Botanical beauties

So I’m designing a guest bedroom for a client back in Blighty right now, in a traditional-with-a-bit-of-a-giant-twist style.  For artwork we’re incorporating a bunch of antique botanical prints that have been in their family for years, and we’ll pull out the room’s palette from the accent colours in the prints.

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It’s not exactly a new trend I am aware, but I’ve been loving these pieces for a while now.  Here are a few inspo shots to whet your appetite – I am LOVING this first one on the RHS with the bling frames, divine:

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Thoughts…?

Review: Wapa di Ume Ubud

I’ve been spending quite a bit of time in Bali lately, for a lil bit of work and a lil bit of play.  Wapa di Ume Ubud Resort & Spa were kind enough to accommodate me on my latest trip and I spent an afternoon enjoying their unbelievably well-designed villas, peaceful grounds and lush paddy field views.

Feast your peepers on these beautiful interiors (this is one of their Family Villas):

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You know how I feel about an outdoor shower – big thumbs up!

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And pool views don’t get much more relaxing than this:

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Everyone I encountered who worked there was absolutely delightful, friendly and could not have been more helpful and attentive.

We actually stayed at this resort for a few nights on our honeymoon a couple of years back now (1 / 2 / 3), and I can confirm that the level of service and accommodations has not dropped in the slightest.

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And the grounds are divine – I did not know so many shades of green existed until I went to Ubud for the first time:

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I was very spoilt and treated to the chef’s specialty of whole roasted duck at the end of the day in their terrace restaurant (which was unbelievably good, this pic does not do it justice remotely – possibly the best meal I’ve ever had in Bali), and the fresh breakfasts served on the private villa terraces are yum also (pic from our honeymoon stay).

The restaurant also has lovely views out over the paddy fields and is especially gorgeous at dusk as the stars begin to come out.

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And check out these gorgeous gorgeous GORGEOUS all natural finishes used in the villa design – you know how I feel about getting me an eyeful of all natural finishes.

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Delish.

They also have a full spa and lovely meditation room, and a complimentary shuttle into the centre of Ubud town.  If you ever find yourselves in Bali loves, make sure you look these guys up, they are highly highly recommended.

Life update

That sounds a little drama-rama, doesn’t it?  I guess it’s more of a ‘career update’ really.  I’m sorry for the long absence loves – I have been busy formulating a Plan B and Plan C as frustratingly I’ve been having some troubles getting permission to work here in Singas.

I have so loved living abroad over the last five or so years.  We can’t get enough of all the amazing new sights and fascinating new cultures and bizarre-yet-weirdly-wonderful details of everyday life we notice – dealing with the immigration rules of each country we’ve lived in however is not one of them, I can tell you that for free.

More info on said alternative plans soon (ooooh cryptic) but here’s a little of what I’ve been up to in the meantime, it’s been a busy few months.

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^ Just to be clear, only the big one belongs to me…

13. oyster farm california tabascooooo www.caribbeanlivingblog.com 14. peony season san francisco www.caribbeanlivingblog.com 15. rock climbing california rainbow ropes www.caribbeanlivingblog.com 16. san francisco in the sunshine golden gate bridge www.caribbeanlivingblog.com 17. south african braai in california www.caribbeanlivingblog.com 18. sunset beach california www.caribbeanlivingblog.com

19. klc school of design certificate qualified interior designer! www.caribbeanlivingblog.com 19.5. gallery wall interior design technical drawing singapore www.caribbeanlivingblog.com

20. buddha army in bali www.caribbeanlivingblog.com 21. bali bukit peninsula sea view www.caribbeanlivingblog.com 22. wooden statues bali sourcing www.caribbeanlivingblog.com 24. bali buddha bougainvillea www.caribbeanlivingblog.com 25. bali ubud photo shoot www.caribbeanlivingblog.com 26. bali sourcing carved wooden doors hide my wallet now… www.caribbeanlivingblog.com 31. sunset over rooftops singapore www.caribbeanlivingblog.com 32. shophouse kitchen interior design plan singapore www.caribbeanlivingblog.com 33. shophouse interior design concept singapore www.caribbeanlivingblog 38. blog redesign www.caribbeanlivingblog.com 39. delectable parquet singapore interior design www.caribbeanlivingblog.com 40. client inspiration artwork uk interior design traditional with a twist www.caribbeanlivingblog.com

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What’s new with you, loves?  I’ve been missing you all like nobody’s business!

