Tuesday, 22 July 2014


I know its not always the easiest thing to always be conscious of where your mind goes wondering - but being aware of your thoughts can make the difference between you having a good day and a bad day.  Just that one small tweak to keep those negative thoughts at bay, and replace them with a neutral or positive thought.

Each morning I try to get up as soon as I wake up .... its a challenge, but one I will muster;  I did say 'try'  I have read somewhere that by getting up as soon as you wake up, you will tap into all that first and fresh energy of the new day.  Wake up with a smile, and a big stretch and open your curtains and blinds and windows wide (its summer now, and believe me its been lovely to have a continuous hot few days; my windows are wide open from the moment I come home to the morning I leave for work.

Fresh air, and that fresh morning air especially is not only good for the body but also good for the soul.  Step outside and be grateful for just one small thing. However small you may think it to be, that small thought of gratefulness will start a chain of positive thoughts to continue being at the front of your thought process.

Smile as you're making your way to work, or to the gym or to a meeting,  listen to some good music,  always dress well (even on dress down days,  you will feel good when you look good,  you know what I mean)  Be helpful, do the best you can every day, and at the end of the day, tell yourself well done!  Being human with all our feelings and emotions and distractions can be one darn challenging experience, and by having a good day;  that is consciously creating a good day, by just making a few small changes, your outlook will soon change,  and as your outlook changes, your circumstances will soon start changing, the right people, the right opportunities will start appearing, your whole life will change - because you decided to make that change.

Change your thoughts and you'll change your world!  Lets all try and work on this small yet powerful concept, and I promise you the rewards will be worth it!

Have a consciously great day, and if its not started out as a good day; you still have the power within you to do something that will make the day good; maybe compliment someone on a good piece of work, or thank someone for keeping the door open for you,  maybe by making someone else's day good for just one moment, you will feel a bit better - you will get a positive response and that will make you feel good.

Go out and feel good and have a feel good day you all!

Images via Pinterest

Sunday, 20 July 2014


Easing into Sunday evening, with a bit of pinning, a bit of blogging and a bit of sketching.  A perfect way to end a gloriously relaxing weekend.  Oh and a bit of apple crumble pie baking was in order too...

Some truly realistic and absolutely beautiful renders created by Raya Todorova, from Bulgaria.   Lightness and soft hues, some contrasting greys,  great art -  If I could choose to live in any rendered space, this one will probably be top of my list!

First spotted via my unfinished home

Images via Raya Todorova on behance

Saturday, 12 July 2014


Minimal white cabinets, stark concrete worktops and warm wood, nicely adds balance to the space...  A good combination in this stylish kitchen by Paul van de Kooi

I particularly like the clean lines and open shelves above the sink area.  Lots of work surfaces and the island is a good size for having breakfast together in the mornings; or to interact with guests while cooking.  The concrete breakfast bar and worktops are perfectly finished - just how I like my concrete to be!  A bit industrial almost like shuttered concrete

The tall cabinets are all along one wall and the wooden ladder adds a bit of a rustic feel.

I think one can find a lot of inspiration from this space.

Images via grantiek

Friday, 4 July 2014


If Drift, San Jose don't make you want to pack your bags and get the first flight out to Mexico, I'm not sure what will!  Gosh I'm already on my way to the airport if it wasn't for this thing called 'work' holding me back...  Lately I have definitely started feeling a pull towards the South Americas...  And when I do make it out there, DRIFT will be my first stop - but not entirely sure I'd want to leave again!

From their website:  'Drift was created for the independent traveler - inspired by the idea of “traveling without a destination”. The first location, in San Jose del Cabo’s Historic Art District, is the prototype for a series of hotels that fill a niche between boutique and youth hostel - and provide young adventurers an alternative to all-inclusive package tourism. Drift is designed to promote social interaction with a pared down, do-it-yourself atmosphere. The rooms are basic and open concept, influenced by industrial urban lofts and Baja ranch architecture.'

Reading about what Stu, the owner wanted to create for his guests - it gave me a fresh inspiration to really pull myself together and go out there and create the life I am dreaming about.  It ain't going to happen if I stay put and just keep on dreaming.  Dreams are important, don't get me wrong, very important - but needless to say - if its only going to stay a dream... then darling I guess its time to move on.   
I need to make work of it.  So ... today I have scheduled a meeting with an Architect friend to discuss my very own project ... lets see where all this will lead, but I'm feeling good, very good about it all!  Fingers crossed big-time!

Have a great week-end everybody, go chase after your dreams - and make your life wonderful as it should be!  If you can dream it, you can be it, you can make it!  And you will, don't let anyone tell you otherwise, and don't let anyone dull your sparkle darlings!   xx

Images via mechant design blogs

and DRIFT San Jose

Quotes via Pinterest

Book your stay via AirBnB

Friday, 27 June 2014


Villa Clementina

Dreaming of weekends away in tranquil locations such as the above...

