Friday, September 30, 2011

Perfect for the weekend

images 1,2,3,4,5,7 pinterest
image 6 greige design

Any of the above places would be just perfect for me...
How about you? Where would you like to hide this weekend?

Have a restful and serene one :)

PS I will be away in Melbourne most of next week - yay! Will be back the week after- you take care in the meantime 

Claudia xo

Thursday, September 29, 2011

White obsession

{via here}

I find white cool, calm and stylish 
(wish I could surround myself with a lot more white at home)

Have a serene + happy day :)

Claudia xo

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

wednesday whimsy

~ playfully quaint ~




pics 4,5,6 Abigail Ahern via the selby

Have a wonderful day

Claudia xo

Monday, September 26, 2011

Saturday, September 24, 2011

A happy week-end

It's been a busy and tiring week and I am so glad it's over...Weather wise it's been unusually warm and then cold again. Today for instance is quite chilly, I am wearing my coziest jumper and warm slippers, having tea and trying to relax...Family wise it has been youngest daughter Georgia was sick - still is, she's been sick all week poor baby with a temperature and bad cough - she is now taking antibiotics and hopefully she will be back to normal very soon. I had forgotten how exhausting it is to look after a sick child and how frustrating...not being able to really help, apart from lots of hugs and medication. We are both very tired and we will be taking it easy this coming week.
The week after we will be flying to Melbourne for a mini break :) -Can't wait!
It will be lovely to spend some time together, just the five of us and really enjoy each other's company (hopefully!...) We will be doing some shopping and visiting the Werribee open range zoo located approx. 30 km from Melbourne where we will do a mini Safari, it should be fun!

Now I leave you with some favourites from this past week. Hope you enjoy :)

(feminine touches, soft colour palette, delicate details)

design sponge
(some of my own work - lovely burst of summer colours for lots of much needed energy  - planning my next abstract work on canvas)

 Inspirational words

table tonic

Have a wonderful week-end!

Claudia xo

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Wednesday inspiration / poetry


The Invitation
It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living. I want to know what you ache for, and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart’s longing.
It doesn’t interest me how old you are. I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool for love, for your dreams, for the adventure of being alive.
It doesn’t interest me what planets are squaring your moon. I want to know if you have touched the center of your own sorrow, if you have been opened by life’s betrayals or have become shrivelled and closed from fear of further pain! I want to know if you can sit with pain, mine or your own, without moving to hide it or fade it, or fix it.
I want to know if you can be with joy, mine or your own, if you can dance with wildness and let the ecstasy fill you to the tips of your fingers and toes without cautioning us to be careful, to be realistic, to remember the limitations of being human.
It doesn’t interest me if the story you are telling me is true. I want to know if you can disappoint another to be true to yourself; if you can bear the accusation of betrayal and not betray your own soul; If you can be faithless and therefore trustworthy.
I want to know if you can see beauty even when it’s not pretty, every day, and if you can source your own life from its presence.
I want to know if you can live with failure, yours and mine, and still stand on the edge of the lake and shout to the silver of the full moon, “Yes!”
It doesn’t interest me to know where you live or how much money you have. I want to know if you can get up, after a night of grief and despair, weary and bruised to the bone, and do what needs to be done to feed the children.
It doesn’t interest me who you know or how you came to be here. I want to know if you will stand in the center of the fire with me and not shrink back.
It doesn’t interest me where or what or with whom you have studied. I want to know what sustains you, from the inside, when all else falls away.
I want to know if you can be alone with yourself and if you truly like the company you keep in the empty moments.

via here
Take care
Claudia xo

Monday, September 19, 2011

inspire me monday / find beauty in every corner

Some gorgeous images from one of my favourite blogs...
design sponge never disappoints :)

wish you all a great week xo

PS I won't be able to visit as much this week (again!)
Forgive me!
(I have a deadline at work)
Will be back to normal (hopefully) next week 

Take care,

Claudia xo

Sunday, September 18, 2011

A trip to the gallery

Looking for inspiration?
The Art Gallery of NSW is THE place for you
Here's a taste of what to expect: 

"Three studies from the Temeraire" by Cy Twombly


3 of 9 panels "Lotus Born" by Tim Johnson

photos taken with my iphone (not doing much justice to the artwork I'm afraid - apologies) 
it's definitely worth visiting

And now on a different note
The two things I loved this week (apart from the gallery):
1) ~ Design sponge at home ~ by Grace Bonney
(of course) packed with gorgeous images and great ideas its a fabulous book (if you are like me and you love great, unusual, unconventional interiors, you'll love it)

and 2) my cherry blossom tree...

in, so pretty :)

Have a fantastic week-end
(If you are in Sydney enjoy the beautiful warm weather)

Take care,

Claudia xo

Monday, September 12, 2011

inspire me monday / tangled meets HP

Can you start the week with a smile?...


tangled tubing via here


& Today's quote:
“Dumbledore understood Ron’s importance in the trio. He wasn’t the most skilled, or the most intelligent, but he held them together; his humour and his good heart were essential.” —JKR
It's amazing what she has created, apart from the wonderful and magical world every child knows and loves to read about, she continues to give through her endless new initiatives such as her (newish) website Pottermore where HP's fans can learn more about their favourite characters, be sorted into houses and even get their own wand! I tried to register my son a couple of weeks ago and I wasn't able to, there is a waiting list (!) I admire her, she is just unstoppable. 
With her in mind my aim this week is to focus and get started on some of my new projects - wish me luck :)

Wish you all fantastic week

Take care,

Claudia xo