After my morning appointments I stopped by my sister’s property and checked on the progress with the installation of her new kitchen. My sister is all about vintage fashion and bold colour (she designs, customises and replicates vintage-style clothing) and her new kitchen is going to reflect that.
There’s going to be a little breakfast bench for two in the space next to the windows (above). I just love the contrast of her blue cabinetry against the orange geometric benchtops.
As you can see it’s not finished yet – painting to do, appliances and tap not in yet, splashback to be installed (orange glass to match the benchtops) but it’s going to look great.
The buildings on their property are surrounded by beautiful once-carefully-tended gardens and flowerbeds that are being nurtured back to life. The buildings as well as the gardens are an on-going project that need a lot of work and a lot of love which, happily, my sister and brother-in-law are bestowing in generous measure. I couldn’t believe how much they had done since my last visit – walls had been replaced by archways, new timber floors laid, brickwork rendered and painted, and much more. They have also planted one veggie garden and are laying out the design of another (below).
On the way home I stopped off at some antique shops, to make the most of not having a car full of car seats for a change!
It’s bold Africa meets China, and I love it! I just can’t seem to get enough of chinoiserie wallpaper at the moment, I know I keep going on about it. And red – I used to love it, then went off it in favour of pinks and greens, but now I think it’s back in my good favour – especially when paired with a zebra rug and blue-and-white porcelain!
I’m trekking across town for various appointments today (funny how just driving across the city can feel like a trek!), so hope the traffic is kind to me. Have a great Tuesday!
photography by michael paul
lbd via the diversion project
This is what my dreams are made of when I’m dreaming in French style. Herringbone floors, duck-egg blues and sumptuous silks, damasks and velvets. Mirrors, classic lamps, peonies and a blue chinoiserie chest. Panelled walls, high high ceilings and tall windows with shutters. And of course, a stunning chandelier. So beautiful!
mary macdonald in traditional home
I’m off shortly to take the kids to the country for the weekend. It’s amazing how getting out of the city just for a day or two can leave you feeling refreshed and as though you’ve been on holiday. Of course I also plan to stop at some antique shops along the way (despite the difficulty in navigating them with 3 children in tow!) to hunt for treasures.
I’ve been posting a lot of bold colour and geometrics and pattern lately but even though I love all that I am reminded this morning as I look through my photo collection that my first, true love is spaces like the ones above; elegant, ‘grown-up’, french-influenced, neutral with hints of lavender, grey, cream and gold. I hope one day I’ll be grown up enough to have an office like this one!