Archive for June, 2011

June 30, 2011

Styling Idea # 223 Clothes Hangers for Art


I love this- clothes hangers used to hold, frame and hang art!

My tip- get old pictures or illustrations from magazines or children’s books and curate your own art display for kids rooms, teenagers or a nursery. Kinda cute, super cheap, easy to remove.

Apartment Therapy

June 29, 2011

Styling Idea # 222 Small Vases of Flowers


I started a photography course last tonight! yeah!

Of all the things that contribute to incredible images for this blog and others we have photography to thank. We would never have the eye candy to drool over if amazing and talented people behind the lens did not painstakingly capture the images. The images have the power to stop us in our tracks, change our whole apartment or stay with us forever as a new way of looking at our ideal interiors. Don’t get me wrong styling and architecture are incredibly important- however a simple moment captured in time is the essence of incredible interior photography.

Photography makes you want to live your life differently, it makes you feel happy and inspired about the world around you.  But I what I really love is an amazing image can make you feel calm, reassured and at home- even in a place you have never visited.



  • Don’t feel you need to spend a fortune on large bunches or that they all need to stay together- break up your flowers in to cute arrangements in unique places.
  • Use a mismatch of vases to create name tags at a brunch or leave love notes to family and friends.
June 28, 2011

Styling Idea # 221 Rich Tuesdays – Rooftop Garden


When I am rich I am totally having an apartment in New York. The bar just got raised a bit more as it now has a rooftop garden thanks to Desire to Inspire featuring this new book on the topic. Wow- bet you can’t wait to come and visit. Seems everyone is doing it

June 27, 2011

Styling Idea # 220 Lit Cupboards


Oh, Sydney turned on the sunshine this weekend! It was marvelous….and warm and sunny…like the light coming from a lit cupboard.



June 24, 2011

Styling Idea # 219 Mini Stools – Massive Prints


Oh, this too gorgeous!!! I am sorry these are pre- prepared. I hope I can make up for it with the STUNNING image to send you into the weekend 🙂

June 23, 2011

Styling Idea # 218 White and Cream, Layer on Layer


I have a flight to catch to Melbourne! Today and tomorrow come pre-prepared with love

Have a great weekend and enjoy these posts

June 22, 2011

Styling Idea # 217 Pattern Kitchen Stools


I’m a bit of a pattern fan. Not sure if I always let be known here at FURNNISH but I really think the best way to add personality is a print. Sure you can have the usual suspects but I thought a printed stool for the kitchen was a neat and fresh way to add pizazz.

Down and Out Chic


  • Pick a print that is seasonal and change as you need- fresh florals for spring, winter stripes for colder days, crisps white based for summer and of course earthy and rustic of autumn.
  • This print doesn’t have to be something you commit to for long if it is a slipcover so feel free to try colours, fluros, brights, mixed patterns or retro prints for a while to see if you like living with it.
  • For extra pattern and clashing appeal in the kitchen add a printed lampshade to a lamp. PS if you do not already have a lamp on your kitchen bench hurry along and get that sorted pronto!
June 21, 2011

Styling Idea # 216 Rich Tuesdays Canopy Over Bed


When I am rich if you come and visit this is what I expect the guest bedroom will look something like. The is bed is a bit small for the main bedroom but I suspect it would make a lovely guest room- would you agree?

I would make sure I had some poetry books and home magazines on the side table for you- along with some herbal tea. Do come and visit soon x

Lonny Magazine

June 20, 2011

Styling Idea # 215 Dark Green


On the weekend I saw the White Guard- a play currently showing in Sydney with Miranda Otto. It was a pleasure to watch Australia’s other great Miranda in action and hold her own as the only female in cast of almost 20 men. If you are into all things theater it was worth it. One of my favourite elements of this polished Andrew Upton production was the set production. An early 1917 apartment in Ukraine was ironically verging on all things in vogue for interiors at the moment- minimalist lines,  mismatched fabrics, mismatched Windsors and spindle back chairs and a cane love seat to die for.

I was absolutely in love with the colour green they choose for the wall for the set.

Try as I might I couldn’t find this exactly in an interior shot worth sharing- but we enjoy Camilla’s beauty at the same time we admire the colour.

Camilla Belle for HQ Magazine


  • Paint all the walls and add white.
  • Even consider the set from the play – green 3/4 up the wall with white above a picture rail
  • Gold, bronze and brass please- no silver here
  • If you are a bit scared simply paint a piece of furniture in this gorgeous green- a table, side table or an armoire
June 17, 2011

Styling Idea # 214 Afternoon Tea Booth


Yesterday was cold cold cold in Sydney. Seriously this weather has to pick up because I am not sure how long I can allow myself a “treat” because it is cold.My office has erupted into a sea of cupcakes, mint slices, croissants, cinnamon toasts and cups of hot chocolate- all because ‘it’s cold’. Not a great idea for the waistline. If I was sitting somewhere like this and enjoying the moment in a twinset it would be worth it but mindless office munching must end- pronto.

I hope you enjoy some afternoon style treats over the weekend- I’m off of to the theater and otherwise enjoying a rare weekend at home so I will tell you about that Monday xxx

Lonny Magazine


  • I know I know, I have a thing for booths- but this one was so cute I couldn’t resist
  • Who could ignore something that is such a great use of space- one could have a put an armchair and a side table or an afternoon tea spot for five.
  • This is the perfect solution for mini sized homes these days- where do you create a sense of drama if you don’t have the luxury of a formal living space??? Here!
  • I think that this space would get used about 10% of the time for more than one person, 30% for a solo reader and tea sipper BUT it will look incredible and set the scene for the whole room 100% of the time. Worth it
  • I love the use of contrasting fabric on the chairs and the bold stripes on the upholstery. The colour and pattern combinations are endless so don’t be boring. Mix dainty with bold, stripes with florals, brights with neutrals.
  • This is one place I would not advocate cushions- keep it clean.
  • Are the tables too small for trays of scones? Maybe. If you are keen to expand the table top surface area look for a glass top table with similar finishes or even a modern perspex looking table would blend well.
  • PS please don’t ignore the perfect drapery in this shot- I may be an advocate for booths but I am about to get really big on window dressing- curtains are like a Hermes belt- expensive, not really necessary for their intended function BUT incredibly beautiful and important and creating a space that screams money and a designer eye.