Friday, August 28, 2009

On the Lighter Side

I have recently discovered the Reed Davis wesbite loaded with stunning photography.

A cup of tea on this porch- sheer heaven!

I have vowed for 2 sinks in the next kid's bathroom. Love the pedastal sinks and the wall color-yum!

So French. So Fresh!
Once again a more restrained version of Shabby Chic. Loving it

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Divine Inspiration Boards

I am a huge believer in inspiration boards. Being a visual person, they provide me with a great way of organising my thoughts and formulating the look and feel that I am after They also sometimes wind up being a work of art unto themselves!
I have compiled inspiration boards for my own home and for my business and I have even engaged my kids in putting together boards for their dream bedrooms.
I love this image below of a wedding inspiration board. Just gorgeous.

My Australian Vogue Living magazine finally arrived for September/October. I hated knowing it was out, but that I didn't yet have my mits on it!
My favorite article is about New Yorker Diane Bergeron and her amazing home in Melbourne Australia, which is also a showroom for her exclusive imported fabrics. Just check out HER inspiration boards! I am also in love with her use of drapery to cover the wall behind her desk. So dramatic!

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Cath Kidston

There are a few things I really miss about England, and one of them is the Cath Kidston store.
There is something so comforting and down home about her sweet floral patterns that makes me think of tea and chats with my dear friend and old next door neighbor Tracy. She always drank tea from a Cath Kidston mug and now I make sure I do the same.

I love this image above of this cosy kitchen. I adore subway tiles and will for sure repeat them in my new home. My set of four mugs has dwindled to 2 at the not so gentle hands of my lovely children, so I am ordering this set to replace them.

While I am at it, I will pop some of these in my shopping cart. If one must wash the dishes, one may as well be wearing something sweeter than bright yellow Marigolds!

And don't you think toast would be all the more exciting when eaten from these gorgeous plates. What a perfect way to start each day!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Black And Spiro

A while ago, my friend Amy introduced me to Anna Spiro's blog, Absolutely Beautiful Things .
I follow this blog religioulsy and have to say that if ever I was to retain an interior designer for my house in Sydney, Anna would be the one! I love it that she is an Aussie girl and has received international acclaim for her work, even from Martha!!!!
I am so excited that the Black and Spiro website is up and running. Be warned though, you might be stuck for a while drooling over her images so grab your coffee now! A sample is posted below.
Congratulations Anna!!

Flower Power

I painted this piece about a year ago, but have decided that the colors are just a little too strong for my house, so it's for sale! $250 (US). It's 24 inches x 24 inches oils on a gallery wrapped canvas, so no need to frame. Email me if you are interested at

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Shabby Chic But Not Too Shabby

I love Shabby Chic, but not when it's too shabby (if you know what I mean). I still like vignettes to have a slightly finished look. I adore these images by UK stylist Selina Lake.  They still look clean and crisp, but with that charm that a little "vintage" ensures. 

This Better Home and Gardens image posted by The Glam Lamb says it perfectly- "clean, crisp, a touch of vintage, and ever so ever so pretty!"

Hunt Slonem

These oils in canvas paintings by Hunt Slonem are just so beautiful.

I went to his Chicago exhibition last year and his work is amazing.

So often I see paintings that I can admire, but are just not "pretty" enough for me to live with. These,  I could sit on the sofa and stare at all day!

Sunday, August 9, 2009

White Attic

One of the very first furniture stores I visited on Chicago was White Attic in Andersonville. I adore this store. Filled to the brim with refinished vintage pieces from the 1900s to the 1960s. The folks at White Attic give new life to all kinds of treasures that someone else might overlook. Their painted finishes are superb and often in surprising colors from lime green to bright turquoise. 

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Lauren Resen

I pride myself on doing my own thing with my house. I wouldn't call it "decorating", but it is definitely my own thing. Things collected from travels here there and everywhere. No help from outsiders. Just me trying to figure out my own style. Getting a decorator would be cheating right? 

Then I see images like these which I plucked from Lauren Resen's divine photographic website, and I think I could happily live in any of these rooms even though I have played no part in creating them. Yum!

My Own Little Spot

This is my little spot. In the corner of my warm sunny kitchen. I think every woman needs a little place to create. 

I am very excited that as of next week I will have an entire room to myself!!! My Husband is moving back into his office downtown and he can now stop asking "Why is our dining room a jewelry packing room? Why is our kitchen an art studio? Why is my office a furniture restoration room?" I will now have my own zone. I cannot wait to girlify it!!! 

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Turquoise Again

I keep coming back to this color again and again. But do I have the guts to tile an entire room or paint kitchen cabinets in it? 

Right now I have just one room painted in a washed out aqua called White Rain, but I am feeling a little braver for my new house....

There are so many things I love about the picture below, from the black and white lino, to the cabinets. Best of all are antlers as wall hooks!

Monday, August 3, 2009

Rocky Mountain High!

Hiking in the Rocky Moutains last week, I was lucky enough to capture this image with my tiny Nikon Coolpix camera. I have never seen wildflowers in such abundance as at Tumbling River Ranch where we were vacationing. It was a very stop start hike to say the least, as I snapped hundreds of pics of wildflowers that maybe one day I will find the time to paint. Today, there was only time for laundry.....ughh

Lucky for me I have a little fairy (neighbor, business partner, dear friend) next door, who must have guessed I'd be pining for Colorado wildflowers. Waiting for me on my kitchen counter, when we arrived home dusty and tired, were these darling buds sitting in a gorgeous Tracy Porter pitcher. Cheers Annie!

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Sunday, August 2, 2009

Set The Table, Set The Tone!

When I was a little girl my favorite job was setting the table. I loved to try and think of new ways to make everything look pretty. My youngest daughter also loves this job. She insists on pretty napkins and candles every night at dinner. We had lots of fun together making her birthday table as pretty as could be.

I am always inspired by Rachel Ashwell. I adore this table setting by her below. Her range of plates and other yummy stuff at Target is pretty incredible for the price if you ask me.

And I am for sure getting myself some of these yummy pink Tumblers at Anthropologie this week!
Just had to end today's posting with the image below taken from Martha.