Sunday, May 31, 2009
Open fires, snowflakes, frost, fog, gumboots, coats, scarves, blankets, throws, quilts, layers,wool, angora, cashmere, scarves, candles, hurricane lanterns, eating in, hot chocolate, red wine, picnics, hot toast, brisk walks along the beach, brisk walks through leaves in the park.
I love Winter, I love the colour in the trees, seeing frost upon the grass, sitting around an open fire, spending time at home reorganise space, cooking, having family and friends gather inside when it's cold out...
Red, rust, ochre, berry, chocolate, moccha, cinammon, olive, fig, sage...the colours of winter...
What does Winter mean for you?
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Friday, May 22, 2009
There are many new exhibitors, including Plane Tree Farm, Milk Baby (Lindy Klim's divine natural infant skincare range), Little nest ( the chairs are replicas of iconic contemporary designs such as the baby Eames chair I featured some time ago, fun, bold & fabulous), Seedling, & Pip & Maude (divine graphic talents of Pip Thompson), amongst several other both young & established talents.If you have the need to shop for little ones, or simply appreciate the artistic inspirations of Australian made creative brands, visit "Tiny & Small" Magnolia Square this week (on until end of Saturday, May 23rd), it's tiny, small & just gorgeous!!
Friday, May 15, 2009
Monday, May 11, 2009
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Friday, May 8, 2009
Fresh Flowers: whether fragrant or not, budding or in full bloom, from the garden or bought, every mother adores flowers...
Jo Malone:: heavenly scents for hand, body & home
Rose Street Trading Company: Offers something for every Mum & every wish list
Sambag: To dress your feet, your arms or your body, gorgeous array of clothing & footwear for every day & evening wardrobes...
Linton's Garden & Home: Whether a garden novice or passionate landscaper, this Mt. Eliza peninsula nursery is heaven to wander, indulge & enjoy
Home & Abroad: Divine scarves & wraps, bedlinen, bath, bespoke pieces for all tastes & style
Manon Cie: Who can go past Diptyque candles & room fragrance??
Armadale, Melbourne (03) 9821 0760
L'ete Provence: For everyone who adores the provincial way of life, Les Olivades tablelinen, divine special touches for home & yourself, including hand & body collection, Place des Lices, & bespoke Zoe Bonbon jewellery. Everything is wrapped with a love of France
Malvern, Melbourne (03) 9500 2493
Jurlique: The Armadale (Melbourne) boutique, is an inspiring space as much for its interior fit out as it is for its rejuvenating & enriching hand & body products
Harvey's Restaurant: Take Mum for breakfast, lunch & or dinner. A subtle hint...
The Lyall: Pampering treatments
The Avenue Bookstore: For everything in print and pictorial...enjoy browsing whilst sitting on leather benches listening to classical music
Ross Nichols: Take a drive to the peninsula & absorb this amazing showroom of furniture, homewares, & everything you would adore for your home, in the city, by the water, in the country...I guarantee you won't leave empty handed
Wishing you a very special Mother's Day on Sunday :-)Claire
Thursday, May 7, 2009
In the latest issue of "Inside Out - Annual Renovating & Decorating Guide "there is a gorgeous feature article "In Full Bloom" that captures nature's nurturing of colour. To quote Rowena Judd, of Murobond: " Nature provides us with the mosty perfect display of colours & colour combinations. Rarely do you see colours in nature that are not in balance".
I think flowers are one of the most beautiful forms of art. Regardless of what the seasonal blooms may be, having flowers around you, in your garden, your home, your office, study or bedroom, infuse us with joy, harmony, grace & beauty.
With the weekend upon us, tomorrow I'm off to buy tulips - pale pink, white, winter roses perhaps...I love my two cream milking jugs for the longer stems, they always create a statement, for the entrance table, or the sideboard. When I feel like a dose of strong colour, I love my fabulous Moet Chandon champagne bucket that I have kept since depleting the contents that I was given as a gorgeous gift from girlfriends a couple of years ago - it looks wonderful with white or fuschia pink tulips. Of course with strategic placement, it creates a fabulous statement against the wisteria & jasmine creeper beyong my kitchen window that lines my courtyard fence. How the colour of blooms inspires us, endlessly & always.
Sunday, May 3, 2009
My appreciation, passion & enthusiasm for the global brand, Designers Guild, has been with me for more than 25 years, & for this reason, I am committed to regularly featuring new & beautiful snippets from their myriad of divine collections, estensibly, fabrics, furniture & wallpaper.
In addition to the Designers Guild Collections the company also designs & manufactures under license William Yeoward fabrics & wallpapers, Jasper Conran fabrics & distributes for Ralph Lauren Home - fabrics & wallpaper. The Designers Guild business philosophy is to combine creativity & innovation with the very best quality of design, product, service, commitment & people.
Whether you want a new cushion to make a statement against your much loved wingback, new dining chairs, or inject new personality into your bedroom, living space or windows, I highly recommend you visit Designers Guild online, http://www.designersguild.com/, or Radford Furnishings in Melbourne(http://www.radfordfurnishings.com/) where you will be welcomed & inspired by a divine library of prints, colour, texture & stunning textile creations to cater for every taste, every interior.
Saturday, May 2, 2009
At our workshops, you will enjoy a fun morning with friends, & discover the way interior consultants think & work. Learn the secrets of how to transform that problem space or room with confidence, using the design & decorating techniques of professionals.
These workshops are designed for people with little or no formal design expertise, but who are passionate about their interior spaces, & want to create their own haven at home.
Please click on the image above to enlarge for all designersecrets workshop details.
We look forward to hearing from you, your friends, your colleagues, & to sharing more workshop events with you in the near future!
Friday, May 1, 2009
I am in love with this kitchen, isn't it just divine??? White walls & floor, so warm & light. They frame the oak, stainless steel & artwork beautifully. Note the gorgeous touches to inspire morning noon & night. I adore the painting, (artist details to be noted in blog to follow), the milking stools back with the oak table, not to mention the white wash stepladder...a practical piece of course, but very country chic against the white timber panelling. I love mine, the steps are perfect shelving for my growing collection of cooking magazines & books...using space wisely of course!
Indulge your decorating thoughts and visit Cotswold Furniture, share their excitement & passion for their brand, then scroll down & plan some Autumn cooking on your next weekend in, with their gourmet recipe delights! I'm no cook, but they work for me, & my guests!