June 14, 2012

Styling Idea # 433 Black Tall Boy


OK, I promise I attempted to post yesterday- the wordpress site was playing up. I promise.

Anyway…I’m loving the bold use of colour on this tall boy. It’s part country, part scandi, part modern, part classic. Go for different paint finishes to suit your look. High gloss for modern glamour, rustic matt with some buffed edges for a worn look. Combine with crisp white furniture for immediate Scandinavian kudos or a simple water jug with lavendar for a completely different look.

Oh…did I mention that is excellent storage to boot! Favourite furniture piece award!

February 10, 2012

Styling Idea # 365 Mirror on the Floor


Oh, dear…I am sorry I am late today. (New comers- this is not my style. PS thanks for following)

Slept in majorly and had to run to the hairdresser (peanut butter toast in hand). When I got home from the salon the nice “molten brown with suitable variations” I had requested looked more Cruella De Vil than I had expected.

Dang….back to the salon I go to say “it’s a bit stripy here, here and WTF is this bit here?” …..No matter how nice you intend to sound telling someone that they have done a crap job always feels harsh…..blah blah blah… Brown hair with nearly no variations….Complete.

It does feel a little underwhelming that today’s post is #365 because I have been posting since Aug 2010….but weekends really add up I guess. Meanwhile, shopping for a floor length mirror yesterday I was shocked to find that they are nearly extinct in homeware stores. What is that about? Grab one this weekend before they disappear completely. Big, bold and the perfect combination of practical and stylish. Me love.

January 30, 2012

Styling Idea # 356 Dresser in Bathroom


I can honestly say I have just finished one of the best weekends all year. A perfect mixture of:

  • Long dinners (Oscillate Wildly)
  • Australia Day celebrations
  • Drinks at the local (The Hive)
  • Cheap and cheerful mexican (El loco – Surry Hills. Yes, you should)
  • Cocktails at the regular (Pocket bar. Yes, you should)
  • And treating myself to the ultimate Christmas present treatment at Jo Malone. 

It is fair to say on reading this list that I ate a lot, drank a lot and have reasons for sore feet (dancing to 3am anyone?). What is kinda crazy is that I enjoyed the luxury of a Jo Malone fragrance consultation (with champagne included- as if there was not enough alcohol already?) as much as the cold sausage sandwich in the late hours of Australia Day. Happy with luxury and happy with the little things I say!

Today (after all of that) I will pick luxury….


December 30, 2011

Styling Idea # 337 Clear Console OVER Table


It is now 9:30pm and I am drafting what will be officially my latest post. Let me tell what I learnt today….

  1. The value of “everything has a place and there is a place for everything” is my idea of heaven and the perfect antidote to cleaning
  2. Cleaning is a full time job x 2
  3. If you give yourself a deadline or “time splits” for each room you will be able to clean for hours
  4. Music is your friend and everything is a microphone when you have a tea towel over your shoulder!!
  5. The best part about cleaning is a glass of wine with friends at the end of the day!

Ok..something pretty to look at for everyone who has missed a day…how  about a clear console over your retro inspired or unique shaped cabinet? I love this idea of layering images, tables and ghost-created heights!!!

Try this over girly dressing tables, retro drink trays, the end of a “space squeezed” dining table (push the table to the wall and create your own condiments tray with drinking glasses and flowers to boot), over a towel rack in the bathroom to create a clean space for a mirror and knacks….any other ideas people??

Black White and Yellow

August 23, 2011

Styling Idea # 257 Rich Tuesday Closet ROOMS


I went shopping on the weekend- I forgot to mention yesterday because I wrote with one eye closed and the other dreaming it wasn’t Monday morning. So- what did I buy? Well, I actually went a bit crazy- 2 silk shirts, a Romance was Born Mini Dress, a Romance was Born blouse, a suit vest, a jumper, a watch, a clutch, a dressy singlet top and two pairs of heels. However my justification is this….I have been clothes shopping (properly- ie more than one shirt for work) twice this year! Once in Hawaii at Christmas time and once 3 months ago. I am a splurge shopper who spends endless hours in between hunting and whinging that I cannot find anything and than – MAGIC! Everything is what I want and on sale (I saved 1/3 off the total costs of everything). Success.

