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.
photographer Frederik Vercruysse documents the rooms of this stately home in rural Belgium in such a way that it almost looks like the kind of place Escher would live in. have you guys ever played the amazing game Monument Valley? that’s what i felt like when i was looking through these images. the house was discovered in a derelict state and refurbished by architects Buyse Seghers.
i dug DEEP into the archives of Casa dos Outros (‘House of Others’) a Brazilian blog by Zizi Carderari and Silvia Gomez that lets us into the lovely homes of people living in São Paulo. one connecting thing that i loved about these homes is the often eclectic ensemble of art and objects… so much joy and RADNESS and COLOUR.
here’s an update so what’s been going on at Beautiful Dreamers, the Brooklyn based store that i featured over a year ago. i really don’t need an excuse to show you these wonderful wares, do i? i’m really jonesing for those gorgeous ceramic vessels by April Napier and that beautiful bucket bag by Samantha Grisdale.
i did something unusual when i looked through the website of Australian interior design firm Hearth… i saved the pics to my desktop. ever since the advent of Pinterest i hardly ever save stuff to my actual computer anymore. i used to have folders upon folders of ‘inspiration’ lurking around all over the place – but now i just pin it to some board and, well, forget about it. but i wanted to look at these again and again because they are so cool.
when i was at university (in the early 2000s – holla!) the only real inspiration we got were from magazines and books, before the magic of the blog world exploded. i didn’t like many of the mags that were available to me, except for frankie magazine. they were hard to come by in south africa then. i used to scour the shops to come across that elusive copy and i still have all of them! so to say i have a soft spot for frankie is an understatement.
i first posted about Austin based shop Spartan waaaaaay back in 2010! that’s like a 100 years in internet time. so i’ve been excited to share their new lookbook, which i was lucky enough to get a sneak peek of before it launched. they stock items by designers that i love like Crescioni, Erin Considine, Dealtry and a whole host of others that are new-to-me.