Thursday, April 28, 2011

The room to read in...

As the days get shorter here in the southern hemisphere I'm finding that more of my customers* are brightening their interiors in an effort to compensate.  

I'm also finding that during this uncertain time post earthquake (and during all these ratting aftershocks - just had one as I write!) I have customers wanting to juzzh up there surrounds.  I say let's do it!

I wanted to share my design for one in-particular as it gave me a thrill designing it.

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The brief was:
Small room that is currently used for junk to be converted to a space used to read and escape children.

I say tick and tick.

*I've never felt particluarly comfortable with the word client so I'm changing it to customer (as in they are always right).

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Thursday, April 21, 2011

School holidays

The first day of the Easter school hols and surprise surprise it was raining.  BUT no mind as us girls had Hama beads.

These are the coolest crafty kid/adult thing to do.  

You can get them from Toyworld (Tower Junction), Leapfrog (in Merivale) and online from Toyplanet.

Next we are making Egg shapes for Easter...

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Visiting: Melbourne DesignEX (Day Two and Three)

Alright - I'm now over my severe bout of Ozitis (inflammation of the Australias).  Ready to blog again...

I will confess that half of Day Two was spent shopping (mostly the window version) and these images are a mixture of DesignEX and treats from Melbourne's shopping quarter...

Fermob Furniture - tres cute outdoor furn in super colours and styles. 

The Laminex stand imitating a "record shop" with the new laminex colours as "records". Nice.

Pantone featured as giveaways (safe to say I gave them away)

I stalked this girl to snapture a pic of her legs....only to find a dress to match later that day (see below)

Said dress:  Would have brought in a heartbeat if it was not 9 million dollars (2 thousand to be exact but may as well have been 9 million).  You want it - it's yours from Cactus Jam (hole).  The designer was a red indian (pattern kinda obivious) but the colours - oh the colours.  That "real" brown with that blue.  So good.  You can't tell from ave iphone photo but it was ALL sequins.  I do declare.

Spilt pineapple and mini reindeer.  All yumminess from the shop I can never remember in QVB.  They do sell Bassike which I have a mini addiction too.

Blue bike, orange seat and white walls: bike-a-lious

Brought an owl hat for one daughter but will probably steal for the school run
Day Three was yet more thing-gazing and food-eating                                                                 (with a smattering of Pilgrim lady-lunching)

Colourful macaroons - my other daughter called them colourful hamburgers.

Dinner solo - being an only child I can do dinner alone quite easy and  I throughly enjoy my own company.  This from my fav Melb italian Solarino
Night delights from Gingerboy

Super cocktails - we turned into "Gangsters of love"

Ginger moments with old buddy Burgie

Apols for the food shots but sheese it was good.... all this post-party-goodness from  Riverland

Ikea fabric - good


High powered meeting with Aussie blog queens extraordinaries.... Madame Brussels...

...with the high priestess of pattern - Ms Pilgrim Lee.  You may remember back in November 2010 that I blogged about her colourful retro retreat.  Now I have meet her in person and she was just lovely (and colourful). 

oh yeah we had a colour-off.  It was evens.

Also starring Ms Ciniti Gonzalez - the very talented lady behind mypoppet  - not to be confused with the Russian dating service (true story I linked into that the first time I googled Cinti's blog - what a diz)

Amazing accommodation at the Prince in St Kilda

This was the meal we got with the room - I say yes please.

The other option - yes again

Happy touro's

Just had to add - this is the window display from Sportgirl - I KNOW!  The wee acorns were stuffed inside printed knitted fabric.  So good with the houndstooth combo and scarf bunting.  
Back to the land of shakes and immediate winter.  Blah.  Head down and hang in there till ski season.

Thanks Melbourne and DesignEX.  See you real soon.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Visiting: Melbourne DesignEX (Day One)

Ooooh kid in candy shop.

DesignEX Melbourne is why I'm over here and these are the highlights of day one.

Yup you guessed right - there is now Marimekko wallpaper - please excuse the quality of photos as they were all taken secret squirrel as no photos allowed!  What the!

Roooooly loved the white cagee looking diamond shaped beasts.  Yumballs.

Always I say ALWAYS looking for colourful rubber flooring.  Found it and there is a Christchurch distrubutor.  Yipee x 6.

Good cutout trees but can't remember company so not that good really!

My wee posie for coffee break.  Notice MASSIVE lunch of TINY burrito.

The ILVE stand - Pink delights

Some bird showing the new range of Swarovski crystal laminex - I know I know but it was so purrrretty.

Best furniture of the show award goes to Yellow Diva - will dedicate whole post plus link when I'm not on internet time hotspot time limit.

Dulux stand with 2011 colour finalist boards - hang on.... mine was not there.  So miffed.

Oh and to carry on the Marimekko theme - in Converse people.  Help me choose which ones to buy.... the orange or the pink high tops???  It's up to you...

More to come tomorrow here's hoping!

Love ya's.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

The colour blue

Blue just keeps catching my eye today.

It all started with a ring I'm getting re-made (Long story but great ending thanks to insurance)

For my ring I have chosen an electric-mid-topazy colour.  It's nuts and I'm super exciting about wearing said item.

Then all this morning I kept seeing BLUE.  So I will share.

Great blues combo from Pinterest

Donna Wilson Pouffs at Milan Furniture Fair

Dusk Rug by Lachlin Allen from Designer Rugs

from Pinterest

Annie Liebovitz stuffing child model into teeny house

Clearly the Mother has the "Baby Blues"
Just all got a bit silly but you get the picture.  Blue is not the cold beast you imagine - it can be warm, inviting and cosy.