Archive for ‘YELLOW’

April 12, 2012

Styling Idea # 404 Painted Window Frame


Did you like Styling Idea #373 – Painted Doorway but just don’t have the perfect space to pull it off? That’s ok why don’t you try Styling Idea #404- Painted Window frame! Wow I sound like I can throw in a second offer here with this cheesy tone….what about another image of a painted doorway just to show you again?

Remember to match it back to something else in the room so we get that lovely harmony effect…..try the window and doors like image 1 or the light shade as shown below in image 2!

Happy painting day!

March 21, 2012

FURNNISH Blog Today: Styling Idea # 392 Yellow Dress


I must admit that I do not own a yellow dress. Whenever I go clothes shopping I always look for three colours- red, emerald green and yellow, I must be a terrible shopper because I can never find them! If I was to own a yellow dress I would want a lovely day dress retro style but I also like the idea of something like this (Michael Kors) for layering with a cardy or leaving clean with statement necklace. (Better get my yoga arms on!)

At least until I get the yoga classes sorted it would look lovely hanging in a room.


Source: via Sara on Pinterest

March 2, 2012

Styling Idea # 379 Yellow Stove and Matching Artwork!


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 9, 2012

Styling Idea #364 Fluro Feature Tiles


In keeping with the mutual tones of yesterday’s post I love this simple idea that allows you make a statement of an un-used fireplace. Simply tile the space in a bright single colour. Fluro yellow is a crowd pleaser.

However, in unrelated awesomeness, you should listen to this first – from Lianne La Havas 

Fabulous sound and fabulous idea – and a FREE DOWNLOAD is available here 

Lianne La Havas from Black Cab Sessions on Vimeo.

Ok…now for the yellow tiles 🙂

May 19, 2011

Styling Idea # 193 Hotel Inspired Sideboard




  • Go for glamor- matching lamps are non-negotiable
  • Palettes that are palm beach inspired are encouraged.
  • Texture, glass, gloss, mirror, textured wallpaper. Lush
  • The more chairs the better- you have lots of friends remember
April 13, 2011

Styling Idea # 163 Upholstered Queen Anne Bedheads


Oh my gosh – I have slept in! This is rare occurrence and what is even more unusual is that my alarm work me….I pride myself on being able to wake up just before the alarm so I never have the jolt of beep beep beep! However, this morning I was dreaming “I don’t want to wake up…I’m too tired!” and sure enough then came the dreaded noise. I now feel like I have a brick necklace on and really want to lay down my head!

Either of these will do!

Living Etc

Living Etc


  • I love the use of a modern fabrics to update this classic, timeless bedhead style!
  • Choose all one colour to give the room a pop- try texture too like this gorgeous satin look.
  • The wonderful thing about a strong bold stripe is it adds a mascualine touch – which is always important yet sometimes hard to achieve in a couples room.
  • Notice the brilliant use of layers of patterns in the first image, the wallpaper, the bedhead, the bed linen, the cushions and the throw- this is how to do winter layered beds!! Snuggle up!

What colours do you think are best for winter beds??

March 3, 2011

Styling Idea # 135 Dark Brick Walls Colour Correction


A while ago my wonderful sister had a request for her interior blogging sister- what do I do with my dark dark bricks in my new rented space. Arrhhh, the old 1970’s love from dingy interiors and exposed brick. I love exposed brick but I realise that is hard to pick a colour scheme that is not orange, green and yellow (remember I have moved on from vintage- if you missed yesterday’s post read for explanation).

So here, Miss A is my colour pick for your new home……

From the Right Bank


  • Midnight blue, lavender, butter yellow, lemon and silver! Will bring sophistication to your dark moody walls.
  • Hunt for some darker furniture in leathers, dark fabric etc and bring to live with as many coloured accessories as possible- books, lamps, pretty cupcake plates in blue and white. Repeat. Repeat. You will be trying to win over the bricks here so go for a fine balance between pretty and cluttered- drop too far either side and you will loose the effect.
  • If you want me to come to Melbourne and play with this idea with you I will!
January 20, 2011

Styling Idea #104 Coloured Crockery


Reading a post yesterday in my daily tour of the blogs I was stopped in my tracks and reminded of the Brisbane floods. Seriously, with so much media coverage is hard to imagine that I had forgotten, and I hadn’t, but what is incredible about the human psychology is that we are very good at forgetting things that don’t directly impact our lives- we are selfish and self centered and get on with our day. It’s the law of the jungle.

