30 Days of Unfurling - Day 16: Inspiration from my Home

Yesterday's blog post really sparked something in me. It made me realise that inspiration can be right under your nose. You don't need to be hiking up a mountain or exploring a rugged coastline to be inspired (though I do really love doing those things).

But I also love being at home. And I have decided that I want to paint a series that explores what it is that makes me feel like I am at home. What colours, textures, patterns and imagery do I choose to surround myself with? This is a bit of departure from my nature inspired work but I think in the end there will still be a connection to nature. Time will tell.

To begin with, I want to gather inspiration from all the things that I have brought into my little world.

I kind of wish I could say I live in a 100 year old home full of character and quirky little nooks and crannies. I don't though! I live in a 1980's brick veneer home in a cul-de-sac in a coastal suburb in Adelaide. It's the type of home that would fit right in on the set of the TV show 'Neighbours'.

Inside though, it's my haven. There's the jumbled up feature wall that I love to re-arrange with pieces of art and photographs. The chair in the window where I can see the ocean from (only just, but it's there). And then there's all the little details - candles, vases, plants, mugs, books, baskets, throw rugs and more. I love all these things, they make me feel cosy and happy. Let me take you on a little tour.

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Here I am sitting in my favourite spot in our loungeroom. It gets the most beautiful light and it's where you will often find me drinking a cup so tea and reading or writing. Everyone in the house knows that it's my spot.

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When it comes to coffee table books, here are two of my most treasured. The New Bohemians by Justina Blakeney and Gypsy by Sibella Court. And you know what, I actually have the coffee table that's on the front of The New Bohemians. I bought it before I knew about the book!

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Here are just a few little things that I've collected, mostly from thrift shops. How gorgeous are those candle holders with the geometric patterns! I must get a photo of the cabinet that these are sitting on as it's a stunning vintage cabinet. It's where I store my finished small paintings unless I'm displaying them.

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This little vessel was also a thrift shop find. As was the carved wooden box that it is sitting on. All those beautiful etched in patterns. I can just imagine scraping something similar into wet paint.

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I absolutely love mugs from Anthropologie. I bought this one to drink out of but it's huge and quite heavy, so now I use it to store pencils in. If you watch some of my painting videos on Instagram, you'll often see an Anthropologie mug in the mix.

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Here I am again in my spot. The chair I am sitting on has a turquoise floral pattern on it. It was one of my first home purchases when we moved to Adelaide. I was in a turquoise obsessed phase of life and when I saw this chair on sale in the back of a shop, I had to have it. I've used the shape of the flowers in quite a few of my paintings before!

Well that's it for today. Tomorrow I am going to look at other ways I can gather inspiration for this new series that I am working on.

Until then, I hope you have a good day or night, depending on where you are in the world Xx