Island life : Design The Life YOU Want To Live

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If there was ever a place on earth that inspires me as a designer….this is it !!!

***  North Island, Seychelles   ***


My absolute, all time favourite design inspiration.

I could live on this island.


UHHHMMMmmm, like right now.  I can almost imagine the smell of the salty air, the essential oil scents in the rooms and the sound of the ocean waves.

It is practically and island orgasm.

Brad Pitt wouldn’t even notice me sitting in those gorgeous orange chairs.

Yes, he has stayed on this island }

 I would be as quiet as a mouse. A mouse with a smile on my face.

~ Staring at Brad, when he wasn’t looking ~

Wait.  That sounded kinda creepy.


How Romantic is That ?!

 The dim lighting would be my easy disguise.



This is my inspirational place.

Do you have a place where you can design the life YOU want to live?

This is the place I take my mind to, when I want to have a temper tantrum looking at the laundry mountain in our house.

I have seen this island from afar.


I sat on a beautiful porch of our friends home in the Seychelles….stared off to the distance… and admired this island.

It was like staring at a fine bottle of wine, but not being allowed to open it.

{ If that wine bottle was opened, I would surely lick it. }

The island was so close, but so far !!

I even drooled.

I dreamed.

I imagined.

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That should be ME lounging on that bed. LOL

Oh, if I only had three wishes. 🙂

1.  To have some quiet time with Brad Pitt.

2.  To visit this island and never leave.

3.  To be forever inspired by this kind of design.

I have contacts who have worked on this island, from construction to design to everything in between…and yet NO ONE INVITED ME TO SET FOOT ON THIS GORGEOUSNESS !

Actually, I lie.  I was invited.


I swear it.

I was soooo busy working on the design of a house in the Seychelles, that I turned down the opportunity to visit the island.




If I had a third leg, I would kick myself with it.

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Where’s the pool boy?! I need me one 🙂

It wasn’t until weeks later, that I had a chance to look at the island/hotel website.  Then I almost dropped dead with excitement.  I just about exploded.

Then…. I was so angry at myself for missing the opportunity of a lifetime.

 I didn’t talk to myself for days.  Weeks, maybe.  

I almost punched myself in the head. 

Would love to sit RIGHT THERE

I could have stood on that porch!! OMG OMG OMG

It would appear, you must be Angelina Jolie or Kate Middleton to have the privilege of setting foot on the beautiful white sands.


 I’m a celebrity in my own mind.  That should count for something.

P.s. Kate and William honeymooned on this island.  TRUTH.

I knew I should have married into royalty.  LOL.

Stone walls, wood flooring, balinese inspired design

I would go there and never leave. EVER.

Instead, I am having baked beans for dinner tonight.

But I will eat those baked beans with a smile on my face dreaming of my bliss.

( and silently trying to figure out how to kick myself ).

My favourite design inspiration in the world ! NORTH ISLAND



When I shop in Bali, I buy from the same suppliers that supplied the furniture and home decor in these photos.

I have written about some of my Bali shopping trips on this blog.

You can read more about that here : My Bali buying trips.



North Island Seychelles - a gorgeous hotel on a gorgeous island

BALINESE decor and design. My kinda HEAVEN.

I suppose that shopping in Bali is the awesome great news about this whole fiasco of being mad at myself.  Shopping in Bali probably sounds all fancy dancy.  What a load of crap that is.

Do you like that fancy terminology?!

It is hard work.

It is also the most enjoyable work.


with all my heart and soul.

I have had the absolute privilege of buying not only furniture but also the same hanging shells and driftwood as you see in these photos.


That was my budget.

Shells and driftwood.

Big spender, huh??

I will be blogging on how to create a cool DIY shell/curtain soon.

You will pee your pants with excitement.

Or better yet…wouldn’t you love to have a massage here ?

A massage by the Sea. Does LIFE get better than that?

I do think it is hilarious to see the placement of that guys head. TOO FUNNY!!

Until the moment that they let me set foot on this island of gorgeousness….I can keep dreaming.

Yes, NORTH ISLAND, you are on my bucket list.

Do I need to beg ? Because I will.

Pleazzzz pretty pleaz, with a cherry on top??!!!

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A book, a drink, a nap. BLISS

For those of you who would love some island inspiration…….check it out, and drool along with me as you flip through the gallery of photos on the North Island website.

Put in a good word for me when you are there.

P.s. Seychelles is a small island between India and Africa.

Tucked away.

Like a dot on a map.

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Check out how those glass doors that just slide back. Very cool !

All photos in this blog post are from the North Island website :


( I would post my own, if they invite me for a photo shoot ) LOL.

As a blogger, I LOVE to post only my own photos.  But a girl can only do what a girl can do.  Maybe I should be a paparazzi.  I could sneak on the island that way.

This is where we play the game, good idea, bad idea.

Is it a good idea or a bad one?


Until then, I will dream

of ponying up to this bar and having a beverage.

What a perfect place for a Tipsy Tea.

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A stone slab island bar! Helllooo. Brilliant idea !!

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Do you suppose that life could get any better than living on this island ?!



For me,

A wee seaside cottage with whitewashed paint

filled with friends and family

Would be {truly} be my BLISS.

That is designing the life I want to live.

How about you?!

What is YOUR bliss?

How are you designing the life you want to live? xx


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  1. izzie home blogger

    August 20th, 2012 at 11:47 am

    I NEED to visit this place. Absolutely stunning, I wish I could be there right now. Very inspirational.

  2. Lynne Knowlton

    August 24th, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    Hi Izzie,
    It makes you want to jump right on that table and get a massage doesn’t it?! Of course…while staring at the ocean, with an umbrella drink in hand…delivered by a Cabana boy. LOL.

  3. Summer

    February 3rd, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    I’ve always LOVED all things beachy and shabby though I was hardly around it at all. I’ve always said that I should have been born nearer an ocean. I surely would’ve been a surfer girl! lol
    We visited a small island off the coast of South Carolina over the summer and I absolutely fell in love. To the point that I WILL live there. Very small and layed back, nothing fancy at all really, but me and my puppy lily walking for hours on the deserted beach? Well let’s just say it was the goodest! One of the biggest things I do on pinterest in fact, is to plan my dream house there, room by room. HA. It probably won’t be for a very long time, but if I could quite my job(which i hate! lol) tomorrow and bewitch twitch my way there, there I would be! These pics you’ve shared are just beautiful, as is your tree house. I really do love your sense of humor and though I haven’t read much, I always like it. Thank you for putting yourself out there for us 🙂 I truly hope you get to visit in person. If you can ever make a trip to Daufuskie Island South Carolina, it also has it’s rustic charms, not much else, but there-in lies to charm for a gal like me. Whereever you visit, enjoy! Traveling is beautiful and we should all be so lucky to do it more. Thanks, Summer

  4. Summer

    February 3rd, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    I apologize for my typing errors! I really need to proof read my own stuff! lol

  5. Lynne Knowlton

    February 22nd, 2013 at 8:43 am

    Hi Summer !
    Ooooh you must share your pinterest page with me, I would love to see it !
    You can find me here : come say HEY- so I can find you too, and see your beachy-ness of sun sand and fun living.
    Cheers !

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