Wednesday, 7 December 2011


I always like to keep my eye out for great pieces, whether for my clients or for our own home. A stroll through Domayne the other day uncovered some little gems, I could have bought myself many Christmas presents in there!

You'll have to excuse the quality of the photos as they were all taken on my iPhone.

Gorgeous large sea-green ceramic urns

Another sea-green urn, artificial orchid and love the lanterns on the bottom left of the picture. Now just a quick point about the orchid - I know not everyone is a fan of artificial plants and in general, I agree. It's important to remember though, that not everyone has a green thumb (trust me I know!) and if you choose a high quality, sculptural plant like an orchid I think an artificial plant can be a great addition to an interior.

This stunning chandelier is called the Air Bubble and it's pretty clear why. I adore this light fixture, it would be lovely hanging in an entry way or over a circular dining room table (with large ceilings of course)

Another beautiful modern pendant

I have been looking for a great bedroom chair and this one will definitely sit high on the list

These lovely dark mirrored bedside tables have been designed so they don't reflect too much light. When you first wake in the morning you don't want bright sunlight glaring into your eyes which can be an issue with traditional mirrored furniture.

This amazing mirrored trestle table would be perfect for a bedroom (in a position not in direct sunlight for the above reason) or for a glamorous statement in a hallway.

I hope you enjoyed a little trip through Domayne!

My Bathroom - The Bad & The Ugly

So after this post about my remaining unrenovated bathroom, I decided that I could not subject our relatives visiting from England for Christmas to using that awful bathroom for their entire stay.

Sounds great in theory but I  hadn't managed to win lottery, nor had I stumbled across a spare $35,000 hiding in a jacket pocket, so I had to find a way to do a make over instead of a renovation. If I'm being completely honest I wasn't overly sure that I would be happy with the end result but I'm pleased to say that the bathroom is almost complete and I'm really happy with it. I will post some pictures of the completed bathroom, as well as a budget breakdown (you won't believe the overall cost) in my next post. In the meantime here are some photos of what my bathroom used to look like. Be warned, it wasn't pretty!

Ah what to say about the bathroom, it's just wrong on so many levels. Notice the tile that has fallen off on the far end? Yep exposed gyprock with a hole in it is definitely an unexpected feature.

I know, I know. I can hear you saying "where would you even buy black tiles with a gold flower accent?" and I agree, I'm hoping this was a terrible style slip up back in the late 80's and that the tile manufacturer has now reconsidered their position. Now to address that bath, do you know that corner baths are the items most likely to be removed in any current bathroom renovation? For good reason too, they are a nightmare when you have small children (and aren't a giant) because you can't reach into them easily, you'd need an extra 12 hours a day to wait for something that size to fill and with Australian residents spending a vast number of years of our lives on water restrictions it makes them quite costly to fill all the time. Then of course there is the biggest issue, they are just too big!

Thankfully the bathroom is looking far more glamorous now. I'm hoping to finish off the last little bits over the weekend and will post the finished result next week.