To kick off, Matisse, who invented the idea of the completely red room. Personally I couldn't live with it, but I can see why people do rooms in this way. For me, my red dining room is enough to be going on with, and even that room I rarely enter.
The Red Studio (1911)
This is a wonderful abstract art piece by Theo Van Doesburg called Counter Composition, painted in 1924. Very radical for its time.
Its perfect match is this fantastic 1975 kitchen in a John Fowler house in the UK. I have seen red and black laminate kitchens but only rarely blue:
(Warning: water restrictions rant coming up)
It is rainy and awful (still, again) here in Melbourne. We have floods all over the state and yet our water storage is still only at about 42%. I can't work it out. Is there a leak in the dams? I am told the main reservoir is very extremely ginormous and will take years to fill. So now, after putting a dripper system in our garden and installing three huge water tanks four years ago when the drought began, I may just be able to start using my decommissioned sprinklers. But there is really no point as we pulled up most of our lawn years ago. And my water tanks are now overflowing.
Anyway, I am not so sure about this David Hockney, but you cannot go past him for blue skies and shimmering pools which to me are the epitome of LA.
Nick Wilder (1966)
This is the Kauffman house at Palm Springs built in 1946 and designed by Richard Neutra.
And this, the Petrucelli house in Kew here in Melbourne by McBride Charles Ryan.
To perfectly capture the misty waters of Venice, what better than Giorgione's The Tempest, painted in 1508, which is possibly the first landscape painting (where landscape is not just the background) in Western art. only 6 works survive and he died of the plague at the age of 34. Very little is known about him but the maturity and calm in his works influenced many Venetian painters including Titian. Something pretty creepy is going on here. But no one has ever really been able to work out what.
To accompany this work, a Venetian palazzo:
and an interior which seems to me to be very Italian in style and feel:
This work is by Ken Done, a designer and artist who was very famous in Australia in the 1980s for his almost Fauvist style vistas of Sydney Harbour. He uses bright primary colours, which are perfect for any children's room.
Happy weekend to one and all. We are off to have Greek for dinner with the children tonight and tomorrow I am hoping to buy some lawn from the nurseries to plump up the nude bits in our garden, and also some more herbs and possibly some silverbeet.
(Images: (2)(3) Elle Decor (10)(11) Lost sorry! (13) Design Sponge)