Blue, blue, my world is blue

Is it just me or have you noticed a profusion of blues in your emails, Instagram feed or just while you are out and about?

Sportscraft

Blue from Sportscraft

Blue looks like it is making a huge comeback in Spring/Summer 2015. That’s if it ever went away?

Blue from Shannon Fricke

Blue from Shannon Fricke

More people list blue as their favourite colour than any other. It doesn’t seem to matter the gender, race or religion, Blue is the world’s most popular colour. Perhaps it’s because nature is full of large blue expanses and it’s tonal range is extensive. (Meaning there’s a blue for everyone) It conveys peace and tranquility, freshness and positive feelings. And don’t we all need more of that in our lives!

Blue decorator items

Blue decorator items

It’s a colour that’s relatively easy to live with and suits so many different shades, styles and textures. And it loves it’s family with all blues going together.

Blue from William Yeoward

Blue from William Yeoward

Happy 1st of September. Is it time to prepare your home for the warmer months by adding some blue? If so, contact me for an appointment.

 

 

Pantone Colour of The Year 2015

Yuck!

As a Queenslander who supports the Maroons and wore a maroon uniform for 7 years to primary school, and someone who prefers red wine to white wine I can still be honest and say I really, really don’t like the 2015 Pantone Colour of The Year – Marsala.

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After years of bright, clean happy colours like Radiant Orchid, Emerald, Tangerine Tango, Mimosa and Honeysuckle it’s a HUGE turn around to go for something dark and gloomy.

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Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of Pantone Color Institute says it has an organic and sophisticated air as well as a vintage but neutral feel. Does that mean old and daggy? She also says the name marsala is “feel-good” evoking pleasant memories and inspiring consumers to invest in the hue.

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I did think it will fit nicely into the colours and trends predicted by Victoria Redshaw at the Future Trends Seminar I attended in July. But I still don’t like it.

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So what do you think? Will you be moving out the greys and into the browns again? Maybe moderation is key and surround it with other fresh, happy colours.

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Mixing Industrial Style with your Existing Style

This post has been sponsored by The Orient Express.

Industrial Style is such a great style to incorporate into your family home. It has that raw, utilitarian look which is just right for all the knocks and spills a family will give it when used everyday.

Industrial style kitchen from The Block

Industrial style kitchen from The Block

And surprisingly this designer look is not that expensive to create in our homes as it’s a blend of furniture and objects preferably worn, salvaged or recycled. The style incorporates raw timbers, castor wheels and metal frames. Light fittings, which were once used on outside tennis courts, now hang above kitchen island benches and tractor seats are used as bar stools. There’s also the use of man made industrial type substrates like concrete, metal, glass and dark, moody, industrial colours like black, charcoal, red and green.

Industrial style coffee table with iron legs from The Orient Express

Industrial style coffee table with iron legs from The Orient Express

It’s one of those styles that will be translated in many different ways and incorporated with other styles and pieces to create a truly unique look. If you’re not keen on having an entire house of industrial style furniture then it’s perfect for the casual living areas. Just one or two pieces will give that industrial flair to your home as it mixes so well with furniture items from other styles and eras.

Industrial style shelving unit from The Orient Express

Industrial style shelving unit from The Orient Express

Our friends at The Orient Express have a great range of industrial pieces. Any one of these blended with your existing furnishings will give that edgy vibe. These items can be purchased directly from The Orient Express in Abbotsford, Vic or your selection can be shipped to you anywhere in Australia.

Timber Bookshelf from The Orient Express

Timber Bookshelf from The Orient Express

If you would like assistance creating the Industrial Style in your home, contact us for an appointment.

 

Missoni at Target Australia

It’s coming, it’s coming.

Three years ago this September I had my first visit to the United States. We landed in New York City on 12 September and on the 13th September Missoni released a line of fashion and homewares at Target. I was trying to get to a Target store to check it out but unfortunately with husband and child in tow, there were too many other sights to check out. So by the time I eventually did find a Target store and venture inside the Missoni range had long since disappeared. I remember thinking, Why doesn’t Target Australia collaborate with the likes of Missoni?

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Well this October they are! That’s right, October 8 a range of Missoni homewares and fashion will be available for a limited time at Target Australia. Over 220 products available in store and online including fashion for all the family, homewares, stationery, beach towels, tableware and even pet accessories.

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My advice is to get your sleeping bags and camp ovens ready and clear your diaries for 6th through to 9th of October so you can stock up on this gorgeous range.

 

Ginkgo Leaf

You will remember I advised last year the new online shop, Ginkgo Leaf. Well I am delighted to announce that there is a now retail shop where you can browse, touch and feel the selected Japanese products curated by owner Yew Kong Tham.

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Japan hosts probably the world’s largest collection of skilled artisans. However, until recently Australian consumers have had few opportunities to access these quality artisanal products. Ginkgo Leaf’s mission is to showcase well-designed contemporary Japanese home wares sourced directly from Japan.

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Yew Kong Tham, founder of Ginkgo Leaf says “Good design is our value proposition. It equates to heirlooms for keepsake and we are big on simplicity and functionality.”

