Archive for ‘STYLES’

May 21, 2012

Styling Idea # 428 Water Pictcher Flowers

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Happy Monday ladies and gentleman! I hope you enjoy these stunning shots….get inspired to fill a water pitcher with your favourite colour and enjoy the beauty all week long!

May 17, 2012

Styling Idea # 426 Rustic Stairs

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Wonder where stairs like this lead?? Love a highly polished floor in large areas but if you just get a small chance to play with wood- why not make it rustic? What do you think?

April 13, 2012

Styling Idea # 405 Ercol Purchase (Excitement)

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I see a lot of furniture. A lot of lamps, chairs, sofas and tables. I used to work at Vampt Vintage surrounded by simply the best Scandinavian designs in the world and yet I had not encountered real life Ercol. Founded in 1920 in England this remarkable furniture house has produced quality craftsmanship for almost a century.

You may already be familiar with some of the originals that are back in production in a new colour palette?

Ercol Originals

I am pleased to say I am now the proud owner of a set of four Ercol dining chairs. My new purchase (how exciting) was a super find from Red Rider in St Kilda (thanks to Josh for the excellent service). The design I fell in love with is a little more retro dating from the 1960’s however they feel very shaker in their simple aesthetic would you agree? Whilst I am not sure these are collectable at the moment I do not intend to re-sell anytime soon so I don’t mind a bit. They are in original condition (Ercol stickers in tack) and have delicious retro fabric covers. The million dollar question is would I ever paint them???

Ercol 1960's Dining Chair

Have a great weekend everyone! If you happen to find an Ercol love seat anywhere give me a call…..I think I might start a collection.

April 2, 2012

Styling Idea # 398 Window Frame Freshness

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I was lucky enough to score a bait for the Great Dane 10th birthday party last week- if you are not familiar with this Australian icon it is so worth a look-see HERE!

Here is an inspirational quote from there website:

“Ten years ago, on March 30th Anton opened the roller doors of a leaky garage in Prahran to reveal a 40ft container of Danish furniture. 3 hours & 10 cases of Carlsberg later, it had all sold. Great Dane was born. Celebrating ten great years of sharing our passion for Scandinavian design.” 

Congrats guys! Ten years is a true achievement.

In other news it is a sunny Monday morning in Melbourne (not THAT rare actually) and I am staring out the window with the need to explore and get out and about. Unfortunately  my window is not a damn cool and clever as this!

These amazing windows are from the clever and sustainable Sunia Homes in LA – worth checking out. Photography Laure Joliet. Found via here. I love how the re-think the shape and design.

March 2, 2012

Styling Idea # 379 Yellow Stove and Matching Artwork!

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It would be fair to say that I move around a bit.

Careers, houses, cities, wardrobes, hairstyles, diets – yep I change these things more often than the lint in my clothes dryer (or I would if I owned one). You see, since I have been posting FURNNISH (18 months now) I have lived in 5 houses. Yep, I am now putting on the kettle in the fifth kitchen I have enjoyed calling home since the blogs inception. I have never understood the hype around the embracing change book by Spencer Johnson “Who Moved my Cheese?” -really other people are afraid of change?

I wonder what all this says about me? Restless, impatient, unpractical, dreamer or running away? Does anyone else live like this? “Flying by the seat of my pants” (weird saying, I know). Anyway….I have made a really important move that will hopefully but an end to this silliness and this unprofitable way of living. Long ago I said I would move back to Melbourne when I felt ready to settle down. I think you know the feeling? It is more about stillness and comfort for me than babies and glory boxes. It is about feeling at home and happy doing the day to day things. It is not needing my GPS, it is owning flour until weasels move in, it is growing a garden the next season. And it is, of course, getting to the point where you are RE-decorating a room…not simply decorating for the first time.

So….that being said Melbourne is it! Unless anyone has offers going in New York or Paris! I could pack overnight!

I couldn’t help but share this sunny sunny way to style with yellow for a Friday! Take one large yellow statement piece and repeat with beautiful yellow painting. If you cannot deal with a yellow stove think about a yellow kitchen table, drinks trolley, butchers block, bentwood chairs or tufted yellow armchair!

