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Professionally, I am an interior designer located in Sydney bringing you this blog about all that inspires and captivates me.

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Tuesday
Oct302012

bathing beauties

One of my projects in Vaucluse has been used as the location for a fashion spread in the Australian Women's Weekly.  Shot around the swimming pool, the story features bathing beauties lounging around in their retro swimsuits.  Love your style Women's Weekly.

I've got to say I'm a fan of Australian 'plus size' model Robyn Lawley who features in gorgeous fun and frilly swimsuits by designers such as Jets, Sirens, Colette by Colette Dinnigan, My Sister Pat, Seafolly, Isola by Megan Gale, Palazzi and Betty Diamond.  

But let me put in my twenty cents worth.  I just don't understand why Robyn is called 'plus size'. Measured against whom?  Models and actresses who fail to eat?  She is absolutely gorgeous and healthy-looking with stunning curves.  Why don't they call models and actresses who are not naturally thin and fail to eat 'minus size' instead, and have healthy woman such as Robyn to be considered as the norm (if there even is such a thing).  Well done Women's Weekly for embracing a variety of body types.

Take a look and let me know what you think...

 

Monday
Oct222012

birthday girl

Think back to just how many times your parents have slaved over putting on parties for you.  Complete with strawberry sponge layer cakes, decorations, games, friends and lots of fun.

It was my Mum's birthday last week so yesterday I put on a little garden party for her.  Complete with a strawberry sponge layer cake, flour less chocolate cake, lemon cake and delicate sandwiches and a selection of savoury pastries.  No party would be the same without a dash of Mumm champagne, perfect for the day.

My usual style isn't 'country garden' but it just felt right for yesterday.  Lace table cloths, dusty roses, white lilac, peonies and tibouchina and a pop of red roses, my mothers favourite. I even had an 80s throw back with some raffia decorating my cheese 'cake' and if you look closely you will see we had a tiger at the party.

Love you so much Mum, happy birthday.  mxxxx

Wednesday
Oct172012

heads will roll

Wrap your eyes around this overloaded sugary sweet pastel chocolate box storyboard we have created for you.

And, don't feel gilt(y) for adding a spray of floral, duchess satin or a little french blue, dusty apricot, bruised strawberry into your life.

If you are looking for a little inspiration then look no further than the palaces of Europe and while you are there nab yourself a delicious blue eyed prince for your folly.  Don't be caught being a naughty girl though...heads will roll...xox


Live life like an 18th Century fox and deck out your palace with an (1) antique Louis XVI painted console and (2) carved giltwood bergère.  Breathe a deep sigh of expensive sadness on the (3) silk French Louis XVI style corner chair and enjoy the fleeting beauty and excess of the (4) Serves-style chandelier while you can.  Remember that your days are numbered, so take cues from (5) Kirsten Dunst and guard those porcelain and crystal-adorned tole sconces as if the Fall of Versailles was imminent. Reserve the (7) Jean Baptiste Lelarge III tabouret only for your most trusted courtiers and scoff all the (9) lavish Ladurée macarons you can.  It's tough being an ill-fated queen.

Friday
Oct122012

live to the beat

We are having a serious cold snap in Sydney so I'm thinking about winter again and maybe projecting on what look we can get for next winter.

Instead of stuffy herringbones and grandpa plaids, lets get down and get cool in a black turtle neck, a leather jacket and some funky checked stove pipe pants, beret and dark glasses.  

If you want to be in the funk, move to the underworld,  get collecting and set up a night in your den of iniquity with slides playing, spin the long play and move to the beat.  Pass me that whiskey, I'm feelin' a jive comin' on..


An open letter to today’s hipster youth: what’s new is old, so get out of the hen house and get collecting.  Curl up with some rambling prose by (1) Jack Kerouac, poster boy for the ‘Beat Generation’ on the (2) plaid London armchair.  You’ll be feeling hairy with that (3) Turkish kilim underfoot; it’s only right that we start playing sides on the (4) 1939 Machine Age RCA 78 Record Player by John Vasso.  All the muscle cats in town have been rocking their (5) WWI officer’s field leathers, why not spend some bread on a (6) 1940s French leather club chair and (7) vintage jacket to match?  Leather-on-leather never felt better.  Time to blast the Edison on the (8) 1960s Italian wan light and turn the place into a pucker palace.  The shadows falling from the (9) Spanish 5-panel screen circa 1800 are no monkey run.  Just get down by the (10) antique Georgian Secretary Bookcase, kitted out with french 1950s black “Jacques Biny” reading lamp, pour yourself a large charge, and dream about living like no tomorrow.  Welcome to Beatsville.

Friday
Oct052012

house & gardens top 50 rooms

Thank you to Australian House and Garden magazine, one of Australias leading design publications, for selecting one of our projects to be included in Australia's Top 50 Rooms.  

We were so honoured and just a little chuffed to be recognised amongst some very clever peers.

Read the story below. Oh, and our room is the screened bedroom...

