Archives for "March, 2012"
“My name is Cathy and I have OCD.” Or rather, CDO – which is similar but with all the letters in alphabetical order, like they should be. My desk generally looks like nuclear fallout while I’m at it but is all colour co-ordinated and right-angled again when I’m done. My scatter cushions are too scared to [...]
The first home that I signed a bond on was a semi in Melville – a slightly shabby circa-1910 space that needed tons of TLC but which boasted beautiful Oregon pine flooring and the original pressed steel ceilings. After a few coats of white paint, these ceilings were my pride and joy. Until I visited [...]
Ever have the feeling that you’re the odd person out at a dinner party? The one whose loud shirt, OTT sparklies or green toenails are commented on by all the “beige people”? The one whose vibrant personality and colourful jokes make the other guests seem pale in comparison? The one who everyone remembers and, secretly, [...]
Believe it or not, your favourite trend stalker does a fair amount of research for this blog … And after having trawled through what seems like thousands of décor sites, blogs and magazines over the past year, I can quite honestly say that I’m tired of being told what to do. For every room, there [...]
Apart from their ability to plump (or deflate) the ego, mirrors can add an exciting element to your décor. The trend these days, though, veers sharply away from large expanses of bikini-unfriendly reflection. The most stylish homes on houzz.com are wearing itsy bitsy teeny weeny mirrors – some of them even in polka-dot shapes. The trick [...]
This trend stalker remembers once reading a decorator recounting how a client wanted a large bookcase in her lounge, filled only with peach- and apricot-coloured books to match the suite and other décor. To this day, I don’t know which aspect horrifies me more. That the client actually had an apricot leather suite. That the [...]
This non-mom had a lesson in reality last night: bath-time for boys. I popped in at bestie’s house for a cuppa java and offered to oversee her young sons’ hygiene routine while she finished up their dinner. Oh my greatness. By the time the kidlets were clean, the bathroom practically needed a makeover. There was [...]