It feels like I’ve been away from the blog and from ‘real life’ in general for quite awhile – and it has been more than a week! I had a lovely and very busy week in Sydney last week and made it home just in time to see our middle child start Prep. (Very exciting, very nerve-wracking and a little bit sad).
In between checking on projects and meetings with clients new and old I had a wonderful time catching up with my sister, eating too much good food, a little bit of antique shopping and a lot of clothes shopping! At home I never pass by an antique or junk shop but for some reason rarely find the time to shop for clothes – I think it’s mainly because I often have a toddler with me who will not wait patiently while mummy tries things on…
And of course my trip coincided with the trade fairs on in Sydney, so I spent an enjoyable couple of hours looking at lots of lovely things (and mentally creating lots of lovely combinations for future projects!).
This is just a teeny tiny snapshot of the goods- you’re not allowed to take photos inside and I haven’t gone through my notes yet to see what else I might be able to use down the track!
Anyway it’s good to be back,
My weekend was more productive than relaxing. LOTS of cleaning and washing for me, tidying up the garden and enjoying the sunshine outside (if you’re in Melbourne, wasn’t yesterday perfect weather-wise?). Lots of day-dreaming about building a new house. I hung this colourful painting that my sister did for me last week:
Cute huh? (Please excuse the terrible iphone photos! My camera has died and I’m in desperate need of a new one!)
It’s not so much a copy but shall we say heavily inspired by a painting I love by Guy Maestri that I saw in a magazine:
I was in one of those really motivated moods yesterday when I finally got started on a few projects I’ve been putting off for ages, and turned this vintage Chippendale chair:
In the cold light of day I can see the seat needs another coat, which will have to wait until my next hit of motivation strikes! I did manage to have the two grey and white cushions (there’s another chair that matches) with black piping made ahead of time. I know the curtain doesn’t go well with the pillows, these are my thick lined curtains that we put up to keep the warmth in our little old house in winter. I know exactly what I want to replace them with, but I’m still trying to track down the fabric I have in mind (that’s probably another post altogether!).
Happy start of a new week xx
I’ve been admiring the work of designer Kimberley Ayres lately. Her rooms are always fun and I love the way she uses colour. This dining room (above) caught my eye awhile ago. I love the zinc table and the white-on-taupe moulding, but I really love that it’s such a small room, but that she’s made it such an appealing space. Let’s say you have a little room that you want to actually use, but it looks on to another room and has no sense of being a separate space. Or maybe it looks straight into the bathroom or laundry! The room is too small to accommodate doors opening into it, and you don’t want it to be too closed off or hard to access. The perfect solution? A flat panel of colourful fabric that matches the curtains and that serves to close off and decorate at the same time!
Shades of sea green/blue. I’ll take that seafoam-coloured lacquered desk and the coral light fitting please! (Why don’t we have stuff like this in Australia?)
There is nothing I don’t love here!
The lady herself. I adore the shape of the bedhead. Note all the warm colours she uses: ochres, yellows and browns, it makes these rooms so welcoming and friendly.
There’s my chandelier again (above)! Mirrored walls are so great in dining rooms I think, it really does double the sense of space. And of course, faux-bamboo chairs and zebra rugs (poor zebra) work for me, too.
Doesn’t Imeperial Trellis work great as the dominant fabric in this living room (above)? Note also the strip of greek-key trim down the back of the armchair; I love those little details. Target has a white horse-head exactly like the one above at the moment for $40!
I’m a little rushed this morning but I always have time for my favourites from Windsor Smith! For me her work strikes the perfect balance between classic, colourful and eclectic. This is in my ‘dream kitchen’ file: plenty of stylish storage, a dose of chinoiserie and a pop of colour against classic black-and-white. I also love that the beautiful floors are not fussied up with a rug.
I’m a sucker for stylish bookshelves and these are among my favourites. There are lots of classic elements that appeal to me here: the dark wood floors, marble steps to the right, sisal rug, bookshelves over the doorway and a glimpse through to another couple of (gorgeous) rooms. Add some classic-style furniture, some colour-coded books, chinese blue-and-white and a hint of ikat and I’m in heaven!
A tablescape from the famous pink living room (above), and a perfect masculine -meets-tropical style below. I love them all!
Have a Happy Friday!