Dec 19

Another busy day


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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

Apr 13

A touch of ikat


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Who doesn’t love a bit of ikat in a room? There are so many gorgeous patterns and colours around. I love the blue on blue accented by green above – I just used an ikat from Madeline Weinrib (my fave ikat source!) identical to the blue one above in a room for a client.

I’ve been drooling over this blue room (above) for ages – the double-sided couch, the blue lacquered walls, touch of ikat and accents of pale pink and black have me smitten.

I love pics like the one above that show you a glimpse of somebody’s house, not just an arrangement of furniture in one room. Love how the blue is carried though the house – the blue ikat on the chairs ties in with the lampshade and the tolix stool in the kitchen – and the black-and-white is repeated too. I always get so inspired by pics like this one!

What a great mix of styles (above)! There’s a little bit of traditional – chesterfield sofa, classic wing chair with nailhead trim; a bit of ‘Nanna’ florals, mixed with modern and quirky – the moroccan pouffe, sleek coffee table, ikat and the octopus prints. I like this room because it would be easy to re-create at home. Start with a sisal rug, paint all your furniture white, upholster one chair in a bold colour and add some ikat cushions in a contrasting colour, and you’re basically there!

I have long had an obsession with blue libraries. Read about it here. So this media room/library goes straight into the file for my future dream home!

image credits: sarah richardson in house and home, decorpad, kristen hutchins, johnsjournal-maria blog, the cross design and decor, lonny
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