Friday
Sep282012

forever fronds - get the look

In Australia we have summer just around the corner and I've been feeling a little frond of jungle leaves for a while now. In fact, I've been feeling tropical since 2 years ago when I had chairs in my home upholstered in a super-dynamic frond print.  I'm also growing quite frondly of the idea of getting some wallpaper installed in my studio but I'm still swaying....may have to see a Palmist to make that decision. Fronds are becoming my best frond forever.  Ha, a new BFF.

Ok, that's enough of fronddy funnies.  If you want to get the look with a demure touch of Palm Beach Florida glamour, then feel the lushness below:


Between the (1) French Art Deco gilded bronze royal palm crystal chandelier, and (2) reupholstered occasional chair with palm print, we’ll have you well and truly feeling the fern.  Potter around under your vast canopy with your (3) Max Laeuge ceramic vase, while the whimsical (4) papier mache lion (with green leaves and lily of the valley) guards over your (5) carved silver champagne bucket.  Stop for a moment’s reflection in the (6) gold mirror and congratulate yourself on your vast urban ecosystem. The (7) vintage Moroccan rug sprawls underfoot while the (8) Sergio Bustamante bronze toucan (the same species we sourced for Brasserie Ananas in Sydney) perches on high.  And if you’re ever feeling alone in the wilderness, get your BFF (Best Frond Forever) to take a leaf out of your wardrobe: a (9) 1930s olive green silk ruffle gown or (10) 1930s watercolour chiffon dress can only enhance the landscape.  Fronds that sway together, stay together.

Thursday
Sep272012

Cosy up at Ananas...

If you are getting down and getting cosy at Urban Purveyor Groups latest offering, Ananas Bar and Brasserie at The Rocks, then you are going to find yourself snuggling against the gorgeous silk velvet cushions our studio designed for the banquettes.

With an avant garde approach we dabbled in a 1920s esq cut velvet with a chinoiserie chic pagoda motif and French rose coloured velvets sliding against dusty blues completed with silk fringing. And a carnival of stripes just for fun. We just love the magic Saskia and her team at Grandiflora wove with the flowers perfectly placed under the Peacock I sourced from the USA.  Saskia must have 'got' me when I briefed her that I wanted the flowers to be a wild burst of roses, ferns and orchids with a French Mediterranean twist - just as a crazy aunt might put together.

Feeling like wiggling your bottom like Josephine Baker in a banana skirt? Then it sounds like your fancy has been truly tickled while slurping on a shucked oyster and a glass of champagne at Ananas Bar and Brasserie.

Monday
Sep242012

tutti frutti

Sometimes life is a bowl of freshly chopped and juicy fruit.  A dash of colour is just what we need in our lives when everything gets a bit beige.  I'm not saying you need to go the whole way but just imagine what Eve could have done to Adam with a whole fruit salad!

If you need a little raspberry jus for your juju then dive into the bowl below...

You’ll want to get your tutti frutti out from behind the (1) modernist screen, and onto the lush (2) Kelly Wearstler chair pronto darling! The (3) 19th Century Mintor rams head jardiniere is going to see a good harvest this year, with the psychedelic, super-sweet (4) toile du jouy lounge chair and (5) 1940s Italian fruit lamp freshly freshly picked for your amusement.  If you like a little cherry on top, maybe this (6) vintage pink murano chandelier will hit the spot.  You’ll be smacking your lips with delight at the (7) 20th Century Marilyn Monroe lip sofa, and looking ultra-ripe in this vintage (8) Dolce et Gabbana vintage dress.  Let's all just head back to 1955, roll around on a (9) modernist rug and celebrate la dolce vita to the sounds of Little Richard: 

"A-wop bop-a loo-mop, a good goddamn!  Tutti Frutti, good booty..."

 

Wednesday
Sep192012

The Ananas Trade

With some last minute styling to be done, I called on some art dealers in Paris... I wheeled, I dealed and I reeled in the goods.

I am a lover of Maison Jansen and was tickled by this pineapple, offered to me for Brasserie Ananas in Sydney.  

With a sophisticated client who appreciates fine art, all it took was a few midnight phone calls, and we were able to jet this baby into its new lush home.

With a head of leaves arranged like a crown, it's no wonder that our pineapple (or "ananas") is the fruit of the kings:

Monday
Sep172012

Ananas, French Bar & Brasserie - The Rocks, Sydney

If you want to reveal your inner raconteur while sipping on a cocktail in the heart of Sydney then get down to Ananas Bar and Brasserie, an avant-garde Parisian-styled restaurant and bar just opened by Australian restaurant Tsar, John Szangolies.

I'm honored to have worked on the styling of the restaurant with John and Sandi Szangolies and a group of interior designers, garden designers and a fantastic building team.

Some of the deco our studio imported are menagerie of rare bird sculptures by the collectable artist, Sergio Bustamante and 1940s Palm Tree and Pineapple brass sculpture lamps by esteemed Parisian design house, Maison Jansen which was founded in 1880. We added plush velvets, silks, cut crystal and tassels to the fabulous Parisian brasserie design.

Get pineappled with a Parisian twist...get down to Brasserie Ananas and join in the fun: