About to board a plane again -- another multiple-leg work trip to Asia, with my good friend Sandra. (We've worked + traveled together on somewhat of a sporadic basis these last couple of years. India would have been our fifth country together, alas didn’t have time to renew our visas & ended up having to cancel. (just as an FYI, Indian visa processing procedures for US citizens have recently changed -- in case anyone is planning a trip. And if my recent experience has any bearing, VISA Express and similar incredible agencies that normally McGyver my last-minute visas without a hitch were unable to guarantee their usual 24-hour turnaround time at this point.) Anyway, today is one of those red-eye days when I get to see the sun come up at three different airports. I'll see you on the other side.
And speaking of fresh air… not a fan of synthetic air fresheners. On top of that I wasn't blessed with a very girly taste in general so most fruity concoctions, even when a 100% natural are still somewhat invasive to my senses.
Do love the smell of books, leather, trees, vanilla, wood, saunas (eucalyptus), Asian temples, coffee, fire, babies, rain, lemons and honey though (the list goes on)… and once in a blue moon I do come across the perfect bottle of organic wholesomeness that's just right for my world.
so for the unlikely event that someone's
got the same preferences as me, here are my
To me, these smell like good blues sounds… raw, calm and soulful.
If you also prefer natural scents, please do point me to any good woody or leathery organic finds. A hint of vanilla is always a bonus.
What I like about white the best is the visual simplicity rendered by the illusion that I am surrounded by space rather than walls and objects.
In my world, white is best mixed with natural elements that have their own non-color color, like wood, leather, steel, fur, jute, plants, etc. All in a non-fussy, low-maintenance, I don't know, neither cluttered nor museum-perfection manner. Kind of just letting them mix the way they want to mix.
Besides their aesthetics, my favorite quality of imperfect, distressed furniture (as well as imperfect walls and floors) is that accidental scratches and marks don't ruin them. Like good jeans, the more wear the better.
(Dining room pictures ending here, moving over to the living room)
My hands down favorite element of the living area is the water view (which I managed not to capture) and the amount of light coming in.
(As a side note: a rather common question female visitors tend to point at me is whether it's a nightmare to keep white furniture clean. Funny how guys never ask that. I know it sounds counter-intuitive, but the answer is no, as long as the upholstery is removable and washable, which I think any upholstery, white or not, should be anyway. The same goes for white sheets and towels, so much easier to add bleach to the wash to get rid of the occasional mascara-stain than it would be with any other color. That being said, whatever the color, an extra set of the removable upholstery purchased from the manufacturer is of course common sense. Guess my only advice is if you have to bleach, which most of the time I don't, then make sure all pieces are in the same wash to avoid getting one of them a slightly different shade of white.)
Don't have more living area photos, there's really just a fire place, a TV and a few windows missing. Moving over to the powder room next.
Not much to show here.
(The fern needs a trim, I know.)
OK, this post is getting way longer than foreseen, so I'll leave the remaining areas (kitchen, entrance and patio downstairs, then my bedroom, bathroom, balcony, tiny guest bed & bath, my office and some open landing areas upstairs) for another time.
(If anyone is even interested that is. In essence it's really just more rooms of the same style).
Don't know if it's a good thing or not but I've hardly been spending any time online lately. Nor have I read a book in ages. Not a conscious choice by any means (though the World Cup didn't help), yet can't help but enjoy these occasional low key/passive spells while they last.
Guess the nice thing about these involuntary recharging periods is this sudden contention with just the way things are… you know, when for some reason everything seems good enough -- even fulfilling.
Hope everyone is having a great Summer and enjoying the perfection that is champagne mangoes (best thing about Summer). I am about to watch the prequel to The Planet of the Apes (the one that just came out was so good!).
Would much rather be watching the US winning the World Cup, but I guess after all, not everything about this Summer is perfect.