Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Take it indoors

Well tonight's girl's night has been postponed until tomorrow. And that's fine by me - I'm tucked up on the couch, in my jim jams and slippers, having a little 'me time'. Bliss!

So seeing I am home, I couldn't go by without a post.

The theme of tonight's post is: greenery.

I love how bringing a plant into the home can really lift a neutral scheme. Here's some examples I like.


























































Longer lasting than flowers, good for the environment, and soothing to the soul, pot plants can look good in any style of home, but really work brilliantly with clean, uncluttered neutral rooms. Depending upon the type of plant you chose, they can add some pretty softness or a sculptural hit of colour.

Images: 1 Home Handyman 2 Dar Seven 3 Unknown 4 Nancy Fishelson 5 Slettvoll 6 Unknown 7 Australian Women's Weekly 8 Prue Ruscoe 9 Lobelia 10 diy ideas 11 Darren Chung 12 Debi Treloar
Best wishes,

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Teeny tiny cupboards

Just a quick post today, as I am heading off for a girl's night out soon. We're going out for all-you-can-eat Mexican - which could be dangerous! But I didn't want to let the day go by without a post for my blog friends, as I'm off for another girls night tomorrow and might not get the chance to post.

So anyways, a little while ago I did a post about blue painted furniture. I was lucky enough to find some lovely images of some cute little cupboards and some other pieces, see here.

Well today I'm sharing with you some green painted pieces. Just two mind you, but they really are beauties!



Please let it be known amongst the universe that the cupboard above is exactly what I'm looking for. I adore its humble simplicity, its usefulness as storage, its potential for lots of lovely vignettes on top. Almost every week I faithfully visit my favourite auction houses, in the hope that one day I will meet a little beauty like this and take it home. One day it will be there, waiting for me, I'm sure of it!



I love the feminine, curved lines of the piece above, and the rustic painted finish. How fantastic would this look in a boudoir?
Enjoy the rest of your day lovely people!
Best wishes,

Monday, May 25, 2009

Chocolate and vanilla: a perfect pair





I love the colour combination of rich, velvety chocolate brown, lightened up with a touch of pale vanilla colours.



Hope these pictures are a feast for your eyes!















































































Who says brown is boring? Not me! Brown is warm, inviting and comforting.

Best wishes,

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Eww to ahh



This lovely tranquil spot above, used to look like this (below). What I like most about this transformation is that they haven't seemed to have made any structural changes, just got rid of all the 'stuff' and repainted and resanded the floors, then added in some lovely vintage pieces including a reclaimed fireplace, just casually propped up. Even I could do that. All you need is a place that is solid, not too old and has 'good bones'.



In the same home, this very red living room becomes.....


....this! So much lighter and brighter. They just used loads of white paint and refurbished some flea market finds. Superb!



For more before and after images from this lovely home, go here.

I've been getting itchy feet lately. I'm longing for a little place that I can turn from 'eww' to 'ahh'. I love my home, but I want a challenge! So I trawled the net today for a look at what is available in my price range, which isn't much given that I would need to put money aside for the horrendous stamp duty, as well as a renovation budget.
I have my eyes set on a suburb just a couple of kilometres away from where I live - it's closer to my son's school and a little more of a pleasant neighbourhood (but not much more). My search on the net quickly revealed I could only afford a tiny two bedroom unit in this suburb - ie a major step down from my light-filled, modern three bedroom home, albeit in a slightly more downbeat neighbourhood.
So I guess I'll just stay put in my current home for a little while longer and just keep looking at other people's before and afters!
Best wishes,

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

White flower farmhouse



One of my regular reads is Layla's blog The Lettered Cottage. I love her style, her brilliant eye for gorgeous bargains and her enthusiasm for decorating.

Today Layla posted about the gorgeous goodies she received from White Flower Farmhouse, see here. So of course, I had to go and have a look at this shop's website. Oh wow! Full of fabulous, lovely things. I am totally hooked!

This shop specialises in refurbished and hand crafted furniture, vintage garden decor and lots of beautifully handcrafted products such as their own line of soy candles, bags, cushions and driftwood boats.

