Wednesday, July 21, 2010


Off to get a manicure, in my signature shade of course - OPI Got the Blues for Red.

Manicures & pedicures are one of the best treats to give yourself, I like to indulge monthly. Of course it's way too cold for a pedicure and to keep the toes uncovered for the polish to dry, so I'm skipping it tonight. (Image from Amazon)

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Nailed it.

Mr Schuman got it so right.

"What a great way to look this summer: so simple and yet so refined.

I love that her shorts aren't too short and that her top isn't too tight. Nothing screams in this look and yet the presentation is very strong.

This is a great example of elegance successfully achieved through understatement and flawless execution."

(Source: The Sartorialist)

My place (in my dreams).

So just for something different, one of the reasons that I started this blog is because I’m renovating my home. I know, no one’s ever done that before! Anyway... I moved out of my place for the new bathroom construction ... into my parents place. They were away, but then they came home. After a few weeks together, tonight I have my solitude again ... taking over my late grandfather’s house. It’s kinda weird to be here, but nice in a way too.

Seeing as I’m in the middle of renovating I have a pile of inspiration pics from printed magazines, other blogs, online designer portfolios, and of course online mags – with the ubiquitous Lonny shots. Like I’ve said, I suffer from having too many options and the constant fear of going with something that is going to look tragic in a month’s time or worse ... right from the start! Ugh! The pressure.

So in a bid to minimise regret, and to be realistic about the bones of my home, I’ve decided that I need to go with a simple, classic, layered look. So I’m taking my inspiration from Laura Day's home as shown in the Lonny April/May 2010 issue cover story. I like that it's elegant, and that it's a little fun as well. Who wants to live in a museum? Not me, but I also need to start accumulating beautiful pieces to build upon. This inspiration could set me on the right path.

Things I love about this room:

  • The fucking insane sideboard – two of my faves (not overdone metallic, black zig zag)
  • The neutral layered colour
  • The metallic cocktail tables – the organic shapes, the colour, the low shine, the treatment of a functional piece of furniture as sculpture, the fact that they’re “cocktail tables” and not boring “coffee tables”
  • The multiple light sources – mostly the chandelier, not too olde world but still glass/crystal, not to modern and cold
  • The James Nares artwork – always liked his work, and here they are perfect injections of colour
  • The non-white walls that are just a perfect shade

The whole home is lovely, and I want one of those Kartell stools too - but of course I can't decide which colour.

I want to live here. Simple as that.

(All images via Lonny.)

Saturday, July 17, 2010

But why?

This blog is going to be more about me than you. I just want to put that out there right from the start. If I’m in a funk then my posts may be more pissy than others. I’m keeping this thing honest so not listing my identity – cowardly you say, maybe it is. But like I said, this is for me.

I’m a fan of other decor bloggers, so there may be some repeated content – deal with it.

From the outset I envisage this mostly being an outlet for my decor porn addiction (RIP Decorno – dearly missed), but I may stray into fashion, general design, and everyday musings on life. I can promise to never get political on you. That’s just not me.

Important to note is that I am not deluded. I know that people other than myself will only read this by mistake. I’m not sending it to friends (mine would just laugh) so I don’t see how I will build a network of followers – that’s not what this is about.