Food Files: Rhubarb Yoghurt Upside-Down Cake

23.07.16

It’s been so busy these last few months I’ve strayed a bit from the pages of this blog. While my days start with vigour and enthusiasm, deadlines loom, projects demand my focus, emails keep streaming in and the days just slip away, silently rolling into weeks and then I realise I have so much to share and so little time. Remember I shared my kitchen with Ingrid from Let’s Talk Evergreen? In the midst of crazy work schedules we decided to press pause and share food, our love of photography and laughter for a day, each cooking something of our own with the goal to come away with new inspiration, renewed energy and a couple of recipes for you guys to try. I made my favourite lime infused lentil and roast veggie salad and Ingrid made this beautiful rhubarb yoghurt upside-down cake, which I know you are going to love.

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Ingrid’s cake is soft, dense, and moist and it’s the subtle sweetness combined beautifully with the tartness of the rhubarb that makes it so very delicious. The perfect accompaniment to a cup of coffee, and even suitable for breakfast too. Ingrid first developed this recipe in my kitchen, and then returned home to perfect it. I spied some rhubarb in the supermarket this week, so I’ll be snapping some up and giving her recipe a try this weekend!  Get the full scoop

Six Steps to a Fun, Fresh and Functional Home Office

13.07.16

So I thought I’d give you guys a peek into the studio. I recently photographed it for the last Blogging Your Way course I co-taught alongside Holly from decor8 and Irene from Bloesem. We wanted to show students our workspaces and give them a glimpse into our work processes, which, for each of us, are conducted primarily from home. Lots has been happening here these past few months. It’s been turbo with new projects streaming in, working away at existing ones to get them wrapped up and featured on the blog, hosting workshops and also teaching. And though being able to do what I love from the comforts of my own home is such a privilege in itself, there are certainly days when I go a little stir crazy and therefore it’s become so important to me to make this space every bit as functional as it is pretty. If you work from home, or would like to, and are in need of some new inspiration, here are my six steps to creating a fun, fresh and functional home office!

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I use this space – the third floor of my home – as an office, but it is also where I store props and interior accessories I gather for current shoots and projects. It is the place where blogging happens, any product styling and photography I’m working on, the place where my interns work four-five days a week, and also where workshops take place. It’s where I come to be inspired and most of all, productive. And though I am at home, I feel as if I am in my own domaine – separated enough from the rest of the house but close enough to still enjoy all the comforts of working from home. I posted a full studio tour on my blog last year with all the before and after images, so you may have already seen this space, but as my business has developed since then, I thought you wouldn’t mind another peek plus some tips too!
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Porto in Three Days

29.06.16

Hi guys! I am back in the studio again after several weeks of traveling for a couple of exciting work assignments – first to Miami for a new interior design project (will show you more on that soon), and most recently to Marrakech on a small purchasing-slash-shenanigans trip with a very dear friend. Before that, I was in Mallorca with my family for a little getaway for my 30th birthday and before that I hit Porto, Portugal, for three days of fun with nine girlfriends! It’s been a busy time, packing and repacking my bags, kissing my family goodbye several times and saying hello to adventure. I didn’t take my camera with me to Mallorca, Miami or Marrakech (the three M’s of 2016) – I wanted to put all of my energy into either the work that led me to those places, or to my family. I did however squeeze it into my bag for the Porto trip and, one afternoon, took some snaps while wandering the artfully paved streets to snap some sights.

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This trip was a group holiday that I go on each year with eight of my Dutch girlfriends. Each time, two out of nine ladies organise the trip on behalf of the group, making bookings, deciding on restaurants, theatre shows, activities, flights and accommodation so that the rest can relax and enjoy and there aren’t too many cooks! It works really well, and this year was  my turn to organise, which I did with two friends from the group. The budget is always small and the goal is getting as much out of the weekend as possible! In case you are considering a city trip this summer, I would highly recommend Porto. It is a charming city along a large river that boasts beautiful historical architecture, fabulous seafood, Port by the barrelful and a nightlife that had me swaying into the wee hours of the morning. Below, some of my holiday snaps, with some tips on what to see and do. Bon voyage!  Get the full scoop

One room, Two Ways: Basic vs Bold

02.06.16

Hey guys! In case you are wondering why things have been exceptionally quiet over here, I am currently in Miami working on the redesign of a spacious condo for a new client. I have been working on the designs for the past few weeks and now I am over here for a week to meet the contractor, fine tune the designs and select everything we need to kick start the renovations (walls, floors, hardware, fixtures & fittings, a custom kitchen and three bathrooms, lighting, window dressings – the LOT). So needless to say, that project has been taking up a lot of headspace lately, but I wanted to stop by with a tiny bit of inspiration in between deciphering between thousands of tile options, sweating my socks off in genuine heat and humidity, and racing around from store to store making decisions. Remember the Project H bedroom reveal I showed you recently? I thought it might be fun to show you some more snaps I took of this space when we were styling it and show you how to do one room two ways with just a couple of accessories.

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For this project I had brought in several different accessories for my client, who doesn’t like being tied down to one look and wanted to be able to swap and change the look of the space with a few accessories. We had various pillow covers, cushions and blankets to play with and on installation day we played with all those options to see how they alter the room each time. So here it is, one room done two ways – basic and bold! And the best part of all? A ‘Shop the Look’ down below for those who would love to snag  bedroom like this for themselves – and there were lots of you who wanted to know where to get some of the items we used. Get the full scoop

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