Comic Strip Word Art

Feb 22

Comic Strip Word Art

I recently completed two pictures for two special boys Rudy and Lincoln whose mum is very good friend of mine. I used their favourite superhero comics for the letters which were laser cut and given spacers behind to enhance the feeling of depth. It was lovely to see there excited reactions when opening their gifts and for them to be hung centre stage in their bedroom.

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Fab slippers from Mahabis

Jan 09

Fab slippers from Mahabis

I have just come across these fabulous and unique slippers from the UK based company Mahabis.

What a fantastic idea, slippers with an outdoor sole that slips on. These would be ideal for me around the house. I always wandering outside into the garden still wearing my slippers, to be able to just slip on an outer sole would be so practical and far better.

Something for next years Christmas list I think.

http://mahabis.com/pages/classic-slipper

 

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A Modern Christmas

Oct 04

A Modern Christmas

I have been selling my modern Christmas Tree designs for a  number of years now however this year I produced the biggest one yet, at 2 metres tall, for a customer.

I was delighted to receive pictures of it in situ as its the perfect modern setting and pretty much sums up why I designed the trees in the first place.

Next year I will have some new designs on offer, here is a sneak peak at the prototype.

For more info on the range of trees currently on offer please visit my website www.themodernchristmastree.com

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100% Design delivers on inspiration

Oct 04

100% Design delivers on inspiration

My favourite design show of the year has to be 100% design because it showcases lots of exciting new products and provides me with so much inspiration. This year I was as excited as ever and I wasn’t disappointed.

Two key themes stood out for me, Sculptural wall panels and concrete.

Sculptural pieces such as these are very effective and make great features in any contemporary interior. My favourites from the show are these sculptural  light panels, acoustic panels from Soundtect and in particular I love the Diamond product from Foursteel.

You would never guess but it is in fact a radiator. As I am not a fan of the standard radiators used in most british homes and believe if you do have radiators using designer ones is the way to go I just love this product. The fact that it is a work of art in itself and also has the function of a radiator is fantastic although with prices starting at £2550 they certainly aren’t for those on a small budget.

Concrete is a popular trend at the moment and this was clearly evident at the show.

If you love concrete as I do you will like some of these great new products.

 

Tiles to replicate the shutter boarded concrete aesthetic such as this frescoton product are available from Frescolori.

These sinks from Lowinfo come in different colours, shapes and sizes and do look amazing however the practical side of me does wonder how they would live up to day to day use and dreaded limescale.

Lastly a new product called Concreate was my favourite find at the show. The product is like engineered wood flooring in its construction and the company who make it have been producing wooden flooring for many years. The flooring is an alternative to laying a costly polished concrete floor and because it is laid with interlocking pieces it can easily and quickly be retro-fitted. It comes in 3 colours white, natural grey and dark grey and the large panel sizes (1200x300x14mm) are very effective.  In addition they do a white oak wooden flooring backed onto the same substrate which allows for a seamless combination of surfaces.  On top of all this it is water resistant, has in-built acoustic properties and is ideal for use with underfloor heating.  If you want to take the concrete aesthetic a step further they also produce 4mm thick panels you can use on walls or ceilings.

 

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Ikea favourites

Oct 04

Ikea favourites

I love my Ikea mugs, a simple but modern design they are great for everyday use.

My wire fruit bowl is also a favourite Ikea purchase of mine that I think will become a timeless classic.

Mugs are called Hurrig and are available in turquoise or lime green and cost £2 each

Fruit bowl is called tradig and appears to be only available in red now and costs £14

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A’Court Place a delight and an inspiration

Oct 01

A’Court Place a delight and an inspiration

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I was on a photo shoot today at a fabulous location house owned by the very talented Sue Williams A’Court.

Sue is an artist who works from home in her loft studio and as I have discovered is a highly acclaimed artist who has been short listed for this year Jerwood Drawing Prize 2013.

The home of an artist as you would expect has plenty of her work on display however it did not feel over bearing, the artwork simply enhanced and personalised the space.

The house has been very cleverly designed with the layout using every inch of space to its full potential. Its furnished with retro and contemporary items and a neutral palette gives cohesion to the interior as a whole.

In particular I  loved some of the detailing which demonstrates Sue’s creative touch that makes the house such a success.

A lampshade made using the iconic paper ball lampshade with polystyrene cups attached, is hugely effective and goes to show great design can be done on a shoestring.

The great design doesn’t stop with the house, the garden was fantastic and has definitely inspired me.

I feel the perfect balance has been struck between function and design.

 

The decking provides an eating and lounging area with an elevated view of the garden.

Beyond the decking is a curved area of grass with a pebble path and two feature trees which  provide shade and focal points. A hanging chair provides the perfect place to relax and enjoy the tranquil surroundings whilst a table tennis table is there to provide entertainment for family and friends.  The boundary of the garden is defined with box hedges and open slatted fencing with mirrored acrylic which completing the contemporary look. Lastly planters on the decking and thr front bedroom balcony show some effective planting combinations.

All in all this house and garden demonstrates Sues creative talents are not only channelled into her paintings but into every aspect of her life and has led her to create a wonderful home. I certainly enjoyed spending a day there.

To see more of her work or to contact Sue Williams A’Court please visit her website www.suewilliamsacourt.co.uk.

To hire the location contact 1st Option www.1st-option.com.

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