Friday, January 30, 2009

Going all girly

One thing I've noticed since I started reading interior blogs is that many bloggers comment that they find it hard to stick to the one style. I guess looking at those gorgeous pictures all the time, it is easy for us to become swayed. And it is good to be swayed - just a little - you don't want your style to stay fixed, otherwise it can become boring and predictable. But there's a fine line - you don't want to be crazy about mid century modern one week, shabby chic the next, unless you have a lot of time and money on your hands to go changing your decor all the time.

So why did I bring this up? Because I must confess that I too am one of those bloggers that finds it hard to stick to one style. You see most times I'm happily ensconced in a world of simple, natural, neutral interiors (although they can veer from quite modern, to very vintage), but then I see these lovely, girly, refreshing pictures, and I'm tempted to adopt a more feminine style of decorating. However, I haven't been blown too far off course - all these photos still have a lovely simplicity about them that I find very appealing.

Starting blossoms and the most gorgeous looking pink tins of tea I've ever seen

Selina Lake via Desire to Inspire

A new chair for my bedroom perhaps? Love the silver, a departure from the usual gold

Pretty pretty colours

Lovely copper bath and a feminine chandelier

Polly Wreford

Dressing table perfection

Mint julep cups with pink roses....

Pom Pom Interiors

Gorgeous, glamourous daybed

Stassi Design

Pretty, snowy white femininity, with touches of pink and gold

Stassi Design

A closeup of the mirror, with its lovely old patina
Stassi Design

And what feminine room is complete without some roses?

Polly Wreford

I wouldn't go girly in my whole house, I'm far too practical for that. But a little touch of femininity in the bedroom never goes astray....perhaps I'll go redecorate my boudoir now....

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Searching out a shady spot

Please excuse me if I'm not totally coherent in this post, I think my brain is melting. We continue to have extreme, record breaking heat here in the southern parts of Australia. Even tram lines and train tracks have buckled in the heat, causing huge delays for poor commuters. There's been rolling black outs and many of the traffic lights have been out, so I had a rather hairy ride picking my son up from school! Thankfully my son's classroom is airconditioned, and he's a hardy little fella anyway. He started a new school this week, and so far it has been going brilliantly - he loves his teacher and he's made friends, so I have my fingers crossed that this continues.

So while this scorching heat continues, I'm seeking out pictures that look cool. Today I've chosen verandahs. Now in my dream home that I hope to build one day, I would love a big verandah that wraps around the whole house, or most of it anyway, so you can chase the shade all day by moving from one side of the house to another. Here are some pictures of verandahs that make me swoon (and not from the heat!)

There's so many things to love about this verandah - the white painted floors, the exposed beams, the black shutters, the gorgeous exterior light, the swing (what's a verandah without a swing?), the green green plants (cooling!) and some stars! I love stars.

More exposed beams, more shutters, wicker furniture (love it), and a fantastic sweeping view of the ocean. What more could you ask for? Maybe a Pimms and lemonade (nix the cucumber).

Ok, so I'm cheating here, this is more of a pergola and deck, but the effect is the same -somewhere shady to chill out and daydream

This verandah has a cute outdoor setting and some lovely lanterns for when dusk settles into evening

I love the simplicity of this one. I've had this picture for years. Love the masses of french doors leading out to the verandah

This one is mighty fine....more exposed beams, more wicker, somewhere to play cards or have a meal, and somewhere to put your feet up. Take me there now.

Images 1 unknown, 2 unknown, 3 pia jane bijerk, 4 unknown, 5 home beautiful, 6 homes and gardens

One day maybe I'll have my verandah!
Ok, my lovely blogger friends, stay cool if you live down here and stay warm if you live up there!

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Cool me down now

I'm feeling kind of wilted at the moment. You see, we've had the hottest day here in Adelaide in 70 years, reaching a blistering 45.5 degrees Celsius (113.9 f). Even the airconditioning is struggling. We are not alone - the state of Victoria is sweltering too. So what else to do but look at some fabulous pictures to divert my attention?

How glamorous is this place? Love the white curtains billowing in the cool breeze, ahhh

More billowy white curtains. Waiter please bring me a lemon lime and bitters while I recline on this seat with a good book

And divine is this...think I might go for a cooling dip

Although this little poolhouse with its day bed is rather lovely too, and so close to the pool...

You can never go past a pool that melts into the horizon, especially when the horizon is as good as this...

All this gliding through the pool has left me a little tired, so I think I'll take a nap now, here

or here.

