Wood & White

Wood and White have always been our home palette. I have been mulling over wood for months now and I am really keen to shift the house around and change things up. It's been a long time sitting with our furniture and our rooms- it's high time for a change and an update. I find SO much inspiration in the many home decor magazines, blogs and pinterest that I go dizzy with heart ache. It would be a dream to refurbish our whole place from scratch. But that is a pipe dream and just not practical right now. Firstly, we are merely tenants renting this apartment and there is not a whole lot we can do to change the structure. Secondly, an overhaul in furniture would surely sink us with no ready access to quality mid range shopping or flea market finds. It is exciting news that Crate&Barrel have just opened their first ever store in Asia, right here in Singapore! It's really nice. Unfortunately the prices are pretty inflated from what you would expect back in the States. Sad!

Thankfully over the years we have invested in some mighty solid pieces of classic wood. Our teak bed frame is really cool but it's too dark and I'm so over that style. I want to par it back to it's original grain which is a much lighter and rustic look. In true DIY gusto, I had decided to do the job myself until I realised that our apartment space was not an ideal workshop with limited access to an outside area. So I asked around for the pros to take it away and sand her down. Bummer the quotes were too high. Now I am back to doing it myself, armed with an orbital sander and natural beeswax. I will let you know how it all goes but it might take me awhile to get the project underway. It's a pain in the arse- too hot, no proper workspace and not a lot of cheer from a culture that lacks the DIY spirit! Now is a time when I really miss those wacky DIY shows on tele back in the UK. ;)

Above scenes from around our apartment. I love my new prints from Bodie and Fou and Beauchamping, just need to find the perfect spot to hang them. My daughter and our cat Suki lounging on the teak bed in question.

Scenes From A Morning

swim by Tanya Moss

Scenes from a quiet January morning. We live on an island really- It's way hot. This morning was a little different with the most gorgeous wind that swept through our 5th floor apartment. A subtle reminder that January is still here. There is a pool and I have finally started to swim again- it is the best! There is a beach too but you must travel a bit to find the good ones. Still, the beach bag is always packed! Our next "for real" beach escape is in April. Until then, we dream up good stuff from this little flat and enjoy the many city-scapes on this tiny tropical island metropolis.

Links and stuff-

Currently reading Jane Austen's 'Pride And Prejudice' which was published 200 years ago this week! This is one of my fave classic novels and lately I have been able to read for thirty minutes each morning which is time well squeezed. Read some amusing Austen quotes here and when in England, visit Chawton House to imagine it all // Looking forward to rock out with 'Vampire Weekend' and the 'Yeah Yeah Yeahs' tomorrow night at Fort Canning Park//

On My Desk

Ok. Here's some interior truth... my office is a mess! It is the size of a box room and in need of some small space organising and decor. Last year we cleared this little space and made room for desks and shelving. This week I have only just begun to tackle the mass of clutter and tower of storage boxes that hover on the other side of the room. I find it quite tricky to create a good balance for work space, computers, storage, etc while also looking good. I share this space with the rest of the family which means it can get busy in here and we need some practical decorating and storage solutions. Any ideas? What is your office and/or desk space like? I have been collecting inspiration on my pinterest board for this very occasion.

Today on my desk: my Rollieflex camera which will be going in for a good clean and servicing this week // boxing up a sweet gift for the post, a porcelain pebble with printed butterfly by Swedish ceramicist Karin Eriksson- watch her artisan process here in this lovely six minute clip // tacked a wee print of a london cabbie on the wall, my lucky winning at the school faire from Prints & Prose // and I finally framed the decoupage city map of London by Famille Summerbelle //

Garland

Wooden letters, string, glitter and glue. I saw a garland kind of like this on House In Habit, one of my favourite California family life blogs, and thought it was super cute. So, I've made one for our Christmas stash. I strung ours across my black and white photographs in the hallway bringing a bit of sparkle and spirit to these corners of our apartment. Happy Christmas!!