vogue living australia
vogue living australia
It’s a little braver than cushions, but I love a pair of chairs covered in a bright ikat fabric for that added pop of colour. I know I’ve posted a couple of these chair pics before, including one of my favourite rooms from Vogue Living, with the green chairs (it’s actually an apartment in New York if you missed the issue). Doesn’t colourful ikat go well with geometric black and white flooring (see above greek key rug, zig zag rug, geometric rug..)?
Well, it feels like I’ve been away from my computer for ages, which I suppose is a good thing. We have had an extra-long weekend, given that there was no school last Friday. It’s given me a chance to get onto some boring-but-necessary-and-nobody-else-is-going-to-do-it jobs around the house, as well as do some sorting of things in my office. The advantage of boring jobs is that they don’t require a whole lot of brain power so I did a lot of thinking about colours and fabric combinations I’d like to try (yes, this is what goes on in my mind most of the time!), and also things I’d like to buy for the house (my wishlist). Actually, I’ve been fantasising about buying a new house (more light, more rooms to decorate, you know the story), but that’s another post altogether.
I still have that tin of turquoise paint that I am thinking of using to update my small entry hall (which I agonised over here and here). I thought it might be a great backdrop to one of the faux-bamboo tables I ordered recently:
Incidentally, the same tables were pictured in a stunning apartment in the latest issue of Vogue Living:
page of the latest Vogue Living mag via absolutely beautiful things
I also have an old cane mirror in the front hall that I could paint, and a new little chinoiserie ceramic planter that would look great against the turquoise walls if I potted it with an orchid…anyway you see the thread of my weekend musings!
Other excitement over the weekend was when I stumbled across an out-of-the-way second hand shop, which was full of both junk and some hidden treasures. These kinds of places are my favourite, and I literally dream of finding little junk shops full of stuff you have to sort through, where everything is $2-$5. Well, I found one!
This is a picture of most of my haul taken when I first got home. The most expensive thing was the pair of paintings, which were $15 for the pair! Most of these will find their way into clients’ homes but I’m already using the pretty chinoiserie plate ($2) as a catch-all for keys etc when we come in the front door.
I hope your weekend was fab! x
I’m still working on my own DIY abstract paintings but I wanted to share my latest inspiration picture. Everything here just, as my blogging friend and sometime client Ellise over at Charles Whyte would say, makes my heart sing! The colours in the painting are beyond amazing, and notice how they include the same shade of lavender as the table cloth? This is my idea of decorating heaven (sigh).
My post the other day on a room by Philip Gorrivan got me thinking about using giant photographs instead of paintings. Photographs (they don’t have to be original, a print of a photo would do) bring a modern element into rooms where the furnishings are otherwise classic.
In that way they are like abstract paintings, but also more interesting because they are of people or scenes that we recognise and that can really set the mood for a room (though of course abstract paintings can also set a mood). As a budget-friendly option I like the idea of taking a quirky family photo and having it blown up and stretched onto a big canvas.
Beach shots – taken from far enough away that you just see the colour and shapes but so that the people are unrecognisable – look particularly great.
Are you feeling brave? You could try this one (above) at home!
I love the 60s vibe of the photograph above, the way the suburban theme suits the banquette-style seating, and how the yellow and green is picked up in the photo. The citrus colours – lime green and yellow ikat – are an updated version of what many of us remember from childhood.
This photo taken through a lace curtain (above) is beautiful! So serene yet it has an air of mystery too.
The giant black and white shot of a packed train platform in Ellen Pompeo’s kitchen lends an industrial edge that suits the space (above).
Ok, so this one may be a painting, not a photograph (above, in a room by Eric Cohler). The yellow doesn’t match anything else in the room, so it stands out, and the colour looks great paired with blue walls and a black-and-white chequered floor.
Another beach shot in a room by Steven Gambrel. The subtle blue and yellow in the rug and cushion is picked up in the photograph.
A fantastically composed (in my completely ameteur opinion!) black and white photo hangs above a fireplace in Catherine Martin’s Sydney house.