Thursday, January 31, 2013

Inspiration - White Cottage, Australia


Chalky painted whites, the odd piece of rustic wood, mixed with touches of old brass and glass.
I love this simple cottage in Queensland, Australis for its simplicity.

Images from Style Files

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Jewellery: A Blog of Silver Hoops


 A few of my favourites from SOUL silver hoop collection.

20-25mm sterling silver hoops, R160
30-35mm sterling silver hoops, R175
(wholesale prices available on request from retailers)

Jewellery : SOUL Handcut brass earrings


Ababa Range
Inspired by Ethiopian designs
Hand-cut brass earrings, 3-4cm, R250

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Inspiration: Tiles


I love tiles, they can really give a space some serious character.  They work especially
well as a mixed matched collection of similiar colours/patterns or as a textured unpatterned group of one colour hue. 

Bathroom - the simple brass taps and shower heads work beautifully against these tiles
A splash of one colour with lots of texture

 Large scale patterns give impact

Something different with tiles


close up of gold tap
kitchen tiles
Shower tiles
 basket tiles
blue patterned tiles
Green shower tiles
green wall shower
all blue tiles

Jewellery: SOUL camel tooth & Africa designs

Continuing from below, the camel tooth pendant with a small handcut brass map of Africa on sterling silver chain.
Chains 90cm.
(wholesale prices available on request for retailers)

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Jewellery: SOUL brass designs


I love these long brass necklaces from the studio.  
Long delicate brass chain with hand-crafted pendants - Simple camel tooth pendant, ethically handmade by camel traders in Northern Kenya and a range of handcut Ethiopian inspired pendants.
Chains 90cm.

They look great with a little brass bracelet

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Interiors: Image from my home


An image of one of my favourite pictures in my home - a series of wild dog in a rustic frame made from old cornices.
SOUL cushions scattered on my sofa


Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Inspiration: Stone walls & Green Glass


I'm loving this house in Mallorca that I came across on House Idea blog.

I love the stone walls combined with white washand the different combinations of floor surfaces throughout the house - stone tiles, smooth cement, heavy stones & small pebbles inlaid.  

I also LOVE the bottle green vases on the steps below - a flash of colour in a neutral background always works well.

 I like the built in shelving (can do this in cemcrete) combined with the pebbles inlaid floor and smooth cement

 Nice stripey bed throw

 The partition wall works well in separating the sinks from the bedroom

 Love this look for a beachy bathroom

Inspiration: William Klein exhibition at Tate Modern


I went to see the William Klein and Daido Moriyama exhibition showing at the Tate Modern, London last week when I was in the city.  I love the Tate Modern, it was buzzing with people as usual, and you just cant beat the exhibitions they put on - you really feel like you are soaking up London's culture.

Both William Klein and Daido Moriyama are known for their 'quick shot' style street photography.  I was particularly inspired by William Klein's last scale mixed media photography art pieces below.  They spanned the walls of the gallery space and in them he revisited his old contact sheets and boldly painted on them in an editorial style fashion. 

I really liked the contrast of the reality of the black and white photography with the almost naive brushstrokes in primary colours.  They would look amazing in a white industrial style house with graphic black and whites.

Go and see it for yourself! 

Images taken from 

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Inspiration: Abigail Ahern


I have been in London for the festive season and have been looking at great interior designers living and working here.  I particularly love the style and savyness of my namesake, Abigail Ahern.

I really like her strong dark backgrounds (she always paints the ceilings the same colour as the walls and often in dark hues), quirky lights and textured accessories and fabrics.