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Why I Love Instagram

I LOVE Instagram and I have to say a little addicted to it now. Facebook and I are kind of in an open relationship now. I mostly use it to browse and share eye opening videos from the internet that completely make me rethink our capability humanity. (I hope my friends don’t start thinking that I’m an introvert activist… I’m not really). I just do my bit and “share” these videos to pass on the gilt so I can clear my mind and feast my eyes on these Instagram Hotties!

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The Words of Nate Berkus

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I’ve always believed that your home should tell your story, so even if you identify strongly with one particular style or look, there’s no reason why you can’t layer in pieces that are more modern or well-travelled. A well put together home is not about everything matching…it’s about finding things that you truly love and then, because you love something, you find a place for it.

Nate Berkus profile picture from here.

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Celadon

Let’s talk about Celadon.

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Not many of you would know that by definition, “celadon” stands for the pale green or greyish-green glaze used to coat the classic pottery of China, although this term now denotes the pottery itself. Originating about 3,500 years ago. The finest celadon was reserved for the imperial palace. During the reign of the Sung Dynasty Emperor Huizong (1101 to 1125 A.D.), potters created Ru celadon with a sky-blue crackled glaze. Some Ru celadon still exists, considered among the finest examples of Chinese celadon.

The unique green celadon glaze is a result of iron oxide’s transformation from ferric to ferrous iron during the firing process ~ 2400° F (1300° C). The thickness of the glaze is also important. The cracks won’t form if the glaze is too thin, and they will collapse if the glaze is too thick.

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In the 15th century, Chiangmai became a new area of celadon production. However, between the 16th and early 19th centuries, celadon production ceased in Thailand during this period of conflict with Burma. In the early 20th century, celadon manufacturing resumed, replicating the ancient standards of Si Satchanalai. Today’s production remains faithful to the past, except for machines and molds for selected items like plates.

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Urban Kandy proud to carry a gorgeous range of these earthly (Oven, Dishwasher and Microwave Safe) tablewares of Thai Celadon and Terracotta serving dishes and bowls. Visit our online store here to have a look at our full range of items.

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Vase images from here. Celadon bunny from here. Flower vase image from here. Celadon plate image from here.

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Minimal

I’m always attracted to homes with clean straight lines, homes that are white and crisp. I think it’s mainly due to the fact that it’s impossible for my home to look like that. I’ve accepted that fact, after many years in the business I’ve fallen in love and collected many unique pieces that just about fit into our home without starting to look cluttered. (I’m don’t work well with clutter)

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However nothing wrong with admiring.

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If you’re decorating on a budget, upscale on the minimalist furniture and accessories you must have. i.e. sofa or table lamp, or even put down a little extra money to upscale your staircase. This alone can give great impact to your space.

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Bedroom image from here.Kitchen image from here. Walkway image from here. Stairs image from here.

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Rebecca Atwood

Here is something I came across today on Apartment 34, this very talented fabric artist Rebecca Atwood and her cotton dying home made business. The blog gives us a peek into her work process and her passion to keep hand made works like these out there!

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I’m always curious to peek into the people’s work studio to see what goes into the a design process.

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I love home decorating with pieces that’s been made in someone’s personal space, and getting to know the person, the process, the inspiration and the time taken in creating each piece. To me that makes it special and worthy for my home.

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Religious Charm

A beautiful conversion of an old church with added home extension to compliment.

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I’m not sure how people would take to someone moving into a Church back in the day, especially if you’re unmarried and moving in with your partner. I suppose this day, everything is for sale with no connotations attached.

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With that, your limitations are endless. I like the idea of creating the extension and keeping the main living space pretty spacious and simple to appreciate the historical look and feel of what it used to be.

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Home on the Ranch

Filled with so much happiness today as it’s but youngest son’s 1st Birthday today. Looking back over the past year, I feel a sense of true pride over the trials and joy bringing our youngest born into this world and into our life. His light will truly bless everyone that has come or will come to know him. Indeed a special guy.

