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Skinny LaMinx

June 30th, 2012

Yesterday I popped into Heather Moore’s Skinny LaMinx store in Bree St. I’m dying to tell you why, but you’ll have to wait a little longer.

While I was there I took the opportunity to snap up a few Instagrams, somewhat ironic since as of last night they’ve been offline due to a power storm in Virginia…

Rather than show you the final products I thought I’d showcase a bit of her workspace, the patterns, fabrics and tools she uses to create her masterpieces.

Heather is always creating and regularly blogs about her now infamous ‘Making Friday’. You can find several of her tutorials on her blog.

If you are in Cape Town you’re in luck as this Thursday evening, July 5th, she’ll be hosting a ‘DIY Transfer night’ where participants can make their very own one-in-a-squillion mug with Heather’s assorted transfers. More details can be found here.

Childs play

June 29th, 2012

I’m shocked when I visit children’s decor stores around town, it’s the same old stuff! Blue for boys, pink for girls, cute hearts and sailing boats… really?

I think design should be shared and cultured from a young age. Sure, I impose my love of beautiful things on Nathan and I cringe a little when he bangs his lovely Donna Wilson Wolfie knitted toy against the wall, but he and I can enjoy its design together.

The rooms below exemplify examples of cultured design aesthetic. Children’s rooms need not be drab! Invigorate and stimulate through colour, texture AND form!

Images courtesy of Revolver

I love how the Bertoia diamond chair in the first image gets the typical styling of the lambs wool throw that we’ve seen a hundred times before on Eames Rockers.

Speaking of the Eameses, how adorable is the Eames Elephant in the second image? Not to mention the Normann Copenhagen Bau Pendant and also LOVING those Acapulco chairs!

Image courtesy of Dwell

I always come back to this room for inspiration. It’s Varpu’s room, styled and designed by her insanely talented Mom, Finnish stylist Susanne Vento.

I love the Eames Hang-it-All and the various illustrated postcards. It keeps reminding me that I have a collection of cards from Darling Clementine and Ingela Arrhenius that I need to hang in Nathan’s room!

Image courtesy of Zilverblauw

Lastly welcome to Wolf’s Attic. I love his Mom’s blog, the talented Anki of Zilverblauw. This attic room is great, love the wallpaper and Sammy Rose Good Morning Carl print from the lovely Dos Family duo. And that multi-coloured string pocket? Swoon!

Day 1 20/20 Home Cure – Fall 2010 from maxwell gillingham-ryan on Vimeo.

I spent most of the day in our attic.

If you follow me on Instagram you’d have seen the image I posted, I’m far to embarrassed to put it up here, suffice to say it wasn’t pretty.

How in the WORLD do we accumulate so much clutter! There is clearly much wisdom in the old adage of ‘out of sight, out of mind’.

Midway through the much-needed purge a tweet came through asking why I was giving away my past, to which I responded ‘I’m making way for my future!’, yes, I know, so Oprah of me, but the fact is that in 10 short weeks our baby girl arrives… we need the space!

Often I’m asked how I made the big step into being the tree hugging hippie that I am and my answer is the same, it’s habit-forming. Once you commit to making a small change the next becomes easier and it becomes a way of life.

A while back I took the Apartment Therapy’s 20/20 Cure, Maxwell describes it as follows:

In only 20 minutes a day for 20 days we’re all going to make our homes beautiful, organized and healthy. This fall I’m making my original Home Cure shorter and more accessible so that everyone can do it and feel good about their home.

It’s adapted from on his book, The Eight Step Home Cure (which I haven’t read) and I challenge you to take up the same challenge.

Many of the tasks seem rudimentary and in some cases repetitive, but it costs you NOTHING and these steps become habit-forming.

So happy cleaning! I’d love to know how you get on, though no pictures are required!

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