Botanical art work prints

Botanical prints

I’ve been having such fun with a project I’m currently working on in a beautiful Arabian Ranches home. Whilst there was nothing particularly wrong with the state of things, the owner was eager to give the downstairs living and dining room a little refresh – just to change things up a bit and keep things, well, fresh. And that’s precisely what we are doing. The living room has a huge corner sofa that is begging for statement artwork above it so I have been on the hunt for… Read more »

Art by Camilla Hind

I was introduced to the lovely Camilla Hind towards the end of last year when she and I worked on a fun Christmas styling collaboration with two other bloggers. You know how you sometimes meet a person and you know instantly that you’re going to like them? Well, Camilla is one of those people – aside of simply being delightful to be around, she is one super-talented-multi-tasking-mama of two. For our collaboration project, she played the role of photographer, but Camilla is also an amazing… Read more »

Typo Dubai // GIVEAWAY

Let’s have a show of hands for all the stationery lovers out there! … yup, I’m feeling you guys. If you’re anything like me, and the mere mention of stationery gets your heart racing a little (and somewhat awkwardly) faster than necessary, then you need to know about Typo. Australia’s favourite gifts and stationery brand has not only arrived in the region, but they’ve opened the Middle East’s first flagship Typo store at Dubai’s fabulous new Boxpark retail complex. As you’ve no… Read more »

The Bowery Company Dubai

The Bowery Company // Giveaway

The Bowery Company is a newly launched, Dubai-based online store that offers a growing collection of what they refer to ‘affordable luxury furniture with an industrial edge’, and frankly, it’s a perfect description. Think old world New York meets contemporary Scandinavian style and you’ll get an idea of the direction this unique new concept is taking. It’s a breath of fresh air, and with plenty of metallics on offer, I was very easily wooed. Here’s my take on a few must haves. I only wish I could… Read more »

Watercolours by Elicia Edijanto

all images copyright Elicia Edijanto I recently discovered the work of Elicia Edijanto, the talented Indonesian artist behind these exquisite black and white watercolours that depict children interacting with wild animals. I love the melancholic mood of the images and the sheer innocence of the children who seem oblivious to the potential danger of the enormous animals they’ve befriended. Quite enchanting, really. I found Elicia’s work at drawdeck.com, where you can purchase these prints. Her Instagram feed is also well worth a look.

Au Prints

As you’ve probably realised, metallics are very much on my radar. My Pinterest feed is shinier than usual and its not even Christmas yet. I recently discovered something so pretty and unique, I just had to share. Let me take you back to high school (early nineties, anyone?) and see if you can recall which precious natural resource is represented by the chemical symbol Au? It’s gold, of course! Aptly named Au Prints offers a set of prints with gold ink manually applied. Limited to… Read more »

Roundup of natural decor pieces

Favourite Things: Au naturel roundup

As we bid au revoir to yet another month, it’s time for our next Favourite Things roundup. This month’s edition is a follow-on from my post on natural decor. These fabulous pieces of furniture and accessories will help create a calm and neutral ambiance in your home. 1. I raved about this pendant light and similar oversized cotton beauties here. This lamp radiates beauty and simplicity. The frame is made of bamboo and a very fine handwoven cotton. Did you know that bamboo is a renewable resource that… Read more »

Mario Marino

I’m in absolute awe of the work of Mario Marino. The Austrian born portrait photographer has been capturing fascinating human subjects in their native environments for some fourteen years. Not surprisingly, his work is exhibited in museums and galleries around the world.

favorite things for boys rooms

Favourite things roundup: One for the boys

Wowzers, it cat believe its Friday – and basically the end of May too! Is anyone else completely stunned that we are almost half way through this year? Remember those days as a kid, when a year felt like a lifetime. Sigh….those really were the days.

So, on the subject of kids, my roundup for this month features some of my favorite pieces for little boys’ rooms.

