A Round Tuit

You have no idea how happy I am to have finally found this.

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I’ve been searching high and low and seemed to have lost it about 10 weeks ago when we received an offer on our house which wasn’t even on the market! Life has been a bit chaotic since then but now that I have my Round Tuit we can get back to normal.

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Image from Pinterest

Speaking of “round”, have you noticed the profusion of round at the moment? It seems every image I look at on Pinterest, Houzz or in magazines seems to have a round something in it.

Round Door Handle

Image from Pinterest

Round just takes off the edges and works well in any situation, especially if there’s lots of angles and corners in the room like a bathroom.

round bathroom mirror

Image from Pinterest

So do you have a round something in your house?

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Rotating Mirror

Here’s a funny little story about a mirror.

A client had asked me to keep an eye out for a mirror for above her fireplace. She had renovated a couple of years ago and was now getting around to the final touches. I happened to have a large mirror that a previous client had decided against so arranged for my husband to help me take it over and show her.

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The two men held the rectangular mirror in place whilst we women contemplated whether it should be portrait or landscape and what it was reflecting. In the end the decision was made that that was not the right mirror for the space. It was too dominating and my client didn’t want the mirror to dominate the room.

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A few months later I received an email from one of my mirror suppliers with a list of their sale items. I flicked it over to the client who liked the look of a mirror called the Pebble Turn Mirror. The client measured her space and made a paper cut out of the mirror and blu-tacked it to the wall. It all looked perfect. So I placed the order and arranged for my mirror hanging guy to instal the mirror.

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The client was at work and left me a key. We arrived and worked out which way the mirror would hang. It definitely had to hang in a portrait position as the space we had was higher than it was wider. Being an organic shape, we took every conceivable measurement to make sure it would be centred on the chimney breast. But it wasn’t your average wire and hook arrangement to hang it. The mirror had a round disc attached to the back and we had 4 small discs to be screwed into the wall. The disc on the mirror then slid into the cradle that was formed by the four small discs.

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So we did all that, stood back to admire our work and the Pebble Turn Mirror, turned. That’s right it just slowly rotated like a chocolate wheel. Both of us went sprinting to the wall in case it came crashing to the floor but of course it didn’t because it was securely held in the cradle. It just wasn’t sitting in the position we wanted. So we moved it back and tried to get the weight of the base to sit as we wanted. Nope, it rotated again. It seemed the mirror had a mind of it’s own and was only happy in a landscape position. Yet all the images we had seen of the mirror showed in a portrait position. We were getting frustrated! After a while we found some blu-tack and used it to hold the mirror in position. We waited and waited and the mirror stayed where it was. Phew!

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Just as we were about to leave, the client came home from work and we explained our dilemma and we would make inquiries for a more long lasting solution than blu-tack. I received a text about an hour later saying the mirror had rotated again!

A week later, my trusty mirror hanging guy came back with a solution. We needed a cog to stop the mirror from rotating. He glued a long piece of flat metal to the disc on the back of the mirror and when we finally sat that into place, the mirror could not rotate. Just as well I love a challenge!

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Upshot is the mirror looks fabulous in the room and creates some interest without dominating.

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Asian Inspiration

Well another week draws to a close and what a busy one it has been.

Besides my baby turning 10, I have been busy overseeing an installation for a client.

The client had some existing Asian furniture pieces that were staying and many pieces that were going. We took our inspiration from this room with it’s touches of Asian flair and of course a little red.

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This week I arrived to an empty room with just the red cabinet.

We had bought timber chairs for the dining room and had them painted gloss black and then upholstered in white leather.

We used the two carvers for the end of the dining table to sit either side of the cabinet and they can be drawn up to the dining table when entertaining.

The end of the lounge room where the cabinet sits, is a relatively dark area so we purchased a beautiful black and gold framed mirror and had it installed.

It looks a lot different now to how it looked on my first consultation.

Here’s a sneak peak at the fabric we have chosen for curtains and furniture. I’ll be sure to post an update next week.

Fabrics for sofas, curtains, chairs and cushions.

Have a wonderful weekend. The forecast for Sydney is fine but cool.

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Re Decorate

I called in to this delightful little shop today to see what was in store.

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Re Decorate at Cammeray, Sydney stocks recycled quality home furnishings and accessories which are there on consignment. As most of the stock is pre-loved, the prices are excellent. Their guide to accepting your items is that they must want to put it in their own homes. So that ensures the quality and condition of all pieces is excellent.

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At the moment they are offering 20% discount on all lamps and bases. They have a great range.

