This is a book I've been wanting to get my paws on for a long time: Restoring a House in the City by former House & Garden editor, Ingrid Abramovitch. It's all about renovating one of my favourite types of building: the New York Brownstone. These are the images off her website, and I've posted some sample spreads from the book at the end of the post. The photography is by the one and only Brian Park. Makes me wish I had a house in New York City to renovate!Ingrid Abramovitch
Wednesday, June 30
Tuesday, June 29
Last weekend I managed to finish sewing this linen dress - first I dyed the fabric green as it was originally mauve.
On Saturday morning we went to a local car boot sale - these are some shots of the furniture stall - there were some interesting pieces there!
3 days to go until Istanbul!
Thursday, June 24
These delicious pinks and yellows are so complimentary to the summer weather. I'm inspired to take some more shots of little corners of my house. At the moment (or perhaps always) I'm fascinated by shiny reflective surfaces and transparent objects that filter the light... if I can get any shots done in the next week I'll upload them before I depart for Istanbul!
jubella (the dresser)
Summer has finally arrived! It was around 26°C here in London which is pleasant, without being too hot.
Meanwhile, out in the garden...
Tuesday, June 22
When I see work like this,
I want to paint,
but when I see photography like this,
I want to be a photographer.
How does one resolve this never ending dilemma? Which one to focus on (excuse the pun)? There's never enough time to devote oneself wholly to something for long enough to become a master at it. So I carry on, jack of all trades and master of none!
(top image Comber)
(top photo Bridge #2, Brooklyn, NYC)
Train travel - somewhere in Italy
Two tanks jamming, Caltex, Balmain
images from Charles Hewitt gallery
Monday, June 21
Sunday, June 20
Friday, June 18
Thursday, June 17
There's a vegetable called bitter gourd (or karela in Hindi) that purifies the blood. We had it for dinner the other night cooked in fennel and onion - the fried onion and fennel seeds reduce the bitterness so it actually tastes sweet!
here it is before and after cooking...
this is how it looks after picking - scary!above image from indianetzone