Year: 2020

A dark office corner with Hübsch

A dark office corner before and after

*This post includes gifted items During phase 1 of the renovations at CASA PYLA, I was keen to try out a really dark room for a change. With the help of Hübsch Interiors and Farrow & Ball, I created this intimate and minimalist workspace in one of the bedrooms. Just to give you a bit of a background on our house plans, we signed the deed for villa Bagatelles (which I rebranded CASA PYLA) on my birthday in March ’19. Given our project to rehabilitate this big house, I knew we couldn’t achieve all we wanted to do before Summer ’19. So I broke down the work in several phases. March-June ’19: Freshening up the house to make it welcoming and liveable for Summer ’19. December-June ’20: Tackling the major renovations (new windows, the concrete floor on the ground floor, new bathrooms, etc) September ’20: planning a series of creative workshops. As soon as we got the keys, I started three months of intensive renovations to create a natural, Summer vibe in this old house. The bedroom …

A minimal home in West London

A minimal home in West London

My heart skipped a beat when I saw the kitchen in this minimal home in West London. The layout and glass roof reminded me of our home in London (you can see some pictures from the renovations here). Before you ask, yes I miss it from time to time. Then I think where we live now… so close to the beach and realize that there is no way I will move back to London and leave the ocean behind. There is an energy there that I feel is extremely positive for our well-being. Plus we have CASA PYLA underway and soon, we will have a beautiful home to live in. Unlike this home, we laid down a concrete floor throughout the ground floor (kitchen and lounge) instead of this pale grey terrazzo flooring. Yet, there are many things I love about this minimal home. So let me show a few details I love about this extension designed by Al-Jawad Pike. There is a very soothing palette used throughout the house with soft tones of white, pale …

The Spanish chair by Børge Mogensen

The Spanish chair by Børge Mogensen

The Spanish chair by Børge Mogensen is one of my favourite mid-century Danish design. A black version of Mogensen’s Spanish chair was lent to us when we photographed our home in London (see the whole feature in Grazia UK here). I wish I could have kept it… It’s a beautiful, sturdy chair, extremely comfortable with a high-quality thick leather cover and wooden frame. Have you ever tried it? This month, Fredericia releases a Special Edition of the Spanish chair by Børge Mogensen in Deep Red saddle leather. It’s a beauty! Originally designed in 1958, The Spanish Chair has been manufactured by Fredericia ever since. It’s an iconic piece you will often find in corporate settings, hotels, galleries, and private residences around the globe, reflecting Mogensen’s unique angle on modernity.  What do you think of this new colour? Do you like it or do you prefer one of the other colours? What is your favourite mid- century classic chair? SHOP THE FREDERICIA CHAIR  

Off-the-shoulder dress

I love off-the-shoulder dresses or tops! I, like many women, could write a long list of things I don’t like about my body… However, I’m working on A-DO-RING (yes adoring not just loving) my body. So I will focus on the two things I like I find sexy and that is my shoulders and collar line. It is important to focus on the positive. There is always something positive about our bodies. This is why I always ask women who contact me to photograph them, what part of their body they love the most. They often love just one or two things about themselves. However, I see so much beauty in them. In their expressions, their smile, their energy, their personality and that’s really what I’m trying to bring out in all my portraits…but I digress. 16 years of classical ballet has given me a decent posture and the recent daily workout during lockdown has given me back a bit of arms definition. So I thought I would treat myself with a gown that would enhance the …

Intense cocoa muffin without added sugar

Chocolate muffins without added sugar

Like many of us during the Covid-19 lockdown, I turned to cook and baking. I’m not a natural Cook. In fact, I usually feel I don’t have time to do things in the kitchen and I’m known for walking away from the hob and leave things to burn. However, these past few weeks, things have changed a bit. I have cooked and baked a lot more and the crazy thing is, I no longer hate the whole thing. I’ve always admired my sister-in-law and mother-in-law in New-Zealand for their abilities to make muffins, scones, and other delicious things while we were sipping a cup of tea. They made it so easy… So now that I had a new-found love for cooking, I wanted to try a few recipes that Mila would love without them being a total sugar bomb. These intense cocoa muffins without added sugar were perfect. I highly recommend eating these muffins warm with a bit of yogurt. If you don’t want to be tempted, just keep a couple out and freeze the …

That feeling of Summer at CASA PYLA

I’m counting the days until we can spend some time at CASA PYLA… To wake up in the morning and smell the Ocean. To walk down to the beach for 2 minutes in my linen dressing gown and drink my morning cup of tea before anyone else populates the beach. To get some fresh produce from the local shops without taking the car. To cook wholefood for friends and family with all the windows wide open. To nap in one of the hammocks in the afternoon. To hear the laughter of children walking past our garden in the afternoon. To live slowly but fully CASA PYLA is available for Summer rental here or you can contact me directly. SHOP MY LINEN DRESSING GOWN

Hang in there fine art print

New fine art print – “Hang in there”

Oversized art prints are a great way to add a striking focal point to a plain wall. My new fine art print “HANG IN THERE” is a reflection of the mixed emotions the world has gone through these last few weeks. There is a bit of uncertainty, the need to be comforted and yet this overall gentle, tender feeling that we will be alright. It’s a beautiful, striking print that will bring any white wall or a dark wall to life. You can see more examples here. “Hang in there” fine art print is available in two sizes: 50 x 70 cm and 70 x 100 cm. Larger sizes and framed versions are available upon request. Also available is THE WAY I AM.

How are you all?

How are you all doing?

How are you all doing? I see a lot of people struggling on Instagram, getting really stressed out and worrying about the Corona 19 and it breaks my heart. Worried about it is understandable. It’s a new situation for everyone to deal with. Added to the unknown, the fear of getting infected comes the money issue. A lot of people running small businesses like me will be affected. No-one knows how and when we will come out of the other side but I know we will. Some may have not been affected by the economic downturn in 2008 but in terms of money worries, this was a big one to go through too. Yet we all survived because times like us make us resilient, resourceful and proactive. I don’t know if it’s because I went through 2008 hell and back but I’m not feeling worried this time around. One of my biggest fears back then was to lose everything. When I say lose everything, at the time, my mind was fully focused on material things …