Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Brit Decor: Explores/ Kew Gardens
























































All Images / Copyright Mike Ahern





Shameful confession alert: It's not often that I get to spend quality time with my partner, Simon, but after an incredible week together in Vienna, we having been doing our best to set aside quality non-work time together. We've found that the best way to achieve this is to step aside from home-life and it's associated routines whenever we can, and go discover new places.

High on my checklist for many years, astonishingly it has taken me the long to make it to the world-famous Royal Botanic Kew Gardens in London. One of my many architectural icons has to be the incredible Victorian wonder that is the Palm House at Kew with it's elegant curves and condensation - no wonder it's one of the world's most important surviving Victorian iron and glass structures. This glass-house is epic and so are some of its inhabitants...

If like me you are a fan of foliage, there are some VIP specimens housed at Kew. I love the relationship between plants and manmade structures, with the latter throwing organic architectural shapes, or vogueing perhaps?

As always, I did manage to squeeze some work into our visit to Kew, as I spent time thinking about the relationship between the lush array of green foliage and colour-popping flora, with the current trend for houseplants and foliage-inspired decor. I also couldn't resist popping together this leafy shopping palette to bring a little piece of Kew home.

Have you been to Kew - what did you think?






1/ Banana leaf wall mural £229.15 Etsy 2/ Panama wallpaper £28 Wallpaper Direct 3/ Maury vase £20 Habitat 4/ Vintage 1970's wallpaper £13.52 Etsy 5/ Florentine tile by Neisha Crosland £10.98 Fired Earth 6/ Little Greene's 'Garden' (no.86) matt emulsion from £4 Go Wallpaper 7/ Cactus mural £189.03 Etsy




6 comments:

  1. Beautiful images - I've never visited Kew but now I want to go!

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    1. Laurie - Do it! And the cafes at Kew at scrumptious too.

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  2. Good idea! Because of what you have here, I suddenly think that I could make use of our old patio furniture as a living room decoration as well. I mean look at this one it's like a library-inspired living room.

    home design

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    1. Nancy - I'm a firm believer in bringing inspiration form the outdoors, inside the home. I like your idea *thumbs-up*

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  3. Beautiful pictures as ever, never been to Kew but think it might be time to go - Off to London this weekend so you never know we might end up there!

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    1. Glyn you MUST go! Such a nice atmosphere at Kew too, the plants seem to sooth visitors. Let me know if you go and what you think...

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