Monthly archives "April 2011"

Saturday House of Inspiration – rustic villa

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I am captivated this week by this beautiful stone country house. What an amazing entry (above) – the arched stone doorway flanked by giant cast iron urns takes my breath away! I love the row of french doors opening onto an iron balcony above.

Look at these patched stone walls and flagstone floors (above and below)! All the timber lintels and ceiling beams have been painted a French grey, which ties in perfectly with the painted French and Swedish furniture. I adore the juxtaposition of the ornate antiques against the rustic building, and the amazing crystal chandelier hanging from antique beams. 

It’s the little things that appeal to me here: I love the simple modern light fitting and iron curtain rails above, and the insertion of columns into the walls and corner below. And that window!! It’s what dreams are made of.

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 This last pic isn’t from the same house but to me it has a similar feel, pairing french antiques with rough stone walls and stripped timber floor. But my favourite thing is the staircase in the reflection – heavenly!!

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Have a wonderful weekend, see you next week!

My weekend project!

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I know I have mentioned it a few times before, but I’m really stuck on the idea of trying my hand at some abstract paintings. Yes, I know that it’s not as easy as it looks, and my mum is an artist so I totally get and respect the time, thought and skill behind every painting. But I figure when a blank canvas costs around $30 I haven’t got much to lose.

kelly wearstler

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 I really like the idea of something graphic and black and white. Also I can’t help but think that painting a canvas in black and white might be easier for me than using colour! The simple white frame below gives the art some added legitimacy, don’t you think? I love the pairing of modern abstract art with ornate antiques, like the french sofa below.

trouvais via from the right bank


I wonder if this look would be achievable with cheap acrylic paint and lots of water? (above) 

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 I don’t think I’d be game to try this just yet (above), but I do love the bold colours against that grey/blue wall.

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 This arrangement (above) really appeals to me – I love the shades of turquoise and the shapes – and of course the simple abstract painting. I wonder if you’d need to feel angry to paint something like this?

Ashley Goforth

 Ah…simple and serene. Love the tones of white and grey here, and the very simple artwork (painting? photo?). The framing makes it look a liittle more refined and up-market than a plain stretched canvas, and echoes the border on the rug.

I’m not sure which colour I’ll attempt, I guess it depends what jumps out at me at the craft shop. If I’m not too ashamed of the product I’ll share it with you next week. Happy Weekend!!

Bargain currently on ebay

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I absolutely loove finding a bargain and not just for myself! So if you’ve been admiring faux-bamboo chairs on blogs and in magazines here’s one for you. These gorgeous red faux-bamboo chippendale chairs are on ebay (Australia) right now:

I know you have seen them before;

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So gorgeous right? It’s a set of five, which would look great around a round dining table, or contact me to purchase a 6th! The auction ends tonight – I hope someone can snap up these beauties!

I love purple-grey

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It’s great to be back to a normal routine now that the holidays are over – though it has been a wonderful two weeks! I don’t feel as organised today as I had hoped to after the break- somehow I didn’t get to a lot of those jobs around the house that I was determined to knock over, the time just flew by too quickly! But there is a lot to be said for routine, and it’s nice to have a few quiet minutes again to re-acquaint myself with the blogging world. So, onto decorating.. This is my favourite colour at the moment – pale grey that hints at purple or powder blue. It’s such an elegant colour, especially when combined with silver and black (above).

amanda nisbet

 Pale shades of purple and white can sometimes look overly feminine. In this pale grey/lavender bedroom (above), the addition of black in the furniture and the abstract painting keep the room grounded and prevent it from becoming too girly.

sara gilbane

 Love the framed shells and coral in this water-inspired bedroom (above).

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Chinoiserie wallpaper is something I always love to look at. The pale grey/purple/blue and gold in the pattern is repeated in the silk curtains and furniture. Isn’t that gold desk amazing? I love how the shape plays off against the more detailed and traditional elements in the room, like the chandelier, chair and drapery. It’s such a glam space.

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