Today I am super passionate about the benefits of well-designed spaces and products. Design directly affects the way we live. I believe that good design helps us express ourselves, it helps us be more efficient and effective, it helps us to be aware of our environment, think about our choices and enjoy life’s little and big moments.
That’s why when I stumbled across the Kitchen Nano Garden concept, I got super excited and wanted to share about it right away!
This kitchen brings hydroponic agriculture right into your home. It allows you to sustainable grow a lot of your own food products, controlled by you and free from pesticides and other chemicals. The food industry is one that we need, yet one that also is causing us major problems. I think that being more individually involved in our own food could help relieve some of those issues and can also encourage a more sustainable and mindful life.
What a fabulously busy week it’s been! Since I got a little busy a didn’t have time to do a proper ‘Five’ post yesterday, I thought I’d share a few things that I’ve been up to recently.
What a week! It has definitely been a hectic one. Last weekend we spent the time joining in on London’s Canada Day celebrations. It was great seeing Trafalgar Square full of fellow Canadians decked out in Red, White and Roots!
Monday came around and it started off with a few days of late nights getting ready for a client meeting. Fingers crossed it all goes well! The week has also been filled with imagery which clearly is influencing today’s Five post.
1) I’ve been on a bit of a mad baking spree and I’ve discovered this amazing homemade granola recipe. It’s super simple, just takes a bit of time, plus makes loads.
(2) Another little discovery were these fabulous lemon crinkle cookies although mine didn’t turn out so pretty, they were mighty tasty.
It feels like the week has just flown by again. It was possibly helped with the lovely long weekend we had. Unfortunately, I haven’t attended to dot dot dash and much as I would have like to this week, but as I said last week, life gets in the way sometimes.
Let’s make an entrance…
FINALLY! All the hard work over the past several weeks is really starting to show! As I’ve mentioned a few times, we’ve been trying to give own flat some much-needed love without breaking the bank.
We bought our first flat a few years ago so that we could get on the property ladder. Our hope was to do very little to it, but over the last year or so we’ve really started to lack in storage and our kitchen was needing a little bit of love.
So a white kitchen, “not so bad, just a little messy” you might say, but we were desperately needing more storage. Our IKEA floating shelves weren’t long enough, and more Ikea hacking to hold our microwave and bins. The stove top/hob had already been replaced before we took photos, but you can only imagine!
Lastly, the timber effect backsplash that runs along the whole kitchen was not useful / not high enough causing some of our favorite meals to start staining the white wall behind.
The focus today is color, coming right from the globally recognized color gurus themselves, Pantone. Pantone has chosen a powerful punch of a red-orange for the Colour of The Year, and it’s called Tangerine Tango!
It’s meant to reflect a revitalizing energy that we all need and crave as we pull out of this tough economic stint. I can’t help but feel a bit peppier when I look at it! According to Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, the shade is “Sophisticated but at the same time dramatic and seductive, with a lot of depth to it. Reminiscent
of the radiant shadings of a sunset, Tangerine Tango marries the vivaciousness and adrenaline rush of red with the friendliness and warmth of yellow, to form a high-visibility, magnetic hue that emanates heat and energy.”
Tangerine Tango is definitely a cross-genre trend color that looks as gorgeous in fashion and beauty as it does in interior and industrial design. Try adding a pop of fire to your nails or lips, or a fun accent to your living space.
My love for vintage stuff
I’ve really been into vintage things lately… It makes me happy to find that one special thing. It made me wonder the other day why I love it so much. Is it because of my melancholic nature? 😉 Or maybe it’s just because vintage looks great and it gives the right feel in any home, modern, classic or even eclectic?
Today I’ll be showing you my 4 favorite items I love to have for my own home.
Sweet soda crates
I already have an old Coca-Cola crate, filled with old Coke bottles, thanks to friends of us who kindly gave one to me… And since then I’m ever looking for another perfect find to match my coca cola crate. To me it’s eye candy.
And look at how you can also reuse those old crates: put plants in them, use them as a coffee table, etc. Just adorable!