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Looking at these pictures of Ellen and Portia’s Ranch home made my heart leap a little today too.
What a majestic place.

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The mist and the beautiful trees. The natural awesomeness of this place is just heaven on earth.

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Thank you Hema for sharing this post.

Images from Elle Decor

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Breakfast Nook

We’re keeping this picture of this adorable breakfast nook in our image database for sure.
This is the kind of kitchen I would like to have if when we decide to move out into our own place.

Some serious entertaining and cooking can happen here. Love the abundant variety of storage compartments and drawers. Clean and simple and just very straight forward.

Two very important things I’d like to point out that’s included here are the 1) Wine Fridge (a decent size one too!) and 2) The wall mounted television this is a totally livable space where let’s be frank the family is going to be spending much time in.

Kitchen wraps around banquette. Love.

Images taken from here.

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Home Sweet Home

Knock knock!! Welcome to my humble home. Please come in.
I am in love with this gorgeous sleek black door and frame. The stone porch and porch light accessorizing the whole entrance perfectly.
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Obviously this is pure fantasy. Just go along with it.

We like to keep our entertaining outdoors as often as possible so we went for bifolds creating an open space where our guests can flow easily in and our of the house.

Even as a transition space to kitchen, it’s still a place to mingle and faff around. So we made it inviting.

A big and bright kitchen is imperative. It’s a place for family breakfast, preparing lovely family meals, and the special place where friends and family come to for some tea and sympathy.

Waking up every morning to calmness is what we should strive for in life.

Once again a sense of calm oozing from every part of our home. With lush country green as our backyard. It’s rude not to keep everything else open and simple.

Last but certainly not least, our little mud room situated on the left from the house’s rear entrance. A place for my daily Birkin.

~ Thank you to all the gorgeous homes for making this dream a visual reality ~

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Bring on the Celadon

Yippie! We couldn’t be more excited with our latest addition of Celadon and Terracotta Earthware here at our Urban Kandy web store. I absolutely love them. Especially since they’re so “solid” and very pretty and of course not to mention, Dishwasher / Oven and Microwave safe! What’s also special about them is that they’re hand made. None of that factory produced nonsense this Celadon craftsmanship is something passed on from generation to generation originated thousand of years ago from China.

Check out our web store here

We look forward to introducing more soon.

Maybe it’s the tone or maybe the texture but I can’t get enough of terracotta. We painted our New York apartment walls to the shade of terracotta. I’m still not over it. I want more!

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Getting Creative

New stock has arrived and now we have the pain stakeing task in making sure they get photographed well. While doing some research here are some product photography I really love.

Nothing’s more frustrating that trying to be creative when there’s just no juice. I’ve been taking some time getting out of the house, going to a coffee shop, running or even yoga for even just 30mins. There’s too many things that could distract me at home. I think creativity come with a clear head and fresh eyes.

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The Adult Home

When the kids are all grown up and my house is less likely to be royally trashed. This is something to look forward to. I believe in town and country homes. Town houses are somewhere you can live in for easy commuting back and forth from work or to be closer to friends. Country living is mainly about spending time at a quieter and slower pace with family and taking a breather from the hustle and bustle of the city and to get back to nature. The only question is where…

How is this for a gorgeous town house.
Although I’ve not had a proper night’s sleep in months and my home is starting to look like a Mother Care store with play-pens, changing tables and strollers all taken out of storage and set-up. I’m still hopeful that it’ll one day look like this.

I’m in love with this closet room with the middle island table with drawers. Getting dressed can be fun!

I wish I could get away with a bright pink front door like this with a large diamond door knob.

Another cool thing about this adult home is to have a bookshelf filled with design books nicely organized along with collected ornaments.

Swiftly snapping back to reality….
Time to get my delivery bag packed.

First and Second image from here. Third image from here. Forth image from here. Fifth image from here. Pink door image from here. Book shelf image from here.