What will I be up to this weekend? After I have finished stuffing my face with cranberry and stuffing on Saturday (more on that here), the goal is to start planning our trip to South Africa in April!

One place I will be aching to add to the itinerary is Babylonstoren, a beautifully preserved “werf” (farm yard) in the Cape Dutch tradition about a 45 minute drive north of Cape Town above Stellenbosch. I am OBSESSED with this place and its blog.

Whether it’s the history of its Cape Dutch architecture, its shaded walk “The Puff Adder” or the gorgeous Delft Blue China plate framing its trees in the garden, I can’t seem to stop staring at pictures of it. This would make sense seeing that it’s the brain child of the former Elle-Deco editor, Karen Roos.
So I imagine it will be a fairly inspirational weekend. What are you up to?

Below are some weekend links to get you started.

xx J




Photos via Babylonstoren.

I am seriously obsessed with London. It is the best weekend getaway from Brussels. So just what I needed to feed my obsession on a Monday morning: in today’s Guardian London travel section is a glimpse into a gorgeous new book on London’s best preserved, but little known interiors. Published by English Heritage, London Hidden Interiors has me wanting to jump on a Eurostar pronto, with this book tucked under my arm. The book features 180 locations photographed by Derek Kendall along with an essay on London’s architectural history by Philip Davies.

(i) The 1950’s Rivioli Ballroom, Brockley Road | (ii) 1930’s Gala Bingo Hall, Mitcham Lane | (iii) Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Brentfield Road | (iv) Finsbury Town Hall, Islington

Also on the wish list for upcoming trips to England: a trip to visit Highclere Castle to indulge my equally indulgent Downtown Abbey obsession (you must read about A Lady in London’s recent visit) and a trip to the Hollywood costume exhibit at the V&A, which runs until January 2013.

Photos by Derek Kendall as published in the Guardian. 

Brussels will get a high-class fashion visit in 2013, when ING and the Fondation Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent present an exhibition of the designer’s creations. The expo, entitled “Yves Saint Laurent: A Visionary” will run at the ING Cultural Centre in Brussels from January 30-March 5, 2013, and is rumored to feature pieces that have never gone on tour before.

Few details are available yet…but I’m hoping it looks like the YSL Retrospctive series that traveled around the world earlier this year. If the Brussels show looks anything like the Denver show below, I’ll be happy!

To fill up the time until then, I’ll be planning to watch “L’Amour Fou” (as found on the lovely Miss Moss blog), a documentary about the relationship between Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé. Be sure to read about their Moroccan retreat in Miss Moss’ post as well!

Exhibition photos courtesy of the Denver Art Museum.

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