Wednesday, January 28, 2009

What Comes Naturally

I am often asked how I come up with ideas I have. There's no easy answer to that. I mean why do did I decide to

put a stack of trompe l'oeil books on my desk, as they serve no purpose other than to make me smile and look tremendously busy? Why did I decide
shelves made from drawers
to take 4 drawers out of an old art deco dressing table, paint the insides in bright colours and use them as bookshelves? The main reason was that I thought the handles would be useful to hang things off, which I haven't done yet. Why did I think it was a good idea
chandelier on a low ceiling
to hang a massive chandelier in a corner of a room with such a low ceiling? Well I thought it would bring drama to the room. Why did I tell the plasterer
faux stone wall
to leave that faux stone wall alone? Because I wanted a bit of what I considered to be amazingly realistic left alone. Why did I go out into the forest
curtain poles made from branches
to find curtain poles instead of going to the shops? Because it's cheaper and much more fun. Why do we have
giant vintage letters
a giant D and a giant H above our fireplace? Well Harvey and I each have our own side of the cottage and this is so we don't forget which side is which. Why do I
ghost furniture
do this for a living? When I look at a tea tray I just think it would be fun to stick everything to the surface and hang it up. Why when I see
ghost furniture
an old Victorian riding jacket do I immediately want to cover a chair with it? Because it is what comes naturally - to me anyway.


paris parfait said...

Oh Di, I love your sense of whimsy and originality. These little glimpses of the cottage are delicious - can't wait to see it in person! I notice you've electrified the chandelier scones I gave you - so thrilled to see them in working order and looking so great! xoxox

bleh said...

What a legend. Your curtain poles remind me of my bedposts. Hooray for forests!

Denise Kiggan said...

I love the drawer-shelves, the jacket upholstery and the stick curtain pole! I believe we display aspects of The Creator when we are creative!

Luisa said...

complimenti per il suo blog.e' meraviglioso.un saluto dall'italia.luisa


Your creativity is so original.

Anonymous said...

You give new meaning to out of the box. It absolutely works. I'm thinking you must be channeling both Salvador Dali and marie Antoinette :-)

Parisbreakfasts said...

OH I love the chair and the big type and that wall/tray thing!
These are such fun Di!!!

Parisbreakfasts said...

Sur-really wonderful Di!!!

Sarthak said...

i really loved the drawers and tea-tray stuck up on the really adds some new form of dimension to the room !!

Anonymous said...

It is because you are brilliant!!! and so fantastic!!!

Also, the photos of your home below, are stunning!

I must visit in person one day! xoxo

Bridget said...

Why? Because you are an inspired creative lady!

Anonymous said...

Your home must be magic to visit, love the bookshelves/drawers, so fab! The low chandelier is a perfect feature...and the rest? so you and totally creative.

Ulla said...

Di you are a genius! I love the letters pointing to his and hers side of the house - we all need those!!! And who but you could make a teapot hang on the wall so beautifully? Love the riding chair too, just needs a nice horse!
I'm adding you to my Inspiration links!!