Archive for October, 2010

October 29, 2010

Styling Idea # 55 Photography Furniture


I’m a really bad liar and as such I cannot pretend that this post is not pre- written because as you read this I am in Hong Kong somewhere. I always have to travel for work so to not take my laptop is a huge luxury- hence these post come pre-prepared with love.



  • Continuing on from yesterday’s theme of images in the bathroom why doesn’t more furniture get used as a place to put prints? I LOVE THIS!!

Have a great weekend

October 28, 2010

Styling Idea # 54 Prints in Bathroom


Yesterday I was helping prep for a Home Beautiful shoot, so once again I was hunting down the best in a particular product category. I must say most of the time, most of the design ends up being very conservative in order to be a best seller. Now, I do not mean any disrespect to the designers, manufacturers or retailers of this fine land however I really wish SOMEONE WOULD DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT.

This room scores points for uniqueness and a great styling idea!

Absolute Materialist


  • While most of us like the bathroom to be a haven to soak in, let’s be realistic, if you do not have a bath you are not soaking so why not mix it up and have some fun!
  • Think about large graphic prints – you could print these on perspex for high shine, easy clean, maximum impact- make them big and unashamedly sexy and fun.
  • DO think about larger than life landscape photography. Now, you have to be careful here that it doesn’t look like the cover of one of those “chill out flute CD’s” sold in KMART – stick to something like this.
  • If you want something pretty and girly to match your new dressing table think about this.
  • Now, if it was my bathroom and I had no one else to please I would even consider doing something like this really big printed on the glass the double doors into my shower, with floor lamps with tassels, retro square bathroom tiles in evergreen, a sunken square white bath with champagne taps and lashings of beveled glass and mirrors – but I live in a fantasy world!
  • If you like the look of the above image you can’t go past fashion inspiration like this or this or like this one of my favourite RUSSH images.
  • A note on using people- look for images that are over styled, anonymous or retro – you don’t want to change in front of a photo that looks like someone you would ever possibly know.
  • Finally the key to this idea is size- if it is smaller than 1m on either end it will fail- as big as possible people.
October 27, 2010

Styling Idea # 53 Simple Bedrooms


Last night I decided to try on everything in my wardrobe- you know one of those days when you think you need to do a really good audit of where you are at? This has absolutely (everything) nothing to do with the fact that I fly to Hong Kong tomorrow and plan on spending a years wage on the shopping over there. So I decided to see where the holes are in the wardrobe department- tops, bottoms, dresses, shoes – you know the drill. I was trying to see if I had the items to create something like this or this, but this is totally my style, although I really loved this and this. Damn Sydney, why are you not inside Milan?

Ok, if you are not playing along with the click through game that may, in fact, be the worst sentence on any blog, ever. Sorry.

So, what has all of this got to do with Simple Bedrooms? Well, lets just say at the end of the night after pulling out my closet my room looked as far away as possible from this. I was longing for clean simple lines (and much better clothes).

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Design Evolution

Interiors Porn


  • This styling idea has the power to knock your socks off! It can be the equivalent of a simple black t-shirt dress you just have to refrain, refrain, refrain.
  • DON’T use prints unless you have to – a small cushion is okay.
  • DON’T feel the need to use side tables- you may need one small piece or two un matching insignificant, mini tables.
  • DO look for bedlinen that is not too fussy or in need of an iron- we want flat, light reflecting surfaces.
  • DO use pillows, but keep them minimal.
  • DON’T worry about a bed head- only one of the above has one and yet they all work against a plain wall. If you want to use a bedhead look for teak or a plain fabric.
  • If you must, tread lightly with prints (one), flowers (fresh from the garden), lamps (blend them into the surroundings), bedroom chair (small) and curtains (sheer lace).
  • Remember you cannot have all of the suggestions in the above point- pick what is important and when in doubt refer to point #1.
  • DO be super dooper clean and tidy. You must make your bed everyday and put away all your things. Yes, I know painful- but you endure pain for fashion- why not your interiors?
  • DON’T pull out your wardrobe over this bedroom- it would be such a shame.

Thanks to Design Evolution for being an awesome blog and Sartorialist for always reminding me that I look shit and come from Wagga. Doh.

October 26, 2010

Styling Idea # 52 Wedding Thoughts….


I spoke to the lovely bride yesterday afternoon before she left for Italy (insert sigh).

I wanted to check I could post about her wonderful and creative wedding ideas. Luckily for everyone the answer was “yes, of course!”. This wedding was about clever executions that looked natural and effortless but constantly had guests saying “ooohhh look at that!”

Both the bride and groom are incredible designers so they understand beauty and simplicity- the perfect ingredients for a wedding.

(Photos Sara Chamberlain)

The Facade of the Original Old Ballroom

Life size "LOVE" Letters in the garden

Cupcake Table

Family wedding photos across the generations- Brilliant!

Flower Arrangements


  • I don’t want to give away all the ideas and personal touches but this a sneak preview of how natures gardens, candles, lavender, personal mementos, wooden shutters and pink paint can deliver the most beautiful wedding of all.

I am so blessed that I can share these with you- if you would like to thank Mr and Mrs R leave a little comment- I am sure they would like to hear your thoughts and appreciation.

