What’s been happening…

The past few weeks have been beyond busy and to add to all the work drama, I rescued this little creature from being let loose and ” turned into a stray” as the ignorant child he used to belong to told me…he was told by his mother to dump the kitten in the garden because she was allergic to it. I was horrified and took him home (the cat not the child) and have since been struggling to get my enormous adult male cat to at least allow the poor little chap to co-exist peacefully!

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He is the cutest little boy with a precious little pink and  black nose and SO active…he is destroying my house so he has to find a good home soon or I will have nothing left which is not chewed or shredded!!!



Back to work Bustle…

Image via adesigndiary

Image via adesigndiary(what summer in the desert looks like)

The summer is almost over..I can feel it in the temperatures which are by no means cool, but definitely not the insane heat we had been experiencing a month ago. The traffic has picked up again as people have returned from their vacations and schools started again this week and finally,everyone’s schedules are getting back to normal again! The chaos on the roads yesterday morning with all the back to school traffic  was beyond belief!!

image via  adesigndiary (samples being prepared)

image via adesigndiary (samples being prepared)

For me all of this bustle means a marked uptake in the level of business and suddenly we have three projects (all urgent of course!) on our books….this summer has been unusually quiet while we have been waiting  for approvals and orders for projects but it certainly has kicked up a gear now!!

We are currently working on samples for a hotel project which features custom designed plant pots with stenciled designs…

I am also refurbishing some existing work at one of the luxury hotels in Dubai…its going to be a fun but challenging job which I will share more about in a later post!

Just yesterday I received an inquiry  to do some decorative plaster work on the exterior of a building which is being built for a well known coffee chain…that should be pretty tough for my painters particularly as we are going to have to do all of the work on site and in the heat! Thank goodness the weather is improving day by day…I am submitting samples for this and another project based in Saudi on Monday next week…all in all I would say that my plate is full..in a really good way!! I am very grateful for this as a few years back I was not sure that my business would ever be back on track again when the whole industry crashed.

image via adesigndiary

image via adesigndiary

With all the incredible mega-projects being announced, Dubai appears to be booming again and even villas are in very short supply.I heard a report on the radio yesterday which said that if the population continues to grow at the current rate, Dubai will require another 30 000 villas within the next 5 years. That is scary….but for someone in my line of work, this is certainly the place to be!

L’Atelier Colette….

My beautiful friend Colette has recently opened a stylish Atelier in her home town of Stellenbosch and it is truly a treasure ! I have stolen some of her images  from her blog, because you have to see how incredible the Atelier is-she hosts regular open days and sells the most exquisite range of French linens and furniture and  other desirable” objets “!

I am beyond jealous of anyone living close enough to be able to pop in and absorb the ambiance of this lovely space.


Colette and I worked together in a design store a hundred years ago and we became close friends, mostly due to our mutual obsession with design and decoration. Her home was an old double story Durban house and was filled with the most beautiful furniture, linens and artwork I had ever seen. One would have imagined I may have been slightly intimidated by such a doyenne of taste and style but she was kind, generous and warm and embraced me like a member of her family. Her husband traveled a lot at the time, so we spent a huge amount of time together and I remember her once serving me a plate of soup on a tray with a white linen cloth, silver cutlery, an individual butter dish with beautifully rolled butter balls and a crystal glass of wine. Everything she touched she made special , unique and exquisite and as I have got older I have realised that “effortless” style like that takes a lot of work.

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Looking at her images of her store, it is clear to me that she has infused the space with her very special touch. For those of you lucky enough to live close  to Stellenbosch, please do keep and eye on her Facebook page for the next open day.


She also has a blog called La Brocanteuse-definitely worth a read for anyone whol loves French style.

L’Atelier Colette-Stellenbosch South Africa

Contact number: +27 83 454 3963

I wish my wonderful friend Colette all the success in the world…I hope she has many, many busy open days and that there are still a few items left by the time I eventually get my act together and go to Stellenbosch for a visit!!

Pretty and Fresh…

August in Dubai is commonly known as Hell Month…while the temperatures are in the high 40’s, its the humidity which is the killer. It is literally like walking into a sauna and each morning I barely make it to my car without my make-up sliding down my face!

In the middle of this insane heat, I find myself searching for fresh, pretty images on my favourite blogs online. Here are some of the gorgeous images I have been drooling over..




I found these on the beautiful Tumblr blog http://thisivyhouse.tumblr.com/.

The cooler weather seems really, really far away right now. Roll on October is all I say….