Archive for ‘STRUCTUAL’

May 7, 2012

Styling Idea # 418 Arch Windows


I spent the weekend enjoying one of the most stunning holiday homes at Mt Martha I have ever stayed in. This is a big statement but it is totally true. Here are my tips for what worked:

Cream, white and wood interior, lots of mirrors and natural light, simple palette accessories (in this case it was soft aqua, silver and white, not one item outside the palette), exceptional quality everything (carpet to sleep on, couches to live on, tables to dream about) timeless pieces and a little Noosa styling. I know that Noosa has it’s fans and “not-so fans” however when you are on holiday these cheeky beach references are all the more endearing. Here is the link – however keep in mind these things always look better in real life.

So, my favourite thing in this house was the windows! The view came in second after the scale and size of these stunning windows. Straight with black frames are of course all the rage however I still like an old fashion arch. It can adapt to different styles…..take your pick.

March 15, 2012

FURNNISH Blog Today: Styling Idea # 388 Orange Check


As a born again Melbournian I have been spending a fair bit of time reading through The Design Files. It’s kinda like getting out and about and having a good shop without having to leave the comfort of your own home. (Although, cabin fever has set in and today I WILL be getting out and about to see these stores in the flesh). Anyway, I cam across these lovely images and wanted to this floor immediately.

Plantation coffee house was designed by Foolscap Studio in collaboration with Jennifer Lowe and Brooke Thorn. All the photos by Tracey Lee Hayes . For more photos and details of the project CLICK HERE. 

February 23, 2012

Styling Idea # 374 B&W Architectural Highlights + Awards

INSPIRATION FOR THIS POST (make sure you read to the bottom today)

I am in love with the idea of Black and White being used to highlight natural architectural features. White is perfect but the splash of black takes these already stunning spaces to another level. When sophistication meets simplicity the result is irresistible. Do we agree? Think skirting, window frames, cornices, panels, doors…..

Source: via Sara on Pinterest


In other exciting news

There are so many amazing and beautiful blogs in blogger land. If you are a regular blogger you will know what I mean and I am  usually left gobsmacked after drooling over peoples amazing take on blogs. We post rain, hail or shine, hangover, computer troubles, delayed flights, memory blanks or migraines. So it is nice to share the love.

A shout out and thx to Kat at Dot Dot Dash (sexy name, sexy blog!) She has kindly nominated me in the Versatile Blogger Award – yay for awards. I get to share 7 things about me and 7 excellent blogs for you to visit.

Seven Random things about mwah:

  1. I was born in a small country town in Australia
  2. I ran with the Olympic Torch in Australia for the 2000 games (note- zero athletic ability is required for this honor)
  3. I used to design and sell ‘designer’ cooking aprons (but I’m a terrible cook!)
  4. I can sign the alphabet in sign language (takes a long time to make a sentence!)
  5. I practice Bikram Yoga
  6. I have lived in 4 capital cities of Australia
  7. I love love love love love all things interiors, lamps, cushions and ever-green!

Ok- fav part- who should you all read and love and become devout followers of? Here are & blogs I nominate for the award:

  1. Nicety Live Journal (not in English so I hope they understand the game)
  2. Lace and Tea 
  3. Sage Atelier 
  4. Sunday Collector 
  5. Fine Little Day
  6. Absolutely Beautiful Things
  7. Fabrik of LIfe

Want to play along?

Here’s the small print:

  1. In a post on your blog, nominate 7 fellow bloggers for The Versatile Blogger Award.In the same post, add the Versatile Blogger Award.
  2. In the same post, thank the blogger who nominated you in a post with a link back to their blog.
  3. In the same post, share 7 completely random pieces of information about yourself.
  4. In the same post, include this set of rules.
  5. Inform each nominated blogger of their nomination by posting a comment on each of their blogs
February 14, 2012

Styling Idea # 367 Rich Tuesdays – A Moroccan Tour


Ok, it is no real surprise that Sara Chamberlain (me) wants to be a) rich and b) the queen of Morocco. We have been through both of these concepts many times before on FURNNISH and you, dear reader are always sympathetic to my fantasies (although, it would have been nice for someone to point out that I was using up two wishes when in fact the Queen  of Morocco is probably rich anyway…..oh well).

So, here on my return to Rich Tuesday’s I will give you a quick tour around my palace. (I am just being silly, but isn’t that what blogs are for??)

PS Thanks for reading my peeps!

PPS If your images are not lining up I am sorry, can’t work that out….won’t need to worry too much when I am the Queen I guess…others around to help with such tasks.

Richard Powers via Fabrik of Life

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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 🙂

January 6, 2012

Styling Idea # 341 Wall to Wall Shelves


Happy Friday Y’ all.

Stil Inspiration

July 6, 2011

Styling Idea # 227 Cellar in the Floor


Mum sent me these images yesterday- she had actually ordered a cellar like this for her house when renovating however delivery from the UK (no one was offering this in oz) was expensive and would have held up the building. Shame shame shame!

Wouldn’t it be lovely

June 1, 2011

Styling Idea # 202 Cupboard Above Toilet


I am moving! I am so excited to be gaining a courtyard, a front garden and gate, a dishwasher, a BATH, an attic style bedroom with ensuite and a dining table! Yeah! You are all invited over for dinner – seriously.

I had a dream last night that the ensuite was a pokey little old room (haven’t actually seen it) but found this so if it is small I hope it looks like this. Such a good use of space.

PS does anyone know good second hand furniture places in Sydney- all this amazing furniture people buy must be on sold somewhere! I love Home Furniture on Consignment– does anyone have any other ideas?

Four Walls and a Roof

May 10, 2011

Styling Idea # 180 Rich Tuesday


I think even when I am rich that the kitchen in the home should be warm and cosy- nothing too large and ostentasious- you don’t want it to look like it is a commercial space.

I think I would take inspiration from these three rooms to build to ultimate heart of my home! 

Elle Decor

Diamond Baratta

Diamond Baratta

March 18, 2011

Styling Idea # 145 Mirrored Bar


I went to a fabulous bar last night in Sydney. For the locals you will be well familiar with Sticky Bar. A hidden away bar above the ever popular Table for 20- seriously worth the visit. This is the type of bar that is hard to find (Melbourne style) dark and cosy (Melbourne style) cooking paella in the middle of the room for everyone to take a bowl full (Spanish style) and has some of the best service I have ever experienced anywhere (Impeccable style). PS don’t be put off by any entrance rules- ie last night I had to text message “Why Am I?” to a random number and wait to be welcomed! This is not pretentious rather a wonderful way to make sure you are personally greeted and escorted upstairs where you will be served by the best (and the best looking I must say!!)

Here is the link if you want to add it to your to do list- Sticky Bar.

Hotel Bel Ami Rue Saint


  • I would encourage you all to install a home bar! Add mirrors, pendent lights and mosaic tiles for true chic- but keep the lighting low and the wine flowing!

Enjoy your weekend!!