Finding Inspiration in London!
September 17th, 2012 by Demystifying Design
Here's John aboard the Tube in London en route to the Old Spitalfields Market. I love the upholstery that they use in the London Underground--and how about that marvelous mix of emerald green and rich blue. Glorious! And that bright green support in front of John? Um, a delicious jolt of color.
As John and I always say, keep your eyes open and your iPhone or digital camera in-hand at all times. You never know where you might some inspiration–from a walk down the street to a journey aboard the subway. Snap photos to create a visual lexicon that you can use later.
John and I have been bopping about London, and here are some “moments” that have excited and inspired us as we hightailed it around the city.
John and I spotted these vintage metal French chairs at the Old Spitalfields Market. See what a bold stripe can do for a piece of furniture? These chairs would be nothing without that bold statement of color... Why note stripe an old chair next weekend?
Our pal Kit Kemp runs--and designs--the stunning Firmdale Hotels' properties in London with her husband, Tim. Here, Kit has crafted wallpaper from old French school charts at the Dorset Square Hotel and employed cricket bats as artwork. The hotel is situated on what was once the city's premiere cricket ground, so this "nod" is brilliant. Lesson to be learned: Take ordinary objects, and employ them as artwork. Cheap and chic!
A fabulous wing chair--with built-in newspaper holder (genius!)--at the brand-new Dorset Square Hotel in London's super fun and cozy Marylebone neighborhood. I love furnishings with a dash of whimsy, n'est-ce pas?
A rich red wall wall at the Tate Britain museum... This gallery showcases Victorian artwork, but the deep scarlet walls give the space a very contemporary spin. Why not anchor a wall in your room in a big, bold color?
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