the sunday nook {fashion stakes}…

hedi gores, the coveteur

today’s sunday nook combines two of my greatest loves: fashion & interiors…

tucked away in the home of hedi gores, co-founder of the pressed juicery & the chalkboard, this eclectic corner effortlessly mixes bohemian glam & mid-century masculinity with surprising results…

the layering of pattern & eras alongside some pretty punchy colour creates lashings of intrigue, whilst the clever use of symmetry helps reign in any potential craziness that such a confluence of styles could create…

ok, i concede, it’s still a little crazy, but completely cool too…

no?

happy sunday!

image via: the coveteur

in my home {studded cross vase}…

a nomadic abode_cross vase

continuing with my new in my home series, today i’d like to share the most recent addition to our abode {it arrived this morning}, my studded cross vase {a christmas gift from my mum}…

confession time: my 76-year-old mum did not choose this gift, but no doubt tired of hearing my endless babble about how a studded cross vase would complete my life, she wisely conceded & offered to buy it for me, despite it being the antithesis of her own personal style {gotta love that}

it’s a hulking, behemoth of a vase {though i consider it more a piece of sculpture than a vessel}…

cast in ceramic with a mission brown glaze finish, it’s adorned with knobbly studs dotting the surface…

a nomadic abode_cross vase detail

it’s a little big retro {think dalek} & a whole lot of cool…

i’ve long subscribed to the need for a good bit of ugly in an interior to elevate the beauty around it & i think this rather fits the bill…

i also love the masculine edge it brings to this space…

a nomadic abode_dining room addition

i first clocked this vase on jen ramos’ blog made by girl & was a little elated when i found it for sale closer to home via none other than here {of course}

cherry on the top, it was actually cheaper to purchase in the uk than in the usa {that’s got to be a first}…

i wish i had more details to share, but there are sadly {or delightedly, depending on your point of view} no discernible maker’s marks…

if you have any further details, please do share as i pretty much want to marry this piece!

hello two zero one four {i think we’re going to be friends}…

a nomadic abode_london

hello & belated new year greetings…

after two months away i’m now easing back into london life & desperately trying to hold on to the jetlag that’s promising to make those early work starts next week all the smoother…

as much as i love travelling, visiting family & rekindling distant friendships {& i do}, i equally love that feeling of arriving home…

8 weeks of non-pottering in my own abode is a long time for this pilgrim…

& now, keepsakes, presents & purchases abroad have been duly unpacked & distributed throughout the home, bringing with them happy memories & layering my home with even more meaning…

a nomadic abode_keepsakes

from a vodka-infused bottle that formed part of a wedding bomboniere & a cheeky polaroid selfie with a bestie, to a souvenir my sister & i picked up nearly 30 years ago on our travels which has now been ‘borrowed’ from my mum’s house & sits pride of place on my mantel…

a nomadic abode_gypsy

elsewhere some gum nuts help bring a little australiana to my abode & a copy of sibella court‘s gypsy {a gift from a dear friend that knows me oh-so-well} sits proudly on display, whilst a nearby array of cooking pots anxiously await their first session in the kitchen…

yes, it’s good to be back…

to be honest, 2013 wasn’t the best of years for me, but by no means was it the worst either: regardless, i’m thankful it was, but i won’t miss it…

there was a bit of heart ache, a dolloping of hard work & lots of lessons…

early on i foolishly listed my 3*6*5 for 2013 where i challenged myself to choose from a veritable smörgåsbord of achievements…

i failed {big girly style}…

turns out a lot of those challenges just weren’t realistic & not because they were unattainable or foolish, but because they weren’t aligned with where my life is at right now: the aimless wandering of my youth is currently on hold to kickstart a new career, money is tight & free time even tighter…

but the experiences & lessons i got to enjoy in place of those i’d listed proved even more invaluable {funny how life works like that}…

last year i enrolled in two very different design internships which challenged, rewarded & ultimately put my career on the right track…

a nomadic abode_livingetc

the first was at livingetc magazine where i got to experience the dizzying pace of editorial, attend my first ever styling shoot & see my name published in one of my all-time favourite magazines ever {october’s ‘disco fever’ shoot, in case you were wondering}!

the second internship was at a renowned design studio, russell sage studio, wherein i immersed myself in the land of enchantingly bonkers, timeless & intriguing design {this is also the role i will be resuming next week, although now in a freelance capacity}…

i hope to give you the skinny on both of these internships a little more one day soon…

2013 also saw my boyfriend & i successfully achieve our plight to do more, see more & generally enjoy life just that little bit more…

old friendships were revisited & new ones formed…

there were two trips home, four new baby boys {not ours, i hasten to add} to welcome into the world & innumerable memories made…

we undertook our, now annual, pilgrimage to london’s sundance film festival, delighted in a series of outdoor films & plays under an obliging summer sun, took in exhibits & concerts alike & challenged our minds & our hearts to expand…

there was dancing in our seats to the beat of the buena vista social club at the royal albert hall, we were enchanted by the magical surrounds of colombe d’or, mucked-in at pamplona & spent a glorious summer exploring parts of the uk that, up until now, had alluded us…

