We love the Cat & Fish books by Neil Curtis & Joan Grant: they have the most amazing illustrations and words. We bought two ex-library copies from BetterWorldBooks and Kitty cut out some of our favourite illustrations and framed them for the new sleeping room that Junior Pixels and Little Bear are now sharing. They look fantastic.
“For some of us, a hobby is a wonderful way to pass the time. For others, it quickly curdles in the sun of our curiosity until it becomes a disease.”
~ Helen Razer on hobbies (The Big Issue 8 Nov)
This is rather relevant to my arid plant hobby, quickly becoming an addiction. I’ve got six weeks off work to help with the little bear, and seem to spend every spare moment hunting rare, old or unusual arid plants.
On a recent trip to Los Angeles and San Francisco, I saw these ‘wall trophies’ on sale at Kitty’s favourite store: Anthropologie. They’re quite large, so we could only bring one back to Australia, and we chose the gazelle. Each trophy is hand made in Haiti from recycled materials including old literature written in French. The gazelle looks great on our living room wall.
From 10 to 24 March 2010, IKEA develops an interesting event in four important metro stations in Paris. Furniture collections are currently displayed in high-traffic spots, giving the potential customers a chance to interact with the brand by checking out the products. The subway walls are also filled with prints that showcase IKEA interiors.
~ via freshome
What a great idea! I reckon they should leave the furniture in there permanently at the end of the promo for general use, or else at least donate the items to homeless people.
Despite the negative connotations about city living, we love it, especially because of our urban balcony garden which has been extra special this past summer. Our frangipanis are continuing to flower into autumn, our succulents are thriving, and we’ve got two birds who visit about once a day to say hi. One of the birds is a beautiful shiny Australian Raven (we don’t have crows in Australia), and the other is a Grey Currawong. I found a shiny black feather from the Raven today when taking some photos of the frangipani flowers.
I like some of the design elements in this place in the Courier Mail yesterday. I particually like the use of wood, the plumeria in the courtyard, and also the L shaped pond with water lilies. The house is at Fig Tree Pocket (although I am not sure where that is in Brisbane, I think out to the West), and it was designed by Bligh Graham Architects.
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This photo in Jamie Durie‘s Source Book really caught my eye. Such a beautiful tree with lanterns hanging in it.
Kitty decided to test her new(ish) camera, a canon digi-slr, tonight by taking some photos of some of the objects/rooms in our small apartment.