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Friday, August 28, 2009

Nog 'n Piep -In Praise of Friendship & Artistic Passion

Nog 'n Piep is a celebration of friendship & a shared passion for beautiful handmade pieces. Inspired by the talents and creativity of three fabulous women - Camilla Cicoria, Dana Lavercock and Nicole Rickard. Their partnership objective is to create unique quality products they simply love, which is very evident when you ask them about any one of their product range. An item that you can present with pride & that will add something special to an already stylish room.

"Using a selection of irresistible linen & silk, gorgeous fabrics & original hand stamped prints, our pieces are sophisticated enough to create your own coordinated look anywhere in the home. Our collection includes feather cushions, cards, wall art, framed artwork & other d├ęcor accessories."

Make sure you keep popping online to their site so you know where to next view their beautiful wares, perhaps at the next Red Hill Market or the fabulous Magnolia Square market...

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Simplicity & Style for Spring Entertaining

I love the simplicity of how this table is dressed - beautiful colour in bloom with candles to welcome, offset by the clean, white lines of the kitchen - dark timber against white surfaces, one of my favourite interior combinations.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

designersecrets workshop Series 2 Is Coming!

designersecrets Workshops Series 2, beginning Tuesday August 25th!! We can hardly wait! Tell your friends and colleagues about it, we're running it at Inform in Camberwell, Melbourne, and once again, we have fabulous industry experts joining us to make this another fabulous event!!!

Click on the image to learn more!!!

Friday, August 14, 2009

No Chintz for Chrissie Jeffery

"Sand Between My Toes"

Founder and proprietor of No Chintz, Chrissie Jeffrey, creates the most divine, versatile & interesting collections of textile & soft furnishings, proudly showcased in her two beautiful Sydney stores, Woollahra & Willoughby.
When she was about four years old, Chrissie took a pair of scissors to one of her grandmother’s patchwork cushions & cut out a small square. `My grandmother used to turn all her old fabrics into cushions & spreads - viyellas & old silks & wonderful old crepes,’ she says, `& I just had to have that piece!"

"Walking Through The Vineyard" detail

"Nana's Chair"

Chrissie studied at East Sydney Technical College (now the National Art School), completing a rigorous three year `hands-on’ course in which students did everything from millinery & hand stitching, to cutting & making “from the block”, that is tailoring a pattern on a dressmaker’s mannequin in calico, a technique also used by students of haute couture. After a couple of years with Pamela Taylor in Surry Hills, Chrissie began her own soft furnishing business, Stitches, working with a range of interior designers, including Ann Gyngell & Michael Love, both of whom set high standards of workmanship & enjoyed prestigious client lists.

"Evening Breeze" Chair

"Evening Breeze" Story
Over the next few years Chrissie’s reputation for reliability & beautiful workmanship spread but she felt increasingly frustrated that she could not get the fabrics she wanted. After a trip in the late 1980s looking at London textile businesses, Chrissie opened her first retail shop in Surry Hills, Sydney. `It was a tiny little shop but there was a demand for a wider choice of fabric & we filled the niche.’
Also in that year she worked with curators from the Powerhouse Museum on the exhibition A Material World about the history of textiles around the world. It encouraged her to push the boundaries & expand her business.

"Nina's Caravan"

"Alone In Paddy Field"

No Chintz Lamp Collection

Chrissie's two Sydney stores - No Chintz Woollahra & No Chintz Willoughby are testament to her passion, focus & commitment for her work. Both stores enjoy dedicated following from customers who want a special product. She is equally committed to her staff in the workshop. "It’s vitally important to keep those skills alive, to hold onto that knowledge.'

Chrissie & her team in the workroom also deal directly with architects, designers & textile houses, as well as such public clients as the Historic Houses Trust for the refurbishments at Duntroon College & Government House. `I really like collaborating with clients to get the best results possible. It’s very interesting to work with different sensibilities.’
"We are about finding the exact fabric you want, whether on-trend or classic, in a relaxed environment with a team of passionate experts who are happy for any opportunity to talk textiles"

As ever, Chrissie is moving in new directions. Some of her fabrics now are woven in India to her specifications & her online catalogue has become a major part of the business.
`I just love textiles,’ she says. Who ever would have guessed?

