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Friday Find – Lace Printed Mirror


Mirrors are a great way to make a room appear a little larger, these offer a little more of a subdued mirror effect and double up as a bit of artwork for the home or lush bathroom…. with the added bonus of being able to blame the blemishes on your face on the aged effect of the mirror…. win win! They are the work of US based company Mirror-Tique who have perfected the techniques for antiquing and imprinting mirrors….. giving you a mirror and artwork in one.  They are also selling their work through Anthropologie (source of images), which I understand is soon to arrive on Australian shores.


On with the colourful journey…….



Posted by on October 24, 2014 in Uncategorized


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Iron Lady – Cal Lane


You would be right in thinking that there is a little bit of a theme this week, with Lace being the dominating topic.  As I was searching for inspiration for Wednesdays post I stumbled upon the amazing work of hairdresser turned sculptress Cal Lane.

Source Phil Mansfield NYT

Source Phil Mansfield New York Times

Lane’s mother owned a hairdressing Salon, and as a result of one of the staff saying she did not have what it takes to become a hairdresser, she took this as a challenge and set to prove them wrong… which whilst she did…. it was never her serious vocation.

Born on Vancouver Island, Lane studied art and welding at several schools in Canada, before she made her home on a sprawling, former farm in upstate New York. The property is owned by noted modern-and-contemporary art collectors David and Diane Waldman, who reside in Rancho Mirage, California, and allowed Lane to stay free of charge unique artist-patron relationship. They display a wheelbarrow donated by Lane in their home.

Cal Lane 1

Whilst her work has become more political in recent years, I just love the work that she has done taking everyday industrial objects and injecting a beauty into them with the lace effects of a steady hand and a cutting tool….

Cal Lane 2




filligre car parts

 Let me know what you think… mean while on with the colourful adventure…..


Posted by on March 8, 2013 in Art, Travel, United States, US Designers


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Industrial Lace


I have posted on the use of lace in interior design previously, but far from the doily or net curtain style, I am loving the fusion of lace with an industrial look, using materials such as concrete, metal and more textural materials which take it away from it’s more delicate stereotype…. Here are a few of my favourites…

Jo Gibbs – etching onto slate and wood



Lace Lighting – which casts a beautiful shadow around your room…


Source – Rockett St George


Source – Rockett St George


Wallpaper – Young &Battaglia Lace iron fence


Something for the bedroom………………….


Hand screen painting cushions from Rockett St George

…and I love this find on Pinterest for the Lace headboard….. not sure where you would find lace on this scale….


And finally a felt rug by Polish designer Agnieszka Czop which plays on the polish tradition of the doily.

Agniezka Czop - Lace felt rug

Feeling a little inspired to raid the linen cupboard now!…Meanwhile on with the colourful adventure……


Posted by on March 6, 2013 in Interior Design, Style File, Trends


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Susie Cowie’s Embroidery and Print – Sewing up your interior Part II

Susie Cowie is a freelance embroidery and print designer based in the East End of London, designing and consulting on textile concepts for interior design, fashion design and illustrative uses.

Cowie produces intricate embroidery works and has her own embroidery technique which looks like lace, so stunning and elegant.

Susie Cowie at work (source


Mac, two

She has produced designs for interior companies and fashion houses such as Anthropologie, Calvin Klein (below), Gap and Marks and Sparks to name but a few.

Calvin Klein


Scallops (above) to Sail Boat Lace and Bomber planes (below)

Sailboat Lace


Not afraid to branch out she has also designed record covers which show a very different style and vision.

Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, cover artwork

Feeling inspired to get out the embroidery thread??….On with the colourful journey………


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Etching to Up-Cycle – Jo Gibbs

Motivated by a concern about the lack of sustainability in relation to the production of new fabrics, Jo Gibbs takes other peoples trash and transforms them into a new “laced” treasure.

Coming from a background in textile design London born Jo Gibbs’, the inspiration of the delicate fabrics used in the fashion industry is evident in her finished products, which one could describe as “up-laced”.  As a result of a fascination with etching and masking Jo Gibbs, through her company “Up”, has developed a process called “Netching”.  This process allows her to transfer lace patterns on to surfaces of things which would otherwise hit the landfill, breathing new life into the discarded.

Jo has used the process on objects such as slate, wood and metal to name but a few, making what would ordinarily be a heavy based material that little bit softer.

This process and, passion for the sustainability of her product, has meant that Gibbs has been listed as one of Kevin Mcleod’s top ten “Green Heroes” at the Grand Designs Live show in London (Running from 5 – 13 May 2012).

Some of her creations are below, my favourite is the slate… how about you?  It is amazing to see something that would otherwise be discarded brought back to life.





On with the colourful journey…………..


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Dedicated follower of fashion – Lacing the interior

It is fair to say that interior style is generally a dedicated follower of fashion.  Trends that materialise on the catwalk are generally taken as inspiration for the home, whether it be the whole theme, texture, colour or a couple of accent or signature pieces.

Reading the fashion magazines of the moment the big item is lace, from clothing to fingernails (yes you heard me correctly OPI have a lesson in creating lace covered nails), not my thing although on a practical side they would help stop your nails break!

OPI Lace nail

Emilio Pucci - Lace Dress Spring 2012 collection

Moving swiftly from the catwalk, and before you cut up your Gran’s best lace curtains,  here are some of my faves from the world of interiors:

Doreen Westphal – Concrete Lace


I especially love designers who take the inspiration a little bit further and create something that is that little bit unique.  Once such designer is Doreen Westphal, East German by birth, Doreen Westphal trained as a tailor before moving to London to study theatre design after the Berlin Wall came down.  Now settled in the Netherlands Westphal has created some amazing handmade pieces. Once of her ranges are these stunning concrete lace suspensions, which uses fine steel cable or ribbon suspensions that are cast into the concrete. What do you think?

Laura Marsden

eternal-lace-cushion-detail eternal-lace-cushions Selection of cushions

Laura Marsden is a British textile designer with a social conscience.  During her MA Laura developed a way to recycle discarded plastic bags to become home and fashion accessories.   The technique which Laura names as “Eternal lace” uses a combination of hand-stitch and needle lace-making techniques combined with various processes to change the properties and appearance of the plastic bags.  All of Laura’s work is hand made and one off.


For those Sydneysiders – Laura has been selected as a finalist,  International Lace Award, Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, Australia – you can read more about this exhibition at the following fab Sydney blog “This Sydney Life”.

And for a little lace accessory

Have You Met Miss Jones

Based in Sydney, originally specializing in white bone china Have you met Miss Jones has expanded to include clay pottery, capiz shell, metal and woodwork. The metal lace work votives and beakers below are an inexpensive and subtle way to add a hint of lace.  There also loads of other cute pieces, so the online store is well worth a visit.

 Beaker Vase Large  Calabash Large Round Votive Large

Charlene Mullen

From her training in both illustration, print and  an established career in the fashion industry, UK designer Charlene Mullen creates heartfelt textiles for the home and commercial space.  Inspired by Folk and cottage industry style Charlene has some quirky and beautiful designs.

lace bird pillow

lace bird pillow - source

Charlene Mullen Throw - source

OK…OK…. this is not strictly lace but I could not resist (isn’t it cute?)…. On with the colourful journey


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