Friday, April 30, 2010

Fantastic plastic from Kartell

Kartell is one of my favourite homewares brands.  Who would have thought that plastic furnishings could look so refined and glamorous?

I took a peek inside the Kartell store in Westfield Bondi Junction last weekend.  I would love to take these home with me.
 First 3 images from top3 by design, 4th image from Yatego

Clockwise from top left:
  • Six clear Ghost chairs to sit around our dining table.  The combined kitchen/dining room will be quite narrow and these chairs would help create a sense of more space and keep the room from feeling too cluttered.
  • Two Componibili storage units to use as bedside tables.  I will more than likely end up buying these once we have moved our bedroom upstairs, I just need to decide whether to go for the two-tiered or the three-tiered version.
  • A Bourgie lamp.  I’m not sure where I would place it, but it’s so glamorous that I’m sure I could fit one somewhere.
  • I would take a FLY pendant light in pretty much any of the great colours available, to hang above our dining table or in our home office/study.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Our new window revealed

After many weekends of labour (and many rainy weekends in between), our dormer window is finally finished.

Doesn’t it look fabulous?  Here’s a reminder of what it looked like before.

In case you’re interested, our colours are:
  • Colorbond Woodland Grey (roof and guttering),
  • Dulux Royal Beige (exterior walls),
  • Dulux Whisper White (window frame and roofing trim), and
  • Dulux Purple Empire (timber window dressing).

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Non-buyer's remorse

Have you ever decided against buying something only to continually regret that decision?

I’m sure I’ve done it plenty of times, but the one that keeps coming back to me is this table from IKEA:
Image from BOLIG magazine

When I first saw it in IKEA it was on clearance too, only $199 if I remember correctly.  I had just moved into a house in Balmain that didn’t have enough space for a dining table.  I already had one dining table and six chairs in storage, so it didn’t seem right to add another.

Since then, every time I see a picture of this table I cringe with regret.  It would be so perfect in our dining room here (once the renovation is done of course, we don’t actually have a dining space at the moment), especially surrounded by the clear Kartell Louis Ghost chairs that I would love to buy.

I can only dream that hopefully one day I will come across one that someone no longer wants on eBay or at a market somewhere.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Quintessential duckeggBLUE

Have you been to quintessential duckeggBLUE in Balmain?  I love this store.  I walk past it often with my dogs and can’t help but peer in.

The last time I entered I was very tempted by this Belgian beer hall setting.

I thought the narrow table might be perfect for our narrow kitchen/dining room.  Unfortunately (or fortunately for my bank account balance) it was too long.

I just had a look at the store’s website and I might have to visit to check the price tag on this French dance hall bench.

I think it might fit perfectly in the arched recess in our entryway.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

A grand entrance

I am thinking of doing something quite dramatic in our entrance and hallway.  Possibly tin ceiling panels painted in high gloss black against vivid white walls or a wallpapered section (we have a large arched recess with a row of coat hooks that I am considering for this).

While searching for inspiration I came across these dramatic black and white entrances from BOLIG magazine.

Note the ‘Fashion’ wallpaper and ‘Squares’ wallpaper (both from Ferm Living) in the above picture, both featured in my earlier post Black and white wallpaper.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

A weekend of painting

I know it’s already Tuesday, but what did you get up to over the weekend?

I spent most of both days painting the upstairs window and surrounding timberwork.  I am a bit (ok, maybe a lot) of a perfectionist and apparently a very slow painter.  It was exhausting, but I am very happy with the new look.  We are so close to being finished with just a little bit of touch-up to do next Saturday, then the guttering will go up and the scaffolding will come down.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Shopping at IKEA

I bought our new bed today, but I almost missed out completely.

Anyone who has ever shopped at IKEA will know that they never have what you went for (but you still manage to leave with a car full of stuff).  Well my new bed had been out of stock for what felt like forever and it finally came back in a few weeks ago.  This weekend was the first chance I had to visit IKEA, so I checked the stock availability online and the bed had completely disappeared from the website.  Uh oh!  I called and was told it is being phased out, so I was there at 9am today to make sure I got one.  The good news, it was reduced from $449 to $249.
This is the bed I’m talking about, the Mandal bed, as seen on my bedroom mood board.

If only I could justify spending $1,500 on the Missoni Jolie bedspread.  I think they would be perfect together.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

A living room in Lilyfield

This living room grabbed my attention on the bus to work this morning (from the real estate section of a fellow traveller’s newspaper).
It is perhaps a little too quirky for my taste, but I love how all the elements of the room work so well together.  The first thing I noticed was the dramatic contrast of black and white and how the combination with neutral colours and warm textures makes the space feel cosy and inviting.  I also love the combination of the British union jack pillow and ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’ poster with the vintage Sydney bus scroll.
The house is for sale in Lilyfield and the agent is Cobden & Hayson in Balmain.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Black and white wallpaper


I love this graphic black & white wallpaper from Ralph Lauren featured in the latest issue of Lonny magazine.

I have checked the Ralph Lauren website and it sadly doesn’t appear to be available anymore.  I have searched my online wallpaper resources for alternatives in black & white and this is what I’ve come up with.

 Above image: ‘Midsummer’ from Graham & Brown
Above image: ‘Ravenna’ and ‘Colombina’ from Osborne & Little

 Above image: ‘Trifid’ from Osborne & Little

 Above image: ‘Birds on Branches’ from Ferm Living
 Above image: ‘Squares’ from Ferm Living

 Above image: ‘Fashion’ from Ferm Living

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Black and white stripes

I am feeling quite exhausted after a full day of painting today, so to remind myself that it will all be worth it in the end, I thought I’d share some of my inspiration with you.  My puppies have decided to join me, so I am typing this post in between playing tug-of-war and scratching little bellies.

I love the use of black & white stripes in interiors.  The look can be quite dramatic, yet romantic when combined with soft colours and lines, as in the chairs and lamp above (from EDIT).

Here a couple more shots from EDIT’s press gallery.

Black & white stripes make me dream of Paris (which I am yet to visit), as they remind me of an awning above the window of a French Patisserie.

In our new bedroom, we will have black & white stripes in the prints above our bed (seen here) and I am considering either upholstering the bench seat under our window or making a throw cushion for one of my antique-style Louis chairs in Marimekko’s Juhla-Raita fabric (below left) or the cheaper Sofia fabric from IKEA (below right).

P.S.  Thanks to my Dad for all his help today, despite having a head cold. xo

Monday, April 5, 2010

The great curry paste cook-up

Armed with Jamie’s Ministry of Food, our mission for the long weekend was to make all five of his curry pastes from scratch.  The first step was to buy all the spices and find the food processor and mortar & pestle which were still packed up in the boxes labelled ‘kitchen’.  Then it was on to toasting, crushing, chopping and blending.  The result is that we now have five little tubs of homemade curry paste in our freezer.

From the bottom up, they are korma, jalfrezi, rogan josh, tikka masala and vindaloo.

Jamie’s book also includes some great pictures of rooms with retro wallpaper.  Here are a few of my favourites.

P.S.  Let me know if you would like a copy of the recipes as I typed and printed them rather than exposing Jamie’s lovely book to the mess we made in our kitchen.