Skinny laMinx

13/03/2014

Well hello there, Thursday! I can’t believe that the weekend is already upon us. Yes, Thursday marks the start of the weekend here in the UAE, and it looks as though we’re in for a dusty, blustery, sand-stormy one at that. But moving swiftly onwards from the weather, I have brighter, more exciting things to share. Heather Moore is the self-taught design and illustrator talent behind the Cape Town-based label Skinny laMinx. I first discovered her Etsy store in 2012 and I recall being so impressed that I immediately sent an email to my sister-in-law, who’s a decorator, and another…

Home Tour: Shea McGee’s beautiful abode

09/03/2014

I am so excited to share today’s post with you. When I first saw Shae McGee’s beautiful home, I immediately wanted to showcase it here. Something this lovely simply cannot be kept to oneself. I came across Shea’s Instagram account a few weeks ago and have been intrigued by the beautiful images she posts. She’s an interior designer, mom of a beautiful baby girl and blogger based in California, and her work is amazing. I got in touch with her recently and she graciously agreed to answer a few questions about her work and her home. You are in for…

Caitlin Wilson Textiles

06/03/2014

Today I bring you a flash of inspiration with some bright and beautiful fabrics from Caitlin Wilson Textiles. If your Pinterest boards have not yet been graced with these beautiful designs, I am sure you’ll be eager to remedy that sharp-ish. A talented decorator, fabric designer and mum of two smalls, US-based Caitlin Wilson has a flair for creating fresh looking fabrics using bright colours and bold patterns. Having lived London, Hong Kong and right here Dubai, she has no doubt been spoilt for inspiration along the way. I’m in the market for a bit of color in my bedroom and…

DIY: Mini kitchen make-over

03/03/2014

Phew, this has been a marathon of a DIY project! It started all the way back in January and after a few stop-start attempts, its finally complete. Let me just say that there is not much love lost between me and my new nemesis, enamel paint. Grrrrr. Bad feelings aside, I am super chuffed that its all behind me now and equally happy with the result thus far. This area remains a bit of a work-in-progress. I was a little perplexed by this odd end of the kitchen when we first moved in to this house. The kitchen itself is…

Favourite Things roundup: February

02/03/2014

Who can even believe that we have seen the end of February already!?

I had wanted to introduce a monthly ’round-up’ feature at the end of January, but with my sudden, unplanned trip to South Africa, it just never happened. Nonetheless, better late than never I say, so here it is: a round-up of some pretty little things I found online in February, all of which were spotted on Etsy.

Style file: Exposed light bulbs

27/02/2014

Exposed light bulbs. Who knew I could have such a thing for these babies? They definitely don’t sit within my usual sense of order… anyone who knows me would agree that I should be inclined to put a shade on it, but strange as it is, I am seeing them all over and I am loving them. Like, really loving them. A lot. It all started a few weeks ago whilst researching another post, I stumbled quite coincidentally, as you do, across Dutch designer, Alex DeWitte’s aptly named, The Big Bubble light. I think I might actually have gasped out…

DIY: Painted African baskets

24/02/2014

Since living away from home, I seem to have some sort of subliminal urge to incorporate bits of Africa into my decor. I guess its partly a comfort thing but it also has a lot to do with my love of textures and an appreciation for the unique and irregular nature of handmade items. Woven baskets are an absolute favorite of mine, not only for practical storage purposes but also as wall art. When displayed as ‘art’, these baskets offer a stunning three dimensional focal point. I have had my little collection of flat woven baskets for years – they…

A touch of teal: Dulux color of the year 2014

22/02/2014

Dulux predicted teal as the color of choice for 2014. A stark contrast to Pantone’s Colour of the Year, Radiant Orchid. I have to admit that I find myself firmly rooted in the Dulux camp on this one. Teal is by far a more refreshing color. According to Dulux, it “combines the natural harmony of green with the tranquility of blue to symbolize balance”, and I concur. Teal, or ‘Sea Urchin 1’, the precise shade specified by Dulux, combines beautifully with shades of blue and green, placing it comfortably within the palette of my current color crush, duck egg blue. Yay! This…

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