ZING!

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Don’t get me wrong.

It’s not that I don’t love the whole GREY/BEIGE/GREIGE  thaing that’s swept through the global design community and settled upon us like a tasteful, gunmetal scrim…

but right now, with it being summer and all, I’m feeling much more of a

ZING!!!

in my heart.

I want to bring all this lovely colour and light into my home for these long summer dayz…

How about you?

Come, let’s listen to cool new music and get  some  Zingy  inspiration together!

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“Golden Light” by TwinShadow


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“Aurora” crystal via http://www.theresienthal.de

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Melodious Cacophony 

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..Anyone can throw together a bright & charming splash of summer flowers in a simple mason jar

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The Moroccan sensibility is perfect for creating a colourful yet chic ambience

Have you seen Maryam Montague’s new book;

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It’s full of fun ideas, and you may also read her blog HERE

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A modern take on the traditional Suzani pattern

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C’est Moi!

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.Often simple is best!

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Kallianthi Fabrics

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Roche Bobois  (Also having a sale right now)

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Art by Kathe Fraga- explore HERE

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via Remodelista

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Love this tunic!.

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Dior Summer 2012.

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My new Pottery Barn (on sale now!) cushions make me and my porch very happy

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Sherbet colours

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…and then the Jewelry Fairy came and put a Tamara Comolli  bracelet under all our pillows!

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Tanja Lippert

Exuberent! Exhuberant  Exhuberent  #@$%^%^&#

FULL OF JOY!!

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Have a Zingy Weekend

xoxo

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Spuhriinng!

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It is, without a shadow of a doubt, Spuhrrinng in Santa Barbara!

After the rains, we’re  blessed with longer days, buds bursting forth into delicate tissue paper blossoms, birdsong and the frog’s chorus float through the open windows all day long.

Yay!!

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Our resident songstress

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I even found these orchids, long discarded from an indoor pot, earnestly re-blooming way back in the cheap seats of the garden.

Meanwhile…I wonder if I’ll ever get everything I need to do, done.

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Probably not.

Dior ring

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china plates from Bodo Sperlein. Bespoke hand painted canvas by Annie Millar. via British House & Garden.

Detail from a cherry blossom sconce light at Anthropology

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But I’m not going to sacrifice ‘Stop, Look & Listen’ (OK, I know that’s for crossing the road, but it works for the garden too) when there’s so much to take in.

Jo Malone Cherry Blossom cologne

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It’s like Grand Central around here

and look what I found outside a bedroom window on Easter Sunday

Let’s face it, everyone’s really busy right now…

…Here’s to new beginnings!

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Helibores & Roses

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Remember when I said one of my New Year’s Resolutions was to learn something new every day?

Today (& tonight) I learned how to watermark my photos.

Dear God in heaven. If it had taken me any longer my watermark was going to be a”F$%^&*%#U”

You might notice that the watermarks vary in size…it’s still a work in progress

Suffice it to say that I’m now the proud owner of over 2,000 original photos with the word “SAMPLE” watermarked  in big white letters in the centre of them (I went downstairs for dinner and the program decided to watermark my entire file :(  A beautiful example of Murphy’s Law as never has my computer done anything that fast) and excuse moi for assuming that “SAMPLE” actually meant “sample

annnywaay.  Deeeep breath….

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As you can see I spent the morning doing something a little more relaxing …

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Alas, despite our insanely gorgeous weather lately, the rose bushes had to be cut back so these are just from Von’s but the Helibores are from my garden (you know I have to do at least one Helibore post a year!)

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When I was finished I gathered all my arrangements and  put them in the light of the dining room.

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Quite honestly, you’d swear it was Spring in Santa Barbara right now.

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Helibores are also known as “The Christmas Rose” due to their blooming in late December thru January.

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They come in all sorts of different styles and colours ranging from white to a deep burgundy.

Some are quite frilly, others are Plane Janes like the one above, but I think they’re all beautiful.

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Helibores have a tendency to hang their heads and slouch so it’s a good idea to pair them with flowers with better posture.

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Naturally I thought of this Prada necklace as I was compiling

I’m so good at multi-tasking…

But now, I’m ready for bed. Excuse me if there are any mistakes in this post

My eyes are stinging like the tails of a thousand scorpions (I’m also a little dramatic)

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How was your day?!

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Oh, and P.S. If you’re signing up for email subscriptions, following Slim Paley on Facebook or Twitter, or even just leaving a comment, I’d love to know Where in The World YOU are!

WordPress used to provide this feature in their analytics but I guess that was too much fun for us bloggers so they stopped.

It’s the Discontinued Favourite Lipstick Syndrome

Global party over :(

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