So I’ve recently come to terms with how desperate I am to have a ‘green wall’, it brings so much freaking vibrancy and life into a space (smells nice too i bet)….one for the future I think…I’m not so sure how impressed the landlords would be with a vertical compost bag stuck to my Kitchen wall.
Inspiring superb little green renovation by Michelle de la vega, from my beloved future home in Washington state.
She has successfully converted this old dusty garage with little to no future, into a stunning 250 sq foot ‘mini home’!
Michelle had initially taken out a mortgage on the main home within the plot, however was struggling to meet the mortgage re-payments, and so made the brave decision to move into the old garage next door.
Being unable to afford hiring an architect or contractors she completed much of the work herself!
Such clear evidence that anything can be accomplished if you put your heart and soul into it!!
Bible of all travelling books had arrived. Let the mindblowing experiences commence! Here I come Iceland, Transiberia, Talinn and Warsaw.
My latest creation! Relatively happy with it I think….much much more work than I anticipated to repair the drop leaf joints mind!
My latest design fettish: CORK
I genuinely can’t get enough of it…the honest, pure, earthy, warm, organic feel, how distinctly different each piece is, not to mention how renewable and eco-friendly it is too!
And now that I have discovered it can be bought in huge rolls…..next stop….CORK WALL.
Beautiful CorTen prefab redev of an old ruinous barn…..This is right up my street!
You rock my world Haworth-Tompkins Architects.
Latest piece of Reclamation!
Here’s my latest little project all completed! I’m pretty happy with it I think. Already sold, money already in my sexy savings tin. JOYFUL
The initial structural stages of this house construction show an insight into the ‘bare bones’ of a house.
It could almost be perceived as though an existing house has been stripped right back, with all of its fancy clothes and accessories removed, it is NAKED!
I just wanted to take a few minutes to express my pride for the Jubilee celebrations from this weekend.
It’s been a few days now and we’re all back at work and the weather is miserable and the bunting is being taken down but I still feel overwhelmingly privileged to have seen the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Our monarchy is an institution that, to me, symbolises the whole of Great Britain. It’s a physical embodiment of how much we value our history and inherent culture; of our status in the world both politically and socially; of our individuality as a nation and of the Commonwealth as a whole and, to some extent, even of our stereotypes.
But despite their deep roots in history and religion - things that aren’t always valued or appreciated - the royal family still somehow manages to be relevant. Throughout the Queen’s reign we have seen the royal family change with the times becoming more approachable and less formal. We are seeing more of their family life rather than their royal life and it brings them down to a level where we can see and appreciate that they are just people - a very privileged group of people, I will grant you, but the price of that privilege is a high one as the figureheads and representatives of this country and it’s colonies. Focusing on the Queen as a mother and grandmother builds our admiration even more because she has managed to retain her humanity amongst the heavy duties and, I’m sure, behind-the-scenes ruthlessness that must come with the job of keeping Britain looking respectable to the rest of the world by leading by example.
As something the people of Britain can get behind and support and feel united about the royal family are priceless. You only have to look at Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding last year or the Jubilee celebrations from last weekend. Seeing the crowds of people lining the Mall or outside Buckingham Palace or celebrating in the streets up and down the country get together and choose to celebrate the same thing is something almost unheard of in this country where public displays such as these are few and far between. Us Brits hear the National Anthem only at the beginning of international football games (if ever) but to hear thousands of people singing God Save the Queen with such pride and passion was a moment of patriotism I’ll never forget. I’m sure the Queen will be fed up of hearing that song everywhere she’s been for 60 years but I’m also sure that seeing that crowd for the concert or for the boat pageant or the Thanksgiving service at St Paul’s Cathedral will be moments of her reign that she will never forget.
Other countries look up to Britain because of our monarchy. It gives them something to be curious about and to admire. It promotes tourism which is a great thing for British economics as well as for allowing people from other cultures to come and learn about and embrace the way of life we have on our little island. The rest of Europe, or even the rest of the world, may ridicule us, call us old-fashioned and question the validity of a monarchy in modern politics. To them I say the political stability in Europe has fluctuated massively in the two centuries since the demise of the European royal houses whereas Britain’s only regained stability after the reintroduction of the monarchy over three hundred years ago. Our constitutional monarchy has seen revolutions and wars, treaties and dictatorships, exilations and processes of political trial and error on mainland Europe while we have gone on comfortably. So there.
As role models in themselves the royal family are examples of the best a British person can be. Composed. Cultured. Educated. Someone who takes pride in the military. Charitable. Well-spoken. Patriotic. They are British (German jokes aside). They eat, sleep, breathe Great Britain and, if nothing else, I’m glad there is at least some people in this country who do.
I love the Queen, I love the royal family and I love the monarchy. Not, I like to think, because of mindless loyalty but because they are the face we present to the rest of the world and because they represent us well, summing up what we, as a nation, believe in and value. What else do our military, past and present, fight and die for. For Queen and country. I believe they are the same thing.
Our monarchy is an incredible institution with an amazing history that gets stronger every day.
Congratulations for 60 years of upholding the respectability and values of this country, your Majesty.
God Save the Queen.