Creating an Inspiring Work Space

A home office can be one of the most important rooms in a house, but it often gets overlooked. As a place of work, home offices are often cold, bland and uninspired. Here’ are a few tips on how to make a more creative, inspiring and productive space. Lighting Getting adequate lighting is essential to […]

via How To Make Your Home Office More Inspiring — Eve Morgan Interiors


A Home What really matters - Flowers

A very very wise man once said that "After women, flowers are the most lovely thing that God has given the world" Well thank you Mr Dior, there is no doubt you are very astute and that we are very lovely indeed, but enough about us girls and more about flowers...
Flowers uplift any space and take it from drab and lifeless to beautiful without airs and graces - bunches of flowers can be simple or extremely sophisticated depending on the occassion and the personality of the floweree (new word meaning person who has the flowers in their space)  The current trends toward less structured arrangements and toward field flowers and arrangements in monotone or "dirty" colours, using flowers only locally grown are all exciting trends to look at. so lets look already and stop gabbing.
These are the top trends for 2017 according to Country Living

  1. Dahlias - with so many varieties Dahlias can be very versatle and are hugely popular right now. The most popular colours this year being dusty pinks, peaches and cream and creamy colours. Here they are mixed with Peonies my absolute favourite flowers.

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2. Hanging Arrangements - to be seen EVERYWHERE these are so magnificent - everything from hanging hoops to elaborate rectanglar constructions, deconstructed hanging air plants - these are such big news and lift the eye creating so much space. To be seen in the magnificent Babylonstoren wedding venues - they are a super hot trend and hopefully will be for a long time to come.


3. Farm Fresh Flowers - Like the food to table trend in fresh produce we're seeing the same trend in flowers, with local varietes that do not have to travel great distances being the preferred blooms.  It seems illogical to trade a massive carbon footprint for cut flowers that are already 5 days old at least when you buy them. This means we're looking at locally sourced varieties that are seasonal. A refreshing and earth friendly trend!
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4. Red Wine Hues  - Lots of deep wine tones to be seen in arrangements from cabernet to pinot noir and burgendy which all couple nicely with more delicate jewelled tones and softer pastels.

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5. Tropical Plants and Green Arrangements - we have seen a huge increase this year in stills companies requesting tropical plant locations and everywhere we're seeing enormous vases filled entirely and to great effect with Elephant Ears or delicious monster leaves. Tall architectural fronds of Arumlilies are also magnificent in oversized simple glass vases. Simple, and yet they create such a statement AND they last for weeks with minimal requirements except water and to be kept out of direct sunlight.
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6. Green arrangements - following on from this is the trend toward arrangements made solely of foliage. keeping costs down substantially you can make stuning arranagement with plants such a slaender, rosemary, olive branches as well as lots of wonderful varieties of fynbos if you're lucky enough to live in the Cape.


7. Muddy Colours - Arrangements in toned down muddy, " dirty" colours continue to be popular and counter balance with the softer buttery hues that are also big news this year as well as the stunning Dusty rose which is a toned down version of the soft pastel pink.Magnificent in roses and peonies.

8. Combining Sculptural vegetable elements with flowers and foliage - Beautiful artichoke heads, Turnips, red cabage, Kale combined with more traditional flowers and foliage make a remarkable arrangement.


A Home -What Really Matters - Part One

I have long been a fan of Lucia van der Post, daugher of our own Laurens Van der Post. Regarded as one of the most stylish women in England and a doyene of good taste, I have always agreed with her that the things that matter in a house, apart from it being filled with people that you love, (which is really the only important thing) are books, flowers, music, food and wine. In all of these catagories you dont have to be a millionaire to acquire them - the fridge does not need to be stocked exclusively with Crystal and caviar - the books not required to be first editions, the flowers can be field flowers - what matters is that they speak to you - to what you love and hold dear.


