Friday 28 June 2013
Packed the Small off for a lovely day of learning to left handed knit at her Nanna's while I spent the day hiding under a fleece blanket trying to rid myself of the heavy yoke of flu. Best part was pouring over my latest stash of mags. THE SIMPLE THINGS is like a direct pathway from my heartbrain, here are a few bits that stuck. I am busy sourcing one of these (or three) industrial light fightings, going to get my electrician to make it fit an energy saving bulb.
Thursday 27 June 2013
It is a dingy day this morning so my pic is a little dark but I am too excited to show you the beginnings of the subway tiles being put up in the MESSY STUDIO bathroom. They are from ITALTILE in Umhlanga and have a beautiful glaze. We went for a flat gloss tile with no bevel, as the beveled tiles available are a little too uniform/machine made for our liking. Our lovely builder has been doing all the final patching, painting, filling of gaps and Rhinogliding the walls and ceiling, in a small space especially one painted white, every little blemish or gap is glaringly obvious, especially to fussy britches like us.
Wednesday 26 June 2013
The MESSY STUDIO renovation is moving at a frenetic pace now after ages of slowly slowly. The final elements for the bathroom are soon to be delivered. I have huge studio envy of a wonderful artist ALEX HAMILTON, some of his work and images of this beautiful space and his collections are in the latest IDEAS magazine, which is an inspirational issue.
Monday 24 June 2013
Had a vicious and unexpected sore throat yesterday, so besides a few mini outings for sustenance, spent as much time as possible feeling sorry for myself under a large fleece blanket. THE SHINING GIRLS by Lauren Beukes, is the perfect distraction, have been reading piles of teen goth romance lately (shame on me) therefore something with depth of historical research and grisly detail was splendid. Love the cover design by JOEY HI-FI.
Friday 21 June 2013
I needed a vintage cotton tablecloth, plain and aged, for a very exciting shoot last night - so went a trawling my favourite antiques and collectables shops. No cloths but I did not come away empty handed, I never do, a fact pointed out to me by the proprietor of ECLECTIC (with a chuckle). I scored this fabulous framed lenticular ship and a glass flower frog for my collection. Winner me! As it is against my nature to fail at a task, I bought a plain white cotton tablecloth from Mr P and hand dyed it with rooibos tea, instant coffee and a swig of vanilla extract. It came out perfect.
Thursday 20 June 2013
How awesome is the interior of I LOVE GOOD TIMES tattoo studio in Shoreditch, London. If I was an interior designer this is what all my interiors would look like - religious kitsch, vintage anatomical posters, cabinets of curiosity, taxidermy and repurposed mid century furniture. One day it will be so!
Wednesday 19 June 2013
Our wonderful builder has a vintage cage lamp that he uses when he has to delve around in our upstairs or more recently in the MESSY STUDIO bathroom. I covert it, it is my precious. Here are some from the Interweb, I plan on using one or more in the wee bathroom of the MESSY STUDIO. They are also known as mechanics lamps and have many variations of cage shape. The handles are usually wood but there are porcelain ones too.
Tuesday 18 June 2013
Friday 14 June 2013
I so enjoyed the June 2013 issue of BRITISH HOMES & GARDENS, it has a wonderful Spring/Summer 2013 Trends insert. Here are a few things that caught my eye, the ship plate in this nautical shot and the vintage ship painting. Our builder Victor uses one of these lights and I would have loved a brass version for the MESSY STUDIO bathroom but can't have a naked bulb in there, pout!
Thursday 13 June 2013
Wednesday 12 June 2013
Tuesday 11 June 2013
Monday 10 June 2013
Friday 7 June 2013
Thursday 6 June 2013
This is a sneak peek at what the basin will look like in the wee bathroom of
THE MESSY STUDIO. For the lovelies who inquired about the clever company that works in brass and copper it is:
THE BATHROOM FACTORY
Rocky Van Goeverden 031 579 1123
1st Floor Stanhope Park, 2 Stanhope Place, Durban, Briardene
Wednesday 5 June 2013
So delighted with my first piece of taxidermy that arrived yesterday from MANDIBLES. They are South Africa's first NATURAL HISTORY STORE, based in CT. Their collection is ethically sourced. We have named him Mr Corvus and he is a prop for an exciting photo shoot(more on that later) and will have pride of place alongside my EAMES BLACKBIRD in the MESSY STUDIO.