Thursday, May 31, 2012

Playing with Ikebana

After a recent flower arranging course, I've decided to give flowers more time. In Japan, I managed to track down some Kenzan and have been having fun picking flowers on morning walks and arranging them in mini vases. These are a couple of recent favourites, 

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Miscellaneous Japan

Part of what was so relaxing about my trip to Japan was just wandering and taking photos. Hee are a couple more that captivated me at the time.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Geometric shelves

These geometric shelf units are so intriguing. I love the blend between coffee table and wall art - such a great idea.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Owl Print

Hi little Owly! Aren't you sweet and pretty? A nice addition to a room with blacks and greys.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Hanging terrariums

There is no end of my interest in the combination of plants and glass. And these are so, so great.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Happy 4th blog birthday!

Four years ago today, I posted my very first blog post (about my delightful salt egg, no less!). It's been a great ride and I've loved all the friends I've made right here.

Thanks for reading and commenting - it always makes my day.

Kate xx

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Craft shops in Japan

Mumokuteki in Kyoto

Yes, these shops were my downfall. Oh, you guessed as much? Well, I am nothing if not predictable. I managed to hunt down some pretty amazing shops, as well as the usual suspects like Loft and Tokyu Hands. I won't tell you how much I bought, but let's just say I made "some investments".
(All three of the above are from Loft. Yes, that last one is all stickers...)

Monday, May 21, 2012

Ooooh yes. Yes please to the drawers and the boots and the dark green case and the globe and the prints. So to everything, really.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

New fabric idea

This would make a rocking quilt. (It's Michelle Engel Bencsko for Cloud9 Fabrics) - I like the triangles the best.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Perfect glasses

Why yes, these glasses are exceptionally delightful. A little on the pricey side, but delightful nonetheless.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Kyoto Garden

Well Internet - turns out I snuck away to Japan for a week with my Mum and my sister Em and am only just back.  I thought I'd show you some of my photos over the coming weeks - we had such a wonderful time and even though I've hit the ground running at work again, I have so many happy memories sustaining me.

This is the most beautiful garden shop/florist I've perhaps ever been to in Kyoto - simple, green and gorgeous. I can close my eyes and be back there in an instant...

Tuesday, May 15, 2012


Another inspiration from Lisa Congdon - so, so true and happily, empowering.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Ceramic Stack

This is such a soothing picture. Neat, pretty ceramics with lovely patterns on them. Delicious.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Succulents in houses

There is nothing wrong with this picture. In fact, there's a lot of right. Look how adorable.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Map landscape

So this has raised the bar. Matthew Cusick's map collages are absolutely stunning - I love the movement and the depth in this one - so beautiful.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Floor mat

A delightful floor mat which probably looks awesome everywhere. Especially in proximity to me. And other things.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Most Awesome House Ever

Hello little grass patches! A rooftop garden is so delightful - love the idea of an upstairs garden. And sunny couches, too.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Neon door

Well this wallpaper and neon door is pretty fabulous. Just saying. It's all round excellent.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Reading nook

Love the yellow table and the elephant here. Oh okay, and the gallery wall layout. And the minted water, you say? Fine. Throw that in, too.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Hot Air Balloons

Oh balloons. How do you do? If it weren't for a vague fear of heights and a more certain fear of fire, I would get into one.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Words to live by

Yes, yes and yes. Except for the wings bit, which is a bit naff. But YES to the rest.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Flower inspiration

I have recently decided to get into flower arranging. I went to a class with a friend, and it was very beginner level, but I adored it! I've been looking at this image a lot, feeling very inspired about what can be done. I love the movement in this - it looks like it's windswept and frozen.