Thursday, 29 September 2011

dressing for your type

Though I may like floaty maxi dresses and the like, I know they make me look frumpy and hippy (not hippie), no matter the cut. Hence my daily uniform of fitted jeans and a size-too-big top - boring, but I know it suits my body best.

Wednesday, 28 September 2011

what's a girl to do

Ok, why am I being bombarded with awesome retro things that I can't buy lately? All these beauties are in Cape Town. Big sigh.
Well, apart from this print. It is in Howick, which isn't too far from Durban. We could just go and fetch it... R300
Italian chair. R500
Display cabinet. R900
Dropside table. R600
Curved couch and chairs. A bargain at R2 400

Tuesday, 27 September 2011

mexican magnets

I ordered two of these cute and colourful Dia de los Muertos magnets from local crafters Hey Cherry today. R30 each, if you want to know. Can't wait to see them grinning at me from my fridge!

Image: Hey Cherry

Monday, 26 September 2011

yah or nay?

Ok, I'm still feeling like an elephant sat on me, but I promised to get back to blogging today, so here I am.

I saw this retro extendable table on Gumtree over the weekend. Yes, it's not in the best condition. It needs to be sanded and stuff. But, it's R450, which I don't think is a bad price. And we'll have space for a dining table in the new flat. What do you think? I do love the legs...

Saturday, 24 September 2011

Sorry for my absence, dear readers. I have a chest infection, but should be back in action on Monday. x

Thursday, 22 September 2011

signed and sealed

So we signed the flat lease yesterday and are moving in the beginning of December. I can't wait! The husband can. But whatever. I have big plans (and little ones) for our new place, so roll on December!

You might have seen some of the images before, but bear with me cause they are the inspiration for our new place.
I want my chairs, coffee table, and sofa close together to make the lounge space look cosy and intimate.
I want to use white, sheer curtains in the lounge. So not a fan of lined, heavy curtains.
I'm also thinking of painting the window frames black. Right now they are a beige colour, which just looks dirty against the white walls.
Want to put in rubber flooring in the kitchen, which currently has fugly orange and brown linoleum flooring.
The bathroom also a hideous marbled grey floor, so I'm thinking black and white rubber or vinyl checkered tiles.
The bathroom has one of those horrible bathroom cabinets with a mirror, but I wanna take it put and replace it with a large round mirror.

Images: Le Maison d'Anna G, Hilda Granat, Emmas Designblogg

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

soft and snuggly

I've always had a soft spot for velvet. We had two blue velvet armchairs when I was growing up, which is probably where my love for the plush fabric comes from. I want to cover my two retro dining chairs in velvet. I'm just not sure what colour would work best...

Images: Vamp, Sweet Fine Day

Monday, 19 September 2011

baby and bicycle

When/if I ever have a baby, I would love us to cruise around the neighbourhood like this.

Images: Rockstar Diaries

Sunday, 18 September 2011

wow widlake

I bought this dish cloth from Ikhaya a while ago. But I covet all of Mia Widlake's creations. I regret not buying the anchor one from when I was in Cape Town...

Images: Number 19

Saturday, 17 September 2011

face paint and feathers

Loving the Indian Summer collection by Ivana Helsinki.

Yup, I really need to visit an Indian reserve one day.

Images: Ivana Helsinki

we're becoming glenwooders

See that flat on the top floor? That's the one we are almost for certain moving into beginning December. It is cat-friendly, has wooden floors, two bedrooms, a bath, a balcony, plus the complex has a pool! All the things I wanted and more. Oh, and did I mention we are allowed to paint the walls? Woop woop! Can you tell I'm super amped to move in?

Thursday, 15 September 2011

new rhcp


I go through phases where I Google certain things a bit obsessively. At the moment they are rubber flooring and The Good Wife. A strange combination, I know. But both stuff I'm really into right now. 

How great do these rubber tiles look in this bathroom? Wouldn't mind a lime green bath either.

Ok, so I am only on the first season of The Good Wife, but I just had to find out if Will and Alicia's chemistry ever amounts to anything...

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

then and now

With more and more designers showing at each fashion week, checking out each one has become quite an effort. I do, however, make sure I always check out Brazilian designer Alexandre Herchcovitch's new collection. I walked in one of his shows during London Fashion Week in my previous incarnation as a model (about 11 years ago). His work was very avant garde back then and the setting for the show was a dodgy warehouse or something in Shoreditch, if I remember correctly. I think his latest collection is just beautiful ... and probably a lot easier for the models to wear!

Images: Style

Monday, 12 September 2011

ag no man

So we may or may not be moving into a new place come November 1. The thought both excites and terrifies me. The last time the husband and I moved was traumatic to say the least. He is not good a good mover. I've moved numerous times in the past 10 years (from my parent's old home to their new home to university hostel in hometown to student house in different town then back to parent's home then to a garden flat before moving back home again for a while then to flat in current city then moving in with husband and finally to this flat I'm sitting in now. Whew.), so I think I know how to do it. I''ll just have to make the husband down a bottle of Rescue Remedy before the moving van gets here.

Anyway, we saw a flat on Saturday and totally loved, but it seems someone else can occupy it before us, so they're going to sign today. Sigh. But, we are going to look at another flat sometime this week...if the estate agent can get hold of the keys. It looks pretty good in the photos, but I need to see if it's sunny. And maybe I could ask to paint those beige/brown walls? What is it with South Africans and their love for drab, blah colours?

Ok, enough ranting. Check out this insanely awesome deck. The light! The white! The everything!

Image: Sorry, don't know the source. If you do, please comment.

Friday, 9 September 2011

my love for artificial lighting

Eight. That's the number of lamps I have in my flat at the moment. This is excluding ceiling lights, which I'm not allowed to change as we rent. I know eight is already too many, but I don't feel too bad, as  I paid between R20 and R280 for them.

How creative and beautifully designed are these designer ones? Wow.