Sunday, 29 November 2015


Words seem to escape me at present, and for some reason so does time

But please feel free to try the link below for details of this beautiful renovation by Scott and Scott Architects

I'm hoping to be back to normal again soon, and with some more exciting musings and writings and posts to share... 

Via designboom

Tuesday, 10 November 2015


Photo:  Lindé Davies
Photo:  Lindé Davies
Photo:  Lindé Davies
Photo:  Lindé Davies
Photo:  Lindé Davies
Photo:  Lindé Davies
Photo:  Lindé Davies
A couple of weeks ago I was in Southwark for a meeting - I don't know if its just me, but whenever I'm in Southwark its always, ALWAYS very windy.  No matter the season or time of day  -  almost like Union road is windy funnel of sorts.

Nevermind that - nowadays I just remember to always wear my hair tied up if I'm heading thataway

I had a bit of time left between where I had to be next and popped in to a project we completed in the area just at the time I was joining Clayworks.  I still remember popping down while they were applying the protective glaze and could really see the walls come alive - but I couldn't see the full extent of the work.

I'm sharing a few images here I took as the contractor was showing me around.  It is now completed - an apartment block with an industrial feel as you enter - and then subtly softer as you reach the beautiful apartments.  Skylights bring natural light into the stairwell and top floor - and a metal grid forms a safety rail along the inside of the staircase.  

To bring it all together, they chose one of Clayworks tonal finishes in a polished concrete effect - and the results are perfectly industrial.  So exciting to work with this product and here's to many more exciting projects in the future 

I love the light fittings - and wow that bright neon sign adds a punch of boldness and colour.  At the back of the building they have an area for the bins and recycling and they kept that beautiful brick wall exposed, with moss growing here and there - on this wall they have added some stands for bikes - all in all such a well thought out use of space for the future inhabitants who will soon be calling this block home sweet home

Images by me

Tuesday, 6 October 2015


I spotted the picture of this beautiful kitchen this morning via Pinterest.  But as the days seem to be running away at a speed like I've never known before - I thought I best get my little fingers typing away so I can share this absolutely beautiful project right here right now, while I'm chewing on some celery and humus to keep me going before I have some supper and.... before it becomes another listed item in my 'posts to write on another day'  So many beautiful things to share, so little time....

Love the mid century dining room table and chairs
Love the wooden beam in the living room
Love the outdoor entertaining space
Love love LOVE the kitchen....

Images via my scandinavian home

Wednesday, 23 September 2015


These stunning renders are by VrayWorld 
Anything I'd give today to sit in that patio and sip a cool cocktail while I'm waiting for my lunch to arrive....  This bar does actually exist and can be found in Ho Chi Minh City and was designed by fresh house

I could easily imagine that long bar as a kitchen counter in my dream home someday....
Lets keep dreaming, cause dreams sometimes to tend to come true!  But in that being said, its not about sitting around dreaming wild and weird and wonderful dreams - its about getting up, and showing up, and doing the work that will allow our dreams to come true.  I'm very aware of that... but by having an imagination, we can utilize that to help manifest our dreams into our reality, little by little day by day....

Images via edesignhome

Monday, 21 September 2015


We don't always have control over the things that happen to us, but we have control over how we choose to react.

In the mornings, even before we are fully awake, we can choose how we want to start the day.  Even before we open our eyes, let us put a smile on our face and wake up grateful for another day, grateful for the soul that abodes within us and grateful for the shell that is our bodies, that will carry our soul form place to place and from person to person.

Let us take good care of our soul and it will shine brightly through our shell of a human body, and it will create beautiful ripples of good vibrations.  Let us take good care of our bodies, so that it will be healthy and it can house our souls in the most splendid of ways.

And let us choose kindness, and love - and let us be kind to those close to us as much as we are kind to strangers.  And let us treat strangers with the same kindness we would like to have bestowed on us.

