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. 

While wandering around Edinburgh this weekend, we came across some stunning coffee table books and it got me to thinking I’d like to start a collection.

This could very quickly get out of control as I’ve never been able to contain myself in a bookstore… (one of the loveliest traits handed down to me by my Mom.) So in order to avoid amassing thousands of books so heavy I will not want to move with them, let’s lay down some criteria.

The books must be:

  • visually arresting
  • inspirational
  • informative
  • reference
  • associated with a place you have been to and loved
  • insightful about a place you want to go

I have my eye on these at the moment. Some are new, many are old. All look like books I’d never want to put down.

Have any favorites you’d recommend?

(…now if I only had a coffee table… keep your eyes posted for a “coffee table to put coffee table books on” post coming up in the near future.)


For images and more on the books above, follow these links:

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