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A Canadian's art and an Australian's shop

Since I am off today and am avoiding chores around the house, I thought I would give Jo a little break from a couple WINKS this coming weekend. First, I received an email from Zoe Pawlak, a painter and mom living and working in White Rock, British Columbia. She is incredibly talented, and all her work had me totally intrigued. Gorgeous colours and touching portraits and drawings. I love it all. See more of her amazing art here.

Lee McCabe also wrote us about a homewares site that his wife Jennifer has just launched, based in Australia. It's called Whiteport, which is a perfectly suitable name because all the products are white. "Our products look equally good in a city loft apartment or a sprawling beach house. White products are simple, timeless and complement any colour scheme." Selling all sorts of accessories for kitchens, bathrooms, bedrooms and dining rooms, if you love white you've got to check out Jennifer's store (and they ship internationally). Here are some of my favourite items.


A change of season

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.

Images from Matthew Mead Style


Retro time!

New week new retro rooms. New retro rooms? The old cliche is true. Everything old is new again. More images scanned from Australian Home Decorating by Babette Hayes, Paul Hamlyn Pty Ltd, Sydney, 1970.


Flickr finds - teak


How to find a peacock chair in 4 steps

Image via Lost-In-Tyme

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.