Our short break at Gwel an Mor near Portreath in Cornwall

We were lucky enough to spend last week in a fantastic lodge at The Residence an eco holiday lodge overlooking Portreath and the sea. There are two and three bedroom lodges and they are warm and spacious with amazing views of the landscape and ocean beyond. Our lodge had two bathrooms and a hot-tub and…

Cloakroom Renovation

Before renovation: Just as we moved into the property. I am usually a fan of aqua as my friends will testify, but in this instance… with the magnolia and net curtain and all those pipes showing… and that brown lino… yuk. The Renovation: So the plan was to use newspaper from our wedding day as…

Before and After Main Bathroom Renovations.

Before pictures. These pictures were taken before we moved into the property. The bathroom was original and was definitely showing its age. It was about twenty years old. The room was light and bright and quite a large square size for bathroom so we had plenty of scope to work with. We couldn’t wait to…

Cool Colours

Cool colours are Blue, Green and Blue Purple A fantastic interior in cool colours using a deep blue wall and bright green woodwork. HAs  a mid century vibe about it but is also incredibly dramatic.

The Bauhaus, Itten and Albers.

The Bauhaus was an influential art school founded by Walter Gropius in 1919 and ran until before the second world war in 1933, when it was closed by the Nazi’s. The Bauhaus was very influential in the way it taught and because a great many important artists designers and architects worked there. The school believed that…

Modernism

Modernism was a movement in Art, architecture, philosophy and Science that began at the turn of the century but was influenced after the WW1. Life had changed after the war and thinking reflected these changes. Society was ready for change and modernism was enthusiastically embraced. In art and architecture modernism rejected traditional ideas and forms….

Vienna Succession

Detail on the Viennese Succession Building – 1898, Vienna. Joseph Maria Olbrich This is the Vienna Succession Building – 1898 This is Expectation, part of the Stoclet Frieze, c.1909  Gustav Klimt. This frieze was designed for the Palais Stoclet in Brussels. Klimt designed his three murals to include enamels and semi precious stones, mother of pearl…

The Art Deco Style

Ar Deco -is an influential visual arts design style that first appeared in France just before World War I and began flourishing internationally in the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s before its popularity waned after World War II. Art Deco was very popular in the 1930’s. Linear designs, sharp angles and symmetry are present in art…

The Art Nouveau Style

Art Nouveau from about 1890 to the First World War is a style of design and architecture prominent in Europe, Britian and the USA. The style is know for its curvy lines, circles and intricate flowing shapes based on natural forms. Designs were often asymmetrical and highly decorated with flowers and leaf shapes. Stained glass was very…

Interiors by Frank Lloyd Wright, Mackintosh and Gaudi

This is such an iconic building by Frank Lloyd Wright – finished in 1959. The Guggenheim Museum – an Art Gallery in New York. You can start at the top of the slope – no steps and walk down the spiral looking at the art or walk upwards. Either way… a stunning interior. Left: The…

Interiors of Norman Foster and Richard Rogers

The extension, Great Court and roof around the library at the British Museum by Norman Foster in 2000.  This building cannot fail to impress… impossible not to stand and stare and look up. Make you proud to be British.  Just perfect. Look at those reflections created. 22 Parkside Wimbledon, London. Richard Rogers 1968. Richard Rogers…