Ok, I'm feeling a little cooler now. Hope you are feeling comfortable, where ever you happen to be in this world.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Little snapshots of my home

Phewee! It reached something like 41 degrees today (106 degrees F). Hot hot hot. Thank goodness for airconditioning. As Millie from the Laurel Hedge said, it is going to stay like this pretty much all week here in Adelaide, so I will be going into hibernation!

Today I thought I would show you the shells I have in my home. I like shells. In fact, I love shells. Maybe I'm even a little obsessed by be the judge....

Here is a collection of bleached shells. I love their pristine, white beauty. I've grouped a mix of shell types together on an antique pewter plate

Here's more bleached shells, in a glass jar. I love the particular shape of these ones

One single conch shell is all you need when it is this big

Various shells mixed in with some scented candles in a rustic wooden bowl. It looks lovely lit up at night.

Another cluster of shells in a wooden pedestal. I love all the colours, textures and patterns of these particular shells, all jumbled together

Polished, pearl-like shells in my bathroom against my tumbled marble feature mosaics

Another polished shell, this time in the hallway. When they are this big, all you need is one for impact

And another in my bedroom

Oh and lastly, one in my living room

So if you haven't guessed by now, shells are a passion! I have them in just about every room in my house. Most of them I have bought on various holidays in Queensland, so not only do I find them beautiful to look at, but they also remind me of special times in lovely places. Some of my smaller ones in my pedestal bowl I was lucky enough to find along beaches in Adelaide, especially my favourite beach at Port Willunga.

Thank you for taking the time to view these little snapshots of my home.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Wine country

In honour of it being Australia Day today, I thought I would show you a pretty little piece of it, which is about one and a half hours from my doorstep...the Clare Valley.

I went up to the Clare Valley this weekend, to pick up my new car (yay!). The Clare Valley is wine country, known for its Rieslings. There's many lovely wineries to visit, some of which are in beautiful old stone buildings, such as this.

Or this

The scenery is quite lovely

There's some antique shops to poke around in

And some good restaurants and cafes, including the Citadel, where I was lucky enough to have lunch. Great food and a stunning vista from the verandah where we dined. Their bowls of rosemary roast potatoes with garlic aioli are so good. And the weather was perfect as we sat there sipping our local wine, looking out across the vines, the pencil pines and the gently rolling hills.

They regularly hold outdoor movie sessions on these lawns, including one coming up with a greek mezze and lamb on the spit dinner...yum!

And then I got to drive my fab new car home and give it a good run! Truly a lovely day.
I hope you enjoyed your weekend, whatever you got up to.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Trestle treasures

I've spent most of the day preparing for the start of school next week - you know, making sure my son's uniform is clean and labelled, checking shoes still fit, sorting out the stationery. This year my son will be going to a new school. He has major behavioural difficulties, and quite frankly, his old school just couldn't handle him anymore. They were over it. And so was I. It was a horrendous year for all concerned. So, after agonising over it for quite some time, I am sending him to a new school and hoping for the best. Hoping they can see the good side, and manage the more difficult side with respect and understanding. We met his new teacher yesterday and toured the school. I have my fingers crossed this is the right thing for my son and that he will blossom under their care.

So that has been what's been keeping me awake at night this past week. But in the meantime...on to something far more decor related....trestle tables! I love them! Don't know why...maybe that they just look a little more special than the standard table legs? I'm not really sure. But what I am sure of is that I like them to be old and rustic and worn, or failing that, painted white. Here's some favourite pictures.

This magnificent example looks like its been around for a hundred years or so....

Whilst this is far more modern....

I love this unassuming little number, accessorised to perfection....

Love this earthy little example. It was probably sitting in someone's garage for years, waiting to be discovered. Love the great way they've decorated it, with the old cases, the cloche, and that interesting round thingey! What IS that round thingey?

Here's another newbie, whitewashed...

A favourite of mine, in a very Frenchy room....

Another white washed number, paired with a modern take on the chandelier for a surprise element......

This is my own trestle table. I had it specially made to my measurements, using recycled wood, but it doesn't look as old or as battered as I had hoped. A little too pristine for my liking. Maybe I'll paint it white one day.

Now yesterday I wrote about kitchen transformations, and coincidentally Gina at Willow Decor has posted about her own fabulous kitchen transformation. Go have a look if you haven't seen it already, it's simply stunning! As is her perfect little jewel box of a butler's pantry. Gina has so much vision and style.
Images 1 Australian Home Beautiful 2 Notebook Magazine 3 Daryl Carter via Pure Style Home 4 & 5 Australian Country Style 6 unknown