What a wall

I just came across this great image of how a multitude of patterns on a huge wall can work so effectively together.Despite being busy,it is incredibly interesting and unforgettable.It is like a huge wallhanging woven from different tribes on the one wall.The colours and designs of all these encaustic tiles just work so well.I wish I had a wall this big to create this look-maybe a splashback will have to do…

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Stunning Splashback

The splashback in this gorgeous kitchen has recently been tiled using the black with white circle tile from my repoduction range.Black and white is always so dramatic and has definitely added some spice to the modern Australian kitchen pictured below.Sometimes all it takes is a small strip of pattern to bring a new dimension into a space.The splashback now has a personality of its own!

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New old tiles

I have new old tiles and they are gorgeous.All the way from Europe,salvaged perfectly from old buildings and full of history.I am particularly fascinated with this cubic design as with this one design there are actually 3 designs that can be created….I can see this tile in a cafe or a bar or in the entrance to a grand home-classic or modern.It is so versatile and stately and has such a European flavour.I just love it.

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ArtsCape Biennial 2010

  I am so proud of my very talented and very lovely friend Virginia Reid who won the artsCape bienniel 2010 local artists prize.Watching her Diving Bell evolve over the last few months to its final state and then seeing it hanging amongst other sculptures on the Clarkes beach reserve was so inspiring.Virginia's work was inspired by her childhood fascination with shells and an early memory of embedding shells into plaster of Paris with her mother.Diving Bell was created with shells,fishing net,galvanized steel,silicon and endless hours of dedicated work.The layering of all those thousands of shells symbolises the bounty of the sea.Such a beautiful piece of art,Thanks Virginia.

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Mix and match

This has got to be my ideal verandah-outside,but inside.What I love most about it is the mix and match of it all.The African,Moroccan and Indian fabrics just bounce off each other so well and make this space SO inviting.The plants,the rug the curtains-its just WOW.

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Mediterranean Life

 I am loving the colours in this gorgeous mediterranean home.The browns,pinks and yellows with the antique encaustic tiled wall as a focal point all harmonise so well together.A totally unique style and so colourful in comparison to the atypical white washed homes of that area.Not that I don't love the white washed abodes of the mediterranean, I am just appreciating the change and the way the colours work so well.The Moorish tiled bar with the encaustic tiles as a backdrop look so funky.I have always been one to layer different patterns together-just to add another dimension to life!

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Rustic Spanish Kitchen

If I HAD to go on a holiday right now I would fly straight to Barcelona,stroll up and down Las Ramblas,slowly work my way around the weekend antique markets and then drive north to a small fishing village,put my feet up and relax.I would look at renting an old rustic house and enjoy tortilla and sangria around a quaint character filled table as shown in this beautiful image I found.The old blue French doors with the yellow daisies are all that is needed to bring this space alive.The filtered light streaming through the window,the chandelier and the antique tiled floor all work together to make this rustic spanish kitchen so welcoming. Maybe next year.

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Coast and country living

The May/June edition of Coast and Country Living has featured Kate Manning Interiors and her use of " stylish eco friendly materials and products for a healthy home ".

The scheme shows examples of how to create an eco friendly home with natural window coverings,textiles and flooring.The black and white scheme Kate has put together is sharp and contemporary and at the same time having low impact on the planet-has to feel good all round.  

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