Beginnings and endings

I’ve had a very strange past week full of beginnings and endings coupled with coming down with the mother of all flu viruses.  Yes, despite my best efforts, I’ve been laid up in bed most of this week fighting off the dreaded lurgy – it’s been most inconvenient to say the least.  I have another lecture in two weeks’ time and time, as they say, is ticking given my life like many people centres around deadlines and project milestones.

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Palm Beach House images above & below via Alexander and Co

For me, it’s always hard to let go of people in particular, but each of us has our own path to follow and change is the one constant.  I’ve become much more accepting as I’ve got older of things as they are, and as they unfold – you’ve got to move with the cheese if you’ve ever read the management theory book Who moved my cheese? – and I am also looking forward to new beginnings, perhaps not so surprising given the (financial) year is ending and a new one about to start so a chance to start a new chapter.

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Palm Beach House interior

I’ve been looking for some Winter inspiration when we spend more time indoors and I think the Palm Beach House project by Alexander and Co in Sydney (images above) which recently won a Residential Interior Design Award was a very fitting winner – I love the sense of refined elegance, calm and space that the house exudes.  If you are zhooshing (and yes, it is a word) up your place over the winter time, I do love some of the very simple and natural homewares available from fair trade retailer The Dharma Door and Imprint House – the online business of stylist and writer Natalie Walton whose book, The Simple Home, I also recently bought along with a handmade African basket now hanging above my kitchen door (pictures below).

The long weekend awaits and enjoy especially if you’re lucky enough to be going away somewhere.  I’ll be back next week with a timely new local profile – a good one for Winter.

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