Gray Malin

Hi folks, it’s been a busy two weeks around here and I haven’t managed much time on the blog, but I’m making time today to share another awesome find with you. It’s really hotting up in Dubai and with the summer holidays almost upon us, I bet many are already dreaming of picturesque escapes and good vacay vibes.  Here’s a little something that’s sure to get you in the mood… A few weeks ago, I spotted one of Gray Malin’s amazing images on… Read more »

Tips for decorating your rental

Tips for decorating your rented home

Reconciling your Pinterest-perfect dream home with the reality of rented accommodation can be a bitter pill to swallow. Trust me, I know. I’m an old hand at this, and as an expat living in Dubai, I know that I am definitely not alone. Landlords strive to create a neutral space with mass appeal, which usually results in a uniform palette throughout the house and zero personality. The good news, however, is that there are many easy and affordable to ways… Read more »

love warriors of sweden

Love Warriors of Sweden

I’m ridiculously excited to share today’s treasure with you, but before I continue, can I just say, ‘what it is with the Scandinavians and their design talent?’ Is it just me, or is anyone else wondering whether its possible for a natural gift of this kind to form part of an entire region’s genetic code? Just a thought…. as I remain in awe. On that note, there really is no containing my heart-fluttering enthusiasm for Love Warriors of Sweden. A dynamic collaboration of four friends, Yvonne… Read more »

Alex Latimer South African Alphabet

Alex Latimer

You’ve probably realized by now that I love discovering new design talent (who doesn’t?), so I’m pleased to say its been a good week in that regard. Today I’m showcasing my latest find: Alex Latimer – an illustrator, writer and picture book maker living in Cape Town.

Gallery-wall

Gallery wall

One of the items on my long to-do list is to sort out my living room. The wall that our TV sits against has a whole bunch of empty space that needs to be filled and I’m considering a gallery wall. I’ve seen so many inspiring images online but they all have a mismatched, almost haphazard style which is one of those things that I love to admire in other people’s homes but I’m not entirely sure my A-type personality will survive it on a daily basis.

The Animal Print Shop by Sharon Montrose

Wow, it’s Thursday again. It’s been a quiet week on the blog thanks to a few of other projects that have me spinning like a hamster on a wheel in the background here. I hope yours has been a good one so far.

Today’s topic is nursery decor – something that is, very sadly, almost all gone in our home. My daughter will need to upgrade to a ‘big girl’ bed soon and with that, all traces of her baby room will no doubt be gone. Sob. But for anyone who’s yet to embark on this fun adventure, it seems criminal not to introduce you to Sharon Montrose’s Animal Print Shop. I only wish I had known of this woman’s truly incredible work five years ago.

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DIY: Painted African baskets

Since living away from home, I seem to have some sort of subliminal urge to incorporate bits of Africa into my decor. I guess its partly a comfort thing but it also has a lot to do with my love of textures and an appreciation for the unique and irregular nature of handmade items. Woven baskets are an absolute favorite of mine, not only for practical storage purposes but also as wall art. When displayed as ‘art’, these baskets offer… Read more »

TEAL sea urchin

A touch of teal: Dulux color of the year 2014

Dulux predicted teal as the color of choice for 2014. A stark contrast to Pantone’s Colour of the Year, Radiant Orchid. I have to admit that I find myself firmly rooted in the Dulux camp on this one. Teal is by far a more refreshing color. According to Dulux, it “combines the natural harmony of green with the tranquility of blue to symbolize balance”, and I concur. Teal, or ‘Sea Urchin 1’, the precise shade specified by Dulux, combines beautifully with shades… Read more »

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Style file: Antlers

Considering my dislike of traditional taxidermy, I have a rather contradictory crush on antlers. The use of antlers (real and faux) as decor accessories is nothing new, they have been increasing in popularity for some time now, moving beyond the stereotype hunting lodges and into stylish homes of all genres. Admittedly, it took some for me to fully embrace the trend, but now that I am on board, I can’t help but love the versatile use of antlers in an… Read more »

Announcing Chase | Baby boy stationery & wall art

As if Christmas week wasn’t exciting enough, our extended family was recently blessed with an adorable new arrival. My cousin, Ryan, and his beautiful wife, Stacey, welcomed their firstborn – a bouncing baby boy – into the world just a few days before Christmas. They named him Chase Clarke Patterson. Love it! Welcome to the world, little guy. Could you be any cuter? Ryan and Stacey visited Dubai a few months ago and I got to spend some time with… Read more »

She makes our world a whole lot nicer…

My daughter came into this world on the morning of 3 July 2010, and she really has been making our world a whole lot nicer since that day. I saw a quote to this effect on a scatter cushion and thought that it would make a really cute print for wall art in a nursery or kids bedroom. There were so many options for the ‘main’ word in the quote. I considered ‘making this world a whole lot CUTER… or… Read more »

DIY Kids inspirational poster

I have seen so many of these inspirational posters around and I think they are a great option for wall art in kids rooms and family areas. I decided to make one for my son’s room, which was needing a little something on a blank bit of wall.  Putting the design together was relatively simple but deciding how to display it was a whole separate mission. It’s not often that I grapple with indecision in the realms of decorating but… Read more »