Friday, January 27, 2012

Pink accents

I couldn't live with a room like this in my house, it feels a little to showroom to me, but I do like how it looks in a picture.

Above images from Sköna Hem

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Happy Australia Day

I am very tired and about to head to bed, but before I do... and before this day is over... Happy Australia Day from beautiful Sydney.

Above image from Wikipedia

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

See you soon

This morning we picked up our 12-month working holiday visas from the French embassy.  It's all official now.  Paris, we'll see you soon.

The above image is from Eye Poetry on Etsy.  Irene's photographic prints are truly beautiful, check out her shop here.

Black, white & cosy

It's raining outside and inside everything in our house is covered in dust from our ongoing renovation.  Our new kitchen and bathroom are still maybe three weeks away and we leave for France in four weeks.  It's all getting a bit chaotic at the moment, so I thought I'd share these images of a lovely cosy and calm (and dust-free) home in Skåne, Sweden.
Above images from Skona Hem (found via Desire to Inspire)
I love that this home is all black, white and grey and yet it looks very warm and cosy.  This is a look I would like to achieve in my own home.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Bathroom progress

After six weeks with no bathroom or kitchen, our new bathroom (our old kitchen) is finally starting to look like one. The plumbing is all done, the bath has been set, they've started sheeting the walls and we even have a brand new skylight.

As a reminder, here's the new floor plan and in the pictures above, the cut-out above the bath will be a recess in the wall for toiletries and candles (and perhaps the occasional glass of wine).

The builder says the finished rooms are only another two to three weeks away.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Christian Dior Pre Fall 2012/2013

This is not a fashion blog, but I absolutely love and had to share these images from Christian Dior's Pre Fall 2012/2013 collection.

Above images via Cool & Chic Style Fashion

Saturday, January 21, 2012

In the detail

I love cropped fashion images that focus on a particular detail rather than the whole outfit... the bows, bags, bracelets and baubles.

Above images via Classy in the City (no original photographer credit)
Above image via We Heart It (no original photographer credit)
Above image via Glitter Guide (no original photographer credit)

Friday, January 20, 2012

Bathroom lighting

We were planning on using simple downlights in our bathroom, but our electrician is not sure there will be enough space between the ceiling and the tin roof, so I have been working on a back-up plan.

I am thinking of this Kartell E wall light in either black, white or crystal for above the mirrored vanity.

Above: Kartell E wall light from Space Furniture

It also comes in a pendant light version which we could hang above the bath or it may go nicely with this pendant light from IKEA.

Above: IKEA 365+ LUNTA pendant light

Pretty in pink

We had our appointment with the French embassy yesterday and it went well.  There was a lot of paperwork required beforehand, but the actual process of gaining visa approval was easier than we anticipated.  We should be able to pick up our visas as early as next Friday.  Hopefully that means everything is now on track on that front for our departure on 20 February.

On the home front, however, there is still a lot to do and I have plenty of errands to run today, so this will be a very quick post.

Here are some of my favourite images from around the web this week, all shared on my Pinterest and all with just a touch of pink.

Above image via Classy in the City (no original photographer credit)

Above image from Apartment Therapy
Above image via Classy in the City (no original photographer credit)

Above image from Stylizimo

Above image from BOLIG Magasinet via Blackbird Style 

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Thinking in the box

I am currently organising the final bits of paperwork for our appointment with the French embassy tomorrow (wish us luck) and packing things away in crates and boxes ready for storage when we head to France next month.

While procrastinating I came across this cute photography shoot called "thinking in the box".  It's certainly a lot more creative than the more traditional use I currently have for cardboard boxes.  My personal favourite is the first one, I could actually see something similar to that in my home.

Above images via Yellows Photography

Photographer Per Gunnarsson

This morning I felt like sharing a curated collection of lovely images from photographer Per Gunnarsson's online portfolio in soft muted colours.

Most of the homes featured in this montage have been photographed for Swedish interiors magazines, including Sköna Hem and ELLE Interiör.  I love the photographer's attention to the small details in each home.