Sunday 15 January 2012

A charming beach house in South Africa

 

My beach sojourns have me beach house dreaming.

This beautiful beach house is located at Yzerfontein, a fishing village north of Cape Town.

Isn’t this screen stunning ~ its ornate carvings look like lace.

{Images AtCasa via positively beauty}

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Saturday 14 January 2012

a little more pink glamour

 

I couldn’t resist sharing these beautiful pink images.

{Images via simple everyday glamour}

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Saturday 1 October 2011

white weekend wishes

 

Wishing you a beautiful weekend with a little cuddly sleep=in!

{Images via my uncommon slice of suburbia: 1 & 3 Hans Blomquist}

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Friday 30 September 2011

share some lurve…

 

I am constantly reminded of the power of love ~ spread the love this weekend!

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Monday 26 September 2011

white on white :: very airy and very light

 

This light, spacious loft space in SE London is by Airspace.

Airspace provides locations for film and photographic industries.

This all-white interior decor with touches of beige,

has classic French furniture, white wooden full length window shutters,

and an enormous amount of light flowing through 12 feet windows in three aspects.

The 2,000 square foot space has 24 foot high ceilings.

{Images via Airspace}

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Friday 15 July 2011

cabin escape :: turquoise lovely

 

I’m dreaming of  escaping to a cabin this weekend, a place where I can take refuge in the woods to write my contribution to a creative project  in development with my gorgeous friend Jules!

It belongs to Canadian photographer Stacey Haines’ family in Nova Scotia.  So many of the lovely items you see come from flea markets, yard sales and thrift stores. The cute cabin belongs to her parents and their family did the makeover together, and won Stacey a National Magazine Gold Award in Canada.

Pots of gold there may be, but the little treasure that we find enchanting is a converted cabin just 10 minutes from the house, nestled snugly in a grove of trees by what Henry has named Big Alec’s Pond.

There’s treasure on Van Berkel land. The 300-acre spread in Ashdale, Nova Scotia, was once home to Big Alec McDonald, one of the ‘Klondike Kings’ who struck it rich in the gold rush. When McDonald died penniless, tall tales were told that his hoard was stashed away somewhere on the lowest prices viagra property now owned by Henry and Elaine Van Berkel, a decorative painter and buy viagra professional no prescription hobbyist.

A late summer walk past the pond with the couple’s daughter, Stacey Haines, a New York-based photographer, to kick-start the vision for turning the cabin into an airy artist’s retreat. “It was such a forgotten spot on the property, all overgrown and hidden, but it looked so peaceful. I had this idea that it would make a great work studio for my mom,” says Stacey. “We were all excited about transforming the cabin. It just turned into a fun project for the whole family.”

While David pulled out old insulation and gutted the cabin, Elaine and Henry cleaned and installed an old window pinched from the home of Henry’s parents down the ordering cialis online road. The family then had Beauti-Tone’s Canadian Home & Country colour Tennis White (FD018) sprayed on the walls and ceiling to dramatic effect. The resulting light was amplified after Stacey and her dad cut back some of the tangled trees at the windows, and rocks were placed around the perimeter to add charm.

“What I miss most about living in the country is that so many natural materials are just literally at your feet,” says Stacey. “We used birch branches as curtain rods here, collected stones and cheap viagra discount leaves; it all found a place.”

The most important part, though, was making the cabin a personal space. Stacey and Elaine both love cottage style, and are partial to shades of turquoise, so those elements took the lead. “I’m a scrounger,” admits Stacey. “The door, the blue chairs and the pretty blue dishes displayed for inspiration all came from my grandparents’ house, courtesy of my aunt and uncle, who live there now. It means a lot to me to have all these family things.” The tables are from the Van Berkels’ basement, the antique stove from a cousin’s nearby farm, and the wagon wheel has been sitting around Stacey’s whole life. It all brings a soothing, soft familiarity to the space.

“We had a party here when it was done—a pretty, happy occasion in the perfect tiny space. It may not be what Alec McDonald’s treasure hunters have in mind,” adds Stacey with a smile, “but to us, it’s very precious.”

{Images via House of Turquoise; text via style at home} This story from Canadian Home & Country. Read more about this cozy getaway here and view more amazing photography from Stacey here.

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Saturday 9 July 2011

take me to Tuscany

 

Life’s simplest pleasures ~ wonderful food, hikes in the hills, massage from a master ~

take me to spa Castello di Vicarello

a medieval castello in the clouds, hidden in the hilltop olive groves of Maremma.

I’m dreaming that I’m Lara Stone! (pictured here for Vogue US)

Castello di Vicarello has had 900 years to cultivate its air of mystery, so it’s no wonder that it can seem like a building stolen from a dream or a fairy tale. This rustic-luxe boutique hotel where everything is cultivated using traditional methods :: authentic home-cooked, Tuscan cuisine straight from a traditional farmhouse kitchen using organic ingredients :: join the conversation in the kitchen, and experience the flavours and maybe a few secrets of Italian cooking :: a stroll in the working vineyard and olive grove :: go hunting :: an afternoon at the spa.

Beautifully decorated with antiques and modern furnishings, this hotel has seven luxury and unique suites. Choose from a suite that overlooks the castle courtyard, paved with ancient stones, or a room in one of the outbuildings that is surrounded by white roses, lavender and order cialis 10 mg ancient olive trees.

{Images: Lara Stone by Mario Testino for Vogue US January 2011 via Fashion Gone Rogue; castle pics via Haute Design}

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Friday 10 June 2011

Pensively Grand

 

I’m still dreaming of a weekend in the country ~ this time in France!

Saturday morning…

Whether your lazily turning pages in a cozy pelmet framed nook…

Usually used as decorative valances poised atop windows…

Scalloped pelmets in a half circle at the ceiling to create a bed crown, a ciel de lit.

They say that March comes in as a lion, goes out like a lamb…

Now that the growl of Winter is behind us, Spring is veritably gamboling down our garden paths.

Designer Rachel Riley‘s roses are nearly tumbling out of her full basket….

Rachel Riley, Loire 2006

“The valley of the river Loire is wide and open as an ocean’s estuary.

Stately poplar, dappled by the water’s reflected silver light, line its

banks, creating a shimmering view that Monet might have painted.

Along the river’s bluffs cluster sleepy pale stone villages or tracts of

verdant parkland elegantly punctuated with stately medieval châteaux,

eighteenth-century gentihommeries, and prim Second Empire mansions

where legions of Madame Bovarys must have sighed away their lives.

by Hamish Bowles (click for 1stdibs profile)

Words painting a picture in my mind…

François Halard photography

Vogue Living Houses, Gardens, People

{Images via Trouvais; top pic Château de la Roche Froissard}

 

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Thursday 26 May 2011

sweet summer stillife

 

{Image via lolita}

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Sunday 24 April 2011

High Tea

 

It’s a high tea sort of day, and the Royal wedding countdown has begun.

“… a little while ago i worked with romi from bo peep productions on this amazing kitchen tea that she styled. she arranged the most beautiful party and i made a variety of  white + rustic style sweets to suit. the sweets list included a vanilla bean buttercream cake, cake pops, vanilla + coconut macarons, scones, profiteroles, belgian white chocolate rocky road, lemon glazed knot cookies, white chocolate apples and sponge rolls…” Naomi

{Kitchen tea styled by Bo Peep Productions [bopeepproductions@gmail.com]. Photography by natalie hunfalvay for hello naomiherehere.}

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