So, this being Rich Tuesday I have upgraded from previous posts on dressing rooms and spare rooms converted to wardrobes….cute but not exceptional. This is much more what I am talking about!


June 15, 2011

Styling Idea # 212 Trick for Blank Walls – Curtains and Mirror


Blank walls at times are delicious. Simple and timeless.

Other times you want something that looks layered, whimsical, full of character! Layer a console, a mirror (to the ground) and a curtains over a non-existent window- voila.

January 5, 2011

Styling Idea # 94 Walk in Closet


I am in a style rut. I went back to do another catalog of my wardrobe (yes, readers I know we have been here before) but this time instead of trying the clothes on I did something I have literally never done before. In the spirit of a New Year I decided to iron and hang the contents of my closet. This so satisfying that I am dumbfounded that I have not done this before. My mother hates to iron and we had an ironing board set up permanently to iron on a needs basis (if it was close to okay we would generally err on the side of not ironing at all). Please note this is not an indication of my mothers incredible house keeper skills she simply doesn’t like to iron, so I have never had a wardrobe of ironed clothes hanging neatly for me to see.

And guess what I saw? Grey! Black! Navy Blue! Tonnes of it. Turns out that 65% of the tops and shirts in my wardrobe are these colours with the only other colours making an appearance being browns, greenish, dark purples or whites in various prints. How ghastly!!! I know I am a Melbournian at heart and I am probably suffering some mid-city crisis where I am getting over the hangover of the Gold Coast and not quiet embracing the shine of Sydney but this is ridiculous. No red, pink, yellow, turquoise, orange, green or light blue in sight! Not even the edible colours of peach, lemon, mustard, mint green or raspberry. Furthermore 30% of my actual wearing wardrobe is grey T-shirts, my PJs are mainly grey and my underwear draw is 100% black or grey. WTF!!!!!

So, I decided to look into this grey fetish. Apparently- “silver (grey for this purpose) is thought to be incredibly attracting of increased intuition and inspiration and you should wear something in this colour when wanting to get to the truth in situations. The colour silver represents intuition, imagination and female power.” Whatever. I am not sensing a whole lot of female power or imagination here! I need to go shopping for some kind of yellow sundress! Click here if you want to read more about the colours from the site I used

Don’t get stuck – get a walk in closet!!!

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Stolen Inspiration

Black White and Yellow


  • Think about it- do you have any space anywhere where you can get your clothes on display? Can you shift your laundry to a cupboard and reclaim space? Can you make a wardrobe out of an odd shaped sun room or side of the house? Do you really ever use your office? I know I am putting a large emphasis on clothes but we spend a lot on them don’t we??
  • Get as much on display as possible without losing a sense of what you have available.
  • Consider sorting by colours- you might be sadly disappointed in the lack you have.
  • Get organized with shoe racks, clear boxes, stored seasonal pieces and accessories.
  • Buy something colourful to celebrate your new room or organised space!
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.


Design Evolution



  • 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 6, 2010

Styling Idea # 40 Grey Walls


Way back when FURNNISH was only just 2 digits old I did a post on Yellow and Grey but I realised that I haven’t used half the yummy images in my grey folder. I am currently working on a inner city project that I am hoping to paint a grey wall in so as I pick the palette and deliberate I thought I would share so musings.

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Lonny Magazine

Grey Palette


This is a hugely popular trend at the moment so I know I will not win any blog awards with this one- but I still really like it!

