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It took me 8 years….

But..I did it.

I mastered the yoga headstand (Shirshasana).

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I finally released this deep-seeded fear of ‘falling’ and just let go…I cleared my mind, removed the mental pressure of having to do it successfully and just let my feet float upwards.

I was SO happy. I couldn’t stop smiling. I have been wanting to do this for years.

I love the sensation that arises from being upside down. Reversing the flow of gravity, I love the feeling of fresh blood running to my head. It is a weird pulsating feeling….but eases as you relax and breath deeply into it.

When I got home, before hopping into the shower, I wanted to prove to myself that I could replicate the headstand outside the yoga studio.

I positioned myself and carefully rose my legs..I did it again!!!

BUT THEN…

I completely lost my balance, did a flip and put my foot through my wardrobe door – before I had a chance to register what had happened, the door hit me on the back of my head. I lay there, half naked, face flat on the floor… my head throbbing. And then without even thinking, I just started to laugh, hysterically. By myself. At myself. Sometimes, I honestly don’t know how I end up in these ridiculous situations.

My wardrobe is now missing a door – from one side it now looks like a clothes rack and from the other side a wardrobe. Don’t believe me? Think I made this story up? I wish…

 

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It prompted me to start thinking about clothing racks. There seems to be a reemergence of aesthetically pleasing clothing racks popping up of late. Gone are the days were they are an eyesore reserved for the dressing rooms of fashion shows and dance recitals. Surprisingly these simple constructed frames can introduce a whole new dimension to a space. If used well, they can almost become a focal point, adding in colour, texture and form. Although….it does help to have lovely designer clothes to display (I somehow don’t think my boho-chic mumu’s won’t look as ‘cool’ when hung).

I am moving into a new house next week and I have decided to dispose of what is left of my ‘wardrobe’ and replace it with a a new clothes rack…after doing a bit of a website surfing, I am quite inspired and excited to get one!

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Raw wood clothes rack…feel like another DIY project coming on…
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I really want one of these….especially with the bottom plank to house all my Habitus magazines
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Amazing clothes rack stylin’…
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A metal pipe clothes rack…my dream…
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OK, I actually have to go now and start packing up my room…and then going to yoga! Headstand here I come…
Have a great week!
N x
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I have a problem.

I just love objects that have been ‘kicked to the curb’.

I went through a stage where I couldn’t go for a walk without coming home with a pre-loved item that had been sitting on the curb.

It was when I lived back home with mum & dad. Admittedly, bought home some pretty weird items – A family portrait (of some stranger’s family)….It had a nice frame! The inside of an old television…I wanted to transform it into a cool installation art piece. A wooden shipping palette…I wanted to create a table. Sadly, none of these ‘creative aspirations’ ever came into fruition. Instead, I was just yelled at; “Nix, if you bring one more piece of junk inside this house…..we are kicking you to the curb”. Ouch.

Over the years, I have learnt to control my urge. I can’t really explain why…. but I am drawn to pre-loved sofas, cabinets, shelves etc which are kicked to the curb. I almost feel sorry for them. They were once so loved…a part of the interior. Now, they have now been deemed ‘useless’. Either waiting for the council clean up…or for someone else to rescue them. Seeing abandoned household furniture and objects, are a catalyst for my mind to embark on some bizarre imaginative journey; Who sat on that couch? What items have been stored in those drawers? What was watched on that TV?

It’s just like an informal sidewalk orphanage. You will never know the exact history of pre-loved object, but sometimes you just have a ‘connection’ with an object and learn to love it, like it has always been you own.

Ok, I know….I probably sound like a crazy person.

Yesterday as I was walking up the street….I spotted a gorgeous wire planter.  I have been wanting one for ages. It was definitely a sign. It looked so cute and lonely…just chillin’ out on the curb. Waiting to get picked up by an old council truck. I couldn’t handle the thought of this little planter being landfill.

 

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So….I rescued it. Next weekend, I am going to give it the ultimate makeover. I will spray it either gold or black…from CURB to SUPERB!!!

In the 1970s indoor plants were all the rage and in recent times they have definitely made a comeback.  Indoor plants needs to be used appropriately, otherwise they can literally transform your interior space into a scene reminiscent of Fern Gully on the Jungle Book. It is important to keep it simple and not crowd the space too much. Interesting shape leaves teamed with a cute pot is the perfect way to freshen up a lifeless space (plus having indoor plants is apparently very healthy!).

