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Stumbling across these images of  the Arizona desert and writing by Lily Stockman made my heart beat as fast as a tumbleweed in a hurricane: " It was raining when we landed in Phoenix, and the blunt, camphor scent of the creosote bushes –a desert rain smell so distinctive that desert people find, on the whole, the onset of rain in other climates rather unexceptional for lack of precipitational heraldry- filled our noses as soon as we hit the runway." Images from here and here.      

Sometimes a place is so damn good looking you have to make up a new adjective. Macking. A word that accurately describes the industrial city centre apartment that has been lovingly created by owner Paula Nel. While working in the caribbean she commissioned me to design a 3.8m oak storage cabinet, which was built in 3 parts and assembled on site and largely approved via late night cross-continent emails. What I love most about this apartment is that it is filled with unusual trinkets & treasures collected from travels around the world, but more importantly Paula's penchant for the slightly macabre -

Sweet old Babylonstoren. I've heard so many good things, but sadly I still haven't been, so I got my sister (who has a great knack for a beautiful shot) to be my ears and eyes on her recent visit there. All photos by Maryke Carstens.

Here's a little Wednesday feast for your eyes: Spartan, an Austin based store that offers "a carefully edited collection of beautiful, practical objects and accessories, influenced by the changing seasons without straying far from our inventory of reliable classic items."  Via Jessica Comingore.

"Spanish architects Anna and Eugeni Bach have renovated an ageing Barcelona apartment to show off its mosaic floors and decorative ceiling mouldings. Located inside a 100-year-old building, the apartment had been kept in bad condition but the original floors and ceilings were still intact, so Bach Arquitectes planned the refurbishment around them." Full article and images from dezeen.

Staring at the white walls driving you crazy? I know the feeling. Dig up your pretty plates, prints, mirrors, plants, old photos and all sorts of interesting bits and bobs like a pair of vintage scissors (maybe?) and you're all set for a weekend wall DIY. Nestled In + Plastolux Blood & Champagne Design Trolls + Paperblog 18 Kerut As ink remains + Ferm Living The Selby Dok 2 + Convoy House to Home

When I browse Floorabella I think of the land of winter, where there is a river of milk & honey and bread and cheese and figs and green rolling hills and a sign pointing the way to "fromage & cidre," my kinda heaven on earth.