May 1

A living room work-in-progress


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Hello All! Things have been really busy here and I’ve been feeling guilty about not taking photos of what I’ve been doing and posting them on the blog. I really admire other bloggers who seem to always have the camera at the ready and who find the time to keep up to date and post every day! So I thought I’d share some progress made in a client’s living room instead of my daily happenings.

 

This casual living room off the kitchen is part of a more comprehensive house redecoration, and the client loves ‘Hamptons’ style using blues, white and greens. We used brighter colours in this room and more subtle versions of those colours in adjoining rooms. Above is the room before. It was pretty sparse. We moved the long basket hamper to another room and got rid of the sofa. Below are some quick snaps I took of the room in progress. We still need a big palm tree for the blue and white Chinese planter in the corner and a couple of other bits and pieces.

The client wasn’t a huge fan of the existing floor tiles in this room but we couldn’t replace them, so most of them were covered with a big sisal rug, with another blue and white striped rug layered over the top to define the sitting area.

I wanted to accessorize the coffee table and the whole home with a mix of new pieces and vintage finds. The round cream pot on the kitchen bench I found at an op shop, and the green Chinoiserie vase on the coffee table I bought on ebay. I like to use little accents of silver and brass in accessories, and of course there are a lot of shells throughout the house, and loads of wonderful coffee table books!

This room opens onto the garden, which was landscaped before I came on board. It’s a gorgeous mix of magnolias, box hedging, climbing jasmine and gardenias.

 

I’ve been busy house-hunting and have a few more houses to share, hopefully this week!

Naomi xx

Nov 2

A little shopping


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I stopped into Coco Republic this week to do a little shopping for clients, though whenever I shop for clients I invariably find some things I’d like for myself too. This bedroom display was an example, as I can’t seem to go past blue and white! Love the buttoned bed and the chinoiserie- inspired fabrics.

Another blue and white room, with some very cute ikat-covered timber stools.

These blue/green jars caught my eye for a room I am working on at the moment in these colours. I really liked the scallop pattern and the colour of the jar on the right, but not the $500 price tag!

But I did find these rattan and cane chairs for a client’s outdoor room- these are discontinued so on sale- gotta love that! I’m going to ditch the back cushion so you can see the great rattan chair back and use a lower lumbar cushion instead.

I really liked this Ralph Lauren brass coffee table, which was also on sale.

Loved the warm colours and the plaid pattern on this winged bedroom chair.

Here’s the bedroom set-up to accompany the chair. Can you imagine these rusts and dark greens in your winter hunting lodge? So can I.

Really liked these brass and black marble side tables. I’ve seen this table in a smaller version but this one is big enough for a lamp and is very sturdy.

I absolutely loved this aqua and brown chinoiserie armchair. It would be such a great starting piece to base a room around in this colour scheme.

And what do you know, some matching cushions!

Fabulous moss-green velvet dining chairs with nickel studs.

The green velvet chairs paired with these palm leaf artworks created a real ‘Plantation-chic’ vibe which would look so great on the coast or in Queensland!

There’s nothing like a ceramic lamp to bring a shot of colour- loved this Ralph Lauren green version (above).

This photo doesn’t show the colours too well, but I do like navy and white paired with a fresh shade of green.

Have a great weekend, as we look forward to racing fever here in Melbourne next week!

Naomi xx

May 9

It’s all about stripes and blue and white


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I’m still thinking about that apartment I missed out on, and how I would have decorated it. (I’m aware this is a pretty fruitless activity but this is just what I do – I have fun planning layouts and room schemes – and whether it will ever be put into practice is completely immaterial!) Lots of blue and white and really pale floors – I’m thinking bleached timber and sisal, but I also love the subtle leopard-print carpet above. My storage shed is full of pairs of French chairs – another hobby – and a pair painted chalky white and recovered in stripes on either side of an antique commode would have been great for the little entryway!

Tangerine or shades of citrus yellow work so well as an accent to blue and white. But the thing that makes this room work is the layering; throws, trays, books, ornaments, cushions – it’s all about the accessories!

I love this moody hallway (above) because it shows how key lighting is when you don’t have any natural light. Picture and wall lights are usually so much nicer in classic spaces than downlights, and the lighting in the two rooms at the end of the hallway really draws you in. Plus I’m just such a fan of club-like dark timber panelling and walls covered in pictures.

These pics (above and below) are from a Ralph Lauren showroom – lots of lovely blue and white, some dark walls and lots of texture in wicker baskets and furniture.

 

When I think of that apartment I think along the lines of this style (above and below). Pale flooring and white paintwork as a foil for blue and white fabrics and ceramics.

I think these rooms come from Australian magazine ‘Country Homes’. This is a warmer, more ‘country house’ take on the colour scheme; Creams and neutrals dominate instead of pure white. I just adore dark blue/grey walls covered in artwork, and the balcony off the bedroom overlooking trees.

 

Naomi xx

 

Jan 14

Saturday House of Inspiration – Mark D. Sikes


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I haven’t done a Saturday House of Inspiration for ages, and figured today is a perfect day to post some pics of Mark D. Sikes’ house. You may have seen some of the first pics in the January issue of House Beautiful, and the others are from Mark’s website.

I feel a real affinity with his sense of style! He’s obviously a collector, and I love that his house is full of ‘stuff’ and layers but that it’s all beautifully arranged, cohesive and doesn’t have a sense of clutter. Many of his bits and pieces are similar to things I own myself – and many more are things that I’d love to have!

Love black-painted rooms, like this bedroom and bathroom (above and below).

I just love this casual sitting area opposite the kitchen- the bookshelves around the windows are gorgeous.

I’ve posted Mark’s courtyard previously (also his kitchen which I didn’t repeat again in this post). It really is a dream – all that natural light streaming through the French doors on both sides of the ground floor…

Stunning, right?

We are off on yet more house-hunting adventures today. I woke up to a whole bunch of emails this morning asking about the house I was to see yesterday and also with stories of your own adventures – thank you so much, I love reading them and will give you a full update next week I promise!

Have a great weekend

Naomi xx

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