japanese garden inspo

Japanese gardens (日本庭園 nihon teien) are traditional gardens whose designs are accompanied by Japanese aesthetic and philosophical ideas, avoid artificial ornamentation, and highlight the natural landscape. Plants and worn, aged materials are generally used by Japanese garden designers to suggest an ancient and faraway natural landscape, and to express the fragility of existence as well as time’s unstoppable advance.  

wall street journal

Every now and again you receive some recognition for time and effort that is devoted to a pursuit.  Whether it be personal or professional, it’s always good to get a proverbial “pat on the back” from those who think you’ve done a pretty good job. So it is with my Instagram @adesignersmind.  I have been fortunate to have been mentioned in the List edition of The Wall Street Journal.  It’s

top ten movie list

Whether curled up on the couch on a rainy afternoon, or lying in bed with an iPad, everyone has a film that just resonates with who they are and how they view the world. 1.  Ocean’s 11 – I love a good caper and this movie tops the list!  Great ensemble cast, uber cool soundtrack, and amazing editing giving this film a real ‘rat-pack’ vibe. 2.  Raiders of the Lost

never lose the wonder…

So, the blood moon just happened. In fact it’s still happening while I’m writing this. It’s one of those astronomical phenomena that have captivated humankind for centuries and was often viewed with a combination of awe and fear. Of course, that was centuries ago. Today, a full lunar eclipse is a kind of media event up there with Trump and the latest Facebook scandal. But I think the impact is

that’s a wrap Melbourne!

Tonight is my last night in Melbourne. And there’s nothing quite like that feeling of going home. The euphoria of packing the bag, making sure that everything has been accounted for, that the gifts bought for family are wrapped amongst the unworn items of clothing. And the thought of being met at the airport when my flight lands to the smiles and embraces of wife and kids. I love going

quiet time…

There’s that faint glow slowly stretching out across the sky that heralds the arrival of a new day. It’s just finished raining. Not a pelting downpour, but rather the slow, unhurried rain that soaks the ground and settles the dust. It’s got that fresh smell. A bird is going about its morning ritual of calls and whistles. Apart from the bird song, the rhythmic thump of water drops in the

twenty two takes on life

1. Don’t Argue With Stupid People. You get nowhere. It’s like playing scrabble with a dog, no matter how well you play, the dog will end up shitting on the board and walking away like he won anyway. 2. Eat The Damn Cake. Yes I know that eating right and exercise is important for your health, but if you are in the vicinity of a cake or delicious bite of

advocate personality

ADVOCATE PERSONALITY (INFJ, -A/-T) The Advocate personality type is very rare, making up less than one percent of the population, but they nonetheless leave their mark on the world. As members of the Diplomat Role group, Advocates have an inborn sense of idealism and morality, but what sets them apart is that they are not idle dreamers, but people capable of taking concrete steps to realize their goals and make