The blog was “Absolutely Beautiful Things” by award winning, Brisbane based interior designer Anna Spiro. Anna wasn’t in flood effected areas but she is now facing a flood effected economy. Years of hard work, excellent design, amazing inspirational posts and images are now tethering on edge as Anna and the rest of the city ask the big questions and search for the big answers. Owning a business in home “aesthetics” and/or design may prove difficult at first in a city of the homeless but we must remember there is always a place for beauty. Brisbane residents will stick together, beautiful things will still be bought and excellent design will still be required because, in the absolute best way, we are selfish and self centered and get on with our day. Please visit Anna’s blog and leave a comment to show your support.

Living Etc


  • This is a very simple styling idea but worth noting- if you have any display space in your kitchen (and come to think of it mine is filled with Vita Brits and milo- yuck) you should think about how you can display this neatly with a pop of colour.
  • Everyone loves a white dinner set and most of us will have one but by selecting an ascent colour you can bring your kitchen to life.
  • You don’t need a whole other setting you just need some pops of colour in the same hue- pinks, yellow, grey, black, navy and red will all work well in a small space.
  • Other things that would work well on the coloured shelve are vases, cook book stands, salt and pepper grinders, a cute coloured kitchen radio…..let your imagination play up a bit here!
  • Layer your pieces, stack colour together, group colour together and if you want to add a second colour follow this rule with each.
  • Repeat with a kettle, some flowers, kitchen curtains, a tea towel or a coloured seat (like yesterday) for a layered impact!

mmmm I may have just inspired myself to pack away the cereal!

November 22, 2010

Styling Idea # ?? “Why be a stylist?”

INSPIRATION FOR THIS POST – PS this is not a normal post- it deviates from format…for good reason.

On Saturday night I watched A Single Man and was completely mesmerized. Following the movie (in fact during it) I spent ages working out how I could instantly change my wardrobe and house. You kinda want to chuck out everything you own, buy an amazing white shirt, drink expensive gin and use black eyeliner in areas of the eyelid that have been abandoned for decades (perhaps for good reason).

Following that I opened my  (FREE- YAY) Russh magazine. That was it. My mind went off into “creation” land of amazing and wonderful possibilities. In this land I can style with any products I want without being told no from suppliers (shame on you Living Edge) I have studios and locations and products and textiles designers and photographers and we sit around and create spaces that are so damn sexy you will feel like this or this or actually even this just by being in them. In my mind the art of fashion and the personal expression of interiors are not separate- there is no interior styling and fashion styling – there is only inspiration.

The wonderful, dense, grounding feeling of witnessing beauty.

Ladies and Gentleman I talking about images like this…

Will Davidson- used with permission from Will . Styled by Stevie Dance

This is the stuff of stylist and photographers wet dreams….this is why I am in this game and this is why I think everyone should be inspired to create a space around them that is beautiful and personal. Dress the way you want, live the way you want.

This post is not about a styling idea but about the concept of grand gestures and big dreams… passionate, be memorable and come home to an entrance that looks like this.

Apartment Dreams

Thanks to Will for letting me use the incredible shot.

November 12, 2010

Styling Idea # 65 Two Yellow Prints


Well the weather is warm and 1 month too late I can post about Spring! Ha- finally it feels sunny and nice.

So of course that means yellow and pretty!

Emmas Blog


  • I’m a print girl- match and clash is a moto almost, it just makes it look more personal. If your stuck stick to one colour under you get your confidence up!
  • Mix stripes with prints with argyle with checks with spots- just pick a core colour and away you go!
  • Try other colours – favs to colours to mix in different patterns include other brights like evergreen, orange or pink.
  • Try this for a masculine space that you don’t want to have looking too bland – a plaid with a stripe or a geometric could work well in navy or mustard for a stronger feeling that isn’t whimsical.
  • Think of interesting ways to add the repeat of colour it doesn’t just need to be too cushions (whoa- you crazy kid!) it could be cushions with a large printed ottoman in front or a table cloth with curtains- think laterally about where you can get your contrast.

The flowers are just pretty and to say “happy weekend!!”