Monday, February 28, 2011

Branching out.

It seems a natural progression when you are interior designer to launch into your own line of fabrics and wallpapers. I know what it's like, you know EXACTLY what you want but you can't find it anywhere. But don't worry, I am not about to launch into this business anytime soon as I have enough on my little plate, so thankfully for me and everyone else in the trade, Meg Braff has. 

Words may be superfluous here, so I'll let some of her designs do all the chatting.......... wasn't that an excellent conversation? 
This wallpaper lover is one happy girl Meg....check her site soon for the updates on the new fabric. 
ps I have a fantastically clean (hint, hint!) giveaway this week - deets tomorrow! 

Friday, February 25, 2011

Retail therapy for a Friday.

What do you think interior designers do when they want a change of direction? (not a trick question or a joke.......) Well, they take to designer something else of course! gorgeous colours and preppy patterns. 
Ellen Allen ( a great name BTW!) has seriously done all us girls who love to accesssorise, a favour by giving up her career.....I mean that in the nicest possible way too!   
Now lets see, what will I choose....

a little case in my fave green....

or something a bit bigger? 

I always think scarves make a statement, 

and then again I could purchase a tie for the other half. 
Desicions, decision.........head over to Ellen's yourself and try to choose! 
And on to retail therapy of a different kind. Remember the chairs I bought a couple of weeks ago? 
Well, they are heeeeeeere..................

and even more perfect in the flesh. (or should that be in the 'velvet') 
Sorry for the bad photo but just had to show how well they go with my curtains. 

aaaaaand they are comfortable too. 
So, it is with a little Ebay 'smugness' that I leave you to have a lovely week end! 
ps....Caitlin I LOVE this piccy you did for Lonny submissions......

Note to self: Must smarten up when going out to jobs/clients houses!
(oh yeah, and get an orange dress) 

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Two for one.

I have just taken delivery of two more beds this morning. Yes, as fast as I tidy up and move things out of the house, things are coming back in. 

My daughter has moved rooms. All she wanted was to have two bed in her room so she could have a freind to stay. Simple request really, so we ordered a king single with a trundle underneath. Every time someone came it was a major exercise to re-arrange the furniture and get the trundle out. (oh and it looked messy too.......!)
So now she has moved rooms and has two single beds and will be entertaining shortly, no doubt.
Now I am left with the dilema (ok so it's not that bad....) of finding matching duvet covers, valances and the like.
I have ordered her two of these.......

which will benefit from a bit of trim. 
She has told me blues and greens are the go, so watch this space.  

Wednesday, February 23, 2011


I love this simple tailored look. The velvet bedheads are a touch of pure luxury.......

It is such a classic combo - taupe and blue. 
In the meantime with all this beautiful order, my desk looks more like this......

Full of colour, pattern and a touch of chaos! 
pics from here.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Soup and a Sale.

I know I said I wouldn't be back until Monday but here I am! I have been listing stuff (cushions and fabrics) on Ebay like a mad woman and thought I had better let you know! 

Yes, I am having a major clearout. I know I did this not so long ago but I am such a sucker for pretty fabrics that I can't resist! The long and the short of it is it all has to go somewhere and I have promised myself I wouldn't hoard! I have allowed several cupboards for extra bit and pieces and when those are full.....well..... you benefit! 

On the same subject, you know how change is as good as a holiday? 
I am moving a few things around at home and am sellling these..........

   all 10 of them. 

And this....

which had always been in my office. 

But wait - there's more. 

I have never really had the right spot for this chinese inspired desk

and it's matching chair. 
So email me if you are interested in any of the furniture and "Ebay me" for the other stuff.....!!!!
Disclaimer: I will still need a holiday this year..... 
It is windy and cold here today. Can you believe I lit a fire and made soup?

Have I told you about this member of our family before? She is amazing and I don't know what I did before she joined us.  More stories about my Thermomix another time.....back to my sorting frenzy!
ps all Ebay things may not show up straight away but all will be there by tomoz. 

Friday, February 18, 2011

A nook and other stuff.

Well, this took my fancy as a good place to just hang out, sleep or read. How cute is this space? 

Very inviting and so crisp and fresh.
Have you discovered The Coveteur yet? 

It is Selby - esque in its format and a fabulous peek into some amazing homes. 
More blog fodder for us all and of course a time eater upper - er when we should be doing other things.....anyway, it's too good to pass up so make sure you venture there....often! 

 There is something about this room that makes me squeal with delight! 

