Monday, 8 February 2016
Happy Chinese New Year.... even if I'm just on the edge of still being within timings
Year of the Monkey
I would like to live this year without thinking of it as another year, but just living each day - as the only day that will ever count
Its a good habit off course to have goals and to make plans - yes, but to continuously live in that future dream can sometimes distort the realities we are creating in the here and now
More action and more dreams will come true
Cause its up to me and its up to you to go off and take that first step, make that leap of faith - grab each and every opportunity with all you have and make life happen!
Yay - and on that note, wishing you dreams that will start manifesting into your realities
Healthy lives and healthy minds and my any unwellness just keep moving along when they stop at your door
Friendships, love and yes always leave a trail of glittery sparkle wherever you go
Cause you're made of magic and stardust and have the whole universe in the stare of your eye....
Image by me ... tube journeys are so much shorter now I'm creating stuff again
Friday, 5 February 2016
Now this is one beautifully inspiring loungey bohemian space - just dreaming about laying there reading a book or chatting to some friends or just the act of being, not doing, not wanting, just contentment and being - that has inspired me and lifted my oh so dreary spirits today
Love the daybed
Love the exposed brick walls
Love the rugs
LOVE all the plants
Did I say I love the daybed?
Love it all
Full blog post and more pics to follow in the coming weeks
Image Laura Moss for the New York Times
Saturday, 30 January 2016
A whole weekend of wonderfulness await - but alas in order for us to rise and shine bright and fresh and ready for the day - it really starts the night before
Some of us are nightowls and that is when we do our best work, our most creative juices flows freely in those hours when the sandman normally drops by with his bags of sleepy sand... and for others of us we love the magic of the early morning hours when the rest of the world is still covered in a haze of sleepfull dreams and beautiful restfulness....
I am unfortunately a bit of both, and so thus the struggle sometimes are stronger between the two - of which one will get the overhand tonight.
Today I would like to share a new little regime which somehow seems to work for me for those early morning rises
no 1 ... get yourself ready for an early night
- remind yourself that your body needs sleep to repair and restore itself and it needs rest from all the business we put it through
- I function best on a good 7 to 7 1/2 hours sleep - and I get up at around 5am most days
- which in return means I try to be in bed by 9.30pm latest
- we are all different and all function slightly differently - find what works best for you, and stick to it
no 2 ... set an intention for the next day - something nice
- for example the thought of buying fresh flowers the next day is something nice to look forward to
- or going for an early morning run before the day kicks in
- or like today - my intention was to allow myself a bit of time to play around with some new fonts in photoshop (final result above)
no 3 ... as you close your eyes - remind yourself to be gratefulness, grateful for the day that has passed, grateful for the experiences you have had, grateful for the lessons learnt and grateful for the peaceful nights sleep that now awaits. I then welcome sleep and allow my body and mind to gently fall into that state of bliss
no 4 ... upon waking up - I immediately put a smile on my face in order to stir wakefulness
no 5 ... upon waking up - I remind myself again to be grateful for the good nights sleep - and then I allow sleep to let go of me, so I can awake my mind and body gently into the new day....
no 6 ... nothing like a good stretch and then onto your morning routine - I've started the 5 Tibetans this past week and I'm finding it a good all round stretch for my body and it is also quite energising
And on that note - I wish you all a good start to the weekend, and a good ending to the first month of the year. I have decided that as the years and months now start to fade into one - each month I will create a little photographic storie (google photo's is great for doing this) of my month. Movies I watched, and the clothes I wore and the friends I spent time with and the plans I'm working on.... and more importantly also to include all the wonderful synchronicities and magic that happened - I've had a good few of these in January already
Image: designed by me
Friday, 29 January 2016
No matter which way you look at it - this is one magnificently well designed kitchen - masculine without feeling overpowering. Just sophisticated -like the kind of space where you'll be drinking good red wine and putting all the wrongs in the world right - intelligent conversation and inspiring dinner parties..... and I imagine you can easily fall in love with the man pouring you a glass of red from the other side of that island .....
That's what this kitchen is saying to me ... and a neat little drawing to show you how it all fits together.
