(Justina describes herself as a "design maniac with a bohemian heart" You can find her blog here)
Most of you know I am also studying a 'proper' interior decoration course. Well, that's a bit of a fib, because until I started Justina's course (which has completely motivated and inspired me) there has been very little of the 's word' (study) going on.
Truth be told, the course I'm enrolled in sucks (and before you ask, it is a bone fide course, not one of those fly-by-night one's advertised on the back of a cheap magazine!).
I felt completely flat and at sea when I received my work books
(I'm doing it by distance which is probably part of the problem...)
and started reading through them. I was disheartened from the beginning.
(now I know I am not the only student in the course who feels this way, but unfortunately you are not privy to this info until you enrol in the course)
Anyway Justina's little course has been like a breath of fresh air! It/she has given me the kick up the backside I needed to get over all the negative feelings I have toward my other course. My new 'mantra' is "just do it!"
I am ready to tackle it and finish it, and then, hopefully do something useful with it.
The first project in Justina's syllabus was to style a coffee table which illustrates the eight principles of styling (colour, placement, needs, texture, botanicals, shape, pattern, and bling).
Here's my Before:
note: I banished the Noguchi to the shed.
a) it was a knock-off and b) I couldn't stand the dust on its glass top!
And a few Afters:
I know the remote looks ugly, but this is where 'needs' comes in.
What do you think?
A little contrived? (you know I don't knit!)
Baby steps, right?
coffee table: old tool box - garage sale.
mug: vintage Orzel pottery, made in New Zealand - op-shop.
agave: in old glass pickle jar - garage sale.
teak bowl: made in Indonesia - op-shop.
huon pine platter: Tasmanian(?) - op-shop.
little black bowl: the prettiest pink inside, made in Japan - a present from Anth years ago.
black birds: these were Lucy Violet's.
brown and black ceramic with Air Plant: vintage Polish art pottery, part of a trio.
books: vintage Enid Blyton's, here.
knitting: Annabel's (daughter #2).
And obviously I've got nothing better to do on a Saturday night!