General principles – The grammar of ornament

Owen Jones (1809-1874) wrote down 37 propositions in his book The grammar of ornament. He called them: "GENERAL PRINCIPLES IN THE ARRANGEMENT OF FORM AND COLOUR, IN ARCHITECTURE AND THE DECORATIVE ARTS (...)" So here are some of these principles which I think are still relevant: Proposition 2. Architecture is the material expression of the... Continue Reading →

80/20 rule aka the Pareto principle

Today I'm gonna talk about the Pareto principle (= 80/20 rule = the law of the vital few). The principle is named after Vilfredo Pareto, who stated that 80% of Italy was controlled by only 20% of its population. What is it and how to apply The law of the vital few is best interpreted... Continue Reading →

Theme play – Moodboards

Ever had an idea for a craft but you never get the result you want? I got a small tip for you.  Whether you want to redesign a room, make or paint furniture, or do anything else your afraid to mess up: Make a moodboard! A moodboard is a themed collage with the pictures and... Continue Reading →

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