And off course this kitchen is made in Italy - like all things of good quality and sophistication - you'll find more inspiring projects on the family run Modulnova website
Does make me miss my days of designing beautiful kitchens and photorealistic renders - but I don't miss the loooooooong hours and stress - I do miss the people
Images via Modulnova
Thursday, 28 January 2016
Swooning over the corrugated steel shell of these porch houses by Lake | Flate Architects
Even though the interior design is very different to my usual minimal whites and greys - I do appreciate that this is what the environment called for, and it is beautifully executed - isn't it just! The landscape does remind me of the nature reserve that sits opposite my little plot of land in Darling, a small village-like town about an hours drive outside Cape Town
My dad was ever so excited to proclaim that 'absolutely nothing goes on in this town' - when I suggested we spend a week there in March this year, when I'll be visiting my family after not seeing them for 2 whole years! His statement is not entirely true, and coming from an 80 year old, it did make me wonder - but also gave me hope that he still has a lot of lust for life left in him - this while me and mum had a good giggle and I could almost see him with his arms waving in the air! But that was the appeal - it feels like you have stepped back in time - lush farmlands and beautiful wild arid landscape, and .... the ocean a mere 20 minute drive away.
I'm currently looking at a similar approach for my project in South Africa - a white, or soft olive green grey corrugated steel shell, which will house the internal spaces and double volume courtyards - this will allow safety first and foremost, and hopefully also allow for a sustainable way to cool the internal areas, as well as heat the water supply through pipes that will run along the inside of the corrugated steel frame .... I am yet to discuss this idea with a professional... so please don't quote me here! And as always any thoughts or feedback most welcome!
The full article is here and I will most certainly recommend a read
Images via Remodilista
Tuesday, 26 January 2016
I love the sound of this word - and I love what it represents - and I love the beautiful layout and the softness and sharpness of the design - like someone had put a whole lot of thought and a whole lot of soul into it...
And that's just it really - it kind of dawns on me a little bit more, each time I read it - it's not about being in the perfect place in your personal life or your professional life or relationship or even family life or the lack thereof - but to me when I read this now - it represents something far deeper - and before when I read it, I longed to be there - that place, that future we sometimes so long for - that moment of contentment - but no
I read this now and the message I receive is so so clear - and it says - when you do something, do it with soul, give it your all, do it with creativity and do it with love, put yourself into what you are doing whole-heartedly and yes give so much of your all - that you leave a beautiful piece of magical stardust that is you - you leave a bit of yourself behind in whatever it is you're doing. Now isn't that simply beautiful? In stead of longing for something that is not yet with us - let us rather be fully engaged in the moment at hand, in the work you do, in the meetings you attend - in the friendships you cultivate and in the company you keep
I imagine in essence the message is also a form of manifestation - to do something with so much soul and so much love and so much creativity - that whatever it is you are doing - it will draw you closer and it will draw closer to you - whatever, wherever and with whomever it is you should be
Wow profound I'm thinking - but content I'm feeling now, that I can understand it. And that I can live it - I do try, and even though I may not always get it right, I will keep going and keep trying. I am the art director of this very unique and this one and only life of mine - I'm still finding my way, but I'm happily doing so - and I'm gathering wonderful sparkles of lightness and magic along the way - and also sharing and sprinkling that magic stuff around wherever I go
I'm kind of feeling like I will have a peaceful sleep now - all is ok, all is good and all is exactly how it should be right now. And tomorrow things may look very different again - and I'll be going through this whole process again - but that's ok because the me of this present moment, will remind the me of the future moment of this moment of contentment and that it is bliss
Good night all you beautiful creative love filled and light filled souls - here's to the new beginnings of each new day - with the knowledge and wisdom of the past and with hope and courage and faith in the future
Image credit unknown
Image via Pinterest
Monday, 25 January 2016
This post caught my attention recently on Instagram via a bunch of inspiring young people with a vision, with a purpose - they are called - Rawd_Living - and they are making a difference
Now - I am yet to read the book and I'm certain a chilling update will follow once I've read it - it's on my reading list - so I cannot comment any further about that - however, I am intrigued because I am curious and I want to know more.... Not only the book, but the pencil suddenly caught my attention too - bold and bright - red and black - serious and striking! Like nothing I've ever seen before, beautiful and minimal and playful and colourful...