And on that note and a splurge of spontaneity I booked a flight to visit a friend in the South of France in August for a long weekend of countryside bliss and hopefully some sun and sea and sand!  Oh and did I mention there will be wine too...?

I am rather looking forward to a lovely girly weekend lined-up: 
Saturday I am going for my 6 monthly dry-(hair)-cut outing with my gorgeous friend Gabby, followed by afternoon tea at BB's bakery.  And Sunday morning my darling friend Marie is coming over for some Qi Gong in the garden, followed by brunch and some girly chitter chatter!  Oh the bliss of all of this!

Are you doing anything nice?  Whatever it may be, have a lovely and inspired weekend you all


Image via Pinterest

Wednesday, 25 June 2014



Having just brewed a nice and potent cup of 'bulletproof coffee' to kickstart my day; I stumbled upon this beautifully designed gift tea set.  And somehow my super strong coconut coffee slightly lost its flavour....

The Dieline had this to say:  "Victor Branding Design Corp created a simple yet illustrative package design for Pin Shiang Tea Co., Ltd.'s Formosa Ecology Tea Gift Set. "The packaging design of this fine Taiwanese tea collection not only invites to enjoy a cup of tea, it furthermore communicates the necessity for the protection of certain species. The front of each tea package shows an endangered animal, most of which are endemic to Taiwan.
The charming illustrations have an emotional appeal and call for responsibility towards nature. In this context, the design also points out the importance of sustainable tea production and motivates customers to buy the gift box containing three varieties of tea."

Would love to sell this in my 'once upon a time' shop one day!  Can we not do something similar for the dwindling Rhinoceros and Elephant herds of Southern Africa? 

Image first spotted via Pinterest

Text via thedieline

Monday, 23 June 2014


The Design Files Open House as captured by Megan Morton

UID Architects

Found on greenhavendesigns.blogspot.com
Found on apartmenttherapy.com
Found on fashionmenow.blogspot.com
And now for some lush and lovely outdoor inspiration - I for one can certainly do with a few days of quiet contemplating hanging in this hammock by the pool....  

Our garden needs a bit of an overhaul - I spent most of Sunday morning doing some much needed trimming and tidying up - it looks heaps better already, but there's still so much to do.  A nice way to spend some time though, and being outdoors is so good for the soul; instant therapy!

Hope you made it through today, and wishing you all an inspired and inspiring rest of week  x

Images via Pinterest


I need some inspiration, I need some direction and I need a new purpose... but where does one start?

Have you ever felt like that?  Well this is exactly where I am - smack bang in the middle of 'uninspired-land' and its a very foreign place for me to have my mind wonder into that dark abyss.  Drifting drifting deeper into the dark....

So before I get pulled any further into that dark unknown place - I will try to stop myself, take a deep breath in, close my eyes and then just breath it all out.  When I feel like this, I know that I need to just be still, take some time out, don't fight against whatever it is that is happening; and at the same time, I must not allow that this phase take away my inner joy.  Always always always hold on to the joy, because there is so much to be grateful for, so much to still make you smile; even in the midst of a mini mental melt-down.  

When I feel like this, I normally imagine myself in a little rowing boat in the middle of lake or sometimes in the middle of the ocean; and instead of rowing madly for the shore - I just lie down on my back and look up at the clouds in the skies and drift gently to wherever the streams or waves will wash me next.  This imaginary place often helps to calm my mind ever so gently, so I guess that's exactly where I'll be heading next....

If you sometimes also feel like this, try to find an image or create your own beautiful place of calm and still - and whenever your mind starts to wonder or pull you into a thousand different directions, go to that place of calm and still; imagine the sounds around you, imagine the feeling of a soft breeze on your skin,  a sudden splash; and slowly you will unknowingly gather your thoughts and your courage and gently pull your mind back from it's wonderings ....

And once you're back in a good place again, be good to yourself, and be gentle with yourself; but start doing something,  start making lists - look at the things that need to change in your life,  get a new routine into place,  un-clutter your space, do something nice just for you.... just take one day at a time

And always remember - you are not alone ... 
and always remember - you will pull through this ...
and always remember - things somehow always work out in the end...
I truly believe they do


Images via Pinterest

Sunday, 1 June 2014


June.... the month of long evenings and early sunrises and al fresco dining and bbq's and picnics in the park!

Oh how we've missed you!

Hoping your arrival will also bring lots of sunshine and no more rain pretty please?

Some summertime inspiration from pinterest.  Was chatting to a friend just the other day, and shared what my ideal summer would be like.  He said 'Darling, you want it all?!  Yes dear, I want it all!!'

Summertime in London can be darn good too - perhaps not quite the hammocks and sandy shores I have in mind, but I will find myself a lush and lovely spot of summer in London this June!  And if I'm lucky, I may just  be able to sneak in a little seaside trip, switch off the phone, soak in some sunny rays and take some time to just breathe and be and enjoy ....  

What are your plans for summer?

Images via my summertime