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The West Wind whispered. "Come this way. There's a sight to see in the magic woods today." We followed where the West Wind blew. Then in the Orangery woods we saw you! The enchanted woods are full of fairies. Magical little createures, nothing scarey! The trees alive and the fairies cheer. Alif, Ayat and Aria cannot wait to see you there!
Flowers are the natural art that creates a sense of life in any home. We love working with flowers and plants and think that homes benefit greatly from a touch of the natural.
Today we thought we’d look at choosing the perfect flowers for your home as spring really isn’t too far away!
Choosing a Vase or Pot
Of course the first place to start is choosing something to put flowers or plants in. Vases range from the small and plain to the incredibly ornate and beautiful. Ornate complement flowers to produce a beautiful integrated room feature that can turn even the most drab room into an aesthetic treasure. Pots tend to be much larger and the focus with these tends to be on the plant rather than the aesthetics of its containers.
Choosing Where to Put Flowers
If you regularly have flowers then we recommend putting them in a prominent place. Centrepieces on tables, above fireplaces or on furniture all work wonders with any interior design. Our main advice here is to keep them actually in the room – by windows the view detracts from their beauty and most pre-cut flowers won’t last any longer in direct sunlight.
There’s a lot of personal preference when it comes to flower types and colours. However, if you’re looking to really compliment your interior design then careful flower selection is essential.
Flowers for White Rooms
For white rooms yellow flowers like sunflowers, daffodils and chrysanthemum really add to the light feel of a room – they evoke strong images of spring and freshness that makes everyone in the house happy.
To create a softer feel pink flowers work spectacularly with pink lilies, roses and chrysanthemum making a nice blend with existing décor.
Flowers for Light Rooms
For pale rooms that use light blue, pinks or non-white light colour we like to use light but rich flowers with soft blues, reds and oranges. Flowers like freesias, lisianthus, pale roses and orchids really match these rooms. They create a nice soft feel that is perfectly complemented by sunlight in the day and candlelight at night.
Flowers for Darker Rooms
If you have a nice dark rich room with deeper colours like red, purple or dark wood then you want to add to that rich comforting feel with any flower choices. In red rooms yellows and purples really add to that enwrapped warm feeling these rooms evoke. In purple rooms yellows and reds achieve the same effect. In dark rooms with a lot of dark wood we prefer lush green plants that perform well in the dark like peace lilies, Pothos and Philodendron. Alternatively bonsai trees can work beautifuly in these rooms create an earthy rich feel.
One of the best parts of flowers is that they are inexpensive to replace. You can experiment easily and often to find something that is the perfect fit for every room in your home.
Art is one of the most personal aspects of any interior design space. It is a reflection of self that can personalise any space – from the sleek modern apartment to the rustic country cottage. Art encapsulates the full gamut of human emotion and design.
At Casa Forma we are frequently asked to choose art to complement our interior designs but often we work with a client’s favourite pieces to integrate them seamlessly into their design ideas. With that in mind we decided to look at how to integrate art with design.
When it comes to art you should always abide by the rule “Buy what you love”. However, that said, it is also worth mentioning that the art investment market is booming. Everything from Dali’s to Picasso’s to Banksy’s and Harold Ancart are climbing steadily in capital gains. For example Zeng Fanzhi’s The Last Supper sold for a record-breaking US$23.3 million at Sotheby’s Hong Kong in 2013
Over the last 6 years the global turnover of art auctions has exceeded doubled the same period previously. In uncertain economic times people have turned to art as another string to the bow of investment portfolios. However, art speculation is inherently risky – some artist’s work soars in value others can drop just as strongly. So choosing something you love regardless of the price tag is a much safer, and ultimately more pleasing, option.
Styles of Art
When it comes to design the style of art you choose is of paramount importance. Classical landscapes for example do not typically work as well with modern or post-modern room designs. However, street art or cubist art fits fantastically in a modern setting adding a cultural, and stylish feel to a room. With so many genres of art available choosing art that works perfectly with your own nuanced design ideas is actually straightforward.
Modern Art – Integrate seamlessly with modern design to create a variety of styles. Can be used to create focal points for minimalist rooms or to enhance existing décor.
Classical Art – Compliments classical design perfectly especially with classical and neo-classical interior design. Creates opulent feels to any room when complimented with rich fabrics, marbles and antique furniture pieces.
Portraits – Compliment classical, neo-classical and modern design. Portraits form exceptional focal points for rooms and can reflect history and culture in intriguing ways.
