Aug 15

Beautiful Collection

Oh, to have a collection of French opaline glassware like this! All those shades of blue – such a beautifully arranged collection. I’m not sure if this is Portieux Vallerysthal, true French Opaline or just a collection of blue opaque glass, and I don’t think it matters, do you? I have a few pieces, but nothing like this! Makes me want to hit the antique shops and get collecting!

Jan 18

Blue libraries

I have been obsessed with the idea of having a blue library for awhile now. I love the idea of being wrapped in a dark colour for reading/watching tv, and am detrmined that when (someday) I have a separate room in my house for all the books which are currently stored in boxes in our garage, it will be all blue! This is my dream room (I am picturing the other walls are covered in bookshelves):

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 My three favourite colours all in one gorgeous room: grey, blue and purple. I am soo in love with the walls covered in framed pictures, too. I like that it’s not too matchy-matchy, that the sofa is painted white, but the chair is natural timber, and that there’s a hint of gold.

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This is another favourite (above) by Ashley Whittaker. I like the way the ‘library’ is (in my mind) one end of an open-plan room, which is delineated by the table behind the sofa. An it reads as a wide room, though the sofa and chinese table are actually quite narrow. The floral chairs and blinds keep it casual and happy.
This library is such a dark shade of blue (above) that it could easily feel like a formal, serious rom. That fab bird painting and the blue and white zebra fabric keeps it young and fun. 

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 Where can I get a pair of those amazing tan leather and chrome chairs?

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 This is a great way to introduce blue at home, without going for the full ‘blue library’ effect: Paint your bookshelves blue to tie in with the fabric on an armchair. It looks cohesive but very casual and fresh.

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 I remember being fixated on this house (above) the month it appeared in Elle Decor magazine. The owner described (from memory) this room as being painted a ‘greyhound blue-grey’ which is exactly what it looks like! Again, love those colours – grey,blue, purple and this time, a pop of bright pink. I also love the fun rug – the owner dyed the rug herself using purple fabric dye. So fabulous!

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 Modern-style book heaven!

Jan 3

Hanging Art: Picture Walls

Posted in art, collections

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 Yesterday’s post on Rita Konig’s apartment has got me thinking about picture / art walls. There is definitely an art to hanging art. Even arrangements that look unplanned are most successful when some thought has gone into the layout. The general rule that I work by when hanging a lot of differently-sized frames is to start with the biggest piece (but don’t necessarily hang it in the centre) and work outwards. You can work in a grid fashion with even spacing between each frame or a circular pattern for a more casual, accidental look.

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My all-time favourite (above) that I use as a benchmark for my ‘etching wall’ at home. I hope one day it will look something like this! I love the mix of frames -black, gold, timber – but that all the art is colourless, just drawings and etchings. I love love it!

Domino

the white company

mary macdonald

via zatista

top: tom scheerer, bottom: eric cohler, via eyespy

absolutely beautiful things

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above three images via decorology

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Jan 2

Rita Konig’s New York apartment

Remember Rita Konig’s apartment in Domino mag? I love the way she mismatches furniture and colours and has lots of pictures on the wall and books and photos on surfaces. To me it represented sort of a parallel life to mine and where I could be living if I weren’t a wife and mum in the suburbs! The style is so young and fun and so single-girl-living-in-the-city, and I never get sick of looking at it..

bathroom designed by Rita - images from Domino

image via shell and sea glass

photo by Mieke ten Have via my deco blog

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