For anyone who knows me, they know that I’m a sucker for anything animal-related, and I was saddened to hear that African elephants have now been listed as vulnerable, while Asian elephants are considered to be endangered.

Elephants have long been regarded as a symbol of strength and wisdom, and if you like them and what they symbolise, there are ways that you can incorporate them within interior spaces that won’t negatively impact on their habitat, species numbers or fuel illegal trade. I’m not necessarily suggesting that you fill your living room with a large Banksy-esque elephant sculpture (below), but there are some subtle ways that you can incorporate elephant-related items into your home in ways that won’t dominate your living space.

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For example, artworks and small figurines are a great way to introduce a subtle elephant influence to your home, and they can easily be moved and updated as needed. Not only can they complement the other design elements present (see examples below), they can also work to create a focal point and balance the design.

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(image via apartment diet)

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 (image via design various)

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(image via simplified bee)

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(image via the animal print shop)

You may have noticed that many of the images above feature elephants with their trunks pointed upwards, as superstition states that an elephant can bring good luck if its trunk is pointing upwards and may bring bad luck if facing downwards.

According to the principles of Feng Shui, it is believed that if an elephant is positioned with it’s trunk pointed towards the front door that this will draw money and prosperity into your home.

 

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On Display

June 10, 2013

If you have a wall in your home that’s looking a little empty and you’re not a fan of wallpaper and either can’t or don’t want to re-paint, then why not create a display wall.

It’s perfect way to display photos, artworks and even plants.

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(market stall at the Surry Hills Markets in Sydney)

To get you started, there’s some preparation that should happen prior showing off your finalised display….

Firstly, think about having a theme – deciding upon a theme will help to create a harmonious and cohesive display. When I say theme, I don’t mean that all images must contain the same subject matter or should all originate from the same source or timeframe.

Your theme might simply be linked by a colour scheme or a favourite holiday destination.

Next, determine what you want to display – do you want only photos on display or a mix of photos and artworks? Mixing it up a little bit can create a more dynamic display (see below).

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(image via Simon Watson/Architectural Digest)

Then, select your frames – frames of varying sizes work best, as it makes the display more visually dynamic. Also frames of different colours and/textures work well too!

Not sure where to find frames? Ikea have a fantastic range of frames at very reasonable prices, in a variety of colours and styles – so they’re a good starting point. If you prefer you can always visit a professional picture framer who will mount, back and frame your images to your exact specifications. It costs a little more, but the customised and professional look that it gives is definitely worth it (see example below).

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(image via Roseland Greene)

After that, finalise your layout – arranging your display on the floor first is a good place to start. That way you can move things around, add and subtract until you have your display looking exactly as you want it.

Also, it’s a great idea to have a focal point. Creating a focal point will give you a more visually balanced display. There are a number of ways that you can achieve this, for example having one of your images larger than the others will instantly make that picture the focal point of your display. Alternatively, your focal point could be an image that’s a different colour or texture to the other pictures in your display, which will make it stand-out (in the example below the cameo becomes the focal point as it not only is a different colour and texture to the remaining items, but it’s also the only sculptural element present in this display).

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(image via Domino Magazine)

Finally, once you’re happy that your display looks as you want it to, you’re ready to fix your images to the wall. A ruler and/or spirit level are a good idea to help with this and always make sure that you use hooks that are capable of handling the weight of the picture that they’re holding (I’ve learnt this lesson the hard way myself :)).

If you can’t nail hooks into the wall, and need to use removable hooks then always make sure you follow the application instructions thoroughly, you don’t want your hard work to come crashing down after a few hours have passed.

Most importantly, the display should be meaningful and aesthetically pleasing to you. The really great thing about these types of displays is that (unlike paint and wallpaper) you can easily change them when you want to.

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(image taken at Pieno – cafe in Surry Hills, Sydney)

 

Art I Love

June 5, 2013

While in Sydney recently, I was fortunate enough to see an artwork (untitled [heads or tails]) by Indigenous Australian Artist, Jonathan Jones.

Jones works across a range of mediums and is widely known for his use of light, shadow and repetition of shape and form in his artworks.

His light installations and sculptures (below) are an experience – not only are they beautiful but they also possess an incredibly serene energy which draws you in, and makes his work unforgettable.

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(untitled [heads or tails])

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(illuminated tree)

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(untitled [muyan])

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(blue poles)

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(revolution)

 

Vivid Sydney 2013

June 3, 2013

Vivid is a festival of light, music and ideas that is held in Sydney each year. The light installations and projections are absolutely incredible – and the majority of the events on offer are free!

The festival runs until 10 June, so if you’re in Sydney and have the opportunity to check it out, you really should – you won’t be disappointed!

I’ve included some images that I captured of the Sydney Opera House on Friday night below:

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