Books Filling a home with the books on subjects that you love and that interest you speaks volumes about who you are and what is important to you. They are easier than ever to come upon thanks to Amazon, whose endless selection of coffee table books is extraordinary.   Just scanning through whats on offer on amazon.com can be a little overwhelming. Of course Kindle is now an option too which is handy when you're on the go constantly and dont have a place to keep an extensive collection of books but there is something so special about the weight , the smell and the tangibility of a real coffee table book that Kindle can never match.  Closer to home and if you can't handle the wait Exclusive Books and Wordsworth Books always offer a very exciting array of must have books. Lately they have had the most fabulous coffee table books featuring the great contemporary designers. Markets and second hand book stores are a wonderful source of preloved treasures that you wouldn't necessarily find anywhere else and should not be overlooked. I have found some absoute beauties in the strangest of places - In Plett recently - the most wonderful 2nd hand book shop or Hermanus, stanford, down the road. You just need some time and patience. Specialty stores now also stock books that are within the same genre and often these are very interesting finds that chain bookstores would not keep. Latsly i have found some real beauties at trade fairs like Decorex and the annual Home expos. I spend every available cent, and even some that are not available tragically, on books. My current absolute favourites (some old some new in my own collection are:
Annie Leibovitz- Photographs (a collection of her iconic photographs of celebrities and game changers) This extraordinary photographer belongs in any art lovers collection as far as i am concerned. She has taken portrait photography to a new level. Beloved by Vogue and all the top fashion magazines Annie's work just keeps stretching and astonishing her audience.
Leading Ladies (Don MacPherson and Louise Brody) is a book I've had for years but will always be one of my all time favourites. Filled with black and white photos of starlets from the very beginning of cinema - The Silent Era's Theda Bara and Evelyn Brent all the way through to the 1980's Meryl Streep, Michelle Pfeiffer and Greta Scacchi's - this book gives me endless inspiration.
In Detail - Inspiring Ideas for Creative Interiors (Hans Blomquist) is a new purchase of mine that I am loving. A designer with a keen sense of the little details that are often overlooked, this book is filled with the most wonderful close up images and deals with nature, texture, colour, textiles, collections and display. Its artisanal eye candy!!
Botanicum - (curated by Katie Scott and Kathy Wills) I am obsessed with old fashioned botanical prints. Obsessed! So this books with its extraordinary artistic renderings just does my business. Enough said.
Parisiennes - (Flammarion) is another coffee table book of images of Parisiennes living life from 1914 to the early 1980's. From socialites, the Coco Chanels' of the world through to anonymous ladies in the park walking with parambulators. The book is entirely in French - I bought it while in Paris and its all about the images for me rather than improving my French comprehension which remains marginal. I drove my partner mad because by the time we got to the airport I was so weighed down with enormous books in arms I could barely drag by suitcase behind me. What you gonna do? I also bought a beautiful book on that same trip in Amsterdam called The Big book for Little Gardens - (John Brookes) well it means that but its all in Dutch. Dont care! Its all about the pictures.
There are a million more I would love to mention. Loving Style icons - a book on the south african style icons of the early 21st century. Perfect Hideaways (Paul Duncan) first coffee table book with extraordinary images of some of the magnificent homes that are available locally for short term holiday lets. Looking forward to Volume 2 - hint hint is anyone from PH is reading this! Henri Cartier Bresson's coffee table books make me want to weep with their beauty, Sebastiao Salgado's Migrations, One2One, Anything on Gaudi, Rachel Ashwell's Shabby Chic Interiors (the shabby chic bible)

