Week [0117].

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This week’s round-up comes a day early, as I’ll be spending tomorrow up in the air on my way to London, or what I call my “other, other, other” home. Of all the places I’ve lived in, I miss it the most. The city also bears a lot of memories that are very close to my heart. My flight tomorrow, though, most likely won’t be as “spacious” as depicted in this photo.

It’s time to decide where I want the next block (or longer, who knows?) of my life to play out. I’ve told myself the goal of this trip is to do/see everything I haven’t yet experienced. So I’ll be frolicking around town in the rain, visiting cafes I’ve previously missed, nibbling at new restaurants, checking out the Paul Smith show at the Design Museum, to start. I also want to check out the Festival of Imagination. But I’ll likely allow myself to visit old faves like Portebello Road and Hyde Park (in the rain, no less). Right – and I’ll be working from our London office, too!

I’m not sure why it hasn’t hit me yet that I am leaving tomorrow, and for about 3 weeks, too. But I’ll remember when I get there.

In the meantime…

One of my favourite things to style: Bookshelves.

A mixtape of sorts by Girls’ music coordinator.

52 places to go in 2014.

Classy espresso maker.

How big is your vocabulary?

Have a delightful weekend!

Photo: Up in the air, 2013.

Week [0830].

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This week has passed at lightning speed – and that’s a good thing, because I have been waiting for a long time to say, Good riddance, August.

It’s always March and August. Are the stars misaligned? Is it something in the air that makes us slightly more berserk than the rest of the year? Is it about the ending of one season and transitioning into the next?

I’ve been slack in enjoying the “little things” as planned last week. But what I have recognised, is that when one door closes, another really does open. Or rather, you need to close one door before you can open another.

I’m ready for the weekend and even more ready to crack into the delicious umeshu that I grabbed for tonight’s dinner.  It’s been a productive week of this issue being signed off by the client, 5th colour selection for our fancy cover, and the completion of “the” pitch. Time to exhale…and mentally begin packing for the big trip! And tucking into those wonderfully thick September issues while contemplating more “what ifs”.

In the meantime…

Why our best ideas come to us while we’re in the shower, as per Woody Allen.

The essential bag/clutch for autumn.

Such elegance – live stream of a Bolshoi Ballet class.

Honesty doesn’t sell.

Love Mrs. Reed Krakoff’s choice Yoshitomo Nara’s work for her living room.

Addicted to cold press concoctions from these guys.

Have an exhilarating weekend!

Photo: Hong Kong, 2012.

Week [0809].

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I’m finally sick. Whether it’s from the weather (heat vs. AC) or from the insanity of deadlines this week, I have finally lost the battle with the flu bug.

The weekend couldn’t have come sooner. While there is homework to be done for the latest pitch, all I want to do is to curl up in bed, drink copious amounts of orange juice, and to finally give attention to the stack of new books that have been giving me the evil eye of being neglected. I need to escape the hectic rhythm of the past week. I think I shall do just that.

In the meantime…

Great tips for the next big move.

Imagining the possible accent walls with these removable wallpapers: faded stripes, music score, greyscale dots, and anchors!

For the kiddies (and the kiddies-at-heart): Moomin furniture!

Lovers of architecture and interiors, unite.

I hate being a tourist.

Have a recuperative weekend!

Photo: Shanghai, 2013.

New [Work] Digs.

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Our little team of six moved shop this weekend and we are now located in a swanky, official looking downtown office building. Despite global headquarters’ orders to move in with the rest of the agency family, we were slightly reluctant to leave our cosy and creative loft office. We loved our space, our own little playground. We also happened to over-look the rooftop of a family’s home that told tales of an adorable puppy trying to befriend a Queen cat, 5:30pm al fresco dinners when the weather was warm, and the “interesting” daily laundry line. These little anecdotes became our daily work musings, which we will now miss.

But. New office means NEW SPACE TO DECORATE!

I dream of one day having a home office like the set-up above, simple and straightforward. Calming tones, clean-cut furniture with just enough softness. I admit that my tendency for clippings and inspiration will mostly require that I have a large overhead board of some sort, but this calming scene makes me think that efficiency will come with the territory.

8bde3b71-e032-4644-abcd-b08f8eb132e5-largeI am also one who needs at least two selections of pens on hand at all times. Don’t ask me why – I think I probably pluck two or three from the jars atop my current tabletop to use on rotation on a day of planning, and will grab my collection of Muji double-ended felts for editing. This little tray is perfect because it also houses more space for me to collect photos and artwork. Organised clutter, if you must.

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And then we have notebooks and paper products, which make me deliriously happy. This generally means one lined, one unlined, and one to easily tear pages from.

Here’s to hoping our new digs will inspire the team to produce even better work than we have been. And here’s to me dreaming of more perfect work stations…

Images: Office, Notebook+Notepad, Notebook, Organiser.

Extend.

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It’s like magic! And is perfect for me since there never seems to be enough space on my desk.

The Extend bookshelf by yet another clever Japanese design firm YOY allows you to make extra space for those all-important tomes that you can’t leave out of reach on the top shelf.

So completely sold!

Image: YOY

Dec the Halls.

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I’ve been at this blogging thing for a few months now, but it’s funny how, of all things that I’ve discussed, I rarely talk about the one thing that I love the most.

Interiors.

I have probably avoided writing about it so to selfishly avoid a bout of envy. But today I came across these two items that I MUST somehow add to my space.

How adorable is the above bookend? Balloons and books, ticking off two of my favourite things. As someone who can spend hours obsessing over styling a vignette, I could just easily pop this little guy in the corner, or among my hardcovers, and call it a day (for now).

(Additionally, this makes me want to be in New York for Frieze to see Paul McCarthy’s “Balloon Dog”.)

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Those who know me know that I have an affinity toward all things Penguin Books. Let’s discuss their publishing repertoire another time, but their design aesthetic is unbeatable. Classic yet modern, all in one. I had interned there during my time in London, and while in the end magazines still stole my heart, I still have very fond memories of working in the children’s department at the glorious Pearson office on the Strand (with the best view over the Thames, I might add.). I don’t give up hope that one day, in one way or another, that I will work with Penguin again in some capacity.

I digress.

This London town house, designed by Harriet Anstruther, could quite possibly be my dream home. The details, the fixtures, the space and light – go here to see the most amazing pop of neon pink in the form of a bar, and other clever accents. And of course, that coveted painting above the fireplace…

A girl can dream.

Images: Burke Decor,  Cosas de Palmichula.