Under the glass dome

Autumn is upon us and it’s a time for change. For months I’ve been staring at the glass dome in our kitchen-diner thinking I could be much more creative with it’s display, but couldn’t think of anything outside the obvious. It’s currently used to display a bird ornament and while it looks cute, I feel it could be much more striking. I was hoping an amazing idea would spontaneously appear, but no such luck, so I’ve decided to search for inspiration.

Originating from 17th century Italy, the glass cloche was used to protect plants from frost, whilst acting like a miniature greenhouse. The idea soon caught on and spread across gardens in Europe. Today they have moved indoors and become an interesting way to display flowers, books, crockery and other intruiging objects. They can be a great way of adding personality or creating a seasonal display within your home and many retail spaces also use them to display their wares. They obviously lend themselves to the kitchen for food storing purposes, but don’t be limited by practicality; they really can be used anywhere.

The displays I’ve been drawn to range in style from intricately beautiful and kitsch, to traditional and more natural. I also love the idea of changing them with the seasons. So to coincide with the arrival of Autumn, I’ve included some creative Autumnal displays. There are so many interesting ones I haven’t yet decided which is my favourite, but I hope to try out several of them!

I hope you like some of the ideas below and I’ll be back with an update when I’ve found one that suits my style.

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Chalkboard Art

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A few weeks on from the completion of our chalkboard pillar and it’s become a useful kitchen feature. Shopping lists, reminders, growth charts and personal messages have all found themselves exhibited on the pillar at some point. Having proved its usefulness, I am now keen to treat it more as a work of art and have been searching for designs to create an impact. Although not alien to drawing, I am not a spontaneous doodler and need a source of inspiration to follow.

With the rise of the hipster cafe and the blackboard wall, there are a multitude of funky graphics and quotes out there to draw on (excuse the pun!). I’ve gathered a few of my favourites below, which I will be narrowing down and trying my hand at in the near future … Let me know if you have a favourite chalkboard design.

Many of these can also be purchased from Etsy as framed prints, so if you don’t have room for a chalkboard, you can still create interest in the kitchen.

Kitchen themed chalkboard art:

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I’m loving this balloon themed artwork.

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Bicycles make interesting art:

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Quotes can be motivational and inspirational:

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Chemical formulas and symbols can also make interesting displays:

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Snap happy

After a couple of busy weekends, arranging a house warming and being reunited with our Scotty dog Daisy, I’m back online and have some exciting interiors to share.

One of my current interiors projects in our Melbourne home is to create a photo wall. So I have begun building a collection of beautiful frames to display family photos and things that remind me of home. I’ve always wanted a photo wall, but never been quite sure where to start. It can be hard to get the proportion of different sizes and colours right, without looking too planned, so I’m taking more of an ad hoc approach and adding frames as I find them.

This is what it looks like so far, although it is very much work in progress.

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In order to gain some ideas to inspire me, I’ve been researching photo walls and interesting ways of displaying photos and here’s what I’ve found …

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