Friday, 24 February 2012

“Is someone getting the best… the best, the best, the best of you?”*

This week I have seen some of the best and some of the worst of human nature – what do you expect I hear you cry… you live in Londinium – I have just summed up everyday life in this city… and while idly browsing the WorldwideInterweb yesterday evening I came across this well known quotation - it really resonated with me, the week that I have had and it reinforced (at least in my own mind) my philosophy around how I aspire to behave towards others (husband excepted, but he knew what he was getting into…) - ‘What goes around comes back around’.

(Image from Murray Mitchell)


The best this week - people helping strangers and demonstrating genuine kindness – aiding someone smack bang in the middle of rush hour who is struggling with a push chair or on crutches (or, perish the thought, both at the same time), to handing in designer sunglasses that someone has left in the toilets in an art gallery. Also this week (it’s been busy) - returning a purse left on the back seat of a taxi or helping someone struggling with their suitcases at an airport – these acts of kindness are little things people will remember, tell other people about and, most importantly, it will make them smile…. I also heard an unconfirmed rumour this week that my husband shared half of his remaining beer with someone in the pub who had finished their pint more quickly than him – this one I don’t actually believe to be true… I have just reread this paragraph and had a truly horrible thought… maybe having lived here for 13 years I have just lowered my expectations…

I have also seen some awful behavior this week – people treating clients and customers rudely and bosses bullying employees (and don’t get me started on James Corden at the Brits…) – I personally think that there are some behaviours that are completely unacceptable (and interrupting Adele is one of them). One of the reasons I set up my own business was to ensure that I don’t have to deal with people like this (as often…) and it means I can exercise a degree of control over who is part of my circle of colleagues, suppliers and clients.

As I said at the outset, one of my aims is to treat others, as I would like to be treated myself and I do honestly believe that what goes around comes back around at some point in the future... Now, if we all bought into this philosophy, wouldn’t the world (and the cosmopolis that is London) be a truly lovely place… So, why not make a conscious effort to be nice to people and maybe we can turn some of those London frowns upside down. Even if you don’t manage to change the world, it really freaks people out when you smile inanely at them on the Tube…

To try and cheer myself up after my bout of self induced grumpiness I thought I would continue to explore my own personal style – I found the pictures below, which I just love. So when I eventually get around to doing my own home, I may use some of the images below for inspiration… (that’s the interior design bit this week). 

(Image from lottaagaton.blogspot.com)
(Image from Desire To Inspire)
(Image from e-m-b-e-r.tumblr)

To conclude, a final top tip from my husband on this subject – “If you are on the train (or Tube) and you make the decision to get up in front of all the other passengers and offer your seat to a pregnant woman, you need to be absolutely, positively, 100% sure that she is in fact pregnant”. Oops.

Here endeth the lesson…

*Foo Fighters, Best of You



Friday, 17 February 2012

Spring is nature's way of saying, "Let's party!"*

Okay, I know you shouldn’t wish my life away but I am so over the UK winter – yes, I am perfectly aware that it has been one of the driest and warmest on record, but it is dark by mid afternoon and we’ve had at least one day of widespread chaos caused by a few flakes of the wrong type of snow. I have also been ‘full of the cold’ over the past few weeks (unpleasant to see and hear) and now I just want spring to arrive. Just so you can start your countdown, there’s only 31 days to go until the official first day of spring (so we’ll either be under seventeen feet of snow or basking in balmy Mediterranean temperatures – your guess is as good as mine…) and I can’t wait to see the crocus and daffodils stating to come through again… (as they did make a brief appearance in December). So, to make me feel better for the next month or so, I have decided I am going to pretend that spring has sprung and inject some colour into my life…

When thinking about colours for your interior you can draw inspiration from anywhere and everywhere – for instance, I love this image of spring flowers – an image that provides the basis for the colour scheme in the interior below…

Remember, concept images can be used very effectively as a guide for combinations of colours that are guaranteed to work successfully together… and if you find these images on the WorldwideInterweb, they are colour schemes that you can get your hands on for absolutely zero earth pounds… 
(Images from Style me pretty and Houzz)

So go on. give it a go –with London Fashion Week in full swing there are designer concept images everywhere – search for the images that you love, images that add an injection of spring colours to your life, and consider whether you could use a new colour pallet in your home… T-minus 31 days and counting…

*Robin Williams

Friday, 10 February 2012

Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say and not giving a damn...

This week I wanted to share an inspirational quote about style with you... "Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say and not giving a damn" - I believe that this is so true. As I have got older and become more confident in who I am and what I stand for I have realised that style is about having the confidence not to follow the trends and latest fads but to embrace what you like and not give a damn about that other people think...

(Image from Where is the Cool)
So go on, embrace your own style in both your home and in the clothes that you wear and stop following the trends and latest fads that change from season to season... But make sure you don't look like a bit of a weirdo...

Thursday, 2 February 2012

Ski Chalets - It’s snow joke…

With the ski season in full swing and absolutely tons of pow (fresh powder snow for those who don’t snowboard) in the Alps I thought I would share some inspirational images of ski chalets that I love...

One of my husband’s dreams (and mine) is to have our own ski chalet, but every time we do the cost benefit analysis (you can tell we both worked in the city at one point – actually, that’s not strictly true – I keep forgetting that he still does), we decided it doesn’t make financial sense for us at the moment (or maybe not ever…). So, it looks like we will just have to continue dreaming… That said, there is some benefit to renting – it means that you can enjoy different resorts from year to year, rather than being anchored to the resort where you own a property. Here are just a few chalets that I would love to own… or even just stay in ...

(Image from The Chic Chalet Guide)
(Image from The Chic Chalet Guide)

If like me you typically go skiing early in the season to make the most of the vast dumps of snow but, as a consequence, have to face the freezing temperatures on the mountains, all you want to do after a sick (read ‘amazing’ – snowboarding speak again) day is warm up by the fire with a hot chocolate (or, more realistically, a mulled wine). I could easily imagine snuggling up by the fire in both of these chalets.

Or, after a hard day on the slopes and a serious amount of apr├Ęs ski, collapsing in one of these bed…

(Image from Nicky Dobree)
(Image from Nicky Dobree)

So, if you haven’t done it already, why don’t you get yourself onto the Worldwideinterweb and book your skiing holiday – you never know, you might find an absolute gem of a ski chalet to stay in… a chalet that may inspire you from a design perspective…
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