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    This new year, I’ve been thinking a lot about nurturing creativity, mindfulness and a healthy body (pizza for lunch, you say?). I spend all day at my computer and by the time I get home I usually feel like a zombie, with brainstorming, making and (most of all) blogging right at the end of my to-do list after 1. Take a bath 2. Eat dinner 3. Eat ALL the chocolate. A friend sent me a link to this video of a 13 year old giving a talk at Tedx about his experience of Homeschooling. This boy is so passionate about learning and broadening his horizons because he applies school subjects like English, physics and maths to what he likes to do; in essence, he’s largely in control of his own education, governed by what makes him excited to learn.

    My favourite part is when he talks about what kids want to be when they grow up – the simplest, purest answer?

    To be happy.

    But parents are going for answers like teacher, astronaut, doctor, because they take it for granted that their child will be a happy and healthy adult, but that’s not always the case. So why don’t schools put as much emphasis on being happy and healthy as they do on their academic curriculum? I really recommend watching this video – what a great way to start a Friday morning, inspired by a 13 year old boy.

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    My best shopping secret yet: the girls’ collection at Zara Kids goes up to age 14, so tonight I’m planning on stocking up on cosy knitwear and cute sweaters for a fraction of the mainline price.

    I love finding art in unexpected places and think that this plate by West Elms provides the perfect motto for my new kitchen. Hung together with a couple of mismatched frames, or in pride of place above the cooker, something simple can be transformed into a real focal point. I can’t wait to share the results!

    I was reading a new-to-me blog recently and found out about Julie’s Kitchen, an on-going project documenting Julie Lee’s Santa Monica Farmers’ Market purchases. And in such a beautiful way! Julie puts together sweet repeated patterns that are so pleasing to the eye, I’d plaster them on my kitchen walls given half the chance. 

    Wednesday treats

    Fashion fades, only style remains the same

    Coco Chanel

    spring cleaning

    a sweet offering

    (via matchbookmag)

    This weekend I got down and dirty with a little diy project inspired by Design Love Fest. I picked up these cheap shelves from Ikea for about £8, painted the wood white and sprayed the brackets with copper. I love the way they look, but sadly they’re now filled with the boyfriends Playstation games. Not quite the chic display I had in mind.

    This intricate vase by Korean artist Meekyoung Shin might look like your standard Oriental masterpiece, but visit her work at the Saatchi Gallery and you’ll be able to smell the difference. Meekyoung carves her pieces from soap. Yes, SOAP! My mum is a big advocate of posh smellies and my parents’ house is stocked full of them, so I’ll be taking her to see the exhibit asap. Guarantee it will smell better than this.

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