& finally, we capped the year off by submitting our elusive house plans to council {fingers crossed please} & celebrating a ‘bush’ christmas with our respective families…

this year, who knows what lays ahead: my sole aim for 2014 is to live in the moment & enjoy wherever it is life takes me…

no lists, no muss, no fuss {lesson learned}…

i wish nothing more & nothing less to each & everyone of you…

hello two zero one four {i think we’re going to be friends}…

when art & fashion collide {hirst meets mcqueen}…

mcqueen & hirst

is this not the most perfect pairing?

it’s always a beautiful thing when the line between art & fashion blurs, but never more so than with this entomologist’s dream: a series of limited edition pieces celebrating the 10th anniversary of the covetable mcqueen skull scarf

bugs & butterflies & other beasties combine to form “kaleidoscopic geometric shapes”…

too beautiful to wear, this is most definitely one for my walls…

 

image via: alexander mcqueen

lately…

grand entrance

i’m thinking this entrance way is pure perfection…

making an entrance

i keep coming back to this image & thinking maybe black double doors to my master bedroom would be pretty special {especially if i can sneak some brass door knobs past the boyfriend}…

kelly wearstler

& i’m not only being drawn to earthy palettes with soft feminine touches, but i’m also growing more & more in love with pattern…

images via: verandagreige designlonny

new home inspiration {upstairs, downstairs}…

a nomadic abode

i was determined that the staircase leading to the second storey of our new home would be, in itself, a feature…

as with the rest of our house design i wanted it to represent well-considered, standalone design…

perhaps i’m running from my past of making do in converted old buildings, but in this home i’m desperate to avoid all those odd angled ceilings & awkward spaces you’re so often left with, the culprit of which is more often than not the staircase…

cantilevered stairs

at first i wanted our staircase to lead up from the lounge room at the back of the house with a clean-lined, cantilevered design…

crossed lines staircase

i love the fact that the structure {or lack thereof} is on show…

understair nook

& the workable nooks that can be created in the negative space…

a nomadic abode_staircase option 1

but this idea was nixed for two reasons…

firstly, the footprint of our house is less than 7 metres wide on the ground floor &, as we have to step-in the second storey, less than 6 metres upstairs: chip away from this a minimum of 1 metre in depth for a staircase & unfortunately it doesn’t leave an abundance of living space…

secondly, placing the staircase at the very back of the house would make accessing the second floor a bit of an unnecessary hike from the front door…

so we resolved to place the staircase more centrally, off the hallway {between the kitchen & the ensuite}…

the only problem with this plan being there’s not the space to accommodate my preferred design {a single run staircase} & instead we’re going to have to install a return, winder staircase {&, with it, its limitations}…

screened stairs

on the upside, i have found a few designs i love the look of, like this screened run {it reminds me of a harem}…

crisp & clear

or this glass-encased version which not only mimics the original open-air & cantilevered design i preferred, but also allows light to flood the stairwell & hallway alike…

ben de lisi

even this enclosed staircase, in the home of ben de lisi, could work if we do decide to go down the more traditional route…

regardless, the best part of this new stair placement is the landing it creates upstairs…

landing

it took a few attempts to crack the design for this {most problematic was how to get the stair run to end where & how we wanted}, but when i happened across this image i knew this was the look i was going for…

our staircase will open up onto a landing that runs the width of the house & faces {albeit slightly off-centre} double glass doors leading into the study, which itself overlooks the double-height living area beyond…

i think {& hope} it will create a sense of arrival when you reach the top of the stairs & lend the design as a whole an air of intent…

images via: cr decorationsolothaisthe zhushflash decorkikareicherthousetohomecasa vogue

laid back & lovely…

as part of my new home inspiration series, i’ve done a lot of analysis lately as to what makes some spaces appeal to me more than others…

why do some rooms make my heart skip a beat whilst others, as beautiful as they may be, barely raise the pulse…

& what i’ve discovered is this: as much as i’m drawn to certain colours, textures, moods, etc, one of the most important elements for me is infusing a sense of informality…

rooms that are too streamlined read as altogether uptight in my book, but throw in some freestanding, mis-matched furnishings & unexpected ornamentation & voila: instant laid-back vibe…

i find this particularly true in spaces that are, in order to maximise their utility, often planned to within an inch of their life: think kitchens, laundries, hallways & bathrooms…

but i’m learning it really doesn’t take much to tip the balance…

minted

mis-matched pieces, open storage & artwork take the emphasis in this kitchen from function to form without losing any of the desired serviceability…

homely hallway

a hallway becomes a destination in its own right thanks to some unexpected touches: a plump armchair & storage unit sit alongside the more anticipated hallway console & rugs…

bathing room

& this bathroom is elevated from utilitarian to luxuriating through the use of freestanding furnishings & decorative pieces normally associated with living rooms: a chair & coffee table, some artwork & books are all it takes to completely transform this space…