Check out some of these cute planters below…

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(Image via Liz Marie) 

 

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I am SO excited to give my little orphan wire planter a make over…and then buy a plant to fill him with!

Happy Sunday night!

N x

It has happened five times in the past 3 weeks. No exaggeration.

Two iphone screens. Two mugs. One antique bottle (which I bought from NYC).

Glass seems to be breaking all around me.

I know I am clumsy. But this feels like a joke. I am starting to wonder whether I am carrying around some bad ju-ju vibes or something.

The theme of glass re-emerged on Wednesday night. But this time in a more positive way. I had a dinner date with my grandfather (Papaji). He was to ‘fit me into his packed social schedule. He is actually the coolest (to find out why – read this) 

I love the predictability of going to Papaji’s house for dinner  – A glass of red, a vegetarian Indian meal, bailey’s ice-cream/strawberries & cream for dessert. In that order. Always.

However, after dinner this week instead of immediately tucking into dessert, he started showing me ‘objects’ and some of my grandmother’s things he had found after she passed away. One of which was a gorgeous blue glass vase….

It had the most beautiful story behind how it had come into his hands (see below) (NB:- Aaji what I called my grandmother):

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I have a fascination with coloured glass vessels. I have decided to start a collection. I purchased two (one broke) in NYC from the most remarkable man. In a nutshell, Scott Jordan grew up on Long Island. As a bored kid, his dad made him a sieve and he spent is afternoons and weekends ‘digging up treasure’. After finishing school he followed his passion and became an Archaeologist. He spends his time transforming discards of New York City into artifact art. Read More Here (http://www.newyorkartifactart.com)

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Each of his items comes with a handwritten card outlining where the piece was found & the time period it came from.

I love the ethereal nature of glass. The transparency. The buoyant quality. The simultaneous reflection and absorption of light. I have decided to be very discerning with my glass vessel collection. Each piece must have an engaging ‘story’ – whether it be the process of which it was created, a past owner to the historical context in which it derived.

Have a look at the images below…they are my point of inspiration for my ‘collection’….

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Hope you have a great Sunday Night.

N x

My neighbours above can see right into our kitchen.

We usually just have friendly neighbour ‘banter’ from our back garden when they are sitting on their balcony.

…but last week things escalated.

The neighbours (4 Canadian guys in their final year of medicine) came over & introduced themselves.

Rather than making mundane “small talk”, one of the guys just blurted; “You like sweet potato, hey?!”.

He had obviously noticed my current obsession with sweet potato. Yes, I eat it most nights. Yes, I have been making excessive amounts of sweet potato chips.

My first reaction was to become highly defensive (so what, if I really, really enjoy sweet potato?!). My mind then clicked into gear and I realised…

If he had be observing my sweet potato baking habits…what else had he (and his other housemates) witnessed?

My ‘naked’ sprint into the kitchen after a shower? My rendition of Frank Ocean into the Olive Oil bottle? Emptying the dishwasher in my underwear? Had they seen all of this?

I then had a horrible flash back….

The time that I was dancing & singing half naked (to TLC, Waterfalls) in my bedroom (just for the record, it was years ago….I promise)…when the neighbour called our home phone and told my mum that ‘your daughter should shut her blinds as Westbrook Avenue is getting a free show…..”. Awkward.

I then got a 20min lecture on the importance of privacy and closing my blinds.

I believe we often take windows for granted. We day-dream out of them, when sitting at work. We look out of them to check the weather. But we often focus on the what lays beyond, rather than the window itself.

 Windows provide both a physical and visual connection between the inside and outside.  We forget how important they really are. They let light in. They contribute to the character of the home. When opened, they offer us fresh air. When closed, they keep us secure from the outside elements.

Windows also possess the ability to add to the aesthetic charm of the room and enhances the overall appeal of your home and make it look more beautiful and spacious. Without windows, we would feel isolated from the outside world. Without windows, i believe the rate of depression would definitely increase. Without windows, I also believe that more people would be late for work….(i lived in a room without windows in Boston for a year and have never slept-in more in my entire life).

Here is a roundup of some beautiful glass windows (and doors)…

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(Image via Desire to Inspire) 

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Ok, I am off…just about to jump into the shower…with my BLINDS CLOSED.

Enjoy the sunshine.

N x

WAS being the operative word.

And by well hung, I am ofcourse referring to a pendant light.

