Monday, December 31, 2007

A Toast to design

Top to Bottom:
Tom Scheerer
NB Design group
sourced from Desire to Inspire
Rona Landman NY

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Bathroom Bliss

Rub-a-dub-dub, I have been working on a bathroom interior and as I am not a fan of most bathrooms due to a severe lack of original thought in these rooms I was very pleased to come across a few that where just well...different.
Top to Bottom:
Shelly Riehl David
Hotel Nhatrang Vietnam

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Burnt Orange

Burnt Orange is a colour staple in South Africa, we seem to favour warm colours over cool colours here, which is a bit odd considering the weather in the Southern Hemisphere. You will almost always find deep red or a burnt orange in a South African Home.

Images Top to Bottom:
Maia Hotel
Fruition Design Inc.
Free Spirit Interiors
The Buck House
Bilhuber as seen on Apryll Annies' blog

The day after...

Christmas was Christmas, alot of food and alot of people is how I would describe it. The highlight was watching the children playing in the swimming pool. They really are just little miracles ready to teach their parents a lesson at every opportunity, for them life stands still and they are in the moment living it from one to the next.

With this in mind I am setting my sights on life in 2008 as one expects at this time, this past year I feel like I have been sittin in a waiting room, I stopped challenging myself and I tried to close myself off from the world. I really want that to change this coming year. I want to experience as many positive new things as I can handle. I want to be a contributing factor to the growth of more peoples lives I want to give more and even receive more. Life is about participation and observation but I am now ready to participate I have observed for too long!

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to all of you!!!

Monday, December 24, 2007

The power of white

Just a few images that show how a white piece of furniture although difficult to maintain is sometimes worth the anxiety. So if you don't have kids and you opt for a fish tank over a four legged friend, the world of white upholstery is yours for the taking!
Images Top to Bottom:
Haynes Roberts
Nestor Santa- Cruz
Tricia Huntley

Visualisation Process

I am trying to use the forces of positive thinking to conjure up my dream studio, I currently work in a dark, dank and dismal space when I paint which pretty much serves it's purpose but is far from inspirational. I long for large windows, white walls and large work surfaces, Santa if you listening....
Images Top to Bottom
Decor 8 - Flickr
Carywd - Flickr
Anne Stahl Studio

Saturday, December 22, 2007


Entertaining guests will of course be the focal point of many homes around the world over the next few days. So it seemed only fitting to look at a few dining room interiors.
I think the key word in dining rooms is entertaining. It's the one room in the house where one can be dramatic and anything goes. Let your imagination run wild.
To achieve these table scape's look around your house for items & objects that you don't normally associate with your dining room, colours that are striking, shapes that are interesting. Try bringing a bit of the outside in or the inside outside for a whole new experience.
Images: Top to Bottom
M Design group as seen on Carolina Eclectic
Kelley Keiser as seen on Studio Wellspring
Francis Smith Photograph

Friday, December 21, 2007

Tag I'm It !

Thank you Carolina Eclectic for tagging me...I think :)

Here are the rules.
Link to the person who tagged you and post the rules on your blog. Share seven random and or weird things about yourself. Tag seven random people at the end of your post and include links to their blogs. Let each person know that they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

1. I don't like to talk on a telephone
2. I lived in Greece for a while and spent my time hostessing a fleet of yachts
3. I am a penny wise and a pound foolish
4. I believe in Karma so I spread as much goodwill around as I can.
5. I just discovered that I love the music my mother used to play and drive us crazy with as kids
6. Can't talk until I have had my first cup of coffee in the morning.
7. My idea of the perfect day involves a glass of wine a long lunch in a new restaurant, a walk in the sun and a nap :)

The unsuspecting bunch I have selected are (and I apologise ahead of time if you have done this before but if you are anything like me I have a hell of a lot more weird things about me then seven :)
Purple Area
Nice Spice
Anything Goes
Studio Well Spring
Things that Inspire

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Random Inspiration

Figueroa Hotel
Black Fabrics South Africa

Hotel Guanahani

Black Orchid Interiors

Phillip Govanian

Austin Gonzalez as seen on Desire To Inspire

Image from Design Cracker - Flickr
Today's post a bit of a mish-mash of concepts and styles that should get your creative brains firing on all cylinders!!

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Quick Wedding Update

The courtyard decked out for the ceremony, they later added roses to the back of each chair.
The happy couple, the groom wore a white suit and pink floral shirt which suited his vivacious personality perfectly.

A saxophonist played for the guests while the couple had all their photographs taken, it was a beautiful touch to this wonderful occasion.

The Quarters Hotel in Durban hosted the reception and helped us with laying out the selection of table decor, opting to keep everything fresh and simple. The staff & food are outstanding at this venue.
Apologies for the blogging delay, the wedding took alot out of me, it was a beautiful beautiful day. It was small intimate wedding which in my opinion is the only way to go. The food was to die for and there was love all around. I thought I only had two glasses of wine but the throbbing head I woke up the next morning was most certainly the work of a few more. The bride looked gorgeous in an unusual but stunning Pink number that suited her to the T. It was designed for her by Terrance Bray (of whom dresses the Prince on Monaco's girlfriend)

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Wedding bliss

Today I will be attending my dearest friend Liesls' wedding to Wade. I was there when they met and I have been fortunate enough to be a small part of their lives ever since. In celebration of the institution of marriage I decided to post a few related images. For an outstanding wedding planning company visit they seem to have the highest level of class & good taste I have come across in the wedding industry.
I will post a few pics of the wedding next week :)

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Art Pulling it all together!

In preparation for selling some of my art on this blog :) I thought I would demonstrate how artwork can really make an interior some ting special. If you have ever been a bit undecided as to which way to take your interior, go out and find an artwork that speaks to you and use the elements if the painting as your guide.
Images Top to Bottom:
Sue Martin Designer
Joan Schindler - image Elle Decor Magazine
Thad Hayes - Designer
Kor International Hotel Group
Jeffery Bilhuber - Designer
Rene Gonzalez Architect
Chu & Gooding Architects