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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Oia

I feel very fortunate we were able to visit Oia last month. We arrived just in time to see the village bathed in shades of pink and orange as the sun set over the island. Is it strange to associate places with colours? Because I now relate these colours with beautiful Oia.



Holidays for me are a good excuse to dress in easy outfits with unstyled hair and minimal, if any, makeup. There is never enough time to see everything and I don't want to waste it fussing over the way I look. For this trip, it was a bit tricky to find summer clothes in my wardrobe that still fit me 8 weeks post baby. I basically chose to bring with me anything with a bit of stretch in it like this skirt which coincidentally suits the sunset so well.

+ Top: Not sure, I've owned it for a while! | Skirt: Kookai

Friday, September 26, 2014

Santorini

Happiness for me is hopping in a car, bus, plane or train and going somewhere new and exciting. We recently did just this as a family including our new addition to our family, Christopher. It was a rush to get his birth certificate and passport arranged in time for the trip as he was only 7 weeks old when we left but it all came through in the end.

A year and a half ago David and I made the decision to have a destination wedding. Santorini was our dream location and ideal for two reasons - 1. My family in Australia was planning a trip to Greece this year which is where my parents were born and, 2. David's family who live in England would be able to take the short flight over to attend. We worked with local wedding planners and suppliers and the day was even more beautiful than we could have imagined. I will share photographs once we receive them and details of the day but in the meantime I wanted to share with you a few images from this beautiful island.

Can I tell you every corner and every stone laneway provided postcard images. The views of the Caldera and the sunsets are breathtaking. I was inspired by the whitewashed buildings on the mountain tops and the casual island way of life. I think I would like to retire here, sipping frappes all day and gazing at the ocean.

There is no better way of seeking creative inspiration than to explore new environments and Santorini didn't disappoint. The all white exteriors and interiors, minimal styling and that grecian blue combined with the bright pink of the bougainvillea inspire serenity and a laid back lifestyle and that to me sounds like a perfect way to live!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Nursery (progress)

Goodness, it has been a while. Hello and I hope you are well!

We are excited to welcome to the world our little boy Christopher who is the reason for the radio silence here. He is 6 weeks old and we think he is totally adorable.

Over the last few months we have been working on various projects around our home including his nursery room. We installed new skirting boards, chair rail and bedroom door and had this beautiful bespoke Florence Broadhurst wallpaper hung. Photos don't do the wallpaper justice I'm afraid. The metallic paper base picks up the morning light and it is such a joy to be in this space. The artwork, titled 'The Alchemist' is by Melbourne artist Carla Fletcher and the koala reminds me of a curled up newborn baby.


This room used to be the study and it was a very small room until we tore down a large and very old (and smelly) built-in wardrobe which opened up the space and gave us more room to play. We still have plans to sand and polish the floorboards and have an upholstered seat cover made for the window seat. Of course, Christopher will also leave his special mark on his room as he grows into it. We have mid-long term plans to either renovate our home and create a new, larger bedroom for Christopher or to move to a larger home for our growing family. Keeping this in mind I designed the room to be able to function as a home office again in the future and the finishes were selected to be versatile enough to convert to such a space when the time comes.
Some pieces you will recognise from Robbie's old bedroom. The chest of drawers doubles as a change table again and Robbie has 'lent' Christopher a couple of his toys. I'm on the hunt for a new lamp and some more special items to personalise his room. There's no hurry to 'complete' the room though. It works just fine for us as it is and for now I am spending my days enjoying time with my boys.


+ If you would like assistance putting together a room for your home, feel free to contact me about my design services.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Nice

March. Not sure how that happened but time has passed by far more quickly that I thought. I have been telling friends that I have been in hibernation. Taking time off to gather my thoughts before I tackle the year ahead. We are well into the year now though.
The last few months have involved travel, wedding planning and the announcement of our baby due in June. It has also been a time of personal milestones, one being that this blog is now 5 years old (can I consider my time away as 'long service leave'??) and another that I have completed my studies in interior design. The final exhibition was beautiful and I'm proud of everyone who worked so hard on the project and thank you to everyone who visited.

These photos were taken in Nice, a place I traveled to over Christmas and wish I could have stayed longer in. Still so beautiful in winter with the beach stretching for kilometres. It was also one of the best places I have found for shopping for both fashion and antiques. Do add Nice to your travel itinerary if you have the chance to.


I'm still easing myself back into this world again and will be back when I have more to share. In the meantime, I wanted to say 'hello' and not to worry. All is really good here and hope you are well too x


+ Top and boots: Zara  |  Pants: ASOS Maternity  |  Coat: Vintage  |  Bag: Mimco

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