Friday, 28 June 2013

Flora fascination: More ways to decorate with plants

German photographer Hans Silvester captures the beauty of these girls from the local Surma and Mursi tribes living in the Omo valley of Ethiopia. His images of their amazing floral adornments are published in his book Natural Fashion - Tribal Decoration from Africa. 

Thursday, 13 June 2013

Hanging Around: Indoor Plants

If I had gone to Milan's Furniture Fair, Salone Del Mobile, earlier this year, I would have enjoyed the wonderous sight of foliage decorating many of the stands. I would have seen hanging baskets, bulbs, wooden and metalic grids filled with mossy foliage and juicy succulents. These ideas I have stored in my mind and plan to use when and if I move into a greenhouse. In my shiny glass prism, I will hang the plants from the ceiling in order to appreciate their beauty in my line of sight.

1. Balanced is achieved through the flourish of foliage against distressed and crumbling walls; via
2. These terraniums in an installation by Michael Anastassiades; via
3. Shane Powers ceramic wall planters, West Elm USA,
4. Interior of Maurizio Zucchi of Italian lifestyle company Zucchi; via Ideat Magazine
5. O plant-hangers from Ladies and Gentlemen Studio; via
6. Did botantist Joseph Banks live here?; via Holly Becker’s
7. Amazing hanging shrubs; via

Welcome to Aristocrats of the Flora Court from 12/24 Magazine; via photographer

Thursday, 6 June 2013

Wall Maps: Holidaying At Home

If I were a gypsy, I would line the walls of my caravan with big maps: wall maps and hanging maps, framed maps, too. I would draw on them, in a thick red crayon, the route I would take as I passed from country to country escaping prejudice and looking for magic.

1. A colonial gold-framed mirror accents the warm tones in the maps of these bathroom walls; via
2. Very cool globe maps as pendant lighting: via
3. Map of Europe; via
4. Sun room with maps; via
5. Swede Jenny Brandt is a photographer and blogger and this is her home; via
6. Dreaming of faraway places; via

Recent work from French-born Elisabeth Lecourt, who creates dresses using geographic maps; via

Vintage maps by Cassini; via; and city central map; via