Saturday, 11 July 2015

Pearls & Treasure in Interiors & fashion

One of my greatest loves are pearls and they have inspired me over the years in so many ways. I don't think of pearls in a conservative, old fashioned way and there are so many cool things you can do with them!
I use them  a lot on my cushion designs and photoshoots. In fact these are 2 long strands of pearls that are the most used things I own, in terms of props...

I've even used these same strands in the cushion design behind the old china

And again here threaded throughout the flowers on my Sugar Skull cushion

I even have a design that is nothing but pearls and a bits of lace...

So here are some of my favourite inspiring pearl related yumminess for you to pour your eyes into...

These pearl ships are made by Ann Carrington from old necklaces and tiaras and stuff. Talk about upcycling!!!

Carved pearl skulls

These 'Black Pearl' rug designs are by Catherine Martin, she did a lot of work on the Great Gatsby film and you can see strings of pearls in lots of her designs

 This is a nice and easy DIY project...Glamorous curtains using thrift store pearls -

Another nice easy decoration idea, perfect for weddings.

Now something a little more advanced! The skill involved in pearl inlay makes me feel a bit weak at the knees to be honest!

No collection of pearly loveliness would be complete without a chandelier by Erickson Beamon

And whilst we are on the theme of over the top, just check out this pimped up steering wheel!

Ok, time to sake it back a notch and show the other side of pearls, the clean lines and simplicity...

Ok, this isn't pearls exactly, more pearlescent but lovely anyway!
Wall paint, faux finishing and decorative painting products -

And Chanel knows a thing or two about pearls...
Chanel Resort 2015 Accessories Collection pearl bag

But I leave you with pearls in their darker incarnations, as skulls and well...guts...

 Decorative Authentic Cow Skull Miss Pearl by RusticBlueSkulls on

 The Inside is Much More Precious than the Outside (Jane Howarth, The Ladies, 2012)

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