I found this gorgeous image the other day on the lovely blog Isabella and Max Rooms and I am completely intrigued by the fabulous detail behind the bed…I am not sure if it is a headboard because there is an upholstered headboard behind the actual bed, but what it looks like is a laser- cut design painted white and then fitted over a darker wall-perhaps painted or upholstered….I don’t think it’s wallpaper as it seems to have depth….whichever it is, I love it and would like to do something along these lines in a project………….
My sister has a new addition to her household….this adorable Persian kitten!He is nothing but a bundle of fur and all he wants to do, like most new babies, is eat, sleep, poop and play!
She went to have her hair cut and the stylist’s cat had kittens and he offered her one….what a question….impossible to resist a small, cute , fluffy creature like this…so she came home with more than just a great hair style!
He has kept her (and me-I check up on him occasionally while she is at work) very busy and wastes a LOT of time because one simply can’t ignore those sweet eyes looking up at you…..
I have a client who wants a few pieces of furniture painted and an inherited framed mirror silver leafed. I collected the pieces last month and we will be sanding and preparing them over the next few weeks and then painting them, to be ready for my clients when they return from their vacation.
I have been sourcing ides and images from websites and blogs in order to come up with some great ideas for her.
I particularly love this dark grey piece with the aqua interior…such a great contrast!
The ivory finishes appeal the most, probably because they are neutral but I also love the duck-egg blue and pale turquoise finishes too, as I feel they would add appeal to any room .
Lovely detailing on this one………
This piece looks really spectacular with the touches of gold leaf against the grey textured finish.
Loads of lovely inspiration !
I will post photos of the completed items very soon!
Here is a quick glimpse at two of our projects we are currently working on….one is a polished plaster application on 7m high walls in a Penthouse corridor and the other is a sample board for a 5star Hotel group. We are designing the decorative finishes for the Ballroom ceilings and it is going to be very traditional but also very glamorous .Technically it is challenging but I think it will be fabulous once we have finished.
This is a sample board which we use to experiment with scale, texture and techniques and once submitted to the consultants, they will review it, add comments and I will make changes until everyone is happy and the final samples are signed off and the project is ready to proceed.
The polished plaster job is almost completed and is looking great, although we have had a few issues along the way with regards to the contract and specifications….but after a few meetings and discussions with our client we are back on track !
I am very fortunate to have help with these projects in the form of expert plasterers who do all the really hard work on the ladders and scaffolds-without them I would never be able to take on large projects as I could simply not complete the work within the prescribed time.
As soon as I am able to show you my third project, I will post some images of what we are doing……
I have not posted for almost a month now, partly due to the holy month of Ramadaan and partly due to three projects which I had simmering quietly and which all suddenly started boiling simultaneously!
Ramadaan is the Holy Month for Muslims, which is marked by a month of fasting and abstaining from “pleasures”in order to bring one closer to God through patience and resisting temptation. Most Muslims here use Ramadaan as a time to focus on prayer and family and Dubai becomes a slower, gentler place for the duration. While I find the law of not eating or drinking in public quite a challenge, after 12 years I must say I am almost used to it ! The thing I find the hardest is not drinking water whenever I need it….with summer temperatures reaching 46 degrees C, one really needs to hydrate regularly and I often stop at a gas station and hide in a back room to drink some water and to avoid causing any offense to anyone who may be fasting! The Eid weekend is fast approaching and we get almost 5 days off work, which is great- everyone goes out to celebrate by meeting friends and family at restaurants and malls for meals or coffee and lots of shopping! The stores all have Eid specials and sales and we take full advantage of the reduced prices! It is a fun time and the whole city comes alive again , and returns to the normal chaotic hustle and bustle we know and love…
The other thing which changes my routine completely is the fact that businesses are only allowed to be open 6 hours a day-that means that our office is open from 8 am until 2pm and it is amazing that the shortened day can cause so much havoc for me! I have been trying to cram all my work (which I normally do in about 10 hours ) into 6 and it has exhausted me! Our sites usually start working at 7am and finish at 1pm so it can be somewhat chaotic trying to check on progress on site and then rushing back to the office to complete any paperwork which I may need the girls at the office to do!
Added to all of the issues above, is the fact that all three of my fairly large projects started to kick off at almost the same time , leaving me with little choice but to try and be three places at the same time……still haven’t quite managed to get that under control though! My palace project is currently being prepared, my hotel project is in the sampling stages and my Penthouse project is in its final two weeks but is plagued with contractual issues(which fortunately are not my fault) so I am literally being run off my feet right now.
I hope this sound more like an explanation for my lack of posts rather than a bunch of excuses, but I have some great ideas for posts in the next few weeks and as the summer starts to wind down, I will be feeling much more inspired generally(cooler weather always seems to affect my creative abilities in a very positive way) and I hope to share lots of these ideas in the next few weeks….