August 7th, 2016

The summer slowdown; inspiration, colours and textures from Italy

Late summer and early autumn can be a crazy time for the Interior Design industry. September typically sees the launch of the new season’s products and designs with trade shows such as Decorex and Focus and everything gathers pace rapidly as the schools go back and we all want the decorating to be done before Christmas. I’ve therefore learnt to make the most of and appreciate the summer slowdown. Without time to properly switch off, creativity is stifled. As for inspiration, well that’s nowhere to be found without some sort of break to restore and refresh, being able to truly appreciate your surroundings and drink in the sounds, smells and sights that come with a week away, preferably somewhere warm.

Taking plenty of photos is always on my agenda as that’s one of the things I’ve grown to love through the process of blogging and being able to refer back to them time and time again, when I’m stuck for inspiration.

This summer I was lucky to visit the Italian lakes and also manage “Venice in a day” ahead of a longer trip in the autumn.

I am always mesmerised by the colours and reflections of water…

Colours and reflections of the Italian Lakes and Venice

Colours and reflections of the Italian Lakes and Venice

My lightening trip to Venice, ahead of a longer stay in October, was amazing. Every little corner looks like a painting and if you ever need inspiration for architectural details, colours, textures or a new lantern design, you’ll definitely find it.

Rooftops and Lanterns in Venice

Rooftops and Lanterns in Venice

I was also able to indulge my passion for Italian paper, pasta and window arches!

Arches, Pasta and Italian Paper!

Arches, Pasta and Italian Paper!

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