Tantalising the Senses

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Whenever we are expecting guests I always light a scented candle. We have two dogs which live inside (they’re little dogs) and I’m always conscious of the house smelling doggy. I don’t think it does as the dogs are Maltese which were selected because they do not smell and they do not shed, however I worry that someone who is not used to dogs could smell them a mile away.

IMG_0049 So when Airwick offered me a scented candle to try, I readily agreed. The Multicolour Black Edition Candle was very cool. It changes colour! The pretty medallion on the front of the glass container would glow all the colours of the rainbow from blue to purple to orange to green.

DSC_0203 The fragrance (Crackling Fire and Cinnamon Spice) was delicate which is great for the home as you don’t want the smell to be overpowering. Not everyone likes every scent so something subtle that masks any pet or cooking smells is ideal.

DSC_0221 Airwick have a range fragrances to suit all tastes.

DSC_0219 They even help you out with a fragrance finder! And if candles aren’t your thing then perhaps a Scented Reed Diffuser would be better.

DSC_0218 I would definitely recommend the Airwick Multicolour Candles for the home. And ……. Airwick have kindly offered to give one lucky Australian reader a candle too. All you have to do is leave me a comment below and tell me what is your favourite scent for the home.

DSC_0209 The winner will be drawn on Monday 30 September. Good Luck!

Flowers for Florence

It was my birthday on Saturday! Another one! I think I’ve reached the age where it really doesn’t matter and it’s just another day.

PeachBlossom My husband found the kitchen and whipped up some omlettes for breakfast. My daughter then baked a cake for afternoon tea before she went out to a birthday party for one of her friends.

FlorenceOrientalFilligree So my husband and I headed into the city to visit the David Jones flower display. Every Spring DJ’s goes all out and decorates their Elizabeth St Store with the most magnificent floral displays. This year the theme was Florence Broadhurst so I was determined to see it.

DJsPeacockWindow All her fabrics were translated to floral displays in the windows and also on the ground floor of the store.

FlorencePeacockFeathers I loved the Florence-isms that were in the windows too.

Florencisms I thoroughly recommend if you have not read her biography, you should. The woman was soooo ahead of her time. Reinventing herself at every turn and never, ever saying it couldn’t be done.

OrchidsatDJs If you would like to add some Florence Broadhurst fabrics or wallpaper to your home, contact us for an online or in-person consultation.

 

United with Colour

A splash of pink in cushions and lamp have been drawn from the artwork making the room lively.

A splash of pink in cushions and lamp have been drawn from the artwork making the room lively.

Many of my clients have been asking me lately how to decorate with colour. It seems everyone is a little bit scared of it.

The pink dining chairs have been replicated in the pink occasional chair in the living room

The pink dining chairs have been replicated in the pink occasional chair in the living room

One of the easiest ways to end up with a cohesive interior is to link through a colour. You can take a colour from an existing artwork or the rug in the room or simply choose your favourite colour.

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The smallest hint of red in the artworks has been repeated in the console pots and chair cushion making our eye travel around the room and drink it all in.

Just use the colour in small doses but a few times and link it through the room or even your whole home.

Even this colour laden room has a splash of red to link the colour of the dining room with the living area.

Even this colour laden room has a splash of red to link the colour of the dining room with the living area.

If you would like assistance creating a cohesive interior for your home, contact us for an online or in-person consultation.

All images can be found on my Pinterest boards.

Sizzling Summer Soft Furnishings

This week I received the new KAS Australia catalogue in the mail. It was like receiving a magazine. It is truly so beautiful and every page beckons me to jump on in.

KAS Summer Catalogue

KAS Summer Catalogue

The new collection is fabulous with loads of colour (as you would expect for summer).

KAS Natasha Bed linen and cushions

KAS Natasha Bed linen and cushions

There’s some ethnic type patterns.

KAS Martinique Bedcover

KAS Martinique Bedcover

As well as bright florals which are teamed with geometric patterns.

