Copper Glow

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There is a common theme running through interiors that are attracting my attention of late and that’s copper. I’m not talking the brassy, orange and tarnished metal. No this is a warm, pale, rose-gold inspired copper perfectly formed and sculpted into smooth shapes. The copper pendant light is being hung high in beautiful kitchens, above marble islands and timber bench tops. They are lined up in rows of 2 or 3 reflecting each other’s beauty and creating focal points in otherwise white spaces.

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Award-winning British designer, Tom Dixon is being credited for the rise of this ordinary metal into a modernist design classic. His round, globe-shaped shade is perfectly at home in an art deco inspired lounge, over a marble flute table or in a rustic bedroom. Suspend them collectively and you have an installation worthy of London’s most glamourous restaurants and stores.

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The April/May edition of Belle magazine showcases a simple yet stunning marble kitchen brought to life by the glow of copper. I hope you take some inspiration from these images and weave some metallic warmth through your home.

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Belle magazine

Festive frills

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Image Birdy & Me

As you can imagine, living in Australia is pretty close to perfect all year round….sun, surf, big blue skies and delicious fresh food!! But every December, my heart starts to sink as we approach Christmas time. I hate to say it, but it is just not the same down under! To me, Christmas is dark cold nights and frosty mornings; spicy mulled wine with mince pies; venturing out to buy the best fir tree we can find; cosy days spent viewing the best of the BBC; and always always waiting and watching for snow!!! Oh the excitement of a white Christmas!!

We’re lucky enough to alternate our Christmas holidays between the UK and Australia and this year it is our turn to enjoy festivities in Brisbane. Our Aussie Christmas is the very opposite with bright sunshining days; searching for shade as we dine outside; enjoying fresh mangoes, prawns and cherries with a chilled Pinot Gris. It’s about escaping to the coast for summer as the days get hotter, cicadas grow louder and the beers colder.

Despite my apprehensions of Christmas down under, there is a lot to love about this relaxed casual approach to festivities. I’ve discovered some beautifully inspiring decorations with a natural, rustic vibe using native plants set against earthy tones of brown paper, twine and weathered wood. I couldn’t resist sharing these inspiring images from local designers, stylists and artists with an amazing eye for capturing the joy of a Christmas spent in the sunshine.

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Images The design villa blog & Little Paper Lane

There are also bold flashes of colour and it’s not all red and green…it’s tropical, fresh and festive.

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Images Black and Spiro

And this one is not Australian but I just love the natural elements of feathers and brown paper mixed with coral papers and tags…..gift wrapping heaven courtesy of Decor8 X

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Weekend wanderings: Christmas flea

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I woke this morning to beautiful blue skies and sunshine in the city of Brisbane. Summer is here and yet Christmas is approaching…something I will never get used to, having lived my first 24 years in the uk. After enjoying a good dose of caffeine, I headed to the Black & Spiro Christmas flea. This beautiful interiors and homewares store is well-known here for its stylish pretty approach to all things bright and beautiful for the home. Owned by designer and blogger Anna Spiro, it’s a treasure trove of furniture, paintings, fabric and objets d’art.

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The Christmas flea was held outside in the scorching sun and was an eclectic bright boho mix of flower stalls, prints and my favorite cane furniture. There were local artists selling neon goodies, linen table cloths and cupcakes….heaven! Such a lovely vibe and how relaxing to potter and browse one-off pieces. I snapped up a print of fuchsia pineapples and of course a white cane chair…perfect for summer days ahead.

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Enjoy hunting for treasures at your local market X

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Images wake me to see the sunrise & The Design Files

Colour Crave: Grey & Chartreuse

I realise that about once a week I become somewhat infatuated with a colour! So I’m thinking this might be a regular little post called Colour Crave…where I collect my inspiration for a certain shade, pairing or palette.

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This week my mind is on grey and chartreuse….the electric shade of yellow. It’s a funny one because only a few years ago I wasn’t so sure about this combination…seeing it as the colour choice for nurseries of parents unsure if they were having a boy or girl! But more recently I’ve been drawn to this beautiful match where plain calming grey provides a neutral palette for its more zesty partner. It has been overused of late too…weddings and baby showers are a big fan….but cut through the paper lanterns and tissue pom poms, and you’ll find some stunning sources of inspiration for styling in your home.

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Images Pinterest & Decor8 blog

It was the colour couple of choice for Country Road, whose spring 2012 homewares collection was a perfect display of all things chartreuse yellow and grey with lampshades, cushions, throws and ceramics hitting it off beautifully.

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Images Country Road

My living space took on a grey and chartreuse direction when I bought a grey patterned ceramic stool from Magnolia Interiors. This little purchase led to a beautiful marble tulip side table, which looked perfect topped with yellow trimmings. Some chartreuse-inspired soft furnishings were next and now I’m just longing for the perfect grey couch to complete my look. It seems that Pantone included chartreuse in its 2012 colour trends for Autumn (northern hemisphere) so embrace the brights, match with grey and enjoy x

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Sunseeker

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Spell & the Gypsy Collective

Down in the southern hemisphere, summer is just around the corner and I’m already dreaming of long lazy days at the beach. We are planning our summer road trip where we’ll discover boho beach towns and idyllic surf spots…..our days spent barefoot in the sand dunes, salt spray through my hair and dusky evenings watching the sun set. We’ll eat fresh seafood for lunch and read and swim and snooze….heaven!
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Summer days call for a new bikini and I’m loving the new resort and swimwear collections by Zimmermann, Isola and Seafolly. The focus is on print with tropical frongs, bold brights, animal skins, pastels, and florals being sources of inspiration.

