House tour update: kitchen art

Kitchen art

For 12 months after finishing the kitchen renovation, we've been reluctant to nail anything to its pristine, newly-plastered walls. But recently we've accepted that, well, we live here now, will do for some time and that personal touches beat a perfect finish any day. So recently we got some kitchen art and prints up; some old, some new. (And it ...

My Etsy art favourites

Be so good they can

Now our house is beginning to look something like we always knew it could, we're thinking of ways to make it our home. A big part of this is thinking about what to put on the walls. In truth a significant part of me is reluctant to tap anything into our perfect surfaces, but I'm starting ...

New! DIY word art prints

DIY word art black and white destination print new home gift

Amid all the renovating and decorating - probably around the time husband had several solid days of sanding and I pleaded helplessness in the face of such an unpleasant task - I found a few spare days for making some word art prints. You may have read this post (from nearly two years ago now - yikes!) ...

Coveting indigo and white

Blue and white staircase in Tangiers, from Domino

I often see a theme to the things I'm drawn to and collect and currently it's this fresh combination of white with indigo blue. 1. A beautiful and striking blue and white staircase in Tangier, from Domino. 2. I'm seeing a lot of blog posts extolling the virtues of the Japanese 'shibori' dyeing technique around ...

Roger Hiorns at The Calder, The Hepworth

Roger Hiorns at the opening of The Calder at The Hepworth, Wakefield | www.angelinthenorth.com

Naked men, sitting on things. Would you call it art? That's the question my husband and I asked ourselves as we went to the launch of a new space at the prestigious and popular gallery that sits on our doorstep. The Hepworth Wakefield is now joined by The Calder, a former textile mill named after the river ...

DIY paint chip confetti art

DIY confetti art from paint sample cards | www.angelinthenorth.com

The great thing about this DIY is you can adapt it to suit any colour scheme. It's made from the paint sample cards you can find in most DIY stores - so it's practically free - and it's dead easy. I made this piece for our new bedroom - you may have been following the renovation ...

DIY word print wall art

DIY destination print wall art

I was proud as punch a couple of weeks ago when one of my favourite blogs, Florence Finds, featured one of my DIY projects. It was this destination print-style wall art that I made for my travel-loving brother and sister-in-law, when they finally moved into a house they owned and which they could settle in. For the ...

From walls to works of art

Stickers for walls have been around for a while. Many don't set the world or your decor alight but there are a couple of ranges I've seen recently that have stood out as a bit special for me. As a renter, the appeal is obvious – you can apply, transforming your space, then remove when you ...

Stitching sculptures from every day objects

angel in the north blog. art culture. holly levell textile artist supermarket stitch (11)

I am telling you what you see in this post will make you grin from ear to ear. Am I right? That’s just what I did when I saw the work of textile artist Holly Levell and when I emailed her to tell her so, she said that’s just the reaction she wants! So what’s the story? Holly began ‘Supermarket ...

The art of neon love

Tomorrow, Valentine's Day 2012, a year-long art project ends in my home town. I pass it on the way to one of my and the girls' favourite bars and it welcomes me home from the train on the occasions I have to work in London. It always catches my eye and makes me smile. It ...