I can't really believe it's only a week until Christmas, eeek! I actually only put the tree up last weekend, which was a bit of a surprise to myself because I'm usually the type to jump at that sort of thing. I have however, been thinking about having some time off from work, and what sort of mischief I might get up to so I don't start the new year thinking 'well that was a total waste of holidays!'.
If there's one thing I know when it comes to gardening, it is that my thumb is far from green. Very, very far from green.
Whilst I can dream of perfectly manicured garden worthy of a spread in Veranda, there's about as much chance of me achieving that as there is in me appearing in Sports Illustrated.
It's no secret that copper is HOT in the world of design lately, but it is still pretty damn cool to see how designers and stylists are using this marvellous metal in new and exciting ways. While I'm not a fan of copper overload (such as 'The Copper Wall' from the latest season of The Block – hey, I don't need that much metal up in my grill), I do like me a little bit of copper. Pendants, desk accessories, candle holders, pots and mirrors are all perfect ways to introduce copper accents without challenging Ozzy Osbourne to the title of King of Heavy Metal.
So here's my list of lust have (must have?) items for the coming month.
Intriguing and intricate. Cast your eye over these exotic pieces of bone inlay furniture. Originating from India, inlay is an exceptional form of art that sees piece of bone (usually camel or buffalo) or mother of pearl inlaid into the timber furniture frame. The process of creating a single piece of inlay furniture can take weeks, as several craftsmen delicately hand carve each individual piece of bone.
I've been wanting to make one of these inspiration boards for some time now. My own little collection of things that remind me why life is so great and why I do the things that I do. These boards are certainly not an original idea, but you can be as creative and original in your design as you like.
I collected a bunch of images that I love for whatever reason and started from there……
I'm really liking gilded prints and objects lately, so thought I'd try a bit of this metal magic for myself. All of the materials you'll need can be found at a good craft store. I got mine from my local Riot Art & Craft.
I've just come back from a few glorious days in what would have to be one of the most stunning places on earth, Queenstown. Somehow though, amongst all that beautiful sunshine, I managed to catch a cold. My head is now somewhere between a state of dizziness and floating in the clouds and I've struggled enough trying to attach these photos, so I'm not going to attempt to say too much about my time in Queenstown.