Autumn is the air and my thoughts are on moving house again. For years my partner and I have been planning to buy our own home. We've saved for about 10 years for a deposit and have not had many holidays during that time as we wanted to save every penny... When we returned from our travels in 2003 after living abroad, we could not believe how crazy the house prices were in the UK. It was disheartening and renting for us has not been fun at all. I personally feel it is getting more difficult to rent as the prices are going up and landlords often want to sell the rentals to make a profit. We have moved every year for the past 3 years due to this happening to us. Renting can be an emotional roller coaster because moving is one of the most stressful things you can do in life.
It is true to say that we have been house gypsies for quite a while now and I have felt very unsettled for a long time. However, on the plus side, we have learned a lot about renting. We have lived in many types of buildings, except for a bungalow, manor house and a castle. :-D
By the way, none of the properties shown in this post are places I have actually lived in, the photos are from google search!
Through all our experiences with moving around, I have been thinking about architecture and interior design, and what type of style do I actually like, for me it is a hard decision because on the one hand I love old Victorian/Gothic designs and yet, I also like the modern Zen type homes, with clean lines and modern paintings decorating the walls. When we finally move into our own house, I would like to bring the two very differant influences together, creating a modern Victorian style.
The William Morris quote is exactly what I believe...
I love rich colours and sumptuous fabrics mixed together, and also cool cream and white in some rooms, like in the bedroom to give a feeling of tranquility. Grey and white for the kitchen would be nice with dark quartz surfaces.
At the time, we lived in a warehouse appartment and I had the space to paint large acrylic and oil paintings on big canvases.
They were mostly large abstract land and seascapes, but some figurative works as well. The two paintings below are old works that I have shown before in another post a long time ago. I hope to have these canvases hanging on the wall of my home someday soon and as they are large paintings, they will need a big wall space. The first oil painting is called 'Red Hibiscus' - 2000 and the seascape is called Storm Over the Sea' - 2001... Ron Sang is well know in Auckland for his building design and I was lucky to sell quite a few paintings with him in New Zealand, I was very inspired by his art collection too. Art plays an important part in the kiwi culture and many people have original works decorating their homes.
The Reclamation Center...
The other week I visited Hungerford and the reclamation center. It is a place where you can find unusual objects. We bought a special garden sculpture which I will share with you in my next post. My dream is to one day create a Japanese style garden with maple trees and sculptures, so we have started collecting a few stone pieces...
I thought Garden Art Plus Limited only sold garden items, but they also have a barn which is full of antique style furniture from Asia. I have visited many reclamation centers over the years as they are inspiring places and I'm very fond of garden art.
Just love these horses on stands and the chunky table and cabinets. I would really like a wooden day bed/seat for the garden too.
In the middle of next month I will be away and having a break, but I might do a small post if I have a bit of time. The Etsy shop will also be closed in early October. I hope you all have a lovely autumn and winter. I hope to see you again soon! xx