For The Love Of Klimt


Just yesterday Marica and I were discussing our love for the art of Gustav Klimt - Austrian symbolist painter. Today, his work is often seen as clichéd and cheesy (same happened to the work of poor Tretchikoff) however here at The Tabloid we still think it grand and romantic! We especially adore Klimt’s “Golden Phase” - many of his paintings from this period include the use of gold leaf – his famous “The Kiss” is an excellent example of this.

During the course of one of our Irish boutique hotel projects in Galway, I met a South African artist who works in a very different art medium. She would paint beautiful scenes on glass, cut the painted glass into puzzle-like pieces, and then tile it back together again in a mosaic-like fashion. The resulting artwork is absolutely stunning!

Through her I was introduced to the art work of Klimt - at the time she was creating some unbelievably beautiful Klimt tribute pieces in her shattered glass method. Well, needless to say I fell in love with his Klimt’s work right there and then. Naturally, we commissioned three big pieces of Klimt’s ladies from our glass artist to proudly display them in the reception area of the hotel.

There were a few unique art pieces in that hotel, but these three gorgeous ladies were the first the guests encountered. I always liked to think they were not only welcoming the guests, but also entertaining them and watching over them.

Now for your enjoyment, I’ve include our favourite works by Klimt below…

Strongwoman does Mandela Day


Google Doodle - Mandela-Day-2014

Mandela Day is here! What will you be doing to celebrate the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela today?

girl power - liesl schoonraad warming upWe will be spending our #67minutes  today supporting one very special lady – strongwoman Liesl Schoonraad.

Liesl will be doing a whopping 67 000 kg worth of calf presses in 67 minutes – a record event! Why would she push her body to lift the equivalent of 10 fully grown African Elephants with her calves? All for charity! You can read more about the challenge: here.

Join us along with event sponsor Xtraordinary Women at Virgin Active Table View today at 14:00 and spend your #67Minutes with us in supporting your local community and a good cause.

We wish Liesl the best of luck in achieving this amazing feat – we are behind you 100% girl!

Hope to see you guys and gals at 2pm!

By the way – did you see the awesome Mandela Day interactive Google doodle today?

Décor Dictionary: Boucherouite


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Boucherouite: (pronounced boo-shay-REET, a word derived from a Moroccan-Arabic phrase for “torn and reused clothing”) is a “rag rug” woven by the nomadic tribes of Morocco including the Berber. In the mid 20th century, Morocco saw some socio-economic change which resulted in a reduction in wool production. It is during this period that tribal weavers started supplementing wool with recycled fabrics, cheap synthetic fibers and even plastics. Boucherouite rugs are easily identifiably by their bold and vibrant colouring and asymmetrical free-form geometric patterns.

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Beautiful Nurseries


By Marica

I am currently in that phase of my life where I am surrounded on all sides by babies. Friends, family – all either pregnant or tending their newborns… you should see my Facebook wall. Being childless (wow that sounds harsh), I find it hard to relate to my all friends’ “new parent chatter” and it is quite difficult to contribute anything of worth to their baby conversations. However, if there is one thing I do know, it’s interiors! Nurseries – now there is something I can get in to!

As I’ve said before in blog posts past, I get very frustrated with some of the current nursery trends. It’s either way too stark or too O.T.T. (that is “over the top”)… just remember you are decorating for a cute and cuddly little person – I believe your nursery interior should reflect this.

It seems, unfortunately, that (similar to the wedding industry) the baby retail market charges exorbitant amounts of money for items and furniture simply because it’s infant or child related. I can hear my friends’ poor wallets groaning from here… as if nappies aren’t expensive enough. Luckily there are some current trends in your favour – vintage and DIY is hot! You can therefore save some money by sprucing up well-chosen items purchased either secondhand or while thrifting.

Excellent nursery design inspiration is also just a few clicks away! There are so many beautiful and tastefully done nursery pics on the net – in fact I see a follow-up post in the near future maybe with a couple of tips! I’ve posted a handful of my favourite nursery images below…

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