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Tuesday
Dec022008

Brian Andriola

Brian Andriola is a wonderful stylist who has a very cheerful portfolio that I fell in love with for a couple of reasons. First, he has strategically placed a dog in several of the photos which just warms my heart. Second, he's got several Christmas photos that has gotten me in the spirit to hurry and get the kitchen done so I can start thinking about the holidays (and perhaps start baking?).



Tuesday
Dec022008

John Willey

"Life's too short for an all-beige room"

Words to live by from interior designer John Willey. Makes complete sense when you get a glimpse of his work. He is probably one of the boldest designers I have come across. Such creativity with colours and patterns and such a sense of comfort. Very inspiring for those who believe in beige.






Tuesday
Dec022008

Cath Muscat


Sydney photographer Cath Muscat understands light. She captures it and plays with it and produces images at times earthy and sultry at others crisp and clean. Australian readers will know her work from local magazines such as Vogue Entertaining + Travel. Take the time to view her other portfolios. The flowers you can smell, the food is delish and her portraits are powerful with character.

Monday
Dec012008

Diane Bergeron


Many of you may already be familiar with Diane Bergeron. Interior design services and fabric showroom are labels that don't do justice to her fab, eclectic, high meets low, flea market with glam style. It's colourful, fun and always cheeky just like all the best things Australian. Her website is a treat and her blog gives you an insight into the hectic but stylish day to day of her firm. As rep for some of the most innovative fabric collections coming out of the States (think Rubie Green, Madeline Weinrib, Of the Young and the Restless, John Robshaw and Carolina Irving) her Melbourne showroom is a mecca for designers and style mavens in the know. Here is just a taste of her work. Please Santa can I have that wall of books for Christmas?

Monday
Dec012008

Lighting completed

This blog chronicles my entire kitchen renovation from start to finish. Greentea Design has provided me with their solid wood kitchen cabinets, and I'm taking care of the rest.

If you'd like to be brought up to date, check out my kitchen remodel blog for an archive of previous posts. I posted recently about the arrival of the appliances and some other odds and ends, and now for the completed lighting.

The lighting and wiring in my new kitchen is FINALLY completed. Everyone always says how key lighting is in a space and guess what? They're RIGHT!! The kitchen looked great once the cabinets were in but now that it's properly lit, WOW - the cabinets look even more fabulous. What a difference from the old kitchen, with one ceiling fan with 3 lights, and a lamp on the counter. Now I have 9 potlights, 3 pendants, 2 wall lamps and under-cabinet light strips. Funny thing is now that the kitchen is so well lit, all the other rooms have such crappy lighting in comparison.

Here are a few photos of the kitchen taken right after the electrician finished up (hood fan was mid-installation).



The pendants I bought at Crawford Alexander turned out to be a perfect fit with the look I was going for. They are industrial and fun and quirky...and since I have no dining table yet, everyone is cursing them because we've all bashed our heads on them numerous times. I have regular bulbs in them but because of the shape of them they give off hardly any light so I have to pick up some floodlights to use instead.


To see the rest of the lighting in place, including my Tolomeos which I am totally in love with, click HERE.