Thursday, 24 May 2012

Porters, Anna & Catherine



 Hope you're ready to sit and have a cuppa....just a little long this morning.
Heading into Brisbane tonight for Anna Spiro's launch of her wallpaper range in collaboration with Porters Paints.
We have been long time fans of Porters Paints - using it at home and then in the shop renovation, some 4 years ago!!
We still get people commenting on the Dandelion Wallpaper, and it continues to inspire people to push themselves out of their comfort zone (just a little) when decorating.

I congratulate Anna on her range she has designed, it is fresh and contemporary and like the other designers who have worked with Porters you can see the individuals style in their designs.
In complete contrast is Catherine Martin's designs, I love the impact of her designs, be it on set or on a wall.

Needless to say looking forward to tonight!

Monday, 14 May 2012

The White Issue

A girlfriend of mine who has a similar penchant for all things Vogue and glossy asked me to help put her collection to rest ( as now they have children she really does need the room )
Of course I came to the rescue and loaded the car with a million Vogue magazines.
I have used them as tiles and side table in our current window display.
Getting lots of compliments - thank you.
In going through picking out which issues to use I found this little beauty;
The White Issue
So I thought I would share it with you plus in the coming weeks a few other issues that made me stop and sit down.
This glorious white issue has some beautiful images but it was the last page of 10 Favourite White Things (according to Jasper Conran that is) that I really enjoyed because it stands to prove that classic is always timeless and it got me thinking...

  1. White China                                                            6. White Suits
  2. White Rooms                                                          7. White Shirts
  3. White Linen                                                            8. White Linen Bedsheets
  4. My dogs white paws (okay not so classic)             9. White Towels
  5. White Peonies                                                        10. White Hens

Needless to say I am now sorting my list of 10 fav white things, so without much thought it goes;
marble, linen anything, feathers, ice-cream, porcelain, teeth, Claire Austin Rose....
OK that's 7 off the top of my head, 3 more....hmmm, sand, towels AND bath robes - you know the big fluffy ones you get in really nice hotels

Friday, 11 May 2012

Friday Flower Fest

With Mother's Day this Sunday I had all the more reason to go crazy at the flower markets this week. 
I did another run this morning and stocked up on the traditional and the not so traditional Chrysanthemums, the top photo is called Amalfi, a chrysanthemum, then some pretty hyacinths, amazing fragrance and the bottom (best til last) is the Disbud Chrysanthemum - my fav.
Good things.

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Timeless Interiors

Axel Vervoordt – I stumbled across Axel while trawling antique sites and have been a complete fan ever since. I managed to source his book,  Timeless Interiors. These two images are from that book.

Axel is an antique dealer and collector based in Belgium. He hit the public radar with his magnificent display of recovered ming vases at the 1984 Antiques Fair in Paris.

This room has such a relaxed feel at the same time being very “done” if that makes sense. Uncluttered lines combined with the harmonious colour, it is well put together.  The Hans vase housing the oversized fern branch on the antique Chinese console, I love the way it drapes itself across – eluding to that relaxed nature of the room.

I will continue to share pages that inspire.
ps: let me know if you would like you’re very own copy

Friday, 4 May 2012

Old Things New Ways

I know, carnations... really, I hear you say BUT look at these colours. Imagine mixed bunches spilling over out of a vase or pick one colour and mix it up as I have with the hot pink and the tetragona nuts. With one bunch you can have several arrangements in the house - just get creative, single stems in individual vessels - go crazy.
Just what a Friday needs, a little bit of crazy.

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Procrastination at its best

Ah yes that time of year again, well it comes around every few months really...BAS - sigh. So as any serious procrastinator knows you can only do paper work in a aesthetically pleasing environment.
So today I used this as work space inspiration....

and here is the reality...not too bad, I just have to imagine a beautifully laden fruit tree in the background. x

Now to sit down and actually start - although I really am quite thirsty now, better go get coffee.