Archives for "November, 2011"

Posted by the trend stalker on 28th November 2011

Outdoor idiosyncracies and eccentricities

Just as Jamie Oliver will forever be known as “the naked chef”, I hope to be remembered as “the quirky gardener” for my ideas on what an outdoor space should look like. For example, I’d have a mini forest of these trees. eclectic landscape design by atlanta media and blogs Between Naps on the Porch […]

Posted by the trend stalker on 25th November 2011

Vampires, meadows and moustaches … a very odd mix

modern landscape design by san diego landscape architect debora carl landscape design All manner of tasteless ’taches aside, Movember has been a good month. Not a single pot plant has died on me! In fact, all the greenery flourishing inside the flat has inspired me so much that the corridor outside the front door is […]

Posted by the trend stalker on 18th November 2011

Guest loos for dummies

“Each man that’s in the side that’s in goes out, and when he’s out he comes in and the next man goes in until he’s out. When they are all out, the side that’s out comes in and the side that’s been in goes out and tries to get those coming in, out. Sometimes you […]

Posted by the trend stalker on 15th November 2011

Colour me hungry

Lemon. Lime. Saffron. Tangerine. Guava. Plum. Blackcurrant. Grape. You’re forgiven for thinking that this post is about food. It’s not – it’s all about colour. Luscious, good-enough-to-eat colour. Colour that drips off the walls and oozes off the furniture. Colour that dances off your retinas, makes your brain tingle just a little and yells “welcome […]

Posted by the trend stalker on 10th November 2011

An ode to (obsessive compulsive) neatness

Confession time: I’m a bit of a neat freak. My entire wardrobe is colour-coded. So is my linen closet. As are the lunch-box cupboard and spice rack. Everything has a place and my helper Lizzie knows better than to put things in the wrong place. As a concession to hubby’s tendency to collect unopened post, […]

Posted by the trend stalker on 7th November 2011

Quench your thirst for waterworks

The rose garden at the Emmarentia botanical gardens is one of my favourite chill spots. This photo really doesn’t do it any justice at all. The tiers of landscaped rose beds, separated by low stone walls but linked by flowing water features, have played hostess to book club meetings, spring celebrations, my 21st birthday moonlight […]

Posted by the trend stalker on 2nd November 2011

It’s a touchy-feely thing …

Last week, I found the cutest little t-shirts for my two youngest nieces, age four and five. That they’re bright pink is a given. But they also have Velcro bits that stick and unstick, velour and satin patches, buttons in the shapes of rabbits and trees and a bunch of other interactive goodies that beg […]

Posted by the trend stalker on 1st November 2011

Make a grand entrance!

contemporary entry design by austin interior designer PPDS Renovating my first home-of-my-own was a challenge that I don’t know I’d live through again. In fact, my friend Janet asked me never to do it again as the six months of stress made me a not-very-nice person (I’m paraphrasing here). I do remember throwing the odd […]