Wednesday, 29 January 2014

top four - chairs.

I think I have explained many times, I am a bit of a chair addict. I absolutely love them. They seem to fill every corner of my home, even though many simply serve a decorative purpose and are not fit to sit on.

So in the first of what I hope to be a regular series of top 4- where I round up my top four picks across the vast field of homewares, furniture and covetable things, I thought I would kick off with summery chairs. It was very tough to limit the selection to just four, but perhaps I can refine the chair theme a little further down the track and squeeze in a few more.

If I was to pick the number one from the bunch it would be the butterfly chair, I've always wanted one. Although they look a little similar to a humble camping chair, it's their simplicity which I love.

1.  Love Chair - The Family Love Tree.

2. Butterfly Chair - Angelucci

3. Jak Collection - Tait.

4. Bend Chair - West Elm.

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Beautiful style.

If you're a frequent Home Beautiful reader you would have already spied this lovely home in the January edition, but I thought I would share it again, as for me it was an absolute pleasure and a privilege to profile the beautiful home of Gail Hinkley. 

Ever since Gail first opened her store Signature in Noosa 20+ years ago it has been a popular destination for anyone who loves beautiful pieces for the home. I first remember visiting the store as a young teenager and I would swoon over all the patterned cushions, vases, combinations of aqua and white (which I still love!) hurricane lanterns, divine soaps, pieces of coral and photography by Gail's daughter Lauren. With my very modest budget I bought cards featuring Lauren's photos of frangipani and agave's and proudly framed them in my bedroom. Fast forward 15 years, you can imagine how excited I was to step inside Gail's home and see how the store evolved from her very own 'Signature' style. It's effortless, simple and has a distinct, yet subtle coastal feel.

If ever there was a home which feels instantly calming and relaxing this is it! Unfortunately photos can never truly capture exactly what a place feels like and in this instance it is the incredible national park surrounds and the sense your up in a canopy of trees which makes Gail's home particularly special. 

If you are not planning a holiday to Noosa anytime soon, you can get a taste of Signature's homewares here.

Friday, 10 January 2014

summer hiatus.

I absolutely love summer, so much so that it has been a very long time between posts. I didn't plan on taking a break from blogging but with the wonderfully long summer days spent largely at the beach, in the garden, catching up on Breaking Bad with several marathon viewing sessions, combined with hosting Christmas for the very first time (so very grown up), I've been busy! However I am slowly getting back into the swing of things which means regular posts and more profiles on talented designers and all the lovely things I am currently inspired by, coveting and creating.

Here's a quick instagram snapshot of what I've enjoyed over the last month or two. You can checkout the other things I've been snapping here.

# Making a DIY Christmas tree with old timber scraps I found behind my Dad's shed - the timber is actually old veranda boards. A lot of people have asked me if I painted them, but no I can't take credit for the perfectly peeling aqua paint, that is exactly how I found them.

# I also enjoyed making this wreath with banksia seeds, collected from nearby trees and sprigs of coastal rosemary from my garden. Quite a bit of engineering went into the wreath, as the pods are quite heavy. I used a Makita drill to create several holes in each seed so I could thread wire through it and affix it to a round wire frame and then for further structural integrity, I affixed a disc of thick white cardboard on the back with a hot glue gun.

# I was very spoilt this Christmas and couldn't believe it when this shiny new Electra Cruiser appeared on my deck Christmas morning. I enjoy looking at it almost as much as I enjoy riding it. With a hat and a towel in the basket it is very beachy and with a bagette and a small white dog in the basket it immediately becomes 'so frenchy so chic'. - I haven't actually put a small dog in the basket, but I'd like to.

 # A heat wave with 40+ degree temperatures has meant plenty of Beach time.

 # Summer fruit need I say more - yum, yum, yum.

# Plenty of time has been spent in the garden. I decided to take the plunge and paint the fence . It seemed to take forever to complete and required numerous 4L tins of Feast Watson's Wet Look stain, but I was really happy with the end result and it was well worth the effort. While wedged between plants painting I noticed  one of my banksias I have nurtured since it was a tiny seedling had decided to flower for the very first time. I was like a proud parent and took a lot of photos.