Cookery books are also a passion of mine. No collection is complete without Delia Smith's How to Cook. I am also a fan of Secrets of a French Cooking Class by Marlene Van Der Westhuizen. Filled with the most sumptious photographs of both her food and the magnificent French Village of Charroux that she takes her students to for their education. Marlene is a Capetonian whose heart belongs somewhere between home and the cobble stones of the french countryside. Even Gwyneth Paltrow's book - It's All Good has the most wonderful and healthy recipes and beautiful photographs as has The Fresh Vegan Kitchen (David and Charlotte Bailey)  and Fresh India (Meera Sodha)
Initially I had intended this blog to cover books in total. Ha ha!!Rather ambitious of me but its such a vast topic that I can only begin to chat about Coffee Table books really and mostly the ones that get my juices flowing - and only a tiny fraction of those!!. I would love to hear about books that move you. As always I would Love to hear from you and hope that this has been a fun read. let me know!! In the follwing blogs we'll look at the other must haves - Music, Flowers, food, wine. See you soon.
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Pump up the Jam!!

Beautiful locations and extraordinary places are not only about visual aesthetics, the fact that they are unforgettable requires that they fulfil another prerequisite -  they need to uplift us - to transport us from the humdrum to a new fronteir of possibility, elation, joy, peace. To truly do this there needs to be a layering of experience. Sound, smell, touch, taste - or any possible combination of the senses. We travel, we go to art exhibitions, we do wine tasting, go to rock concerts, see theatre and movies, explore architecture to be transported from our daily grind to a sublime new experience that takes us out of ourselves and presents us with a new way of looking at the world.  This time of the year can be a little slow, a little cold and a little dark in the Southern hemisphere. That is doubly true of Cape Town this year.  For many fortunate souls, these months are spent in balmy Europe soaking up "the season" in Italy, France, Greece, Croatia, England and other beautiful sunsplashed locations- but dont worry we dont hate you for your constant instagramming of the most magnificent places you are travelling  through right now. For those of us who have been left behind popping our vitamin D pills there is another transportive way to temporarily fly the shackles of a cold winter - even if only in the living room, car, stock room at the office? or anywhere else that you feel you can really get down without completely blowing your street cred. Im talking tracks that will take you from zero to hero in 30 seconds straight. I'm talking air guitar, Risky Business sock sliding across the  floor in undies and a tie. We're not messing around here. We're moshing, head banging, singing into hair brushes and miming guns as we dream of an alternate reality where we are 007, Rocky Balboa, The Sisters or any other fabulous construct of our imagination.
So we (The girls at Shoot My House) have very kindly decided to share our TOP 10 Songs - respectively - that get us from 68 - 150bpm in 2,54 seconds flat. These are the tunes that remind us that all you need is a song in your heart, a swagger in your step and a shake in your tail feathers.Screen Shot 2017-07-05 at 4.06.40 PM
LIZZY'S TOP TEN (In no particular order):

  1. DANCING IN THE MOONLIGHT - Toploader
  2. DREAMS - Fleetwood Mac
  3. YOU CANT HURRY LOVE - Phil Collins
  4. GOLDEN BABY - Coeur de Pirate
  5. DANCING IN THE STREET - David Bowie and Mick Jagger
  6. 1979 - Smashing Pumpkins
  7. VIRTUAL INSANITY - Jamiroquai
  8. BRASS IN MY POCKET - The Pretenders
  9. HEY YA!! - Outkast
  10. YOU GET WHAT YOU LIVE - New Radicals

SHARLEEN'S TOP TEN

  1. BLURRED LINES – Robin Thicke
  2. SHAKE IT OFF– Taylor swift
  3. GOT THAT FEELING – Black eyed peas
  4. SON OF A PREACHER MAN – Dusty springfield
  5. DONT FEEL LIKE DANCING – scissor sisters
  6. I WILL SURVIVE – Gloria Gaynor
  7. HERE COMES THE SUN – Beatles
  8. I'M STILL STANDING – Elton John
  9. PUMPED UP KICKS – foster the people
  10. WALKING ON SUNSHINE – Katrina and the waves

