Saturday, April 30, 2011

Birthday wish list

It is my birthday in 10 days and Harry, my mum and my sisters have all asked me what I would like. I can’t think of anything in particular that I really want, but there are plenty of things I like. I decided to put together a list here on my blog so that they can take their pick if in need of inspiration.
Perhaps this sweet love print from lovemaki is the one thing that I do really want and it’s a bargain at US$25 (including shipping).
There are always plenty of things I love for sale at Kate Spade. Below are my current favourites.
Above: houndstooth lola dress US$197 (on sale), artist portfolio prints spring series US$45, hot to trot idiom bangle US$28, earn your stripes idiom bangle US$33 (on sale), darla shoes US$209 (on sale) 
I always have a wish list of books. At the moment there is a French theme.
Above: Paris Creative Couples approx. A$30 (incl. shipping) from Paumes, Parisian Chic approx. A$25 (incl. shipping) from Amazon, French Lessons approx. A$21 (free shipping) from AbeBooks 
When buying books I use booko to work out the cheapest place to buy them. Select a book and the search engine will compare prices on Australian bookstore sites and those of international bookstores that ship to Australia (including the cost of shipping). It is a fantastic service.
How about a little luxury from Louis Vuitton.
Above: leopard bandeau US$145 and Louis Vuitton City Guide Paris 2011 US$34 
I love this gorgeous cushion by la cerise sur le gateau (which translates to the cherry on the cake).
Above: coussin pois shoes A$95 from Stem Gifts in Balmain 
And lastly, I really like this cute little ring from Tiffany & Co.
Above: Paloma Picasso Love & Kisses ring US$150 (plus 10% service charge and shipping via hopshopgo which is still much cheaper than buying it here for A$230)

What's for lunch?

I don’t normally take photos of my food, but this looked (and tasted) so delicious that I couldn’t resist.
I made beef bourguignon for dinner last night and used the leftovers to make myself a pot pie for lunch. I put four layers of pastry on top, a little bit of olive oil to make it turn golden brown and lots of cracked pepper. 
If you’re interested, I use this beef bourguignon recipe.

Royal wedding: the dresses

I didn’t watch any of the coverage, but I was very interested to see the dress.  It was absolutely stunning.  The design is elegant and timeless and I love the full veil.  The evening dress was gorgeous too.

As was the bridesmaid’s dress.  Who says only the bride should wear white?

All images from UK Daily Mail

Thursday, April 28, 2011

A few lovely things

Listing items for sale on eBay is an incredibly tedious task… no wonder I have procrastinated about it for so long.

I am taking a quick break before I head to French class to share a few lovely things I found on the web this week.

Above images from here: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

A little remodelling

I came across this living room on the website for Danish magazine RUM today. I love everything about it: the aged herringbone floors, the contrasting colours on the walls and the mix of mid century furniture.

It struck me that I had seen this living room before. The image below is of the same room featured earlier on Marie Claire Maison.

I really like the changes that have been made in the first image. The rearranged furniture interacts better, with the retro sideboard (and the fabulous floor lamps flanking it) now being the focus of the room, rather than off to the side of the seating. Also, an entire wall has been freed up, allowing for the casual display of more propped art.

Artwork propped on furniture or on the floor not only looks great, but it is also a great idea, making it easy to switch things around in the future without worrying about moving hooks or patching walls.

P.S. This is the first post I have put together entirely on the Mac and let me say it was a struggle. There are so many things that need to be done so much differently than when working with a PC. Ah well, I guess I will get used to it in time.

Clearing the clutter

It is no secret that I have a little bit of a shopping habit (most recently evidenced here and here). I have accumulated quite a lot of stuff that I don’t really need and it is driving me (and Harry) a little crazy.

I also dropped a dress size about twelve months ago when I started going to the gym for the first time in my life, so I have a lot of clothes that don’t fit me. I have decided that it is time to let go of a lot of stuff and take back control of the space in my house. One of the tasks on my holiday to do list was to finish (ruthlessly) going through my wardrobe and sorting the stuff I want to get rid of into categories (for charity, for eBay, for family/friends).

Well, ruthless I have been... I have more than halved my shoe collection (a lot of shoes went to charity, but I will be listing all the unworn and designer pairs on eBay), my belt collection (my little sister took most of these) and my scarf collection (I will be listing a stack of unworn designer scarves that I bought when I went a little crazy the last time we visited Tokyo).

I have started taking photos and below is a small sample of the items I will be listing for sale. There will be plenty of clothing (mostly Australian sizes 6-8), shoes (Australian sizes 7-8) and accessories, as well as furniture and household items, including all the fabulous chairs pictured below. Many of the items are brand new or in as new condition.

If you're interested, or know someone who might be, please check out my current eBay listings and remember to check back often as I continue to add more items for sale.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Dreamy bedrooms

I have been doing a lot of decluttering over the last few days, sorting through all of the paperwork in our home office and piles of magazines.

