Apr 30

Today in fabrics

Am I the only one who feels that the days are already noticeably shorter? Weekdays for me lately are slightly manic, as I try to get everything done before school pickup time, after which it seems there is no daylight left between the homework/dinner routine. In between phone calls and emails this morning I started putting together a scheme in sage greens and creams for a new client’s sitting room. I think I might need to throw a bit of stripe in there somewhere.. You can see the chaos of fabric cuttings that is my desk at the moment! I dream of a bigger office with a giant wall of organised storage!

I’ve also swapped most of the blue and white cushions in our house for some more ‘winter’ colours. I have to say I’m not that motivated at the moment in terms of decorating my own house – mainly because I’m ready to move on to the next project, and I want to try completely different things like wallpaper, new curtain fabrics, newly recovered furniture etc. I really am ready to sell everything and start from scratch in the next house. But the very least I can do is have season-appropriate cushions, right? The Ralph Lauren paisley in the front is actually one I won’t get sick of – I’m thinking of covering walls in that pattern somewhere in the fabled Country House – maybe a library?

 

Have a great day,

 

Naomi x

 

Jan 9

Hello 2012!

And welcome to a brand new year! I really didn’t intend on taking such a prolonged break from blogging, but towards the end of last year things were so busy that for one reason or another I did end up taking an unannounced little holiday from my computer. And, I have to say, it has been great not feeling tied to technology every day (except for checking ebay and properties on the ipad of course!). In fact I haven’t even set foot in my office for weeks, which means today is all about catching on emails!

So, what have I been up to since I last posted? We had a lovely Christmas day at my parents’ house with my side of the family, and then Christmas dinner at my in-laws (I love having them all to our place but our house is too small for everyone to be comfortable, and actually it worked out great to come home to a clean house with no cleaning to do on Christmas). On Christmas night we walked around the city and saw the beautiful light display on the facade of St Paul’s Cathedral:

In the lead up to Christmas I really enjoyed visiting new blogs (new to me) and seeing other people’s Christmas decorations and preparations for celebrations:

It’s classic voyeurism I know, but I do love glimpses into other people’s homes! This (above) is from a blog I enjoyed reading called 3 peanuts. Considering the subject matter here I should clarify my comment a few weeks ago about not being a big fan of modern bauble wreaths – I do really dislike the gaudy new ones in the shops but the wreaths made from vintage or antique glass baubles (as here) can be lovely.

A couple of days ago we celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary, and were able to have a few days away alone in country Victoria (see terrible attempt at a shot of a country town view above). In some ways the last ten years seems to have flown by, but when I think about how much we have changed and done in those ten years – degrees finished, three cities, five homes, not to mention three children – it does feel as though we deserve to celebrate a little milestone! It was lovely to be without the kids just for a little while, and do some antique shopping:

And being in the country inevitably led to my continued daydreaming about having a little place there for ourselves, though my dreams are not so little:

Haha! I’d love a miniature version of this. I’ve been busy looking at country properties (little humble cottages), as well as houses in Melbourne – I’m desperate for more space at home! I’d love something with some interesting character but rundown enough that I can really put my stamp on it:

I’m starting this year feeling truly grateful for our family and for all the wonderful possibilities that the future holds for us. Our second child starts Prep this year and so I think it will be a year of new beginnings and positive change. 2011 was my first full year of writing this blog and also of running my own business, and while it came with its challenging moments, I was at times a little overwhelmed by the positive support I received from readers, from strangers out there in the aether that is the blog world whose emails really are wonderful motivation, and most of all from clients who allowed me to help them in their homes. Thank you! Decorating-wise, I came home this week from our time away feeling so inspired and full of ideas, which my husband listened to me describe with good humour on the way home in the car. More on those ideas tomorrow!

Naomi xx

 

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

 

Aug 30

Random thoughts on decor

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!

 

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