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I loved this white wicker cabinet with the chicken wire doors.

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Another item which caught my eye was the steel side table.

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With summer just around the corner, this cane suite would be perfect on a verandah or in a sunroom. There are two single chairs as well.

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It’s one of those places you need to keep on visiting as stock changes quickly.

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If you are looking to Re Decorate on a budget, I suggest you add this little gem to your list of places to visit.

Re Decorate of Cammeray, 284 West Street, Cammeray NSW

Re Decorate of Cammeray, 284 West Street, Cammeray NSW

Art For Art’s Sake

One of the last things I’m often asked to advise on when working with a client, is their art. Not so much which type of are, but rather which part of the wall should the piece be placed. It’s usually the last thing that goes up and marks those freshly painted or renovated walls so I understand the trepidation felt.

crb464015 The most important aspect of hanging art is to make sure the centre of the artwork is at eye level. This is so the average person can peer straight into the painting. Those of us that are vertically challenged need to take this into consideration and take it up a few centimetres. However as we all know, rules were meant to be broken.

Artworks from floor to ceiling

Artworks from Floor To Ceiling

Another great tip for hanging art is to hang a large piece off centre and group two or more smaller pieces to one side, rather than on either side.

0306p083_hen_1 Arrange clusters of separately framed photos, rather than multiple photos in one frame.

image4_thumb As they say, beauty is in the eyes of the beholder and this should be kept in mind when you are buying art for your own home. What appeals to you will not necessarily appeal to everyone, but if you are living with your piece then it must have some meaning to you. It should evoke a memory such as something you have purchased on a holiday, or it should tell a story like a historical piece or it should get you thinking.

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Shell Money from Solomon Islands

These were my daughter's baby shoes. Too cute for hand me downs.

These were my daughter's baby shoes. Too cute for hand me downs.

I don’t think a house looks lived in until there are pieces on the wall. It doesn’t have to be expensive artworks (although my artist Mother would say this is a good option). Think outside the frame and consider other options for decorating the walls.

Plate wall by Lisa Congdon

Plate wall by Lisa Congdon

Hall of Mirrors

Hall of Mirrors

Framed

Framed

If you were styling your home for sale, then that’s the time to purchase or rent artwork that sits well with the decor. The subject matter at this time should be fairly neutral too. It’s amazing that some people just can’t see past what’s in front of them and an “out there” artwork may detract from the reason these people are in your home in the first place.

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So this weekend, have a look at what’s hanging on your walls and maybe change things around or put up new items. Whatever you do, enjoy your weekend.

Crowning Glory

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Jewelled Crown Cake by The Ladygloom

It’s a long weekend in most parts of Australia with today being a public holiday for the Queen’s Birthday. It’s always nice to have an extra day off and spend time with firends and family. I thought I would share with you some right royal images I have found to make your interior fit for a Queen.

Cushion by French Country

Cushion by French Country

Regal Wallpaper from Cucci Interiors

Regal Wallpaper from Cucci Interiors

Timber Gift Tags from Venucci

Timber Gift Tags from Venucci

Regal Purple - the colour of kings

Regal Purple - the colour of kings

Royal Dog

Royal Dog

Happy Birthday Your Majesty.

Happy World Interiors Day

Today is IFI World Interiors Day with the 2009 theme being “Interiors that Last”. To celebrate, I thought I would give you a short tour of some of the homes on which I have had the pleasure of working. These homes are all in Sydney, Australia and together with the individual home owners, I have assisted to create their harmonious environment.

Family Lounge Room

Family Lounge Room

Home Theatre

Home Theatre

Dining Room

Dining Room

Master Bedroom

Master Bedroom

Bathroom

Bathroom

Kitchen

Kitchen

Thank you for joining me on this tour and have a happy World Interiors Day.

Mirror, mirror on the wall

who’s the fairest of them all?

Boy Mirror from Lightly

Boy Mirror from Lightly

Girl Mirror from Lightly

Girl Mirror from Lightly

I would think any of these mirrors would add a sense of fun and intrigue to any room. I have always loved the children but can’t resist the chook. I’m a bit of a chook fanatic so hanging this at my kitchen door appeals. These are all from Lightly.

Chicken Mirror

Chicken Mirror

I can also see the humour in having a few mice around the kitchen bin.

Mouse Mirror from Lightly

Mouse Mirror from Lightly

But this really takes the cake. A mirror, a lamp and a shelf all in one. Perfect for an entry or hall where you often need all three. Design For Use also has a floor version.

Three in one - mirror, shelf and lamp

Three in one - mirror, shelf and lamp

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