Monday, 20 October 2014

irresistible heathers

When listening to people (perhaps I should say women) speaking about autumn obsessions they are usually referring to clothes and accessories. For me this autumn it's heathers in all colours and shades, especially the deep blue and pink ones. These beauties recently caught my attention at Walkers Nurseries, my favourite garden centre in the area (remember the autumn colours last week?). Before the end of October I have a plan to make our mainly green garden more colourful. I love conifers but I a bed of blue and pink heathers will definitely add more charm.
photo credit:
Lisa Hjalt

Friday, 17 October 2014

outdoor living

Outdoor living is a series on the blog that contains stylish outdoor living areas and sometimes al fresco table settings. It's about celebrating being outdoors all year round!
In this week's outdoor living series I wanted to not only give a nod to autumn but also embrace its arrival. Do you remember a blog post where I suggested celebrating the season of summer properly? This is the same thing but now it's a proper autumn dinner with roasted marshmallows for dessert (I would buy mine in health food stores). I found this old feature on the website of Style Me Pretty Living styled by Jennifer Carroll, who calls it an impromptu "Gather ‘Round the Fire” party. I'm hooked! I wish I had a spacious patio and an outdoor fireplace to copy this kind of feast. Well, over here it's not the right weather for a dinner outdoors but a weekend lunch would be perfect, perhaps with everyone wrapped in blankets.

photo credit:
Jen Fariello Photography for Style Me Pretty Living • styling: Jennifer Carroll

Thursday, 16 October 2014

autumn colours at Walkers

Starting this blog post with a quote from F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, "Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall", would have been perfect. However, this autumn season in South Yorkshire (my first) isn't quite crisp, yet. Indeed it's mild and rainy, and there is certainly no reason to complain. Our house is surrounded by evergreens, mainly tall cypress trees, and it wasn't until yesterday that I really noticed the arrival of autumn when I spent some time at Walkers Nurseries garden centre. In the Chinese section of their gardens I vividly saw the orange and yellow shades, beautifully contrasted with the greens all around. I had almost forgotten how much I love this season. Almost! I decided to return to Walkers today and as I write this, I'm sitting at their café, enjoying a latte, and thinking about what to photograph next.
I will be back tomorrow with 'outdoor living'. Have a wonderful (autumn) day!

photo credit:
Lisa Hjalt
- October day at Walkers Nurseries, Blaxton, Doncaster, South Yorkshire

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

V&A Museum: The Fabric of India exhibition

So I thought, why not simply continue with the Indian theme on the blog this week. I was viewing the website of the V&A Museum in London when I came across an exhibition called The Fabric of India that starts next autumn.

The exhibition is part of the V&A's India Season and features handmade Indian textiles from the 3rd to the 21st century, among others, a wide range of historic costumes, an 18th-century tent belonging to Tipu Sultan (1750-1799), and contemporary fashion items by Manish Arora and Rajesh Pratap Singh. If Indian textiles fascinate you I think you should grab your day planner and plan a London trip sometime between 26 September 2015 and 10 January 2016.

If you cannot make it to London there is a blog about the exhibition on the V&A website, where you can read all about it.

Speaking of Indian textiles. I have to point out this book, Indian Textiles: The Karun Thakar Collection, which I discovered last summer on the Style Court blog by Courtney Barnes (if textiles are your passion her blog is a wonderful read. In fact, I just noticed that earlier this month she blogged about the same exhibition). I haven't had the chance to browse through the book, yet, but I have a good feeling about it and immediately added it to my wish list.

photo credit:
1: 20th-century Indian wall hanging (detail) via Victoria and Albert Museum | 2: the cover of the book Indian Textiles: The Karun Thakar Collection, published by Prestel (discovered via Style Court)

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

space: a contemporary library in India

Yesterday I took you to India and decided to stay there today. A few months ago there was a house tour in Elle Decor, where they showed a contemporary retreat in the southern part of India, in Puducherry on the east coast. The owner is also the designer, architect Niels Schoenfelder, who with his family uses the retreat to escape the hustle of the city at weekends. These two photos show you the library, which is built like a balcony. The walls are hand-polished lime plaster, beautifully contrasted with reclaimed Burmese teak and stylish textiles that complete the space. All cushions are by Jean-François Lesage and the upholstery on the sofa as well. The rug next to the daybed is by Shyam Ahuja.
photo credit:
Richard Powers for Elle Decor

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