Chic in Cape Town

I was looking at some old design mags the other day and came across this cracking Cape Town pad featured in Living Etc a while back.  I remember at the time I took note of it as I’ve done something similar-ish on a smaller scale with the pendant lighting in our home (below left) and it made me regret not adding about 17 more of the blighters to our fixture.

I usually go for more light and bright spaces, but the moody masculine palette and diverse texture range really speak to me here.  Plus the botanicals situation.  Plus the reclaimed wood wall cladding.  Plus she looks like a nice lady.

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But out of all the gorgeousness it was the grey tufted leather sofa that most caught my fancy.  I did a little ode to the Chesterfield (and Queeny) a few years back now but I’ve never really looked into these more modern versions.

So in order to desperately delay for as long as possible the process of figuring out all the costs, both direct and indirect, sunk and opportunity, going into 101 individual home decor pieces (GAH), I have been on a little internet perambulation (hope you’re not reading this Sarah – ha, busted) looking at more of these contemporary tufted beauts.

The one in this home is apparently from a store in Cape Town, but Restoration Hardware’s Soho collection (upholstered / leather) is oh so similar.

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Mmm mmm mmmm, I can see one in Chestnut (caramel, duh) leather in my life.

Also check out their Soho daybed – look at it, it’s a monster:

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Don’t think it would do well in Asia, it’s about the same size as the average flat over here.  Crumbs.

Ok back to business, accounting beckons.  Wish me luck please…

Singapore Inspiration: Deepavali + Kanthas

It’s the Deepavali festival tomorrow (also see my Diwali post from last year – I wonder why its name changes depending on what country you call home) and I thought I’d make the most of the excuse to post about some delectable Indian decor goodies.

I’ve had a soft spot for kantha quilts for a long long time now.  Whether they’re bright and colourful or have more neutral tones, I love ‘em all!

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Design classic (38) – drop chair

I first researched this beaut by Arne Jacobsen around a year ago (according to Pinterest – I think it was maybe a smidgeroo longer…?), but was dismayed to find that the reason there were no pics online was that it was only produced for a limited run for the SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen:

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Here it is with its big sisters: the Swan and Egg chairs, also by Mr Arne and also created for that hotel (and confusingly and rather ugly-ly all in the same shade – how trends change over 56 years!):

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Fast forward 6 months from my original disappointment and Fritz Hansen saved the day by reintroducing it in lots of delicious pastel shades as well as a large dose of leather.  You guessed it, my fave option is the caramel leather….I am nothing if not predictable.

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And here’s a little scheme I’ve dreamt up for a dining space, full of textural natural materials and a big dose of mixed metal BLING.

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{credit: Elly MacDonald Design // from top left: navy grasscloth, horn frame, brass frames, copper pendants, agate platters, gold-rimmed glassware, gold flatware, caramel leather drop chair, reclaimed wood table, sheepskin bench (not massively practical in a dining room I know, just Scotchguard it within an inch of its life), Oushak rug, parquet floorboards}

Make sure you let me know what you reckon, and have a happy weekend loves!

Colour inspo: teal blue

It’s been a while since my last colour inspo post, and this morning I’m in the mood for a jolt.  Whether you call it peacock, teal or plain ol’ turquoise, this vibrant highly saturated shade of blue/green never fails to leave me with a smile on my face.

First the obligatory inspo pics:

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A couple of gratuitous door deets shots – you know I love me some door deets:

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And here’s what you’re here for, the design goodies – yum!

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What do you think loves?  Could you do with some of this shade in your life?

Review: Viceroy Bali

It’s time for the second instalment of Balinese Hotel Goodness today loves.  On my last trip over I was invited to spend a morning at the Viceroy Bali, and was absolutely blown away by the incredible setting and design.

Literally hanging on one side of the Petanu River valley, it’s a seriously gorgeous plot full of thatch bales, infinity pools and sublime views:

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I arrived just before dawn on a pretty cloudy day so my pics don’t really do it justice – here are a few from the hotel’s gallery that show it at its best!  I am particularly all over the multiple little relaxation bales all over the place, divine.

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The main restaurant’s on the LHS below here, not a bad spot for brekky, hey?  And they have a gorgeous spa (RHS) that offers treatments combining Western and Balinese techniques:

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I spent the morning in a Deluxe Terrace Villa – check out their gallery page for other villa types – and really wish I had not been working, there was far too much relaxation that could have been done!  That ceiling!!!  (Again, some of these are from their nice and sunny gallery page).

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Not this one clearly… I wanted to show the bed/pool situation properly though – I think you could literally stand on the bed and dive into the infinity pool (did not try it personally however, no lawsuits please) :

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Gorgeous gorgeous bathrooms:

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And the pièce de résistance, the outdoors terrace with antique-style Balinese carved door and bale hanging over the gorge below:

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I wasn’t there really long enough to comment on the service or food, but all the people I did deal with were lovely.  And they do a killer latte by the by, particularly at 6am…

Go head on over to the gallery and check it out – a big thumbs up from Caribbean Living!

Highlands highjinks

So the UK nearly spilt into two pieces the other week, not sure if you heard about it in the news?  It was, you know, kind of a big deal.  And also insane.

Anyhoo I thought I’d celebrate the Scots’ decision to stay put with a little Highlands-inspired event design shizzle.  Everything about this soiree is perfection, from the trad cut crystal glassware and silver candlesticks, to the multi-hued brass-vase-clad florals, to the gorgeous envelope liners and generally delectable stationery – LOVE.  Feast your peepers.

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Have a happy weekend loves!

 

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…

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