LET A SOLAR JAR BE YOUR VALENTINE’S DAY MESSENGER OF LOVE

You might think that it is too early to talk about Valentine’s Day when it feels that we just recently packed away the Christmas decorations but believe me that time flies and very soon this romantic day will be upon us. Making a special gift for someone you love for Valentine’s Day may not be on everybody’s list of New Year resolutions but why not try it? My idea is so simple that anyone who can hold a paint brush can do it, neither will you need any special tools nor expensive materials.  On the contrary, it is very easy to do but the result is simply outstanding. All you need is a Solar...

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Meet New Artist – Agnes D

Hi All, Today I would like to share with you a story about three very talented new artists – Agnes, Ape and Martin who asked me if I would like to feature their work in my blog.  The request came somewhat unexpected since I have never collaborated with artists in such a form before, however I decided to give it a go and share with you their stories, passions and works.  Hope you will like it as much as I do. Please meet Agnes, a Canadian photographer who came to this country on a dream expecting to be disappointed by an all too rough reality but fell into a magic well of creative minds...

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Red: A DIY Story

Recently I wrote about the power of the colour red. This time I wanted to share with you how to seamlessly thread this strong hue into your decor. I like to follow the 60:30:10 rule: when choosing colours for a room, stick to three because this is enough to make it interesting without clashing or confusing. Then, rather than using equal amounts of each colour, divide them into 60%, 30% and 10%. The main colour should cover around 60% of the space i.e. the walls, add 30% of the second colour i.e. major furniture pieces and flooring, and the final 10% is a third colour that brings the whole scheme together and creates accents where you...

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“Back to the USA!”

Hi everyone, I am back from an exciting trip to South Africa and the US of A.  Since it was my fifth visit to Cape Town, we spent most of our time there with my in-laws. The excitement kicked in when we landed at JFK airport in New York where we stayed for 2 weeks.  One of the highlights of this trip was the wedding of the daughter of one of my oldest girlfriend’s, whom I last saw in 1992 before I left Russia for Australia. It was a wonderful event that took place at Midtown Loft & Terrace with a perfect view of the Empire State Building.  Armed with New York: 50 Adventures on Foot, we experienced this...

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Message In A Bottle

Hi All, I know I promised to tell you the story about the bottles but then I become extremely busy and for a fantastic reason.  Last week I graduated from ISCD with a Diploma in Creative Visual Arts in Interior Styling, so from no on I hold an official licence to kill! Back to the bottles.  It all started when we were visiting Bali a few years ago. We were driving along a bumpy dirt road when I spotted something unusual: in the middle of nowhere was a shop with a jumble of glass objects strewn around the ground out the front: bowls, glasses, plates, sculptures of animals and flowers, of all possible shapes and sizes. I spotted...

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