Monthly archives "July 2011"

Why grey is the best colour

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Have you been watching The Block? One of my favourite things in terms of the decorating is Josh and Jenna’s grey-wall theme running through their house. I love grey walls. They look so sophisticated paired with more grey and ivory, but if you want colour you can add green or pink or lilac or orange (yes, just about anything!), and that will work too. It puts me in mind of one of my favourite grey bedrooms:

I love the darker grey silk curtains and the muted grey rug. And that bed is pretty special, too.

Who doesn’t love Hamptons-inspired decorating (above)? What does it for me here is the scale of the pieces: big, chunky grey console topped with giant glass lamps and big pieces of coral. My house used to be completely ‘Hamptons’ style with a bit of French provincial thrown in, but I’ve moved on to a lot of colourĀ  and a sort of crazy fusion of Hollywood Regency and Chinoiserie. This pic makes me want to go back!

To me this dark grey is a little more masculine. Love how it works with the gold touches, the mirror and that great chandelier – so glam!

Decorating for Spring

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Even though it’s still freezing in Melbourne I’m starting to think ahead to Spring and bright, fun fabrics in pinks, blues, greens and yellows keep catching my eye. I’d love a big daybed covered in cushions in all these pretty fabrics.

And check out these gorgeous wallpapers too. That purple paisley and the blue floral are my favourites..

And on the topic of Spring-inspired decorating, here’s a room that screams Spring colour..

brian park

Have a great day and if you’re in Melbourne, stay warm!


More of the best breakfast nooks

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In yesterday’s post I posted a pic of one of my favourite breakfast areas. Here’s another view of the same room:

I actually love that it’s not built-in; all you need to create an area like this is a firm, high-ish sofa and a couple of chairs.

But you can’t go past a built-in banquette bench when space is tight and you need potential seating for a number of people (above). I like the way the colours tie together but the overall look isn’t overly ‘done’ – the trim on the blind matches the kelly green vinyl on the seats, and the red piping on the (fabulous!) chair ties in with the toile wallpaper, red lantern (love it) and the cushions.

style at home

This pic (above) pains me a little because the table is identical to one I saw on ebay awhile ago – I didn’t buy it because it came with a whole bunch of dining chairs I didn’t want, but I’ve wished ever since I’d bought it anyway because the table was so gorgeous..


This one’s another favourite of mine (above), largely because I love the combination of black floors, sleek white joinery, that pale grey/blue leather and the marble surround on the walls. that greeny aqua wall paint and the light fitting are pretty great, too!

There’s that great wall colour again! Don’t the blues look great with the red bamboo chandelier (these lanterns are available through me if you’re wondering where you can buy one).



living etc

This is such a cool, slightly industrial look (above). The bench seat looks like a church pew, and I love that light and the glossy black door in the background.

Love this classic, neutral kitchen, with lots of lovely marble.

Yet another favourite (above): the corner bench with storage underneath, the woods wallpaper, antique table paired with Eiffel chairs, light fitting…



coastal living

elle decor

Have a great Tuesday! x



Perfect picture walls

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Don’t black and white photos look great in white frames against a black wall?

When you don’t have a lot of space but have lots of small pictures, they can look fantastic displayed as a gallery wall. It reads almost as one piece of artwork, and the overall look can be beautiful even if the individual components aren’t stunning on their own.



I really like this sort of casual display (above), where some pictures are hung from a picture rail and others are propped up on a sideboard or bench.

caitlin wilson


This is one of my favourite art displays (above), because of the unusual way the frames are placed so close together, but mainly because of the colours. The pink, black, white and khaki green perfectly tie in with the fabrics in this breakfast area (and even match the food!). I’m always drawn to neat breakfast nooks.



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