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Racing the storm

Wild storms are approaching. I must be quick before the lightning comes. As I watch the angry clouds race across the sky I couldn't think of a better post than this one featuring the bruised colours of stylist Hilary Robertson (via Big Leo). Accept that these are calming and soft like that fleeting moment after the rain has stopped, when the calm descends but the light is still other worldly and the thunder rumbles away into the distance. Beautiful colours. Beautiful work.

Reader Comments (15)

Glass furniture makes me crazy. I'm instantly eight years old again, longing to be a princess. I'm not usually a vignette lover, but the light, the balance and the repurposing just slays me. Very nice.

15 Oct 2011 | Unregistered Commenteroregonbird

Hey Jo, You got the downpour just before me - I'm in Paddington....Dogs akimbo, cars raced to undercover carpark, hail on our tin roof, plants bowled around the verandahs, a jet black sky at 4.30pm and then....a cup of russian caravan, your post, and all is right with the world again.
Thankyou :) Penny
( an ex commercial Interior Designer, still addicted to design porn!)

15 Oct 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPenny Martin

Adore the subtlety of the washed-out colors and simplicity of the rooms. Awesome styling by Hilary Robertson. Love the white cut-out curtain over the bed. Absolute elegance and eloquence in your descriptions, Jo.

15 Oct 2011 | Unregistered Commentersue

at first i was going to say that it's all too stylized, too "fake," and too static, but then i realised it was like old dutch masters' still life paintings. lovely and calm.

15 Oct 2011 | Unregistered Commenterpolish chick

You have described that other-worldly light so lyrically Jo, and it is exactly how I came to the colour I painted my whole house in London. Gray walls, white trim, like a little Quaker.

15 Oct 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTricia Rose

These are gorgeous shots, and you described them perfectly!

15 Oct 2011 | Unregistered Commentercallie grayson

Love the still-life styling, but why are the books backwards? Thanks for posting such lovely pictures!

15 Oct 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

What an amazing set of pictures this is! I simply adore the table in the first one... I feel like going back to my blacksmith and let him make those table legs! Thanks so much for sharing.

Hi, nice blog! Love the colors, very good to inspire!
I'll follow the blog :)
xoxo from Brazil

15 Oct 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBru Capraro

Sarah, the books are on their spines, I do like the look of the blocks of white in the bookcase but the (lapsed) bookbinder in me is in agony to see books so treated!!

16 Oct 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTony

Absolutely love the feeling just before a storm breaks when the air is electric with anticipation. Beautiful pictures for capturing this mood.

Lucy Xx

16 Oct 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLucy Taylor

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. I love every image. Each one proves that simplicity is elegant. I would move in in a NY minute!

The delicate color palette creates a peaceful atmosphere. It's as if time was suspended and a light wind and stormy light were invited in. Sheer understated luxury. I LOVE it.

18 Oct 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEmmanuelle

Looks like something out of a movie...picture perfect... The books - my husband would kill me if I ever did that to his bookshelf !

You are such a good writer!!! Rock on!!!

19 Oct 2011 | Unregistered Commenterf

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