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Strawberry Fields .... Forever

Strawberry Fields .... Forever

05/12/2018 14:52 - Victoria Cramsie

Before the Beatles put the catchy song into everyone’s head whenever the word ‘strawberry’ is mentioned, the fragrant fruit had many and varied meanings.  

The Romans dedicated them to Venus, goddess of love because of their heart shape and red colour (and some say, because they resemble a beautiful woman’s curvaceous behind…). 

In Medieval churches they were carved into the tops of pillars to symbolise perfection and righteousness. 

And in Bavaria, it was the custom to tie baskets of wild strawberries to the horns of cows as an offering to the elves, who are said to be passionately fond of the fruit.  All things to all people then.

Me I just love the taste.

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Driving yourself bananas?

Driving yourself bananas?

21/11/2018 13:47 - Victoria Cramsie

Moving along in our cruise around the wonderful world of fruity decorating we come to the beautiful bendy banana.

The comedy hero of the fruit world, bananas are variously slapstick, suggestive and nonsensical.

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Why are pineapples just so fabuous?

Why are pineapples just so fabuous?

14/11/2018 14:15 - Victoria Cramsie

Hello old fruit. 

As colour and light drain from the outside world, what lovelier thing to do than pep up the inside with dreams of sunshine, warmth and vibrant colour?  

It may be northern winter outside, but it can be eternal tropical summer indoors with .... pineapples!

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Eats, Shoots And Leaves ...

Eats, Shoots And Leaves ...

31/10/2018 13:01 - Victoria Cramsie

I know it’s not summer any more.

The days are shorter, the wind is occasionally sharp and my sweet peas are at their absolute last gasp.

But according to the weather wizards there’s at least one bit of good news: it’s going to be a colourful autumn.

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Today is all about trees.

Today is all about trees.

26/09/2018 16:57 - Victoria Cramsie

They’ve been quietly green for months now and fading into the background. But overnight there’s a gold tinge to the leaves of the maple on my regular dog walk that refuses to be ignored. 

The oak over the road is peppered with browning acorns, the tops of the plum trees are vibrant orange and the acer in the pot is glowing almost yellow as it puts on its late summer plumage.

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Geometric patterns

Geometric patterns

20/09/2018 14:35 - Victoria Cramsie

Number 3 in our pattern series is geometrics: “characterized by or decorated with regular lines or shapes”.

You can see why geometrics might be pleasing: think of farmers’ fields, the branching leaves of a tree in summer, honeycombs, the spirals of a sunflower, the print on a leopard’s skin …

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Stripes are everywhere, and designed to make you happy.

Stripes are everywhere, and designed to make you happy.

13/09/2018 14:01 - Victoria Cramsie

Tiger, Zebra, bumblebee, candy canes, popcorn machines, Breton sweaters, bunting, beach umbrellas and circus tents. Stripes are everywhere, and designed to make you happy.

Perhaps that’s why they are so ubiquitous in interior design. 

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Paisley.

Paisley.

05/09/2018 14:19 - Victoria Cramsie

I love paisley on all sorts of levels.  It’s a curious thing.

The basic motif or buteh comes from Persia but the name comes from Scotland. 

The poshest goods have it as a pattern and yet it’s often been used as a symbol of decadence and rebellion by everyone from Oscar Wilde to John Lennon, who had his Rolls Royce painted in bright yellow and paisley. 

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Grey is evergreen.

Grey is evergreen.

30/08/2018 14:37 - Victoria Cramsie

I don’t know about you but I’m feeling a little dazzled and sun-blind after what’s been the brightest summer in years.  As the calendar swings round again to back to school I’ve been seeing the beauties of cloudy skies as I shop for sixth form suits for my boys. 

All of which has led me to contemplate the subtle beauties of grey.

Being half-way between black and white, grey is described a colour "without color.” Though of course anyone with an eye can see there are infinite different shades of grey, its relative neutrality makes it a perfect partner for so many other colours. 

It can play a support role without pushiness.

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Keepin' it real.

Keepin' it real.

15/08/2018 14:01 - Victoria Cramsie

I’ve been looking at a lot of beautiful children’s places/playrooms on Instagram recently.

Man, they’ve changed since I was a girl! They’re just so darned perfect & well put together. So neat. So just so …. ‘just so’.

I keep expecting an actual Unicorn to appear out of the perfectly concealed flush wall storage and gallop round the room with a gleaming golden C3PO in a cowboy hat and chaps on its back.

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