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Lazy Cats; Jungle Fish; Quince and Kim Soo

Lazy Cats; Jungle Fish; Quince and Kim Soo

From the industrial bohemian cafe called Lazy Cats in Ubud, to the delicious ceramics and great coffee/food at Quince in Canggu, the eclectic and stylish resort of Jungle Fish overlooking Osh River Valley, and the ambient homewares shop called Kim Soo Home.  I couldn’t resist sharing inspiration from some of the clever designers in Bali.

Credit to Lazy Cats Cafe – designed by Architect Alexis Dornier.  Jungle Fish Resort – designed by Furniture Designer/Owner, Niki Nasr, and Architect Rob Sample.  Quince – Owners/Creatives: Michele and Armen.  Kim Soo – Kim and Giorgia.

Love your work.

 

Replenish Renewel Refresh

Replenish Renewel Refresh

Bring the inside out and the outside in – it is time for spring – replenish, renewal and refresh. New fabric from JAB and Salvador, Katie Stratton’s wallpaper, and the velvet cushions from Mulberi Home are a few ways to connect our interiors to the outside with a visual flow.

 

 

Thoughts of the Day

Drink good coffee made with love!  Have several favourite cafes – many if you are lucky.

Know the rules, then you can break them.     There are no rules!   Make up your own rules…. then break those.

See colour … really see colour.

Learn, learn and then learn some more.

Every day, smile…. find someone who makes you smile, find something that makes you smile

Do something that makes you smile – smile on the inside – smile at a stranger – fake it and just smile…. soon you will be smiling at yourself. (or laughing at yourself)

Go to exhibitions.  If you just don’t get it….talk to the artist…. see it through someone else’s eyes … go back on another day… you will see the art from a whole new perspective.

See life through someone else’s eyes.

Take the dog for a walk…. take someones dog for a walk.

Grumpy? – eat chocolate (dark),  savour the moment – then smile.

Remember to breathe – breathe deeply and slowly when you are sitting at the traffic lights.

Never say never.

Those Blue-Green Colours

Those blue-green colours, and what to call them – aqua; turquoise; cyan; cerulean; teal; duck egg blue; blue-green-grey; pastel blue-green; blue-green or green-blue……  Some languages have the same word for blue and green.  I love the complexities of the colours available in paint today.  As in nature some of these paint colours appear more green than blue on some days, and on other days more blue than green.  There is combination of calm and freshness about these colours.

On this day the Rakaia River looked a serene blue green

…. which is why I chose these colours for their calming effect in the Under 2s area of The Acorn Day Care Centre

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A dolphin at home in the deep blue green sea

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…. perfect inspiration for this fabric from Decortex e famiglia

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More green than blue… on an island in Fiji

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.. as in this industrial table from The Boiler Room

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even in the deep stillness of The Huka Falls before the water gushes through.

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Moving into the blues with this rug at Forma, Auckland

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and these chairs from Jimmy Possum in Sydney.

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A Place To Simply Be

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New Chums Beach

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Looking up in this Nikau grove

a place to be

A  seat in the sun

NZ Framed

Te Henga, Bethals Beach

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Discover this beautiful pohutakawa in Central Auckland………………..      it was there all the time

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Just be there