One Man's Junk is Another Man's Treasure

07/04/2016 Main

I’m waiting in eager anticipation of the delivery of my French colonial replica tiles from Ho Chi Minh City. I have recently been doing a little more research on the chap who is making these (trying to kill some time whilst I wait for them longingly) and I have read some lovely stories about him. Apparently he, much like most Vietnamese people, just thought of the old colonial tiles as scruffy and ugly. His preference was for the shiny new variety. This opinion is pretty much standard across Asia. Asian people long for modern, western design with clean lines and more stainless steel than you can possibly know what to do with. In the West, however, we seem to have more nostalgia for, or at least more taste for, design, fashion, artifacts, interiors and exteriors from days gone by. Read more

A French Colonial Tiled Coffee Table

18/03/2016 Main

I have always loved antique tiles, especially French colonial tiles found in countries such as Vietnam and Cambodia. Both countries were occupied by the French in the late 19th and early 20th century and with this occupation came the most beautiful blend of French architecture and design with a tropical landscape. French colonial villas were adorned with beautiful tiles, wooden shutters and elegant balconies.  The tiles are what I find most appealing. Because of the heat in French Indochina, tiles were a popular way, and still are though not so beautiful these days, to keep a house cooler.  The tiles made popular by the French during this period were made from dyed cement. Different coloured cement would be poured into a mold to create a patter and this pattern and colour would make up anywhere from the entire tile to at least 2 inches on the surface – meaning the pattern on the tiles would not wear from useage. This is precisely why so many French colonial tiles remain intact in Vietnam and Cambodia today. Read more

Penguin Wall Art

11/03/2016 Main

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about a signature piece for my living room wall.  I’ve found some great and quirky works of modern art but my budget is a bit tight at the moment and, unfortunately, it transpires that I have expensive tastes. Every piece I admire would rack up a bill well into the thousands! The cheaper works I have seen just don’t have the wow factor that I’m looking for. Read more

The meaning of art

01/03/2016 Main

For many people, art is an abstract thing, not always understanding if there is something to understand through a work of art. I will try to enlighten you the best with my opinion. Read more

I Need a Trailer!

17/01/2016 Main

I’d like to welcome you back to my Art’s blog, hope you’ve enjoyed the read so far. So we’ve touched on art around the home and talked about what art fairs to look out for in 2016. Later in my blog I’d like to touch on those subjects again but this post is going to be taking things in a slightly different direction as I’m currently in the market for a trailer and wanted a bit of advice. Read more


Art at Home

11/01/2016 Main

I really hope that you have enjoyed my blog so far and hopefully I’ll see some of you at the Art Fair in London at the end of the month. I wanted the next article to be about something a little bit different as not to be too boring. I wanted to talk a little bit about Art around the home and some of the cool things you can do with cheap materials, to make your home look a bit more, Arty and fun. I’ve been searching far and wide, reading through book after book and searching the internet from top to bottom, trying to gain inspiration. If anyone has any input, then I’d really like to hear your ideas. It’s great fun adapting your own techniques after being inspired by other people’s ideas and ingenuity so you should really have a go if your one of those people who just paints the walls magnolia and sticks-up a few random pictures. Read more


Sally's Art

01/01/2016 Main

Hello everybody, my name is Sally. This is a small introduction to my blog on Arts and Crafts. I like my quirky art and very interested in design. I’m always trying new themes and styles around the home and like to give my own personal touch. I am just putting together my first article so please be patient and do return. Read more