His pendant light was well hung…until I broke it.

I remember the whole scene like it was yesterday. I was 22 years old. It was only our second date. We decided to play ‘bowling’ on the Wii. Error Number 1. I didn’t put on the wrist strap. Error Number 2. It seemed like an unnecessary precaution at the time.

I sucked at it. The more frustrated I got…the more I started flailing my arms like one of those inflatable tube men on the high way (you know the ones…). Error Number 3. And then just like that IT happened….time slowed down…and as I went in for the bowl…I accidentally let go of my controller. It flung into the air, hitting the pendant light and smashing it to pieces on the floor.

Silence.

So awkward.

I just stood there in shock. He just turned to me and said “You need to replace it by 10am tomorrow”.  $450 later…it officially became the most expensive date I have ever been on.

Needless to say there was never a third date.

During Sydney Indesign last week, I saw lots of gorgeous pendant lights and for some reason it sparked the memory of this disastrous date (one amongst many!).

Open up any interior design magazine and you will immediately notice the common application of pendant lights within the interior space. Pendant lights balance the functional with the aesthetic. More specifically, lighting designers are commonly blurring the boundaries between lighting and art. With the experimentation of various materials, shapes and types of light sources, many pendant lights transcend the function of illumination to also be viewed as a display of sculptural art.

In the last few years, pendant lights have become a popular source of lighting within the living and dining areas of the home, as they tend to draw attention to specific details. Dimmers can also be added to allow control over lighting levels.

I know I have already written about pendant lights on this blog before (Check it out here) or check out my article on Net-a-Shopper here. But here is another round up of inspiring pendant lights…

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I absolutely love Marz designs – check out their website below.

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(Image via User Deck) 

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(Image via Evasabbado)

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(Image via David Derksen) 

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(Image via thescandinaviansideoflife.tumblr.com)

Hope you enjoyed some of that light inspiration!

OK, I am off to bed…Lights Out!

N x

 

 

 

I don’t watch a lot of television. I never really have.

Even as a child, I was more interested in cheorgraphing interpretative dances routines in my room than watching TV (ok, fine I may still enjoy doing that time to time…).

I lack focus when watching TV. I find it hard to focus. My mind tends to wander and unless the plot is straightforward, I often find it hard to follow (I promise i am not stupidI just lack TV IQ. Yes, I am one of those annoying ‘question-people’…”Wait, did he just come back to life?”, “Isn’t that her baby daddy?”…and so it goes on…)

I am also those rare individuals who dislike cartoons. The Simpsons. South Park. Family Guy. I can’t stand them. Don’t judge me.  I just prefer watching ‘real people’.

Despite my impartial relationship to TV, there are a small handful of shows that I absolutely love. One of which is the Australian-drama “Offspring”.  I identify with so many facets of the show and especially the main protagonist Nina (thirty-something played by Asher Keddie) – her slightly crazy (in a good way!) family, the way she is a bit of a ‘battler’ when it comes to love, her continual slightly neurotic internal self dialogue …it all seems a little too relevant to my own life! I believe there is a ‘little’ bit of Nina in all of us women …

You laugh. You cry. You cringe. You have to watch Offspring…if you haven’t already ( i promise, I don’t work for Channel 10).

Listen here for an amazing podcast with Debra Oswald (writer of Offspring)

One thing I especially love about the show is the design and sense of style that is interwoven through out each episode – from Nina’s iconic boho style to her uber-cool apartment, there is a distinct sense of style that is interwoven throughout the show. All of which seems so effortless and natural.

It is no wonder that these websites dedicated to cataloguing the shows design style have emerged. Check these links below:

http://www.mamamia.com.au/entertainment/behind-the-scenes-with-the-offspring-stylist/

http://thehoopla.com.au/ninas-style/

http://inthenightsky.blogspot.com.au/2012/04/offspring-nina-style.html

http://everything-offspring.tumblr.com/

For the interior:

http://thehoopla.com.au/ninas-style/

http://www.weebirdy.com/2012/07/get-the-look-of-ninas-apartment-from-offspring.html

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You couldn’t have missed it. Even if you don’t watch Offspring, you would have to be hiding under a rock to have missed the news that…..Patrick passed away on Wednesday night. It made the papers. It had women everywhere reaching for the tissues. It had me speechless.  After the episode had finished – I just sat there in silence. Tears streaming down my face. Texting my sisters and mum for comfort…see below…HILARIOUS (even my dad gets involved!)

