Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Wall inspiration

When I'm flicking through a magazine the last thing I normally spend time on is looking at the ads. Ads, especially in house magazines are particularly bland and dull, I think. Nothing to inspire or get excited about.

But this advertisement made me stop. It is from furniture and electrical store Harvey Norman (big in Australia, but not usually my style). What really caught my eye in this image (below) is the wall art. If you click on the picture you can see a much larger image.


Ok, so the picture I've scanned in isn't great quality, but I love the wall art they have created with natural cast offs. It appears to me that they've taken what looks like an off cut from a palm tree - correct me if I'm wrong - that you can often buy these days from florists specialising in modern designs.

It looks like they've hammered in a couple of nails in to the wall and balanced the palm frond/leaf thing on them.

I've looked closely at what is in the palm leaves and decided they are some sort of sculptures made from cuttlefish bones. They seem to be wired together. Obviously I pored over this picture for ages!
Do you think I'm right? Have you ever seen anything like this before? I wonder if it would get stinky...

I tried googling cuttlefish bone art and cuttlefish bone scultpure and nothing came up that looked remotely like this.


Anyway, it took my fancy and I think it is a fabulous and innovative way to decorate your wall. Go Harvey Norman!


Best wishes,

139 comments:

mondo cherry said...

I noticed this artwork in the magazine too - very unique and unusual. I wonder if they have any examples in store?
Clare x

caroline @ patagonia gifts said...

really innovative! I wonder if it would get stinky too... hope you're having a lovely Wednesday! xo

CrowNology said...

Hi Catherine,
I had a piece of seaweed and a mussel shell tacked in an open shadow box and it was fine. No stink. Dried flowers aren't, usually, stinky so I'd be leaning towards the "No Stink" side of this discussion.
I love found (free) art.
Andrea

Struggler said...

Ooh, I'd be stink-shy about this one too! It does look very nice and I imagine a talented crafty soul could come up with something very similar.

Cherilyn Ferroggiaro said...

Che bella!

My name is PJ. said...

It is interesting, unique, and minimalist (by my standards, anyway).

I love the way your mind works! This post allowed us to see the gears turning as you studied the fine detail of the ad.

And searching for cuttlefish art? Let me tell you, you're the FIRST I know to ever write the sentence!

It's good to have you back, Catherine!

I'm Julia said...

Like faded bird of paradise blooms... very cool. What really makes my heart go pitter pat is the jalousie windows. Love em!

j u s t i m a g i n e said...

I loved this add too !!! ...and was drawn totally to the wall fixtures too ...... i love the simplicity and the fact I haven't seen it before!

Alison Gibbs said...

It does look fabulous. Love the wall colour too
Alison

Alison Gibbs said...

It does look fabulous. Love the wall colour too
Alison

Anne Marie said...

that is definitely unusual....and was this house ON the seashore?

I wouldn't think it had a smell, and most likely was dried naturally, by a local artist who put it together........go to the ad's website.....and aske them -
you never know......

are you going to do something like that?

please do share if you do

Heather said...

I've seen these palm tree cast offs before. I am pretty sure they are the pod that comes off of the flower/seedpod. There was actually one on the side of the road when I went for a walk the other walk.

Tanya said...

I love this type of artwork. After all, who can improve on the intricate art of nature? My son and DIL have just painted their walls in gray with white trim and although they go a little more modern than I usually do, I have to admit it looks really good.

CrowNology said...

Hi Catherine,
Just a quick hello and to let you know I miss your beautiful, inspirational posts.
Hope you and your little man are well and happy.
Andrea

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Wow Catherine
This is interesting... I remember cuttlefish from my childhood.. Not sure why or what .. ornaments of some kind of either my mother's or grandmother's. So that said, perhaps it isn't stinky.. hehe
Hope you are well missed seeing you around .. x Julie

Nicole Tattersall said...

Just adoring your blog, It's just so pretty!

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P.S I've added your blog to my list of 10 blogs/websites to visit this week on my blog

pve design said...

Love this...I always love simple or really over the top masterpieces...lol!
pve

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Alison Gibbs said...

Hi Catherine,
Long time - no post.
Hope all is well.
Take care
Alison

~ Lisa @ AbidingThere~ said...

Hi, Catherine :)

Just thinking about you and hoping you and your son are doing well.

xo, Lisa

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Oh WOW, this is a great post & you have the most gorgeously beautiful site here. I had to stop by to leave this comment for you – and to say hello of course ! Your posts are creative and original and you have interesting pictures. It's all perfect ! Thank you for sharing your site and best wishes... Happy weekend....

windowsshopper said...

