1. Willkommen, bienvenue, welcome!

    In the words of Emcee from Cabaret

    “Willkommen, bienvenue, welcome!
    Fremde, etranger, stranger.
    Gluklich zu sehen, je suis enchante,
    Happy to see you, bleibe, reste, stay.”

    Welcome to this new iteration of my blog. Urban Kaleidoscope which I wrote from January 2011 has been laid to rest.

    What you will find here are regular posts showcasing interiors around the world, as well as people, places and objects which inspire me. There will also be the occasional “How To . . . ” post and my musings on more philosophical matters. In other words, this blog is very much an extension of me and my experiences and what makes my heart sing.

    For those who know me, know I have always been interested in aesthetic matters. My path here took a scholarly route leading me to complete a PhD in early 16th century art. During this time  the one thing that both grounded me and reminded me of the greater whole was yoga and mediation. For a number of years I thought that yoga was my calling and I completed my yoga teacher training with Rodney Yee, Colleen Saidman-Yee and Richard Rosen in the States, eventually even opening up a yoga and pilates business in Melbourne.

    My love for both art history and yoga have unquestionably shaped my philosophy about interior design and its function in our lives.

    For years I denied and resisted the pull of commercial design thinking that it was somehow a shallow pursuit. But as the saying goes, I am constantly amazed how stupid I was two weeks ago (I thought it was Winston Churchill, but it is in fact my business mentor). Now I understand what a superficial opinion that was.

    It is the fundamental desire of most people to find inner-peace and freedom in their lives. Most of us spend the majority of our time inside whether that be at work, at home or socialising. Really well designed spaces look amazing, but I’d argue that even more importantly, they inspire us and they are a reflection of who we are. In fact, I would even go as far as saying that our homes and work spaces should enable us to be more our true selves.