 Pink sofa, black dog, black dress, black fireplace, white walls........glorious in it's simplicity. Are we in agreeance here? I think the sofa is the hero - I mean who wouldn't want something so pink and plump to sink into? NOT ME!

And a personalized iphone cover? No more digging around in the bottom of your handbag in the dark. These are in my humble opinion are super stylish and the monnogram pretty much seals the deal for me. 
Have a look at Dani's full range and customized your own. 

One more thing.....I am obsessing

over this. I see it everywhere and the more I see it the more I love it. That sofa has a whole lotta retro going on. (I will be scouring op shops for its cousin)
Have a great week end, see you back here on Monday! 

Thursday, February 17, 2011


Hope to be back soon. 

Tuesday, February 15, 2011


yes. literally. 

You must check out Letter love Design's amazing...well....designs and personalised stationery. 
You know how I love good paper, and sending, receiving and writing a note is always high on my 'do to' list (you see...I even need paper to write one of these.....!) 
I urge you most strongly to invest in a few of these notes. I mean anything combining gorgeous patterns, monograms and a bit of chinoiserie has to be a hit! 

I mean just look at these envelope liners........

and pagoda address labels? 
Yes please! 
OK, are you ready for the best part? This clever lady is from Australia! I know!
But the icing on the cake? 
I know I am biased.
Must be something about good ol' A'dlaide, as French Navy, my go to for beautiful crisp white thank you notes also hails from there. 
Who knew?   

Monday, February 14, 2011

Monday Confession.

I had to have a couple of days off this week as I was still not feeling so good and as a consequence,
I feel like I am in freefall.
Too many things left undone, and not enough hours in the day. 

Spying this aaaaamazing house over at An Apple a Day... has soothed me infinitely. 
I love orange in a bedrooom. (make that any room) and have long gotten over the fact that shades of orange were my house colours at school. 
And take this......

.......another bedroom in the very same house, just oozing chic - ness and individuality. 
Can you take any more goodness? 

I thought so. 
 A dining nook with what I think are framed magazine pages? Pure genius. 
And just becouase I know you can never have too much of a good thing......
here's more.....

 and lastly.....

There, I am feeling much better now. 
Here's to a better week and more productive week. 
By the way, those outdoor curtains - are we all loving them?
 OK - the whole house is pretty much heaven. 
Thanks again Anna for the pics. 

Thursday, February 10, 2011


this divine watercolour the uber clever Caitlin McGauley did for Lonny.

And yes, the very same mentioned lady did my fabulous blog header!
(sorry, just a quickie this morning as am blogging via remote, away from home)
Happy Thursday! 

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

You can bank on it!

Yes sireeeeeeeee! You can ALWAYS bank on a banquette to look stylish and lustworthy -  as this one most undoubtedly is............

in the most delightful way!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011


I am kinda, sorta really liking this fluoro pineapple print cushion by Dark dog Studio. 

Maybe its because I have a love for all things pineapple.  And palm trees. 
I could swan around in my new Kate Spade fluoro flats.......

I might even put my glamorous feet on this Abigail Aherne fluoro pink coffee table, 'cos I just couldn't resist. 

But for now? I am going to turn the whole  #@%F*#$i computer system off and reboot everything as it is all sooooooo slow it is driving me mad....literally. I have actually made a cake whilst writing this post waiting for everything to load. Yes. Its that bad. (although I am a very quick cake maker.......!)  
Wish me luck.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Too much?

..........totally OTT but kinda fun, don't you think?

That tricky ol' lattice..... eh? Who would have thought! 
Perfect for a conservatory, come sun room - well especially if you live somewhere exotic. 
Hitting the books big time (client ones) today. Had hoped to catch up on the week end but was laid low, am I mean very low with something horrible.  Am on the rise today, thank goodness. so its back to full speed. 
pic from here

Friday, February 4, 2011

Calling all Peacocks!

I love these Jonathon Adler peacock cushions - they would make the perfect addition to my bedroom in all their blue and green lovliness!

But I digress...........if you are a peacock and like strutting your stuff this just might be for you! 

Top Design is coming to our shores and if you want a chance to showcase your interior design work and are not too shy and retiring then GFI!
Taping begins in April so hurry and apply! All the information can be found here, so strut on over! 
Happy week end everyone! 

Thursday, February 3, 2011 Marvelous!

If you are in the market for a very special rug, of superior stlye colour and quality, then you are in luck! 

My favourite company for all things underfoot LOOM is having a Market Day (or month!) sale. 

Get in early do you don't miss out! 
Don't say you weren't warned........
And just to tempt you, here are some rugs to whet your whistle......



and of course, Hepsi. 
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