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Carlos Motta

i was just thinking the other day how tired i was of seeing white white white interiors everywhere on the internet, even though they are beautiful (don’t get me wrong). but sometimes you just don’t see enough variety – which i suppose is the problem with the internet, if you follow the same blogs or don’t wander far from the safety of your pinterest feed. so when i saw the work of brazilian architect & designer Carlos Motta, which focuses on the natural beauty of wood, i ended up flipping through every single image on his website. many of the houses his atelier has designed are situated in the Serra da Mantiqueira mountain range in the state of São Paulo. this one - Carlos Motta’s own home - has to be my favourite.

The Atelier Carlos Motta was born in the 70’s, through a strong counterculture movement. Surf, Yoga, food and a natural life. Ecology and respect for nature, pulsing through our veins. It’s at the genesis and at the Atelier DNA the environmental and social responsibility. The architecture and design that we develop here at the Atelier follow together the same concept: the search for the obvious, the simple, respectful and longevous.








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Daughters by Floral Magic

i got an email over the weekend from Franz, a photographer based in Singapore whose site lilreddotfolks features inspiring people in Singapore & their personal spaces. i really love the feature on Lucy Siah and Josephine Lau who run mother & daughter floral studio Daughters by Floral Magic. be sure to keep your eye on lilreddotfolks as they will hopefully be expanding into more of Asia soon. you can also follow them on Facebook.

photographs & interviews by Franz, art direction by Melody & Hosanna









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Belle Fleur de Lis

Lotte Janssens is a lacemaker & crocheter from Antwerp who clearly has very talented & creative fingers – as you can see by her delicate work below. she also has somewhat of a green thumb, as her home is filled with an assortment of beautiful plants. you can buy her wares at her shop, see her photos on flickr and learn more about her & her work at her blog.















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Provisions

if you don’t read Food52, you should. at the very least subscribe to their newsletter, where you will learn such things as how to make any burger in 5 steps, and how you can stretch one batch of tomato sauce into 5 dinners. they just launched their shop Provisions which stocks kitchen essentials and even pantry ingredients. some interesting items include a salt plate and compostable dinnerware.

We believe that great food isn’t just about ingredients, it’s about everything that makes a meal – it’s about the rolling pin you use to roll out dough for a pie; the vintage server you use to cut the pie once it’s baked; and the beautiful plates you serve it on. We wanted to create a shop that reflects this. But we knew we couldn’t stop at just products. So Provisions also gives you great recipes to make your pie — and an article showing you how to roll out dough like a pro.













Photography by James Ransom

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Home Talk

at the moment i am thinking about our home a lot. we are currently happily living in our Sea Point apartment that’s big enough for the two of us (and we are lucky enough to be right by the promenade) - but i know that we both dream of an outside space and everything that comes with that. a dog, a cat… and other little beings that like to play in a garden. one step at a time – i know, i know. but i can’t help thinking of that possible future place, which is why i want to have a Home Talk.

i had to kick off with possibly the most beautiful house i have seen this year. designed by architect Ray Kappe in 1967, who still lives here with his wife:

local favourite furniture designers Pedersen & Lennard just opened their online shop:

love the home of Kirsten Grove featured by Rue Magazine:

could see these two Magical Thinking rugs happily chilling in my home. buy: left & right.

Vanessa Jackman’s visit to Villa Extramuros in Portugal, which boasts beautiful interiors and exteriors:

cool wares from vintage shop Ethanollie:

like the little corner desk of this Parisian apartment:

sweet home things from Makers & Brothers:

the home of Wood & Wool Stool designer Ingrid Jansen:

colourful utensils by Sucre:

a simple DIY shelf by Scandi Home (adapted from these instructions):

at home with Jennifer Bewerse:

beautiful homeware by Neëst:

watercolour wallpaper by Emma Hayes:

Ermie has a selection of home goods for you to peruse:

and, a public loo in London that was turned into an amazing apartment by architect Laura Clark:

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Handmade in Moste

Klara and Klemen are students of architecture who live in an old house in Moste, Ljubljana, the capital city of Slovenia. they regularly walked past the once grand villa hidden amongst the trees in this old neighborhood, and wondered about the abandoned looking apartment inside – which, it turned out, had been sitting empty for 20 years. after tracking down the owner and making a deal to fix up the flat in exchange for rent, they got the keys and started renovations. you can read the story of the apartment on their blog Handmade in Moste.

