...composing spaces to live in is something I used to love to do...and here are some images that reminded me of places I've lived in some small way - or things that appeal for one reason or another... below is a room where I'd like to have wonderful dinners and long conversations. This table suits letter-writing, sitting doing watercolours, a game of scrabble? ...thats a very inky blue in the wallpaper! Now what music I wonder? I can even imagine the food I would serve - nothing too labour intensive but delicious and slow-cooked... an unpretentious red wine for this honest room...yes it has drama...but its also relaxed. I lived for 5 years once-upon-a-time in a decaying grand old home with this kind of ambience...oh the dinners... the conversations...!
lots of shelves - above - definitely crucial and that chair's quite lovely...i'd get paint all over that white though!
Below: walls and floors that look worn and aged...yes! wood - yes!
this room below with the table and chairs kind of randomly placed says lived in and worked in, breakfast, chats, multitasking, making a mess, cleaning up, relaxing ... its all fine! All these places and rooms below suggest its ok to play and create in these spaces...well there is a studio below...but why not have all rooms with the potential to become a temporary studio... I'm all for houses as doing and being spaces - rooms where all sorts of things are possible...rules bended and broken...
these images are all from James Merrrell, a London based photographer found through keen eyed Katherine at urbanfleadesign.net which I was browsing through earlier tonight. I have seen the work of this photographer in various magazines and there is a distinctive atmosphere and sense of drama which I find playful and reminds me of places I've lived and fun I've had creating spaces and arranging rooms like a giant visual composition. Hey i've even broken the format tonight for loading images onto a post...looks odd?...well they just kind of went that way - it wasn't planned..! Sometimes the thing just goes its own merry way and i have to follow along and hope for the best. Does this happen to you?