RED'S TOP TEN

  1. STAYING ALIVE - The Bee Gees
  2. SONG 2 - Blur
  3. THE REFLEX - Duran Duran
  4. EYE OF THE TIGER - Survivor
  5. SAVE TONIGHT - Eagle Eye Cherry
  6. IN A BIG COUNTRY - Big Country
  7. INTO THE GROOVE - Madonna
  8. RIPTIDE - Vance Joy
  9. I WANNA BE A COWBOY - Boys Dont Cry
  10. SISTERS ARE DOING IT FOR THEMSELVES - Tina Turner & Eurythmics

We need to hear what yours are. There is a lot of winter left we need to rock out to some other tunes. cant wait to see your suggestions!!
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Can we expect a little interlude from Midcentury Modern design? Please say it is so!!

It was with an ounce of guilty delight that I recently read an article in Architectual Digest predicting the end of the obsession with midcentury modern design and  Scandanavian design characterised by simplicity, minimalism and functionality that emerged in the 1950s. Eames and Bertoia were champions of this design aesthetic and the obsession for owning originals or knockoffs of the originals has not subsided in 60 years!

“Midcentury modern” itself is a difficult term to define. It broadly describes architecture, furniture, and graphic design from the middle of the 20th century roughly 1933 to 1965.  This has been the dominant vintage style of the last 15 years and for some time it seemed the demand for it was insatiable.  Think Mad Men and Scandinavian design. This season our mid century properties have received the bulk of the attention with advertisers desperate to emulate these interiors.

Now dont get me wrong. I love this design aesthetic, but sometimes a change is as good as a holiday and a holiday would be super dooper.
The easiest place to gauge trends in our switched on 21st century is in the online marketplace. Chairish, just such a marketplace reports that searches for “more ornate and feminine” are on the rise. That means Chinoiserie, Art Deco, Hollywood Regency and lots of Pink. The trend seems so perfectly suited to a new era of celebrity “royalty” such as Melania Trump who proportedly is working with a designer on a “Glam Room” within the White House. Not a new idea – its’ borrowed from the likes of Maraih Carey, Celine Dion and of course the Kardashians but before that from the glamourous movie stars of yesteryear.
Designer Francesco Bilotto,  says that a glam room  “combines a person’s beauty and fashion needs all in one space, making it easier for a ‘glam squad’ to collaborate on the overall look.”
Beyond beauty needs, other decor touches may include rich, textured wallpaper, sumptuous seating, a piece of lucite furniture, curated and displayed collections of expensive fragrances and rare beauty products.

Restaurant design, too, is taking a turn for the ambitiously ornate, as seen at Yvonne’s in Boston, with its overstuffed tufted sofas and hand-chipped Calacatta gold marble floors, and at The Edmon in L.A., where there are muted gold accents and chandeliers aplenty. Closer to home elements of The Bungalow interior echo these ornate sumptuous interiors as does the super sexy Kloof Street House, which we are very delighted to represent.
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Perhaps all the austerity of the last few years post 2008 has fueled a desire to return to glamour and opulence together with a move to more individuality within that design – as so clearly noted in international magazines such as living Etc or Town and Country. If opulence is not tempered with individual style and a fresh point of view however it becomes merely empty and vulgar. We will see where these trends go. I am not personally expecting profound authenticity or artistic individuality to come from either the Trump glam room or anything at the Kardashians cribs but “glam rooms” have an old, world glamour that is Mysterious, sexy, unknown – everything our over shared social media lives are not. Looking forward to investigating these intrigiung spaces in more depth in the next post!
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Thanks as always to Architectural digest, Living Etc, Town and Contry, Good Life, Instagram and pinterest for all the inspiration!


Exciting new Interior trends on show.

