Store opening and competition

A big shout out to South East Queensland readers. Keep the early evening of Thursday 27 September free. Matt Blatt is celebrating their Newstead store opening and I will be there to help. It’s going to be a fun evening with champagne, canapés, gift bags and 15% off in store for the night. (You need to RSVP by 24 September. All the details are just below.)

Just as exciting is that Matt Blatt has kindly given me two of these fabulous chairs for an Australian reader to win as part of the celebrations. Matt Blatt's version of this classic Mexican chair is valued at $345 each and perfect for summer! Today is certainly hot in my neck of the woods and I could do with one of these tangy beauties to relax in and catch some rays.

What do you need to do to win these summer time essentials?

  1. You need to be an Australian resident. (Boo! I know overseas readers. It is not fair but Matt Blatt is only based in Australia.)
  2. You need to tell me, in the comments below this post, in 25 words or less "How would these chairs make your summer perfect?".
  3. You need to leave a name and email address for us to be able to contact you when you win.
  4. You need to answer in 25 words or less .... honestly ... 25 ... or less. Better count them.

OK get going. Time to think up your most creative answers. You can enter as many times as you like before 5.30pm AEST Saturday 6 October 2012.


See you on Thursday night! I'll be the one with the champagne in one hand, camera in the other, snapping pics, chatting and figuring out what to add to my wish list. Can't wait to meet you.



Subway tiles

Stuart McIntyre

I love subway tiles. Always have, always will. Classic, inexpensive and graphic (and can be made even more graphic with contrasting grout colour). I thought I'd do a post today on what has to be my favourite type of tile. I have one another favourite that is a close second but I'll save that for Sunday. 

Light Locations



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To let ....

Looking for somewhere to rent? London, SE1 not too far from the Tate Modern, the Old Vic and the Young Vic. Walk to the city via the Millennium Bridge.

"This impeccably restored one-bedroom loft apartment with roof terrace is situated in the historic Ragged School, close to Borough Market. Set over two floors, the flat has all of the characteristics of a classic loft, including exposed brickwork, vaulted wooden ceilings and massive warehouse windows. Styled and furnished by the renowned photographer and stylist Zanna, it is in our opinion one of the most atmospheric apartments in central London."

Amazing building, amazing space, amazing fit out. Industrial, rustic, quirky and fabulous. Furnished or unfurnished. (Furnished please .... love the old shop fittings and the wall of old cupboards gives me goosebumps.) Available immediately. I'd move in in a heart beat but I can't afford the rent. £2,924 pcm / £675 pw. If you rent it can I sleep on the couch?

The Ragged School via The Modern House.

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Reader's home - Orsi's tiny flat in Hungary

I'm so excited to have yet another reader's home to share with you this week. This one is Orsi's flat in Hungary. My flat is in city center of Budapest, it is very small only 398 sqf (37 m2) in an old apartment house. I made this renovation in the last year. I have one bedroom, one hall, one small kitchen and even smaller bathroom. The most important aspect was to keep clear. I do not have a lot of furniture appears to be larger. I made my headboard, I had some small sheet of carpet and I stick all of them. There is a wall with some photos, only here I put all pictures and photos, it is not full yet. My conclusion: sometimes the simple is the most difficult. :) Yet another adorable little apartment that would involve serious downsizing for most people. I love the b/w checkerboard floor in the kitchen and hallway (it's been a favourite of mine for eons) and the headboard is such a creative DIY! Fantastic little home Orsi!!

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Maristela Gorayeb

I was pleasantly surprised when I came across the portfolio of Brazilian interior designer Maristela Gorayeb. Her style is a favourite of mine - a mix of ethnic and modern. She works with each, and the 2 in conjunction, so beautifully. It's about neutral backdrops with jewel tones pops of colour and lots of textures and patterns. Maristela's vibe is not for minimalists nor die-hard modernists. :) 

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