30.7.08

Glisten ...

I give you this stunning image this morning as a parting gift ...
No, I am not leaving blogging, but I desperately need a few days off to catch up on my study and get my little housey organised.
Many apologies my friends, but there are lots of old posts for you to re-read and find the spelling and grammar errors in, for the meantime ...
Be back next week xx
Further apologies to the photographer, for I haven't a clue where this came from ...!

Oh-so-good ...

This is a great house ... beautiful Hampton's - shingled - fitted interior - dark floors - white walls - tongue and groove - heaven ... where do I sign?
Fabulously detailed hallway - many attractions for the eye but still quite simple - I adore the collection of baskets and the interesting sky-light in the ceiling ...A gorgeous sunny spot ... Americans certainly do these windows well, they seem to be everywhere ... we Aussies need to catch on ...
The windows again! Brushing your teeth from here would be a real pleasure ... sublime pressed metal sinks and matt black counter ...
I love-love-love this cupboard that opens on both sides ...
These sconces for bed side lamps are just lovely great forethought in the planning - you can never have a whim and move the bed though - might be a problem for someone like me who is constantly moving furniture ... my living room has flipped 3 times this evening ...
I'm sure this stunning view doesn't hurt either ... imagine soaking in that pool on a hot summers day ... these architects certainly have outdone themselves here ...

29.7.08

Cotton Crush ...

I love cotton for weddings.

This cotton bouquet from Jupiter images is just gorgeous.

While roses are always classic and beautiful, I think bouquets and table arrangements of the uncommon blooms are just as, if not more, creative and original .


Wheat

Apple blossom

Branches

Thistles

Berries

Proteaceae

Baby's Breath


Yes, I said Baby's Breath ... it sounds very 80's but I promise you, it would work xx

Check Chair ...


This is the Lovisa Easy Chair by Country Swedish ...
Isn't she pretty ...?

28.7.08

Linen Jumble ...

Skona Hem always knows how to cheer me up ...

New House Blues ...

I am finally moved in! Yippee ... unfortunately my place looks nothing like this stunning room ...

It is a flat completely devoid of architectural features and has not been painted in well over 10 years I would say. But I have stripped it back to the basics - all curtains and lace things are down, all hooks out of walls (there must have been 50!) and spacked up the massive holes I made, and all the windows are washed. It is a little bit better now ...

I have done one coat of paint in the spare room and it is a massive improvement. Did I mention I got Dulux Antique White USA? But there is a built in wood veneer cupboard in there with one door missing and it is wrecking the aesthetics big time! I will have to wait for the hospital maintenance man to find it - where can a cupboard door go though?

The main bedroom is fine, the bedside tables are a bit ugly but I will make some ticking stripe covers for them. I will be painting it this week in the same lovely bright white. This room is the least of my worries ...

It is the open plan sitting room/kitchen that is the major dilemma ... and for the first time in many, many years, I am at an absolute loss as to the furniture arrangement! I think this is mainly because the furniture is nasty, hideous and cheap and I will have to hide it all in the shed and start again. It is a tricky room for a reason I can't work out yet, but luckily it gets lots of light, has a huge window and the carpet is sort of grey flecked colour but is fine.

Woe is me. This is my biggest decorating challenge yet. But I think my brain will clear when the entire house is freshly painted. Doing it on my own though, it could be a few weeks ... people have offered to help but I like to blast Elton John and Michael Bolton greatest hits, and I need to sing along, not make conversation ... I will just have to grin and bear it!

I do apologise for the lack of before photos - I have completely wrecked the zoom on my camera and I just can't zoom back out enough to get a good shot - I will have it fixed in time for after shots, but I am sure you can appreciate now that I could, under no circumstances, wait to get it fixed before I started painting!

Will keep you posted xxx

25.7.08

Moving ...

I wish I could stretch out on my back like this cuddly puppy and relax this weekend ... But happily, I am finally moving house! After 2 months in a cramped and style devoid Nurses Quarters, I am finally being given my own flat! Yippee ...

In anticipation of the flat also being devoid of style, I have done what any self respecting decorator would do and insisted on a few tins of white paint ...
I have no problem painting if it means I don't have to live in a pastel monstrosity ... ugh!
I may post some photos in the near future if the end result is not too embarrassing ...

