In celebration of Breast Cancer Awareness Month I have created a fun and inspiring Living room design. I recently had the privilege of painting with Flora Bowley in Ireland. I have selected a few of her pieces here that can be found on her website at www.braveintuitiveyou.com. Her painting, "Life Story," is shown here as the centerpiece of this vignette. I selected this piece because of the layered approach Flora uses, the vibrant color palette and the metaphors that can be made from the shapes and lines. The white sofa is indicative of the innocence you begin with and the chairs, the darkness that is often embraced by innocence (the white chair frames). The table is both reflective and translucent, which I used to capture the changes in how we both see ourselves in this journey and how other see us. The base of the table had three rings, God, family, self. The lamps are like tall pillars of strength that we surround ourselves with, they bring us light. The pillows on the sofa with the geometric design represent the process in which the battle is fought and how that end of treatment becomes like a target and leads you to this idea of, "the light at the end of the tunnel." The center pillow it a tribute to the life of the survivor. Rising like the phoenix and on a humorous note..... the fan shape reminds me of my little hot flash fan. On each chair is another pillow by Flora Bowley. "Release Become."
Our spaces, like us tell a story. They tell our story. Our homes and our businesses are an extension of who we are. This is just one example of how a space can tell a story... What's your story?
Recently, On a trip to Ireland, I was sitting in the garden on the grounds of a beautiful Irish Castle. I snapped this picture in an effort to capture the moment and all the texture and color that surrounded me. I do this quite often as I have traveled around the world. My mind became filled with ideas for textile designs and paintings. Reflecting now back on the picture I am amazed at the abundance of texture, pattern, color, and the juxtaposition of this hard classical structure rising through the plants and flowers. It reminded me of the value of a tactile experience within space. One that draws a visitor in, wanting and encouraging them to engage with the space. That places that capture such quality unite the human experience with space and place.
Ellie McIntosh, grew up as a creative thinker. Inspired by her father, a furniture designer an inventor and musician, she took the path to creativity. Her artistic journey has taken her as far as France, Switzerland, Monaco, Italy, Spain, Germany, Morocco, and many places throughout the United States and Mexico, where she utilized various