Sunday, August 9, 2009

"Anderleigh", home for now

Everytime I come across another profile on a New Zealand property, I'm in awe of the interior design & appreciation for the landscape & natural beauty so strongly evident in it. "Anderleigh" is home to Auckland couple, Sally & Derek Holland, & another chapter in their stable of home building and renovation projects. Every home has a name, a family identity for which they are obviously passionately proud. Anderleigh is situated in Stanley Point, Devonport, & the result is simply stunning. The appreciation for the natural light, the palette of colours used, timeless, classic & a rich compliment to the landscape. Hues of coffee, white, french grey, latte & linen sit with collections of much loved pieces, each with their own story & beginning.
Every room & aspect of "Anderleigh" is visually enticing, welcoming & ready to least until the next brass nameplate. Their motto? "Never say Never". I love it.

designersecrets Workshops

Series 2 begins Tuesday August 25th, in Camberwell, Melbourne.

Fun, interactive workshops.

Tools & tips on interior design, decorating & styling.

Email Claire at for more information.

Limited places left!

Saturday, August 8, 2009

The heart of your home

Kitchens, the hub of our home...where we cook, relax, spend time with family & friends. It is central to our household & way of living. Balancing functionality & efficiency of space with aesthetic appeal is essential for it to be both the space you love being & working in. Light, bright, well equipped, purpose built storage (or clever use of space equivalent!), seating with comfort & style in mind, complete with family treasures that give our kitchens such personality & character. The perfect kitchen to some is completely minimal, a sculptured form, with the visual focus purely architectural design, with the latest appliances giving it functional identity. For others, it means combining warmth in both materials & atmosphere, all tangible, practical & welcoming

Each of the kitchens featured in this post illustrate such personality & style, all special & unique to the homes they live in.

My kitchen canvas includes white walls (of course!), polished floorboards, granite benchtops, plenty of pantry storage (the envy of my friends) & a combination of stainless steel & white appliances, on display & much loved. My decorative touches include fresh flowers always, fruit -single colors for impact (at the moment, green apples in one hurricane lantern, oranges in the other), freshly picked herbs & cumquat branches from my garden, a large linen story board that is continually updated with chapters & captured moments of our life with family & friends, a ladder well stacked with my favourite food magazines, very subtle scented candles for the nights I'm not cooking but otherwise tealights for when I am.

It is light, bright & always welcoming. The view from the front door takes your focus straight through to the garden, where depending upon the season we can enjoy the view & fragrance of wisteria, jasmine, & enjoy watching the ivy wave with the wind. The wooden fruit sits well with tealights & herb pots on the window sill, canvas mounts that showcase artwork (divine handmade gift cards, a present in themselves) that feature on the wall above the ladder, whilst on the bench sit rattan trays with favourite cook books & collection of stone pears. Nothing particularly different, but all things I love using, sharing & above all else we enjoy.

The kitchen, regardless of your style, your look, your culinary expertise or design appreciation, connects you with your family & friends, in cooking, talking, nurturing, entertaining, being you.

Monday, August 3, 2009

designersecrets Series 2

Hello there! It's been almost 3 weeks since I have shared news & updates with you! Where does the time go? Moving office, new projects & plans afoot for designersecrets have kept me away from Haven Home, so my apologies to those of you who written to me wondering where I am, & thank you for your lovely words & enquiries, it's wonderful to know my posts give so many of you your daily dose of inspiration!

I'm delighted to announce that our second series of designersecrets workshops begins this month, on Tuesday August 25th!!!
Once again we will be running both morning AND evening workshops, AND....
at a fabulous new location which we are very excited about!!!

Haven Home will uncover lots more about the workshops & other news this week, so keep in touch!!! I hope your week is fabulous!!