Happy 4th of July!

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To all my American friends and readers, wishing you  all a very Happy Independence Day!

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Enjoy time spent with family and friends.

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Following on..The White House..

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all images via http://thewhitehousedaylesford.com.au/rooms/the-white-room/

As a follow on from my previous post, I wanted to share some more of the genius that is Lynda Gardener…as an addition to her home (featured here) she has built a small annex which she rents out as studio apartment for photo shoots or as accommodation.

Like the main house, it is exquisite in its simplicity, put together with the same attention to detail and care as the main house.

Take a look…

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For more images and information click here.

 

 

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!!!

 

 

Room with a view…

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image via adesigndiary

While the temperatures are soaring , I am trying to embrace summer in Dubai…I will probably not be traveling until around October so I have no choice but to deal with the misery of being indoors constantly!!

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image via adesigndiary

I usually use this time of the year to source new work and set up projects for the latter half of the year and the other day I was at a beautiful penthouse on the Palm and I took a moment to capture the tranquil view from my client’s living room.

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image via adesigndiary

Amazing to wake up each day to this view!

Oh, and the hazy photos are not because my camera was out of focus..that is the haze of humidity hanging over the city! Isn’t summer fun???

Finally its Autumn…or a bit cooler at least!

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image via http://www.elementsofstyleblog.com/

Well, this morning was the first morning with no humidity…Autumn is finally here in Dubai and winter will soon be on its way…thank goodness! Although none of our trees turn golden yellow, we can finally start spending time on the beach, playing tennis, walking in the evenings and generally enjoying the outdoors…the temperature has dropped (almost overnight) from 33 degrees C to 24 degrees C at night and by December we will be enjoying temperatures of around 13 degrees C and …..rain!!!

I for one am thrilled..I LOVE the cooler weather.

Its a Boy!!!!!

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image via http://thinkprogress.org/

The news is in….Britain has  a new Royal Baby boy…how exciting for the British Royal family and the new parents.

The baby was apparently delivered at 16:24 BST at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, west London, weighing  in at 8lb 6oz.

The palace said in a statement that the duchess and the baby were “doing well” and would stay in hospital overnight.

Now all we have to wait for is the first picture…..

Over decorated…..

Is there such a thing?

I have  been thinking recently about a lot of the images posted on blogs and in magazines…so many of the images are of rooms which are beautifully decorated, immaculately coordinated and primped and styled to within an inch of their lives….yet they are soulless.

By this I merely mean that they do not look lived in at all..one has no indication of who lives in the space , what their interests may be or what they like or dislike. I find this a bit disturbing to say the least…it is all well and good to live in a neat and tidy space, but to have no indication of one’s personality injected into the room might deliver a beautiful space in a technical sense, but in my humble opinion, it leaves the viewer wanting more .

image via http://www.savvyhomeblog.com/
image via http://www.savvyhomeblog.com/

One of my all time favourite apartments ever is that of Kate and Andy Spade.Their space is filled with character in the form of well-chosen furniture, art and accessories, yet none of it looks “designed” but rather a collection amassed over time and with each piece chosen with thought and consideration.

image via http://www.savvyhomeblog.com/
image via http://www.savvyhomeblog.com/
image via http://www.savvyhomeblog.com/
image via http://www.savvyhomeblog.com/

Imagine my delight at finding these vibrant  images of their Hamptons home…which, in essence, appears to be the same as their New York apartment.

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 Just look at the exterior shots of this gorgeous home…..

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All images via http://stevensclaroff.com/portfolio/residential/southampton-converted-art-school/

 I would love to visit for a weekend…it looks like a great house for a fabulous getaway with interesting people!