My desire for the creative life has led me to the streets of Paris, the boroughs of New York, the galleries of Berlin and always to the shores of the West Coast. I am inspired by living a simple life, rich in culture. I am drawn to cities where dogs sleep below cafe tables, where books and art grace the walls of homes and where the world slows down for a meal shared with friends.

I've made my home on beautiful Vancouver Island. My studio and home, a hundred-year-old character house, acts as the canvas for every photograph, recipe and dinner party. 

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Mrs. Potato Head

If I could dream up the perfect place to spend a day in the sun it would be exactly as I experienced the Potato Head Beach Club. After reading about this Seminyak hotspot on our way from Ubud to the west coast of Bali last week, I was intrigued. And, anything with the name "Potato Head" sounded like something I would love.

Designed by Indonesia's most prominent architect, Andra Matin, Potato Head is the perfect balance of modernity and fantasy. The facade, a wall of weathered shutters, entices us through the narrow entrance. Walking through the dark cement mezzanine, you enter a time traveling portal to the 'fun side'. Another world. Time stops and the rest of the day becomes a blur.

Everything from the teak lounge to the cocktail menu is designed with such consideration, I am in awe of every detail. We decide to make a day of it, finding our way to one of the sought after cabanas. We order prohibition iced teas that arrive in aged metal teapots. Today, I am Mrs. Potato Head.

Leaning over the edge of the pool I look out to the Indian Ocean, Bali you are full of surprises.


All photographs by Douglas Lyle Thompson

In Pictures: Bali

Creative Q&A: Olivia Rae James