We are just back from a fantastic long weekend in Copenhagen. It was my first time visiting the city and it was truly a design lovers paradise. I am going to share a few different posts about our trip but firstly here are some pictures of the very cool apartment we stayed in. The STAY Copenhagen is a block of 12 different apartments set on the waterfront. The apartments are incredibly light and spacious with floor to celling windows in all of the rooms. All of the interior spaces have been designed by HAY keeping a simple pallet of only black and white which was heaven for me! no clutter just clean and extremely minimal. We were lucky on arrival to be told that ours had been upgraded to a 3 bedroom apartment with balcony which was enormous. There was an organic store on the ground level which had pretty much anything you could need for your trip. The hotel also has its own danish bakery stacked with delicious pastries and fresh artisan breads.What more could you ask for!
I am SO excited to tell you about a shoot I am currently working on in Glasgow. It a very cool top floor flat with stunning views of the botanics owned by Catherine and Stuart a graphic designer and a photo editor. This place is beyond cool! Beautiful, original pieces of furniture and art have been sourced specifically for the flat and have been lovingly restored and upcycled to create an eclectic mix of old and new. There are old school desks used as their dinner table and gorgeous shop signage for wall art. I have taken a few snaps on my phone to share with you and keep you going until I have completed the shoot. Enjoy!
I was very lucky to be invited to the latest exhibition by Scottish artist Kate Downie last week – Zero to Fifty is an exhibition celebrating 50 years of the Forth Road Bridge. It is currently being shown in the spectacular setting of Hopetoun House (image above). The Forth Road Bridge is a vast structure with incredible engineering, it spans 2.5km across the Firth of Forth. Kate was appointed artist in residence for the bridges 50th Year celebration by the Fourth Estuary Transport Authority. Kate had a temporary studio space directly under the side tower of the bridge where she fully immersed her self in the project, meeting bridge staff, climbing to the top of the bridge and fully exploring and experiencing all aspects of the structure. Kate brings a huge wealth of knowledge in creating bridge inspired work including her previous residency at the Forth Bridge – which is the world famous Rail bridge that sits along side the road bridge.
I absolutely fell in love with her large scale drawings, dark, smudgy, bold and paintings of the bridge. Here are some of images from the exhibition and some of her other work. I would definitely recommend checking out her work at www.katedownie.com. The exhibition runs till September the 13th.
As I said in my ‘fun and fabulous’ post (20.07.14) I have been revisiting house features from last year. This is another of my favourites from 25 Beautiful Homes last year. It is the stunning home of Jack Irvine also known as Brave Little Note, a musician from Edinburgh. Her gorgeous victorian double upper was featured in the Januarys edition. Beautiful high ceilings allow light to flood through the house, the enormous floor to ceiling victorian windows all have original shutters leaving the windows free of imposing curtains. I love the brave paint and wall paper choices in this house, the black living room is a bold statement and works amazingly well with the furniture in particular the Charles Eames basket chair which Jack found on ebay. She chose more delicate tones for the sleeping spaces, with a soft blue for Amelie’s room and a striking feature wall paper with birds for her own room. Jack completely redesigned the kitchen maximising space by having high units which sit comfortably with the high ceilings and leave plenty of space for a large dining table for friends and family. I love the kooky handles Jack sourced for her units they add a huge amount of character as well as style. There are so many lovely parts of her home, again it would be hard to choose a favourite… the colour coded book case is a must and obviously the Eames chair, Its amazing!