Monday, August 31, 2009

The Other Hand

Sunday, August 30, 2009

And so to bed.

It has been a bit of a full-on week for me this week - chicken pox (son #1), close family member had a stroke (thankfully mild but still a shock) on Tuesday, kindy class art work due on Thursday for the annual art show fundraiser (I painted red accents onto 21 little darlings drawings of the Cat in the Hat) and so on - I won't bore you with all the details. So now after the weekend I am well and truly ready for my bed.

Love the turned legs on the side table and the Shaker-esque bed head. I know in the real world our side tables are not this beautifully styled - but it is still nice to enjoy them. Off to my water glass, pile of interiors mags and books, my glasses and bedside lamp then.

Have a good week.

Image: via Brabourne Farm

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Baby blogger

As a parent I know I sometimes wonder how much I impose my style on my kids surroundings will impact their own style. I smiled therefore when I saw this kids room by Meyer Davis via Desire to Inspire as, surely this is the bedroom of a future design blogger ? Joking aside, I like the panelled wall and the cream and brown colour palette and the shelves and mini chairs are both interesting and practical. Not sure how well the Arco lamp would survive the toddler years but each to their own !! The very tasteful and fun furniture below is in the same vein and comes from Habitat in the UK.

Images: Meyer Davis, Habitat

Wednesday, August 26, 2009


I have always loved this iconic Unikko fabric by Marimekko but only recently researched it as part of my studies. It was designed in 1964 by Maija Isola who then went on to co-design fabrics for Marimekko with her daughter Kristina Isola. Now as Maija has passed on, Kristina, who still works with Marimekko, is responsible for curating the design, choosing new colourways and applications.

Image: Marimekko

Monday, August 24, 2009

Taking it easy

I have my eyes peeled for chairs similar to the small white armchair pictured here. Why? Because they are so handy to have around and are compact and elegant to boot. If you find the right one they can also be very comfortable. Personally, I like to have an arm (or two) to lean on when I am sitting down so big long sofas and modular settings don't really do it for me as - unless you get an end - you are sort of perched in the middle with nowhere to put your arms. Solution - a sofa plus collection of beautiful but not too big armchairs. ( PS nice textures here on the floor and cushions also)
Image: Homes and Gardens UK

Friday, August 21, 2009

In print

A little while ago I was invited by the lovely Lorna Sixsmith at Garrendenny Lane Interiors in Ireland to feature in an article she was writing on design blogs for Munster Interiors. I was delighted to take part and Lorna produced a fine article. Ireland has four provinces and Munster is the southern quarter so I suppose it is the equivalent of appearing in 'South Australia Interiors'. Anyway I was pretty chuffed to be included with some great blogs - Inspire Inspire, Pretty Far West, How about orange, Design heaven and Nenagh Gal.

Images: Munster Interiors via Nenagh Gal

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Favourite rooms: Hallway

Welcoming + interesting + organised = my ideal hallway or entrance. The table and chair here are detailed attractively and otherwise all is simple and elegant. Looks like there is a bit of symmetry on the right with a second plant.
Image: Rod Mickley via Desire to Inspire

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Paper boy

This is a company which is about to launch wallpapers for boys at 100% design in London. The Paperboy site is not up yet but this is one of the previews available. The aubergine is a very refreshing colour when it comes to kids interiors and I love the name of this pattern - 'dya-think-e-saurus'.

Image: PaperBoy wallpaper

Monday, August 17, 2009


A little slice of elegance from Armchair in Crows Nest, this is the Arabella chair . . . The Armchair specialises in renovating vintage chairs. What sets them apart are the clever fabric choices and high quality upholstery finish.

Images: Armchair

Saturday, August 15, 2009


Time for a splash of colour - when I scroll down and look at a lot of neutrals and whites this week. The deep pink here is a favourite of mine - a little goes a long way but it looks especially great on the velvet floor cushions.

I also like the fireplace. A good friend of mine installed a very similar one on the wall in her kitchen with a shiny steel surround and it looked fantastic. It also made the kitchen into a real gathering point as she had a window seat and a round table between the fireplace and the stove.

Image: via Purple Area

Wednesday, August 12, 2009


I don't normally go for glass topped tables but this I love. The base reminds me of David Trubridge's beautiful pendant lights - well, if one had been squashed slightly. I completely forgive the table it's glass top when you see the movement and shapes underneath. Only problem is I wouldn't want to put anything on it !

Image: Mensa table by Lazerian

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Chaise longing

Some day I would like to own a chaise longue like this first picture. It looks so comfortable with its high back and snug arm rests - perfect proportions. I always smile when I see rooms with two chaises side by side as in the bottom picture. There is something very luxurious and intimate about having a sitting room designed for two - it says to me - we are going to suit ourselves here, just the two of us, nice and comfy side by side - to hell with everyone else !!

Images: via Fric and Frac, Homes and Gardens UK

Monday, August 10, 2009

Pale and interesting

Came across this UK based site which delivers on it's title admirably. Pale and Interesting does what it says on the tin and have a range of muted furniture, homewares and vintage finds to delight the white lover. The mirrors below are all antiques and I especially like the fluted pie crust mirror. It's inspired me to go to the next antiques and collectables fair I see advertised to pick through the old mirrors.

Images: Pale and Interesting

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Sun light

We are having the most fabulous winter in Sydney - we have had blue skies for most of the last four weeks - to the extent that I am wondering should I water some of my plants. I can't remember when it last rained.

Its also been perfect weather to get my boys trained up on using their new Sunnan solar powered desk lamps from IKEA. A lovely idea - if you buy one IKEA will donate one to a child in a developing nation where there is no electricity so they cannot read or study after dark. So, I got one in blue and one in red and the boys are now on solar power. When the lamp runs out of power they put the solar cell out on the table outside before they go to school to charge up for the day. The cell pops out of the base so you don't have to move the lamp outside and you get about 9 hours of light from a day outside. ( you actually don't need the sun to be out to charge it but it is easier for a three year old to grasp the concept if it is !)

They are a great hit in my house and a good energy awareness lesson too I feel.

Image: Sunnan, IKEA

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Rug Up

RugUp was a (very short) exhibition of contemporary rugs designed by COFA Textile Design students on display at Government House from 30 July to 2 August. I was hoping to attend the talk tomorrow night on contemporary Australian rug design and manufacture but can't make it happen this week unfortunately. The panel will include Neale Whitaker, Editor-in-chief of Belle, in conversation with industry experts Yosi Ta and Harold Luke and designers Akira Isogawa, Julie Paterson of cloth fabric and Liane Rossler of Dinosaur Designs which would make for an interesting forum I reckon. Tickets via the Historic Houses Trust if you can make it.

This rug is by Akira Isogawa and was featured in the current issue of Inside Out in a divinely renovated Paddington terrace.

Image: via Sydney Design 09

Monday, August 3, 2009

Paper Boat Press

I am a big fan of Paper Boat Press - Kylie Johnson's ceramics and poetry. This is her gorgeous range of kitchen labels. The other news from her newsletter is that she is taking orders for personalised Christmas stars and that she is having a winter sale offering 25% of if you put WINTER in the discount box. So I'd better get on with clicking that buy button.

Images: Paper Boat Press

Saturday in Design, Sydney

This is a slow blog - I am not very good at getting things posted quickly - more the tortoise than the hare. I attended Saturday in Design on the weekend and really enjoyed it. I will write about some of the shops and pieces that caught my eye - all in the fullness of time - but in the meantime here is a link to a fabulous post by Lucy at The Design Files which captures the mood and includes many of my favourite spots on the tour. So now thanks to Lucy I don't have to rush around and can direct you here.