Happy weekend friends xx

Danish Christmas ...

It is 5 months until Christmas and I am already planning my decorations ...
Sad I know ... but Christmas is my favourite opportunity to do some over-the-top decorating!
When I moved to WA, I carefully wrapped all my decorations and labelled them so my darling Mum would know exactly what boxes to send over when I called for them ... some I have had for years and they are dearly treasured ... there are fairy lights by the kilometre, glass icicles, turquoise baubles and my favourite 12 Days of Christmas set ...
I am sure Alicia remembers me dragging a gigantic 3 m dead branch into the house last year to hang them exclusively on ... looked fab if I do say so myself ...!
I have already posted on this absolutely spectacular designer, way back at the start of my blogging, but it seemed appropriate to revisit since no-one does Christmas decorations quite like her ...
Luckily they are available by mail order in Australia ... I can feel my credit card tingling with excitement already ...
Whimsical and beautiful and oh-so-Danish!
But the main reason I feel we are kindred spirits ...?
The woman loves a branch!

24.7.08

Look ...

If I had a wall of windows like this I would be so sublimely happy I would never ever leave my house ...


Flower Bowl ...

Half submerged flowers really are such a favourite of mine ... perfect for table arrangements at parties and these fish bowls are great for achieving this effect...
the flowers look comfortably cushioned there in the bottom making a lovely still life on this gorgeous chest of drawers xx
P.S This is my 100th post - how exciting xx

23.7.08

Belle ...


What a pretty french house ... my first from this country and won't be my last ...Luce is obsessed with France, having been there numerous times, but I have unfortunately never gotten there on my trips to Europe. I will have it up to go with her - much easier since she is fluent!

I wonder if all the houses are as lovely as this...?


In this photo, the main thing I love is the floor! A lovely grey brick pattern ... it makes that spindly legged table stand out so well ... and that lovely mysterious curtain ... I wonder what secrets lie behind it ...


Normally I would run screaming from an arch way - it brings back memories of some highly dubious student housing ... ugh! In this case though, the arch is redeemed by being made of panes of glass - an interesting feature that I really quite like ...!

And did you notice how the bricks are just in the hallway down the centre? I have never seen this done before - a detail to keep in mind for future reference ...

This is a very serene place to do some work ... well edited with just the bare essentials. I wish my office had a chair and desk like that ... and I am really fond of the juxtaposition of those linen blinds with a sparkly chandelier ... glamour with a touch of shabbiness always catches my eye x


Eric d'Herouville for Cote Maison

Pop Prop ...

What a fabulous prop - a bowl of paper popcorn!
Wouldn't this look gorgeous on the coffee table when the girls were coming over for a movie night ...?
Thanks to Matthew Sporzynski via Real Living

22.7.08

Empty and Beautiful ...



Some whimsical art from Maggie Taylor ...
Most of her pictures have people in them, some especially lovely ones are in an 'Alice in Wonderland' theme, but I really like these empty ones ...
Where have the people all gone?
Wouldn't it be thought provoking to hang these 3 pictures in a series and then to have another at the end where all the characters suddenly appeared ... perhaps they all got lonely in their own paintings and wanted to see each other for a little while ...!

Winter at the Beach ...

I love this scene ...

Winter at the beach ...

Imagine a glass of red, a cashmere throw, a toasty fire and a peaceful evening listening to the waves crash rhythmically into the shore x

Thanks to Dreamhouse for this gorgeous photo

21.7.08

Mrs S and the Quest Part III

Mrs S, I provide you with a third decorating scheme, slightly different to the last two, but still in keeping with the general theme ... enjoy my dear x
This house belongs to Nancy Fishelson, an architectural designer from the US, well known for designing and renovating in spectacular country style ...

This kitchen is great - I know I go on about kitchens but they really do make or break a house ... a great place with a skanky kitchen is disastrous ... and vice versa ... ugh.

I love how this u-shaped kitchen wraps around the island ... and the detail of the beams inlaid into the ceiling with those lovely pendants hanging down ... not to mention my favourite tongue and groove topped with that grey slate counter top ... classic country sophistication ...