KAS Delphi Bedlinen

KAS Delphi Bedlinen

And for those who like their bedroom calm and relaxing, there’s a range of white bedlinen with beautiful textures.

KAS White Milly Bedlinen

KAS White Milly Bedlinen

If you receive my monthly newsletter, you will have read of the latest watercolour trend where the item looks like someone has just finished painting it. Look, KAS have included the trend in this collection too.

KAS White Milly Bedlinen

KAS White Milly Bedlinen

If you would like to add some new cushions or bed linen to your home, contact us as we can supply KAS Australia products directly to you.

September

Unequivocally my favourite month of the year. I love the warmer weather and the profusion of colour we see at every turn. The colour combinations are great inspirations for decorating.

Clivea from my garden

Clivea from my garden

My garden is flowering and I’m frantically trying to get the new beds ready for planting later this month.

Flowering Azaleas

Flowering Azaleas

Remember the area the builders trashed during our home renovations?

IMG_1861 The warmer weather means we can return to eating on the back deck and we enjoyed a lovely Father’s Day lunch out there on Sunday.

Blue themed table setting for Father's Day

Blue themed table setting for Father’s Day

The new season fabric collections are being released.

New fabrics just released

New fabrics just released

Painting season is upon us as everyone takes to the outdoors in the warmer weather.

House being renovated and seeking new colour scheme

House being renovated and seeking new colour scheme

I’ve advised home owners from Mulgoa to Kenthurst and many suburbs in between on new colour schemes for the exterior of their homes.

Tuscan colour scheme to be changed

Tuscan colour scheme to be changed

So what’s not to love about September? Does it put a spring in your step too?

If you would like assistance choosing colours or decor for your home, contact us for an online or in-person consultation.

Gelati Colours

Yesterday morning on my walk around the suburb, I noticed the window in the local dress boutique had changed.

I didn’t take too much notice other than it had changed and there were some pretty colours there. Half way down the street, I did a double take and a U turn and headed right back to that window.

New season fashion in the local boutique window

New season fashion in the local boutique window

I stood there looking trying to remember where I had last seen that colour combination. Then it hit me. I had a dessert a few months earlier those very same colours. They are sugary colours, aren’t they?

Dessert with Persian Fairy Floss

Dessert with Persian Fairy Floss

Lemon, mint and pale pink are definitely gelati type colours. Each of these hues are exactly the same on the grey scale so not one colour dominates. They all sit perfectly harmoniously together and look very delicate.

Pink, green and yellow living room

Pink, green and yellow living room

So I started to wonder if that combination was out there in home decor.

Young girls' room decorated in Gelati colours of pink, green and yellow

Young girls’ room decorated in Gelati colours of pink, green and yellow

What do you think? Would you use this combination of colours in your home?

Scatter cushion in pink, green and yellow although a little more neon than the dessert

Scatter cushion in pink, green and yellow although a little more neon than the dessert

If you would like assistance choosing colours for your home, contact us for an online or in-person consultation.

 

Choosing Paint

As a Colour Consultant, I am often choosing paint colours and paint types for my clients.

Choosing Paint Colours

Choosing Paint Colours

There are so many different paints on the market so when it came time to choose them for my own house, I thought I’d try a few different ones.

Painting the interior

Painting the interior

The best paint for the internal walls of your home is Low Sheen paint. All the different paint companies have this type of paint.

To mix it up a bit, I chose Resene paint for the majority of the interior of the home but Dulux for my studio

Dulux paint in the Studio

Dulux paint in the Studio

and my daughter’s bedroom

Dulux Paint

Dulux Paint

and Taubmans’ for the feature wall in the master bedroom.

Taubman's Merlin Feature Wall

Taubman’s Merlin Feature Wall

I always recommend a Kitchen and Bathroom paint for those rooms as it has mould inhibitor in the paint recipe.

