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Tuesday
Dec132011

Nelly's latest styling project

Nelly, a stylist based in Perth, Australia, emailed the other day with photos of her latest project (see her home here and reno/deco project here). It is a GORGEOUS house. She styled it for a photo shoot organized by Scoop Publishing which can be viewed online here - see pages 114-124. The house is an amazing, super-contemporary and quite sustainable weekender for a young Perth-based family who enjoys the wine, food and beach region of Margaret River. It was designed by Craig Steere Architects. It is quite minimalist inside, but I've tried to 'warm it up' a bit with my styling (although I was given only 3 days before the shoot to source decorative items without even seeing the house...) The artwork featured in the hallway and in one of the bedrooms (above the bed) is by Meleah Farrell. Photos by Heather Robbins of Red Images Fine Photography. Nelly certainly gave it a more homey touch - including hits of orange in the main living spaces. I really am a fan of this house, but on a side note, I think I would have loved to see something besides concrete floors everywhere. The other day I asked my husband if we should consider doing concrete in our new house but after seeing this home I think I changed my mind. I need the warmth that hardwood offers (despite the inevitable cat claw marks). 

  

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Tuesday
Dec132011

Nomad

Have you got your hands on Sibella Court's new book Nomad yet? A feast of beautiful images, a veritable orgy of fabulous objects, Sibella's latest is as stunning as her award winning Etcetera. Image after inspiring image, tales of travels and of incorporating treasures into everyday life. It's globetrotting and daydreaming from the comfort of your lounge chair. Life is so much more beautiful seen through Sibella's eyes. Nomad is a perfect example of why the printed book will always exist. As wonderful as the images are on screen the experience is taken to a whole other level by just sitting and feeling this tactile book, letting your eyes wander (and wonder) from page to page. The images here are by Sibella's brother the über talented Chris Court. His lush, colour rich shots convey Sibella's bower bird aesthetic perfectly. Am I gushing? Yes. This is a must have for those who love a visual feast.

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Monday
Dec122011

Faded elegance

Love the muted marvellousness, the decayed elegance, the almost chalky beauty of these shots by photographer Sharyn Cairns and stylist Glen Proebstel.

Monday
Dec122011

Stalking convict history

Many of you will know that Australia started its colonial history as a penal settlement. Britain sent us all her worst best and along with our indigenous and immigrant population we have grown to what we are today. Convict settlements where tough to put it politely and the island of Tasmania had the toughest. Today's stalking takes us to the Georgian era Bull's Head Pub in Hobart, Tasmania now restored as two modern apartments. Look at the renovation though. Exposed beams, old floor boards, changes of levels and voids, modern conveniences and beautiful old brick. Did you notice the glass splash back over the old brick in the kitchen? There is even a cellar paved with convict bricks. Just where I'd set up my wine cellar with grand old table and racks of fine Australian wine. I'm dreaming remember. I'd add some stunning artworks, a bit more layering of textures, more fabulous rugs, ambient lighting and books, yes lots of books. Oh maybe the cellar could be a library. Thanks To Kelly for sending the link!

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Tuesday
Dec062011

Today is brought to you by the colour blue

Just little pops of blue in a shimmery silver bathroom. Photograph by Petrina Tinslay via 2c. Petrina is also responsible for one of my all time favourite shoots (and cover) for Vogue Living, Lydia Pearson's home here in Brisbane. So maybe today is bought to you by pink as well.