I really like the proportions of this living room ... I am not completely sold on the floor rug but I really like the dark boards, flat whitest-white paint and those lovely 4x6 windows ...

She uses lots of mangle fabric ... another favourite of mine ... and lovely white linen for slip covers ... always chic.

This room is particularly pretty. Nancy is known for her collections of utilitarian objects, particularly folk art and reclaimed objects to be used in different settings ... chess boards as serving trays is just one example.

I love the styling of this scene ... the doors of this cupboard flung open to display the neat precision of its contents, the casual drape of a vintage quilt, and the giant tub of hydrangea blooming happily in the sunny window ... just gorgeous xx

Earth ...

While I could never be described as an eco warrior (although most of my furniture is recycled!), this picture is very thought provoking ... and lovely ...


... If you can read French the rest of the story is in Marie Claire Maison ...

18.7.08

Snow Giraffe ...

This is Alfred ... I think he is cold judging from the snow on his nose ...
Designed by floral ateliers from New York, L'Olivier,
he is whimsy at it's finest ...
Happy weekend blogging friends ... thank you for all of your lovely comments this week ... I love hearing from you xx

Impossibly perfect ...


I am super super excited to have found the photos of possibly my favourite house in the world.... I know that is a very big call but ... it is perfectly un-perfect in every way. Happy happy me stumbled across them here xx

By all rights, this house shouldn't look so good - its bones really aren't that great - It has quite low ceilings but they are saved by the lovely planking, and it has small rooms, but they are all open to each other with door-less doorways to give the house a lovely feeling of flow.

Drenched from floor to ceiling in lashings of white paint, this house is light and bright and warm and comfortable ... and my beloved Tolix chair appears again ... a set in black and white is just plain greedy!

The standout features are really the furniture and props, not the architecture, which is much more to my style of decorating ...

These giant silver tubs of olive trees are a very unexpected decorating tool - normally seen in a courtyard, they look just lovely in the kitchen and the bedroom (below). And the very simple light fittings are just lovely.

This is a perfect kitchen. It's not showy or sophisticated but it is got everything it needs to be a lovely family space. I love a window over a sink ... being able to look out over the garden while you do the worst chore in the house should brighten even the grumpiest of days x



I really like this little table and the dark mirror with the candle sticks in front. This hall space is so beautifully decorated - carefully edited props in dark and metallic finishes contrast with the super simple open stair.


Again - this really shouldn't work - the coffee table is much higher than seat height! But it does work ... and it looks lovely. I think it is the space under the coffee table that looks so good, and I am always a fan of wall sconces even if you can see the electrical cords hanging down. Rooms always look better if they are not too perfect ...

And here, another rambly over-sized topiary, an unusual but eye-catching choice for a bedroom. Paired with a vintage park bench and shutters, this bedroom is casual and understated.
Love xx
Lars Ranek photographer extrordinaire

17.7.08

Nice Rack ...


What a gorgeous hallway ... and what a spectacular find is this mirrored coat rack !?! The thing about coat racks is that they invariably look better without your shabby day to day coats on them! They are meant to be so useful but instead look so much more glamorous styled with furs, pretty evening purses and an corsage or two ... xx


Black Thumb ...

While it is way too hot in Australia for spending time in a conservatory ... you would die of heat exhaustion and so would your plants ... I can still dream ...
In this dream it is a cloudy day ... so I will be in the conservatory with a cup of tea and British Vogue if you need me xx

Conservatory deluxe from Skona Hem

16.7.08

A Kitchen to Love ...



This supremo kitchen - pardon the 1 and 2, I couldn't get rid of them - belongs to Robin Standefer and Stephen Alesch and was featured in New York Magazine.
Absolute perfection ...
Nothing like a glossy black floor ... shiny white cabinetry ... black butler's sink ... glass 'up' cupboards ... and a giant tub of blossom branches ...
So, so good xx

Light Divine ...

What could be prettier than this vintage-sourced-tea-cups-and-jelly-mould chandelier?
Just superb x


See more whimsical lighting by Madeline Boulesteix here ...