Tag: Interior design

a very pilgrim chic typa post

“Find something you’re passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it.”

― Julia Child.

Like good food and cute cafes, maybe? 🙂

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This is essentially a Saturday shenanigans post but it’s also a very pilgrim chic kind of post so guess which title won the battle (for the title)? *grin* I love good puns. Some of you may think it’s lame and I don’t blame you, you may be right. But this little space on the internet is where I get to share my lame jokes with some random nice people, and there is no harm in that. In fact, I find great joy in making lame jokes on the internet 😀

This past Saturday, I had brunch at Wasp and Sprout with my friend Idil and Sauti Sol. Well not exactly… Chimano of Sauti Sol walked into the restaurant just as we paid our bill and were about to leave. After a brief whispery-not-so-whispery debate between Idil and I as to whether it was Chimano from Sauti Sol, she seemed very sure and because she’s such a cool person I knew she must be right so naturally, I awkwardly walked over, with my characteristic half giggle and said, ‘Hello, are you Chimano from Sauti Sol’? To which he responded, that yes he was. ‘I’m a fan of your work, you guys are amazing’, I said. ‘Thanks’, with a huge grin on his face. It’s almost like he didn’t want to draw attention to himself, seated at a tiny corner table with both a hat and some quirky sunglasses on. I guess even Sauti Sol peeps need some alone time in cute little restaurants on Saturday mornings. I hope I haven’t disclosed his secret spot. But then again, other than my close friends and workmates that I pester to keep checking my new posts, who even reads my blog? 😀
He seemed friendly enough, so I high-fived him and then walked away. And that’s the end of that.

Idil and I decided to meet up after what seemed like months of exchanging texts on the lines of, ‘we have to meet up soon, it’s been too long’. She’s one of my people people, you know? My kind of person 🙂

We listened to Ed Sheeran’s new album, Divide, the whole drive to the restaurant, past the slightly intimidating Kangemi (I’ve heard of people getting carjacked and other horror stories) and into the more serene Loresho suburbs. I’m going to buy a house in a similar neighbourhood (Loresho) in the near future one day. I just need to have about 50 million Kenya shillings lying around somewhere first.

The entrance to the restaurant is quite discreet – Idil had been there before and we both seemed a little lost until we got out of the car and spotted the distinctly redone school chairs with tailored kitenge cushions through the plants, and we knew we’d finally found the place. I’m not even exaggerating when I say it’s the best darn breakfast I have ever had in any restaurant in Nairobi. I truly mean it, and my mouth is watering just thinking about it. So good.

Idil ordered the American style French toast (am I the only one who finds this giggle-worthy? American style French toast 😀 ) with strawberries, black pepper pineapple, strawberries (yes, the menu states strawberries twice and with good reason), creme fraise and organic honey. I ordered the sprout omelette – which is two eggs, caramelised onions, baby spinach, mushrooms and quark – with their delicious cinnamon bagel on the side. Quick switch up to Kiswahili – mi sijui quark na creme fraise ni vitu gani lakini zilikuwa tamu. Mi najua quack ya Donald Duck na cream fresh. Ebu Google? Hizi hapa. Back to pilgrim chic 😀 We both had iced chocolate to drink, and, because both dishes were so good and served in great portions, decided to split half and half – omelette as both our savory dish, and the French toast for dessert. Tamu tu sana.

The prices were great too, 2600 Ksh. for two iced chocolates, three bagels, the sprout omelette and divine French toast *slurp* Time just seems to fly in such beautiful spaces, for us at least; chatting away, taking about a hundred pictures and Boomerang GIFS in three hours. No regrets people, non je ne regrette rien.

Wasp and Sprout Cafe.

Check out their website here.
Google maps link here 🙂

Chat more soon?

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I’d like to share a few night time pictures of my bedroom.

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I’ll share some day time pictures some day, soon 🙂

  1. My mum got the chair from an Iranian exhibition about fifteen years ago (bought as a set which she later gave away and kept only two pieces).
  2. The desk lamp was a gift.
  3. My friend went to Paris and got me this Picasso sketching pencil from the Center Pompidou, it also came with a bookmark. Such a thoughtful gift, I sketch and paint a lot so I like to have it close to me just to dream and visualize 🙂 I also like to keep my passport close by just so that I feel like I’m going to travel soon 😀
  4. I like to collect random pieces of ‘memories’ like polished stones or this wheat strand from when I first went to Timau.
  5. I love to light candles at night, helps me see the world through dreamy warm light 🙂
  6. I had my desk made out of my mum’s old pink bed (some of you may have seen it on my Instagram some time last year) then painted it white because my room has an all white theme at the moment. I’d like to do the same to my wardrobe and storage units, that is, paint them white and probably have a distressed finish.

Designing furniture has always been a dream of mine. I have a deep respect and profound admiration for architects whose exploration and passion for design transcend into other fields, such as furniture design.

I admire the work of Zaha Hadid, in my humble opinion her work seems to have a certain spontaneous, classic yet eclectic feel. I’d probably collect a single piece from her work. But I admire the simplicity and universal appeal of simple yet detailed and well thought out Scandinavian designs. Finn Jhul, Mies van der Rohe, Charles and Ray Eames, just to name a few, were successful at creating timeless classics. I aspire to be that great of an architect and designer one day.

What immense satisfaction one must feel to design a piece to their own specifications and preference. I hope to explore this side of my creativity. Just to go off tangent as I usually do, as a creative do you sometimes worry that ideas will run out? Or that everything has been done already? I mean, how much more creativity can one put into the design of a chair? Or table? I try to train my mind to see things differently, and see the opportunity for growth in every situation. I will admire the next designer’s work, question what I like about the design, draw some lessons – but will always want to have something that is my own. My way, you know?

What are your dreams? Just start, today. However small, start building towards your bigger dreams. One day at a time 🙂