Dec 24

Happy Christmas 2012

To my readers of this blog and to my clients of 2012, thank you for your support this year. I’m so thankful for the wonderful people who have chosen me to help them with their homes and who have supported my business. Most of all, I’m thankful for my family and their health and happiness, which is the greatest blessing I can ask for. To my readers, your emails and comments mean so much to me and I look forward to a New Year full of new challenges, new projects and, I hope, a new house to decorate and share with you all!

 

I’ll be taking some time off but will be back in January sometime…

 

I wish you a very Merry Christmas and New Year full of joy and happiness.

 

Naomi xxx

 

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Dec 21

Holidays and Shopping for a living room project

First of all I want to say in follow up to yesterday’s post on the horrific shooting in America last week, Thank You to all of you who emailed me with your own expressions of outrage and grief. We are all devastated by this event and your heartfelt messages encouraging an appreciation of the goodness in people all around us and a focus on enjoying the time we have with our loved ones were truly beautiful.

 

It’s now officially the beginning of the Christmas holidays, and I’m so happy to have the kids at home! They get so tired at the end of the term and I think we are all looking forward to some quiet time together at home. I’m hoping to have the time over the break to do some much-needed updating of my blog, and to organise some more photography of my projects for my new website. I am aware that this blog is woefully in need of some improvement so please bear with me!

 

In the spirit of a fresh start for the New Year I’ve been cleaning up my desktop and looking back over jobs from this year. For one living room project my clients came to me with a bare room with only a pale modular sofa and a tv on an entertainment unit. They wanted colour, softness, an eclectic, international feel and colours that would please two small daughters. We needed a great rug as a starting off point, and ultimately purchased the soft wool beauty above.

 

But it took a little bit of searching to land here. The clients had liked the patchwork rug in Josh and Jenna’s house on tv show The Block:

I went to look at this rug but although the colours were nice, they were very muted and not quite right. There are a lot of ‘over dyed’ rugs – where vintage rugs are cut up and sewn together as a patchwork then the whole thing is dyed again – out there, and I looked at several options.

At the end of the day, we dismissed them because they were just too thin and rough to be used as a comfortable playing surface. What we needed was a plush cut pile wool or something similar that was thick and soft. I also wanted to find some great colour. The next find was plush and had the colour, but I thought it was a little subtle for what we were looking for:

And then there was this- cute pattern than reminded me of bird footprints, but too much black for a little girls’ play area:

This blue runner didn’t fit the brief but I would have loved it for me!

Then came a great harlequin pattern, but again too much black and not ‘young’ enough:

But then, the perfect rug:

Great ‘happy’ colours including lots of pink and purple, soft and thick and gorgeous pattern. Love it!

So the rug was a done deal but we still needed to cater to the man in the family and also provide a bit of that eclectic contrast in styles that the clients were looking for. A masculine leather armchair was the perfect fit.

We also included some Moroccan leather pouffes for fun and for seating for the girls, pulling colours from the rug.

This silver side table provides a hint of shiny texture and a break from all the colour.

And then, my favourite part, accessories!

And lastly, a basket for toys. We also needed a bit of black as a visual weight in a room with so much feminine colour. This one came from Freedom:

Have a great weekend All and may the force be with you if you plan to hit the shops!

Naomi x

Dec 20

Heartbroken

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I was going to post about another project I’m working on today, but I just can’t bring myself to talk about decorating when my heart and mind are with the little angels who were brutally killed at Sandy Hook Elementary last week. I mentioned it briefly a couple of days ago but it’s a crime that’s so shocking that it’s not something I can push from my mind with the justification that it happened a long way away, it doesn’t effect me, and I wanted to more adequately express my horror and heartbreak.  It’s impossible to imagine what the families are going through, but the damage done to that community and to our World community is irreparable; this horrific thing can never be undone. I want this Christmas to be fun and magical for my own children, and I want to protect them from the evil that is in the world, but how is it possible to celebrate when those innocent children were so violently deprived of their own Christmas happiness? How do we get past something like this? I’m really struggling with this tonight. And I’m praying, not only for those families whose hearts must be completely broken, but for more kindness and for change.

Naomi xx

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Dec 19

Another busy day

How are your preparations for Christmas coming along? With less than a week to go I am definitely feeling that the countdown has begun! All my presents are wrapped and ready but I haven’t thought much about food yet and I have a mountain of washing to get through. In an attempt to stay a couple of days ahead of the pack I stopped by Costco today to do the Christmas shopping; it was crazy! I can only imagine that the weekend will be much worse, so my advice would be to get there early or steer clear altogether people!

 

But my main focus this week is finishing up with clients so that I can take a bit of a holiday in January. I took a carload of cushions, rugs and mirrors to a client’s beautiful home this morning, where the floors have been stripped of carpet and sanded, and the painters have just finished painting in a warm light neutral with crisp white trims.

The old wingback armchairs were scored by my client at auction and were recovered in a grey/blue and green stripe. We still have a chandelier to hang and a chaise that’s getting recovered in the floral fabric from my last post – my upholsterer tells me it will be done by Monday – talk about cutting it close to the Christmas Day deadline!

I took this pic because I was struck by how festive our blue Madeline Weinrib runner looks paired with the newly-painted red front door (though I know you can’t really see the red here). Two big arched multi-paned mirrors are going above the chunky rustic table to the left, echoing the shape of the arched front doorway.

This week is a little bit mad, but it’s great to see long-planned schemes come together and bits and pieces finally going into clients’ homes.  Seeing clients happy at the completion of a job really is the best part.

Naomi xx

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