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I can be…..MOODY.

Like most girls, there is a certain time of the month where I can only be described as ‘moody’. During this time, you will usually find me on the couch hugging a tear and share (I never share) pack of Peanut M&M’s and watching ‘Love Actually’ (multiple times, sometimes in carious languages just to change it up).

I know this sounds very cliché…but…it’s the truth.

Moods are quite elusive. They are abstract. Usually described in over-used adjectives. Bad mood. Sad mood. Happy mood. Playful mood. They are in constant flux – much of the time dependent on external situation and circumstance.

During my Interior Design course this year, I have learnt that a key part of creating interiors is about creating a certain ‘mood’ or aspect. Done through colour, positioning, materials, textures, patterns etc. I have had to create many mood boards based on a specific client brief.

One thing on my list of things to do is create a personal ‘inspiration’ board – unlike  amood board which used to convey a certain specific type of mood – I want this board to be an accumulation of all things that excite me.

However, increasingly I have seen a trend for ‘inspiration boards’. These collages of assorted images, quotes, patterns are used to spark inspiration and in return, collectively these random bits and pieces can quite powerfully create (or even change) the mood.

Not only do they possess an emotional connection, but I believe they are also uphold a unique aesthetic & can look rather striking when applied in the right space. It is quite confronting to display your inspiration board for guests to see – but then again I think it unlocks and communicates your sense of style, personal taste and value.

Here are a few of my favourites:

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(Image via desiretoinspire.net)

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(Images via  frenchbydesign.blogspot.com)


(Image via fortheloveofgold.blogspot.com)



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(Image via littlebitsoflovely.blogspot.com)

Hopefully this has inspired you a little!

Happy Sunday.

N x





Getting Naked..in the kitchen.

Bare. Exposed. Open.

Get your mind out of the gutter – I am talking ‘Naked Cupboards’…ok, yes they are also called shelves.

But let’s face it – Shelves are stripped of their cupboard doors. Shelves are self-conciously exposed themselves for all to see what lays within. Shelves that are essentially…’naked’.

I have an obsession with them at the moment.

Admittedly, in the ‘real world’ I could never embrace the naked cupboards – I would not have the motivation to dust my dishes daily (washing them is enough)..I am a ‘stuffer’ and the best of time, quickly throw all odd pots and pans in the cupboard and quickl close the door (the avanlanche that comes down when the next person opens it?!…not my problem!)

Ok, so yes, they may not be realistic for the every day home, and be better suited as a styling prop in the backdrop of one of Donna Hay’s cookbooks…but I still love them.

Let me share with you my latest obsession…hopefully I will convert you to embrace the nakedness and maybe to get some fabulous rose gold flatware set.

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I Heart Pretty Things

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Hope you enjoyed the nudity.

N x

I love it, but I can’t do it – Minimalism

I am not a minimalist, nor can I ever be. The sad thing is…I love the sense of serenity, clarity and simplicity that minimalism conjures.

Even if I tried I do not think I could execute the ‘minimalist’ look – I just have too many….things. I love collecting and displaying objects from my past, from my travels, from my own creations.

To me, minimalist can be equated to sheer discipline. One must exercise self-control and resist the urge to ‘decorate’.

I also think there is a fine line between looking bare and actually being intentionally minimalist- I still think one must create a sense of ‘character’ or style the room.

In my latest Apply Product Knowledge, I carried out some research on Japanese style. Underpinning Japanese design is raw minimalism.

The Japanese have gotten this minimalistic living down to an art form. With the congestion of the urban area’s plots to build a home are getting smaller and smaller. They even have a name for it: kyosho jutaku (狭小住宅). I

These homes being so small don’t let you live a cluttered life. Anything out of place will become an obstruction somehow. I definitely would struggle with that…

Here is my attempt of a Japanese & Danish MInimalistic fusion…its not that great!

Through research, I also starting questioning why does minimalism always equal all white?

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Neon pink & white = amazing.

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I like the way minimalism seeks to bring out the core of our interiors, enhancing their functionality while minimizing the unnecessary details and flourishes.

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‘Yo…’ Mamma….loving the gigantic text.

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Example of how minimalist doesn’t need to be pure white – like the tones of blue that have been integrated here.

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Hmmm…yes, clean lines, decluttered space and…..just SO much…. white.

I love looking at these images – but know deep down I could never execute it. It is just not ‘me’.

Ok, I’m off – going to eat dessert in my seemingly ‘cluttered’ living room.