I also spent quite a bit of time rearranging my pins on Pinterest, as my Interior Inspiration board had become too large and kept crashing.  I didn’t want to lose the links to all the lovely images I have pinned, so I separated it into smaller boards.  It was an incredibly tedious task.

At the moment, these clean, uncluttered, white bedrooms (from my newly created Dreamy Bedrooms board) are looking very appealing to me.

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I don’t know that I could live in a space as bare as these (and I certainly don’t understand how one can have a bed without any pillows), but they are very nice to look at.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter!

Above image from here

I managed to get through the day without eating too much chocolate and making myself sick.  I hope you did too.  Happy Easter!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Hôtel de Vendôme

I started tackling the piles of magazines under my desk today.  My goal is to get through at least half of them before I head back to work. 

I came across a tiny feature on the Hôtel de Vendôme in Paris in a back issue of Belle magazine.  I love the decor in the hotel’s restaurant, 1 Place Vendôme, and apparently the food is pretty fantastic too.  I must add this to my list of places to go when I visit Paris.

And just so that you can appreciate the size of my magazine sorting task, here’s a photo of the stacks I’m in the process of sorting through.

All black bathroom

Above image from here

I love this image.  If I hadn’t already bought our new bathroom fittings, this would definitely make me want an all black bathroom, rather than just a black feature wall.  That mirror is divine.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Light and dark in the kitchen

I almost crossed another thing off my to do list today.  I moved all my files from my laptop onto an external HD drive.  I am trialling Harry’s old MacBook Pro to see how I like working with a Mac instead of a PC.  The only problem is that my HD drive isn’t formatted for a Mac, so I can only access my files as “read-only”.  It looks like I’ll have to transfer the files back to my laptop, reformat the HD drive (I mean, ask Harry to reformat the HD drive), then transfer them back again.  At least I got a lot of electronic filing and tidying up done today.

While flicking through my inspiration galleries, I came across these two very different kitchens, both of which I love, from Bolig Magasinet.

In the first kitchen, I love the warm white, the painted exposed brick walls, the breakfast seating by the window and the contrast of the Marimekko tray.  I have tea towels in the same Marimekko design for my kitchen.

In the second kitchen, I love that the floor boards have been painted white to separate the kitchen from the next room, the casual contrast of timber benches, the black door with pot rack and the glossy black SMEG fridge.  I would love to own a SMEG fridge and have it on display as the centrepiece of my kitchen... possibly in pink.

Happy 5-day weekend

Above image from here

It is the first day of our extra long 5-day weekend, thanks to Anzac Day falling on the last day of the Easter weekend and adding an extra public holiday.

While the roads are full of people heading out of town for a break away from the city, we have decided to stay at home and try to get a few things organised around the house.  We have also taken a few extra days off work to get through our incredibly long to do list, which includes:

  • Go to The Little Marionette for breakfast
  • Grocery shopping
  • Go to IKEA
  • Meet with Architect
  • Move files from my laptop onto my HD drive and new laptop
  • Sort through all the paperwork/filing in the study (yuck!)
  • Go through at least half the magazines under my desk
  • Finish going through my wardrobe and sort items into categories: eBay, charity, etc.
  • Finish stripping the stairs
  • Finish my SMSF assignment (yuck!)
  • Go to the Orange Peel Café
  • Go to the gym
  • Walk the dogs
  • Go to the movies
  • Take a day trip

We added a few fun things to try and relax a little and I included a couple of cafés that I have wanted to try for a while.  We already went to The Little Marionette for breakfast, where I had Zumbo's toasted banana bread with passionfruit butter.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

A herringbone wall

I love this painted herringbone wall featured in the May 2011 issue of Real Living magazine.  I also love the sideboard.

It would be a lot of fun to paint stripes on a wall, but I don’t think I’m brave enough.  If you are, you can find detailed instructions for the herringbone pattern here or try one of Real Living’s other striped wall ideas.

 Above images from here

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Transparent Burberry cape

I want this bad!  That’s all I have to say.

Above image from Fashionising

Luxe blankets

I am at home today and it’s been a rather chilly morning (especially in my home office where there isn’t a lot of sun in the morning), so I’m taking a quick break from working in my ugg boots to have a nice warm cup of coffee and daydream about soft cuddly blankets.

I would really love to own a Hermès Avalon blanket someday, in black and grey (like the one pictured below).

Above image from Hermès
It makes for a lovely accessory in the living room and would be great to curl up under on the sofa on cool days.

Sorry, I can’t remember where I found the above image

Above image via Pinterest

I’m not sure that I’d want to use a $1,000+ blanket as a picnic rug, but I do like this image.

Above image from Cosmo Deutschland via Dustjacket Attic

Hermès isn’t the only fashion house that makes luxurious blankets.  How about a Gucci blanket for the bedroom?

Above image via Desire to Inspire

Or a Louis Vuitton blanket for napping at the airport?

Above image from Vogue UK via Oh Fashion Models