Thursday, January 29, 2009
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Hello on a perfect summer's day :-) As I sit here, the blue sky & sunshine welcomes me, as I listen to the calm pace of a long weekend...How quickly the last weekend has arrived before the busy pace of the new school year begins. Baskets, beach
towels & sandals on the verandah will soon be replaced with school bags & shoes...it's rather nice not having school homework & books on the kitchen table for a few weeks isn't it, but instead enjoying the space where more than one morning coffee & leisurely breakfasts have been indulged without morning routine. Soon they will be replaced with books & school notices for the noteboards & fridge. The kitchen however is the hub of the home, & central to our daily activities. Regardless of when, you can always enjoy fresh flowers, the smell of coffee, freshly squeezed juices, the delight of many & varied summer fruits & the beauty of their colours as they sit on display before they are savoured or put into lunch bags. My retriever sleeps peacefully at the front door, enjoying the passing view & breezes, & my coffee (another) awaits with the morning papers to be enjoyed in sunshine, amid the tranquility of my garden.
What is an ideal Sunday morning(when my son's sporting commitments are on holidays too!)? The list is simple:
- Market Basket (I love these, a must for every woman, I bought mine from Durance in Armadale, & I always have it on hand, for flowers, market produce, the beach, BBQs, weekend school sport duty
- Plush velour beach towel (Country Road's are a favourite)
- Sunglasses and Hat (Rose Street Trading Company in Armadale have divine ones, but not many left..!)
- Interiors magazines (today I'm reading Country Style, Home Beautiful & Cote Paris, all very inspiring for summer decorating)
- Slides, best when on the beach when in search of shells
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Monday, January 19, 2009
Friday, January 16, 2009
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
George Lorimer1867-1937, Editor of Saturday Evening Post
"My home is a vivid reflection of who I am. It surrounds me with the things I love most, and sets the scene for new memories to be made." (Unknown)Whilst financial investment provides us with material possessions to live with and enjoy to create an aesthetically appealing and functional environment for everyday living, it's what we give of ourselves, what we feel, see & cherish, that helps us create that space where we want to retreat to, to dream, to do, to achieve, to share & to be happy, infinitely more precious for our inner happiness.
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Monday, January 12, 2009
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Sunday, January 11, 2009
When I was on holidays recently, I enjoyed the most spectacular beach views ...sapphire blue sky, crystal blue water, children playing on the sand, yachts gliding over the coral below. I felt so at peace yet so inspired by the beauty of it all.The smell of the bay was subtle but enough to define where I was...white sails, cream sand, blue skies, aquamarine beyond...the idyllic palette for coastal living in harmony with nature. As I savoured these images, my thoughts drifted to how I will decorate my own beach house one day...
As I sat on the shoreline, with the water lapping over my feet, my focus momentarily returned to an article in the magazine I had with me, featuring a Sydney seaside makeover..Dulux "Antique White" walls, plantation shutters, sisal flooring, white chairs, linen sofas, white bedrooms, white kitchen, with strokes of french navy through sapphire in the artwork scattered throughout ...a perfect space of harmony & balance. Easy really, with the inspiration from the view beyond...
Friday, January 9, 2009
Create a simple, easy to maintain & enjoyable everyday working environment to help you achieve your maximum working potential. To do this, you need an inspiring yet harmonious & functional working space. If you do this from home, it is important to be very defined & disciplined with your requirements, storage & everyday materials.
Haven Interiors can help you achieve your ideal home office by:
- Reorganise your Existing Space
- New Colour Scheme
- Inspiration (art, personal pieces, focal points)
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Consultation Fee: Minimum 2 hours @ $125/hour.
Additional Hourly Rate Applies thereafter.
Room Fragrance' whether you prefer candles, room sprays, or infusing reeds with aroma oils, scent yourspace for relaxation,inspiration & enjoyment...whether you're home, away or working. It's amazing how it can improve your feeling of well being . High on my list of favourites that are just beautiful are:
Jo Malone Linen Spray in "Parma Violets". I spray it on bedlinen & furniture, divine!
diptyque 'interior scent' (Fig, Freesia or Gardenia, how do you choose???)
Fragonard 'Fleur Blanches' candle, for everyday enjoyment
Alternatively, if you prefer the fragrance of natural blooms, the aesthetic beauty & aroma of David Austin roses, wisteria, jasmine, gardenias, lillies, frangipanis & freesias, never fail to provide pleasure & perfume from the garden beds to inside...on that note, I would like to add that for the kitchen, I'm rather partial to basil for the pasta menu, & nothing beats the flavour of rosemary with garlic on roasted potato cubes, yum!
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Before leaving, I recommend purchasing a copy of the latest "Finding France In Australia", an excellent reference guide for finding authentic french fare, travel, food, wine, art, design, music, culture. Add to this recipe delightful customer service, the wrapping (tres chic!) & the general ambience, & you will leave feeling very pampered & wanting to return...a bientot!
L'ete Provence, 10 Claremont Ave., Malvern VIC 3144.
Phone: 9500 2493
"Reorganise your lighting. Lighting is crucial for creating moods. I prefer indirect lighting from lamps, rather than harsher, overhead lighting. I find this creates a more relaxed , intimate atmosphere."
I couldn't have said it better myself.