New York Travels

by Lanalou Style on October 1, 2014

Thanks Lana for giving me the opportunity to showcase the city I’ve called home for four years. I’m not quite a New Yorker yet but I’ve certainly learnt a thing or two. What I love about this city besides its frenetic pace, is that it is rich in cultural history, architecture and art.

New York is not just a huge, frenzied city – it’s a collection of neighbourhoods, each with its own character and feel. Among my favourites are the East and West Villages, now that the oppressive humidity of summer is over, and the days are sunny but cool, this is a great time of year to jump on your bike or take a stroll and explore.

My first stop is always Tompkins Square Park — a little park with a lot of history. Once the haunt of the beat generation (specifically, a favourite author of mine Jack Kerouac) it still retains its bohemian flair with buskers and artists plying their wares. But it also has communal feel with street hockey teams, gym bunnies and kids-jockeying for position at the jungle gyms. And once you’ve had enough people watching, you can buy fresh farm produce at the green-market!

The Villages are full of quaint stores, little gems each specialising in one specific kind of product — whether its boater hats for those wanting to complete their Jazz Age look (take a look at Pork Pie Hatters) or one of a kind necklaces with a quirky edge from Verameat that could be paired with one of Lana’s great finds.

There’s an endless variety of food and drink – from craft beer to Basque specialties or take-out tacos.

After a long day exploring I generally can think of nothing better than an old-fashioned cocktail and oysters from Jeffrey’s Grocery. Maybe finished off with a scoop or two of delicious olive oil ice-cream!

Image credits: Photography by Piko Sipamla | Follow Piko on Instagram


Explore Sevilla via instagram

by Lana on September 29, 2014

So far my trip has been absolutely amazing, there is just so much to take in and experience. I’ll be in Sevilla for the next few days and can’t wait to get exploring. These lovely photos are all by Conybowie who has also just travelled through Spain. Here’s what I can expect to see in Sevilla…


Image credits: conybowie 1 | 2 | 3 | 4


{Words to Live by}

by Lanalou Style on September 28, 2014

words to live by

Move Nourish Believe


Trending now – Woven Baskets

by Lanalou Style on September 24, 2014

I’m Melissa Louise. I’m an Interior Designer at Zana and I am the author/editor and drive behind Melissa Louise Lifestyle and Interiors. I was terribly excited when asked to contribute to the Lanalou Style blog and couldn’t wait to share my most recent lust have with you!

Woven Basket

I am totally obsessed with Nordic and Scandinavian design at the moment. I love how they use texture and pattern within monochromatic spaces, and sometimes add a hint of natural colour through the use of timber furniture details and woven baskets.

Today I am going to focus on the use of woven baskets within interiors. In your home woven baskets can be used for nearly everything, general storage, firewood, blankets and even children’s toys.

I find a cluster of baskets most effective within a space, provided you have the space! Play with scale, this will help draw the eye without making the space seem too cluttered.

Woven Baskets within Interiors

I have recently launched a range of hand woven baskets at the PRESENTspace pop up store at the wellness centre in Kloof Street, Cape Town – I wasn’t kidding when I said I was obsessed!

Woven baskets are also trending in fashion, I love how over-sized baskets have become the perfect accessory. The baskets in my range can double up as fashion or interior accessories. They also come in a range of colours.

Woven Baskets within Interior 2

I hope you find this post useful when styling your home, for any spur of the moment advice tweet me @MelissaLouiseN , Thank you Lana for having me , I hope to be back.

Melissa. x


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