Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Because every home needs one....

 Aaaand L'Orangerie wins again. I couldn't resist this... I mean doesn't every solid home need an oversized protractor?

Vegetable Arrangement Success

A few weeks ago I was tasked with the job of arranging the flowers for my Mom's 60th. A Grande affair. My mom is a keen gardener and has always prided herself on creating soups and salads from her extensive vegetable garden, that she tends to with care and pride. I wanted her 60th decor to reflect some of the things we love about her, and this includes her wonderful cooking and her sustainable gardening skills.
I decided to do Vegetable arrangements, and I feel that they turned out far more fabulously than I had imagined.
My sisters and I collected all our "vegetable flowers" from  good old Pick 'n Pay, and then went to Woolworths to purchase some of their exotics. For nine arrangements we spent under R400 and after the party, we divided them between the 3 of us and the arrangements were used in a vegetable soup, a salad and a on a braai.
We bought one bunch of Woolworths roses, that we dotted in-between the vegetables, for a touch of glamour and quirkiness and then kept all the vases glass (except one, for a different area) , to create a bit of uniformity.
The arrangements caused my moms friends to bring their Canon Cameras out, and much thrill around the table (at the wonderful Ottimo Cibo), and along with their cost effectiveness and fun-factor to arrange, I feel they were a huge success!

All images by me

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Monday, September 15, 2014

Home Dreaming 70's Inspired

This is a home that R and I often walk past. I have come to love living in a 70's house, they often have timber T&G ceilings and internal volumes that can not be imagined from their understated facades. They have an elegance to them. Simple lines and textures, and then inside they open up into beautiful spaces that are light and carefully considered.

I have never been into this house, but it has intrigued me every time I walk past. I know it is one of those houses that some might hate it and others absolutely love it. I love it and so does R. It needs a lot of care and work, but I think that is what has made me love it even more. It has definitely found a secure place on my home dreaming list, and I needed to photograph what I could of it from the road this Sunday , to secure it's position.

Friday, September 12, 2014

An elegant affair

I have never been a major fashionista and  I have always been drawn to a more classic "look" than anything very trendy and bold. A good friend of mine, has always joked that I prefer to tailor the colour choices of my outfits to match my interiors and that she knows that I prefer her to visit me in tones that match my lounge rather than her wonderful, sparkling personality.... I can not argue ( however, gold, sequence and leopard print are where I deviate from the afore mentioned palette). 
Any "style savvy" that I might have, I attribute to me ever glamorous mother and her mother, my late Grandmother, Valerie. Amongst many of her beautiful traits, my grandmother never deviated form her Chanel No.5 perfume and had most of her beautiful outfits personally tailored by a seamstress in town, whom, I  remember visiting with her and being told to busy myself by finding buttons on her sewing room floor, a  fond childhood memory of mine.
My grandmother wore beautiful rings, smoked like a lady, sipped gin and tonics, she had cupboards of furs, pearls and Chantilly lace dresses.
In a move that my family is going through at the moment, many an old and wonderful photo has been re-discovered and emerged. This is my beautiful grandmother's wedding album, where she wore a gown, I would have loved to have worn, even today. She had brides-maids in white and she rocked the most beautiful and elegant collar! I think she looks just beautiful and so chic. Today I am thinking of her and remembering her beautiful elegance.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Interior Inspiration

It's no secret that I love my magazines. I feel at a complete loose end if I do not have a new one to pour over on a free evening or over a weekend and find endless inspiration in d├ęcor and fashion magazines. I have my favorites, and they are either delivered to me, or I buy them religiously. Last month, though, a friend of mine leant me her "Living Etc". I took it with me on a weekend away. It is a magazine that is not a part of my usual repertoire,  and was pleasantly surprised by it's lovely content.
Along with great interiors and inspiration, I was particularly drawn to the article about the home of Alexandre Hojer ( the Cape Town fashion designer, see here)  and Micky Hoyle in Cape Town ( this is a UK magazine). 
The home has a strange indoor-outdoor feel, despite it's fairly dark palette. It is also a treasure trove of auction finds and treasures (a favorite past time of mine, and so something I really appreciate). I love the numerous indoor plants, the textures and the rich palette, and then that most of the interiors have been lovingly made by the couple.
I felt that I needed to record the pages for inspiration.
See and read more about this beautiful home here.


All images ( except first image, taken by me)  from Living Etc magazine, July 2014 edition

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Restaurant Interiors Inspired

We are once again working on ideas and inspirations for Sushibox. Everything starts with lots of precedent and being inspired. Here are some ideas that I am loving for the particular site at the moment...

The best weekends start with a walk

My best weekend mornings start with a walk. Now this does not happen easily, as most mornings, I am convinced, that my best weekend morning start with a late snooze-in... It's only after I have been tempted out of bed by R with promises of hot tea and breakfast at a unique spot after a walk that I realize my best weekend mornings start with a walk...(it's a vicious cycle really).
This weekend was no different. A busy Saturday started with a 6:45am walk along the Promenade, from beginning to the end. A wonderful way to begin a weekend. After that, my reward! Mushrooms, cream cheese and avo on hot buttery toast with a pot of tea at Superette.

My one goal this summer is an early morning swim at Saunders Pool