explorers, all of us {happy friday}…

tim walker

we’re off exploring the english countryside this long weekend & little would please me more than to stumble upon a cinematic classic being projected onto the back of a barn in the middle of seemingly nowhere {providing i had my fully-stocked picnic basket in hand, that is}…

this, my friends, is my idea of heaven…

happy weekend all…

image by tim walker via: georgina graham

on how other people live {& being a better designer}…

a nomadic abode

 

nothing gives me greater pleasure than having a good ol’ nose around someone else’s home: an itch that was duly scratched repeatedly on our recent trip back home…

in four short weeks i toured no less than 18 homes…

some of these houses were long-established family homes, others recent acquisitions &/or first home buys & there was even a new build or two thrown in for good measure…

& i feel i can say with some sureity that the households i visited represented a fairly broad cross-section of society: uni students, retirees, young families, established families, ready-to-fly-the-nesters, artists, professional couples, divorcees, singletons: you name it, we visited!

& their homes were just as varied: wooden queenslanders packed to the rafters with memorabilia, pared-back homestead-style houses on large leafy blocks, inner-city cottages, high-set weatherboards complete with veggie patch nestling amongst the gums, church conversions, art deco abodes & townhouses alike…

but as different as these homes {& their inhabitants} were, they shared one commonality: each & every one of them represented real homes of real people filled with the things that bring them real joy…

without exception, the paraphanaelia of life {ie, all those things the magazines generally try to hide away in cupboards} was there in full view with a delightful absence of over-staging…

there was evidence of kids, pets, hobbies & interests wherever the eye landed & it left me feeling really rather humbled…

you see, the prospect of building our own home & evaluating how we {my partner & i} live & what is dear to us has yielded a really rather fabulous by-product: it has opened my eyes to trying to be more respectful of what is, in turn, dear to others…

& that is, i hope, in turn making me a better designer…

i’m trying to look beyond my own aesthetic & be more mindful of appreciating other people’s tastes, passions & yearnings & taking delight in someone else’s story & how it is regaled throughout their home…

i’m willing myself to quell those inner voices that tell me to dole out ‘helpful’ suggestions without first being asked {mmmh, failed a few times, but i’m trying}

& i’m really, truly working on resisting the urge to mentally {if not physically} rearrange the furniture & furnishings in each & every home i enter {ok… so, i’m definitely still working on that last bit & if i have done this to you recently, i duly apologise}

afterall, when somebody invites you into their home, they are inviting you to explore a little piece of them, to share in their pride & revel in their accomplishments…

& while it’s all well & good as a designer to possess a covetable style that others may want to emulate, being able to help people successfully interpret & bring to life their own unique vision is a covetable attribute all in itself…

 

{to everyone back home who shared their home with us, wined & dined us or simply took time out of their busy schedules to catch up with us, we thank you!}

i’m back {but something’s missing}…

spring

the continual chattering of my teeth confirms that not only am i back in blighty, but that spring, as yet, is not {despite the melodic chirping of a nearby bird}…

morning all…

thought i’d pop in to let you know that i’ll be getting back into the swing of more regular posting real soon…

whilst i had intended to blog a little more than i actually did whilst away, truth be told the month off was liberating…

i’ve had a brilliant few weeks: some highs, some lows, lots of laughs & a little too much indulgence of the good things in life…

we’ve caught up with family & friends {old & brand-spanking new}, toured multitudinous homes & squeezed in some shopping here & there…

we’ve even kickstarted the planning process of our new home with a local architect…

& now i’m back feeling invigorated, inspired & ready to get into the swing of things {& spring}…

hope you’ve all been well…

speak soon!

 

image via: stellarsky

country kitchen alchemy {edition four}…

hello & greetings from down under: where the weather is perfect one day & either mind-bogglingly hot or wet & rainy the next {& i thought british weather was bad}!

well this month’s edition of country kitchen alchemy couldn’t be any more apt for me as i’ve been eating its key ingredient in handsome quantities since my arrival home…

so i’m pretty chuffed to have some options beyond slapping it on a sarnie, alongside a salad or on top of a beefy burger…

without further ado, it’s over to lisa & her kitchen magic…

country kitchen alchemy_intro_edition four_onscreen

country kitchen alchemy_ingredient_edition four_onscreen

country kitchen alchemy_recipe one_edition four_onscreen

country kitchen alchemy_recipe two_edition four_onscreen

so what do you think? would you be game to spice up some gravalax with a beetroot topper, or does the idea of a fresh & tasty dip tempt your tastebuds? just the thought of the latter served with fresh crusty bread & soft goats curd cheese is doing it for me!

lisa, you’ve outdone your good self!

be sure to join us in april for the fifth instalment of country kitchen alchemy &, in the meantime, if you’d like to try any of lisa’s recipes yourself please do feel free to print off the recipe cards which i have saved in a more printer-friendly format {ie, a white background} under the my features tab…

previous editions of country kitchen alchemy: onetwo, three

{this is not a sponsored post, just two friends sharing the love!}

me & my striped pony…

osa johnson

in a few hours me & my zebra {minus my zebra} will be hitting the donkey trail & heading south to the land of oz…

i’m about to experience 28+ solid hours of about as much fun as you can possibly have sitting in an upright position {not}…

i’m not sure what the next few weeks of blogging are going to look like in all honesty as i’ll be at the mercy of my family & friends’ internet capacity & hospitality…

but i do hope to be able to squeeze in a few quick hellos here & there so do stop by…

until then: keep smiling & happy days!