Excuses and beach houses

Crikey people, what a Bad Bad Blogger I have been.  I’m sorry for the long absence from this little corner of t’internet, I have been sprinting around Singapore for the last three weeks setting up the biz.  I know I know, everyone in the entire world is super busy, but I’ve literally been feeling like my brain is on the verge of popping – visas and entity structures and insurance and office leases and logos and branding and stationery and websites and trademarks and bank accounts all need to be considered in detail.  And I’ve let the bloggy slide as a result.

So there’s my excuse, now here’s my way of making it up to you.

Msambweni Beach House is a boutique hotel on the coast of Kenya, and it is also one of the most gorgeously designed places I have ever seen.  Some (very lucky) people I know have a trip booked to this delectable hotel, and I am oh so very envious!

Check out these pics and tell me your jaw is not on the floor – it’s chocca jam-packed with carved and white-washed wood, floaty canopy beds and romantic candlelight.  YUM.

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So what say you loves…?  Do you forgive me?!

Home redesign – roof terrace – the inspo

Morning loves, how are we doing?  I thought this morning I’d look at the redesign of our roof terrace here in Singapore.

I’ve had a minor (major) hiccup in that while we were back home in Blighty for three weeks over Crimbo during RAINY SEASON here in Singapore, it seemingly rained twice.  Or maybe just once.  Soooo much plant-death on a massive scale, a plant massacre if you will.  So I am currently nursing the stocky survivors back to health but it’ll be a little while before my green vine-y friends will be ready to be paparazzied, but their turn in the spotlight will come eventually.

Anyhoo, so here’s the roof terrace when we moved in:

Before

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And here’s more what I’m after – a sprinking of Balinese, a touch of Moroccan and lots of lovely greenies…

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Monday’s Masterpiece – quirky and fun with a knack for accessorising…

Hi loves!

Here’s one I made earlier – we’re on hols until tomorrow, but thought I would keep up the dose of Monday goodness with some of Kishani Perera’s gorgeous and colourful designs.

I first came across her work when she was featured in Lonny a while back, with the home of actress Rachel Bilson.  It’s a lighthearted and fun home full of fab accents and more than a few ikats.

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Cute, non?

And here are few more of my faves from her portfolio.  She really runs the gamut from moody and sophisticated, through to bright and whimsical.  LOVE.

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Thoughts…?

Happy Chinese New Year

Or…Gong Xi Fa Cai if you want to get all Mandarin-y on me.

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It’s the year of the horse in 2014 and you should see the incredible lanterns in China Town here in Singers, these pics don’t really do them justice:

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I thought in honour of this weekend’s celebrations I would have a look at my fave Chinese/Asian-inspired interiors.  I’m still loving all the medicine cabinets I can get my greedy peepers on, as well as the foo-foos and Chinese wedding cabinets.

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And see here and here for sourcing…

We’re off to Myanmar for the long weekend, full travel report to follow!

Have a happy weekend folks.

Monday’s Masterpiece – a Windsor recap

So I first discovered the gorgeous interiors created by Windsor Smith back in 2011, but I thought today I would take a little look at what she has been up to since then.  Well I probably don’t need to tell you that she’s been a busy lady.

A couple of these images are repeats but my gawd they’re the bee’s knees.

Starting with an actual decent photo of the insaaaaane farmhouse sink that I’ve been thinking about on and off since posting it back in July last year…  I should have known this was her doing!

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Yum. Yum. Yum.  I would so love to pair one of these with matt brass fittings and dark cabinetry, swoony swoony swoon swoon.

A classic example of her skill at mixing old and new…

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…and a typical bohemian look, LOVE!

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This unusual window treatment is pretty beautiful, kinda like an updated version of the festoon blind:

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Double zebra on parquet…what’s not to love?!

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And I think this is still my fave of the bunch – it’s all about the elegant indigo curtains, zebra upholstery and Moroccan side table:

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Still love this vignette on the LHS after all these years!

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This eclectic living space + Serge Mouille light are from the House of Windsor show house back in 2011:

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And lastly I’m love love loving these Chippendale chairs, especially paired with the upholstery – hmm, I smell a Design Classic post coming your way:

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Design classic (37) – the Wassily chair

So the caramel leather Wassily chair that I posted up last week made me want to take a closer look at this little Modernist gem.

Designed by (this ‘ere bloke below) Marcel Breuer in 1926, and made from tubular steel and leather, it is an iconic piece from the Bauhaus School and is still massively in demand today (Knoll flog the authentic puppies, but as ever there are also many repro versions available).

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I haven’t been able to find too many examples that fill me with glee, but here are the few I’ve rounded up – the caramel is my fave.  Obvs.

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Loving it here juxtaposed against the traditional mouldings:

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And it provides the perfect contemporary kick to this eclectic living room:

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More yummy caramel!

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So what do you think of this slinky number?  Is it your cup of tea…?

Have a happy weekend!