It's been a while since our last post. Sometimes life comes at us full throttle and the pressures of work, family, health become a little overwhelming. But I'm back now and so excited to share with you the trends that were on show this weekend at the yearly Decorex exhibition in Cape town, South Africa - a huge exhibition of interior and exterior trends - a homemakers meca and a design bloggers dream. Great stuff to see at this one and some really exciting trends. A lot of black. Screen Shot 2017-05-02 at 5.06.20 PM


Black walls, furniture, shelving. Matt black, gloss black. Black marble, black kitchens, sinks, bathtubs!! While it sounds a bit harsh it works so well with the other major trend which is Green. Interior plants, hanging moss balls as well as magnificent emerald green chairs and sofas adorned many a stand. Going hand in hand with this is another major trend for 2017 - the Urban Jungle. A desire to reconnect with the natural world, is seeing elements of nature seeping into the 2017 designs, with dark shades of green set against tan leathers, brass lamps and natural linen. . A real rustic element has also crept into design in the form of weathered wood, metal and woven baskets which is a welcome diversion from the generic hum drummery of many an upmarket home. Along with this is the concept of embracing imperfection as a design aesthetic. Those of us who dont have 24 hour house keepers will breathe a collective sigh of relief here.

In sharp contrast to this is the use of luxurious fabrics like velvet. Copper is still everywhere in cutlery, light fittings, baskets, tables, kitchenware as are other metallics namely brass and gold. Of course the large filamented naked bulb is EVERYWHERE. Loving this look and combining it with old school industrial copper pipes is such a huge trend and one of my favourites.
What I realy liked about this years's show was that there seemed to be more examples of individuality and quirkiness. More art, more nature. Yes there was the hard sell - people with headsets trying to sell you mattresses, kitchen appliances and all manner of items that inevitably get lost in the bottom draw never to be used again - but that is part of what a trade show involves.

I havent gone into the cooking but there was a lot of that too. Chef as alchemist continues to be a big trend. Garden specialists were a huge drawcard too with great ideas on using what you have in your garden in clever and inivative ways.
I'm inspired and I'm also so excited about sharing my upcoming blogs with you. dont want to give too much away but they are controversial, glamorous, minamalist in turn. Hope this has been of interest - got you thinking - inspired. Let me know with your comments and see you next week!
Jeanne
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The Romance and Nostalgia of days gone by.

