Robin emailed the other day looking for some colour inspiration: "I was wondering if you could dig up some photos of orange rooms. I painted my living room a clay orange to match a fabric I love and now I’ve lost the orange inspiration! Help!" I dug up some photos of spaces with orangey walls to hopefully help Robin finish her living room. Note: grey, white, taupe and chartreuse seems to be popular choices to use with orange.
As clean lined and modern as the spaces he captures, these shots by Brisbane photographer David Sanderson combine interesting angles and crops to provide the connection between inside and out, architecture and interior design. His pictures are simple, at times almost stark but they are honest in their interpretation of these minimalist spaces. Check out his personal work too. Great shots. As an aside it's fun recognising the local architects' work or commercial buildings I've been in. That last photo? The red cafe? It was actually a real estate office now gone. Sad. They made good coffee.
We're taking a peak inside Decorating and Design by Jacqueline Inchbald, Cassell and Company, London, 1971. Jacqueline was the founder and principal of the Inchbald School of Design and Fine Arts in London and an arbiter of taste for the time. Rooms from all the best designers including David Hicks are included in its pages. Unfortunately most are in black and white but those that are in colour shriek colour. Perhaps engraved glass panels surrounding your toilet and bidet is just the inspiration you have been looking for.
Yesterday I went to the Third World Bazaar - a huge barn out in Manotick where for 6 weeks in the fall they sell products from all over the world. Clothing, jewelry, housewares, carpets, Christmas decorations, furniture....and everything is reasonably priced and absolutely gorgeous. Knowing shortly I will have a new kitchen to furnish, I went a little nuts with purchases. It didn't help that they have beautiful kilims for GREAT prices. I had to bring a great big one home because the price was too good to pass up ($155) although I have no clue where it will go. I picked up some baskets, a table runner, placemats, a little teak opium table, 3 kilims and 4 kilim pillows (some went to my boyfriend's apartment). Check here for details. In the end, I'm ecstatic with my purchases. They are open one more weekend after this one so folks in Ottawa, you've got time to check it out.