Call me a little old fashioned but I love the pride I get from ensuring that our home is in tip-top condition at all times - or at least as often as schedules etc., allow. And one part of ensuring an immac home that I particularly love is decorating/renovating and designing it. Since we have a large social gathering at our home in early October (stay posted for further details as we prepare for this) I am using these quieter summer days to carry out some changes and improvements in our home. You will recall that we had relatively extensive renovations carried out earlier this year. Now that we have digested that, I am ready to look at what needs to be done to our home next to ensure it is, well...immac.
So, what do I have on the agenda? A couple of feature walls have already been painted; a dining table has been purchased and new chairs are in the final stages of selection; art work is being moved about; photos are being printed and framed for hanging; rugs have been purchased; hall tables are being painted (by your's truly) and other pieces of finishing furniture, some in the Arts and Crafts genre, are being sought out and acquired.
I have taken some inspiration from our recent stay at the Huka Lodge in New Zealand for our colours. I loved the cottage we stayed in and so I want hints of it at home. We live on the waterfront; the sea is literally outside our house. So it would be a travesty to not align our decor with what nature has provided. This means greens, teal blues combined with natural tones of brown and tan. Natural textures are involved: wood, leather, contrasted with a little industrial steel here and there. It also means nautical themes; classic empowering design and style, some eclectic touches and a lot of attention to detail.
The design foundations are being laid at the moment and as my look comes together I will keep you posted with updates and then a reveal of the finished product, in around a month's time from now.
While we are on the topic of immac home-making, I offered to take charge of the birthday cake making for my good friend's son, Josh, whose birthday party it was yesterday. You can pretty much get anything you want here in the Emirates delivered to your door, including every cake imaginable. But how nice is to have home-made cake at a party at home. Just like the good old days; a refreshing change from Cole's manic pool party a couple of months back. Josh has just turned 3 and wanted a shark birthday cake. Knowing how much work is involved in children's birthday parties, I thought that this is the least I could do so I was duly entrusted with the responsibility of delivering a shark cake for the big day.
With the help of a couple of youtube videos, after about 6 hours which at times had Matt suggesting we see what the local cake shop could do by way of shark cakes in short order, the final result was a bona fide shark cake...although one little boy did shout: "is it an elephant" which everyone found pretty amusing. You can always rely on kids to tell you the stark truth, can't you?
Not professional, but not amateur-hour either. And most importantly of all, the young man of the moment loved it (check Josh out below, how cute is he). And by popular acclaim those at the party indicated it was a success. A great day was had by all. Happy Birthday Joshie!