Light it up with neon signage

03/01/2016

Happy New Year, my lovelies! I hope that you all had a fabulous festive season and are ready to tackle 2016 head on. If you’re looking for ways in which to make some decor changes, or just light up your new year in general, I have my eye on a trend that may be just the thing for you – neon signage! Traditionally used in advertising, neon signage has become popular with many contemporary artists and architects. This trend has made…

Last minute Christmas gift guide

17/12/2015

So we are down to a mere eight sleeps until Christmas and I’ve done precisely no shopping. Like, none. at. all. Hello last minute rush, I’ve not missed one bit. Fun times ahead of me this weekend. For those of you who haven’t clocked it yet – this is the last weekend before Christmas. Somebody slap me. At this point, I need a strong game plan, so I’ve spent the morning having a look around the interwebs for some ideas. Whilst…

A festive collaboration of Christmas styling

27/11/2015

If you’ve been a regular around here for some time, you may recall the bloggers collaboration project I was involved in around this time last year. Blogging can be a bit of a solitary mission at times so I jump at the chance to work with like-minded creatives. Joining forces with my dear, and seriously talented friend, Linda at Live Loud Girl for another styled Christmas shoot was a no-brainer. Despite having our own distinctive styles, she and I have a…

Go green: Beautiful Botanical Arrangements

17/11/2015

I’ve always loved having fresh flowers in my home. It can be an expensive indulgence but it’s one that I ‘allow’ myself as often as I can. I do however like to keep it simple with lots of green – I’ll usually opt for lilies, hydrangeas or roses, but lately, I’m paring things down even further, and quite coincidentally, saving some money in the process.

Micro trend: Round mirrors

31/08/2015

Have you spotted the little upward trend of using round mirrors – particularly the suspended variety, and often with leather straps? Don’t you love it? I’m already scheming about where I can install one of these retro beauties…. and I’ve spotted something similar on sale at The Bowery Co. this week! Have a good one. Images 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 

A Swedish country home

23/07/2015

Just thought I’d share a look at this home I’ve been obsessing over lately. If you recognise the kitchen in this exquisite country house, it’s because it was a main source of inspiration in a recent post about ideas for my new kitchen project. It all started, as it often does, with a visit to Pinterest. One minute I’m drooling over images of this kitchen and the next thing I know, I am on a Swedish real estate website gasping in awe as I get…

Nicky McLean’s photography studio refresh

11/06/2015

Nicky McLean is a talented and sought after Dubai-based photographer who specialises in maternity and newborn photography. She has an amazing talent for capturing those fleeting moments when your tiny new bundle looks as though it could still be in the womb. Sadly, I only came to know of Nicky’s work long after my babies were born and I therefore ‘missed the boat’, so to speak, on the baby shoot but I have recently had the pleasure of working…

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