Pretty Patio Style

23.05.16

Now that we are finally enjoying a few rays of sunshine and warmer temperatures after months and months of cold, we’ve decided to give our neglected outdoor area some love in time for the summer. With my husband’s birthday this past week there has been no better time to prioritise our tired old back yard and get our hands dirty, since I decided that the theme of his gift this year is ‘the garden’. And while I wouldn’t go so far as to call ours a garden per se – perhaps ‘elongated concrete box’ would be a better description though my father-in-law feels that ‘chicken coop’ is rather accurate – nonetheless it holds loads of urban patio potential.

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It needs pretty much everything done to it. New floor, paint, shed makeover, seating, lighting, greenery. All of it. Because of that we have felt a bit overwhelmed, so to get inspired (and make some design decisions) I popped into a local tile centre to see what was on the offering where garden flooring is concerned these days. Well, I was anything but inspired. Rather, completely baffled as to what to choose and couldn’t help but wonder that if it was tough for me, an interior stylist, how on earth do other people cope when faced with five thousand options and that’s just the floors! I was expecting I would waltz in there, spot my dream patio floor from a mile away and order the tile on the spot, just in time for hubby’s birthday the following week. The opposite occurred, whereby I wandered around aimlessly, returning home empty handed with nothing but a head full of question marks. So in my confusion, I gathered some inspiration to show you guys exactly what’s floating my boat right now in the world of patio style, with six simple ideas for getting your own balconies, courtyards or gardens ready for summer. I will be returning triumphantly to the tile centre having pinned a few ideas down from the below gorgeous photographs. Get the full scoop

A Simplistic, Vintage-Infused Amsterdam Living Space

13.05.16
Hi guys, stopping by today to share some snaps I took recently at a living and dining room project I assisted the sweetest couple with a few months ago, who contacted me having purchased their first apartment in a former office block near Amsterdam. They needed some advice with the layout of their living room – which was essentially one large square room that needed to include a living, dining as well as home office area – plus some colour and product advice.

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They wanted the space to feel spacious, but warm, and wanted to add some personality to the space. I know you enjoy peeking into the projects I am working on (if my bedroom, studio and this project is any indication) so I visited a couple of weeks ago to see the progress, do some styling and take some snaps for you guys. Take a mini tour and shop the look below!

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Food Files: Lime Infused Lentil and Roast Veg Salad

04.05.16

I’ve been wanting to share this recipe with you guys for so long. I made over the Christmas and New Year’s break for the first time and have had friends literally beg me for the recipe. So when Ingrid, my sweet friend and the talented soul behind Let’s Talk Evergreen, came to hang out with me in my kitchen last week to cook and photograph together – each making our own recipe and shooting as we went along – I gathered the ingredients I needed to make my very own lime infused lentil and roast veg salad and got to work. It was such a heavenly day. We chatted, nibbled on scraps, swapped photography secrets and laughed. We made a mess and worked in the chaos and it was the very best.

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This recipe is an adaption of one that I spotted in the cookbook Nopi, which my husband gave me as a Christmas present. I wanted to make something special to take with me to our New Year’s eve party – which was at the home of my food stylist friend Ajda Mehmet in Amsterdam so it basically had to be VERY good. I wanted to make a roast pumpkin dish with lime yoghurt dressing but I thought it would be a bit challenging for people to eat while mingling, so decided to adapt the flavours to a lentil salad to serve in small bowls and be eaten in a more civilised fashion. The results were so good I have made it several times since, and every time I do I get begged for the recipe. So here we go. Get the full scoop

Project H Bedroom Reveal: Before & After

17.04.16

It’s always very exciting to finish up a project and see a room come together after months of work. Today I am thrilled to share with you the first room reveal of ‘Project H’, a client whose penthouse apartment near Amsterdam I have been styling for the past half year. We have transformed the kitchen, studio, living and master bedroom and though there is lots more to show you, let’s take a tour around the bedroom with before and after images I am sure will have you pinning up a storm. If my bedroom is anything to go by, I am sure you will love this pace. Let’s peek inside!

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A little bit about this space. With ceilings that curve from 3 meters at it’s highest point on the one side of the room to almost down to the floor on the other, decorating and styling this space was a bit tricky. The space goes from almost too large on the one side, where the bed is placed, to almost too cramped on the other, resulting in a room that – before we got started – felt very unbalanced, with pieces that didn’t do the proportions of the room justice.  Get the full scoop

Modern Ethnic Style

06.04.16

I’m not sure if it’s my South African roots coming out, but I am digging the ethnic vibe I’m seeing everywhere at the moment. Have you noticed the ethnic trend around shops and online too? Grass baskets, natural elements, wooden sculptures, woven detailing, monochrome colour palettes and graphic prints are a big thing right now and I am liking it. I have several ethnic elements in my own interior from time spent in South Africa – where I was born and grew up – and have been into modern bohemian style for a while now (remember this post?) which is similar in it’s nature inspired simplicity. To keep my home looking personal and textured but not like an African hut, I like to balance out the ethnic with clean lines, contemporary and design elements. Here are some lovely examples of contemporary homes that are rocking the modern ethnic style.

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Modern ethnic style is all about balancing texture, simplicity, nature, pattern and colour. It is earthy meets modern minimalism. Creative ethnic techniques such as weaving, printing, sculpting and knotting applied to earthy materials such as wood, grasses, pottery, terracotta, ceramic and bamboo harmonise with clean spaces, minimalistic styling and sleek surfaces, resulting in a contemporary yet textured aesthetic for the home. Get the full scoop