March 8, 2015

5 things I learned from Pinterest this week

Seeing how I spend a lot of my time on Pinterest, here are some pins that might be useful (as opposed to pinning stacks of silver jewellery and recipes I’m never going to recreate):

1. How to wash your piles of Legos

Keeping Legos Clean. Do this with many toys, especially after play dates with sick kids! WOW!! FANTASTIC idea -- 55 Must Read Cleaning Tips & Tricks

2. What I want for my birthday.

can you relate?

3. How to clean a paintbrush – a handy guide.

Poster I made to hang above sinks to address my biggest pet peeve - dirty brushes!

4. The Snackers Guide to British Cakes. I need this in my dining room, close to my pantry doors. Isn’t it pretty?

 A Simple Guide To The Brits' Weirdly Named Cakes

5. How to draw a beard. Because I’ve finally gotten back to regular drawing after almost six years.

how to draw Beards

What have you been pinning lately?

March 6, 2015

Paper Lamps by Sachie Muramatsu

These paper lamps by Sachie Muramatsu are so ethereal and appear delicate and fragile. I’m sure they are pretty sturdy though! I love the delicate shading on the ‘petals’ and how true-to-life these are. Here are some of my favourites; visit the website for more of this stunning range.

March 5, 2015

Dishoom Bombay Cafe

I read about the Dishoom Bombay Cafe, which is in London, on the AD Spain website. Talk about the world being a global village!

The cafes are a homage to the lost charm of Bombay’s Irani cafes. Remember the black chairs, round tables with checked table cloths, cement tiles,mirrors along the tall walls and of course, those quirky house rules?

Dishoom captures much of that essence with its cane sofas, railway clock and whirring fans. With three locations in London, the cafes make you want to linger over a coffee and newspaper. With no house rules in sight asking you not to loiter, this may not be such a bad idea.

See here for the AD article. Go here to the Dishoom website.

Dishoom london restaurant chain

Image courtesy AD Spain

March 4, 2015

Circus by Marco Sousa

Having lived in the UK for several years, London has a very special place in my heart. It is inevitable, therefore, that I’m drawn to products and memorabilia from the British Isles. When I saw this ‘Circus’ mirror from Marco Sousa of Bateye, I had to share it with you.

The Circus mirror is inspired by Piccadilly Circus, that throbbing touristy heart of London. From the popular statue of Eros, to the shops, to the somewhat hidden gem of St. James church (where we spent a considerable amount of time as that is the home of Mr.R’s orchestra), this is a section of London that never sleeps.


I love it when product designers take something from a city and turn it into a product that is not kitschy but a usable and elegant addition to any space. Even if you didn’t know that this mirror reflects the shape of Piccadilly Circus, it is still an interesting design. The back-story is a terrific conversation piece, though and it is a mirror I would certainly love to have in my home.

All images courtesy Bateye

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