Posts tagged ‘Ici Et La’

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 

February 4, 2011

Styling Idea # 115 Ladders


I’m looking forward to getting back to Sydney and continuing to find amazing pieces in fabulous stores. If you have not visited ici et la for French inspiration you really must next time you are Bourke St Bakery- you will go ga ga for fabric, deck chairs and unique finds- like this ladder!

Available from ici et la

Here are some more inspiration images…

Emma's Design Blog

Interior Decline

One Hour

Lotta Agaton

  • Looking for something you can use to create height, impact, storage and style- a ladder will do the trick.
  • I love how you can use them to store quirky different things- newspapers, your letter as an initial (great for kids rooms)
  • The idea of hanging the lamp of the ladder is brilliant!\
  • Use them in the kitchen to display your storage containers or use them in the bathroom for towels.
November 24, 2010

Styling Idea # 72 Industrial with Black and White


Earlier this week I was prepping for a shoot that required industrial pieces- lamps, chairs, fans, trolleys the like. I can tell you if you are in Sydney there is PLENTY out there to choose from at the moment. It seems to be the trend of the moment. Metal, steel, wood, brass, bronze, aluminum eat your heart out.

Some of the best finds were seen at ici et la , A Pair of Chairs and David Met Nicole . If you have a trillion dollars and like your furniture to be the price of a small car check out The Country Trader also.

Try these pieces with effortless black and white.

All pictures found on the incredible From Scandinavia with Love site- check it out for plenty more!


  • Everyone seems to have industrial lights at the moment and floor lamp variety are huge- think about other ways lights can be used- industrial lights attached to the top of shelves or either side of a doorway is effective.
  • Use the pure palette of black and white to offset the harsh lines of industrial pieces- if you are keen to make it softer or add some surprise a posey of short stemmed roses would look smashing and be such a contrast.
  • Keep pictures plain, hanging staggered and colours muted.
  • Have a think about other ways the black and white could add something else to the metal- try frilly black and white cushion on the metal frame chair or a vintage black and white ceramic jug/ wash basin poised on top of an old metal stool in the kitchen.
  • I love the trolley idea- fill it with books like above or old white ceramics for an eye catching neutral display.
  • If you want to add some colour do it in interesting ways- an empty frame hang on the wall in a popping colour would work (think yellow, green or gold) or use wallpaper to create a patterned background for this minimalist styling.
  • There are also lots of filing cabinets around at the moment which make such excellent storage spaces!

A final note- if you have not checked out A Pair of Chairs on Regent St I would urge you to do so – the website is nothing compared to the gems in store and the excellent service!