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Thursday
Nov172011

Too soon for Christmas? Never!

37 days till Christmas ... or is that 38? I hate writing a blog post that appears simultaneously in all time zones. OK just over 5 weeks till the big day. Too soon for Christmas ideas? Not in my part of the world. We don't celebrate Thanksgiving in Australia so it's a clear downhill run from now until the 25th. I thought I would ask one of Australia's top stylists and author of the fab book Homelove, Megan Morton for a little help on how to make sure that Christmas in summer is cool. Please turn away and weep now Northern Hemisphere readers at the sight of Christmas on a gorgeous beach. We live in paradise in Australia!

The weather is hot for Christmas in the land of Aus but what is cool this holiday season?

GENEROSITY. Christmas Day is even more special when you know you have really dug deep in an attempt to make others day more bearable. Pick your charity - there are so many organisations needing good samaritans. I support as many charities as I can that deal with rehousing, accommodating people. As we all know, four walls and a roof is second to food and water. St Vincent De Paul. The Smith Family. Lou's Shelter, Potts Point. Youth Off The Streets.

To tree or not to tree?

YES - most definitely a tree! Even when I was in an apartment I made room for a tree. This year mine is a huge wonderful olive tree in a large zinc pot. I am dressing him (olive trees seem male to me) with glass, crystal and mercury decorations and lots of small beads of garland. Its a respite from last years which was a fully loaded, all colour inclusive one.

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Wednesday
Nov162011

Go swing your hook

As I mentioned in previous posts, my house addition plans have gone awry (putting it mildly) and my husband and I have got to get our asses in gear and start all over again. We're thinking a tall, 3 storey structure now with the top floor being a media room/office - hopefully with exposed beams. I came across the photo below in my stash and immediately thought how cool it would be to have a hanging chair in a corner up there. Fun!!


via Hus & Hem

Wednesday
Nov162011

Tim Van de Velde

I stumbled upon the website of Belgium photographer Tim Van de Velde and was immediately smitten with his gorgeous photos. His amazing composition makes even the simplest of spaces look intriguing. His interior portfolio takes you on a journey through some really fantastic homes. My favourite is in the first few photographs - black and white (YES!) and a juxtaposition of modern architecture and furnishings with very traditional artwork. Fab!!

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Wednesday
Nov162011

Tales of summer

Lazy summer days at a beach cottage. If maximialism is your thing and comfort means overstuffed chairs, flowers, found objects and family clutter then how perfect is this shingle shack brought to live in all its intimate detail by photographer Thibault Jeanson. I can almost hear the surf, the cicadas and the rustle of the sea breeze in the trees.

  

  

  

Wednesday
Nov162011

Stalking in the hall

The Mechanics Institute Hall that is. Think Victorian era guild or trades halls. Almost church like. This modern conversion plays with scale and height, positive and negative space, open and enclosed. Love the kitchen, the spiral staircase and the soaring grey ceilings, the clever use of half walls of storage to divide spaces and the privacy of the bedroom and bathroom tucked away in the mezzanine but a little confused by the large box like lights. The Old Mechanics Institute Hall 1857, South Melbourne. Link here while it lasts.

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