifting over borders. Waste floating in society -” aims to share and create awareness regarding environmental issues, marine pollution and mass consumption society, focusing on growing concerns about marine debris and wastes. In addition, the exhibition explores possibilities of new dialogue and proposal for the environment and reconsiders the value and the role of art in society through creative practices by displaying art works with flotsam and waste materials and introducing art projects.’


via Designboom

Well, I’m all moved and getting settled into my new home.  I gotta say – it rocks 😀  I’ve got some pics, but I couldn’t upload them today as I’m using my Mum’s computer at her house and it doesn’t have my phone software (which is packed away somewhere in one of many boxes).  My interweb connection will take another week or two – hopefully by then I’ll have decided which decorating project I want to tackle first.

I’ve decided to take my time, get a feel for the place and get used to how the light looks in each room on different types of days before I do anything… let the house tell me what it wants me to do kind of thing  :).

I’ll post with pics from my inspiration files when I can post from my own computer again, but here are a few that caught my eye to get started (and a few things on the wishlist for my kitchen!)

apartment therapy

I love this idea for kitchen/dining chairs.  I’ve got six mismatched wooden chairs that I picked up second hand and I think I’m going to do this with them. (Image from Apartment Therapy)


I can’t remember where I found this image – if anyone recognises it, please let me know.  I think the round paving stones look really cool – I’ve got a cute little back garden and this would set it off really nicely.

peggy wong at design sponge

Totally droolworthy – from Design*Sponge’s sneak peek of peggy Wong’s home.  I’ve decided to have my hallway and stairs area all white and I love how this picture wall is done.

interior design degree blog

Black floor & ceiling – love it :D.  I don’t know where but I’d love to have this somewhere in the house – I’m torn between the living room and my bedroom.  I had a black feature wall in the house I’ve just moved out of and I’d really like to bring some black into the new place too. (Image from Interior Design Degree Blog – I can’t find where I’ve saved the link to it though!)

And just a few things I’m coveting for my kitchen – even though I want most of my stuff to be second hand or hand made – there are a  few things I might have to invest in new unless I’m lucky enough to find them on eBay…


Big Flip Clock by Karlsson

ikea tobias chair

Tobias Chair from Ikea


Fly Pendant Lamp by Kartell – I’ve wanted one of these for the longest time.

Erik Johansson’s clever and humourous images are created using Photoshop – see the rest of his amazing work on his website.

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(via NOTCOT, pics from  Don’t Panic)

Kyle Bean is studying  Illustration at the University of Brighton, and has already been involved in projects for clients including Ford, The New York Times and BBC.   His work has also been featured in the book ‘Tangible: High Touch Visuals’ and magazines including Computer Arts and ARC Design in Brazil.  Check out his full portfolio on his website – his animations in particular are very cool.

kyle bean disposable

kyle bean eat

kyle bean houses

kyle bean laptop

kyle bean london

kyle bean mobiles

Amazing 3D street murals by Edgar Mueller…. the first one, titled ‘The Crevasse’ was done as part of the Festival Of World Cultures in Dun Laoghaire, Dublin last August – I live just up the road and I missed it!  Never mind, this years’ festival is bound to have plenty of  awesomeness for me to post about 🙂

The Crevasse

The Crevasse

Lava Burst

Lava Burst



via Haute*Nature

Recycled paper stools by Stephen Burks, part of the Cappellini Love collection for Italian manufacturer Cappellini.



Via Haute*Nature

(additional pic via Cool Hunting)

Blaine Fontana is one of those artists who just makes me want to go paint something immediately.  His work, which he describes as ‘urban-contemporary’ is full of organic forms and themes from nature, and many of his paintings depict beings called Templings – neither male nor female, neither happy nor sad – who they are and what they mean is open to interpretation.  He draws  inspiration from his childhood backdrop of acres of Seattle forest, and his roots as a grafitti artist.

His blog – Fontanas’ Backyard

Read Carmel Hagens’ interview with Blaine over at Format Magazine

A dojo on the morning after

A dojo on the morning after

The metamorphosis orchestra

The metamorphosis orchestra

9 paths in the avant garden

9 paths in the avant garden

Hiroshiges' Hideaway

Hiroshiges' Hideaway

Trees of unspoken memories

Trees of unspoken memories

Santa Monica based craftsman, Michael Yonke aka Upcycler has created his range of exquisitely handcrafted furniture, art and interiors by repurposing and upcycling wood, metal and glass.  He uses 90 – 99% reclaimed locally sourced deconstruction materials, which he transforms into ” objects with higher end use value that will endure and inspire for centuries”.







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July 2020