 

image via: absolutely beautiful things

that pesky tenth commandment…

in the words of oprah, this much i know is true: coveting thy neighbour’s worldly goods is wrong {ish}…

sf girl by bay

but sometimes i just can’t help myself: ever since i saw this photo over at sfgirlbybay recently, i can’t stop thinking about it…

this started life as an innocent polaroid snap of aunty ethel & her cat posing amongst the roses {confession: i have no idea if indeed this lady is an auntie, nor whether or not her name is ethel… & no, i cannot be certain that the cat is indeed hers either!}…

after being salvaged from a flea market by victoria, this image has now been given a second chance at life albeit as a bigger, better, blown up version of its former self…

& there is something so very innocent & charming & endearing about this snap that i’m positively enamoured…

maybe it’s the simplicity of the subject or simply because it represents a time of supposed innocence…

or perhaps, just perhaps, it’s the weatherboard house & its neat row of lovingly-tended roses which transport me back to my own youth & our family home…

regardless, i’m hatching a plan to recreate this look in my own home, but my options are limited: i either hitch a plane ride to sunny san francisco, track victoria down & steal her picture in the still of the night, or i go forth & use it as inspiration to reinterpret my own memory of yesteryear…

so, that’s just what i’ll do: as soon as i’m back home later this week i’m raiding the family polaroid archives!

image via: sfgirlbybay

second time around {toast ss/2013}…

a nomadic abode_second time around

just a fly-by visit today as i’m out the door antique shopping this morning…

i wanted to quickly share something which made me smile…

i pulled some pages from the ss/2013 toast catalogue recently because i was quite taken with some of the colours…

& then i realised i’d seen them somewhere before, namely on my living room wall!

this portrait was painted by my eldest brother, circa 1970s, & the catalogue pages are hot off the press some 40+ years later…

inspiration in a pot of paint {or three}…

yesterday i promised to let you in on how i’m planning to introduce a certain bashful hue into my life…

but you know me, there’s always a back story, so here goes:

a few months ago i set about giving my blog a long-overdue makeover…

the hope was to create something that told a visual story about me, my passions & interests, especially as the current look was thrown together in a pre-launch frenzy & has been added to rather piecemeal since then…

i thought about key words that represented what i loved: travel, nature, fashion, florals, tribal & ethnic influences, typography, photography, vintage glamour, bohemia, illustration, seafaring & explorers to name but a few…

it also had to, somehow, tie in with my blog’s name which i’m rather attached to…

but, despite getting stuck in & pulling together a new layout {including background, colour palette, fonts & illustrations} within 48 hours, that little project never quite got off the ground…

a nomadic abode_blog redesign

i hesitated because, as much as i loved it {& i really did}, something just didn’t feel quite right…

i felt like what i pulled together represented parts of me, but not the whole…

it was maybe too specific & too limiting {lesson learnt, simple & abstract designs = versatility}…

so i shelved the plan & awaited inspiration…

& then i found my happy place in a pot of paint, or three…

a dynamic duo of sydney-based stylists, jane frosh & lucy weight, recently banded together to form cool edie’s {have you heard of them? i think they’re fab!}…

well, these ladies are going from strength to strength & recently collaborated with murobond paints in australia to launch a pretty capsule range of paint colours with some equally fabulous names to match:

Cool Edie's Murobond Paints

lovely right?

what struck me most was the freshness, the simplicity & how beautiful these colours all felt sitting alongside one another…

especially the first three…

Cool Edie's Murobond Paints_x3

 

turns out my pinterest boards agree as i seem to have pinned the heck out of these colours, in varying combinations, for more than a year now…

so i did what i do best & hit up my pinterest account to pull images with which to create my new blog moodboard {yes, i love me a good moodboard}…

a nomadic abode_blog moodboard

as you can see, i’ve used the blousy peony, religion & confetti bomb colours as a base, but also spliced in some of my other favourites such as paper whites, earthy browns, inky blues & soft greens…

& there they were, my new blog colours, inspired by a pot of paint {or three}:

a nomadic abode_blog colours

{btw, that’s also a little look-see at the font i’m hoping to go with too}…

i might try & get a bit more of a metallic spin happening on the gold & bronze colours, but besides that, i think i’m there…

& i love it: fresh & versatile which is perfect for a girl like me who gravitates wildly from one palette to another depending on the seasons…

& who knows, there still might be a seasonal spin thrown in from time-to-time depending on which way the wind blows, but i’ll figure that out as & when…

as for timings, i expect it will be another couple of months before my blog makeover gets uploaded, but at least i’ve broken the back of the design & layout {i can’t show you that bit though, as that would be telling!}…

so, what do you think?

do you have a blog? if so, i’d love to know how you approached choosing your design & colours & what you think the look you ultimately went with says about you!

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