TOP 5… Summer Cocktails

Thought I’d just post a fun little TOP 5 feature for today. It’s a lovely sunny day here in Bristol so what better way to celebrate than with some smashing fresh and fruity Summer cocktails?! I love drinks that are refreshing and fragrant and that suits Summer perfectly. If you’re planning a BBQ or Summer garden party for the weekend then here is the perfect place to start planning how to refresh your guests.

grapefruit cucumber gin summer cocktail

GRAPEFRUIT, CUCUMBER, GIN COCKTAIL

In my opinion, nothing beats gin especially for Summer, and a gin cocktail plus cucumber? Heaven!

 

Passionfruit_caipirinha_summer cocktail

PASSION FRUIT, LIME CAIPIRINHA

I hadn’t tried a caipirinha featuring Brazil’s answer to rum, cachaca, until very recently but once I had there was no looking back. The lime just makes them so zesty and thirst quenching!

 

watermelon-papaya-rum-smoothie-summer cocktail-4

WATERMELON, PAPAYA, RUM SMOOTHIE

What’s better than a fruity rum cocktail? A fruity rum smoothie! Can we just take a moment to appreciate all the beautiful colours going on with all these delicious drinks too please?

 

vanilla pineapple margarita summer cocktail

VANILLA, PINEAPPLE MARGARITA

A delicious twist on this tequila and triple sec based drink. I just love fruit so much, I’m starting to think it’d be hard not to enjoy any kind of Summer cocktail at this rate. Love the unusual addition of vanilla here though.

 

grapefruit elderflower rosemary vodka summer cocktail

GRAPEFRUIT, ELDERFLOWER, ROSEMARY, VODKA COCKTAIL

Tried to include an even mix of alcoholic spirits in my TOP 5 list so although I’m not a fan myself, vodka often does make a good base for cocktails since it’s less flavoursome. Love the sound of this mix of tastes. I mean who doesn’t love elderflower?

 

That’s it for today. Perhaps a little off piste from my usual art and interiors based posts but I fancied posting something a little fun and different today in the spirit of Summer! Hopefully you’ve still enjoyed it. Besides art and wildlife, I really love cooking and creating things in the kitchen so it’s nice to share that now and then. Stay tuned for photos from Springfest – my next event this Saturday! See details here.

JUNE Pinterest Board of the Month!

Sweet Food Collection by Home Girl London

Something about this hot hot weather we’ve been having here in the UK this week has given me a serious sweet tooth. So whilst full of cravings for fruit and chocolate this Pinterest board certainly grabbed my attention! If you’re planning a Summer party, bbq, birthday shindig or a wedding reception perhaps, my June Pinterest board of the month is full of amazing and interesting desserts to fill you up with inspiration. Heck, they all look so good I’d throw a party just for the sake of making desserts like these! They’re all so beautifully decorated and photographed too, making me feel inspired even just from a design perspective. Loving all the pastel colours and organic shapes!

June Pinterest Board of the Month - Sweet Food ice cream, coconut

As usual I’ve selected a few of my faves to show you here. There’s elderflower ice cream, coconut bliss bowls, grapefruit curd and chamomile tarts and fruit topped waffles to name a few! A love fruit based desserts, especially for Summer, and there are loads of unusual and exciting combinations to feast your eyes upon here.

June Pinterest Board of the Month - Sweet Food tarts, waffles.jpg

 

Homegirl London also has a brilliant lifestyle blog if you haven’t already heard of her! I’d definitely recommend checking it out and having a look at her other Pinterest boards too, full of interior inspiration and places to visit in London.

I’ll be posting another Pinterest board of the month in July so keep following Sky Siouki via the links on the right so you don’t miss out! My previous Pinterest board of the month features can be found here and my own Pinterest boards here. Planning a TOP 5 feature on Summer cocktails soon too!

You can see the Sweet Food Collection board in it’s delicious entirety here:

https://uk.pinterest.com/homegirllondon/sweet-food-collection/

TOP 5… Fruity Furnishing Fabrics

Time for another TOP 5 feature! Apologies I have to admit I’ve been a little slack with blogging this month whilst trying to get lots of drawing work done (and maybe having a sneaky bit of time off too). But doing these Top 5 lists has fast become my favourite blog topic so I couldn’t miss it before the month is out. This month it’s fruity furnishing fabrics as one last hurrah for the (pretty non-existent) British Summer! I’m a big fruit fan in every sense – I like to eat it, draw it and look at it too, so what better way to celebrate that than to decorate with it. So without further a do here are my favourite five printed fruit designs that I have found…