Happy friday y’all!

February 29, 2012

Styling Idea # 377 Folded Back Doona

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Today I am packing up the car and moving. Again.

I left Sydney 3.5 weeks ago and now I am finally on route to My Melbourne! Minus some much loved furniture pieces that don’t fit in a Hyundai Getz but with the important lamps, plants and cushions to make a room mine!

However on arrival it won’t quite look like this! I love the idea of taking a large bold print and folding it back at the end of the of the bed. Don’t get me wrong I adore a white donna as much as the next girl but sometimes a print or colour injection can make a room feel luxurious. Keep your whites for pillows, linens and coverlet and have fun with a strong print at the end only. Of course, repeat with at least one cushion for harmony.

February 28, 2012

Styling Idea # 376 Style Up the Mattress!

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I missed a day yesterday.

A total DNP (Did Not Post). Sorry. And as for today, I am totally exhausted, fighting the flu and succumbing to the lolling sound of the rain……..zzzzzz.

Anyway….welcome back and thanks for your patience. I found this little gem and thought “Arhh Haa! How clever!” Hope it makes up for it.

What to do when you have a spare room that needs a little something? A space that people could sleep if needed, a space that looks as smart as the rest of your stylish home, a space that says “Hey, don’t use me as a junk room…I demand respect!” I say you style up a mattress!

Source: anindiansummer-design.blogspot.com.au via Natalie on Pinterest

TRANSLATION: TRY THIS AT HOME

  • I personally adore the smart, clean lines of the long skinny cushions!
  • However if you are feeling suitably boho and lo-lo (to the ground) adding some Moroccan, Tibetan or Spanish flavored cushions would be spicy and delicious.
  • Yes, add the rug, yes, create a makeshift side table for glasses of water, magazines and a guest soap
  • Yes, hang the wall prints above at a height that works with the low proportions. Anyone caught hanging too high will be disappointed.
  • DO use a thick, quality fitted white sheet (or two) that is not going to show through any nana flowers prints underneath (You may also wish to consider other suitable colours such as grey, linen or navy)
  • If you have a bed and base (mattress with a base support) you could remove the wheels and create a similar look.
  • DON’T ignore this special space when visitors are away – day beds are a fabulous retreat.
  • PS- don’t you just love the way these prints are hung?????
February 20, 2012

Styling Idea # 371 Dark Wallpaper in Bathrooms

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Happy Monday!

Found this stunning image and realised that I have never done a post on dark wallpaper in bathrooms (tell me if I have, but I couldn’t find it). Surprised? Me too! I know the whole wallpaper craze has died down and we are not all gushing at printed walls however a small room (such as a bathroom) dark prints are perfect and full of personality!

Source: Uploaded by user via Liz on Pinterest

Now, can you see why I was inspired- I even love the curtains in the background! If you are not into florals geometric prints will also work…..

Source: google.com via Recspec on Pinterest

February 16, 2012

Styling Idea # 369 Pink Doors

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Will I get into trouble for posting two pink things in a week?

Readers will know that is NOT my style in fact I rarely dabble in the lolly shade because it often falls short of being sophisticated and ends up looking try hard. However these images prove me wrong and get me a little inspired so I thought I would share. Although the painted bookcase idea (Idea # 368) could be any colour this post is all about PINK DOORS…..please let me know what you think? Are we looking at a replacement for the coveted red door?

Source: sfgirlbybay.com via Sara on Pinterest

February 15, 2012

Styling Idea # 368 Colored Bookcases

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If I had to fit all of these styling ideas into one house could you imagine the chaos! And the beauty?

Some ideas are totally impossible and larger than life, others (my goal is for the majority to fall into this others category) are for simple and clever ideas that you really use.

Maybe….. colored bookcases. Try them horizontal and near empty or vertical and stacked. Pick a colour that is no where else in the room or find something subtle from artwork, rugs or cushions to play up the repeat factor. Have fun with this one.

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