I just suddenly had this image of Virginia Woolf walking towards the water with pockets laden with stones. Such a powerful image because it’s so bucolic - like the English countryside and a stream behind a country house, but then her, just walking with intent and just lying down and letting it all overtake you, letting it take you over. It’s an image I couldn't stop thinking about.

- Florence Welch, Ceremonials Track by Track Interview

Periwinkles/Moroccan Garden, Henri Matisse, 1912, MoMA

This is another work that Florence instagrammed whilst at MoMA. 

Matisse was a 20th Century French artist. He worked during the time of Picasso and Duchamp and his art signaled a groundbreaking moment in modern art. He is known for his mastery of colour. 

Hi everyone! I am SO excited that Florence and the Machine released How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful today, and even more so when I heard what her new symbol (two triangles, one with a line through it) might mean.

According to a Florence and the Machine fan club, it may represent the Spring Equinox. This sent shivers down my spine, because in September last year (which is Spring Equinox time in Australia), I celebrated my birthday by throwing a Spring Equinox party!!!

If Florence has been inspired by the same magical celebration then I am so freaking happy and excited for what is to come.

For my party, we offered up wine and poetry to Dionysus, tied fabric strips with wishes onto a tree and danced in the moonlight! Two of my friends and I even posed like the Three Graces in Botticelli’s Primavera. That’s me in the photo, and behind are some of the decorations that I used to create a magical and spring-like atmosphere. I might post a couple of other photos later on. :)

I can’t wait to see what’s next.

-Yvette x

Room 3: The Fireplace Room

Well I’m back!!! I’m so sorry for my absence (essays and being sick got in the way).

You won’t believe how much luck I’ve been having with this room - I’ve been able to identify SO many of those books (my lucky bookshop eyes serve me well), so you will be getting loads of posts soon. I just love the fireplace and all of those lovely art books.

(Florence Welch House Series)

Room 5: Bedroom Detail

W B Yeats: Romantic Visionary, by William Butler Yeats.

Yeats was a 20th Century Irish poet. Yeats grew up in both Dublin and London, and was interested in Irish legends and the occult. His influences included Percy Bysshe Shelley and the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. This book, which is another that sits on Florence’s bookshelf, is a collection of Yeats’s poetry from 1889-1939. 

This is a poem by Yeats I particularly liked:

A Coat

I made my song a coat
Covered with embroideries
Out of old mythologies
From heel to throat;
But the fools caught it,
Wore it in the world’s eyes
As though they’d wrought it.
Song, let them take it,
For there’s more enterprise
In walking naked. 

(Florence Welch House Series)

Room 3: The Fireplace Room

Polaroids, by Helmut Newton

This book is on the middle shelf of Florence’s bookshelves. Helmut Newton was a German-Australian fashion photographer, particularly famous for his Vogue fashion shoots. Newton had an absolutely incredible life (at a young age he was sent to Australia and later became a British subject). Polaroids features hundreds of Newton’s test shots taken during photoshoots, giving readers an insight into some of his most incredible shoots for publications such as Vogue and Taschen.

(Florence Welch House Series)


Hi all! Thanks so much for all the recent follows I've been getting!

I hope everyone is enjoying this blog and that it brightens your day! I’m an art history student, am obsessed with books (I work in a bookshop), and LOVE Florence Welch. All of these things are what made me want to explore her love of art, literature and everything in between. Enjoy, and thanks again!