Fruit Fabrics

  1. Patterned Fruits designs by Hannah Rampley for Candid Fabrics – These colourful, quirky designs are quite bold and graphic featuring stylised pomegranates and pineapples. A great way to add a splash of colour to a muted living space.
  2. Fruit by William Morris – Going from the most contemporary to the most traditional of my selection, this famous William Morris wallpaper is a classic, featuring beautifully illustrated pomegranates. I believe it’s still available to buy, including as fabric curtains from Linen Fields here.
  3. Pineapples by Dark Dog Studio – I really love this modern monochrome pineapple design by Hannah Galvin-Horne of Dark Dog Studio, especially used on this vintage chair. I’ve come across the print a lot on Pinterest and it seems to be a big hit but I think the designer is currently still developing an online shop. Find out more about her here.
  4. Beatrix by Romo – One of my favourite Romo designs, inspired by vintage illustrations but using bright contemporary colour I think this floral design featuring pink berries strikes the perfect balance of traditional vs. modern.
  5.  Pears by Thornback & Peel – There’s not much Thornback and Peel do that I don’t like. Although their rabbits are probably my favourite this pear design has a lovely simplicity and would look stunning upholstered on a chair. The linen it’s printed on has a lovely texture to it as well.

See more of my favourite designs and patterns on my Pinterest and discover my own designs too by visiting the Sky Siouki shop.

TREND SPOT! Pineapple Interiors

Pineapples are right on trend at the moment and in my opinion it’s trend that can never really go out of style.. because who doesn’t love pineapples all of the time?! Their textural tessellated skin and unruly leaves have a wonderful quirky aesthetic that works so well on so many designs. Below I’ve picked out some of my favourite pineapple interior products for you all to admire…

Pineapple Interior Products

Top left to bottom: Pineapple Wall Sconce from Caravan – £99, Double Old Fashioned Pineapple Glasses from Drake General Store – $12, Golden Pineapple Bookends from Graham & Green – £48

Top centre to bottom: Pineapple Linen Napkins by Bonnie & Neil (available from Holly’s House – £14.50 each), The Ananas Cushion Cover Small from Oka – £55, Piña Sola Wallpaper by Aimée Wilder – $165 per roll

Top right to bottom: The Pale Pink Pineapple Limited Edition Print by Jessica Russell Flint – £50, Pineapple Silk Cushion by Silken Favours – £125

10 Ways to Bring the Garden Indoors

It’s the 1st of June although unfortunately it’s not so Summery outside today. I’m sure there will be plenty of good weather for gardening coming soon enough but in the meantime here are some ways to bring some outdoor greenery inside for the rainier days and for those without gardens.

1. Plant Succulents in Teacups – A very cute and easy way to display small plants in a girly vintage style, perfect for cacti and succulents. Here’s a guide on how to do it.

Succulents in Teacups

2. Frame Dried Plants – This idea would work wonderfully using Nkuku Kiko glass frames. Love how they look like museum specimens. Get more tips for using dried plants here.

Frame Dried Plants

3. Make A Terrarium – A little more time consuming but the results can be stunning. There are some beautiful vessels about, such as these from Love Glass Lenka on Etsy, and here’s a great guide on how to make one.

Make A Terrarium

4. Display Flowers in Tins – Why not go for something alternative to a vase to put your flowers in and use a vintage tin, or perhaps a jar or jug as shown in this blog post from Vintage Whites.

Flowers in Tin

5. Hang Vintage Botanical Prints on the Walls – I love the fine detail of these old fashioned illustrations. Available to download free from Poppytalk, these prints would look great framed or even just taped to the wall.

Vintage Botanical Prints

6. Display Dried Twigs in Vases – Even just a collection of interesting branches or twigs clustered together in a beautiful glass vessel can make a great statement.

Dried Twigs in Vase

7. Cover a Wall with a Garden Scene – If you want to go all out with bringing the garden indoors this is the way to do it. If you don’t fancy painting a mural yourself Ananbo sell stunning panoramic wallpapers in classical landscape designs, or try this Olaf Hajek design for something more contemporary.

Garden Mural Wallpaper

8. Upholster Your Furniture in Florals – If covering an entire wall in garden patterns seems a bit much, how about keeping the walls white and giving your sofa a floral makeover. Try Liberty or Abigail Borg for gorgeous floral fabrics.

Floral Fabric

9. Hang Framed Taxidermy Insects on the Walls – Plants and florals aren’t the only things lurking in the garden. Framed insects can make fascinating decorative props, especially effective displayed as a collection.

Taxidermy Butterflies

10. Cluster Exotic Fruits in Bowls – Never underestimate the humble fruit bowl. Use an interesting vintage bowl as a centrepiece and put a collection of exciting fruits like pineapples or lemons in it. Looks best if you use lots of the same fruit.

Pineapples in Bowl

That’s it! Here’s to outdoor greenery indoors! Find more interior inspiration on my Pinterest and if you’re looking for more nature themed interior accessories be sure to check out my online shop too.