Tag Archives: Natural history

Joseph Cornell: Wanderlust and Interiors

September 21, 2015

Vintage Kitchen collectionImage: Villa Hemma

This month I saw a fabulous exhibition, which ends on the 27th September, at the Royal Academy of Joseph Cornell’s work. Wanderlust is a wonderful and surprising exhibition based around the life’s work of an artist whose obsession with collecting and curating stories led to meticulous research around and amassing of objects. Amongst his cabinets of curiosity were stories of European ballerinas, a Medici slot machine, a huge fairytale castle and one of the best television montages I have ever seen. I loved his Thimble TheaterRead More

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House Tour – Living Room

May 27, 2013

When we bought this flat over a year ago it was this room that sold it to us, it had wood-chip walls and ceiling (ok most of the flat had that) hideous blue carpet (ditto), plastic air vents, bright orange polyurethane doors, mahogany shelving and a particularly hideous mock Victorian fireplace. Past all the hellish design choices made by the previous owner (& the fact that he was either a dangerous D.I.Y enthusiast or the employer of the original cowboy builder) this room had the most potential.Read More

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The Taxonomy of Design

May 20, 2013

BHL Archive Vintage Entomology PrintsOf all the things I love spending time looking at for the home, entomology, curios and Victorian natural history are amongst the most regular. One of my favourite things in the flat is my collection of butterflies below.

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