Monday, 30 April 2012

Houzz Feature!!

I opened my email today to find a very exciting email from one of the biggest interior design inspiration sites in the world, Houzz. The email was to inform me that the office I designed with the step ladder bookshelf and Cole & Son Woods wallpaper had made one of their features. I think I actually let out a little squeal with excitement! I have spent many hours trawling through the Houzz website looking at all the beautiful images of interiors from around the world. It is a real honour to be included in one of their features, thank you Houzz!

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Saturday, 28 April 2012

Kerri Shipp

Blue & White and Pastels are set to be the next big trend in interiors. I also love watercolour art, so this post is to introduce you to a fantastic Australian artist that you may not have heard of.

Kerri Shipp is based in Brisbane, Australia and runs an Etsy store called Driftwood Interiors. Kerri is an artist who specialises in original paintings and fine art prints in watercolour, acrylics and mixed media.

Of course being called Driftwood Interiors, you can expect to find beach inspired pieces such as this beautiful blue coral piece below.

But some of my most favourite pieces at the moment are the abstract watercolours.


Kerri's collection also includes some beautiful butterfly paintings and some lovely interior paintings that are almost a room within a room!

If you love Kerri's work as much as I do you should stop by Driftwood Interiors Etsy store and pick yourself up a beautiful piece for your home.

You can also find Kerri's work featured in this month's Real Living magazine, in stores now!

Sunday, 22 April 2012

Norma House - Palm Beach

If you happen to follow my Pinterest board then you will have seen some of these images before, but let's be honest, Norma House in Palm Beach is so stunning it quite frankly deserves its very own post!

Norma House was one of the first homes built in Palm Beach. The owners have poured their heart & soul into it and have given life back to the old property. The results are nothing short of spectacular!

From the very first image you immediately get a sense of quality, style and sophistication oozing from this property. I also love the clever use of mirrors in this home. Rather than just one large mirrored wall, they have framed up individual mirrors making them feel more like works of art as they reflect that amazing view.

I just adore this room (by day or night). The retractable doors and the contrasting palette of black & white give the room a spacious and glamorous feel.

I'd imagine you'd be calling in sick a LOT if this was your master bedroom!

I love how the walls in the bathroom have been left as is, it brings such authenticity to the old home. It also adds a real textural quality that is often hard to obtain in a bathroom.

And now let's head outside....

This deck is just gorgeous. I love how the arches frame up the view and the use of the wicker furniture nods to the past. The black lanterns add the contrast with the white and it is this attention to detail that makes such a difference.

There are no words for how perfect this picture is...

Fancy staying here and enjoying this amazing place for yourself?

High Season Rates (Dec - Jan)
$9,000 per week or $2,000 per weekend

Shoulder Season Rates (Feb - Apr & Oct - Nov)
$8,000 per week or $2,000 per weekend

Low Season Rates (May - Sept)
$7,000 per week or $1,800 per weekend

Yes, it's not the cheapest place you'll ever stay, but it may be one of the most beautiful!

Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Pretty In Pink

For those of you who don't know, I'm lucky enough to be a Mummy to two wonderful little girls, aged (almost) 5 & 3. As my eldest daughter is currently on school holidays, I've been seeing and hearing lots about pink....she LOVES pink. She chooses pink for clothing, shoes, pencils & even the colour of the spoon or fork she eats with! My little one isn't as bothered, but she does let me know when something is "pretty". So with all this pink in my life I thought I'd write a post on pink.

Pink is such a tricky colour and so often it can feel as though you have fallen into a large vat of fairy floss! I think the only way to implement pink well is to either immerse yourself completely in it, layering and layering, being bold and fearless, or alternatively use it sparingly in accents alone. I don't think there is a 'middle of the road' way to go with pink!

Needless to say, you would probably find your husband reluctant to rest his head in this particular bedroom, but for a teenage girl I think this room would be perfect (albeit sans glass of champagne!)

Pink accents to the grey & white bathroom add a softness to the space.

The above cushions are by Caitlin Wilson Textiles (also available in fabric by the yard) and I think they are just so pretty. The top fabrics in the aqua and pink would be so lovely in a little girls room and the navy & pink cushions feel far less juvenile and I don't think you could go wrong using them in any master bedroom or living room.

The above new colourway fabrics are available through No Chintz. The stripe in the middle is 'Awning Stripe in Musk' and the one to the left looks to be the Peony design (which I love!).

How sweet is the room above? The pretty pink accents with the white backdrop are just perfect!

Of course pink decor is unlikely to lend itself to a masculine feel in an interior, but for any girly-girls out there it's definitely a go to colour!