Monday, July 25, 2011

Artistic expression.

A title that says it all. 

You may (or may not ) have seen this fun picture  'doing the rounds' however to me its one of those "the more you see the more you like" ones! Firstly, a prefect example of small space dining and then....well what does one say about the art wall?  It all comes together so well and is fun, fun, fun. and my favourite part? 
A mish mash of fabrics. Reminds me a bit of my own fabric selection at home! 
See the rest of the house here.   

Friday, July 22, 2011

Chairman of the board.

Well, the fair was OK. French Provincial was not as prevalent this year, which was a good thing. There were a few spa baths and recliner and massage chairs, however I just walked past these very fast and did not let them spoil my day! I did, however see lots of lovely colourful chairs...........

Feast your eyes on these if you will. 

I aslo found a few other bits and pieces, but in general was not wowed by much at all. The best two bits of the day? 
The good company in the car on the way there and back........ and meeting two bloggers for lunch. 
It was fun Linda and Virignia  - lets do it again soon! 
(next time it's my shout!) 

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Day out.

I am off to the trade fair. Here's hoping I will find plenty of things like........ 

and this,

and not see too many of these.............

(or too much 'faux French Provincial'........)

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Mapping it out and DIY.

We all know how a vintage map (or even a new one!) can transform a room from suburban to worldy, but have you ever considered doing this???

Me neither. 
It looks way too crafty for me, however I really like the finished product. not sure how you would go about this - maybe with a whole lotta glue, scissors and a ruler. Effective, even if I won't be trying this one at home! 
Which brings me to my breaking news.........

Here's a little something I DID prepare earlier.

Not sure if it was the burst of cold miserable weather that confined me to the indoors,

or the need to just get the job done quickly, but I actually covered this shade myself. I know! I am as shocked as you are. Me and craft? More like oil and water - we just don't get on. I am soo happy with the end result, but this doesn't mean I will be callling myself "Martha" any time soon. And just because all went sooo well and I was on a roll, I got the sewing machine out.

You will be pleased to know this is when I stopped. I have learnt in the past to 'quit while I am ahead' due to previous projects that have gone horribly wrong.
So, there you have it. I am quite happy with my afternoons work, however dropped the other cushions and extra shades into the workroom yesterday. That fact that the fabric is extra pretty helps too - doesn't it!
     Have a good day! 

Monday, July 18, 2011

Anyone else......

......having technical problems with Blogger today - or is it just me????? 

Friday, July 15, 2011

From my inbox.....

Friday seems like a good time to recap the week and tell you about anything of any interest which may have ended up in my inbox this week......

Lulu's beautiful dinnerware collection is now availalbe at Neimen Marcus. Shame for us Aussies that it's not David Jones.......

Good news is that this range IS available in Australia, and we all know how good black and whhite can look.

I also received a reminder about how it's time to start thinking about Christmas decorations....eeekkkkkk..I have so much more to consider between now and then, but seeing as they are soo pretty I will put them in my 'later file'. ( ie Novemeber! )

This chair caught my eye........

it's on special and the seat is made from rope and hessian?? I have to says it looks good - doesn't it? 

And a red rose? 
Well, this is what two delightful bloggers will be  wearing when we rendezvous at the Decoration and Design fair next week!
Happy week end. 

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Don't read this unless you want to be shocked.......!!!!

Don't you love the soothing minty colours of this room?

and what about the next room.....? The sheer purpleness of it is shockingly good. I am sure I shouldn't be calling it purple. I imagine it most likely should be referred to as violet, magenta, lilac or mulberry. 
Are you relaxed yet - soothed by this pretty pic? 
I want to show you something most shocking. 
Don't ask me how I found it..
It popped up on pinterest one day, and well, I had to share. 
Are you sure......

Told you.......
This totally freaked me out. It's not my large tummy but I'm off to the doctor today so thought it was appropriate. Very, very freaky........
Back to the pretty room. 

Richard Powers 
 ah....that's better. 

Wednesday, July 13, 2011


I pinned this picture on my Pinterest board the other day. 

I love it for it's colour, but mostly for the dress and it's floral pattern.  
It got me thinking..............(dangerous I know!) and that lead me to the conclusion that EVERY house should should have at least one piece of upholstered furniture covered from head to toe in flowers! 
It could be a sofa......

or a chair.....

and if you can't quite committ to such a permanent bouquet...
I highly recommend these. 

he he....... : )

all pics from Pinterest. 

Tuesday, July 12, 2011


This is what happens when you go looking for fabric inspiration on the net. 

As well as all the other things that can happen to you, (ie you get lost, get distracted, and end up buying things you are not sure you need, just to mention a few.....) you end up making virtual rooms. 
It is good FUN though! 

It all started with this pic.

I have blogged about my love of Christopher Farr fabrics before, so thought I'd go back and look at his website to find inspiration for a customer. And that's when it happened! 
I became instantly distraced by the virtual room tool. I created all sorts of havoc in that room

Most of it I couldn't share....
'cos you might think I had gone mad. 
So if you have 5 minutes (make that 30....) today go and play. 
Oh, and peruse the fabrics too!

 Happy Tuesday! 

Monday, July 11, 2011

A shade of grey.

I am a huge fan of Caitlin McGauley  (just glance upwards towards my blog header.......) so I was pleasantly surprised to see some more of her work on her blog recently. These works are a departurre from her usual stlye, (full of colour) but just as stunning none the less. 
Look what she recently produced for a Ralph Lauren showroom...

Classic, aren't they? They were commissioned so are not for sale but I can imagine them in a boy's bedroom. 
If you are interested in purchasing one of her black and white prints then check back in with 
Wayne Pate later in the month and you can buy yourself one of these........

and while you are there you could pick up Sammy Seagull

for your beach house! 
I'm off to catch up and read up on the latest Lonny.

Friday, July 8, 2011

And now it seems......

I am noticing birds at every tern. (get it? Turn....tern!)

This would have to be one of my all time favourite entrances.......a welcome of birds, beautfully placed on grass cloth. Feast your eyes on the rest...... 

All by the clever Tom Scheerer, who it seems, is very fond of birds. 

I would love to get my hands on these specimens too......they make a true focal point.
If you can get your hands on some birds, I thoroughly recomend it. They are happy in any room in the house and of course, prefer being in  flock. 
OK, enough twitching - see you next week! 

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