Recently Schiffer Books kindly sent me copies of two books that had recently been published. The titles are Luxury Design for Living and Modern Masterpieces. Both feature some of the most exclusive residential homes in the world. From the outset Schiffer wanted to focus on luxurious properties with a strictly contemporary aesthetic. However, (as an exception) they did allow me to include a phenomenal German housing and office complex called Sonnenhof by J Mayer H Architects. Essentially this radical development is a perfect solution to modern day inner city living. » Read more

Presently work is being carried out to transform the façade of our home in South Australia. Even though the residence has a contemporary appearance it is generic and typical of a lot of houses in the region. Ultimately that is why I devised a radical design theme that was also reasonably affordable. Previously, I have renovated several properties in the UK and have a general passion for architecture. That is what prompted me to write several books about the subject. » Read more

Earlier this year I went on a cruise with my family around New Zealand. From a young age I was fascinated with this country and had always dreamed of travelling. What really surprised me was the diverse landscape and the contrast between the North and South Island. Even the weather varied massively from city to city. Therefore, some days we wore T-shirts and on other day’s rain jackets. The country also is a hot bed of culture and is a very spiritual environment. » Read more

Like most authors/bloggers I spend an enormous amount of my time trying to find products that will resonate with my readers. Originally when I started writing about watches a few years ago the main source of inspiration are labels like MB & F, Urwerk, DeBethune etc. Certainly these watchmakers are pioneering and have made the horological landscape very exciting. However, the price point is well beyond most people’s budgets and they only produce a limited amount of models a year. Fortunately, for the consumer there are several distinctive and more affordable options. A great example is MUSE who have just unveiled a great collection of ‘Swiss Art Watches’ (Stella, Stella-S, Akylon, Tanoura, Kagura). » Read more