Posts from April 2017

luck of the draw

April 25, 2017

What a joy it would be to create a children’s book with illustrator, Oamul Lu. His drawings are charming and sensitive. On the road –– two, three and four wheeled vehicles carrying books, cantaloupes and flowers –– is a wonderful series, and so are these beautiful scenes of lone figures against the Icelandic country side. I love Oamul’s wooden sculptures, too, and look at his marvelous work for Google, Airbnb and Kinfolk.

 

 

 

 

All Dressed

April 24, 2017

I like an evening dress that works for day and night –– something that can be worn with espadrilles and lip gloss or heels and Chanel’s Pirate. Magnolia Antic has many such dresses to choose from. There’s this frock, with delightful splodges of orange and pink, and this one, that looks like vintage Ozzie Clarke. This mid-length leopard print would look as perfect at a daytime meeting as it would at chic nuptials. As for this modern day Eliza Doolittle, I want to wear it morning, noon and night!

 

 

Anemone

April 21, 2017

These flower portraits by Steven Meisel are just so beautiful. They pay homage to Constance Spry, a famous British educator, florist and author. She created exquisitely grand arrangements for high society clients such as Cecil Beaton, and she did the flowers for the weddings of the Duke of Gloucester, princesses Elizabeth and Margaret, and for the coronation of the Queen. This is my favourite of Meisel’s homages, anemones that look like the prettiest and most delicate fried eggs.

Be Our Guest

April 20, 2017

With whimsical wallpapers, tiles and art, and a stuffed peacock in the living room, who wouldn’t want to live in this gorgeous 16th arrondissement apartment? I love the master bedroom, with its layered Berbers, Hermes blanket and petit fours pink walls. Just look at that darling flamingo wallpaper! The children’s rooms are an utter delight, and the tiled floors in the bathroom and kitchen just beg to be danced on. This home is too much fun.

 

 

 

 

Textile Me

April 19, 2017

Heather Chontos is an artist whose work I adore –– so much so, that we own a piece in three shades of pink. Her textiles have me really excited with their bold shapes and jubilant colours. I would love an antique chaise upholstered in any of her high wattage fabrics. Or a smattering of summer kaftans would be fabulous, too.

 

 

 

starry day

April 18, 2017

If I ever get the chance to design my own loo, the tiles will lead the way. A bright blue hexagon would take us to a Greek island or to Marrakech, and these terracota tiles are taking us to Tuscany. And as for these Popham Design hexagonal stars, well, we’re off to the moon with these.

 

 

I dream of Genie

April 17, 2017

I’m a little potty about these genie pants. They look like they’re made from some beautiful organza, but even in a 100 per cent rayon, I’d love them. I see them with a fun, embellished t-shirt and a flirty heel or a plain white t-shirt and espadrilles. And yes, I’ll take them in every colour of the rainbow, please.

cucina

April 14, 2017

I think breakfast would taste better at this table. So would a late night serving of Italian eggs. I love the gigantic window, the soaring ceilings and the beautiful mix of materials in this kitchen. And yes, I can imagine many an interesting conversation taking place at that table.

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Post Impressionism

April 13, 2017

If Gauguin and Matisse shared a canvas, the painting might look something like this. I’m excited to have found Isabelle Feliu‘s work, so much so, that I won’t be able to resist these chicas frolicking in the pool. I love Feliu’s little pouches, particularly this red hot, Tunisian desert scene, and this iPhone case, inspired by Pamukkale in Turkey, is delightful. Vivetta is a line I adore for its whimsy and colour, so Feliu’s ode to Fall 17 may be my favourite. Oh but wait, how can I live without the pink shoes, graphic prints and magic of Delpozo?

Terrence

April 12, 2017

The Water Babies, a film adaptation of Charles Kingsley’s classic book, is something I would love to watch again as an adult. The life inside the pond was so weird and enchanting to me. Terence the seahorse was a favourite character. My mother had a bath sponge in the shape of a seahorse that we called Terrence. And anytime I found a seahorse washed up on the beach (a rare sighting, indeed) I’d bring it home and name it Terrence. I find them so bizarre and beautiful with their spiny bodies and spiral tails. As bizarre and beautiful as my memory of The Water Babies.

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