My Favourite ….

Okay perhaps a little late, but better late than never. Since it was my Birthday month in April, i thought i would indulge slightly and share some of the things i love…

ARIES – The young ram is adventurous, ambitious, impulsive, enthusiastic and full of energy. The Arian is a pioneer both in thought and action, very open to new ideas and a lover of freedom. They welcome challenges and will not be diverted from their purpose except by their own impatience, which will surface if they don’t get quick results. In your personal relationships Arians are frank, direct and candid, and make enthusiastic and generous friends.  

Baci chocolates arrived on the Italian market in 1922, 15 years after the founding of Perugina in Perugia, Italy. Enveloped in dark chocolate, the product contained a chopped hazelnut filling and whole hazelnut centre. The famous Bacio, or “kiss”, was born. Perugina added paper scrolls containing love notes inside the chocolates’ wrappings in the 1930s.

Amor Amor sparkles with seductive vanilla and jasmine scents, fragrant embrace of fruits and scented woods. Created by Cacharel.

Black Orchid fragrance  from designer Tom Ford, notes include black truffle, ylang ylang, bergamot, effervescent citrus, black currant, jasmine, lotus wood, patchouli, incense, vetiver, vanilla, balsam and sandalwood,  it is a statement fragrance. Citrus,  sugar.  Undertone of something earthy and dark.

My favourite colour pallette, yellow & grey. Grey is a great neutral backdrop that gives you the opportunity to change up your pop colors seasonally, and then the greek key symbol, gorgeous!!!

Ahhh ‘The Domino Book’ i have no words, just amazing, decor ideas, great splashes of colour. Mixing of styles of furniture, Louis styled furniture, Bauhaus/ retro you name it and then of course the floor to ceiling bookcase as seen below… i will have this in my house one day…

Crystal is such a beautiful piece of decor, i was once given a crystal decanter as a gift from Le Brocanteur in Cape Town, a beautiful antique furniture store, with unbelievable antique furniture peices from all different eras and countries… since then my appreciation has grown, and  slowly i am starting to increase my collection, then i shall move onto my crystal chandelier.

I have over the years been given some great pieces of jewellery, and have grown to appreciate the different types of golds, rose gold, etc, and now my new love is Pearls, yes i know a bit late, but i always thought of Pearls being a omen of bad luck or something like that, and it just stuck, but a Pearl is a classic peice, something i dont think will ever date, but will always be a statement peice!

“Pearls are amongst the oldest and most universal of all gems. They are the oldest jewels know to man, and the only gem made by a living animal. The oldest surviving pearl necklace is nearly 2000 years old and was found in the sarcophagus of a Persian Princess. In many countries pearls were worn as a declaration of wealth and power, and also used as a talisman to bring good fortune, to ward off evil spirits and to cure illnesses. Pearls were symbolic of purity, chastity and feminine charm.”

As everyone knows, Black is my staple in my wardrobe, i love it as you can add to it and pop with colour or accesories, my new must have item is the gel eyeliner from Bobbi Brown.

Peonies – “The peony is named after Paeon, a student of Asclepius, the Greek God of medicine and healing. Asclepius became jealous of his pupil;  Zeus saved Paeon from the wrath of Asclepius by turning him into the peony flower.”

Jean Paul Gaultier always comes out with such amazing bottles, for his summer fragrances, although we are now in Autumn, i thought i would just add this to the list of items, as his floral notes in all his summer fragrances, get me every time!!!!

“The new editions of the iconic fragrances Classique and Le Male for 2011 bring together the great loves of Jean Paul Gaultier – corsets, sailor stripes and tribal tattoos. Classique Summer 2011 and Le Male Summer 2011 fragrances reflect summer freshness and youthful rebellion. The fragrance opens with orange blossom and rose. The heart of Sambac jasmine and ylang-ylang is placed at the base of fresh musk and vanilla. is a lively floral and romantic fragrance of slightly rebellious nature, attractive like tattoo adorned sun tanned skin. “

The fragrant  aromas of lotus flowers, notes of Sambac jasmine absolute, along with mild, floral-citrusy aromas of orange blossom. Sensual white musk creates a finish and it enriches the intriguing fragrance Jasmin Noir EDT.

François Demachy was inspired by the black tea extract during his journey in India. The fragrance, Escale à Pondichéry, is rich in natural essences : Cardamon essence, Sandalwood essence and Jasmine Sambac absolute. Classic and elegant, the bottle  is decorated with the signature embossed canework of Christian Dior Couture.

India Hicks – Island Night by Crabtree & Evelyn – Fragrance: Purple and white orchids, night-blooming jasmine, green island palms and orange blossom nectar entwined with a soft woody musk accord.

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Wallcoverings


Pastel hues these remind me of Ravioli peices

Selecting a wallcovering can be a little more tricky than expected, with so many finishes, techniques, wallpaper ranges, tiles that look like curtains, your options are really limitless.

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“This stunning hand-glazed tile by Italian company La fabbrica.  The Jewel tiles combine the raw and  refined; these terracotta tiles feature a rustic tumbled style that is meant to look worn and weathered, with a hand-glazed finish that will add a touch of glamour to any room. These rectangular tiles are just 2.2mm thick, wall application is easy. Choose from a variety of finishes, including platinum, gold, pearl and black. “

Bisazza MosaicsAvailable from Kenzan Tiles

Magnolia Tiles by Heather Knight

Hand made with the finest porcelain clay unglazed surface, as to achieve that ethereal quality of translucency that only porcelain can give. Has an angled hole in the back that is fit for a small nail for secure hanging.

Magnolia Tile

Scandinavian Wallpaper and Decor Company

Love the profiles

Wallpapers

Smartpaper wallpaper from Eijffinger, available from Home Fabrics is the newest development in wallpapering. Replacing the paper with a non-woven membrane, not only is the wallcovering much stronger; wallpapering has never been easier. Smartpaper that has been correctly pasted is easy to remove by simply pulling the dry Smartpaper by hand from the wall.

Great wall stencil and Decorating ideas

Kelly Wearstler

Choice of Geometric printed fabrics, turn any dull entrance way into a focal point.

Photo Credits: Domino Magazine

Elitis Wallcoverings, available from St Leger & Viney


Cole & Son – always on trend…St Leger & Viney

With Vivienne Westwoods range, just adds that extra glamour!! St Leger & Viney

These monochromatic numbers are so great!!!