October 25, 2010

Styling Idea # 51 Wrought Iron Beds


Spending a weekend in Bowral reminds you that classic is sometimes best. There is something about that special place that makes you want to buy baking dishes, floral lounges and scented candles. I would love to have a cottage to get away to with a classic wrought iron bed.

Sweet Home Style

Apartment Dreams

Apartment Dreams


  • DO look for 90’s inspired floral linen and cushions
  • DO make your own curtains
  • DO style this look with traditional elements- painted furniture, washing jugs and quirky lamps
  • DON’T over do the pillows and cushions on this look we want 1990’s inspired not copied.
  • If you want to add colour do look for a handmade knitted or crochet blanket to hang over the bed end.
  • Do look for linen with soft lace details and mix up fitted and top sheets.
October 22, 2010

Friday Fantasy

This weekend I am off to a wedding! Yay! I love a wedding – I especially love a wedding where you adore both the bride and the groom so this one will be special- I am sure I will tell you about it. If I wasn’t heading off for a wedding in the woods I would like to be heading to Bali and be checking in at the Bulgari Hotel. More often than not hotels disappoint – I think this is my idea of heaven!

Have a great weekend!

October 21, 2010

Styling Idea # 50 Side Table Dressing Table


My room has to perform many functions- more functions that legally allowed for a 3 x 3m space but hey, what’s a girl to do? I know I have done dressing tables already but how cute is this idea- turn your side table into a dressing table.


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  • Simply by adding a mirror above the side table you have a dressing table so you don’t even need to buy a new piece of furniture – just a mirror and a small chair.
  • I love the use of the clear chair- it fades into the background. Also consider a mini stool covered in a bright or retro fabric.
  • Consider doing a male version on his side of the bed with a masculine chair, some books, a square mirror and a tie rack. He wont actually sit at it but it will be a nice masculine/ feminine styling touch.
  • Make sure there is enough space for your bedside goodies- if you cannot put your cup of tea down and a book you need to de-clutter.
  • The table lamp is cute but you could also consider some dramatic wall lights of a floor lamp to give you a bit more space.
  • If you have a draw keep it absolutely perfect when you it open it is should be a little haven of scarves, lipsticks, perfume bottles and everything that makes you feel nice and special. A cluttered draw near your head when you sleep is terrible feng sui!
October 20, 2010

Styling Idea # 49 Coloured Doors


Sometimes you need to add colour in different unexpected way- why not think about the doors?

Desire to Inspire


  • Be bold and strong – pick a block colour and stick to it
  • If you have an area where you can see more than one door this would work well- hallways, doors to en suite and walk in robe, two way bathrooms.
  • You can try patterns or wallpaper on the door but I love the strength of a plain colour.
  • Keep the surrounding areas clean and not to bright – this will allow the doors to pop.
  • Colours to think about yellow, red, blue, orange- yep, I said bold!
October 19, 2010

Styling Idea # 48 Lal’s Bathroom


I have just spent a weekend at my grandmothers house. Never has there been a more cocooning and snug environment. We have a lovely name for my grandmother and call her “Lal” – you are not allowed to steal that idea I am afraid, it is all for her!

I am not sure what your grandmother’s style is like but she manages to collect so many nick nacks to display that there is always something to look at. She never makes it feel cluttered and she is a cleanest person in the universe so no dust collecting here- just pieces of elements that make you feel at home.

This is not her space but you can imagine…


  • I love that no space here is left un cared for- the doolies on the toilet, the space between the mirror, the basin- add your life and create a stylish and personal space. Sometimes things don’t always need to be put away.
  • DON’T add things that you think go together- styling isn’t perfect, it’s personal.
  • DON’T ignore the rules of balance and harmony- the items may not match but you still need to be able to dance your eyes across the objects in a pleasing way.
  • DO remember that the colours should work in harmony so that it doesn’t get too busy.
  • This idea will work to add charm to a small bathroom, en suite, laundry or kitchen.
  • Keep it clean and fresh but being immaculate!
October 18, 2010

Styling Idea # 47 Tarten


I’m slow to jump on the show so excuse me- but I have been coveting tartan for a while now. Watching Mrs Drapers’ kitchen in Mad Men is perfect if you ask me. Not into wallpaper from the 50’s? Check this out…


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One Hour



  • I’m loving the chairs being upholstered in a tartan- adds a surprise over the table!
  • Remember cushions, tablecloths and rugs always add a pattern in a non-committal way- avoid lampshades (unless you have a quirky vintage base and that is look you are after)
  • Caramels, greens, reds, greys, chocolate, blue and white- lots of tartan combo’s for lots of different styles.
  • Think about throwing a traditional tartan rug over all white bed linen.
  • Blue and black tartan suits the current black and white trends and looks more modern.
  • I would love to try tartan curtains or at least a valance- perhaps a structured valance to add a pop of retro colour to a kitchen.
  • Include tartan when mixing prints- try floral, tartan, strip and animal print on scatter cushions.
  • Avoid red and green tartans or anything that resembles your old school uniform- it is hard to get past.
  • Tartans are a good pattern options that can be relatively gender neutral so it can be good in main bedrooms or kids nursery over florals.
  • Be aware of the retro nature of this print- if you incorporate it in retro shapes you will create a vintage look (retro shape chairs for example) if you use it in contemporary styles it will look modern- this is entirely up to you.
  • For a fun playful look without too much commitment add a tartan table cloth with a retro vase and flowers. HELLO SPRING!!