  • Don’t think gloomy, think fresh- add white, light wood and black to bring this to life.
  • In tricky low light areas such as bathrooms or smaller rooms painting this grey will work better than just having grey dull sunlight coming through. That is to say if your white walls are not bright and sunny they may as well be bold and grey….make sense?? Try and it see what happens to any white features- they will pop.
  • The same rules for colours apply with grey as they do with the white palettes- so play with a mixture of different bright colours and see what you can create.
  • Fav colours for grey- ever green, white, wood, mustard, red, hot pink.
  • The two bottom images show how a soft blue base grey can work wonders with woods, creams and browns- who would have thought?? I love it.
  • DO take swatches home or paint test sections- grey will change a lot throughout the day and in different lights.
  • DON’T use texture painting techniques. This is a rule I would like to make in all painting but marbled grey is cement gone wrong.
  • DO get as much bright white or bright creams next to the grey as possible – keep the contrast up!
  • DO understand that there are both cool (mixed with blue) and warm greys (mixed with yellow) – also look for greys from green palettes and aubergine.
  • DO use grey if you have amazing windows out to a garden- the greens and grey will work wonders.
  • DO use brass, bronze, copper, mirrors and chrome- all things that shine like to hang out with grey.
  • DO think about grey textures- fabrics, linen, wallpapers, knitted cushions and soft rugs all look so touchable in grey.
  • DO check out Abigail Aherns palettes for more inspiration on this very popular trend.
September 15, 2010

Styling Idea # 26 Retro Dressing Tables


Yesterday I was working with an incredibly talented and generous stylist (read her blog here) at a studio in Sydney and during our preparations she told me “Dita Von Tresse  is sitting in the studio cafe”. Naturally I go for a sticky beak because she is famous and because I am totally intrigued and impressed by this little pocket rocket of perfection. How can someone pack so much glamor into their small boned big breasted frame? (which, for the record is totally true- she is pint sized and amazing in flesh. No pun intended). She must have the pleasure of sitting in front of a perfect dressing table and preening herself in a space that inspires beauty to look this good.

Dita Von Tress

I have titled today’s idea Retro Dressing Tables (I will do a modern version of this styling idea later) and have taken inspiration from the 1940’s to illustrate the glamor of this period. However, this piece of furniture has been in and out of vogue since the 18th century so styles and references do cross over. I hope you enjoy seeing some of the original images in their black and white form!

1940's Dressing Table

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Dressing Table with Tassels

Frill Desk Dressing Table

1940's Bedroom


  • I really love seeing the shapes and lines of furniture in original images and marveling, in some cases, just how little things have changed.
  • The last image was from a department store catalogue showcasing how to design a modern room- look at the day bed, side table and floor lamps- you can use all of these today! Not to mention a perfect dressing table.
  • If you think I am crazy suggesting you cover your dressing table in tulle I URGE YOU to check out this image from the wonderful blog Absolutely Beautiful Things– you will see what it can look like in reality and in today’s style.
  • Lamps play a big feature in styling your dressing table- I am personally a fan of the two side lamps, in 25 watts with a shade colour that gives off a soft yellow, peach, gold or pink glow.
  • Style your dressing table consciously – this is not a haven for all your junk rather a clean organised space displaying only essentials. Perfume bottles, lipsticks, candles and jewellery make the cut to full time display residents.
  • Think about your chair height. A low chair will feel a bit more special and less desk like, however it should have enough height for you to be able to cross your legs!
  • DO look on ebay for retro dressers- there are plenty of shapes to choose from. My favourite at the moment is the art deco style with an over sized round mirror (2nd image from top). These look at home in a retro room, modern room or over the top vintage style.
  • Think about your mirror choice- a mirror that is attached to the dresser is preferable but it should not be an oval with a tilt-able mirror- these look terrible. Choose from large round, three piece panels, or one central mirror. (A note on three piece panels- if the side panels are tilted you will see your side profile- if you don’t like your side profile stick to one central mirror- you must feel good when you are sitting at your dresser).
  • Finally, do get into a habit of sitting at your dresser- don’t leave it to sit in the corner whilst you use the bathroom. I picked up a retro dresser in Brisbane and it was the best $40 I ever spent.

Happy preening!

I hope you like the black and white references- something a bit different. Let me know your thoughts.