Here are the 10 things I like about this issue of Real Living.
I love abstract art, especially those with texture and grunge effects. Sgraffito gets my vote always, and the art in the photo above clearly has it, as well as texture and grunge. There is something almost primal in the act of scratching, scraping and gouging through layers of paint or other substrates, and uncovering what lies beneath. The results are unpredictable and often surprising. This can be likened to the exposing of one’s own inner psyche.
In this photo, again is the artwork that drew me in. Haha, pun not intended ;-). This time, the art is unusual in that it appears to have a duality about it. The smaller image appears to float above the bigger, seemingly incongruous and a mismatch…and yet somehow both parts are in harmony. A real conversation piece.
The owner of this home decided to indulge in her love for grunge and texture, and decorated her entire apartment’s walls in that vein. It almost looks like she lives in a dilapidated, abandoned warehouse or factory. Furnishing is minimal with emphasis on texture and pops of colour accents. I’d probably spend all day just photographing the walls for their interesting colours and random textures.
Here is a home with a rustic, repurposed look. The dining chairs are a delightful mismatch. As are the tables, 3 square ones have been pushed together to form 1 long, dining table. All 3 tables are a different colour. School lockers have been repurposed as kitchen/dining room cupboards, and take pride of place against the back wall. It takes panache to pull off this look.
Again, the recurring theme of recycling. I like this photo above for 2 ideas it represents – the idea of keeping your paintbrushes in a jar to keep them from drying out, and the splashes and speckles of random colours on the brushes. I find paint spatters and drips fascinating. No doubt psychologists would have a field day with me and Rorschach tests!!
Where I live, things are extremely expensive. Perth, Western Australia, is the most remote city in the world. It is famously further from the eastern states of Australia, than it is from its neighbours Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia. It is often cheaper to fly to those countries than it is to fly to Sydney or Melbourne. Likewise with goods – there is a premium attached to most products that hit the shelves, which cause your coffee to be twice the price of a cuppa in Sydney. Even your vegetables and fruit have to be flown in from interstate. The price of transportation and paying many people who handled the goods along the way soon adds up to an astronomical jump for the end buyer.
I love looking in the dinky pop-up shops around Perth, and taking notes or surreptitious photos with my smartphone…and then going online to see if an item can be bought for cheaper than in the shops. More often than not, the online prices are much cheaper.
More online shopping. I love the patchwork blanket. My Mum made a couple many, many years ago, which she passed on to me a the last time I visited Malaysia. My late Grandma, who passed most recently on 2nd March 2014, also made them and gave me one as well. They are different from the one in the photo above, which has large panels. Mine are interlocking hexagons and made from fabric remnants. I shall treasure my patchwork quilts forever.
I just love the space here. It’s like bringing the outdoors in. The light is amazing, imagine how the plants would love living in this space. I’d fill it with pots of flowers of every type and colour. A succulent rock Zen garden in one corner for contemplation. I would create an undulating fish pond running down the length of this room, where my koi and goldfish would be so happy. I’d have real water lilies in the pond, and running water from a fountain. There would be chaises upon which one could recline, relax and read a book, or just take a nap.
I love birds. I wish I had a parrot like this one here. Or maybe I should find a large portrait painting of a parrot like this one. Or a photograph. What can I say, I’m a crazy chick.
Okay, these circular robot vacuum cleaners have been around for a few years. There are even hilarious YouTube videos of cats sitting on them and going for a ride. I can understand the concept, but are they really effective vacuum cleaners? If they were so bloody brilliant then why are they not in every home? My dogs Scruffy and Shelagh would have a field day with it if we ever got a Roomba. That’s just one of the names for these robot cleaners. Oh wait, I remember seeing Roombas in action in the 2013 film Elysium…only in the movie they starred as flying, whirring, cameramatic spy drones. With guns.
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