Monday, February 28, 2011
Saturday, February 26, 2011
I have been spying on these gorgeous little birds cut from china plates. To die for from www.lightly.com.au. Must get one. They are haunting my dreams.
Bagged these little cuties at a trade show last week. Am planning to stock them in our new store! Details to follow!!
Did a bit of a tidy up this moring and hung an old print I purchased on Etsy ages ago.
I truly forgot how much I loved this little print. The frame is gorgeous.
Here she is. The Huntress tipped me off on this one. She thought it reminded her of one of my daughters. Of course I bought it. I am very obedient when it comes to the Huntress!
Thursday, February 24, 2011
For me gerdening has an amazing meditative quality. Nothing is as calming as watering or pruning a rose. The best bit is the bounty. Abundant pale pink and white roses to dot around the house. It's true! Flowers really do make you happy!
Sunday, February 20, 2011
Got a touch of inspiration from blogger, friend and lover of pink- The Huntress to do a little "pink" post.
Loving this House Beautiful cover
Pink candle, tumbler, shades and sconce from my old fave Anthropologie.
Saturday, February 19, 2011
In our front garden stands the most beautiful Bull Magnolia tree. Its flowers are as large as a dinner plate and there hundreds of them. Florists have been known to stop by and offer to buy them.
I think it is the reason I was drawn to the house, which was in quite a bad state of disrepair when we found it during a very rushed trip home from the USA. Inch by inch we are making it as lovely as we can. A giant work in progress which we have hated and loved at the same time.
Here is one of the magnolia flowers. My friend Kel and I spent ages arranging them on different backgrounds. She is a beautiful photographer. We plan on getting enlarged copies framed for our respective living rooms. Hers in America, mine in Sydney Australia. Damn that distance!! Love that we still share a passion for and all things beautiful!!
Another magnolia. Love the lighting in this one.
A rose from my parent's in-law's garden in Morperth, New South Wales. Photo also by Kel
My daughter Mia. Who's dream is to marry a prince and carry a white magnolia on her wedding day.
Friday, February 18, 2011
I found Erin Olsen's blog a long time ago now and I receive the feed every day. I still get excited everytime I see it in my inbox.
This painted mirror is just so beautiful. There is a similar one at my local antique dealer in a horrible burnt golden colour. A Schlack of paint and it could be this!!! Wonder if it will fit in my car!
This armoire is sheer genius!! I LOVE the Manuel Canovas wallpaper and that floor colour is DIVINE!! Anyone have the name? I have a yellowish sideboard with similar detail. I might just tackle it next week! My husband says "don't stand too still for too long kids or you might get painted white!!!!
The mix of this pale pink wall colour and the green bath is so inspired. That rug!! I need that rug!!
I want to be in this room. ALONE! with a cup of tea and a magazine!! Thanks Erin Olsen! You're the best!
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
We did a little "tart up" of our "nanna pink" bathroom. A coat of tile paint and grey for the walls was just about the speediest, thrifty little makeover we could hope for. Eventually the whole bathroom will be gutted and refitted, but I just couldn't handle the wave of nausea in the meantime when I saw the pink. Enter Tony the handyman, loads of White Knight tile primer and paint and voila!!!
I had purchased the little shelf brackets from Anthropologie in my mad dash to buy everything I could get my hands on before I left America. Shelves from Bunnings for about $10.00 painted white by Moi! Vignette cobbled together from flea market finds in America and inherited crystal from dear Aunty Pat.
Gorgeous old oil painting from Claphams Furniture in Lane Cove for just $35.00 and vintage Estee Lauder jar from beautiful Aunty Pat. Letter "R"- a perfect gift from my beautiful friend Kel.
From there I got on a bit of a shelf rush and purchased these from Ikea. Had fun arranging my original Michael Herron nude sketch, antlers (I have about 10 pairs from my friend Gav in Arkansas) and my French starburst mirror from Vintage Pine in Chicago. Some ginger jars from Two's Company and some more from Ebay (I had a ginger jar fetish for a while there). I also added a pair of Chinoiserie prints and some gold foo dogs I purchased with theHuntress at a garage sale in wilmette. Decorating books add a little colour. They are my true love and weakness- I have so many it's ridiculous.
Friday, February 11, 2011
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Australian Interiors guru, Shannon Fricke can always be depended upon to share her gems of knowledge. It's something I have come to LOVE about the blogging world - that whole women sharing their knowledge with women thing. It seems to me that sharing our ideas and discoveries through blogs and other social media has blown new life into the whole notion of celebrating the pretty things we admire.
In my day to day life, I actively avoid those unsisterly types who hold their secrets so close to their chests, not sharing recipes or where they purchased this or that. What is that? I don't understand it for the life of me and wonder if they know the joy of "sharing the love". Afterall what goes around comes around right? In the blogging world, non sharers don't exist. If your'e not into sharing, then you probably don't blog.
Aaaaanyway thanks to Sharing Shannon, my trip to LA will be all the more "bountiful" due to her recent blogpost pointing me to home wares emporium Bountiful in Santa Monica CA. Take a peak. Its gorgeous and I'm going there!!!
Thursday, February 3, 2011
Gorgeous morning at the Sydney Flower Markets with two lovely girlfriends. Everything so so beautiful.
Can you believe these were $6.00. Crazy Crazy deal!
Roses for $4.00. I got the Baby's Tears plant last time for $12.00. Sadly none left today.
Little plant (can't think of its name) for $4.50. I also got about 6 beautiful succulents for $4.50 each which I am yet to plant in a giant bowl. Need more hours in the day.......
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
When we first moved in to our home a year ago, I set about "de-yellowing" the kitchen with a cheap and cheerful makeover. It is a teeny tiny space, but I figured if I could make it cute (and a little bit romantic and glamorous). I would be able to put up with it until we renovated the house and created our dream kitchen.
I have been mocked for my chandelier in the kitchen, but I love the juxtaposition of the shabby cabinets with the crystal and gold chandelier from my fave Sydney vintage shop, Vintage Glamour in Drummoyne.
One year on, and the kitchen is still tiny, but a quick coat of paint the other night, a cheap organza blind, and a window box under the sash window, has given me enough pep in my step to put up with its size for just a bit longer. Excuse the traces of breakfast and morning phone calls on the counter. I am still mastering the art of cleaning as I go.
While my gourmet kitchen remains a dream for the moment, I must say that there is something so liberating about making do with shabby spaces. If I had installed a state of the art kitchen, I would have played it safe and chosen neutral cabinets. The thought that this kitchen is not forever, allows me to be a little more brave and creative
To the right of my Ebay mirror is a little wall vase given to me by my mum, Judy. She had purchased it for her own mother 52 years ago with her first ever pay. It means the world to me, so I have put it in a spot where I will see it all the time.
It is something I would have payed dearly for because it is beautiful in its own right. The fact that it was a gift and that I am the 3rd woman in my family to own it and love it makes it absolutely priceless.
Don't you just LOVE it when you spy a frock that says "Zjoosh me"! If you are a true lover of your drawers upon drawers of accessories, then these gorgeous basic frocks are likely to whisper your name.
Anthropologie Whispering Forest Maxi $138 US
J Crew Amie Maxi $78 US
Something bold like a silvery Zj0osh bib necklace $60 AU would make a huge splash against these simple dresses!
Or down play the look with a more casual strand or two of Zjoosh shell disks $25 AU. These gorgeous beads will take you from the beach to the bar in effortless style.