This is where love and laughter begins. A story shared, a memory retold, the day’s happenings – the dining table is just the place to be. Whether a lavish meal or butter on toast, just come and sit for a while.
To lucky customers that bought Zoochi chopstick sets, I hope these much-loved items bring you a taste of love and laughter.
Browsing through the craft market in Xiamen Red House, I discovered the lovable and quirky accessories from Pitaya des Quefy. That was the cherry that topped my trip to Taiwan.
I love how she’s made cute-as-a-button earrings and hairclips that you can mix and match to your heart’s content. Each set is hand carted with love and care, and made from the most charming fabric prints. Because the earrings are made from stainless steel, they are suitable for sensitive skin.
Pitaya des Quefy began in 2008 and is a true labour of love. Her designs include more than just accessories, she also makes handbags and purses. Check out her range of button earrings and hairclips right here at Zoochi.
I’ve always loved Matisse. His use of bold colours almost spring out of his work reverberating with life and energy. I’d often wonder what made him the artist that he was. So when I bumbled into Maria Popova’s article, I just thought I had to share it here. She shares a heartening testament to the nourishing power of parental love in the cultivation of greatness, and introduces a book by writer Patricia MacLachlan and Illustrator Hadley Hooper – The Iridescence of Birds: A Book About Henri Matisse.
Here’s a sneak peak into this delightful book:
“If you were a boy named Henri Matisse who lived in a dreary town in northern France where the skies were gray
And the days were cold
And you wanted colour and light
And your mother, to brighten your days,
Painted plates to hang on the walls
With pictures of meadows and trees,
Rivers and birds,
And she let you mix the colours of paint…
“… And you raised Pigeons
Watching their sharp eyes
And red feet,
And their colours that changed with the light
As they moved…
“… Would it be a surprise that you became
A fine painter who painted
And the iridescence of birds?
What legacy will I leave with my little one?
Renegade colours stopped me in my tracks. I had walked past a Paul Ropp boutique at the airport in Bali by chance and fell head over heels in love with his clothing. His fresh take on fashion beckons you to be carefree and your natural self.
I love what comes naturally, like walking barefoot just to enjoy the heat of a sun-baked pavement, playing my flute in a forest, falling asleep on a comfy grass patch… Call me crazy, call me what you will, but I like being that natural, that carefree. That’s why I’d like a Paul Ropp wardrobe any day.
I adore how he wraps what we’ve seen and known in something totally new. And here’s just how Paul Ropp does it:
“My love of history has shown me that some of the greatest things I witness today have been created in the past and brought forward to be continued and admired in the present. This can be seen in architecture, art, literature, music, and fashion – colours, sizes, and styles may change yet the concept remains antique; simply reapplied to fit the needs of the present.”
Are you curious yet? Take a peek right here at www.paulropp.com.
Does this interior look familiar? That’s because you’ve seen it here.
I decided to do another take on the very same lounge and bring in touches of “local is lekka.” That’s South African slang for local is great!
I especially love the fabrics from Design Team, because the prints are accessible and unpretentious. Design Team creators, Amanda Haupt and Lise Butler explain why. “Each design we create has a story behind it, something that we have extracted from daily life because we believe you cannot create designs with integrity, without experience or knowledge of what you’re trying to convey.”
Even beloved brands like OMO, Lucky Star and Lion matchsticks make a star appearance in this room. Synonymous with South Africa, these household names evoke feelings of nostalgia. Just ask any South African expat.
Home sweet home, South Africa!
Twinkle, twinkle little star,
How I dream of who you are.
Sweet dreams never far.
You’ll always be my little star.
There’s something so special about preparing for the arrival of your little star. I’ve put together some easy inspiration that may spark off some ideas. So let’s begin. Washing the walls in soft pink compliments the accent colours of pinks and greys. White adds an air of tranquillity to this room.
2. Bask the room in the soft glow of a twinkling star.
3. Leave love messages on the blackboard cloud.
4. And hang knick-knacks from raindrops.
5. Cuddle your little one in a cocoon of clouds.
6. Even when it’s nappy changing time.
7. Add this cuddly cloud to the cot.
8. And remind your little star that you love her to the moon and back.
10. Make your own dreamy mobile.
11. Finish off the room with these nursery essentials.