Old white ironstone - how classic and simple are these lovely pieces?




Fabulous old gym baskets - I have a thing for old metal baskets.


Gorgeous old apocethary bottles.


Metals, silver, browns and textures - gorgeous!




Old theatre marquee letters - yours for just $4 a piece!



Charming vintage bucket, with a seaside theme.



Beautiful faux flowers.




Vintage linens.


Right now I just want to hop on a plane and make my way to Long Island to check out White Flowers Farmhouse store in person.
Seriously, I'm in love with everything, but particularly those driftwood boats. A striped one would look perfect in my son's bedroom. I'm going to email them and find out if they post to Australia!
The owners of the store also have their own fabulous blogs. See here and here. I think I'm going to become a regular reader.
Best wishes,

Monday, May 18, 2009

Which camp are you in?

Image Curious Sofa

I recently discovered a brilliant article by Debbie Dusenberry, owner of the retail homewares store Curious Sofa in Kansas.

Here's the start of the article:

"There’s no neutral ground when it comes to a neutral palette: You either love it or hate it. Some people walk into an all-white room and sink into the sofa, put their feet up and say, “Ahhh, I’m in heaven.” Others look around and wonder why everything seems so bland and colorless".

I'm definitely in the 'in heaven' camp. Soothing neutrals, restful whites and calm creams are my loves. However, my dear mum is definitely in the second camp. She comes into my house, stares wistfully into space and says to me "If only it had a little colour, Catherine". In fact, I think it is for my mum, and my mum only, that I relented and added red touches to my home. (She also tells me to learn ballroom dancing so I can meet men, but you have to draw the line somewhere).

Anyway, I urge to you read the article (click here) - it is virtual 'how to' on texture - which is my favourite feature in a room. Give me sisal, metal, wood, the soft, the smooth and the rough, and I'm happy. Debbie Dusenberry's own living room, shown above, is a perfect example. For more of Debbie's work, check out her blog Curious Sofa Diaries.

Then after you've read it, tell me what camp you're in!

Now did you read my post last week on Atlanta Bartlett? Well I was emailed by Ryland Peters & Small to let me know that hopefully they will have a limited number of signed copies of Easy Elegance available on the website soon - so keep your eye out! They have also started their own blog http://rylandpeters.blogspot.com which I think will provide lots of sneak peaks into their latest lovely new books.

Best wishes,

Friday, May 15, 2009

True blue



When it comes to boys' rooms, I'm a traditionalist. I love the tried and true theme of red, white and blue. I know it's been done a million times before, but for me, it works! Here are some of my favourite images.



In the picture above, I love the thick quilt, the bunting over the bed and the built in bookshelf - artfully arranged of course!



In the picture below, I've fallen in love with the sweet built in bunk bed, the window seat (a place to dream and read) and the battered leather chair. This looks like a room a boy (or two) could have a lot of fun in - lots of pirate fights and late night ghost stories!





More bunting below, and lovely bead board walls and ceiling for that nautical feeling. Isn't this little boy adorable in his stripey pjs?



Now little Charlie (below) is one lucky little fella, being the proud owner of this jaunty little room. Again, I'm loving the built in bookshelves and the crisp colour theme - oh and those blue and white striped pillows!




Now I'm just loving this inspired room below - it really has style and individuality. I think the red and white stripes are what tips it over the edge for me. I'd love to do this in my son's room, but it is such a small room that I think the stripes would overwhelm it.



How cool would it be, to be a boy with your very own teepee?



As I type, I am listening to the rain pelting down on the roof. I think we are in for a rather wintry evening, so I am so happy to be sitting in my warm living room, with my son at my side (he's reading Enid Blyton's The Enchanted Wood, which fills me with joy to know my son is reading the same books I loved as a kid), with dinner in the oven.


Images 1 Jenni Booth for Sheridan, 2 John Gruen, 3 Chris Everard, 4 Driftwood and chandelier, 5 Andreas von Einsiedel 6 Chris Everard

I hope you all have a wonderful, fun-filled weekend!


Best wishes,