Friday, 27 March 2015

Make Peace Not War Interiors & Lifestyle

With a sniff of spring on the horizon and the joys of summer still before me I felt like bringing a bit of colour into the blogosphere... BUT...all this jollity is tempered by the knowledge that many folks don't have a little boho loft to decorate, not even a hovel to live in. Did you know there are more than 50 million people displaced around the world, most due to the impact of war in their homeland? Truly horrendous!
The conflict in Ukraine really got under my skin, and inspired one of my recent collections...influenced by traditional eastern European folk art but with  definite Van Asch twist of course... This is my little way of putting positivity out there into peoples homes...

So this blog is devoted to making peace, art, love but most definitely NOT  war!
 Obey Make Art Not War Natural & Burgundy Baseball Shirt $29,95 at

Anti-Vietnam War March ‘Flower Girl’, Marc Riboud, 1967

Ok, so these are a bit off beam, but so boho and lovely, they give the vibes...
Colorful chandelier, found on 

 How mad is this bed! 

I love this idea! Ok, so you got to be pretty good at painting, but what a cool effect, and perfect for an outdoors terrace.

 Generally bombed out abandoned cars are as far from beautiful as I can imagine, but this...this works.

 The trend for this old fashioned circus style lighting is right up my boho alley! This one from 
Peace Sign by GetLitt on Etsy, $175.00
 Cool Peace table
 'In the studio with Pamela Love - Opening Ceremony'
 I love this and it would be pretty easy to make yourself. Very stylish above a bed in an otherwise quite plain room, chic.

I'll leave you with my No Guns cushion and wish you all a wonderfully peaceful weekend!

Friday, 6 March 2015

Beautiful Birds & Birdcages

Well you know I've always had a thing for birdcages and birdies too. I use a lot of them in my designs and as props for photoshoots. Significantly though, my birdcages never feature birds inside them because that just makes me a wee bit sad... see one of my Ravens cushions is a perfect example...

I love the energy in this sculpture of paper and copper pipe y Anna Will Highfield

And how cool is this duck! I have kind of mixed feelings about taxidermy but I can't help but love this fella!

Now this is a perfect example of the ultimate birdcage...

Who is this funny fella then? Well he is a gold Ibis lamp from which you could own for a cool $472.50

Now we're talking birdcages! Lots of them!!! This could be my perfect restaurant ever! Don't care about the food! Ok, that's not strictly true because cake is highly relevant in my daily life! ;-)

I've seen this birdcage all over blogs and pinterest for years but how can it not be's got a clock on it!

I love the trend for chandeliers in birdcages because it combines 2 of my favourite forms in decorating and just brings that eccentric edge into contemporary interior design.
photo taken in a restoration hardware store in San Fransisco CA

I love everything about this room, not least the bonkers pelican lamp but look at those lush jewel tones of the settee and wall! Oh to die for!

Love this wallpaper from 

I love the way these old bird pictures have been inserted into the panels on this old door, very cool, by

This gorgeous settee is one of the most amazing pieces of furniture I've ever beheld! This is from 2012 Anthroplogie  Always purveyors of desirables... 

This is a very modern piece but I think it's rather interesting Umut Yamac's Perch Light, found on
I love this crazy ceiling lighting! This is my kind of grown up stylish, but still a little gothic, type of interior, found on

And what if you want to be the bird? 
You could try hanging about in this here bird cage-like swing by Ontwerpduo,

or, more hysterically, you could get in your nest... this is a real product you can buy it, in lots of colours and wood types... yep,  for a mere 2 700€ - 7 900€ you can have your very own nest found on 

If you want to give a little something back to the birds as a thank you for being so beautiful and inspiring then what better way to do it that this!