We have seen so much interest in the 1920's, 1940's, 1950's and 1970's this season. Stills, TV Commercials, feature films. You'll find it informing furniture design, Clothing, interiors, architecture and of course advertising.Everyone seems to be looking toward bygone eras for inspiration. There is nothing new in this of course but this season it seems to be intensified as if we are looking back at a simpler, less complicated lifestyle where life doesn't move at a million beats a second. Shoot My House have made it our mission to go in search of such locations in the form of both homes, gardens, stores and public spaces as well as moving locations which we will be launching very soon.
in the meanwhile and in line with this nostalgia for all things vintage I thought I'd share this wonderful article on Barbara Streisand's Malibu guest house with you. A long time fan of all things Barbara - I've always admired her style and her absolute insistence that everything is exactly as she wants it to be. There is no room for can't, too hard, impossible with this lady. She is exacting and she tackles everything in her life with the same fierce determination and insistence on perfection.
Barbra Streisand’s Malibu House
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Barbra Streisand has been a collector her entire adult life, and then some. When the sixteen-year-old honors student graduated from Brooklyn's Erasmus Hall High School and (against the advice of her teachers and her mother) decided to forgo college in favor of acting and singing, she moved to Manhattan and set up housekeeping. Back then, she says, “I had no money to buy art, so I would buy old picture frames and put them on white walls, just framing space, which I thought was beautiful.”
But that was then. Two Academy Awards, two Emmys, a special Tony, eleven Golden Globes, eight Grammys, thirty-seven gold albums, and twenty-one platinum albums (including her latest, Back to Broadway) later, this singer-actress-writer-producer-director-composer can collect anything she wants. And she has amassed enough art, furniture and decorative arts to fill a New York apartment, a house in Beverly Hills, and a compound of five houses in Malibu.screen-shot-2017-02-01-at-6-57-42-am
Such is the case with Streisand's collection of Art Deco, which is to be auctioned in March at Christie's in New York. The collection, which includes a good deal of Lalique glass, an inlaid-ivory desk by Emile-Jacques Ruhlmann, Tamara de Lempicka's painting Adam et Eve, and clocks by Lalique, Cartier and Cheuret, has been lovingly showcased since the mid-1970s in a guesthouse/poolhouse on the Malibu property, which she meticulously remodeled in the Art Deco style, down to the doorknobs and drawer pulls. She even bought period cars—a 1926 Rolls-Royce and a 1933 Dodge—for its garage.
Streisand is a collector with wide-ranging tastes. At the time she designed the Deco house, she was also buying, among other things, Art Nouveau pieces (stellar examples of which, such as a Tiffany spiderweb lamp and two rare Majorelle corner cupboards, are also included in the Christie's sale), and the various rooms in her residences reflected this diversity. But for the Deco guesthouse, the challenge was one of “not being eclectic,” she explains. “I thought it would be a really interesting exercise to have one theme.”screen-shot-2017-02-01-at-6-58-34-am
So she studied the many books and portfolios that she had gathered on the period, such as Le Luminaire, a portfolio of lighting designs that was published to coincide with the watershed Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes, held in Paris in 1925. She pored over illustrations of decorative motifs, eventually designing several for the house's architectural details—doors, friezes, and stair rails, ceramic tile patterns, rugs, and even a shower curtain in one of the baths.screen-shot-2017-02-01-at-7-00-09-am
The living room fireplace is embellished with a Mondrian-like arrangement of stainless-steel decorative panels that were part of the landmark Art Deco Richfield Building in downtown Los Angeles. The bedroom carpeting was copied from a 1930s Bigelow original that Streisand recalled seeing in the Huntington Hotel in San Francisco. Where original furnishings weren't used, she had reproductions or interpretations made.
Given that she designed a necklace to harmonize with the house, it's no wonder that she admires architects like Frank Lloyd Wright, whose approach to design often stretched beyond the house and the furniture in it to dresses for his women clients to wear at home. “If you were an architect,” Streisand argues, “wouldn't you want to design the bronze handles? Wouldn't you want to design the floors? Wouldn't you want to design the furniture that goes into the house you built? That's the way I see things—as a complete vision.”
Another area in which Streisand set strict limits for herself was that of color. Unable to decide between gray and burgundy for the house's exterior, she used both—the house is gray on two sides, burgundy on two sides. These colors formed the basis for the interiors, which consist of only two color ranges: black to gray, and burgundy to pale rose. Each room in the house is decorated in a different combination of these two spectrums, and no deviation is allowed: “I don't put a black vase in the gray-and-burgundy room,” says Streisand. Nor does she put burgundy flowers in the rose bed-room, or pink flowers in the burgundy-and-gray living room. Even the wrappers on the candy in the candy dishes are color-coordinated.screen-shot-2017-02-01-at-7-02-24-am
Streisand doesn't find this narrow range of colors at all confining; in fact, she says, “I like monochromatic rooms, and I like black-and-white movies.” The family photos atop the piano in the living room are black and white—color photos would disturb the harmony. “I like to wear one color; I never wear prints,” Streisand continues. “I think a person sort of fades away in prints.” Still, that didn't stop her from doing a couple of rooms in prints. She calls the study off the living room her 'Art Deco Matisse room," in deference to the artist who so magically juxtaposed pattern on pattern in his paintings. In the room is a Deco sideboard that a previous owner had left out in the rain. Streisand rescued and restored it, and when she decided to use it as a stereo cabinet, she had a pair of speaker cases made. Their carving matches that of the sideboard exactly, and she takes pains to point out how beautifully they are made.screen-shot-2017-02-01-at-7-01-49-am
But then craftsmanship is something that Streisand feels passionately about. The house, she says, took nearly five years to complete. “Doing this took me almost a year,” she sighs, pointing to one of a pair of elegant gray silk tassels that hang from the silk-rope handrail in the stairway. Craftsmanship is also the main reason she loves old things. “Where could you buy shoes like this?” she asks, reaching for a pair of 1920s pink satin evening slippers, part of the wardrobe of vintage clothing that fills the house's closets (color-coordinated with each room, of course).
Barbra Streisand began to collect vintage clothes as an aspiring actress because she couldn't afford new ones, but she never stopped appreciating their quality. In another closet, Streisand pulls out an ancient, honey-colored coat of karakul with fox trim, for which she paid ten dollars at a thrift shop. “I went to audition for I Can Get It for You Wholesale in that,” she remembers. (The rest is history, and Streisand later had the coat copied exactly, but in white, for her role in Funny Girl on Broadway.) “Look at that embroidery,” she says, showing off the lining. “It's a wonderful metaphor for life, isn't it? That something should be as beautiful on the inside as it is on the outside—maybe even more beautiful.”
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But, as this tireless collector is fond of saying, “I like the idea of evolution and change.” Having focused on American Arts and Crafts furniture, folk art, Pairpoint lamps, and paintings by Thomas Hart Benton and Edward Hopper, Streisand now says, “This time I'm moving back in history—I'm fascinated by eighteenth-century America.” Between study trips to places like Winterthur and Monticello (which inspired her to repaint her Beverly Hills dining room a deep, rich ivory), Streisand is buying everything from primitive paintings and furniture to eighteenth-century American interpretations of Chippendale and Queen Anne.
To make her vision of Americana complete, Streisand would love to build a new house, “with a lot of porches” and perhaps a grand stair hall, inspired by the historic Colonial and southern houses that she has seen in her travels. However, on top of her new contract with Sony to record six albums and make new films, including an adaptation of Larry Kramer's play The Normal Heart, building a new house may be too much for one person to handle. Then again, Barbra Streisand has only to recall the tagline of her film Yentl (one of the few movies that a woman co-wrote, produced, directed, and starred in): “Nothing's impossible.”

