July 2010 archive

Villa Augustus

Villa Augustus in the Netherlands is a self sustained fairytale environment of a hotel, a restaurant, a market cafe and a vegetable garden. The garden supplies food to the hotel, restaurant, market cafe and for sale. Read more…

The Prince of Mist

Has the sunshine gone? Perhaps now the freckles (I’ll pretend they aren’t sun damage) will fade away and I can return to my British pale and lovely complexion that plagues me most of the year. I think, due to the number of small people hovering around the streets, that schools have broken up. It now […] Read more…

DIY Tin Cans

My boyfriend made me these for Christmas last year, but actually they are pretty neat for summer time so I’m giving it a go myself – the plan is to put them out on the windowsill (the closest I’ll be getting to a garden in my London flat) while the nights are still warm enough […] Read more…

Sprouted Kitchen

I haven’t posted any food for a while… but just when I’m working on a summer detox I stumble across this wonderful food blog, Sprouted Kitchen. So much yum! Read more…

Quick Scarf Cushion Cover

A few weeks ago I popped into Yalla Yalla, a sweet little Lebanese café in Soho to pick up some lunch. As we waited for our food to take away, we were invited to wait on a bench which was scattered with cushions made from scarves: Sorry about the rubbish picture (I had to take […] Read more…

Summer Reads, The Help and The Legacy

Summer makes me feel so much better about life, the early sun means I can get up early and go to bed late and not mind.  I’m sporting a mahogany tan which is far superior to the one I got in India – it seems my skin likes tanning in British sun more than foreign […] Read more…

Hidey Hole

Isn’t this beautiful woody home in Amsterdam the perfect summer hidey-hole? The farm, near the Wadden Sea belongs to Ina, a teacher at the Design Academy Eindhoven who creates collections of textiles and her partner Matthijs a designer of exhibitions, renovates old homes into contemporary farms like the one they live in. I love the […] Read more…

Thé Dansant

Sweet and sometimes surreal tokens from Thé Dansant [meaning Tea Dance] two ‘merry’ Belgian sisters who decided to open up an online-shop together. Sometimes they find vintage objects and other times re-purpose them by adding whimiscal touches with packaging or customisation like hand painted vintage objects and these delightful vintage spoons in glass test-tubes, waiting […] Read more…