In truth, the flat did not look inviting at first glance; the paint was falling apart, plumbing and electricity wires suspiciously battered and the floor was very damaged in some parts. There was no central heating and all other modern commodities. But it had promising qualities such as high ceilings, big rooms with lots of windows, it was classically built out of brick and had a cooking furnace that was so inviting, that we almost smelled wood burning…

they designed and made many of the built-in components in the house themselves – including (but not limited to) a beautiful work light; all the shelving in their studio, bathroom & kitchen; a sturdy coffee table and the sweetest log rack. you can see all their projects on their blog, and read about their philosophy of handmaking items of quality & simplicity.















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Alexandra Höjer

if you’re a Capetonian you’ll be familiar with Swedish fashion designer Alexandra Höjer, and her beautiful clothing which she sells from her boutique in Kloof Street. i had heard that she had a new shop in the works, but had no idea how cool it was until i stumbled upon it a few weeks ago in everyone’s favourite Bree Street.

this is the Alexandra Höjer Atelier, a more high end (and rock ‘n roll) addition to her line. the space itself is just amazing – it’s a former warehouse, typical for this area of town, that now houses Alexandra’s store front, decorated with vintage pieces (including a badass BMW), gold & copper accents – check out the hangers – as well as interesting lighting to set the mood. the Josef Frank wallpaper in the bathroom made me want to spend an inordinate amount of time in there.

Alexandra’s studio and work space is in the back of the shop, where her sweet staffie seems to keep an eye on everything from his spot on the leather couch. this studio gives her the freedom to create new designs on the spot, but also interact with customers who pop in during the day. the Atelier line caters for men and women, and you’ll be sure to find beautiful & unique pieces made from quality fabrics. i currently have my eye on winter coats & capes, as well as some gorgeous leather pieces.

pay her a visit at 156 Bree Street. all photographs by me, you can see the entire set here.

Alexandra Höjer Atelier by Miss Moss
Alexandra Höjer Atelier by Miss Moss
Alexandra Höjer Atelier by Miss Moss
Alexandra Höjer Atelier by Miss Moss
Alexandra Höjer Atelier by Miss Moss
Alexandra Höjer Atelier by Miss Moss
Alexandra Höjer Atelier by Miss Moss
Alexandra Höjer Atelier by Miss Moss
Alexandra Höjer Atelier by Miss Moss
Alexandra Höjer Atelier by Miss Moss
Alexandra Höjer Atelier by Miss Moss
Alexandra Höjer Atelier by Miss Moss
Alexandra Höjer Atelier by Miss Moss
Alexandra Höjer Atelier by Miss Moss
Alexandra Höjer Atelier by Miss Moss
Alexandra Höjer Atelier by Miss Moss
Alexandra Höjer Atelier by Miss Moss
Alexandra Höjer Atelier by Miss Moss
Alexandra Höjer Atelier by Miss Moss
Alexandra Höjer Atelier by Miss Moss
Alexandra Höjer Atelier by Miss Moss
Alexandra Höjer Atelier by Miss Moss
Alexandra Höjer Atelier by Miss Moss
Alexandra Höjer Atelier by Miss Moss
Alexandra Höjer Atelier by Miss Moss
Alexandra Höjer Atelier by Miss Moss
Alexandra Höjer Atelier by Miss Moss
Alexandra Höjer Atelier by Miss Moss
Alexandra Höjer Atelier by Miss Moss
Alexandra Höjer Atelier by Miss Moss
Alexandra Höjer Atelier by Miss Moss
Alexandra Höjer Atelier by Miss Moss

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Native Line

i’ve noticed a popular resurgence in hand weaving the past while, especially in the realm of wall hangings. i’m sure you’ve seen beautiful tapestries featured on design blogs (the stunning work of Brook&Lyn comes to mind) or cropping up on pinterest. if you’re a fan, like me, then you can add another talented artist to your most wanted weavers list – Justine Ashbee.

with a background as a fine artist known for her intricate pen drawings, she recently expanded her talents into woven pieces, wearable jewelry, hanging light sculptures and wall hangings – all of which stem from her early explorations in weaving metal sculptures as a textiles student. she collects her work and inspirations on her website Native Line.

Native Line consists of one off woven pieces, wearable jewelry, hanging light sculptures, & wall hangings, all of which stem from her early explorations in weaving metal sculptures, as a textiles student, at the Rhode Island School of Design. Inspired by the timeless motifs of indigenous woven craft work, Justine combines geometric lines with shimmering metals, to create luminary pieces of woven art, whether for your wall, or to wear as every day statement pieces.

you can buy Justine’s handwoven wall hanging objects at her online shop.

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