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Interior Fashionista - Trends We're Loving

There are such exciting things going on in the world of interiors and such amazing new trends that we thought we would share some of our favourites right here this week!!

  1. Wallpaper. Everywhere you look there are examples of extraordinary wallpapers. Long gone are the safe wallpapers of yesteryear. Wall paper now has become an expression of individuality and personal style or is being used to mimic other surfaces such as marble, brick - you name it. Another trend is the notion of the wallpaper mural - which is in turn a more painterly take on wallpapers.New printing techniques mean that smaller runs of wallpapers are now possible to run and are affordable to the man on the street. You can take your own design down to a specialist printer and design your very own work of art to adorn your walls. 

  2. "More is More and Less is Boring!" To quote from the marvelous Ms Apfel, whom we featured last week. We loved the Scandinavian interior movement but I for one am a little over it. The backlash is so much more sensual - with rich textures and fabrics like velvets making a strong come back, layering of materials and bold strong colour and a nod to eastern tapestries and pattern.Pattern on pattern is continued in Bold geometric screens which add interest and drama to big open plan living areas. This more is more trend extends to everything from Modern Tudor which incorporates rich fabrics, deep colours and dramatic finishes to the Miami look which is all about jungle prints, flamingos, hot pinks and shaggy rugs. Whichever way you lean there is inspiration aplenty.

