Wednesday, 1 July 2015


Clayworks natural clay plaster finishes

Clayworks natural clay plaster finishes

Clayworks natural clay plaster finishes

Clayworks natural clay plaster finishes

Clayworks natural clay plaster finishes

Clayworks natural clay plaster finishes

Today I am very excited to share with you these beautiful images of a recently completed project by Clayworks natural clay plaster finishes.  But more excitingly so, because this is a new client I'll be representing - and hopefully manage to promote and bring lots more interesting and beautiful projects to their portfolio.  And what a beautiful day to be starting - its not even 8 am and I'm already on the go, all set up with my little desk in the garden - wish me luck peeps!

So a bit more on this project:  Clayworks specialises in natural clay plater finishes, however they are also at the forefront of developing interesting new products and finishes within their clay plaster ranges.  They have also been short listed for the Small Business of the year award.... fingers crossed Clayworks, for some good news today!

For this particular project they used one of their new polished concrete effect tonal finishes - and the results are beautiful and luxurious, sophisticated and contemporary but still has that beautiful natural warmth and feel.  The interior design of the space is by Focus Design - an expert, fast ­track architectural design agency specialised in bar, restaurant and hotel design - working with companies to develop successful, creative spaces

Our clay plaster finishes also have a host of performance and environmental benefits, to list a few:
*  Colour and performance consistent
*  Breathable and anti-static
*  Temperature and humidity regulating
*  Durable and non-flammable
*  Very low embodied carbon and embodied energy
*  100% natural - nontoxic, zero VOC emissions and and no synthetic additives
*  Recyclable reusable or 100% compostable
And there is more yet - which I'll share in these coming weeks

Perhaps you have a project you'd like to discuss or you'd like some more information -please feel free to contact me here or visit Clayworks here

Images via Clayworks

Tuesday, 30 June 2015


There is new life in the soil for every [wo]man. 
There is healing in the trees for tired minds and for our overburdened spirits, 
there is strength in the hills, if we only lift up our eyes. 
Remember that nature is your great restorer. 

~ Calvin Coolidge

Isn't it beautiful to think - that all that is out there in the wide and wild world - is free for us to enjoy....  Look up at the clouds, listen to wind blowing through the trees  - the birds flying by.  Oh this life can be such a wondrous thing.  But often times we are so distracted by the cares and worries of the material world - the one created by the greeds and wants of our own mankind - that we forget how easy it is to restore our burdened souls by just making time, and spending time in the great outdoors.  Especially now the sun is out in the northern hemisphere I hope you can grab a few moments here and there to soak up the suns bright rays, and remember to look up - take a deep breathe and whisper a prayer of gratitude to the universe, to God, to whomever you pray to - just a little thank you even if it is just for one little good thing - and that might even be the sun shining so brightly - which in itself is one of the biggest natural wonders we mere human beings on earth can enjoy

Thank you for visiting and have beautiful day


Image and quote via Pinterest | Energy Flow

Monday, 29 June 2015


Beautiful isn't it - and tiny too, but functional and fun.  Love the pastel elements that's been brought in, and just a touch of Nordic flair.

Not sure if this may be a rendered project, or whether it is an actual apartment - either way it's a very inviting and beautiful little space.  I do like the raised platform for the bedroom area, with plenty of storage underneath.  And a handy little floor plan for all you curious creative minds out there

And on that note I wish you an inspiring, creative and productive week ahead!

I'm happy to be back in the mood for some blogging too - gosh have I missed it!

Spotted via achados de decoracao blog

Friday, 12 June 2015


We needed some new plates and bowls for teatime for our Tai Chi class - so yesterday I was doing a bit of interweb snooping and found these absolutely gorgeous melamine plates - designed by 'oh so talented' illustrator/ graphic designer Oksana Badrak - for Poketo

After doing a bit more research I found these beauties were from a range way back in 2007 and it doesn't look like I can get my hands on them anymore...  Now Poketo does seem like a great little online retailer, and I'm sure I'll be heading over there again someday soon and do some much needed retail therapy.  So sadly none of these for Tai Chi Class...

On the other hand - its well worth taking a stroll over to Oksana's website for some more beautifully haunting illustrations - you'll be inspired!

In the end I manged to find something suitably beautiful from ever popular TK Maxx - I'll take some pics next week when I'm back in class

Enjoy the weekend xx

Images via various websites

Tuesday, 9 June 2015


Beautiful and soothing neutrals in this home.  Isn't the spare room just divine and ever so cozy.  

Images via coco lapine design

Friday, 5 June 2015

R E L A X ...

"The more relaxed you are, 
the better you are at everything: 
the better you are with your loved ones, 
the better you are with your enemies, 
the better you are at your job, 
the better you are with yourself." 
- Bill Murray

Sorry for the unexpectedly long silence...  

I have so much to share, but feel rather empty all the same - like the thoughts are there, but words are just not there.  And maybe sometimes that's ok.   To be this empty.  Its not an uncomfortable kind of emptiness, I rather like it to be honest....

I also like what Bill Murray had to say here - I guess in essence it boils down to just that

Have a lovely weekend beautiful souls  xx

Spotted via Pinterest

Tuesday, 7 April 2015


If you are at all surprised by how quickly the past 2 months have raced past.... Well join the club!  I'm not the biggest fan of wishing time to pass, but this time round I am actually getting rather excited because in exactly one weeks time I'll be on board my flight awaiting the final safety announcements before take off....

I'll be on my way to Bali for just under 3 weeks of solo exploration, sunrise yoga retreating,  mindfulness meditations, energising qi gong and relaxing tai chi surrounded by from what I can gather one of the most beautiful places on earth.  And I must admit.... I am rather happy to only be exploring it now,  in my 40th year (as my french ex boyfriend would often remind me)

I have my notebooks a ready and topped up on some new little much needed gadgets and accessories, hoping to try and travel light... but not so sure this time round

First stop on my trip is Teras Bali in Sidemen....a little resort nestled between the rice fields. ... I will have two luxurious days here to readjust and then I'm off to my retreat on gili air

Wish me luck on this one you all, and I'll definitely be posting lots of little snippets along the way.
Also for photos of my trip check out my Instagram ... anurbanvillage

Images via pinterest 

Thursday, 2 April 2015


We all need a little nudge and a push every now and then and just a bit of reassurance .... 
life is all for us, life wants us to succeed,  lets take a moment and celebrate that thought!  
Spotted this Via Google+
"In case you were wondering, 
right now, in the unseen, 
all bets are on your continued inevitable success.

Insider trading is legal here.

The Universe"

Image via Pinterest

Friday, 27 March 2015


Got myself this lovely bunch of spring flowers yesterday .... just because.

Because I had a good day 
And because I've had a good week
Because I thought they were so pretty
And because I like flowers
Because I think we should have flowers in our homes all the time
And well... just because - seeing them just makes me smile!

Loved the combination of the pale pink tulips and the purple (not sure what the other flowers are called, anyone any ideas?) I placed them on the shelf behind my bed, and its lush waking up to the sight of those pretties and it does go so well with my little shelf and my Hoi An Canvas - a photo I took on some travels way back in 2008

Hope you're ready for a smashing weekend, clocks go forward here in the north so those slightly longer nights await... and soon spring will be in full swing!

All pics by me taken with my new Samsung Note 4 ... yay!