• Design,  Lifestyle

    Design Inspo

    One of the most difficult things about designing a space is being able to articulate your design style. It’s something that I’ve struggled with for a while—I know what I like and don’t like, but I find it hard to explain why certain aesthetics are attractive to me and others are not. Clarity of vision is fundamental to design. When Oli and I began construction on our new home in Mauritius, I knew all the interior design details would come down to me. I relished the challenge and was excited to begin the process, but I had no idea where to start (and almost zero experience, and definitely zero formal…

  • Lifestyle

    House Update

    As many of you already know, Oli and I are building a place to live above our in-law’s home in Quatre Bornes. We are six months into the building project, which is being managed by one of Oli’s uncles (who happens to be a building contractor). The basic structure is complete—it has floors, walls, and a roof!—but many of the finishings and fittings still need to be done. As I write this, workers are busy tiling the bathroom and laundry room walls and I can hear the tap-tap-tapping as they go. There is still all the electrical and plumbing work to be done yet, as well as painting the walls…

  • Dream Home

    Dream Home

    Two years ago, Oli and I bought and moved into our first real home—a four bedroom, three bathroom single family home in East Palo Alto (EPA), California. I was really excited about this house because, when we bought it, it was still under construction and we could pick a few of the finishings—flooring, cabinet colors (but not style), counter tops, carpets, and bathroom tiles. I had so much fun talking with interior designers and thinking about color schemes, countertops (marble vs granite vs quartz), and types of flooring (hardwood vs manufactured wood etc). However, since our house was part of a development with an HOA, there were certain constraints and…