Magpie treasures

I have been selfish…Since our return from the Emerald Isle, the weather hasn’t been great and therefore I couldn’t really get stuck into the necessary outdoorsy kids activities. That is my excuse … at least. We have been at home, eating our way through the day and spending too much time on I-pads and TV’s.  I took this opportunity to spend more time on my design work and have neglected the kids that is…. I actually used my son to test my boredom exercise!

The weather had got me thinking of autumn and the different seasons….and I wanted my interior to match that mood. I think lots of us change our rooms when the season changes. I tend to light the fire (haven’t done this yet!!) and feel the need to get in more candles. woolen throws, change my cushions slightly, throw down the odd fur etc.

I wanted to create different seasons using the same antique console, 50’s chair and vintage Christian Dior handbag (fashion and interior design are never too far apart!) by just adding different accessories. I then asked my son to guess which season I was trying to reflect. I realize the threshold is not very high for this little exercise but it was fun to do and a lot better than kicking a football in the rain (in my book at least)!

Of the two images shown here I have a 50% success rate with my son.

Is it obvious which season I was trying to reflect? I only added two seasons for now …

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Picture number 1 is winter and number 2 is autumn.

Autumn was clear to my son but winter wasn’t he said. He guessed number 1 was spring and his logic made perfect sense! He thought that the little kingfisher bird indicated ‘new life’ and therefore spring – you can’t fault his logic.

This is what I tried to do. When I think winter I think icy blue colours, hence the colour scheme. I added a winter silvery grey fur, and the soft cotton-like catkins branch. My thoughts on the taxidermy kingfisher were the colour blue as well as its literal translation in some languages – “Icebird.” Anyway, mission not accomplished!

Autumn went better – I think all to do with the dark and amber colourscheme. The deer statue and crocodile’s head plus the amber and brown fur throw made ” this one easy” my son replied!

The right accessories make all the difference in any interior…..

I will leave you with my view that every interior deserves some daring, unexpected and sometimes controversial accessories. Take a look at my Etsy shop for some of the Magpie treasures and accessories as shown above.
http://www.etsy.com/shop/Magpiehomes

By the way, please let it be clear – I don’t hope summer is over yet and I am sure there will be more sunny days to come……in fact, the sun is trying to come out as I am about to publish this post!

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