Jan 27

Warm rooms and high ceilings

You know my obsession with double-height rooms? I was doing a little research online looking for inspiration for if I could build a new house (yes, I am a busy woman but this was down-time at about 4:30 this morning), and looking at said tall rooms and saw this:

I really like that glimpse through to the hallway under the upstairs walkway, and the iron balcony overlooking the living room. I used to draw pictures of rooms like this when I was little – and I still love this neo-classical, luxurious style. And I LOVE that double-height room!

But it’s not just the architecture I’m drawn to; I’m a big fan of warm and cosy colours and comfortable rooms that envelop you. I like white walls in the right room but where you want a room to feel luxurious and ultra-comfy I prefer warmer shades like sands, tans, honeys and stone sort of colours.

Here’s another example:

I love all these warm tones with the rusts in the rug and also the fabrics; silk in the curtains and leather on the chairs. Add a little black and a little brass or gold and you’ve got a beautiful room that feels luxurious, grown-up and expensive!

Remember the house from the movie ‘It’s Complicated’?. It had that same warm and cosy feel but without the formality (above). The rusty reds add to the warm feeling.

Here’s another example (and another zebra rug!):

I really like how well taupes go with duck-egg blues.

But back to the double-height rooms, I realised when I looked through some of my photos that I seem to have a thing for tall stone fireplaces, too:

though I think it’s mainly the height thing that appeals to me. Here’s another favourite from Traditional Home:

The high ceilings and the connection between the two floors is definitely on my House Wish-List!

I’ll be away in Sydney all this week for the trade fairs and to check on a couple of projects so I’m not sure that I’ll be back until next week, hopefully full of new inspiration! So until then have a great week.

Naomi xx

Dec 16

Wonderful Christmas House

I’ve mentioned before that one of my favourite magazines for Christmas decorating inspiration is Traditional Home. I’m not really one for modern Christmas decorations (wreaths of coloured baubles and the like), and prefer a more traditional approach; really I have always been seduced by that luxury of lots of foliage, beautifully wrapped gifts, deep colours, twinkling lights in a dark room, crystal and silver..

but it doesn’t have to be red and gold, I saw some gorgeous white ornaments and decorations in Bed Bath and Table yesterday (all on sale too). I’d just like the white-laden tree to sit by a beautiful traditional rug in warm colours! Anyway, this home to me is perfect for this sort of nest-like Christmas decorating.

I’m drawn to the warmth of all that unpainted beautiful timber in the floors, doors and architraves, the stone and brickwork and the traditional furnishings. I love that all the natural materials are celebrated and not covered up – my mum would say it has integrity (we had a heated discussion on this topic when I wanted to use stone to cover dark brickwork on the outside of my parents’ house- mum argued forcefully that to cover her ‘good, honest brickwork’ would be to rob her home of integrity – yes, house talk is serious business! I’m still not sure whether ugly integrity is worth displaying..)

What a fabulous upstairs bedroom (above) – I’d love to sleep in a bedroom with a fireplace and a pitched ceiling line like this!

I do think when I look at this office how fabulous the bookcases would look painted grey! But don’t the timber shelves, traditional rug, brick walls and Christmas greenery go well together?

Have a wonderful weekend!

Naomi x

Sep 14

A little of my week

Well school holidays start at the end of next week so this week and next are jam-packed full with installations and attempting to finalising projects. I’ve been keeping busy over the past few days hanging curtains, taking delivery of furniture and lamps, dropping fabrics off at workrooms and arranging lots and lots of cushions! This is the part I love most, of course, seeing the fabrics come together, styling rooms and seeing happy clients- so much fun!

In another lovely client’s house this wallpaper (above) is going up this weekend. I can’t wait to see how it looks and then to start moving everything else into the room!

On another note, my house-hunting obsession continues, but at the moment I can’t get away from the idea of buying a weekender house (or possibly even a permanent house one day..?) somewhere in country Victoria. Last night I dragged out my ‘inspiration’ files from 5+ years ago and it seems I am once again drawn to the things that inspired me back then. Funny how things come around in circle isn’t it? In particular I was really into traditional and cosy English-style country houses, like Stuart Rattle’s weekender in Victoria:

The house was featured in various magazines around that time and I have them all in a folder, just waiting to come out years later and inspire me! (I wish I had a good scanner so I could share all the pictures) The house is a restored former school house and it’s decorated in those classic English colours: rich red, cream for the kitchen, pale salmon pink for the entry hall and pale sagey green for the dining room. I posted a picture a couple of days ago that captured my country-home fantasies, and this house does the same thing. In fact I have folders of similar houses, mainly from English Homes & Gardens magazine from years ago, which I remember ogling for hours at the time..

And while I’m on the topic of English-inspired decorating, I saw this fabric yesterday:

I also saw this new paisley wool fabric which I fell in love with and which I am determined to use soon!

That’s my mid-week wrap up, hope you’re having a great week x

 

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