And sometimes when we feel the least inclined to be filled with love, those are the times we need to take a moment and choose love, choose life and let it sparkle


Image via Pinterest

Wednesday, 16 September 2015


I have always been dreaming of a Greek holiday - island hopping, wondering the cobbled streets and alleys, and underneath flower covered verandas ... swim in crystal clear beaches.  And my oh my, staying in one of the plenty beautiful hotels that I often swoon over from the distance of my computer screen.   But alas that beautiful country with its numerous islands are always just out of my reach.  I also think, in my minds eye I have always envisioned that I'll be going on holiday to Greece with a boyfriend, or partner, a relatively significant other - but as he is still nowhere to be seen or found (not that I'm looking, but I am keeping my eye on the horizon... so to speak) I guess I will just have to make some plans to venture into the great Grecian unknown on my solo

I don't mind travelling on my own actually - sometimes its really nice to share a trip with a friend and make some new memories together, but I also find that travelling solo opens one up to a much greater and more enriching experience.

So back to Greece - and look what I stumbled upon - a beautiful renovation of the boutique hotel “1864 The Sea Captain’s House” at Oia village in the island of Santorini.  Soothing interiors in crisp white, and white plastered walls follow the curves and shapes of the caves interior.   I do like the little alcoves and the smooth rounded edges and then even here or there where you have a sharp edge or corner detail - it feels less dramatic.

One for the bucket list eh?  Wow, and suddenly sleep is upon me, and I must say goodnight before I doze off ...  yawn.... sleep good night... x

Read more about the design of the Cave suites on Home Adore 
Photography by Paterakis Vangelis
Visit Patsios Architecture here
Images via caan design

Tuesday, 15 September 2015


Oh life, and isn't it just so true... sometimes we hold on so tight, too tight, our fists clenched because we just cannot let go...

It could be silly little habits that's hard to let go of... or it could be an environment we are faced with .... or it can be someone toxic that we need to let go of, but oh its oh so hard.

I can only say this - listen, allow yourself some quiet time and listen to your soul and you will never be led astray.

I have recently had to let go of a work situation - and even though this comes at a price - I knew that I had made the right decision.  Having a couple of different studios I'm working for makes it quite difficult sometimes to find the balance - but I had to do it for me.  The very long hours, and the very long days just started to wear me down.  If something doesn't serve us anymore we also need to be courageous and let go.

And you know what, life has a way of working out - the way I see it is that by having faith, and taking a risk, and making space in our lives, or in our time or in our hearts - there is a little gap for life to surprise us with by filling it with something or someone wonderful and new.  

For me I need the time to focus on which direction I am heading in - both professionally and personally - and really in reality the 2 are now soon becoming one, which is kind of an ideal situation.  But I need to pay a bit more attention to my own personal projects, so I can get them off the ground.  But also to just have time, the luxury of time on my hands... oh what bliss that will be

So - take courage dear one, trust life just a little bit - but take time to be still - and don't rush into making a quick decision, because sometimes those aren't always the best times to think clearly....

And good luck - you deserve the very best of life - that life has to offer, and we need to be a little bit bold in going for what we believe in

Monday, 14 September 2015


Some beautiful images of a recently completed project - where Clayworks natural clay plaster finishes were used on the walls and ceilings in a luxury London loft apartment.  Where the interiors are beautifully eclectic, the clay plasters evoke a relaxing calmness and comfort - to soften the otherwise dramatic interiors.

And I quote .... 
'The owners of this luxury renovation in London were looking for a wall and ceiling finish with character, depth and presence to bring comfort into the vast, airy spaces of this stunning room.  

Clay plasters, with their natural ability to buffer acoustics, thermal variation and moisture - provided a breathtaking solution with not only natural beauty, but practical benefits. Added advantages are that being naturally pigmented, these difficult-to-access areas will never need painting and that the clay surface will eliminate glare.

The distinctive and sophisticated finish has been created using Clayworks White, Non-Mica Smooth Top Coat and was specified by specialist developers Evolve Production Services and applied by Clayworks’ lead plasterer Guy Valentine.'

We have some exciting projects on the go at the moment - but would love to hear from you should you have a project or a wall you'd like to discuss.  Feel free to visit the Clayworks website for plenty more natural clay inspiration where you'll also find my contact details.

Images via Clayworks