driftwood display

September 12, 2011  in homemade, interior styling

Following the lovely comments about our homemade holiday home I thought would post a few photos of some of the homemade artworks and objects that my family and I have made to display in the little house in Croatia.

I found this old piece of plywood on the shore, and after it dried a lick of white paint meant I could draw straight onto it. It’s drawn with a simple but sharp 4B pencil whilst sitting on the beach. It’s just a nieve little drawing in my wonky style of the view from the island across the sea to the mainland, with the jagged edge of the broken wood becoming the mountains in the distance on the horizon.

I drew this picture for my mum. We found an old discarded wooden panel on a walk on the island and brought it home and I thought it would make an interesting canvas after I painted it white. I picked some wild flowers from the garden and drew and painted them in a simplistic style.

I’ve called these toys but they’re really for display only. The fun is in collecting the wood and making them. My little boy and my father made these together. My son (he was six at the time) and husband had been out foraging for interesting bits of driftwood around the shoreline and he and his grandfather nailed and glued them all together, creating different things from the shapes that had been found.

This wall hanging was made from rectangles of rolled Das air-hardening clay, pressed with leaves picked from the garden, and wired together. They’re made in the same way as the storage jar labels project on page 15 of my book if you want to try it at home. The vintage beads were my grandmother’s and the feathers my children found in the garden and pushed into the wire loops. It hangs above an old driftwood fishing net that was found washed ashore – though the net had long since disintegrated– and a vintage Croatian milking stool.

Just a few little things to display in our holiday home that cost virtually nothing but mean everything to my family, and help our little house feel like home.


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  1. GawgusThings says:

    These are so stunning – my sister would love something like this! xx

  2. Bella says:

    You have the most inspirational homes! x

  3. corinne says:

    j’adore ! your ideas are really great, i love it !

  4. sue says:

    Can I tell you how much I admire your “wonky style”? I really look forward to your blog posts, Sania ~ Thanks!

  5. elisa says:

    sania, you are such a joy. i love how you draw. how sweet for your little boy to have a collaborative piece made with his grandfather! i must get my mother to do some things with my girls soon. i’m going to have my eye on bits of wood now! will you tell me where you got your natural pencils, they are gorgeous things! x

  6. just gorgeous and so inspiring! thanks for sharing these lovely pieces!


  7. geisslein says:

    very lovely – I like it very very much!
    greetings from germany, geisslein

  8. Sania Pell says:

    Thank you so much for all your sweet comments, they are always really appreciated and I love hearing from you. x

  9. Thisisjoon says:

    These driftwood drawings are fantastic ♥ I love the look of them, especially the house/building drawings. 😉

  10. jonahliza says:

    lovely inspiration.. i love driftwood.

  11. sarah says:

    Hi Sania!

    I found you through our BYW class and I absolutely adore you blog. I have a soft spot in my heart for all driftwood projects and this one is so lovely I can’t take it! I just moved to Miami Beach and am trying to beach-ify my own place so perhaps I’ll give this a try.

    Can’t wait to keep reading,


  12. hazel jarvis says:

    I love the driftwood painting of the shoreline and the one of the wild flowers. So beautiful and serene. Hazel

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  14. Regina says:

    Really lovely. I am drawn to the simple quality of the art.

  15. Stefanie says:

    Hello, I enjoy reading all of ylur article.
    I like to write a little comjent to support you.

  16. Fiona says:

    I’m kind of late to the party, so to speak, but I just had to say how much I love the idea of painting on wood you find. It’s given me a whole ton of inspiration. Thanks so much for sharing.

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Sania Pell freelance interior stylist London.

Sania Pell is a freelance interior stylist, art/creative director and consultant based in London. She is a Contributing Stylist at Elle Decoration magazine, with whom she has worked for over 20 years, and is well known for bringing a unique aspect to photographic shoots for national publications, leading international brands and retailers as well as style consultancy for architects and property developers. She is the author of best-selling book The Homemade Home and The Homemade Home for Children. A trained, former textile designer, Sania is also involved in many multi-disciplinary creative projects.

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