Progress

Thought I’d do an update on where we are with our renovation. I think I’m at the stage where you can’t wait for it to be over. Initially the thought of it is exciting, but after having construction workers underfoot for a few weeks, I get impatient with the whole process. It just reminds me of our initial renovation and all the frustration and dust comes to mind! So, I think it will be another week or so and then hopefully we’re all done.

I must admit that what renovating has done is opened up the conversation on how long we plan to live in our current space. You know, are we over investing, is it necessary, I start to question my decorative choices, will it turn out the way I see it in my head? What we have realized is that apartment/urban/lock-up-and-go living is exactly what suits our lifestyle. If you’ve followed my blog since the early days you’d know that I’ve never been the house, white picket fence and a dog kinda girl and nothing’s changed!

Now that things are taking shape, I decided to redo my previous mood board with more specifics, also some progress pics :-)

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Under Construction

The last time we had contractors in our house I never wanted to see another one ever! Unfortunately renovations come part and parcel with contractors, banging, drilling and dust, the dust may be the worst. But yes, we’ve started construction on our enclosed balcony a week ago.

I’m not sure of the exact age of our house, but this space was previously a wrap around verandah, which was subsequently enclosed. It makes it a bit difficult to try and figure out what to do with the space, but ultimately we want it to be a chill spot of sorts. The idea is to be able to open up the space completely during the summer months, while windows will retain the warmth of the sun in the winter months. So, the best of both worlds ideally.

Decoratively, I’d like a more natural and masculine take, no fuss, no clutter, as space is of utmost importance. It’s hard for me to recreate what I’m thinking, but think exposed beams for a ceiling, concrete screed floors, timber stack doors that completely open up the space and low lighting. I’ll be documenting this process as we move along. Below is some inspiration that I’ve been referencing.

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What’s definite are these cool pendants from Hoi P’loy!

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Empire State

I’m not going to rant about not blogging for the last 53 days. Life and work gets in the way sometimes, so there. What I will say, is that I have so much more quality of life when I blog and document. Blogging brings with it a chance to pause and reflect.

So, works been crazy busy with lots of traveling, first to Mauritius which was amazing, then our own vacay to NYC! I decided to write this post mainly because I want to encapsulate what a trip to New York leaves me with. This visit definately confirms to me that there is truth in there being an Empire State of mind.

New York is one of those places that takes your breath away and leaves you inspired to do more. Somehow New Yorkers have found a way to work, and still do life and with as much vigor. As a tourist maybe you only get to see the best of a city, but this time around we tried to get more in touch with New York culture and didn’t do much touristy stuff.
New Yorkers are expressive, confident, not apologetic and just do them. There is no shyness, indecisiveness, reproach or anything, people seem to know their worth. If there’s anything that I’ve learned from this was to know your worth, know what you want and pursue it shamelessly. American’s are often described as arrogant, brash and selfish. Personally I think they are just simply confident and know what they want.

All in all this holiday has left me inspired to do more than what I currently do, to embrace circumstance, and there’s no such thing as the right time. These are all things I already know, but sometimes just need a reminder to get out of the funk that gets in the way of you’re vision.

 

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We love Durban

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As of late we’ve been trying to be more conscious of time and how we spend it. This year is just moving so fast and I’d like to think that by the end of it, I’ve achieved something.

So this weekend was filled with inspiration in our city. After the success of the Maboneng precinct in Joburg, developers and local architects have come together to start the same urban regeneration in our city. In a nutshell, the ideal would be to live and work in the city, empowering the local economy by encouraging local business. Not forgetting that the ocean is literally a 5 minute walk from the Rivertown precinct. So yesterday we went on a walk hosted by Beset Durban (another interesting concept of exploring our city), and toured the area to find out more on how the development will happen.

We also checked out the market and the newly refurbished Beerhall! If you a patriotic Durbanite, you’ll know how awesome this is going to be!

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Pretty Proteas from the Morning Trade Market :-)

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The Italian Job

I’m writing this post from Livigno Italy! This has been one of the most fun packed holidays ever! Livigno is a little town on the Italian Alps that borders Switzerland. I’ve never been skiing, so it’s been a experience of a lifetime. To actually be able to ski, is like acquiring a new skill, it’s insane! At the beginning of the trip I really thought there was no way I’d be able to ski by the end of the week, but our instructors were that good and really motivational. We’ve been skiing, skidooing, tobogganing, it’s been crazy!

Besides the skiing, this town is mainly a resort and it’s currently in its busiest season. The whole area is duty/tax free, so shopping is amazing. Although, I must say that what you shop for is very limiting. I mean it’s like one big duty free store, so the likes of fragrances, chocolates, liquor etc etc. Because it’s Italy though, I got some really nice wine, coffee and I’m looking at getting some cheese to bring home. Not sure how I’ll manage to keep it fresh in my luggage though.

The buildings here are mainly log cabin like, with shutters on every window. So, it’s very quaint and picturesque. We did visit St Mortiz in Switzerland, and that was also amazing, with beautiful architecture and alleys everywhere. I finally found a sheepskin for our bedroom! So excited to see how I can style it once I get home. I do miss home though, two more days, can’t wait to get home!

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