Friday, August 7, 2009

A Display Giveaway!!!

As you know, I am a very visual being and displaying things I love in stylish ways is something I will never tire of. I found in my files some displays that ooze calm loveliness. There are rules to displaying. I have my own.
You often here stylists talk about a triangle. This works with your eyes easier and especially if there is groups of three. In your own home I don't think you have to conform to the exact rules of display, but just please don't overload your little area with loads of things. Start with the largest piece (photo or framed print etc) and try and make a relevant story from this...with a few choice pieces. It will look so much better than just plonking it all down.

I think the humble ball of twine can be the perfect prop, especially if it is displayed with eye catchers like these striped juggling pins. Something I think a display cant do without is...
Inside Out
...greenery, a branch, flowers even a single flower head can suffice. I have always been drawn to sculptural branches like Cherry blossoms, Dogwood, Pussy Willow and my fave, Twisted Willow. One of my rules is to never put the greenery in the middle of a display, unless it is anchored by something to the side...then it seems off centre. I don't know why, it just works!

Sculptural blooms like Orchids look so stylish in minimal pots and placing a print casually against the wall with smaller items grouped at the front gives the eye 'the triangle' to focus on.

via simply natural
There are a few to see in this shot, like the gorgeous blossom branches on the table for height, the beautiful display in the background which has a travel feel about it with the vintage suitcases. I would imagine all the little prints and the bird in the cloche would have been picked up on travels....all of the pieces relate somehow.
unknown - from my file
Then there can be displays that are just because. Maybe it is your favourite prints, blooms and like here, a clock which may have been a gift. They might not relate, but maybe they it is colour! Black and white. Even though the branches are real, they look black with white blooms.
Marley & Lockyer
So, I am giving you homework! To go and rearrange a space in your home you have neglected for a while, gather things that relate, make a lovely display, take a photo and send it to me. I am going to award the best display with a set of my christmas star tags...a set of 6!!! I will ship to any where in the world, so get snapping. The photos of your handy work as well as why this display appeals to you will have to be emailed to me at by Thursday 13th August, 2009. I will show some of them in a post on Friday as well as announce the winner.
Happy snapping and good luck,
Ness xx


  1. Oh no! homework. let me think about this one.

    Also, I have a giveaway going on right now - no homework needed :-) and I will ship anywhere in the world. Just thought that was only fair to all my Aussie readers.


  2. This is a challenge!! Definately an incentive! Lovely stars...I'll get crackin'! :)

  3. I love displays my self and I like your rules. I have been working at exebitions and always have something high and build out off that
    Have a lovely weekend
    Love your blog and spend a lot off time checking you out.Love it.

  4. those blooms are so pretty! maybe I'd try to do something... have a great weekend!

  5. Lovely stars, I'd love to enter your giveaway! :o)

  6. Those juggling pins are eye-popping fantasic!! Gave me a great idea to paint 10 blah antique ones up in hot colors.

  7. What a fun giveaway. I will try and do my homework

  8. Hi Ness - another great post to help our homes look more beautiful. Can you offer any advice (perhaps in a future post) about how to hang pictures, photos and groups of images on a wall. I always need help with this one.
    Love your blog Ness...
    Lisa xo

  9. Love your blog! Fabulous photoes, beautiful colors, a lot of wonderful interior designs and ideas. Just... great! I added your blog to my "Blogs I read"-list. Have a nice week!

    Ann, Glassveranda.

  10. Hi Ness!

    I just love your blog! I have been reading for a while now and have just signed up as a follower. I am excited about your homework for the giveaway! I'll be sending my pics soon.



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