Friday 5 October 2012

    to sleep, perchance to dream

     

    Enjoy these natural pics of Claire’s beautiful bedroom.

    Today I am lazy, I have not made the bed. I feel at some point I may be tempted to hop back in and steal some sleep.

    I have laid down a couple of times but could not resist my camera. So here are a couple of details from from where I lay. Claire

    And be transported with Claire’s filmI love the light in MY GREEK ISLAND HOME, it uplifts me. It inspired me to make this film. Music by Matthew Usmar Lauder.

    {Images & Source: visit Claire’s delightful blog, Claire Lloyd loves}

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    Friday 5 October 2012

    Claire Lloyd + My Greek Island Home

     

    Last night I had the joy of being transported to the Greek Island of Lesvos, when Claire Lloyd talked about her life and shared the inspirations for her new book, My Greek Island Home.

    When I bought my house on Lesvos, I was led by instinct — over the years I have learned to follow it without question. People always ask me how I came to be here. 

    Our first glimpse of Lesvos from the air was exciting:

    the deep blue-green Aegean Seas and a huge landmass rising from it.

    Dawn was breaking and warm colours streaked the horizon, a preview of the beautiful day ahead.

    My Greek Island Home is a memoir of Claire’s daily life in a village on the island of Lesvos.

    Feeling exhausted by her life’s hectic pace in London, Claire captures her journey to living a more simple life in the rugged beauty of a traditional Greek island village that has led to a sense of peace and the return of her creative drive.

    … endless sun, calming white-washed walls, salt-sharp air,

    the tinkle of goat bells and the musical chatter of buzzing, outdoor village life.

    The Book

    My Greek Island Home describes Claire’s journey to a small village in Greece – the ancient land of gods and poets, where the seasons govern a way of life that has barely changed over thousands of years. Accompanied by Claire’s stunning photographs filled with colour and light, this inspirational story of reconnecting with nature and community, and finding beauty in the smallest details, will make you see the world anew.

    Artist, designer and photographer Claire Lloyd had a successful career in London, a beautiful apartment and a life filled with excitement and travel. However, she was beginning to feel exhausted by her life’s hectic pace. One day a chance conversation with a friend led her to the Greek island of Lesvos, where she finally found what she was looking for – a sense of peace and the return of her creative drive.

    It draws on the importance of community living in a time when the world feels so disjointed. Frank, intimate and beautifully photographed, My Greek Island Home is about making a home in a strange land and discovering the joy of nature and creativity. It introduces us to the locals of Lesvos and their traditions, explores the intricate rituals of daily life. Armchair travelers will be transported by Claire’s evocative descriptions and photography of the food, people and places of Lesvos, while actual travelers will discover a wealth of new ideas for their next trip.

    About Claire Lloyd

    Claire Lloyd was born in Australia, and moved to London in her early twenties after two and a half years as an art director at Australian Vogue. In London she worked at The World of Interiors and then as an art director for the launch of the British edition of W magazine. From there she built a stellar career in magazines, film, video, books and property. Her first book, Sensual Living, showed readers how to create a home that stimulates all the senses. Claire lives in Greece with her partner and a large number of animals.

    {Images & source: photography by Claire Lloyd. Visit Claire’s delightful blog, Claire Lloyd loves and her website. There is an extract from the book published in The Australian here.}

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    Wednesday 12 September 2012

    Dark Grey + Mustard accents

     

    My love of grey and white is captured in this stunning interior of a home from the portfolio of the Australian photographer Amanda Prior, check it out for yourself here.

    Amanda Prior is an Australian freelance photographer specialising in the genres of still life, portraits and interiors.

     At the age of 15 Amanda discovered what would become a lasting connection with photography and spent most of her young adult life nurturing her craft.
 After several years traveling and working throughout Europe and Japan, Amanda returned to Australia and rapidly developed a fully fledged career focusing on the creative, editorial and advertising sectors of the field both here and in the UK.  Amanda lives in the northern side of Sydney with her husband and young family.

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    Wednesday 12 September 2012

    DRAIN BUCKET :: DOVER PARKERSBURG

     

    The beauty in utilitarian objects.

    Dover Parkersburg official site.

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    Friday 31 August 2012

    Exotic Decor ♥

     

    Stunning home in Melbourne, Australia :: It mixes beautiful details from all over the world – gorgeous wooden ornaments typical for North Africa to Christian symbols and artworks from Tanzania.

    {Images: Photography by Mark Roper and stylist is Glen Proebstel via Homelife}

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    Monday 27 August 2012

    Autumn/Winter Inspiration by TineK Home

     

    Be inspired by Tine K ~ a sophisticated mysterious mix of dark and light tones from the Autumn/Winter catalogues.

    Simply beautiful ~ enjoy  TineK’s home, which was shot in December 2011 for EST magazine.

    {Images: tinek home; Tinek home: gils photography via 79 Ideas}

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    Saturday 25 August 2012

    Scandinavian Summer Cottage

     

    A happy house ~ this gorgeous cottage in lovely candy colours of yellow, pink and white with plenty of girly details would be an ideal weekend escape with your girlfriends!

    {Images: magnus selander  via: hus o hem & 79 Ideas}

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    Saturday 18 August 2012

    the lightness of being

     

    Lace + Interior :: curtains, tablecoths, bed beauty.

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    Saturday 18 August 2012

    for the love of font

     

    I really like this word wall decor, but I am a sucker for typeface and words!

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    Saturday 18 August 2012

    Historical gem :: an amazing apartment in Malmö, Sweden

     

    Nina Bergsten moved from Stockholm to Malmo lured south for a sales job at a fashion company in Copenhagen and finding a home is tale of luck.

    The old lady who lived here liked me and my boyfriend and thought we were such a nice couple together. She trusted that we would take care of her home, so we have been there for a good price. Otherwise we probably could not afford. “ As a bonus, there is also a little Skåne architectural history.

    The apartment was owned and designed by the architect Harald Boklund, whose works were influenced by Neo-Renaissance, Art Nouveau and National Romanticism.

    One of three gold mirrors that Nina has found the market in Clignancourt.

    The apartment’s very first owner was in fact Malmo profile and the architect Harald Boklund who also was the one who designed the whole house on the Great Nygatan at the end of the 1800s, a time when Swedish craftsmanship came with stucco, plaster angels, painted ceilings and hand-made ​​brick, a tenderness and care as is cutting through time – although there are architectural features that are not always appreciated.

    Interior design has always been Nina’s passion. There is a wonderfully crazy story about Nina visiting  the fantastic antique and vintage market Clignancourt in Paris, secondhand heaven for thousands of bargain hunters from all over the world. Among the bustling shops and fast-talking French salesmen in the vast market area in Clignancourt so she stopped suddenly with a pounding heart, struck by a startling and very heavy love. In front of her gleamed an enormous antique mirror, nearly two feet tall and almost as wide. After a few minutes of frenetic haggling, she found out to be owners of 60 kg old glass …

    “It was only then I started thinking about how I would get it from there, not just from the market but home to Sweden. I am one of those people who obviously have no impulse control, “says Nina with an amused laugh.

    {Images by photographer David Johansson, via Residence and Design Traveller}

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