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.

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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.

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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..

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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….

August is here…

I am astounded that August is already upon us…4 months to Christmas and the end of the year!! Where has 2014 gone???Its scary how the time flies-we have just celebrated the Eid Al Fitr  holiday,which marks the end of the Holy Month of Ramadan and I took three wonderful days off to relax and recharge for the next few months which are going to be really busy.

image by adesigndiary

image by adesigndiary-only in Dubai does a water tower look this good!

We are busy with furniture refurbishments for a number of clients who have left for the summer and while they are away, we will be painting, sanding and distressing their furniture . When they get back, they will walk into a totally new look for their homes, I hope!I forgot to take before photos so I will have to show you the finished pieces as soon as we are done with them all.

image via adesigndiary

image via adesigndiary

We also have some very interesting finishes on designer planters and pots for a hotel project which I will be starting next week…this is something out of the ordinary and quite a challenge, so I am looking forward to it. I will have some photos to share of those as well.

image via adesigndiary

image via adesigndiary

New Trend…

Is it just me or am I noticing a new trend in kitchen design…it seems that more and more designers are using raw wood panels with sleek cabinets in new kitchens. It somehow manages to look really sleek but rustic at the same time and yet  escapes looking cottage-y. Frankly I love it….the contrasting textures look incredible and it adds a new dimension to  the  minimalist look, something which can look a bit pedestrian at times.