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Alabama Arkansas I do love my Ma and Pa
Not the way that I do love you

Well holy moly me oh my
You’re the apple of my eye
Girl I’ve never loved one like you

Man o man you’re my best friend
I scream it to the nothingness
There ain’t nothing that I need

Hot and heavy pumpkin pie
Chocolate candy Jesus Christ
Ain’t nothing please me more than you

Alabama, Arkansas

[Chorus:]
Home, let me come home
Home is wherever I’m with you
Home, let me come home
Home is wherever I’m with you

La la la la
Take me home
Mama I’m coming home

I follow you into the park,
Through the jungle, through the dark
Girl I’ve never loved one like you

Moats and boats and waterfalls,
Alleyways and payphone calls
I been everywhere with you (that’s true)

Laugh until we think we’ll die,
Barefoot on a summer night
Never could be sweeter than with you

And in the streets you run afree,
Like it’s only you and me,
Geeze, you’re something to see.

[Chorus]

La la la la
Take me home
Mama I’m coming home

‒ Jade?
‒ Alexander?
‒ Do you remember that day you fell outta my window?
‒ I sure do ‒ you came jumping right out after me.
‒ Well, you fell on the concrete, nearly broke your ass, and you were bleeding all over the place, I rushed you out to the hospital, you remember that?
‒ Yes, I do.
‒ Well, there’s something I never told you about that night.
‒ What didn’t you tell me?
‒ Well, while you were sitting in the back seat smoking a cigarette you thought was gonna be your last, I was falling deep, deep in love with you, and I never told you till just now!

[Chorus]

Home, let me come home, home is wherever I’m with you
Our home, yes I’m home, home is when I’m alone with you

Alabama Arkansas I do love my Ma and Pa
Moats and boats and waterfalls,
Alleyways and payphone calls

Home is when I’m alone with you!
Home is when I’m alone with you

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I love denim. I have since I was a kid and I had pale blue dungarees shorts, followed by huge bellbottoms with flares the size of dinnerplates when I was 12, and again when I was 16 with my first denim miniskirt, again with an original dirty denim Levis jacket at 18, followed by denims covered in lace and patchwork when I was a student, and again in my late 20s with a few pairs of indigo skinnies…

I think it’s safe to say that denim is a big part of our wardrobe history, present and future; it’s been the fashion staple of mineworkers, train-track layermen, builders, CEOs, firemen, graphic designers, advertising executives and hipsters. And to keep this never-say-die trend going, here are the Denim trends for 2014 from We Connect Fashion.

Patchwork Denim

Studs

Doodles

Patches

Splatter

Side Stripes

Raw Indigo

So according to the Pantone Colour Institute, here are the Top 10 colours for women for Spring 2014, as evidenced by designers in the latest catwalk shows. What do you think? A variety of brights, pastel brights and neutrals to play around with. Here is what Leatrice Eiseman, the executive director had to say about the colour selection:

“What’s interesting is we’re seeing exciting and fashionable colors as well as more neutral ones. It’s not as though everyone is willing to wear the bright colors from recent seasons head-to-toe. There needs to be equilibrium, and that is a more serious word than balance. The world still needs the stability of soft neutrals but we’re not just talking about gray, beige and taupe,”  (read more here)

I’m loving the Hemlock green, the Sand shade and Paloma grey. Thoughts Good Girls community?!

If you’re like me and have too many books to keep count of (not including the digital versions on your kindle) then you can certainly appreciate a good bookcase! I’ve seen many really good ones, one of my favourites has to be the very rustic wood bookcase at the Food Barn at Noordhoek Farm Village. I love the thick planks and worn wood – seems to match well-loved books well!

About 2 years ago my husband and I put together a custom bookshelf cum TV cabinet cum CD display case by simply using raw wood planks, a few brackets to hold everything up and 2 brackets attached to the wall. The beauty of it though was that we were able to dismantle the whole thing and bring all the wood with us to our new home when we moved a few months ago! So while we haven’t reinvented our bookcase, we have big plans for it (in its disassembled state in the garage!)

