Off the radar

14/02/2014

It’s been a while since I posted something here so apologies for my absence. In the early hours of 25 January I received the devastating news that my father had passed away. We left immediately for South Africa and the almost three weeks that followed have been somewhat of a blur. It’s the news you dread your whole life and all of a sudden it became my reality. The trip home was deeply emotional and mentally exhausting, but it was also a great comfort to be around family in the place that my Dad so dearly loved – the African bush….

DIY Printable stickers for baby’s monthly photos

19/01/2014

There are few things in this world that will have me sitting at my screen saying ‘aaaaah’ out loud, but images of babies, particularly newborns, will do it every time. I can stare at them for hours on end. I mean, what’s not to love about those pint-sized little beings? I have a serious appreciation for those precious moments being beautifully captured because, as a mom-of-two, I know that they pass all too quickly and before you know it, your tiny little newborn is sitting up all on his own and wolfing down solid foods. Now I would be lying…

DIY this Valentine’s Day

14/01/2014

I can’t believe that Valentine’s Day is only a month away. We only just got through Christmas and New Year and it’s already time to start thinking about the next holiday. In our household, Valentine’s Day was forever postponed by a week when we welcomed our baby boy into the world on 14 February 2009. In an attempt to keep his special day ‘all about him’, my hubby and I agreed that from then onwards, we would keep any possible exchange of Valentine’s gifts and/or celebrations (rare as they may be) for another day, and we settled for a week…

Style file: The paint-dipped effect

06/01/2014

As far as trends go, I am well aware that this one may not be cutting-edge, in fact, it may even be bordering on ‘last season’, but nonetheless, some things are always in style and I for one, am still a big fan of anything with a paint dipped aesthetic. Safe to say that what was once a ‘yeah, I kind of like that’ opinion has now developed into a full-blown crush. Source A | B | C I suspect the sudden renewed interest in this trend has to do with the application of colours. When I first noticed the…

Announcing Chase | Baby boy stationery & wall art

05/01/2014

As if Christmas week wasn’t exciting enough, our extended family was recently blessed with an adorable new arrival. My cousin, Ryan, and his beautiful wife, Stacey, welcomed their firstborn – a bouncing baby boy – into the world just a few days before Christmas. They named him Chase Clarke Patterson. Love it! Welcome to the world, little guy. Could you be any cuter? Ryan and Stacey visited Dubai a few months ago and I got to spend some time with Stacey discussing ideas for her nursery. I got a good feel for the ‘vision’ she has for all her baby…

On my wish list: dining room

24/12/2013

In follow up to the post about my dining room aspirations, and with all the talk around here about Christmas wish lists, I’ve come up with a little list of my own. Come to think of it, its probably more of a mood board, just a few accents and accessories that would bring some much needed fabulousness to this dining room I’m dreaming about…. sigh…. 1. Star Spurs napkin, Anthropologie | 2. Juju hat, The Cross Design | 3. Antler pendant, Design Within Reach | 4. Old Havana dinnerware, Anthropologie | 5. Bowl, IKEA | 6. Lamps, Joss & Maine | 7. Clarissa dining chair, Anthropologie…

Style file: Duck egg blue

19/12/2013

I am terribly bored of our dining room. It is in desperate need of some attention and sprucing up – has been for some time now. Everything in there is simply functional and not particularly pretty or inspiring. I think it may even be bordering on drab. I think what’s really bothering me is that it is all dark wood in there while the rest of the house has been lightened and brightened bit by bit over the past year. Safe to say it is just one of those rooms that I haven’t gotten around to fiddling with, but I’ve decided…

New sofa covers

18/12/2013

I’ve been a very bad blogger. It’s been almost three weeks since my last post. Eeeek! What is it about this time of year that leaves you with no time at all? I’m armed with a bunch of excuses from which I’ll spare you on this occasion. So without further ado, herewith the second part of my preparations for Christmas guests: arranging new covers for my sofas. You may recall the rush to get my outside cushions recovered in the post about my outdoor furniture makeover, well, I decided it would be practical to have the upholsterer (Sense Furnishings) collect…

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