Thursday, March 31, 2011

A lofty apartment in Stockholm

I have featured a couple of apartments for sale is Stockholm, Sweden previously: a black and white studio, a gorgeous grey living room and my favourite apartment.  Here’s another one.

I love the artwork in the first image and the awesome cut-out fireplace and log storage below.  I sometimes wish I lived somewhere cold enough to have an open log fireplace.

Images from here

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Classic meets contemporary in Sarcelles

I love the mix of old and new, classic and contemporary, in this nineteenth century apartment in Sarcelles, France.  The moldings and the hardwood floors are both amazingly beautiful and I love that everything else has been kept relatively simple so as not to steal the attention away from them.  As for the huge bookshelf that seems to span an entire wall, all I can say is wow.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Kate Spade New York supports Japan

Kate Spade New York is currently working on a project to raise funds to support Japan in this time of crisis.  Combine a worthy cause with great design and I am definitely interested.  I can’t wait to see what they come up with.  I love the sneak peek.

Image from here

Monday, March 21, 2011

Black kitchen cabinets

I picked up the April 2011 issue of Real Living today and as I was flicking through its pages this kitchen caught my eye.  I love the combination of white walls, black cabinets, stainless steel benches and splashes of colour.

Image from here

The kitchen cabinets are in black polyurethane and the integrated refrigerator doors (which you can’t see in the above picture) are in black chalkboard paint.

The plan for our kitchen was white polyurethane cabinets and a mirrored splashback, but I am now toying with the idea of painting either our entire concealed refrigerator/laundry cupboard (approximately 3 metres) or our pantry doors (approximately 2 metres) in black chalkboard paint.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Etsy finds: a mixed bag of goodies

I did a little bit of window shopping on Etsy today and here are my latest handmade and vintage picks.

Clockwise (from top left):
Chevron stripe lucite tray from tilly|maison
Vintage glove stretcher from French by Design
Fuchsia pink ruffle flower shoe clips from Sunshine and Carousels
“Live What You Love” letterpress print from Heartfish Press
1960s houndstooth crochet coat pattern from Cemetarian
I am trying to convince the US seller of the vintage glove stretcher to post it to me in Australia and I am also considering buying the “Live What You Love” letterpress print. 

I heart Japan

It has been just over a week since the magnitude 8.9 earthquake and the huge tsunami that followed hit Japan.  I have been keeping up-to-date with the latest news streaming out of Japan and while it is mostly devastating and depressing, it is warming to hear the stories of great human spirit, stories of hope, generosity and sacrifice.  Such as the Fukushima 50 working around the clock and risking their lives trying to avert a nuclear disaster at the ravaged power plant, a 25-year old innkeeper offering all 400 of his hotels’ beds and free food to survivors who have been displaced from their homes and this video of an amazing escape and rescue.
My heart is breaking for Japan right now.  I have visited this beautiful country twice in the last two years and I can’t imagine what it must be like to be there now.  These images are a few of my favourites from our two trips.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Online store: Mouta

Mouta is the online store of French designer Caroline Gomez.  I love her cute wooden homewares, including chopping boards in sweet shapes, floor lamps with coloured cords and little picture shelves.  She ships internationally to Australia too.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Parisian Chic

I love Ines de la Fressange’s Ten Ways to Dress Like a Parisian in the March/April 2011 edition of Lonny magazine.

After this little preview, I am looking forward to getting my hands on a copy of Parisian Chic: A Style Guide by Ines de la Fressange to be released on 5th April 2011.

Here is a shot of Ines in her office taken for a feature in Vogue Paris.

And some more shots of her office taken by The Selby.  The woman obviously loves pink... and shoes!

J'adore la petite rose Tour Eiffel

Shopping for new accessories

The last time I went shopping at Birkenhead Point was a couple of months ago.  I went again yesterday because I needed to buy a birthday gift and it is our closest shopping centre without having to drive to Broadway or catch a bus into the city (both only 10 minutes away... I know I’m lazy).

I used to do my groceries at Birkenhead Point every weekend, but now I try to stay away.  That place is dangerous, clearly demonstrated by this weekend’s spending spree.


I bought a navy and cream polka dot silk scarf, two plastic bow hair ties and a cute little pocket mirror in a leather case for $80 (reduced from $230).


I bought three long necklaces (one with pearls, one with black crystals and one with silver crystals) and a chunky statement necklace with a huge bow for $116 (reduced from $626).

I also bought this grey quilted leather handbag and sparkly headband for $109 (reduced from $468).


I bought a handmade bone china vase, a star necklace with a jingle bell, a cute charm bracelet and two statement rings for $30 (reduced from $133).


I bought this sweet handbag for $89 (reduced from $169).

Looking back over these pictures, this is an interesting mix of accessories, ranging from the rather conservative Oroton navy and cream scarf through to the over-the-top girly Alannah Hill handbag.  It is apparent that I like a mix of black, white, grey/silver and pink (not just in interiors) and bows.

To be honest, I wear a lot of black during the week and I live in jeans most weekends, so I like to add interest to my outfits via accessories... scarves and statement rings are my favourite things to collect at the moment.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Interior inspiration from Alexander Wang

These images are of the home and office spaces of Alexander Wang, as styled by Ryan Korban.

The black and white palette is combined with furniture and accessories that vary from ultra feminine to ultra masculine.  The overall look is glamorous, but not at all girly.  I love it!

This final image of Alexander’s home is from a past issue of Domino magazine.  The black Chesterfield has since been moved from his home to his office space, as seen above.