Sunday, 25 January 2015

Traditional Painted Ghadames house's of Libya

Interior decoration, traditional Ghadames house

Ghadames Interior

 Aren't these interiors just wonderful and so unique? These are interiors of properties in Ghadames, a protected heritage site in Libya. The city is known as 'The Pearl of the desert" due to its bright white washed walls

Ghadames is said to be the oldest habitable Medina in the entire Sahara, with evidence going back to the Paleolithic period. One of the main features of the old town is the fact that it is built entirely out of mud and is completely covered, except for small ventilation holes found occasionally along its dark lanes and labyrinthine passages and streets. This ancient design has a good reason to be invented in the Sahara: the mud houses maintain a cool town in the summer and warm habitat in the freezing winter nights.

 The interiors of the houses are uniquely painted with intricate Berber designs, using red paint on white walls, and decorated with hanging ornaments; giving the rooms a vibrant and fascinating atmosphere, which makes Ghadames truly unique. The traditional Berber designs used include the triangle, the diamond, the sun, the moon, the palm, the eye, the hand, and the Tuareg cross. The objects used to decorate the rooms include mirrors, ornaments made of palm straw (such as food covers), brass and copper, and Berber carpets, rugs and cushions.

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Friday, 23 January 2015

Meditation Essentials Guide...

When eBay asked me to put together some guides I was so thrilled. Not only am I a total eBay addict but I love creating these guides and sharing my passions with you guys. So my first one is one of my main loves in life....

Working as an Emergency Department Nurse, meditation has become an essential activity in my daily life to help beat the blues and keep me calm in and after work.

Meditation is an excellent way to unwind after a hectic day. Regular practice has been proven to help lower blood pressure and relieve anxiety. Practiced in the morning it can help set the tone of the day , practiced at night it can help you slip gently off to sleep.

The good news is you don’t have to have a dedicated room or spend big bucks to create your own little sacred space. Find a calm corner in your house and set up your meditation essentials.....

Click here to read my Guide in Full or visit my collection of mediation essentials here....

Thursday, 22 January 2015

The Houseboat of... Emma Freemantle

All Images from Daily Mail online

Emma brought this beautiful 38 ft narrowboat in 2011 having previously rented from its owners fro two years . The boat has been lovingly restored and showcases Emma's vintage fabric collection. The whole boat is beautiful but the kitchen and bathroom are really gorgeous arent they?

The multifunctional living/dining space is at the far end of the boat. A table and two fixed benches softened with bolsters and cushions in a mix of new and old ticking are usually put to work as Emma's dining area and work space - tools, fabrics, paperwork and sketchbooks are stowed under the seats. 'The space is easily reconfigured by lowering the table top to form a platform daybed,' says Emma. 'It's great for when friends come over: we all slip off our shoes and sit chatting and eating.' The red vintage fabric wreaths are from Emma¿s latest collection

Of boat life Emma Says...

‘One of the best things about living on water is the effect it has on you. I’m immersed in the elements from the moment I wake. Nature is so close; I’m aware of the light, the sunshine, the wildlife – it’s all on my doorstep! I see the seasons change in front of me, and slowly but surely the wood burner gets turned off. Another joy of living here is the people: we are a very close community, I know all my neighbours and we share.

‘I suppose I could live in a much easier way – maybe I’ll look back in years to come and wonder how I did it, but right now I don’t mind the niggles: changing the gas bottles, topping up the water tank, the upkeep of the external paintwork.
The water could be hotter, and I could do with a bit more space – when I stretch my arms out, I can touch the sides. For now though, it’s my perfect floating gypsy caravan, and I hope it will stay in my family for ever.’

To view the whole interview and see more of Emmas boat visit here 
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Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Current Obsession: Marvin Frietas Triangle Mirrors

Marvin Freitas' Triangle Mirrors

I have seen these beautiful triangle mirrors doing the rounds on Pinterest and tumblr and wondered where they came from. I would love one of these at the top of my stairs!!!

...... They are the work of Carpenter Marvin Frietas....

Marvin has been a carpenter for almost 20 years and his inspiration began as a young boy watching his grandfather make things in his small garage shop in Galicia, Spain.

Marvin told Moon to Moon that he "always felt that my hands had something and I could translate me vision into reality in terms of furniture" and the "Triangle mirror is a reflection on my child hood growing up in Galicia"

Now based in Minneapolis MN his custom work sells in select boutiques in the US, choosing to work alone as he doesn't want to get to big.