Posts tagged ‘Colourful Rustic’

April 5, 2012

Styling Idea # 401 Rustic and Modern (2)


I am sometimes so excited when I sit down to post that I could give you all 1000 ideas. And others days I am stumped and cannot find anything that gets the ideas flowing. If I am in the former category (like today) I am literally likely to be wriggling around in my chair and bursting with enthusiasm. I will, however, exercise restraint and just give you the daily dose (Take 1 idea with morning meal).

Yesterday I started on this idea and was delighted when I found this image this morning because it expands the vision and gives you a whole new way of executing it. I love the mismatched chairs anyway because that is super fun, but using the rustic ones with the colours naturally lifting away is even better!

Following the most extensive search of interior stores and suppliers ever conducted I can now provide some suggestions of where to find these goodies!

MelbourneThe Junk Company, Used Pty Ltd, and Nook (Racheal at Nook is super lovely so feel free to ask what else may be available).

Sydney:  Check out ici et la, The Country Trader (more expensive but pretty inspiring) and Quintessential Duck Egg Blue

London, New York, Wagga…so no such suggestions. (please share if you can). Anyway this is me signing off for the long weekend! Happy Easter everyone and I will catch you Tuesday.

Image found at Today you Inspired Me 

September 28, 2010

Styling Idea # 35 Whites and Brights


ohhh the sunshine, the sunshine! For those of us in Sydney this morning is truly glorious! The sun is shining through my window and making the day seem so exciting already, funny the power of light. I spent the wee hours last night reading about feng shui for a client and that started me thinking more about bright colours. There seems to be a strong trend around white interiors, however the next step of that trend is creating bright accents around the room- check it out.

Elle Decor





  • This is all about accessories! Think about everything and imagine in a popping colour. Start with the obvious- rugs, cushions, lamps, flowers, indoor plants, throws, artwork and side tables.
  • To create your second layer of colour think about smaller items in bright palettes that will bounce against the white and add an extra dimension- teapots, vases, pot plants pots, glasses, cookie jars or tea towels- anything you can add a bright colour to will work.
  • DON’T panic about picking the right colours- this is inspired by nature at it’s best- yellow, lilac, grass green, sky blue, pinks, raspberries, orange, lime, aqua, teal or citrus  – so perfectly spring.
  • HERE’S the main tip- don’t get stuck with primary colours- add something outside the primary colour range to make sure it doesn’t look like a school classroom. In the above examples the a 1st image uses lime, aqua and pink, the 2nd uses powder blue, the bathroom image uses a neon green- anything outside the primary family will throw the eye off and let all the colours exist together.
  • I have included the Elle Decor reference as an example of adding brights to a more classic space- the flowers, the lamp, the chairs, the puppy dog on the mantle- these are all unexpected in this classic setting but they make it so much more interesting don’t you think!

Have a sunny and colourful day.

August 20, 2010

Styling Idea # 7 Eclectic Table

Well its Friday already and where on earth has the year gone- I mean week really but they almost feel about the same these days


This weekend I am house hunting! I’m looking for the perfect house and I am setting my standards pretty high- but anywhere I can call home will be nice- it is hard wearing the same four winter outfits on rotation- boring.

I like people who like to drink alcohol at home. It is so nice and sociable- beers, wine, cider or maybe we could sit at this little setting and mix a cocktail- although I am terrible at making them.

Dining with Cow Hide


  • Creating an eclectic seating arrangement is really about mix and match- round tables are so friendly and you can away with three chairs if you cannot afford 4, or if 4 seems too hard to coordinate.
  • Look for chairs in colours that pop- solid colours work well if want to add pattern through mirrors, flowers, artwork.
  • The mirror cabinet in this room is perfect- it is not too heavy in the light coloured room but it actually adds to the busy-ness which is very clever for a “mix matched but I haven’t tried too hard- I just reflected stuff kinda way”.
  • If you do not have an incredible mirrored sideboard i would suggest using a large mirror that you can lean on the floor and displaying a retro drinks table in front- Campari, Jamieson, Brandy, Vermouth and Bitters!

Happy Weekend