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Gorgeous Black and White Interiors

Whilst I love splashes of colour, sometimes it can be so clean and striking to embrace the contrast of black and white in one's home or office. I have collected some images that inspired me and found that texture, art and in particular, typography play a huge role in creating the looks that appealed to me most.I have just moved from being in a flat, back into a house and it's great to have a new space to make your own. My room is slowly taking shape. I love how you can take a few elements with you, like a duvet cover, cushions and frames, and at each place those same things can create a whole new feel, yet still feel like your comfort zone.

Happy Weekend All*








Dark Horse Design has opened its doors to Cape Town!
Lise's sketches make for stunning interiors

It is my great pleasure to be one of the first to review this amazing new shop! I'm going to give you a taste of  some of the fantastic products and design, but more info will follow in the next few days.

For now, go to or visit them at 83 Kloof Nek Road,Tamboerskloof Cape Town, Western Cape

"Dark Horse is a new designer furniture and wholesome apparel store which offers something more than the usual fare. Easy comfort with a broad range of strong styles is evidenced throughout the gorgeous collection, which is aimed at anyone who appreciates original design that won’t break the budget." -John Scharges

Lise Du Plessis outside Dark Horse

Stylish and extremely functional

Every detail is hand-crafted and carefully considered

Lise's illustrations make for striking interiors

These cute necklaces make the perfect gift

Each product is accentuated by the rich, navy walls

Unique leather and silver bracelets

The awesome ZigZag Trolley

Gooorgeous aprons

  Quality Sketchbooks and Bags


Dark Horse will be holding their official opening on Wednesday the 8th June 2011.

Lo Bjurulf does white

Everyone knows her for her amazing styling for Ikea (see my previous post on this). But recently I saw some of her other work and I like the simplicity and how she takes a colour like white and keeps it totally clean, but still messy and interesting.

mmmm So calming :) Have a look at the site.



{ Swoon Factor } AshleyAnn Nursery

Oh. Wow. I have seen these pics a few times on various websites and I was surprised to find that this photographer/all round creative is so humble and down-to-earth! These are photos she took of her daughter's nursery, that she decorated. Fabulous. Truly fabulous.

Happiness at High Tea ala {Mount Nelson}

Recently, I had a truly luxurious, sinfully delicious, royal experience. Afternoon High Tea at the Mount Nelson Hotel in Gardens, Cape Town. I had heard all about it but nothing quite prepared me for the fabulous food, decor and ambiance that followed. My housemates decided to go in honour of our friend Rosi who was leaving South Africa to return to the States. What a lovely way to end an exchange trip! It was not cheap at R165 a head, but, we were greeted so warmly and treated like royalty, seated on gorgeous comfortable armchairs that seem to hug you as you sit down (though admittedly the gorgeous venue did intimidate me so that for the first half an hour I was perched on the edge of my seat.) I really felt like a lady! There's something wonderful about doing things the old fashioned way sometimes. About slowing down and taking things in without worrying about work or responsibilities. Every detail is carefully considered from the wallpaper and stunning chandeliers, to the perfectly positioned framed pictures depicting scenes of days long gone by. Our choice of tea (I went for a safe option- English Breakfast, though they had a huge list of white, black and herbal teas) arrived in see-through "cups" which you then drop into a see-through pot of piping hot water. This means you can decide on the strength of tea. There are brown and shite sugar cubes in a pretty white sugar bowl and I oohed at the quaintness of it and made a mental note to use sugar cubes in my home one day. The clean white china on the cleaner white table cloth was the perfect back-drop (yes, I admit.... I did spill tea all over this pristine setup later. Ahem.. moving on...)

The food. My God. The food. Laid out on a long table, on silver dishes at varying heights, it was an overwhelming selection of cakes, pastries, savouries and even the classic: cucumber sandwiches. One canape in particular kept us going back for more. A rich, yet strangely light, mushroom filled pastry pocket. I had 4. The salmon "eclairs" with slivers of salmon and cream cheese encased in choux pastry, also had me heading back to the table. The sweets were like mini works of art and I especially liked the mini lemon cakes and anything chocolate.

On the website they say, "New to the Windsor Table is a Gingerbread and Gianduja Cake; a Lemon Chiffon, Passion Fruit and White Chocolate Cake, and fresh from the oven savoury Empanadas with assorted fillings like Curried Mince, Lamb or Mushroom and Goats Cheese." HEAVEN.

And the bathroom!! Wow. Exquisite! Blue and white floral wallpaper, frosted decals on the mirrors, clean white towels, white orchids.. *sigh* Can I live here? Pleeease?

High Tea at Mount Nelson