My Boot obsession is rearing it’s ugly (but oh so tempting) head

So for a while now I have been lamenting the purging of my Texan boot collection. I have only ever confessed to a very few how many I ever had at my worst… and now it seems I see them everywhere and I covet every gorgeous pair. My real obsession started at University when I bought my first pair at Our Soles on the Kings Road in 1988 and they became part of my uniform. Years later living in the Midwest of the United States I was only an hour drive from vast warehouses full of these beauties and I spent shameful hours holding them, turning them over in my hands and trying to decide which pair I REALLY couldn’t live without. But it wasn’t just the supreme and fabulous custom made exotics that would catch my eye, I soon began to buy them on eBay, at garage sales, car boots, vintage fairs – friends even started buying them for me when they came across Texan boots that were unusual and my size. (But I have been known to wear boots that weren’t my size just because they were that fabulous) And so for the last few years my priorities have shifted, and also a stint in sweaty Miami made me turn from boots to flip flops … But now, even at the risk of putting my children’s education at risk….. (minus the ‘Alex exaggeration factor’ – cute huh??) I am going to start again. My geographical location is no longer ideal for finding boots at great prices and in amazing places but perhaps that will be part of the fun – and once I have gotten back in the saddle, so to speak, and I take myself off self-imposed maternity leave, I am going to get myself the most obscene, self indulgent (potentially not very PC) pair of gorgeous Texan boots with my first paycheck!!! See my priorities are perfect and unquestionable.

Viva la obsesion!!!

Space Glorious Space!

So the question of space has been on my mind a lot recently. I have been wondering about the fact that in our personal and professional lives TIME is the ultimate luxury – well in our homes and work spaces the ultimate luxury has to be SPACE. And so, as I feel I never have enough clear open space, and as clutter and stuff is something I battle with daily I am forever saying to myself, and anyone who will listen, – “I need more space”. But is that really true? Is it more the case that I need to de-clutter and use the space that I have more efficiently. I should probably be clearing visual clutter so it feels more open and available, usable and free-flowing. And then the cynic in me says…”sure all those houses in the interior magazines are gorgeous but there is not a shred of real life in most of them” They are picture perfect de-cluttered manicured gems, and I want that!

– but it may just take a lobotomy in my case!

            

            

Pantone Greenery 15-0343

So the Pantone colour of 2017 is just a thrill!

Apart from finding it in all sorts of places in nature, some pretty clever people have been making interesting products that allow you to live with it around you with varying degrees of commitment. From Malachite wallpaper for a living space or a bathroom, to wall paints for entire rooms or just a detail, tiles to accessories. I love it any way it comes. But the fact that it blends well with the trend to have indoor plants again just sings to my nostalgic 70’s girl heart! Macrame plant hanger anyone??

Twinkle twinkle little bling…..

I’ve been loving the delicate jewellery trend, especially layering necklaces…. but here are a few pieces that I am loving for their delicacy, their timelessness and the fact that they are hand made.

 

From the ridiculous to the sublime….

So in my last post I was wondering what on earth is going to happen to the interiors of the White House once You-know-who and Melania get their hands on them… Well the results could be as ridiculous as the characters themselves. So in this post I wanted to share with you pictures of some of the gorgeous pieces I saw at a very indulgent day at the Decorative Antiques and Textile Fair at Battersea Park this week.

You can see even more pictures on Instagram alexandrahuntdallison

 

I am coveting the tables from Lee Wright antiques www.leewrightantiques.co.uk, the textiles Molly Hogg was showing mollyhoggdesign.co.uk and the brass crown vases from Sjostrom Antik     sjostromantik.se, amongst many others – here are links to a few:

fontainedecorative.com

noshrinkingviolet.com

katharinepole.com

mcharpentier.com

17-21.com

 

 

 

 

I know there are serious issues related to the new administration but….

What terrifies me is what they will do to the White House….

Before and after!!!!(??)

 

Quilts

  

   

   

    

                                          

              

               

“Single girl” – Denyse Schmidt

 

“Haze Kilim”, by Kaffe Fassett

I lived up the road, well 4 hours up the road, from the capital of quilting, Paducah Kentucky, for over 10 years. In that time I taught myself how to quilt and have been in love with the art form ever since. Of course, being in the south of the US the use of Quilts as a means to communicate in secret along the underground railroad – the system of safe houses that helped free slaves to the north as they escaped their southern masters – was a large part of what you saw in museums and exhibitions. It is fascinating and humbling to see the resourcefulness with which beautiful quilts were created by enslaved women and girls with very few resources and limited supplies.

But the quilts that I find myself drawn to now, from an aesthetic point of view, are the modern ones that have been created with the huge palette of fabrics now available to us by amazing artists that have chosen fabric as their medium. There are several celebs that I have followed for years, Kaffe Fasset, Denyse Schmidt, a husband and wife team that call their designs Fun Quilts, Willyne Hammerstein with her Millefiori Quilts that aside from being striking visually, are a masterpiece of precision and engineering. Of course there are many many quilters that create absolutely stunning pieces. Many are twists on an old theme or a traditional pattern. Some have come up with extraordinary new designs, that at first glance are, yes visually very pleasing, but if you understand what is involved in the construction of a quilt top and then the actual “quilting” itself, are absolutely genius! The cleverest are tricks played with colour and shapes and contrast that take a real artist with vision, planning and exquisite craftsmanship to produce. For some of us a life long challenge to pursue.

See more: https://uk.pinterest.com/alexandrahunt/quilts/

Huichol Art

The Huichol indians of the sates of Jalisco, Durango and Nayarit in Mexico have been producing their brand of artwork for hundreds of years. Their work is bright and vibrant, and they use yarn or beads which they press into wax or resin to create the images. I have heard that they often work under the influence of peyote a powerful hallucinogenic brew, but that may be an urban myth. Whether they do or don’t what they produce is fascinating. A bit like fire or the sea, I never tire of looking at their work, I always see new things in the images and the colours.

Which came first lighting or the mood?

 

I had always focused on the soft furnishings and colour palette of an interior and lighting was not high on the list of things that caught my eye. Recently I was on Pimlico Road with some friends soaking up the eye candy and stumbled across OCHRE! Their organic, sculptural light fixtures have forever changed me. Their signature piece, which hangs over a dining table is called seed pods but remind me more of sperm… even sexier(?) It got me to thinking, which comes first the mood or the lighting. What do you think?

Ochre.net

Too much velvet is never enough…

                                

    

  

     

    

I’m hoping this velvet trend continues for a while, both in interiors and fashion. You can never get too much of this gorgeous fabric, and the colours it is cropping up in – just magic!