I've been dropping by Matthew Mead's always inspiring website for the past week. I knew with the approach of spring there would be a whole new style story and lots of inspiring images, how-to's, downloads and recipes. I just received an email from Matthew putting me out of my misery. The new spring website is up and it's gorgeous!! Matthew has returned to the lessons he learned from his mentors and the look he presents this season is a beautiful study in collecting and arranging. I love his styling, I love his collections and I really love his food. Here's just a peek at what you will find.
I'm obsessed with peacock chairs at the moment. Not the Hans Wegner midcentury classic but the retro cool cane thrones made famous by the likes of Morticia Addams (and Al Green it seems).
First I found a doll's chair in my thrifting adventures then a pair of children's chairs. This week my elusive chair came one step closer. I found a peahen chair.
The smaller less ostentatious "female" to the strutting peacock chair is the next stage in my thrift shop journey. I feel the elusive peacock is just one step away. Of course I could just track down a new one but that would be too easy. I want it vintage. I want it in a thrift store and I want it cheap. Can't be that hard (???). The peahen will be fixed, painted and a new cushion made to patiently await her mate.
My rattan chairs from last week are sporting new satin varnish and I've started work on the cushions. Ralph Lauren won. Hopefully photos soon. I'm off to hose my garden. It's a momentous afternoon. We have had enough rain in the past few weeks for a momentary relaxing of the level 6 water restrictions we have had all summer. We are allowed to hose our gardens for 1 hour! I bet I feel guilty as I hold the hose and daydream instead of taking over an hour to bucket water my small courtyard.
WINKS - weekend links. Here we list what has come in during the week, things we've found and things we think you'll want to see. If you'd like to see your blog or website featured email us and if we think it fits with our readers we'll link you. So what's in this week?
- Linda Merrill of Chameleon Interiors and fabulous and informative blog ::Surroundings:: attended Maison et Objet a couple of weeks ago in France. Being a blogger of course she has lots of posts featuring all the gorgeous eye candy. If you haven't dropped by then you're in for a treat. So jealous of your trip Linda!
- Dwell.com has a new video series "Emerging Designers" - innovative designers, original thinkers and likely influential players in the world of design for years to come. View the first two videos in a series of 5 showcasing the designers Jason Miller and Jake Barton here.
- Radius Design is starting summer now with this stunning Uni Flame. Fire has never looked so ravishing. Thanks Andy!
- For Spring 2008 John Stefanidis Fabrics is releasing 5 new fabrics in a selection of colourways on different ground cloths. All are hand-printed giving greater detail and allowing bespoke colourways on even small meterages. Neither harshly modernist nor strictly classic these fabrics are timeless and so versatile. Thanks for allowing us this sneak peek Caroline.
- The Stingray chair by Thomas Pedersen is so sexy it hurts my eyes just looking at it! Available here. You have been warned this online store is stuffed full of gorgeous Danish design.
- "I recently opened an online store of my prints and just wanted to introduce myself. I think what you guys do is awesome! Will definitely visit regularly. Thanks John." Hey John it should be us thanking you! I LOVE your work, the photos, the frames. Stunning. I need more than one I think. Check out all the work at John Murphy. See which ones you want too.
- Lee from Pieces, the Atlanta based furniture and home accessories boutique, emailed us with her latest pieces. The beaded lights are blowing me away. I have just the perfect space for them.
- Put a fine grain on fine art: Pop Ink's Decor-a-Boards are the real wood wall art you need. Printed directly onto unfinished birch veneer over MDF board, Decor-a-Boards are a natural fit for any green (or any other colour) home. The 11.25"x14" ready-to-hang Pop Ink Decor-a-Boards are manufactured with recycled wood scraps and unused parts of lumbered trees. Pop Ink features 7 designs online, including Owl Night Long, Beaver on Board, Little Red Samurai and more. Head here for more Decor-a-Boards and other new products.
- I'm sure you've all been to Design for Mankind to download Erin's latest e-zine so this is just a reminder that the weekend is the perfect time to take a closer look. Thanks Erin. I'm lovin' the e-zines so much.
- Last but not least I want to wish you all a Happy Mardi Gras - Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras that is. I wish I was in Sydney for tonight's parade. It's the biggest, hottest and downright sexiest celebration of gay pride in the world and SO much fun! Find out more including its inspiring history here.