Jan 20

Around the house


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I am really, really loving having my kids at home these holidays. We’ve had our share of arguments and wrestling matches (during which yesterday a front tooth was lost – a wobbly one though), but it’s lovely not having to rush off to school every morning. I’m still getting some work done during the toddler’s nap times too. Over the past few days I’ve really enjoyed going through some of my design books and magazines that pile up everywhere.

This week I bought the 2011 makeover issue of Coastal Living (please excuse dodgy iphone pics above and to follow)- it’s fantastic though made me feel woefully out of date as I’ve seen several of the pictures before online (and the prices for these ‘special edition’ US mags is outrageous- $19 for a magazine!). It features several makeovers/renovations that I love, though I like especially the ones where they’ve modified the original house a little but basically just used a ton of white paint and then decorated. These seem so much more attainable and therefore more inspiring, and have me thinking about where I want to live next.

(I didn’t realise this pic was so blurry sorry! But had to include it as the house is so amazing)

Just about all the houses in the magazine (remember it’s coastal living, so this explains it a bit) are weatherboard and two -story with decking along the front. Wouldn’t it be great to find something like this overlooking water? So much cheaper to add on to or modify than brick houses, and there’s something so satisfying about painting timber white- ceilings, walls and floor!

We are off on more weekender house-hunting this Saturday. I drove by the last house I mentioned, but was very disappointed to find that the ‘front’ of the house actually faces the side of the block. Does this matter? It made the place so much less attractive to me, that the living room doesn’t face the street, and that the main bedroom does. What do you think? I know it sounds silly but one of the things I imagined was how nice a Christmas tree would look from the street placed in the living room’s bay window. But actually, the bay window faces the fence..

On the topic of having magazines and design books on every available surface, I found a gorgeous antique Flemish chest of drawers the other day when I was out looking for pieces for clients (this happens not irregularly)

On my travels I also saw some lovely geometric black and white decorative boxes at Early Settler. I forgot to take a pic of them but when I saw them I thought of this room:

(the ones in the shop are small for coffee tables etc). I just love the green of the wall, the blues in the painting against it and the simple black and white furniture pieces. It goes to show how a little black and white geometric pattern can bring a pop to a classic room – and I think I’ve just talked myself into picking up a couple of those boxes!

I’m also loving this grey and yellow mixed with warm timber (and great windows). And this library with an antique rug in blues and bookshelves painted black on the insides..

thomas o'brien

Sorry for the slightly random and meandering post! Have a great weekend.

Naomi xx

Aug 30

Random thoughts on decor


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I’ve been a bit of a slack blogger the past few days (at least it feels like it) but things are just so busy at the moment! It’s one of those times where a lot of things are happening at once on every front : home, work, family, and I admit that finding that perfect balance that includes time for blogging is something I’m still adjusting to. Please bear with me in my absences! But in between all the business there has to be time for contemplating some pretty things (sometimes it’s my daydreaming that keeps me sane, truly!). And here are some of them from today:

I’ve been thinking about putting a coloured (love pink!) fairly small sofa somewhere unexpected – like on a staircase landing under a big window. I can just picture the tops of the trees visible outside..Wouldn’t it look great with some of these?:

I know I’ve been talking a lot about rugs lately, but I keep seeing amazing ones:

Aren’t they incredible? I need more floors.

Also today I’ve fallen in love with the greys, the vein in the marble and the pop of yellow in this kitchen:

And the gold and silver, black and white and fun colour in this room caught my eye today too:

Hope you had a great Tuesday!

 

Jul 6

Sunny use of fabrics


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style at home

Speaking of a grey-and-yellow colour combo (I mentioned how well they work together a couple of days ago), I love the use of fabrics in this home. It goes to show that if you stick to a colour palette for a small space, things almost can’t help but come together to look stylish – though it helps when you have gorgeous furniture and fabrics at your disposal, as this homeowner clearly does! For me what brings the living space to life is the interesting bamboo coffee table – a white one would match the scheme but not look nearly as good, don’t you agree?

Mar 7

A yellow and grey living room


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I spoke a couple of posts ago about the appeal of sticking to a few colours when decorating a room, and the cohesive look that can be the result. This room by Philip Gorrivan is a perfect example; I love his use of grey and yellow with hints of powder blue and touches of black and gold. And a touch of whimsy too in the woolly sheep!

For me the highlights of the room are the pleated pelmet with the grey trim, the yellow curtains against the yellow patterned wallpaper, and the gorgeous grey scallop-patterned rug.

That giant frameless beach photograph is amazing! And it adds a modern touch paired with the gilt mirror above the fireplace and the brass/gold coffee table.

There’s a definite Hollywood Regency note here and a bit of 60′s mod style too. I like the black-and-white geometric blinds against the black walls and how it plays off the yellow wallpaper pattern.

Have a great start-of-the-week! x

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