Tomorrow I’m off to Stockholm. There will be new chairs, new lighting and almost certainly fantastic new homeware by Swedish and Scandinavian designers and brands launching during 2016 Stockholm Furniture Fair and the city's design week. The Fair has nearly 600 exhibitors and the Northern Light Fair has a further 100+. It’s going to be busy over on my instagram feed, can’t wait.
Tuesday, 19 January 2016
Happy New Year to you. So it's 2016 and whilst there is still no sign that I'll have a personal rocket pack any time soon but I've still got plans to fly... I’m trying to get out in front and organized this year for work and personal travel and I’m also trying my hand at the #Take12Trips Challenge. I saw it over on the wonderful the travel hack blog and it seems the right antidote to the sadness and pain that 2015 brought. So while the aim is to take 12 trips they aren’t all going to be jetsetting adventures in fact 3 of the booked trips are for right here in the UK.
So on the cards so far;
Wednesday, 2 December 2015
I’ve spent the last 2 days writing in a cathartic manner, trying to purge my feelings onto paper. Trying in a manner of sorts to actually discern what I am feeling. I am not going to share that outpouring here; in fact I’m not even sure I should be sharing this here at all. I mostly stay in my little corner of the internet, sharing lovely and beautiful things that cross my path hoping that the occasional person might like what I do and have a read.
I am grieving and there is no sunny spin on that. It’s not picture perfect, it’s messy and unhinged. My grief will run its course, it will come in stages and I’ve been through this before. It’s just that she was my Mum and she was taken so quickly by cancer that it’s hard to process. There is nothing that can prepare you to lose a parent and now that they are both gone I’ve become unmoored. I am rollercoaster-ing through the what if’s, if only’s, the pleading, bargaining, guilt and anger. Acceptance seems a long way away but it will come eventually.
The author Haruki Murakami writes with a poetic richness that I do not possess and I think his words on the storm are rational words of wisdom. A rationality that eludes me right now.
I’ll be taking a break from hellopeagreen and I hope I’ll be back here again in 2016.
Image by Pippa at Fears and Kahn modified with quote from Haruki Murakami by Mary Middleton.
Monday, 16 November 2015
Everything in moderation is how I like to see the world. No point and striking off huge swathes of visual fun because you don’t think it you. I’m no minimalist guru but I do like a place for everything, which is at the core of minimalist design. Plus quiet frankly everything John Pawson, Olivier Lempereur or Tadao Ando designs makes me feel calm. I thought I’d share some calming black and white and minimalist space that have been clearing my head recently over on pinterest.