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Friday, April 24, 2015

Mother's Day Gift Ideas

MOTHER'S DAY GIFT IDEAS

It has been a while since I have put together a mini gift guide for you and today I'm joining a few other lovely bloggers to share with you our gift suggestions for Mother's Day.

Pulling together my selections for gift ideas that can be purchased locally, was enjoyable for me. As I hunted around, I discovered a few new (to me) stores and I have gathered a rather long wishlist now. Here are my top picks:

Brass Hanging Planter | Harklo (RRP $240)
Harklo is an Australian online store run by two long-time friends, Liss Gardiner and Sally Klopper. I was attracted to their brass and copper products, in particular this planter which would make a stunning feature in her home.

Knit, Vest and Boots | Country Road
I am pretty much sold on everything at Country Road at the moment and I personally would love anything from their fashion or homewares range. I selected this look from their latest collection because the pieces are very versatile and comfortable.

Connie Clutch | Constance Roe (RRP $65)
Hello, new (to me) store with the cutest clutches around! Constance Roe is Melbourne-based and their circle bags are adorable. For this gift selection, I chose the Connie Clutch in confetti print to help celebrate how wonderful our mums are.


Wishbone Bangle | Dinosaur Designs (RRP $75)
Dinosaur Designs is a long time favourite store of mine and I am often in here looking for gifts. The wishbone bangle made of resin comes in various colours so you could, perhaps, start a little collection for your mum?

Plantain Cushion | Kanuka (RRP $129)
This gift guide was meant to be Australian based but I could not resist sharing this New Zealand store that I came across. The banana print is a personal favourite and there are a few other tropical inspired cushion options in their online store to choose from.

POV Candle Holder | The Minimalist (RRP $79.90)
The clean lines of this simple but also bold candle holder will look amazing clustered together on a wall or as a single piece. There are a couple of table variations of this candle holder that are also available at The Minimalist website.

If you are looking for more gift inspiration, feel free to hop over and visit some of my favourite bloggers who have also shared their ideas for Mother's Day gifts:

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

INTERVIEW WITH CHARLIE ALBONE OF SELLING HOUSES AUSTRALIA

INTERVIEW WITH
CHARLIE ALBONE,
SELLING HOUSES AUSTRALIA


INTERVIEW

IF YOU ARE like me you may be hooked on lifestyle television. Are you? One of the shows I watch often is Selling Houses Australia and I always admire Charlie Albone's calm when dealing with small budgets and a large project. I recently had the opportunity to interview Charlie and to share with you one of his recent projects outside of the show.

Charlie and his stylist wife Juliet Love have teamed up with Mirvac create their ultimate outdoor space this autumn and the images here are of the space they created. I asked Charlie to share some of his tips for creating an inviting outdoor space:

What elements do you think are essential to creating an outdoor space for this season and what are some considerations when dealing with a small space or garden? 

It is really important to zone your areas so the space can be multi-functional. Balcony living can support a dining and lounge area. Just ensure you tie the areas together with some complementary furniture to make it look designed as one rather than a mismatch of styles.

In 'Selling Houses Australia', you often create great outdoor spaces with a limited budget. Can you suggest some tips for cost-conscious home owners trying to spruce up their outdoor space? 

The best way to make your dollar go further is to do as much DIY as possible, for example a Greenwall costs $1200 a square meter installed by a professional and a DIY kit costs only half of that. Pick one piece of furniture that can be a hero piece that you spend a bit more on, looking for the best quality and then make up the rest of your pieces with the budget in mind.
What outdoor trends do you think are currently strong? 

Vibrant colours and textures are great in small spaces and across the board. Spaces that are personal and intimate are growing and moving away from simply practical gardens.


What is your proudest project or most memorable project to date? 

The Mirvac Live Outside the Box project has been a great experience that I had the opportunity to be a part of alongside my wife Juliet and up next I will be exhibiting at the Chelsea Flower Show 2015 with a large show garden.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Living Room

LIVING ROOM

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OUR LIVING ROOM has changed significantly since I last shared it with you. It has been re-decorated based on mine and David's style and even the location is different having swapped places with the dining area. The new space feels more 'us' with a deep soft velvet sofa that we can all share, a couple of items purchased on our trip to Palm Springs, and lots of indoor plants. We have worked out that we don't have a black thumb after all.

I was able to get a sneak peak into the new Freedom Autumn / Winter collection which is hitting the stores this week. Using some of their beautiful pieces I have styled our living room for autumn.

Autumn in Australia can still be very warm with the nights becoming quite cool. Rather that restyle the whole space with borrowed pieces from the new collection (which was tempting!), I wanted to share how I would realistically change my space for the cooler months by adding a few more cushions to snuggle into and thick knitted throws to wrap ourselves with.

I traditionally think of moodier colours for the cooler months but this time I wanted to still keep things light and fresh and add various texture to the space with chunky knit throws, leather and fabric upholstered ottomans, as well as cushions that look as though they have been hand knitted. Together with freshly painted white walls and the natural grain of our old floorboards the living space feels warm.
Even our fiddle leaf plant hasn't escaped being rugged up with a new weaved plant holder. The armchairs have also been painted and I am very happy with the way the Christopher Farr fabric looks in the space.

So this is our new living area all dressed up for the new season. The details for each of the items which you can purchase from Freedom can be found below.


ALL THE DETAILS

Cushions (second from left to second from right): PIVOT CUSHION IN LAGOON ($34.95) STANFORD CUSION IN GREY ($39.95), PEAKE CUSHION IN ICED LEMON ($34.95)
Fabric ottoman: HANDLE OTTOMAN IN DOVE / TAN ($149)
Throws above fabric ottoman: TALI THROW IN SPEARMINT ($79.95), STANFORD THROW IN GREY ($89)
Leather ottoman: TUCKER SQUARE OTTOMAN IN UNION TAN ($449)
Throw on armchair: FRINGE THROW IN DIJON ($79.95)
Striped vase: FRENCH STRIPE VESSEL IN NAVY ($39.95)
Marble cross: CROSS DECO STATUE IN MARBLE ($39.95)
Lamp: METRO TABLE LAMP ($149)
Coffee table: LOVETT COFFEE TABLE IN WHITE (Previous season and now on sale $129)

Please let me know if you are interested in any names of plants in the comments below. Also please note: Some plants are toxic especially to children. I suggest researching plants for their toxicity before introducing into your home. Christopher isn't mobile yet but once he is some of these plants will need to be moved out of reach.



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