Monthly archives "October 2011"

Fab wallpapers

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I mentioned in my last post that I was thinking of using a wallpaper in my bedroom makeover; here it is in a dining room above in a different colourway (above). What do you think? I really like the simple colour scheme here and the way the dark floor and table pops against all the white.

Love this turquoise/black/white scheme too – the chandelier makes it of course!

Here’s an example of the very best place to start using wallpapers if you’re afraid of going bold – the powder room! It’s so nice to get a surprise shot of colour when you walk into these little spaces. And I do love orange and pink toile paired with the crisp white.

Another peek into a powder room..(above)

This is one of my favourites (above). I’ve used the fabric but never the wallpaper, and I’m dying to! What a fabulous hallway.

Love this fun paper for a little kids’ bathroom.

An oldie but a goodie! Chiang Mai Dragon always gives a big punch of chinoiserie to a wall (above).

I’m not sure who makes this paper but I absolutely love it – floral but the muted greens and taupes in it mean that I think (some) men could live with it too..

Have a great Friday – it’s going to be warm, windy and stormy in Melbourne today – lovely! xx

A few changes..

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I’ve decided to make a few changes around my house. This is partly because I’m always thinking of the next thing I can change and because I get bored so quickly, but mainly because of the state of the real estate market: it’s a good time to buy but not a great time to sell! And so I’ve realised I should probably make some changes that make me happier to stay in my current house for longer, rather than continuing to drive my husband nuts with house-hunting (for now at least)..

These are the things that I plan to work on: the exterior is a biggie. I’ve let it slide while I concentrated on the inside, and because I didn’t want to waste money if we were going to build a garage where the garden is etc. But I’ve decided it’s worth spending a little to get that happy feeling every time you drive up the driveway. So this morning we (me plus two little ones) went shopping for tiles for the currently painted-concrete front porch. I also plan to finish painting the fences, work on the garden, re-concrete the driveway and repaint the exterior. Phew! Lots of jobs for me, but I’ll also have to hire some professionals for the hard stuff.


I’ve been driving around looking at houses for colour ideas and I really like the idea of a grey or taupe or even green-grey with crisp white for the windows and trim of our californian bungalow. At the moment our windows are darker than the main part of the house and although  this is more traditional for our style of house, I want it to look a bit fresher and I like (love) the idea of windows and French doors that are white on the outside and black on the inside – weird I know.

I’m also making some changes inside, not to improve function, but just to keep myself interested! In our bedroom I’m going to do what I’ve always wanted to and paint the walls a dark blue-grey. It will go well with the neutrals, crisp white of the plantation shutters and linens, charcoals of a lot of our cushions.

I toyed with the idea of doing the main wall in wallpaper to match the pillows (above), but I think I’ll actually love some plain, dark walls.

The dining room is a room I have never been happy with. I’ve never liked the window pelmets we inherited and I have never been able to settle on a table or chairs that I’ll love forever. Once upon a time (when I must have been going through a slightly scandi, no-colour phase) it looked like this:

Then I got sick of that, sold everything except the painting (a 30th birthday present from my parents, I’ll never sell that one!), and turned it into a more colourful library room, which I didn’t photograph but which you can glimpse here:

I had never intended to hold onto my Ikea expedit bookcase for so long, and the time finally came when I had to make a change. I still desperately need book storage, but wanted to have a surface low enough to hold some lamps, plus I wanted something a little industrial and a little masculine, a little like this only lower:

And after a little searching I am replacing the white expedit with this:

I’m pairing the shelf with a new rustic dining table I found on ebay (sorry no pic of this yet!) with a new zebra skin rug:

and I’m thinking some lamps, though this decision will depend on whether I paint the walls and what sort of chairs I decide the moment I’m tossing up between finding new chairs or using the sofa I bought the other day on one side and some faux bamboo chairs I already have on the other side. I do like to mix it up! But I like both of these:

Then there’s the wall colour and curtains to consider…! But I do find a few changes around the house keep life interesting, don’t you think? I’ll be sure to keep you updated on progress!




Some Pretty Things

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Just a few of the things that are catching my attention today, soft pinks, deeper purples, velvets, flowers – all very romantic! But to me if you throw is some unpainted timber and some black and some straight lines (in furniture, lighting, or in organised art frames) jewel colours can be beautiful without being too feminine. In particular I love art displays like the one above- all faded neutral tones with gold, silver, and black.

Short but sweet today as I try to catch up on things in my office. On that note, I’m aware that my posts have been a little few and far between over the past couple of weeks..but I hope to be able to show a few more of the projects I’m working on as they come together leading up to Christmas..

Have a great Monday xx


Ebay finds and Blue and White

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Hello! I know it’s already half-way through the week, but I haven’t had a chance to share any of my ponderings since the weekend. So, I had a bit of a lucky ebay this weekend past and came away with a couple of great things that I have big plans for. The first was this long French-style sofa which was one of my best bargains ever and which I think is going to suit either my barn-style country house (haha – of the future), or if I can stand to let it go, a client’s home.. when it’s delivered I’ll have to see what the proportions are like and how much I fall in love with it!
I also picked up this pair of rustic timber mirrors which I am thinking of using in a bathroom I am working on against white subway tiled walls above twin sinks..
As soon as I saw the sofa above I had a plan in mind, if the sofa stays with me. I want to lime the timber frame to lighten it up a lot then cover it in one of these:
with some white armchairs and cushions in this:
(all fabrics by Ralph Lauren)
I was picturing a rustic British Colonial type of look, with lots of timber pieces, worn tan leather and bare floorboards. I think a cross between British Colonial and Hamptons styles is my ideal, with a touch of French Provincial and English country styles thrown in. Anyway, I had visions of my new blue and white striped sofa sitting in my barn-like room, with something like this behind it- an antique refectory table:
I’d also add in some brass lamps to give it some country warmth (nickel lamps would be too Hamptons, I’m thinking of a look that is more masculine and rustic):
-and lots of stacks of books! All of this pondering got me thinking about how much I love classic ‘Hamptons’ blue and white – but how much I like the slightly more masculine approach to using blue and white – I think of it as more ‘Ralph Lauren’. I think this association began in my mind when I tore these clippings of Ralph Lauren’s home from a magazine years ago:
Very elegant and with a good mix of tastefully worn antiques, fresh white upholstery and linen, dark walls and timbers and comfortable country house style. This is another of my favourite Ralph Lauren rooms, featuring blue and white but not too light and beachy:
This dining room by Michael S Smith (above) mixes blue and white with heavy dark timber pieces in a way that I love..
Barclay Butera is another designer big on blue and white, and mixing it with a British Colonial sort of look:
I can’t recall the designer of this house (below), but I do love the Hamptons-meets-country-cottage style:
Here are a few blue and white rooms by Victoria Hagan (below).I particularly love the last one (the bedroom), with subtle blue and white paired with a heavy dark timber bed. It could just as easily be in an English country house as in a house by the beach.
This bucolic arrangement by Grant K Gisbson puts me in mind of my dream country house- just a hint of blue and white, but the space and the staircase is the real attraction here!:
Finally, I just love the light the timbers and the huge potted indoor palm for a British Colonial-style home:
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