July 26, 2011

Etsy find... Jessica Illustration

'Fade to White' print by Jessica Durrant

Searching for inexpensive art to decorate the wall of our walk-in-wardrobe, I discovered 'Jessica Illustration' - a wonderful Etsy store featuring watercolours by artist Jessica Durrant. Inspired by fashion and travel, Jessica's paintings are just what I was looking for.

'Blue Streak' print by Jessica Durrant

I've chosen monochromatic pieces to work with our bedroom colour scheme, but there are gorgeous coloured prints also available. Check it our here.

'Ciao Bella' print by Jessica Durrant


July 19, 2011

(Dreaming of) Summer Entertaining...

Image via Inspiration for Home blog

I'm stuck at home with a bug this week (and a secondary diagnosis of being sick of Winter). Watching all the wonderful American bloggers relish long balmy days, I can't help but let my mind drift to Summer entertaining. And everywhere I look, I keep finding these...

Image by Pottery Barn

Image by Sharnel Dollar Designs

...fabulous glass drink dispensers. Why didn't I know about these before? They are available in a range of designs from sturdy mason jar to etched and elegant apothecary, and are my must-have for next summer. They are available from Pottery Barn in the US (who now ship internationally - good for you PB!), but the postage will cost you more than the product if you live here in Aus. Locally, I've been able to find them at The Little Big Company and Sharnel Dollar Designs. Both great stores and well worth checking out if you're on the hunt for party supplies.

But for now, I will have to settle for curling up by our wood fire, and dreaming of fruit punch at a barbecue with friends...

Image by Sharnel Dollar Designs


July 13, 2011

'Design stalking' a bachelor...

To state the obvious I am not an interior designer. But I do live in a small town and prattle incessantly about interiors to anyone who stands still long enough to listen. So I was beyond delighted when a bachelor friend of ours asked for some 'help' to redo his place.

Actually, I think it started with him asking if I knew where he could buy cheap art. But before the conversation was over I had mentally renovated most of his house. So the project has grown...

I started by emailing him a quick selection of Etsy art that I thought he might like.

Sim logged on to Etsy and was instantly overwhelmed. So all went quiet for a while. Then, in the new Lonny was this...

Image by Lonny

...and at the risk of being an 'interiors stalker', I emailed it to him. He loved it, is feeling inspired and asked me where to start (dangerous question). His house his faux Spanish mission so this will be interesting. And, if he doesn't take out a restraining order first, I'll keep you posted!


July 2, 2011

Making an entrance...

Image by Elle Decor

At the rear of our living room is an odd entrance area used by the previous owners as a second dining space. We are planning to reinstate it as a formal entrance, but it is stretching my imagination to figure out exactly what it needs. So I'm wondering, what makes a great entrance?

Above shows the space on the day we moved in, below is after the initial building and painting was finished.

We already have an antique farmers workbench to serve as an entrance table, but other than that it's a blank slate.

Image by House Beautiful

I'd like simplicity and clean lines...

Image by Room Remix blog

...and a sense of scale and a touch of formality...

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..and maybe a pop of colour?

Image by Finuca


July 1, 2011

My kitchen has no 'Wow'...

Our new kitchen ticks all the right boxes - oak floors, white shaker style cabinetry, granite benchtops, white subway tile splashbacks. But it has no 'wow' factor and I've been feeling discontent. The final nail in the coffin came last night when Farmer Joe tried to defend the kitchen by calling it 'perfectly nice'. Not quite the look I was going for...

Then, trawling the blogosphere for inspiration I stumbled across this...

Image from http://shelterinteriordesign.blogspot.com/

A single oversized lantern is just the 'wow' we need. Having a short and sideways island bench, we could never manage a row of gorgeous hanging lights. But we can certainly do one!

Image by House Beautiful

Image via cotedetexas

Image via interiorly

Image via the decorologist

Now the only question is where do I find one. Any ideas?