Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Bookcase Inspiration

After visiting Sandy Foster's blog and the German ELLE magazine feature on her studio, I fell in love with the cute bookcase she had created. Check it out below. I love WHITE, and I think her studio is a perfect example of how feminine and gorgeous it can be. She has really made the most of a small space by storing the books up high, yet they are a wonderful feature.

Don't you just want to run away to here and hide? Sigh.

Here is a modern version from Jill Brinson's Atlanta home via Yossowat.

I love the separate reading area she has created, complete with skylight to soak up some sunshine.

This wall bookshelf is so quirky. Notice the window seat in the centre that overlooks the street. Very bold!

Landskrona Townhouse by Elding Oscarson via Yossowat

Friday, March 25, 2011


I have a very busy couple of months coming up, with Birthdays, Engagements, my sister's wedding, selling our home, moving to our new home, renovations and travel. I have begun to pack (3 boxes so far) so you could say I am making a hole in things!

I seem to have a mass of filing and am doing a lot of organising and sorting in preparation for our pending move. I haven't quite mastered culling the closet, but Im making an effort at least. It is quite emotional, packing all your things, and wondering what will come next.

I have realised just how attached I have become to our little home. I remember drafting the floor plan on scrap paper, hunting around for taps, light fittings and paint samples, and spending weekends laying rolls of turf and planting the gardens. I think when you put so much time into something, you can't help but become attached.

So before I move on, I wanted to share a few pictures of the early days, the creation of our humble home. I hope you like.

Happy weekend!

My kitchen at building stage - Mocha cupboards and caeserstone bench

Our carpet "Storm Cloud" & Tiles

Main Bathroom vanity

Hubby laying the lawn

Progess of our backyard retaining wall and garden

Jarrah front door with glass panelling

Our deck,  finished and complete with TV while cooking the barbeque - An Aussie essential!

Bench seat with storage for all the outdoor goodies. My kitty, Oliver has claimed this spot!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Pressed Tin Panels

I am a bit of a walking contradiction with my design style....I love modern colours and accessories, but I am so intrigued by heritage buildings, antiques and classic design. One thing I love about old buildings that you will hardly find today, is the pressed tin panelling often used for ceilings. It is charming, elegant and adds such fine detail to a room. Check these out from




What about this pressed tin cornice? This Ella May is my favourite

I love the pressed tin splashback in this kitchen

This is a great way to break up a large wall or add detail to a hallway. I tihnk it works really well with the modern furniture too.

What are your thoughts? Do you like tin panelling? Would you use it in your home?

Friday, March 18, 2011

O & B

I have just discovered the Orson & Blake online store (shopfronts in Sydney, NSW). I am in love with their collection. Hopefully I will have an excuse to make a couple of purchases on my mission to revamp our new place. 

I love this Raku Ceramic Vase

Horn Handle Letter Opener:

What about this O & B Leather Mirror? Cute huh.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Dream Furniture

I popped on over to Ada & Darcy this afternoon and spied these cute new "Chippendale" chairs. I love the mix of bright colours and patterned seats. My fave is the Aqua Chippendale Carver Chair (below). Perfect for the wardrobe or reading room. I would love to pick one in each colour and use them as dining chairs too. Cute, yet prectical! Which do you like?

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Here Cometh the Renovations

I have a myriad of emotions right now. We are selling our 6 month old home in a suburban area, to move into a big old homestead. We built our home at the same time we planned our wedding, so it was a crazy but memorable experience for us, and of course, our first home together.

We are very excited to be making this move, as we have been wanting the country lifestyle and some breathing room for some time now.....BUT I am also going to miss the new and lovely house that we have now made "home". It was only ever a 12 month plan, but we have got to love the place. Luckily, we will only be 5-10 minutes further from Newcastle where we both work.

Even though I love design, being creative, and drooling over lovely homes, I am actually scared about what we will do here! Here is the front:

The lounge room will be an interesting project, as it is 12mx6m with a catherdral ceiling. I don't know what furniture to fill it with, and will need to purchase some as I fear the space will feel a little too much like a Church hall! Under the blue paint, wallpaper, and sad carpet, I think there is a beautiful room...

There are some really "interesting" features in this house. Cue the downstairs bathroom with chocolate tub...

The upstairs area is another dilemma, with a very odd bathroom layout. I would like to one day renovate this completely (no picture yet sorry). There is also a bar downstairs. More on that later!

I am thinking of going with a timber floor, or a bamboo floor throughout. I am not sure which is best though? Ideally, I want a nice mix of classic and contemporary features. Recommendations?