red sand

July 18, 2018

I’ve seen red sand –– that beautiful, terracotta kind –– once in my life, and it was in Eastern Canada. There’s something rich and dramatic about it, maybe because it’s unusual. Is it sand, is it dirt, is it clay? This image here stopped me in my tracks. I don’t know where it is, but I want to go.

bold & Beautiful

July 16, 2018

Miranda Skoczek is a big on colour, Melbourne artist whose abstract work I really like. But if a high wattage canvas is too much for your taste, consider her homewares –– throw cushions and table cloths — that add instant colour and character to any room. Watch Skoczek’s creative process on this neat little video shot in collaboration with Design Files.

prints charming

July 16, 2018

I’m wild about the outfits the women are wearing in Roeqiya Fris‘ colour rich paintings. The play of pattern is divine. The Dutch-Egyptian illustrator says that, “Arab culture, nature, and fashion” all inspire her work. It’s a feast for the eyes. Have a look, or better yet, snap up a print at her Etsy shop.

step by step

July 13, 2018

I like a staircase with curves, sinuous lines, and soft edges. This one here is kind of wonderful, and so is this one. This staircase here is pure drama, and so is this one at the Hermes store in Miami. There is softness, warmth and romanticism that curves bring to a home. Plus. they’re so much more fun to slide down.

Aussie summer

July 13, 2018

Sarah J Curtis is an Australian designer known for her flirty hats and bohemian frocks. Take me to the party is just the sort of statement I like for my head. Pair it with this lightweight, linen dress and you’re ready for anything –– beach, barbecue or bateau.

she sells sea shells

July 11, 2018

One of my most treasured things, is a beautifully delicate Nymphenburg shell. It’s the perfect little vessel for fleur de sel or a diamond ring. The Nymphenburg collection –– porcelain plates, vases, animals and figuriness –– is made at the company’s original Munich factory using processes and techniques that date back over 250 years. Have a look at the work, it’s all exquisite.

mix and match

July 10, 2018

It was this bedroom that caught my eye, with its playful fabrics and charming antique bed. But the whole apartment is worth a peek. I love all the unexpected juxtapositions; the whimsical seat cushions in the dining room set against the graphic rug underneath the table. And what about all the animal prints scattered among polka dots, zigzags and bright coloured kanthas.


July 9, 2018

It’s pink, so of course I was drawn to it. Set on of Europe’s most beautiful coastlines, Uva do Monte is a charming hotel in Melides, Portugal. The 12 rooms are a creative mix of decorative tiles, vintage fabrics and antique furnishings in a palette of pinks, ochres, greens and  sea blues. Portugal, anyone?

al fresco

July 6, 2018

I’ve had strep throat for a million days, so not much in me today, but can we all agree that this is a heavenly setting for lunch à quatre? Goodness knows what’s on the menu. Maybe cheese, bread, Ottolenghi salads and lamb kebabs. And wine, lots of wine.

in the shade

July 6, 2018

This is the colour of the walls at the hotel we stayed at in Athens. This is colour of many of the neoclassical buildings on Syros, the island we holidayed on. Any rosé this light, is bound to be good. So let’s call this dress rosé pink, my new favourite shade of pink.

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