Bathroom Paint

Bathroom Paint

I considered using blackboard paint for my office and my daughter’s bedroom but I was worried about the chalk dust, especially on the carpet. So I decided to use Resene’s Whiteboard Paint. This paint is really just a top coat and can be painted over any colour. I used it over Resene paint in my office and

Whiteboard Paint on an Internal Door in my Office

Whiteboard Paint on an Internal Door in my Office

Dulux paint in my daughter’s bedroom and they have both been extremely successful. I would recommend putting a frame around the area that is painted with the Whiteboard paint or else paint it on an area that is separate from other walls just in case there’s a momentary lapse of memory as to where the whiteboard paint has been used.

Whiteboard wall

Whiteboard wall

As our fridge will not take magnets I was looking for somewhere to put the school notes, invitations and raffle tickets. Previously I had an Officeworks magnetic board hanging in the kitchen but I didn’t really have a spot for it in my new kitchen. There was one wall on the entry to the pantry but as a door would shut onto that wall, it was impossible to hang something thick there which would result in the door not closing.

Kitchen wall

Kitchen wall

So I thought I’d give Resene’s Magnetic Paint a whirl. This paint is actually an undercoat. When I bought a can, I was surprised at how heavy it was but then it’s full of iron oxides.

Magnetic Paint

Magnetic Paint

The paint is actually grey and is very thick so I wouldn’t recommend it for a wall in a prominent position or with a white topcoat.

Magnetic Paint in Grey before topcoating

Magnetic Paint in Grey before topcoating

I’ve also found that you need to use really strong magnets and probably quite a few of them. Those cheap free magnets that turn up in the junk mail just don’t cut it.

Magnetic Paint completed

Magnetic Paint completed

It’s great for my application, just to hold a few school notes from time to time, but I’m not sure it would be ideal for kids artwork and other more weighty papers you may like to keep handy.

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Your painter will tell you that it doesn’t really matter which paint colour you choose as all the companies can mix each other’s colours. I disagree. Being a purist I would much prefer to use the colour from the particular company so there is no room for error. In most instances, your painter will prefer one paint company over another. As I am an independent Colour Consultant, it doesn’t matter to me. As long as the colour is right for your home and the type of paint is right, I leave the paint company decision to the homeowner and painter.

IMG_1119 If you would like assistance choosing paint colours and paint products for your home, contact us for an online or in-person consultation.

Blooming Flowers

I’ve been passing dress shops lately that are starting to bring in their Spring stock. I love seeing all the windows change from black, grey and red to pink, yellow and light blue.

Floral Peony Skirt from David Jones

Floral Peony Skirt from David Jones

I’m definitely a warmer climate type of girl. Anything under 25C and I’m freezing so I’ve been enjoying the very mild winter we’ve had in Sydney this year. It’s been feeling like Spring already for the last couple of weeks and even the blossom trees are starting to flower.

Spring Blossom Trees

Spring Blossom Trees

Flowers look like they are going to be the in thing for spring fashion this year. There’s quite a few dresses and skirts and even trousers I’ve been passing that are contemporary floral prints. The colours are strong and bold and the prints are large.

Floral dress by Diana Ferrari

Floral dress by Diana Ferrari

If you’ve been following my blog, then you’ll know that what we see in the fashion industry very quickly transpires to the home decor industry.

Floral fabric by Casamance

Floral fabric by Casamance

Now when you think of floral fabric, you probably think of small delicate flowers like Liberty Prints.

Liberty fabrics

Liberty fabrics

And when you think of floral decor you may very well think of the Laura Ashley style of decorating.

Floral fabric and matching wallpaper by Laura Ashley

Floral fabric and matching wallpaper by Laura Ashley

But these patterns have been reinterpreted and appear bigger and bolder than ever and a little bit abstract but boy do they look good.

Wallpaper wonders

Wallpaper wonders

Bring on the warmer weather and let the flowers bloom.

Floral fabric

Floral fabric

If you would like to add some new look floral fabric or wallpaper to your home, contact us for an online or in-person consultation.