     

  3. Metallics - Copper, Rose Gold, Silver, Gold and Bronze is popping up in everything from fabrics to fittings, costume jewellery, baths to wallcoverings. Used to such extraordinary effect by the likes of Tom Dixon, metallics are everywhere and as glamorous as ever. Think Great Gatsby, French copper pots, Paris salons.
  4. Parisian apartment - Wall mouldings and Herringbone floors - make me feel like I've died and gone to heaven. All I want for Christmas is a Parisian apartment in my own little corner of the world! The wide board white washed wooden floor has been elbowed by her posher more elegant cousin - the Herringbone floor. Whats not to love apart from the price tag? The look is not complete without wall mouldings to glam up the space. Anything from ultra fussy and ornate to more simple geometric lines.screen-shot-2016-11-03-at-2-38-24-pm

Sources: LivingEtc, Pinterest.

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10 Creative Ways to Declutter your Home

It's officially spring in the Southern Hemisphere, which means lots of light, lots of friends and opportunities for entertaining. In our home that also means time to look at all the junk we've managed to pile up in the dark corners. But decluttering is not only aesthetic but also talks to a way more fundamental need we have to create space in our immediate environment in order to think and function effectively. Always eager for tips we've compiled some we think are rather clever.

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1. Give yourself 5 minutes on a Timer. Leo Babauta at Zen Habits recommends 18 different 5-minute decluttering tips. Pick one a day. Anyone can commit to just 5 minutes a day, right?

2. Give away one item a day. That will have the horders amongst us seeking therapy.

3. See how fast you can fill a rubbish bag full of stuff to throw out and one for goodwill. the trick here is to do it as fast as possible so you don't have time to over think it.

4. Try the Oprah Winfrey Closet Hanger Experiment. hang all your clothes with the hangers in the reverse direction. After you wear an item, return it to the closet with the hanger facing the correct direction. After six months, you’ll have a clear picture of which clothes you can easily discard.

5. Make a list of the places in each room that need decluttering. Begin with the easiest and work from there. Give yourself a reward once you've finished a room - try not to make it edible though or you may have trouble fitting through the door to get to the next room...just saying.

6. Take the 12-12-12 Challenge. Find 12 items to throw away, 12 items to donate, and 12 items to be returned to their proper place. Make it a fun competition within the family  - just don't throw out the baby with the bathwater in the race to win.

7. Change your perspective. There is nothing like organising a get together with the gals to help you notice clutter you have become blind to. Having a toddler over will do a similar thing. Arbitrary ornaments beware!!  Imagine that your favourite interiors magazine is coming to photograph your home for a spread in the next edition. How would you feel about the way your home looked then? still not working for you - take some photos with a camera or even your phone and look at them. You'll be surprised how what you thought looked tidy looks well umm - not that tidy. With all of the examples, the hope is to cause you to see your home in a new light.

8. Finish what you started...immediately!  Nicole Anzia decluttering guru says Of course you will need to sort things into categories (e.g., toss, recycle, donate, give to friend, put in deep storage). But here's the crucial part: Once you have decided where something is going to go — take it there. Never keep bags for charity or boxes for friends in your home to deliver later. Do it now. Finish the process. Take the bags and boxes out to the trash or recycling immediately. If you're donating something or giving something to a friend or family member, put the items in your car or make arrangements for dropping them off. You've done so much work getting this stuff ready to take out, complete the deal!

9. Good Enough is Enough. Very few people have closets and drawers that resemble those in catalogues. Even after we've totally reorganized a space, it doesn't necessarily look like an ad for House and Garden. It looks great and works properly, but it is a space that is used by an actual human being, not one that has been carefully staged by a team of stylists and marketers for a non-existent resident. You will ultimately be disappointed if perfection is your goal. The goal is to set up a space that works well for your needs. That is success.

10. Do You Love it? Look at all the furniture and collectables each in turn. Do you love them? Do they express the people you are or are they more about the people you were, or do they express the people someone else thinks you are, or are they hand me downs that don't speak to you at all. If so, get rid of them. You can't let new things into your life without getting rid of the old things that are cluttering your space and your mind.

So there it is folks. Sounds simple. I'm off to do my 5 minutes. x

 

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Thanks to Joshua Becker author of The More of Less and, Nicole Anzia owner of Neatnik.

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