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Tuesday
Oct112016

My living room makeover - part 1

Last week I shared my dining room makeover here and here, and today I wanted to share my now dark and dramatic living room. I have featured little bits and pieces of it over the past year or so but I never had all the finishing touches done (like trim, and painting out the fireplace tile) until recently. It was finally time to snap some photos and do a little feature on the blog. This is now my favourite room in the house and I am really stoked at the result, even if it will never REALLY be finished because as I mentioned last week, I'm always on the hunt for that "perfect" item. Ok, so here is a before shot:

This photo was taken right after we moved in. Gross taupe walls, even grosser yellow/orange oak floors, mahogany varnished trim and terracotta coloured dirty fireplace tiles.

Everything has been replaced, re-painted or re-stained. The floors, like in the dining room, were stripped and re-stained with Minwax's Classic Grey. The walls are Farrow & Ball's Downpipe with Plummett on the ceiling. These 2 colours are incredible and in my top 5 colours of all time. Especially Downpipe - it can look green, yellow, blue, black depending on the amount of light coming in the room. 

Sources: The unit next to my desk is vintage Marc Held for Prisunic, manufactured by Flair. Vintage Panton S chair by Vitra. Ikea Alex desk. Artemide Tizio lamp from GR Shop. Vintage Jieldé wall mount light via eBay. Tall plastic plant stand from Plust Collection by Euro3plast from Alteriors. Console table legs by Pretty Pegs. Table top by Daff Design. Featuring former ferals Bernie and Frankie. 

This vase is from a local shop now closed, and used to be a really bad minty green. I spray painted it glossy grey. Funky little dried pineapple flowers from blumenstudio

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Friday
Sep302016

Where I want to be

When the temperature is right, I want to be right here. 

When I have time to catch up on some reading, I want to be sprawled on the sofa right here. (That wall colour!)

When catching up with a friend, we want to be right here. 

When I want husband to cook me an epic meal, we want to be right here. 

When I want to take in the scenery and enjoy a cup of tea, I want to be right here. 

When I want to enjoy the sunshine and some BBQ, I want to be right here.

VIA CLOTH & KIND

Wednesday
Sep282016

More from Jayme Armour

"I worked with many of the client's existing pieces on this project and took my color cues from the art painted by the lady of the house herself. They were willing to take risks with bold pattern and combining new with the old. I think the result is a highly individual, collected feeling abode that exudes warmth and character."- Jayme Armour Interiors

It's that mix of old and new with the home owner's existing pieces centre stage that draws me to this lovely home. The pinks and blues, the subtle pattern on pattern. It's light, fresh revitalisation. (P.S. I just know I'd get on with the owners if their wine cork collection is anything to go by.)

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Wednesday
Jun222016

A classic, modern living room

The layering of texture, the mix of modern and old, high-end and low, a colour palette of black and white warmed by rich caramels. Simply delicious. A classic, modern living room by Austin-based Claire Brody Designs.

Photography by Kayla Snell

Thursday
May262016

Studio McGee encore

It's no secret that we love design firm Studio McGee here on Desire to Inspire. Their homes are always so fresh and family friendly, stylish but never pretentious. I'm particularly taken by their Claybourne Project. The combined family room/kitchen is fabulous but it's the office that has me green with envy.

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