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The bag lady and the bookfest

Twice a year Brisbane holds what is touted as the biggest secondhand book sale on earth, the Lifeline Bookfest with over 1 million books covering over a football field of space. Twice a year I drag my little shopping trolley along and join the feeding frenzy. I call myself the bag lady. Today was the last day, everything half price and even fill a bag for $5. (The bargain hunter in me was out!) 10 bags later and dozens of retro design books, boys and girls annuals, craft books and vintage Penguins I was filthy but happy. Four hours of bibliophile bliss. I need a nap. Here are just some of the beauties I found.

You know what this means though. More retro posts! My favourite of the lot is a book of dissertations from 1896. Someone has covered it in this wonderful pink brown and white chevron fabric many years back. Now it's all beautifully worn and stained.


Sandra Espinet

The other day designer Jeff Andrew's agent emailed to thank us for including Jeff's work on our blog. He mentionned some other designers he represents, including Sandra Espinet. Her portfolio is full of gorgeous Mexican-influenced spaces, making me crave a trip down south. Badly. See if you get the same craving with this sample of her designs. (Thanks Rich!)


Hey that's my town!

I found another amazing Brisbane property for sale. A subpenthouse in a 70's highrise apartment block in riverside inner city New Farm. Does anyone else stalk the real estate websites looking at property they can't afford? Hey that's my town on the banks of a lazy brown river! And that's one hell of an apartment! Want to find this place? Just go to Click on Queensland. Type in New Farm. Select an obscene amount of money as a guideline and dream.


Scott Sanders and Casapinka

I was stopping by Casapinka to see how Pink is going with her new home when I noticed that she had draped her couch with a green throw. Something struck me as familiar. Then I realised that I had just the inspirational picture for her in my files. Scott Sanders employed a similar idea in a cute as a button Hampton's home. Scott you may remember from Kim's post many many months ago featuring his groovy refit of a retro bungalow. He's not afraid of IKEA or colour. I love navy, green and white. So refreshing and I'm loving Scott's work!

Images from Scott Sanders


Kevin McManamon

Kevin McManamon, a designer from Michigan, began his firm in 1986 and has been designing residences, night clubs, restaurants, name it he's done it. His style is traditional mixed with modern here and there. A red laquered steel canopy bed, art featuring cows (??), animal print pillows - all perfectly pulled together to make beautiful spaces.