My approach to interior living is to treat each area as studio space. Over a period of thirty years I have seen, heard, read, invented, collected, curated and saved hundreds of Design Ideas.
I regularly toss around these flights of fancy. They add zing and expressive meaning to my LifeSTyle and environment. Time spent patterning new designs refreshes my surroundings and charges my inner life.
I’m creating “Chow-Chow Woozy” to post a sampling, from my museum of ideas, and offer my Readers ‘a new way of seeing’.
Setting everyday objects under glass (a bell jar) can render them with a curious importance. ie. A stack of Men’s Shirt Collars, or A Pile of Tiny Colorful Books.
Empty Wooden Spools, from thread, become revitalized by winding lovely Ribbons around them and newly displaying them.
A Teak Coffee Table can be painted white; advancing it from Mid-Century Modern to Minimalism.
A Polished Concrete Floor, with Glass Tile Inserts, emulates a “Mondrian” Painting.
Glossy Design Magazines can be stacked and tied with thick black Straps, or Heavy Rope, to make Occasional Tables. NY Times Newspapers will work well too.
When a Kitchen does not have a window above the sink, glass shelves can stretch across the wall above it, to give an atmosphere of light and reflection.
White floors & Black Doors.
A Heavy Old Dresser, purchased from a Thrift Store, can be raised up on legs to make it suitable as a Kitchen Island. Often I love to see a big Wooden Work Table, instead of an Island, placed in the centre of a busy Kitchen. A table becomes an offering of space ready for: baking, doing homework, potting plants, arranging flowers, preparing a meal, making a watercolor, wrapping gifts… all possible.
Newspaper giftwrap wound up with red & gold plaid ribbon.
Gold Foil crumpled around plant pots.
Silver Star Confetti.
Scatter Rose Petals between two layers of Tulle and tie with a Floral patterned Ribbon. Use this as an alternative to disposable paper giftwrap.
Two to three foot Topiary Trees, decorated with twinkling lights and delicate thin ribbon, look festive in all settings.
Old Sheets of Music (from a library) add a vintage touch when framed in Gilt.
Broken pieces of China can be displayed under glass in Frames.
Fragment from my Journal:
A transparent and light-filled glass room as a background… to the heaviest, most Baroque door frames, anchoring a delicate pink marble floor… sigh…
I love the feeling of being open to experimenting with LifeSTyle, by mixing simple (DIY) Do-It-Yourself projects, with more amplified Interior Designs.
A man’s blazer is a mark of the ‘establishment’ and differs from a sports jacket chiefly in the material. A blazer is made of a solid dark color, usually navy, sometimes black, and on occasion bottle green, or red.
Sports jackets have plastic or leather buttons whereas blazers are usually embellished with nautical-style brass or gold-tone buttons. The buttons should not be shiny or garish. If they are, detach them, and look into having them dipped in bleach to remove the lacquer finish and speed up tarnishing. A navy or black soft wool and cashmere blazer can be modernized by replacing the brass buttons with black horn.
“… you can go back into it and find something else…”, someone said.
“Ripping out a page steals the silence.” N.Rigets
Found Poems go back to the time of T.S. Elliott
“Launch each Moment”Sita
fantasy vision life.
strength to go,
have your tongue and swallow anger,
Embark painful self
turn the page.
Many chapters had been roughly torn from a paperback… I received three pages. I searched to find a poem by connecting an assemblage of words between, above, and below the printed text in front of me. This is how ‘Dream VII’ was written.
Blogging 101 has me living across new worlds… even eating sweet, baked ‘black’ bananas… well… I am 1/2 Fruitarian.
Elle Kae published a list of iPhone apps to enhance blogging posts. ‘ABM; A Beautiful Mess’ sounded invaluable and I spent $1.19 to buy it.
In well-connected Collage Circles I am known as; “The Particle Princess”. This is my beautifull mess: in photo essay form, because last week’s assignment (post in a style you don’t usually do) hasn’t been done.
These first two were made using Collage layouts and my Photographs.
This one is created using my ‘In-Camera Collage’ and ‘ABM’ Borders; chevrons, shocking pink dots, and ribbon-like script.
Three iPhone Photos captured on Denman Street, in Vancouver’s West End, were set into the Collage Layout. I then added an ‘ABM’ doodle and chose ‘Lorinda’ text to type the word: What!
Made completely with ‘ABM’ Collage Features. Later I loaded this image into Instagram, vignetted it a bit, and added a Caption: “PLaYgrOunD”
Doors inside out. The occupants never thought of them; instead they thought of boxes. The ones piled up too high behind the locker door made of corrugated metal, and heavy, and blue grey, with a cold past squeezing out from around it. This was really a solid gate, not a door.
Real doors were warm and wooden and painted red like the ones on the front of heritage homes. That’s the best color for a door because it shows off a Christmas wreath just right. It draws attention to its structure and co-ordinates well with a black wrought iron mailbox. The lawn is happy with a complimentary splash of color.
Birds find it cheerful, and the loud rumblings heard coming from behind it; the angry voices, the shouting seem even more violent when passing through the scarlet wound of the house. If the door were made of glass, one wonders if the occupants would be quieter and reflective. Who made a decision to inflame the door; and when was it so.