Friday, February 27, 2009

One big tick

I'm a list writer from way back. Shopping lists, lists of books to read, places to go, spring cleaning jobs...the list goes on! It keeps my head in order, and provides me with a sense of achievement when I tick something off.

Above is my list of 2009 house projects. And now, two months in to the year, I can finally cross off the first thing! Today I picked up removable covers which I had custom-made for the seating on my two couches. I'm not a sewer, so I left this to the professionals. And they turned so out well!

You see, I was the dumb bunny who bought creamy white couches with 'removable covers' only to find that the frame of the couch had a removable cover, but not the seating - each cushion has a label just inside by the zipper saying 'do not remove' and 'do not wash'. Great! Have you ever heard of a couch with a removable cover where you can't actually wash the seating covers? And to add insult to injury the removable cover on the frame had a 'do not wash, dry clean only' label - even though I had chosen a washable fabric specifically made for slip covers. So for the last 18 months, with the rough and tumble of normal life, my couches have been getting grottier and grottier.

I broke a couple of nails fitting the covers on, but hey, I can live with that! I'm curled up on one of my couches now, happy in the knowledge that when (not if - I'm a realist) the next splodge occurs, I can chuck the seat cover in the wash. I took the picture (above) tonight after I rushed home from work and fitted them on. Now my couches look as good as new.

Best wishes,

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Isn't it delightful?

Not only do I just totally love this vintage postcard garland, but I love the photography and the way the photos are styled - simply beautiful! The little touches - the red hearts and the Eiffel Tower stamps - just make them even lovelier.
You can buy your garland at Lobster and Swan's Etsy site, here.

Best wishes,

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Is this Germany's answer to Ikea?

These pictures are from German furniture and homewares company Car Mobel.

All furniture comes flat-packed and is marketed as good value for money - sound familiar?
I'm loving the clean, simple lines, the white painted furniture, and the sweet, fresh pops of colour.

I'm wishing they had an outlet or ten in Australia!
Best wishes,

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

A bit of bathroom glamour

In bathrooms, like bedrooms, I don't mind a bit of girly glamour. These rooms are your private rooms so I think you can let loose a little.

The bathrooms I've chosen today spell glamour to me. It's the lighting that clinches it - pretty and femine.

This room above and below is definitely my favourite - all that light, white wood, HEAPS of storage (goes without saying!), twin sinks, gorgeous mirrors, a free standing bath with my favourite type of tapware - telephone! Everything about this bathroom I love love love.

But still, I could settle for this, with its spectacular silver bathroom and gorgeous light....

.... or this bathroom, with a beautiful chandelier, lovely tumbled marble tiles, plantation shutters....

....or this serene, lovely beauty - the chandelier and plantation shutters are what lifts this room out of the ordinary I think....

...the there's this, with the unusual lighting, gorgeous checkerboard floor and a beautiful antique chair, reupholstered in white, of course.

My bathroom is very clean and modern, but nothing as lovely as these. But I can dream can't I?
Best wishes,

Monday, February 23, 2009

Give me a sign, any sign

One of the things I love most about decorating is the thrill of the chase. When I have something in mind, I love to go out searching, ever hopeful that I will find that perfect piece that I have so clearly in my mind.

One of those things I hope to find one day is a vintage salvaged sign.

I would love an old, weathered sign, full of character and charm that I could place on a wall as art.

I think there would be a huge amount of luck and serendipity in finding the right sign - the right amount of weathered-ness, the right colour, the right size, the right price....everything must fall oh-so-perfectly into place.

I love thinking about their history, wondering where they came from, what function they used to perform.

Usually cheaper than original art, and so much for meaningful than a print, I think signs can add colour, interest and originality to a room.

I love the typography in this graphic black and white sign tucked under a console, below.

This great big old advertising sign adds colour and a dash of humour.

Not sure if this is really vintage (below), but I love its mellow, warm colours.

Signs particularly appeal to me because of my love of typography.

This sign below was a lucky roadside find. How fabulous!

This (below) is not actually a sign, but artwork based on a sign - the next best thing I guess!

One day maybe I'll find a sign I love. In the meantime, I'm having fun searching one out. You never know your luck!

1 Simon Kenny Content Agency 2 Super Junk via Desire to Inspire 3 Australian Country Style 4 - 7 Nancy Fishelson 8 - 9 Better Homes and Gardens 10 Living etc 11 Australian Better Homes and Gardens 12 Ralph Lauren 13 Hudson via High Heel Foot in the Door 14 Australian Home Beautiful 15 Australian Notebook Magazine

Best wishes,

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Twinkling the ivories

Image Cottage Living

Are you one of those people who (like me) wishes they'd persisted with their piano lessons? I gave up at 13 when we moved to a tiny mining town in the middle of nowhere in the outback, without a teacher.

But it's not too late to take it up again!

This piano above was purchased second hand for $100. The new owner spruced it up with some vibrant red paint and new upholstery for the stool.

Doesn't it look fabulous?

I think this is such a great idea - with some paint and some fabric, your piano could fit into virtually any style of interior. And it involves very little money!

I'd probably paint mine white and cover the stool with a hardwearing neutral, nubby linen.

I've seen quite a few second hand pianos while out trawling auction houses. I have nowhere to put a piano in my current tiny house, but maybe in my next house!

Have a fantastic weekend.

Best wishes

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Time to smell the roses

I work virtually full time, but in the interest of finding some balance in my life, a little while ago I took a small pay cut so I can have one Friday off in every four. I also sometimes take an additional Friday off in that same four weeks, by accruing an extra 8 hours work time. I'm incredibly lucky to work in a workplace that allows me to do this. I call my Fridays off my 'sanity days'.

Problem is, I struggle to make up that extra time - it doesn't seem like much to accrue 8 hours in a month, but all I have to do is take some time off for an appointment or two for me or my son, or have a longer lunch to run errands and then I'm back at square one. Additionally, I feel constant guilt about leaving my son in after school care for that extra half hour or so every day while I'm accruing time, especially when I know he's tired.

I know that I'm not the only mother facing this dilemma - the challenge of giving as much time to your children, while running your home, being committed to your job and financially supporting yourself and your family. I'd be interested in knowing how other women manage to balance this all - got any tips?

Tomorrow is my 'sanity day'. No before or after school care for my son. Touching base with his teacher to see how the week has been. Making a great big batch of pasties for the freezer. Even taking a nana nap if I have time! Little things I know, but pure bliss! I love my days off.

I wish you a happy day.

Best wishes,

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

A little night magic

I love the soft glow of a candle or two.

Best wishes,