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Zimmermann & Isola 2012 collections

There is also a nod to the styles of summers gone by with vintage pieces, high waists and nautical stripes. Beautiful images of Brigitte Bardot and Grace Kelly at the Cote d’Azur spring to mind.

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Australian interiors magazine, Belle has devoted its Holiday issue to all things summer and chic. It features an array of stunning beach homes and waterfront retreats from Mykonos to Rhode Island, that just ooze laid back glamour and coastal aesthetics. All the homes share an effortless ability to blend into their natural landscapes, to not detract from the views and surrounding beauty, but add to them. They comprise of nature’s elements… of timber, stone and water. It is hard to choose a favorite but mine has to be the spectacular home at Sydney’s Whale Beach. It is light filled with a neutral palette of concrete, wood, marble and glass, all used cleverly to create softness and tranquility.

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Belle magazine Australia

I must admit to having a fascination with beach homes and especially beach shacks filled with weathered timber, rustic floorboards and outdoor bathrooms. I recently stumbled across the architects Crossan, Clarke & Carnachan. Their portfolio of beach homes is a stunning collection of timber dwellings large and small overlooking the ocean. Check out their award winning Huts on Sleds – an innovative yet simple design of beach hut that can be easily moved to different spots on the sand. What luxury!

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Crossan, Clarke & Carnachan Architects

More summer style to come but in the mean time find a hammock, mix yourself a long glass of something chilled, and day dream of sunny days ahead.

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Island vibe

This is a little Friday musing on the beauty of cane….or wicker…or rattan….whichever you prefer. On recent trips to vintage markets and antiques centres I’m on the hunt for pieces hiding away from days gone by. I’m channelling the St. Bart’s and India Hicks vibe….of island chic and bohemian luxe. The odd cane chair or side table can add interest to your room without costing a fortune. Whether in its natural beauty or bold and bright….it gives a whimsical fun feel to a space.
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I particularly love the peacock chair..the graceful, extravagant, attention seeking icon that’s enjoyed a comeback of late. It’s like a boho throne fit for a queen. A couple of years ago, Fleur Wood styled a shoot around the peacock and it looked fabulous in an eccentric English garden setting – all teacups and plant pots.
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Images pinterest & Fleur Wood

The Family Love Tree – a venture by Melbourne designer Katie Graham, produces a stunning collection of rattan and wicker homewares including bed heads, chairs and side tables to bring that spirited holiday glow to your home.
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images The Family Love Tree

Further north in the hinterland of Byron Bay, renowned interior stylist, Shannon Fricke has transformed her little farm cottage into a laid back contemporary coastal haven with hints of the tropics. White rattan chairs with blue cushions sit perfectly alongside natural wicker baskets in her living space. Nearby in the creative little town of Bangalow, the incredibly gorgeous Island Luxe houses a beautiful range of cane and wicker pieces grouped with timber, leather and hides. It’s a natural yet luxurious mix.
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images pinterest, Real Living magazine & Island Luxe

So start hunting for your very own piece of cane and let the sunshine in to your sanctuary.

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The Mint Edition

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I’m having a mint moment – not a retro 50s mint moment – but a cool seafoam and soft peppermint moment. One that looks incredible contrasted with camel, navy, coral and peach. Perhaps it’s spending the weekend at the beach that inspired me… or maybe it is my obsession with coral and peach and how it looks so beautiful with minty hues…or perhaps it’s my lovely blog header above that’s been front of mind – whatever the reason, I’m loving mint.

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At home I like the idea of a mint-coloured desk placed against a citrus wall to brighten up a study nook, a mint chair sat in a industrial grey space or mint ceramics filled with fuscia blooms.

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Think of sipping mint mojitos lazing at a beach club as the sun sets low in the sky. Or eat mint and broad bean bruschetta with ricotta on sourdough- a perfect spring bite. Enjoy lounging in mint denim with soft gold accessories. It’s fresh, fun and delicate. X

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Dreaming in Neon

The recent resurgence of neon isn’t going anywhere! The bright flashes of bold colours are weaving their way through fashion, interiors and art in a huge way! I sit writing this in a neon chartreuse skirt paired with black lace, and it made me think how far we’ve come from the 80’s fluros of acid yellows and fanta oranges, only worn to reflect UV light.

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George Wu spring 2012 collection & pinterest

The 2012 version is prettier, chic and more subtle…if that word can be used in the same sentence as neon! Colours aren’t fluro but more electric sherbet shades of pink, lime, coral, yellow, turquoise and mauve.

Not only are we seeing them on the catwalk – only last night Diane Von Furstenberg showed her latest collection in Sydney, and neon rocked the runway! But the beautiful brights are being layered everyday to clash in accessories, jewels, nail polish and lipstick all matched with a perfect tan!

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Hints of neon and pops of colour are featuring widely in interior styling – both Australian furniture designers Koskela and Jardan are pairing muted greys and neutrals with rainbow brights to create spaces that are striking, fun and playful. Chairs and table legs are being sprayed neon from the can, bold bright cushions are sitting easily against classic sofas, and lampshades are bursting with colour next to white walls.

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Artists like Miranda Skoczek are dripping animals in neon paint and they hang beautifully and boldly in their frames. I love her latest collection currently showing at Edwina Corlette Gallery, Brisbane.

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Miranda Skoczek

Event styling and table scapes are following the lead and doing all things neon…. So buy yourself some stationery and create a neon soirĂ©e using inspiration from the fabulous moodboard at Pocketful of Dreams below – think table cloths, gift tags, paper wheels and flowers! You’ll be dining in neon heaven! X

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