My favourite colour just bursts into our gardens every April and May as if to say winter is over. I love this time of year anyway, full of a promising summer to come after a long, cold winter. The birds are back and all the plants just spring back up as if winter had never been!
Inspired by my favourite garden tree
Colour theory – Pink is the colour of happiness and is seen as light-hearted. Teamed with light colours it is soft, feminine, romantic and sweet. Paired with back can be seductive!
I wanted to share with you some interior design ideas based on this beautiful feminine and romantic colour………
Pink has been popular since Georgian times…
Teamed with bolder colours can make this soft pink seem quite art deco inspired and I love the eclectic look that gives …..
You could always add just a rug……
Some eco paint colours to consider….
an eco velvet for upholstery to consider….
a pure lambswool sofa throw …
or some designer fabrics to add a classic romantic or modern geometric twist….
Just a few ideas of how enjoy this soothing pink with soft greys and cream or mix it up with bold and bright colours and pattern!
Something that has been catching my eye recently is a beautiful embroidery design called OTOMI.
Named after the dialect spoken by the people living in the Tenango Valley of Hidalgo of Mexico.
Otomi became more commercial in the 60s after a severe drought forced the people to find alternative sources of income, although its roots can be sourced back to Spanish and Aztec roots. The design features animals and flowers, symbolising man’s connection to nature and it is thought that its origins lie with cave paintings found in the region.
Most of the embroiderers work in collectives which are registered by the government, ensuring fair pay. They are mostly women, of all ages, it is undertaken in homes, in the market and on the street. Otomi empowers them as it is often the only source of income in their family. This craft is a very sociable profession done with a lot of pride!
The process: Water soluble pen is used to sketch deer, hares, armadillo, fish roosters and agricultural scenes….The balance of clear space around the objects is observed and designs are fluidly done with much repetition. Stencils are not allowed and the quality of the drawing has a clear impact on the end result.
The stitching is done by catching the thread on each side (satin stitch) with the facing side showing the design. This saves on the quantity of thread used. Created on natural cotton, using silk or cotton thread, this art has a place in contemporary and traditional interior design. The trend towards artisanal design means it could not be a better time to add a little bit of Otomi to your home! This is no mass market production by machine from Asia and is therefore a highly prized craft, fair trade means the prices are high and it is seen as a luxury product to be appreciated for years to come.
A more affordable option is to buy pieces which you could use to make cushions or frame for instant impact!
There really is no boundaries for this wonderful art!
Suited to classic or contemporary homes, with or without lots of colour this is a wonderful way to add an authentic touch to any space…….
As you can tell I just LOVE Otomi and look forward to supporting those wonderful ladies from Tenango with some purchases for our home renovation soon!!!
Very few of us have enough space. I am pretty sure Her Majesty or various Russian Oligarchs are not reading this blog… so what can the rest of us do? Moving house, adding an extension or building in clever storage, great, but can be expensive and time consuming. Don’t we all have an area in our home that we wish was just a bit more roomy? For me I always end up in houses with the world’s smallest entrance hallways (except, of course, when I was a student and didn’t care) and my current house is no exception! Well I would like to share with you a few design tips to make your tiny space feel bigger… that together with a good dose of declutter/recycling could do the trick! Who knows, you may not even need to extend or move.
One easy/less expensive way is to change the colour. There are a zillion books about colour, but when it comes to maxing up your space using colour, then all you need to know is the following. Warm colours advance towards you and cool colours recede away from you. Making a colour lighter tends to make it cooler therefore recede i.e. pink is more receding than red. Reds, oranges and yellows will draw a room in and make it feel warm and cosy. Blues, greens and blue-violets will have the opposite effect and make a room feel more spacious and open. Yellows and violets can be warm or cold.