look, i never pass up the chance to peruse a new online shop. some i can skim for a couple of seconds before closing the tab, others – well, i get sucked in for a good long while. that’s how it turned out when the friendly people from Beech Hall pointed me towards their shop with an imaginary hieroglyphic hand. hieroglyphic because the seasonal collections from Beech Hall are themed, and the debut collection is all about Egypt.
oh sheet, i think i’m gonna have to convince my husband that we need pink bedding. i’ve absolutely fallen for these dusty blush, rose and coral hued sheets from Texas based shop Magnolia Armor. interestingly some friends and i had a conversation about when duvets first came to South Africa – as previously everyone just slept under plain sheets + blankets. it was like, what are these fluffy clouds of magic?! duvets, comforters… whatever you may call them in your country. these are nice ones. though i think Anton would probably prefer the grey.
when we travelled to NYC back in 2013, on our honeymoon, we went to a furniture fair somewhere in Brooklyn (i forget the name now) and that is where i first saw the work of Bower. i remember loving their work so much that i took their business card, so it’s been really cool for me to keep track of them since then. they make these awesome shape mirrors – the arch is my favourite (pictured above) – as well as interesting furniture and beautiful lighting.
i never appreciated coasters until i became an adult. as a kid they were as ubiquitous in my parent’s house as ashtrays (even though neither of my parents smoker – why is that?) but i never bothered to use them because i was just a terrible child – as all terrible children are. my mom would side eye me whenever i had a glass in my hand. now, of course, we own furniture that we have paid for, and if i’m not using a coaster i’m placing random slips of papers (bills) under my mugs and glasses. i am 32 and water stains are not cool.
Cécile Figuette is a french designer whose company Bien Fait (“Well Done”) makes rad wallpaper. so it’s no surprise that her home in Paris, an old workshop turned loft, is superbly creative and pretty damn inspiring. i still love those Berber shag rugs, even though they are everywhere these days. anyone seen affordable ones in Cape Town? send me leads please! i also like the idea of painting a vintage credenza white, might have to steal that idea.
when i first saw these ceramic shark wall hangings by Lorien Stern i thought, damn – wish i had a kid to buy these for. but then i realised i don’t need to have or even be a child to partake in the joy of a sweet ceramic shark head! i would totally hang these in my home. or maybe a tiger? or perhaps a watermelon cat? yep, a watermelon cat would happily sit on my desk and keep me company on even the most boring work day. check her other goodies out on Etsy.
at first glance i couldn’t quite figure out what Flora was – did they make really cool plastic plants? that would be a novel idea. but no, they make really cool posters of plants. if you have a habit of killing plants or if you want to send someone a gift that won’t wither before it reaches them, then Flora is truly a novel idea.
above image by Jonas Berg
we’re lucky to live in a wonderful apartment in an old art-deco era building. it’s unusually big (a one bedroom that’s the size of a typical 2 bedroom), has wooden parquet floors, and is solidly built – so it’s warm in winter and cool in summer. only thing is, the previous owners remodelled the kitchen… in a style that, erm, i kind of HATE.
you know how some people always say that they don’t use their watches / clocks anymore because they just read the time on their phones? i am not one of those people.