Mia Chaplin

i was so sure that i had already posted about Mia Chaplin, because she is one of my favourite local artists – but somehow i have not. which means today is your lucky day. Mia lives in Cape Town and works in oil. thick, thick oil. she’s represented by WHATIFTHEWORLD where she currently has a…

Some Bathroom Ideas

soooooo, we have this bathroom, right? and it’s not great. the floors have these huge terracota type tiles. the walls are beige. the bathroom vanity isn’t even a vanity – it’s just a piece of formica (!!!) with a fake granite texture (!!!!) and a sink on top. the bath is TOO SMALL. when i was pregnant i could barely fit in it. it’s just… a mess. a total mess. i won’t show you a photo, cause you don’t need to see it. so our next big home project (after just having our leaky roof entirely redone this past winter) is to renovate the bathroom.

Bartaile C12: a versatile bag, and a giveaway!

Everything I can fit into my C12 backpack. so i was lucky enough to be sent a gift from an exciting new company Bartaile, their signature backpack the C12. the one reason i was keen on this bag was because it has a built-in padded laptop sleeve – and i have lugged my 15″ Macbook around for a couple…

Beech Hall: Cabana

remember that sweet collection last year from Beech Hall? well they’re at it again, and this time the theme is Cabana – filled with all sorts of fun, colourful, tropical, fruity designs & prints. my favourite has to be this snake cushion, the siesta print and this cool memory game.

Daniel Clarke

Daniel Clarke is a freelance illustrator from London who does these magnificent travel and architectural inspired prints (you can also buy them in his shop). love his style and use of colour, any of these would look wonderful on a wall in my house!

Nandi Naya

i discovered jewellery line Nandi Naya randomly while browsing one day, and judging by the name i wondered to myself if there was a South African link somewhere. turns out the designer behind the label is Hleziphansi Zita, and the line is named for her daughter, Nandi. Hleziphansi Zita was born and raised in NYC is…

Vintage Olympics

i’m not a sports lover by any means, but like many people i tend to get swept up into the excitement of the Olympics. of course it’s pretty different these days to what it was like decades ago – far simpler, not such extravagant opening ceremonies, perhaps even not as competitive (we’re looking at you,…

What would I buy from ASOS?

my husband was in London recently for work and i jumped at the chance to order a few things on ASOS. i hadn’t browsed there in so long because i gave up on shopping online internationally long ago – the customs duties! – and i found i was overwhelmed by what was available (i spent maybe 2…

Caves Collect

a funny thing happens when you have a baby. besides the whole gaining weight and weird postpartum tummy deal, you just dress differently. well – i did. i can honestly say that for the first 10 weeks of his life i wore leggings, nursing tops and oversized checked shirts. that’s ALL. i was in such a…

Eugenia Zoloto’s Papercuts

papercut art is nothing new, but i’m so impressed by the size & intricacy of these pieces by Ukrainian artist Eugenia Zoloto – and they’re all cut by hand. she says of her art… Many years ago, when I was a little girl, my parents took me to every possible hobby classes. It was my…

Mary Fedden

Mary Fedden was a British artist who taught painting at the Royal College of Art – David Hockney was actually one of her pupils. i feel like you can see her influence on him in her painting style, which by the looks of it might be classified as “naive art”, though Fedden did actually study Fine Arts herself…

Old Crafts Find New Hands

i found this interesting article about the American Craft scene in a 1966 copy of LIFE magazine that i feel could have been written today… The whole movement runs startlingly counter to the drift of our times. Working with the simplest of tools (no electronics), using the oldest materials (no plastics), tending all the…

Playtime

one of the things that modern parents have to grapple with is how much screentime to allow your kids, and it’s something i think about often considering that i am absolutely unashamedly addicted to my phone. i mean, i have been kind of addicted to the internet since our first dial up modem was…

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