A few clicks along and I found the website for Perpetua The Pencil - and if you care about the environment, just a little bit or a lot - then you, yes you and you and you, because deep down we all do care - but we all just do too little. Caring is great, yes, but caring without action - its like a whole lot of nothingness nicely packaged with a ribbon and a bow - and nothing inside. I think the time has come that we put some action into our caring, and start making some changes in how we live - little changes, big changes - any change will do - just be the change
So back to Perpetua - and a bit more about this wonderfully revolutionary and beautiful pencil! First a few facts .... Perpetua is made of Zantech - which is an innovative material made of 80% graphite - which is a waste product of industrial production
So in essence this pencil is made almost entirely from waste - and what I found more interesting as well - was that as you're using the pencil, writing notes, drawing that masterpiece, sketching your dream home, sending someone a love note.... while doing all these wonderful things... you are also getting rid of the waste, but in a more sustainable way, but creating something beautiful with it
The foodgrade eraser forms a single body with the pencil, which has one flat side - makes it oh so comfy to hold and it also prevents the pencil from rolling away... it is unbreakable, non-toxic and quite frankly just beautiful. Well - obviously so, as it's the only pencil that's made in Italy! The home of elegant design and picture perfect fashion! But even more so, because knowing its created by and made from a waste material - and through its exclusive production technology - it does not need the traditional wood casing that standard pencils need... so it also saves the trees!
So a couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to meet with someone who could tell me a bit more about Perpetua The Pencil. She was enthused and had this lovely energy about her - it was wonderful to hear from someone who seems to know it so well - the story, the technology - well, it turns out that Alice, was the daughter of the inventor of the Perpetua, Susanna Martucci - who is also the owner of Alisea.it Well worth clicking through and realising there is a whole (new to me) world of repurposing and recycling creatively - out there.
I was delighted and so surprised and almost could not believe, that one week I was reading about something new (to me) and amazing (in technology and sustainability) but also something that will make a difference to how we treat the world in the long term.... and there I was the next sat in a little cafe in Highbury chatting to Alice - and I felt inspired!
Two weeks on, and I've been delightedly writing and sketching and dreaming and drawing with my Perpetua pencils. Well first of all, I just wanted to write, or draw or sketch - the pencil kind of draws you in - it sits comfortably in your hand as it glides over the paper. The eraser - which I've been using from time to time - leaves no dreaded bits behind - it kind of just erases and that's it - no 'eraser crumbs' all over your desk! I've been using my turquoise first, then my pink, and this week I'm only my yellow! (eraser that is, the pencil is just a normal HB) There's no need to sharpen them either - even though you can if you'd like to.
So I guess the only question that remains is - how can you get your hands on one of these magical sustainable beauties! Well I imagine soon they will also be available in the UK, fingers crossed! Oh did I forget to mention - you can also have your pencils branded with your logo or any design for that matter; printed on your pencil, and it comes with a neat little black backing board, where you can tell your story (minimum order quantities apply) Head on over to their website for more inspiration and more story! And if you scroll down to the last image - you'll see a brilliant example of a custom design... striking isn't it?!
And as soon as my cash flow improves - I'll be getting some 'an urban village' inspired one's ordered and hopefully available via my blog ... in the future ... hopefully not to distant.
I guess I've also become a little bit more aware, more awakened and more interested in a more sustainable approach, a more sustainable way of living, more aware of how we treat this beautiful home of ours - mother earth. Our only home.... don't you think its a little bit strange that so much is being spent on finding 'life on other planets' in stead of investing in better ways to look after this magical place we call home? The earth can quite easily exist and flourish without our human intervention .... but without the earth - we have no home, and we will not survive.
I'd like to send a big heartfelt thank you to Susanna Martucci for inventing and creating and manufacturing this innovative pencil - and there's not only a pencil, there is also a notebook! And for sharing the Perpetua with us all - and in doing so little by little, pencil by pencil in a sustainable way collectively we're also saving the planet
Thank you x
|Image by Lindé Davies|
|Image by Lindé Davies|
|Image by Lindé Davies|
|Image by Lindé Davies|
|Image via Perpetua|
Saturday, 23 January 2016
Found these images via Stylejuicer, a deliciously inspiring blog and I quote:
'It’s the home of make-up artist Algria Ferreira-Watling who by her own admission comes from a poor background and never dreamt of living in a palace. She says she has never needed things but instead has always wanted to live in a little house with the peaceful feel of a monastery.'
A neutral and natural palette - and through her stylish yet minimal approach, Algria has created this very peaceful zen-like home ... natural materials, lots of wood, and whites ... rustic concrete floors, and oh my oh my those stairs
We can definitely live very well, if not better - by making better choices, having less is definitely having more - having less is having more time - more time to enjoy life and living an inspired life
Totally in love with this Cape Town home - and who would not want to sit and while away some time on that front porch and watch the world go by.... makes me a little bit homesick right now - but - only a couple more months and I'll be visiting my home away from homesweethome - yay!
Photography: Greg Cox
Images via Stylejuicer