Possibly the most distinctive feature of John’s life to date has been the eclecticism of his passions.
The first of these (and apparently the most enduring) was a passion for cooking – this despite the two facts that he was brought up on a strict diet of well-done steak and bubble and squeak and that he first turned to cooking because at least one person in his student household had to be able to do better than macaroni and canned snoek. He now takes the opportunity of thanking the late Jane Grigson for his conversion to the understanding of just how marvellous good ingredients prepared simply can be.
Curiously, John combined his love of cooking with a concurrent passion for mountaineering – where one typically eats little but bad chocolate, biscuits and cheesy macaroni (macaroni again!) Burnt out by 12 years working as a chef in some of the most seminal restaurants of the 1980’s, John turned to practicing law.
Burnt out by 12 years working as a corporate lawyer, John turned to working as a chef, this time in his own restaurant with his life-partner Georgia Shepherd. And so was ‘Solitary’ born in August 2000, a soulful and even historic Blue Mountains cottage with the best views imaginable.
What is the philosophy of ‘Solitary’? Take fine produce, grow as much as you can yourself, treat it simply and with respect. Make it flavourful.... Read more.
Tip five: some taboo of choosing the color Decorative painting can not only placed behind the sofa in the living room, TV wall, inside the bedroom, also can placed in outside the kitchen, balcony, villa walls. But the point you should noting that, when putting painting you should choose the color according to different space. General speaking , modern style interior decoration is mainly based on white, when you choose canvas painting, it should mainly be with yellow and red tones. Don't choose negative effect canvas painting, you should chose a bright color canvas painting for living room, if the interior color is very stable, such as walnut color, you can choose high ash, partial artistic canvas painting. Tip six: Canvas painting shape should correspond with the space shape If the wall where put decorative painting is a rectangle, you can select the same shape single canvas painting or popular group canvas painting, especially the group canvas painting, different layout and spacing can achieve different effects. However, if some places need half round canvas painting, only you do is change the content of painting, for example, you can leave some space, because there is no semicircular decorated box in the market. Tip seven: canvas painting accessories should be in accordance with the local atmosphere. the surrounding environment pattern change, combined with the master's style and preferences attach some different effects of canvas painting may reflect the unexpected artistic conception.
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Tip three: corner canvas painting can change the sight direction People thought canvas painting can be only placed in the middle of one wall in the past, but in the current design, many designers like to put canvas painting in the corner . Corner refers to the indoor space corner, such as the two wall of living room of the 90 degree angle. Just like the Sofa combination way in recent years. corner canvas also have different approaches but equally satisfactory results of beauty. Corner canvas are not very strict for the space requirements, as long as it can give people a kind of comfortable feeling. On both sides of the wall corner, put two canvas painting on it. put the same style painting on the other side of the parallel wall, it will become the formation of L type combination. the asymmetric beauty can increase the taste of indoor layout and also won't have the feeling of restraint. In addition, the corner canvas painting can remind the master role in the transformation of space through the line of sight. For example, put the canvas painting from the way of bedroom to the living room can play a guiding role. Tip four: stairs canvas painting can be irregular If you on a stairs, your opposite wall area is large, you can ask professional person to draw some painting on the wall. This method is very creative, you can draw the painting as your own ideas. In addition, if the area is not large, it can hanging some irregular canvas painting in stair turning stairway, and the effect is also very good
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Tip One: Abstract canvas paintings enhance the sense of space Many families is not too pay attention to hanging canvas painting in the past, they think it is superfluous, even some families hang canvas painting, they also tend to choose some flowers painting. With the improvement of people's aesthetic taste, when they choose canvas painting, they pay more attention to the painting should in accordance with the whole indoor decoration style. Now, more and more people like the simple modern decoration style. Abstract painting has been considered as difficult art, but in the modern style decoration of the family, it can play the role of eyeball. Although a lot of people really do not understand the content, but they know whether the painting is good or not. Modern decoration style room with a simple abstract painting can enhance the sense of space. Tip two: the first sight point is the best position of hanging the canvas painting When you enter the home, the first sight is the best place to hang the canvas painting, it will won't let you feel the house wall is empty and the line of sight is not good. it is also produce fresh.
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