Sunday, 24 February 2013

Botanicals on View

If I had a green thumb, I would extend my love of gardening to the interiors of my home.
On my living room wall, I would paint a mural of giant peonies and cover other walls with botanical prints ripped from dusty compendiums. I would try to dress like I belonged in a Henri Rousseau painting by disguising myself in floral art clothing. I would sing like a nightingale.

1. Botantical mural decorates a cupboard; via
2. Cascade print from WDCollections; via
3. Ukrainian designer Masha Rev has teamed up with Russian brand SYNDICATE to collaborate on a new collection, titled Botanical Layers, offering a range of original prints on limited-edition sweatshirts; via
4. Tribal beat via @Pinterest #Design #Botanical; via
5. Decorator Steven Gambrel transformed the powder room in this New York house by covering the walls with pages from a book of engravings from 18th-century Dutch naturalist Albertus Seba; via
6. Blue botanticals photographed by Christopher Baker; via


BOTANICAL LAYERS is the creative brainchild of Masha Reva and SYNDICATE. The original prints are available on limited edition sweat shirts; via

Thursday, 14 February 2013

Study in Dark Blue

If I wanted a dark place to sit and sigh, I would paint the walls of my sitting room Prussian blue.
An occasional pop of pink would puncture the melancholy mood of the room's indigo palette,
and graphic black and white drawings would invalidate any gloominess in the shadowy setting.
I would play Roy Orbison's Blue Bayou and practice the inky art of calligraphy on scrolls of pearly white rice paper. Then, on the largest sheet, I would paint a letter to Yves Klein to tell him how much I loved ultramarine.

1. Blue and white outdoor living room with plates wall art decor photographed by Hallie Burton; via
2. Cobalt and magenta living room; via
3. Indigo wall and frames; via
4. Stylist Hans Blomquist’s dark interiors; via
5. Blue walls and pretty pink florals; via

Artwork by Yves Klein (1928-1962).

The artist at work creating Anthropometries.