A fresh whiff of florals

Spring means flowers but are florals just for grannies?  With the arrival of spring we naturally think of flowers, blossoms and buds. All things light and floral, pretty and fresh. It’s such a cliché to say that spring is synonymous with flowers but like all clichés it’s based in truth. To avoid the cloying, cutesy floral I’ve gathered some unexpected ways to bring the petal into interiors.

Petal lamps  Pluck the pretty flower and pile on heaps for a luxurious display.

petal lamp


petal lamp


flower lamp


Carpets  Large of scale, over size and over-the-top. Used in this way flowers become an abstract riot of texture and colour. It’s a fresh way to use florals that would make your grandma swoon.

floral carpet

floral carpet


floral carpet

floral carpets

Wallpaper  To use florals in wallpaper brings back really scary flashbacks of cloying granny prints. These are anything but cloying or boring. The scale is what makes them interesting.

large flowers


flower wallpaper


large flowers


big flowers


big flowers


Living With Lilac | Lilac items


They’re so fragrant, they’re so pretty, they’re so fleeting! I’m talking about lilacs those stunning, flamboyant, scented darlings of May.

There are apparently 28 species of lilacs which have been so inter-bred that not even experts can always identify the hundreds of different varieties. Just this morning, on the radio, I heard an advertisement for a Blue Meringue variety that blooms twice a year. Once in the spring and once in later summer.

The season is too short but I guess if it were longer we might not appreciate it so much. Here are some ways to incorporate lilac into your life year round.

1. How cozy, warm and pretty would this be in a little girl’s room? This lilac sheepskin rug can be bought here.

Lilac sheepskin rug

2.  OK so this photo is of a model but how cool would a lilac coloured Morris Minor be?

Lilac Morris Minor


3. This wallpaper from Farrow & Ball is technically wisteria but to me it looks a lot like lilac.

Farrow & Ball wisteria wallpaper

4. This grape and lilac hat created by Camille, a french designer circa 1900 is from the Metropolitan Museum’s collections. Made from cotton and horsehair it looks comfortable and stylish… Non?

Lilac hat

5. Benjamin Moore paints list no fewer than 208 shades of purple. That’s a pretty good selection!

Benjamin Moore purples

6. This vintage lilac motif dress from Etsy is just one of the gorgeous finds from this vendor. See it here.

Lilac vintage dress


Living With Lobsters | lobsters

In honour of the beginning of lobster season in the Northumberland Strait I’ve collected some fun lobster themed items. There are few things as ugly as a lobster. Given that, I wonder how it’s possible to have such a wide variety of items that are really appealing using the lobster motif? Except for the Isabella Blow hat, that’s just creepy.

Lobby Royale lobster wallpaper

The gorgeous soft colours in this wallpaper from Abnormals Anonymous render the lobster  quite abstract and surprisingly pretty.

Tibi lobster dress

Tibi has created a pop version of the silhouette in this striking dress. See it on the Tibi site here.

See the wonderful fashion muse Isabella Blow in an iconic Philip Treacy lobster hat here.

Anthropologie door knocker

Anthropologie has a beautiful lobster door knocker for sale here. I don’t think it would hold up to the salt spray we get on the front of the cottage? If you’re away from the ocean go for it.

Elsa Schiaparelli lobster dress

One of the great fashion designers of early 20th century fashion, Ilsa Schiaparelli created this stunning dress in 1937 in collaboration with Salvador Dali. It is currently in the collections of Philadelphia Museum of Art, unfortunately it isn’t on display but you can see it here.

This concept car from Nissan isn’t strictly a lobster car but it certainly is suggestive of our favourite crustacean. The Nissan V2G (vehicle to grid) electric car was the winner of the LA Design Challenge in 2009. Read about it here on deiselstation.com

Nissan V2G car

These Charlotte Olympia lobster heels were available at Neiman Marcus but it looks like you’re out of luck – they’re sold out.

Charlotte Olympia lobster heel


My personal favourite item is the Nike SB Dunk low premium lobster. I think the way they recreated the mottled shell colour, used the checkered tablecloth pattern on the interior and especially the claw elastic is hilarious. They are from 2008 and it seems they are no longer available. Read more about them here.

Nike SB lobster