Temptation Tuesday!

March 15, 2011 § Leave a comment

Happy Tuesday everyone!

I have fallen in love with this studio! My crushes are often fickle but I think this might be a long-term affair! Who doesn’t need a wide vista to stretch their eyes after hours buried in some project or other?

Photographed by Patric Johansson via b for bonnie

Inspired by this workspace, this week’s temptations take on a timber lustre.

(From left to right)

The Joys of Armenia….

February 11, 2011 § Leave a comment

Living in Armenia can be a challenge sometimes what with the exotic food cravings, smoky restaurants and too much rubbish in the streets to even mention. But there are also great things about this life: cheap, fresh organic food that actually tastes like it was meant to, brilliant blue skies even in the depths of winter and the Vernissage.

There’s nothing I like more than trawling through randomness at a flea-market but this market takes things to a whole new level. I keep forgetting to take my camera every time I take the short walk from our apartment to this wonderful treasure trove (or maybe it’s a little Feudain and I just want to keep my person free to carry home the goodies that I invariably need to drag home). Anyway, I will remember it one day and you’ll see what the fuss is about. Every taste is catered for be it mending your juicer, looking for Soviet army gear, need a home dentistry kit or just need to let off steam with a good rummage through piles of hardware that you would expect to find in your granddad’s shed at the end of the garden.

Those of you with Soviet roots may find my unhealthy interest in Russian font a little bit OTT but I really cannot get enough – it may say something mundane like “do not walk on the grass” but in my mind, this foreign script is both romantic and exotic. So I apologise to those who can’t quite share my enthusiasm but there it is!

For those of you how are equally excited about such things, this post is for you. Showcasing two of my latest discoveries:

(drum roll……)

bashed up tins and paper-clip boxes!

Knitting, knitting, knitting!

January 24, 2011 § Leave a comment

Well, it’s been a while! Life has been taking a few random turns recently and blogging has had to take a back seat. But now I’m back…and going knit crazy!

In my imaginary home that I have built and decorated a hundred times in my mind – there are all kinds of mixed-up textures and colours that surprise you at every turn. One day…… In the mean time, I fill scrapbooks and my laptop hard drive with all the ideas and beautiful things that inhabit my imaginary home! This week, I’ve got knits on the brain. There’s something about wool. I think it’s the texture and depth that makes it such an interesting material to use. Also, I love the juxtaposition of knitted goods next to sleek, highly polished or unexpected textures.

From Biscuit Scout’s delectable knitted ottoman cover to Ferm Living’s stool and pots (loving all their stuff!) to CasaMania’s woven lampshades, I can’t think of anything that doesn’t benefit from a sheepy covering! I was particually excited to spot the beautiful table and stool leg-warmers on vtwonen given my own leg-warmer obsession – yes, I did wear leg-warmers and sandals with my wedding dress!

These yummy items have inspired some recycled, knitted jewellery that I hope to show you all later in the week once I’ve trawled through my cupboards for the finishing touches.

So, if you need a little cosy, unexpected decoration in your life, why not give wool a try?!

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