 

 

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On my walk to work on Thursday morning, I honestly felt so sad.  I kept replaying the scene over and over in my head. Wondering how it could have been different. Wondering how Nina would give birth to their baby without him by her side. Wondering whether she would ever find love again. Through out the day I experienced through the stages of grief – I honestly felt angry, confused and in shock.

Admittedly, I have been known to cry in episodes of the Bold & Beautiful, Home & Away and even Masterchef.

But, it made me realise the emotionally investment you can project onto television characters. It made me realise how the medium of television can merge the lines between real life and fantasy. And it honestly made me realise the sheer power of television.

Television is a personal and very intimate medium. In a way we invite these characters into our lives (and homes) every week. I guess, it makes sense that we get so attached to them as we watch them grow.  In one way I believe television can offer a mode of escape, but I also believe it also rationalises and mirrors so many facets of our lives too; the struggle, the heartbreak, the successes….

It also made me realise the way in which the television as physical entity impacts the space in which it is placed. A seamless integration of the television/entertainment is important as it needs to be positioned so that it is simultaneously function yet doesn’t aesthetically dominate the space.

Whilst, TVs are not as bulky as they used to be, screens are getting bigger and bigger, therefore it is important ensure they are not the focal point (unless of course you want that!). Power outlets, the height of the screen and the design of the entertainment unit are factors that must be carefully considered.

See below for a roundup of some TV inspirational spaces…

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Ok, it is Sunday night…i’m going to try and watch some TV!

N x

She may be younger to me, but in so many ways I look up to her.

She is ambitious. She has patience. She is disciplined. She is gorgeous (both inside & out…she is commonly compared to ‘Frida Pinto’).

And now, she has just landed her DREAM job – she is going to be a maternity & peadetrics dietician in one of the best hospitals in Brisbanel. QLD the state of Bananas. Quite fitting really.

Sounds 100% corny, but I am honestly so lucky that she is my sister/best friend (both my sisters are) & I am so proud of her.

We continually tease her for eating ‘air’ and running crazy distances…but secretly all that jest comes from a place of absolute aspiration. I know that I am secretly jealous that she doesn’t have a pet snake on her stomach (I’ve affectionately named my snake ‘Rollo’). I know that I am secretly jealous that she has the self-dicispline to stop at just a handful of peanut M&M’s whilst I can’t resist…tearing and NOT sharing.

It is this self control that makes her excel at her profession as a dietician. I have no doubt she is going to go so far.  She is precise and committed (both emotionally and mentally) – (healthy) ingredients to a successful career. Any patient will be lucky to have her.

I love the way she gives Dad dirty looks when he reaches for the chilli chips. He definitely owes his lowered cholesterol to her.

I love the way she advises Mum on how to look after her digestive health. Her fibre intake has definitely increased.

I love the way she secretly replaces Alisha’s ‘sweet snacks’ with carrot sticks (Ali only notices when she opens her bags at uni). Her dental bills have decreased exponentially.

I love the way she is also a ‘Veterinarian Dietician’ – Mojo & Perry have the shiniest coat this side of town…..thanks to their protein intake.

We just love her.

We will miss her when she is living in Brisvegas. Without her guidance, I am sure we will all become fatty guju’s.

Check out her AMAZING new blog ‘Happy Mums. Happy Bubs’  here

Inspired by her dedication to healthy eating, I have managed to find some inspirational interior designs which integrate the famous Enzo Mari’s fruit prints (and a few other random fruit ‘designed’ items) I actually really like the bold shapes and saturated colours of these prints. Simple. Symbolic. A daily reminder that an “Apple a day…”

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(Image via kitkadesigntoronto.com)

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(Image via miluccia.net)

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(Image via Scandinavian Home)

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(Image via  poppytalk.blogspot.com)

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Yes, I have shown this image before in a previous blog post…but I love it.

(Image via HouHouHa)

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I want to get this for my sister’s house one day!

IImage via Chairblog)

Now I have the guilts…I am drinking tea & eating a Cherry Ripe (it was in the $1 bin at Woolies) …but feel like I should  be eating an Apple. Cherry Ripes count as fruit right?

N x

P.s. here are some amazing/random pics I came across…thought I would share!

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Yes! Its a pineapple…

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Cute!

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Fruit  + Veggie = LOVE.

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