I visited your blog for the first time today ~ and you have the same LOVES that I have ~ natural elements. Love the "eye candy" on your blog!

Solange said...

Dear Catherine, I am back in blogland! and of course I checked your posts now and then. I needed a break and am full of inspiration again. Hope you a good time and am happy to be visiting again, getting inspiration from your lovely blog :-)

Rachel Follett said...

That is so cool! I really like the clean nature aspect of it. Really beautiful!

sinnlighet said...

Godmorning, Sweden here....

I must tell you, that I love your virtual & image blog!! Amazing mix of pic's & so much inspiration!

Regards from Agneta

lady T said...

Hi Catherine.

I've missed your posts in blogland!

Hope all is well

xxx

Solange said...

Hi Catherine, all fine there, are you on holiday or just taking some time off ?
take care, Solange

Solange said...

Hi Catherine, all fine there, are you on holiday or just taking some time off ?
take care, Solange

Richie's 2ts Inspires said...

I just hope cuttlefish are already dry, so it won't smell. Or else your home smells a fish market, I promise §;-)

It's one of a kind, ain't it? Cool in it's way though. I can think having this decor in my beach cottage but not in a city home.

Well, that's what I think.

Enjoy the day and have blessed w/end.

xoxo

Struggler said...

Hi Catherine, I hope all is well, since you've been missed recently.

If all is OK and you are able to think a little about blogging, I have an award to offer you, if you'd care to come on over to Struggling to be Stylish to collect it.

plaisirs simples said...

oooo i don't know!!! i know what you mean about the stink...but looks cool nonetheless! love the color palatte!

Pragya said...

What GREAT ideas. Thanks! I’m so glad I found your blog.

Heidi said...

T.O.Y. That stands for Thinking of you in florist talk. Heidi

lily-g said...

where are you? missing you x

~ Lisa @ AbidingThere~ said...

Catherine - missing you and still hoping you are well. xo

MissBliss said...

this is a lovely find... what a great place for sea shells...

your blog is always so lovely!

Megan Daly said...

That is too funny. Cuz at first glance to me it looked like oversized finger nails. (like acrilic looking) lol. But then I finished reading your post.
TOO funny. but i do love the palm fronds hanging. very cool looking.

I just found your blog and love your style. Very excited to come visit and get inspired.
Megan

Solange said...

where are you Catherine, we miss you!

AnNicole @ OurSuburbanCottage said...

Hi Catherine,

I'm just checking in to see how you're doing. I miss reading your posts. I hope all is well with you.

Best,
AnNicole

Porch Days said...

I looked closely at the wall art and I think you are right. Certainly interesting.

Cheryl said...

I'd lean towards the "no stink" side too. I am sure, like with sand dollars, a little bleach and water would keep it smelling fine. A bed and breakfast I recently went to had fish bones as part of their decor, and I remember thinking how beautiful and unique it was.

Miss Always Carried Away said...

In love with your blog. I'm following you now. Just wanted to tell you that I put one of your pics on my own blog - of course I credit you, so I hope you don't mind.

Have a great weekend!

Chrissy said...

Just stopped in to say hi,hope you are well,do hope you will be back up and blogging soon!!All the best,Chrissy

Cynthia at A Shimmy in My Spirit said...

I love when new things are created from old things. Have you seen Man Travels Globe on Sundance? He buys/creates things for the Anthropolgie Stores. Very cool.

prashant said...

stinky so I'd be leaning towards the "No Stink" side of this discussion.
I love found (free) ar
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mary grace jewellery said...

Catherine- hello. I've just found you and love your blog. I love this mixture of modern/clean mixed with the natural. The whole colour scheme isn't really me though. It's just a bit bland isn't it??

Like you I love all the things you mentioned in your profile- white, wood etc...

If you don't mind i would love to drop by every now and again.

have a great weekend!

Kelly Muys Wood said...

interesting, but it looks a bit prickly, no?

kelly

alice said...

Dear Catherine, I hope you're had enjoyable holidays! I just wanted to let you know you're missed on the blogging front and I I hope you're well! - Alice

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Great idea! I really like it too!

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what a lovely blog you have, as for the "cuttlefish" dilemma, I'd say some kinda straw, or similar!

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that's innovative! There is an alternative which I think can produce a similar art. attach dried leaf stalks of any tropical palm to the wall (will look like a snake boat) and you can put something inside, maybe dried flowers.

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