Monthly Archives: September 2011

[wild] west coast


We’re taking some time off and driving up the West Coast, a part of the Cape which is notoriously rugged, wild and gloriously unspoilt. I’m hoping for warm spring weather and anticipating some much-needed recharging of batteries. I’m looking forward to walking on quiet beaches, photographing the beauty surrounding me, reading and sitting on the rocks, basically doing sweet nothing. As the Italians say, dolce far niente, taking time for some pleasant idleness. This editorial taken from Marie Claire Italia seemed blissfully appropriate.











So I’ll be back later next week, energised and inspired. Please don’t forget to pop across to Freeworld Design Centre’s blog on Wednesday to catch my debut post as their newest Guest Blogger. I’m so excited to work with this dynamic team and I’ll be posting every Wednesday on their lovely blog. Please leave a comment to let them know what you think!

x Megan

Elle Decoration [spring style]

Have you bought your copy of the Spring issue of Elle Decoration SA yet?

No? Okay, keep calm and read on…



Floral inspired images abound in this issue, from Victorian floral printed Dr. Martens to the Paper Blossoms pop-up book by Ray Marshall.



This issue has tons of clever and inexpensive ways of decorating with and displaying flowers; for example, zigzag-fold white paper and wrap it around bottles. It looks gorgeous with a simple spray of green.


I love this room below from an Overberg farmhouse; its tropical wall scenes and quirky treasures are priceless:



Liezel Strauss, a South African art and design consultant living in Japan, began a fund raiser to help the victims of the earthquake and resultant disasters in Japan. She created a My Japan facebook page and asked people to submit their favourite photographs of Japan which would be sold and the proceeds donated to the Japan Emergency Network. This issue of Elle Decoration is worth getting, if only for these poignant images which tell a story of the hope and inspiration found in a beautiful country. Visit the My Japan site to find out more.


I’m smitten with this feature by Anna Loubser: it’s bubblegum pink and full of fun… that black & white striped dress from Habits is lovely, not to mention the floor delicately decorated with floral teacups.


A while ago I featured the delicate and simple creations by local girl Lorrae Mehmel of Tamarillo Ceramics. I was thrilled to see them featured here:




So what are you waiting for? This was only a sneak peak of Elle Decoration SA. There’s so much more to see and love. Go!

[all photography by me]

x Megan