Vintage dresser to drool over
Imagine you find a little old dresser somewhere totally unexpected, that is so cute you have to take it home? I still dream of that scenario because I still haven’t found the perfect one for my house.
If I found one like this, I wouldn’t want to change a thing about it! I am totally in love with this one…
Not so scary skeleton keys
Don’t they say that keys are the way to your heart? They’re also the way to your front door of your most treasured home. And I think there’s something special about old keys… Especially skeleton keys. An old man once told me most of them may look the same, but every single one is totally different. They don’t make those keys anymore because it’s too difficult to duplicate one key. Pure craftsmanship. But it’s not only that, it also decorates your home beautifully
Talk that talk in your telephone
The one last thing I’d die to have in my home is a (still) working phone…
Maybe in a vibrant color, like this one! I’d love to have one that is still working. Hard to find apparently. Anyway, this is something that would look amazing in my interior. Anyone’s interior actually…
These were my top 4 favorite items for the home! I had so much fun writing this, and I hope you had fun reading it.
As promised last week, I thought I’d share some of the gorgeousness from my brother’s wedding in the Tuscan countryside followed by our escape to Florence after the festivities. I’m still having a hard time explaining it all. The setting, the food, the drinks, the people, were all more than amazing… the pictures don’t even seem to do it justice, but have a look!
As some of you are aware, I am now in limbo between second and final year – it’s the summer holidays and I’m not due back at the university until October, so I have a load of free time on my hands. And a lot of this time, so far, has been spent thinking about the future and what I want to do. I know I want to work in arts marketing. I know I want to be fairly well placed on the career ladder. And I also know that I don’t want to spend the time after graduating at home mulling over the possibilities that lay ahead.
I’m desperate for a job – as in, a proper job. Not a summer job, or a part-time job. I’m desperate to get my degree and then head into employment doing something that has made the past 3 years worth it. I have, therefore, itchy feet syndrome.
I cannot believe how quickly this week has gone by. To be honest I really wasn’t excited about the Olympics coming to London; I thought it was going to be an absolute nightmare getting around the city.
I seem to be converted; it’s been really easy and hard not to get all excited.
Well today is the big day, there are far too many people in the city, but I’m excited to hide away on our roof (with probably the rest of our building!) and watch the fireworks of the opening ceremonies as we are only a stone’s throw away from the stadium. (okay, there is a building in between, but we’re super close!)
After this, I promise to keep the Olympics to a minimum and I’ll do a weekly update of what I’ve been up to.
I think one of my favourite buildings in the village is the aquatics centre by Zaha Hadid (but wingless and luckily they will be gone with the end of the games) She’s not my favourite architect by a long shot, but I think it’s such an elegant building, especially the shape of the roof.
Opening Ceremonies | Friday 27 July
We are so lucky to be living right across from the Olympic site so last Friday we took some drinks and nibbles up to the roof with a few friends and family (along with the rest of our building!) Someone had set up a tv so we could watch the ceremony from above and on the screen. Some fab views from above:
Swimming | Saturday 28 July
Bright and early Saturday morning we headed over to the Olympic park to watch the swimming heats:
Olympic Park | Saturday 28 July
Having tickets to the swimming meant we could wander around the park, the weather was gorgeous so we stayed for a few hours to soak it all up.
… okay so I NEVER eat McDonalds, but it was hard not to resist visiting the largest one in the world and a little embarrassed to say that I love the timber slatted building. Really simple, just take off the branding and it would be perfect.
Beach Volley Ball | Saturday 28 July (it was a busy day!)
After taking a little break, we headed over to the Horse Guards Parade for the Beach Volleyball in the evening. It’s hard to complain in this queue, watching the ducks in St James Park, not bad at all!
Tennis at Wimbledon | Monday 30 July
After a relaxing weekend lazing in Victoria Park watching some of the events, we headed to Wimbledon for the Tennis:
John Lewis Viewing Platform | Tuesday 31 July
Friends of the family came down for the day so we took them on the DLR (overground train looking over the site) and headed up to John Lewis’ viewing platform. It’s definitely worth the £2 entry as it’s a great view.