A Sage Kitchen

In the last twelve months I’ve assisted with a number of kitchens. It’s the room that often sells a house so naturally homeowners choose it to renovate and make their own. Sometimes, the client has very specific ideas and all I’m required to do is choose the colour scheme and finishes. Others would like the entire kitchen designed and all the finishes and colours chosen. Either way I enjoy designing kitchens and making sure it suits the homeowner and their family.

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CAD mock up of my kitchen plan

This kitchen was due for an overhaul and the client’s didn’t have any firm ideas of what they wanted. They did think they should make the cabinets taller to sit just under the picture rail which would gain them extra storage.

Kitchen before

Kitchen before

The client loves green and fell in love with Caesarstone Sage when we were choosing colours. We then chose Dulux Linseed as the cabinetry colour which blended beautifully with the benchtop. To my horror, during the design process Caesarstone advised that they were discontinuing Sage. A frantic phone call to Caesarstone ensured a couple of slabs were put on hold until my client was ready to go ahead. Phew! Crisis averted. These things happen but fortunately this time it had a happy ending.

One of our inspiration images

One of our inspiration images via The Design Files

The client also wanted a computer area in the kitchen so homework could be done under the watchful eyes of parents. We extended the bench and added a drawer for pencils and paper and a hidden shelf for powerboards and chargers. EyeTV was added to the computer so it can double as a television when the computer is not in use.

Computer area in the kitchen

Computer area in the kitchen

We also created an appliance cupboard to house the jug and toaster to keep the benchtops clear and a full bank of cupboards for the pantry and crockery.

Appliance cupboard

Appliance cupboard

The island bench is yet to see some stools but the wallpaper on the front of the island adds interest and texture.

Wallpapered island bench

Wallpapered island bench

The clients are thrilled with it all.

Completed Kitchen

Completed Kitchen

Kitchen was built by Destro Renovations (he also built mine) and professional photography of the completed kitchen was by Sharon Newman of SNPhotography.

If you would like assistance renovating your kitchen, contact us for an appointment.

Lori Weitzner

Earlier this week, I was fortunate enough to attend a talk at South Pacific Fabrics showroom by Lori Weitzner.

Lori is a New Yorker and has a design company based in Chelsea. I could listen to the New York accent all day. Lori gave us an insight into her background before showing us her latest designs.

Weitzner's White Box Sanctuary

Weitzner’s White Box Sanctuary

At college, Lori was studying to be an artist until her teacher advised her that she would never make a living. Instead she turned her talents to textile design and ended up working for some of the best textile companies in the States. But finally she decided to go it alone and set up shop for herself.

Lori produced a white box which had a small selection of inspiration articles from her studio in Chelsea. Things like one of her grandmother’s small liqueur glasses, a sea urchin shell, a tube of paint and a small book of poetry. All these items and more adorn her studio for constant inspiration – inspiration from the past, the exotic and everyday. She explained that she loves the juxtaposition of smooth and rough, matt and shiny, dull and sparkly and tries to incorporate that in her designs.

"The best colours are the colours you can't name, like the colour of this shell." Lori Weitzner

“The best colours are the colours you can’t name, like the colour of this shell.” Lori Weitzner

Lori showed a range of her wall coverings including a magnetic wallcovering as well as one made from recycled maps. They are simply exquisite.

Around The World wallcovering made of handwoven maps

Around The World wallcovering made of handwoven maps

Weitzner also create beautiful textiles that engage the senses with considered use of colour and texture. There is three perspectives to the range – Smart, Handmade and Perform.

Weitzner fabrics in elegant colour palette

Weitzner fabrics in elegant colour palette

And as if that’s not enough, Lori also has designed a range of trimmings or passementerie for Samuel and Sons.

Hand blown glass bead trim

Hand blown glass bead trim

If you would like to add some of Lori’s beautiful textiles to your home, contact us to provide assistance.

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