I have been meaning to share our home little by little and I finally edited my photographs (which I took in December) of the study. My favorite room in the house is
my our office. There is so much light, plus all my art supplies, and all our books. The couch also folds into a bed and it is where guests sleep when they visit. I went with a kind of cabinet of natural curiosities feel, which I suppose is my favorite feel. It’s far from finished, I need a rug that I hope to diy, and there are a bunch of pictures to put up on the wall including a metallic plate of P’s first front page story for the Wall Street Journal. I enjoy that it’s practical and whimsical at the same time.
The room is painted a very light grey, and the built-ins have yellow painted behind the books. I diy’d a lot of the stuff, including the sewing table, it’s chair, and the desk chair. I bought a few of the knick knacks from a store called The Space and Anthropologie. The rest I’ve collected from our life and travels. A lot of the furniture is from Ikea (sorry but cheap pre fab has a certain appeal) and survived the shipping container from Berlin to Johannesburg. The books are organized by author and fiction/non fiction by P. I wanted to organize them by color but sometimes you need to cede the book shelf to your partner.
Do you have a space in your home that feels like a retreat? Where you can go for your personal time or that inspires creativity or relaxation? In NYC this might mean a corner of your apartment (in my studio I literally had a shelf for a desk) or maybe you’re lucky and like me live in a city where studies are commonplace.
I try to stay out of Johannesburg malls as much as possible (I just hate malls!), which is a bit of a challenge in this mall-crazed country. Every once in a while, when I do have to go (because I’m still relatively new here) I find a gem. Inside of The Space (which I’ve mentioned before) you can forget that you are inside a big, character-less mall and shop in a well-curated store that sells both of my favorite things: stuff for my home and stuff to wear. I promised to show you our (mostly) finished office but that is going to have to wait until after Tuesday when I get to borrow a friend’s wide angle lens
and not give it back so for now I’ll show you some quirky details I picked up to make my office a place I love to spend time editing pictures, sewing, and thinking up ideas. First, I have an obsession with Pantone. I found a lovely little book to keep all my lists, appointments and ideas. I love the colors because just looking at it makes my creative juices flow. I also write my photography notes and ideas from class in it.
On my desk I have a couple rocks that I’ve picked up from beaches that we’ve been to. I don’t remember exactly where I’ve dragged them back from, I think from the Aegean and the Mediterranean. I like to add a bit of ‘science-y/nature-y’ stuff in all my rooms. I thought the rock shaped eraser fit right in, and it was so cute (if functionless).
The last thing I grabbed was this lovely little piece of pottery. I love the texture, the color of the inside, and the imperfect shape. Since we need to keep our giant set of keys with us all the time (panic buttons, alarms, opening gates, etc) I primarily use it as a place to store my keys when I’m working in the office so they don’t eyesore away my creative juices. They have this store all over RSA and an online catalogue (it only shows a small collection of their clothes though). If you’re looking for unique little things for your house or clothes by South African designers then it is a perfect stop.
I’m a sucker for grey and while wandering around Rosebank (barf) I found this store called The Space (a blog post of its own to come). I found some amazing accessories for my office as well. I am not a shell person, but I am a grey person and I’m living in a hot-as-hell environment so shells seem appropriate, plus they don’t even look like shells. PLUS it can be worn as a necklace too. Or layered with several of them since they’re only about 12USD. They’re reminiscent of meditation beads so you earthy-crunchy gals would like it too.
I wore this outfit to the 12 decades art hotel.
Shell Necklace: (who knows) via The Space
Other necklace: Anthropologie. my mother-in-law took me shopping for my birthday, she’s cool like that.
Ring: the Sunday flea market on 77th and Columbia (NYC)
Nails: gelish manicure in Mint Icing (you really have to start getting no-chip manicures, hello they’re NO CHIP)
I have a bonus for you, a new web log whose drawings I’m obsessed with (via Pinterest). I think I would file it as at least partially a fashion blog, the illustrations are usually of clothing by Comme des Garçons or Prada or chose comme ça. Anyway, I’m so inspired Eri Makiyama’s sketches/paintings on Mermaid Hair that I want to start drawing and watercoloring again.
ps. Zara opened in South Africa. Sandton City Mall. It’s not even on their website yet! You’re welcome.