images via: emma persson lagerbergremodelistaroom 269

this is where the magic happens {la colombe d’or}…

la colombe d'or

even without the beating mediterranean sun & the fragrant smell of lavender in the air, there’s something undeniably magical about la colombe d’or

maybe it’s the history, maybe it’s the tranquil location nestled beneath the ramparts of the historical town of saint-paul de vence, or a combination of these things & more, but on our recent autumnal visit we found ourselves instantly enchanted…

la colombe d'or_reception

once a refuge for artists, movie stars & royalty alike, the patinated walls of this humble establishment are laden with nostalgia, most of which comes in the form of precious artworks often gifted in return for lodgings & hospitality…

boasting the works of picasso, matisse, calder & miró {to name but a few}, this restaurant-cum-lodgings-cum-art gallery is a rarified find & a retreat in the truest sense of the word…

entry is via a set of large wooden doors which bear the politest of signs informing the outside world that what lies within is for the consumption of restaurant & hotel guests only: already you feel a little special with a side of smug…

as you step inside your senses are arrested, not the least by a giant marble thumb sculpted by césar which stands sentry at the gate & sits rather incongruously with its provincial surrounds {every home should have one of these}…

cesar_la colombe d'or

a ceramic mural by leger hangs nonchalantly nearby, shaded by foliage & forming a colourful backdrop to the crisp linen table tops, whilst a giant white dove sculpture perches in the branches overhead…

leger_la colombe d'or

alongside gnarled figs trees with makeshift pendant lights fashioned from hollowed-out pumpkins, it’s the perfect blend of over-the-top fabulous meets rural thrift…

the terrace_la colombe d'or

our room upstairs follows suit: rustically charming with white walls & exposed beams, it’s simply furnished with a smattering of antiques & understated artworks, white waffle-weave bedding & kilim rugs which skim the tiled floors…

it all feels a little like a weekend away at auntie’s: pleasant, homely & lacking pretension {as an ill-concealed leaking pipe & a hand-held shower which strains to reach its wall mounting bear testimony to}…

la colombe d'or_bedroom

& then there’s that view…

the view

despite it being the middle of october, we left the french doors flung wide open to make the most of the pool-side vista & the scent of wood fires burning in distant chimneys: this is the thing memories are made of…

dinner in the restaurant downstairs was, however, disappointingly less memorable although indisputably atmospheric nonetheless…

la colombe d'or_restaurant

there, overlooked by dimly-lit masterpieces & decidedly brusque wait staff, we chomped our way through the house specialty hor d’oeuvres {definitely a dish for two}, a plate of fresh fig & ham the size of the moon, beef steaks, a melt-in-the-mouth chocolate slice & a flambé soufflé {a version of which the lady at the table across from us humorously tried to blow out}…

but, truth be told, as lovely as the dining room was with its yesteryear charm & warming tones, i found my thoughts drifting elsewhere:

la colombe d'or_calder

to the poolside oasis where you get to hang with an oversized calder mobile amongst the spear-like conifers…

la colombe d'or_bar seats

& the snug surrounds of the bijou bar just off reception where leather cushions plonked in window seats invite lounging with an apéritif {if only these walls could talk}…

la colombe d'or_terrace

&, invariably, back to the courtyard beyond where, beneath a canopy of twinkling stars & lovingly-tended trees, the true magic of la colombe d’or happens…

the sunday nook {a personal touch}…

rachel bilson lonny

today’s sunday nook reinforces the importance of letting your personality shine through into your home…

this lovely corner not only oozes warmth & individuality but it tells a story of the people who inhabit this space…

be it a much-loved artwork {as is the case in this home belonging to actress rachel bilson}, travel keepsakes or a family heirloom, showcasing the things that mean the most to you are what elevates a space from a house to a home…

of course, a medley of textures & a kick-ass green chair don’t hurt the situation any…

image via: lonny

country kitchen alchemy {edition ten}…

i owe you all a sad & sorry apology…

i can only ascribe my recent blog absenteeism on my new-found busy status {turns out that once you’re finally doing stuff worth blogging about you suddenly find yourself too busy to blog!}

but that’s no excuse for denying you all your monthly treats from the kitchen of my friend lisa…

as she does every month, lisa’s been busying herself preparing dishes which are sure to delight, whichever hemisphere you happen to inhabit…

enjoy!

country kitchen alchemy_introduction_edition ten_onscreen

country kitchen alchemy_ingredient_edition ten_onscreen

country kitchen alchemy_recipe one_edition ten_onscreen

country kitchen alchemy_recipe two_edition ten_onscreen

thank you lisa, armed with these recipes i now feel a smidgen less intimidated attempting to cook up some crustaceans!

to the rest of you, don’t forget you can download these {& all of lisa’s recipes} from the my features tab where i have saved these recipe cards in a more printer-friendly format…

previous editions of country kitchen alchemy: onetwothreefourfivesixseveneight, nine

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

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