Anyway here are some really fantastic creative bookshelf ideas, from under-the-stairs to in-the-ceiling to round-about…there’s plenty of ways to get your dream reading on 😉

Reading Up the Stairs

Reading Up the Stairs | source  Pinterest

Reading Under the Window Nook

Reading Under the Window Nook | source Pinterest

Reading in a Circle

Reading in a Circle | source Pinterest

Reading Upstairs

Reading Upstairs | source Pinterest

Reading Along the Pipes

Reading Along the Pipes | source Dreamer Attraction

Reading in the Roof

Reading in the Roof | source Love This Pic

Reading in Blocks

Reading in Blocks | source revistacasaejardim

Reading Up the Wall

Reading Up the Wall | source Lushome

What a significant amount of wisdom in the below quote. It’s amazing to think we often work exceedingly hard to the point of striving, whereas often the result could be achieved with far less stress and ladders in our stockings. A good dose of commonsense (using your noggin at the right moment and thinking clearly and objectively) combined with perseverance (often the end goal takes a bit of sticky-getting-there but you know if you put your head down and work at it, you’ll get there) is sure to get you places in life.

I would add that a reliance on something other than yourself is likely to help you here. I have faith that God is always with me, and that confidence ensures I’m never alone when things are hard, when life gets tough and when deadlines loom scarily in the near future. So this is my Monday wisdom 🙂

Commonsense & Perseverance

My aunt just donated some lovely desert roses for our (rather sparse) garden, and so they are now flourishing in our succulent bed, with all the other cacti-related plants! I love desert-inspiration, whether it’s gardens or interiors. I think it’s because my love of the Karoo and the wide open spaces match my love for a country like Namibia – the desert scenery is just something so spectacular and awe-inspiring.

Here are a few ideas on how to incorporate a desert theme decor into your home, party or garden – it’s pretty easy actually and can be achieved with minimal effort. Enjoy!

Desert Vase & Cactus

Desert Vase & Cactus | source The Collection Agency

Velvet Couches & Desert Skulls

Velvet Couches & Desert Skulls | source Pinterest

A Cactus from Mexico

A Cactus from Mexico | source fab.com

Desert Rose in a Can

Desert Rose in a Can | source Jill Thomas Photography

Tea Party in the Desert

Tea Party in the Desert | source Ruffledblog.com

Classic Desert Retreat

Classic Desert Retreat | source Cabbage Rose Blog

Cactus Garden

Cactus Garden | source Pinterest

Plascon has always been front and centre when predicting the trendy paint colours for the upcoming year. 2014 is no different with four distinct themes that take into account what is happening in design, decor & interior decorating right now. Here’s the blog post as originally published on www.plascon.co.za:

The 2014 Forecast Themes:

Urban Tribe is a response to the growing trend towards national pride – especially amongst BRICS nations. With countries like South Africa and Brazil coming to the fore as global centres of design, their unique aesthetics are being showcased around the world. Urban Tribe expresses this with a warm and grounded palette of contemporary brights, plus gold and black accents.

Key Influences – African and South American vivid brights, high contrast combinations, retro-modern design, raw and refined.

Urban Tribe

Second Nature takes a new look at our relationship with the natural world. As more and more people live in cities, the urban space becomes our key reference point, and combining this with the natural world becomes vital to keep our lives balanced. This sentiment is captured in a bright, vibrant palette of greens and blues, activated by a bright yellow accent.

Key Influences – South American rain forest, jungle and acid green tones, tropical inspired motives, urban pattern, eclectic combinations.

Second Nature

Calm Contrast tracks the evolution of pastels in modern design, showing how they’ve moved on from being purely “feminine” colours. This palette shows the combination of classic pastels with grounding neutrals, plus dark blue and copper, creating a balanced, contemporary feeling.

Key Influences – Faceted geometry, contemporary romanticism, modern meets classic, subtle contrasts, natural finishes.

Calm Contrast

Inner Space is inspired by the ways in which we use sanctuary environments to rest and reflect in a busy world. Drawing colour inspiration from the stars and universe above us to enhance the contemplative mood, the theme is expressed through a collection of neutrals and blues for a deep, tonal palette.

Key Influences – Space and the galaxy, deep and moody colour, lunar greys and neutrals, night sky blue.

Inner Space