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The Sayonara Season is upon us

The dreaded Sayonara Season is upon us and lovely friends pack up their lives in Japan to move elsewhere / back to their home countries. I’ve called a number of countries my (temporary) home for more than 20 years, but I’m still not used to the frequent good-byes…

Are you saying sayonara to some of your friends and would like to get them something to remind them of your time together?

Here are my suggestions:

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My favourite Thai restaurant in Tokyo

After many average Thai food experiences, we tried our luck with Bangkok Oriental and haven’t looked back since.

Even though the restaurant is in walking distance to our place, we have actually never been inside, but get to enjoy the food thanks to Uber Eats.

The soft shell crab stir-fry and the glass noodle salad are firm favourites! 

Bangkok Oriental
1-3-1 Shimomeguro, Meguro-ku

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Textured Turquoise

Discovering and meeting creative artists and artisans is one of the tasks I enjoy most.

I came across Khun Alex’ textured turquoise creations when I lived in Bangkok, but I hadn’t met the creator during my time there. It took me quite while and a number of friends on Thai soil to find him and I finally met Khun Alex on my very first sourcing trip to Thailand (see picture above).

His beautiful decorative items have been adorning the Showroom for a while and they are now finally available in my online store.

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Turquoise Port at Decor


Decor – the annual furniture and home decor sale at the Tokyo American Club is back and I’ll be there with some of my collection.

Members only:
Sunday, 25 April, 5:30pm – 8pm

Open to the public:
Monday, 26 April, 10am – 7pm

Hope to see you there!

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Some of my favourite links … April 2021

This is such a cool Kickstarter project!
Jean Freund, the artist, showed the draft to me a couple of weeks ago and it is fab!!
Bon Voyage Tokyo: an illustrated book with augmented reality

Iran is one of the most amazing countries I have ever had the privilege to visit
Most beautiful places in Iran: Photos will dazzle you

Rehang your art, add greens and 9 other ideas to change the feel of your space for free
11 zero-cost room-changing ideas

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This month I’m … April 2021

Absolute VAX FOMO!

More and more friends around the world are getting vaccinated. When is it our turn???
(FOMO = Fear Of Missing Out)

Spending more time outdoors

We dusted off the garden furniture last weekend – I can’t wait to get the BBQ season started!  

by Matthew McConaughey

From the Academy Award®–winning actor, an unconventional memoir filled with raucous stories, outlaw wisdom, and lessons learned the hard way about living with greater satisfaction.

Decor at the Tokyo American Club

Decor – the annual furniture and home decor sale at the Tokyo American Club is back and I’ll be there with some of my collection.

Members only: Sunday, 25 April, 6pm-8:30pm
Open to the public: Monday, 26 April, 10am-7:30pm

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Monochrome living

Monochromatic decorating is nothing new, it has been around for ages. So if you are after a decorating style that doesn’t go out of fashion quickly, you may want to consider giving your home a monochrome makeover. 

A monochrome colour palette also lends itself as a great base to add flashes of colour or to display some more colourful (travel) finds and treasures without adding visual clutter to your space.

Shop monochrome:

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April 2021 Showroom Open Days

Hello April!⁠
I’ve got three Showroom Open Days planned this month:⁠

The doors are open from 11am – 5pm on the following days:⁠
– Wednesday, 7 April 2021⁠
– Thursday, 15 April 2021⁠
– Wednesday, 21 April 2021⁠

Please get in touch if you would like to browse the Showroom outside the regular Open Days. Weekend and evening appointments available.⁠

Hope to see you!⁠
Alex x⁠