17 May 2010
Making the ordinary, extraordinary.
Walking through the back door of an unloved 1940’s dark brick block of flats we found ourselves in a serene nest. Is this the space of a bower? Full of shells, flowers and feathers; discarded plastic items; lamps ,chairs of an eclectic nature and a beautiful piece of Murano glass. Melissa, the nest maker herself, has always had an eye for detail. For those beautiful things that others would look past.
Each room has emerged from a piece that she found, felt and fitted. Its about the landscape within the room rather than its outlook, as most of her rooms look onto a mirror image block of flats. Melissa possesses the ability to turn less than ordinary into extraordinary.
The afternoon we visited her home, the winter sun was filtering through the windows, filling the space with a sweet calm light. In the kitchen, calico white curtains cut unevenly like a cityscape, framed the succulents sitting on the sill. The main bedroom had the most captivating solution to a broken fly screen – with inexpensive nylon black lace. The effect was seductive.