As I mentioned in an earlier post I adore spaces in various states of decay. I find them otherworldly, romantic and somewhat magical. I often wonder about the stories they could tell about the souls who once inhabited them and find them a great source of inspiration for the decorative painting I do.
The photos above are all from my travels - I have major storage issues on all my devices because they are full of pictures I've taken of abandoned places and old worn surfaces - I get no end of grief from my husband about why we have to have all these pics in our photo library -" beauty is in the eyes of the beholder" I tell him, "they're reference after all - very important......"
Peeling paint, distressed mirror and metal are some of the elements found in these spaces, as decorative artists we emulate these finishes and incorporate them into our clients projects (not quite as drastically as pictured above however, we wouldn't want paint chipping off into their dinner!) Sometimes it's nothing more than the "mood" I get from an image, sometimes it's a coulour or the texture that speaks to me. I've always wanted to try emulating distressed mirror, I'd replace all the mirrored surfaces in our home with it if I could - I adore the subtle tones and pock marked surface of it. I'd also sandblast all the painted brick, sadly my family doesn't quite have the same love of decay as I but I can be quite persuasive when I put my mind to it so there may yet be some home grown romantic decay in a blog post coming soon!