Abstract Art – From graffiti to surrealism and encompassing everything in between abstract art can work exceptionally with any form of design. In modern design or minimalist designs it creates focal points whilst in classic design it can blend perfectly with other decor to create a complete tapestry of integrated design.
Integrating Art into design
Once you’ve chosen artworks we get the pleasure of intermingling them with our design work. The two core considerations we make are the size of the piece and whether you want it to be a focus of the room. A single, large, dramatic piece can really set the tone for a whole room’s design and we love working around these types of artwork. However, small pieces can integrate with furniture and furnishing to create a complete, seamless room with plenty of points of focus and discussion.
If you’d like help with your art choices and their integration into beautiful interior design don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Celebrating its 25th year, the London Art Fair (LAF) opened to the public last Thursday and is the largest fair of modern and contemporary art in the UK. Established in 1988, the exhibition brings together over 100 galleries featuring the great names in British art of the twentieth century and contemporary works of art of great figures and emerging talent.
This is also the ideal opportunity for the galleries renew their business relationships and develop new contacts. A large number of professionals, as collectors, representatives of public, designers and private institutions, as well as admirers of art meet at this event.
At Casa Forma we are always looking for the most unique artists, artisans and materials from the most diverse places in the world, whilst seeking new inspiration for our interior design projects, we've been there this week to check out some of the artists on display.
The Flowers Gallery, a major event returned to London after several years bringing innovative work, as the Englishman Patrick Hughes. Hughes created a world solidified into perspective with images that come to life before our eyes!
There are self-portraits of English painter Claerwen James, who has already been exhibited in Flowers Gallery for quite a while now. My attention was drawn to the richness of the colors. Some of the pictures used are from the artist's own childhood.
Another much visited space was the artist of pop - art Peter Blake
I personally love Damien Hirst's art as it is meaniful, versatile, and beautiful. It's art that provokes thought and provides a great source of inspiration for our interior design ideas.
Sotheby’s are one of the best known auctioneers who bring ancient art elements into the limelight. They hold auctions day in and day out, they always have something fantastic in store. In the month of June they have several upcoming auction events as described below.
Important English and European Decorative Arts
This is one of the upcoming Sotheby’s auctions set to happen on the 9th of June 2014 in New York. Some of the featured decorative arts items are A pair of Neoclassical type Pavonazzo marble lidded vases which are is to be sold between 5000-7000 USD, and A pair of large Neoclassical curved granite tazze which will be around 10000-15000 USD. The auction has a bid range of 800-18000 USD. I will take place at 10:00AM EDT. 249 items on auction which will feature art work from all over Europe including rugs and carpets alongside ceramics.
Modern and Post-War British Art
The auction is expected to have 117 items for sale that will run between June 10 to June 11 of 2014. Session 1 on the 10th of June will feature the first 28 lots. As a result of a commendable spring season for Post-War British art sales, Sotheby’s proudly presents another selection that will include museum pieces with the likes of Ben Nicholson’s 1967 (silver brown) acquired from the Art Institute of Chicago. It will also feature the sale of important paintings from artists Edward Burra, Sean Scully, L.S. Lowry, Ivon Hitchens, Patrick Heron, Peter Lanyons and Patrick Caulfield.
Finest and Rarest Wines
June 18, 2014 will see the upcoming Sotheby’s auctions present the finest and rarest wines ever on the globe up for grabs. The selection consists of 600 lots up for grabs which will include Sauternes, Champagne, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Vintage Port. Burgundy will have the 1999 DRC assortment case. Bordeaux will have Palmer 1989, Mouton 1996 among others. Champagne will have Krug 1952, 1953 and Magnum of 1979.
For more information about using art in your home see our article Integrating Modern Art And Design In The Home
For many years, Los Angeles County, California has been a major hub of great art due to the various high-end galleries found there. The major art districts around Los Angeles include Beverley Hills, Culver City, Bergamot Station, as well as Santa Monica. The following artists’ work are featured this month in Los Angeles. The exhibitions feature various types of art including traditional fine art and contemporary art, paintings, prints, fine art, photography, and sculpture.
This exhibition began on May 3 and will run until June 28, 2014 at the Kohn Gallery in Beverly Hills.
This great exhibition runs until June 28, 2014 at the George Billis Gallery in Culver City.
The JoAnne Artman Gallery in Laguna Beach features the work of James Verbicky.
Casa Forma incorporate many different types of art when working on our interior design projects.