Thursday, 28 March 2013


Tuesday I went shopping.  
It was 3C and the wind was bone chilling. 
 I was browsing for summer clothes!  I know, who does that in this weather??  

There's a lot of acid yellow, sorbet yellow, bright orange, peachy pinks, royal blue and turquoise about in clothing, handbags and accessories.

It struck me as I was skimming the rails looking for the something that wouldn't clash with my skin tone, that interior decor is very similar to fashion trends.  In fact, it mimics the clothing trends in every single way!  Turquoise made a comeback last year and this year orange is BIG! It's been creeping up in all the fashion magazines, online stores and highstreet stores since early January. 

 And that means we're going to see a lot of orange in decor as well.

Which brings me to the topic I really want to talk about.  

Changing trends and how to keep up with them all?

If decor trends mimic fashion trends, then that means we need to redecorate almost every year, because each year, new colours and trends will hit the runway!

If you're like me, and almost every other person on the planet, then you know it's impossible to redecorate every season, it's just not feasible unless you've won the which case SPLURGE!

So, I say forget fashion trends, decor trends and go with what you like.   That way you'll never feel you have to keeping changing things around every time a new colour comes on the scene.

There's nothing wrong with loving fashion and wanting to keep up with trends in decor, but my suggestion would be to keep to a solid colour in your big items of furniture so that you can add the new trendy pieces in small accessories like cushions, throws, pouffs, lamp bases or even a feature wall.

 These small items although some can be quite expensive, are more easily replaced than a big expensive orange sofa!  The pink and purple cushion covers can be packed away for a few years while you pull on the new navy and white ikat covers and the multicoloured lampshade can go to the charity shop, while you head to your nearest highstreet and buy a plain black one or in this case an orange one!

However, it is still possible to have a great space without keeping up with what the runways are doing.  Those interiors that have their own thing going on and seem to have the coolest, hippest vibe, are those without a fashionable colour in sight!

Fashion trends come and go but a great sense of style is always in fashion!

Happy Easter!!
We're having a friendship feast tomorrow and I'm making Mary Berry's Easter Pavlova!
recipe here

Until next time!

Monday, 25 March 2013

And so to bed

It was a cold and grey weekend.  
Indoor weather. 
So I baked.

Almond Macaroons
Chewy, nutty and more-ish!

Wherever you are in the world, bedrooms seems to have one thing in common.  

A bed. 

 But interior styles differ considerably depending on where you live in the world and yet sometimes it's hard to tell the country from the interior design.  The world is getting smaller.  There is a sharing of cultures and styles.

  A little bedroom inspiration, not quite a world tour...

Santa Monica, CA, USA

Dar Jaguar, Marrakesh

Toronto, Canada

Aspen, Switzerland

New York City





So how do you like to decorate your bedroom?
Are you a theme person,
Or do you just go for comfort and style?

Have a good week

Thursday, 21 March 2013

style boards

To all of you who comment on my blog.  I really do appreciate the time and effort.


(my photos)

I'm sharing one of my style boards today...African style.  It was a challenge I entered on Olioboard under African Influence.
As some of you know I spent many years in the beautiful country of South Africa.  

If you'd like me to design a style board for you for particular room, email me on

Have a beautiful day!

Wednesday, 20 March 2013


Oops, somehow I deleted my last post.  I'll repost once I have photos to show you.

Did you know today is 
World Happiness Day?

Definition: "a state of well being characterised by emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy".  
Are you experiencing intense joy today?

Whilst 'things' can't always make you happy, but joy is internal, great interior spaces will definitely increase your joy factor.  Imagine being in a state of intense joy every time you go into your home? 

Have a HAPPY day today!!!

Friday, 15 March 2013

The colour Purple

It's weekend, it's wet and windy,
gumboots and brolly weather...lovely!
Pinterest here

Some people love it, others hate it.  I remember wearing a purple silk shirt in the 1980s - loved it but by the 90s tastes had changed and it was out of fashion so to speak.  Once again purple has made a resurgence.  It's such a bold striking colour and seems to evoke all sorts of emotions from people, that you either love it or hate it.  It takes a certain amount of interior vision to have a large sofa draped in purple velvet, but this one is easy on the eye and goes perfectly well with the surrounding elements.

Pic from the home of Jennifer Jansch- lonny mag

Enjoy the weekend!

Thursday, 14 March 2013


Welcome to new followers!  Sometimes I forget to say hi...thanks for stopping by.

I'm so glad the sun is out today!  I often wonder how bad it must be for people who suffer with SAD   (seasonal affective disorder).  I don't mind winter, snow, and dull grey skies etc as I try and tell myself that the weather shouldn't affect how I doesn't always work though!

Since January and the promise of Springtime, I've been buying myself bunches of cheap flowers to keep my mind off grey skies and dull weather.
Old fashioned carnations which I cut down and put into small mercury votives, change from being frumpy to looking stunning, especially if you have a few of them dotted around the house.  They seem to last forever, the last  ones I bought looked great for 2 weeks!

My local store is also keeping bunches of Hyacinths in blue and white, which are my absolute favourite and the best thing is I didn't have to grow them myself!

I'm sharing this pic with you today and I'll tell you more about it soon.
It's stunning - just the right mix of colours - LOVING IT!

Have a great day!

Monday, 11 March 2013

wallpaper and bookcases

Hi everyone, hope you all had a good weekend!

We have a little snow that has blown our way today, so everything looks winter white.

I'm always looking for inspiration...whether it's a simple wallpapered bookcase or an entire wall that creates visual interest.

So here's some gorgeous bookcases and ways with wallpaper.  All very different interiors - I'm loving the dark blue interior and shelving although I'm sure it's painted and not wallpapered AND if you look up closely at the ceiling, you'll see it's silver leafed!! How's that for the wow factor?

(all images Pinterest)

Happy week!

Sunday, 10 March 2013

Happy Sunday

I think there is enormous pressure on a day like today - Mother's Day.   I'd like to rename Mother's day and just nominate a Sunday as a Happy day instead! 

So whatever you are doing, whoever you are, whether you're a mother or not, enjoy the moment.

No pressure...

My favourite flowers - blue and white...


Thursday, 7 March 2013

For the love of books

Good morning all, welcome to new followers!

Today is world book day...a few years ago I was privileged to have been given the opportunity to participate in world book night and give away books of my choice.    This year I chose not to join in but I do still want to celebrate the wonderful world of books and the magic of the written word...

Homes with books tell so much about the people who live in them...

A few homes where books take centre stage

photo mine

Do you use books as part of your interior styling?
And what books do you enjoy reading?

Have a great weekend!

Sunday, 3 March 2013

What draws your attention?

Hello dear friends, with sunshine outside and light blue skies, the promise of Spring is very near.

Today for the first time my daughter baked a 'Melktert' or Milktart.   It's a traditional South African sweet tart made with milk and eggs and sprinkled with cinnamon.  It originally comes from the Netherlands and was brought over by early Dutch settlers.  It's delicious!

But I'm here to share my latest obssession ...

Lately I've been drawn to abstract paintings, which is rather unusual for me.  I'm mostly drawn to portraits, executed in all manner of styles.  I just know when a piece catches and holds my attention.  I keep going back to gaze at see whatever it is that is keeping me looking.

Abstracts have never held that fascination to me, until now.  Abstract art is about conveying a feeling or a thought, so one needs to allow oneself the freedom to gaze at something that you might not understand at first sight and then allow the painting to speak to you.

So what kind of art do you enjoy?

Hope you are ready for a new week!