Ginkgo Leaf

43A Queen Street, Woollahra, NSW 2025

Open Wed-Fri 10am -5.30pm; Sat – Sun 11am to 5pm.

www.ginkgoleaf.com.au

 

If you would like assistance sourcing specific products for your home, contact us for an appointment.

Spring/Summer at Target

It’s cold and wet here today in Sydney. Maybe a sign that Winter is finally on it’s way? So what better time to take a look at the new Spring/Summer homewares soon to be released at Target.

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A couple of weeks ago I was invited to view the new collection which I must say is alot of fun.

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As you know I’m a big colour fan so I was thrilled to see a great selection of colours.

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There is a strong emphasis on Nautical for the coming warmer months. Perfect for Sydney with all that water around.

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There were liberal smatterings of red, white and blue and a touch of yellow too.

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Of course white tableware never goes out of style and can be dressed up for the special occasion dinner or looks equally at home outdoors around the barbie.

Watercolour Cushion $20 Watercolour Bird Cushion $20

And the watercolour effect looks like it’s here for a bit longer too.

The collection will be in stores in July so make sure you hurry in and grab the items you like, ready to give your home a Spring makeover come September.

If you would like assistance finding the right homewares for your home, contact us for an appointment.

Art Deco Makeover

Wasn’t it lovely to have four days off? Did you do anything exciting? The family and I headed to the South Coast of NSW for four days of R & R. I love the beach and the warm weather so thought I’d top up before I start hibernating for winter.

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This week I’ll be placing orders for furniture and fabric for a client’s Art Deco makeover. The young couple love the era and wanted their apartment to be furnished in the Art Deco style.

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Art Deco Style was heavily influenced by the abstract shapes of Cubism and the exotic motifs of nature and is one of the most glamorous and popular styles of twentieth century design. First fashionable between 1920 and 1945 and named after the 1925 Expositions des Artes Decoratifs in Paris, Art Deco heralded the coming of the modern, industrialised world with its structured elegance.

Perhaps it was a reaction to all the clutter and dark colours of the Victorian period or simply a desire to escape from the ugliness of the events of WW1, but without doubt, Art Deco demonstrated great optimism, clarity and modernism. The style featured aerodynamic rounded forms together with vivid colours that reflected what was happening in the world at the time.

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We’ve chosen a custom made sofa in the Art Deco style with wide rounded arms. We’re teaming that with buttoned velvet chairs and of course lots of cushions in Art Deco inspired fabrics.

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And as can be seen in the Great Gatsby, this era liked to party so we’ve purchased a cocktail cabinet for my clients’ crystal decanters and glasses. And to complete the look, we’ve wallpapered a feature wall in Catherine Martin’s Limelight wallpaper.

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Now I wish I could wiggle my nose and have everything installed tomorrow.

Limelight Wallpaper

If you would like assistance creating a home in the style you love, contact us for an online or in-person consultation.

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Modern Mid Century Style

It’s been hotting up around here. So much to do and so little time! The pre-Christmas rush is well and truly upon us. I was laughing last night when this little notice popped up on my phone.

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This week I met with a new client, a charming 83 year young gentleman who has just sold the family home and moving into a retirement village. He has decided it’s time to purchase new furniture to suit the new smaller space. So many people try to cram their “old” stuff into a new house and in many cases it just doesn’t work.

The gentleman wants a mid century look to his new digs so I’ve been busy sourcing this style of furniture. I can’t say I’ve had this request before (which is why I love my job with every new client requiring their own personal look). Here’s a few of the items I’ve found for his selection.

 

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So if you were to start all over again, what style would you choose?

We can assist with sourcing all styles of furniture and furnishings, contact us for an appointment.

Funky 50s and other trends

This week has been a week of trends. I’ve been to two lectures on latest trends and also a product launch. It’s interesting (and pleasing) to hear similar things come from 4 different avenues. Nice to know it really is a science!

Trends are not necessarily what’s hot for the next year or so. Most trends have a life cycle of about ten years. So those painting their houses and choosing colours will be pleased to hear that the grey trend, which has been around for about 4 years will still be around for another 6 at least. So keep on painting charcoal and grey and continue to choose a grey sofa over a brown one.

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Ombre is a big influence too. It started with the dipping of legs of furniture or other objects and has progressed to ombre. There’s some stunning pieces around like this gorgeous Ercol Love Seat.

Ercol Loveseat

Ercol Loveseat

 

Concrete is on the rise. Not so much the cement and water type but the concrete look in bench tops and tiles. Caesarstone are releasing a Concrete surface and Polytec have a laminate surface too.

Polytec laminate - Concrete Fabrini

Polytec laminate – Concrete Fabrini

Another trend that caught my eye is the Funky 50’s. of course I would love that being a colour lover. It’s all about pops of colour in your decor and colour blocking. Funnily enough this trend has been around for quite a while but probably not labelled. Back in 2005 when I was studying, I prepared this collage for our Trends assignment.

Funky 50's Collage

Funky 50’s Collage

Since then Smeg have brought out their retro fridges in bright colours and other appliances have followed suit.

Smeg Fridge in Orange

Smeg Fridge in Orange

Dulux will be releasing their colour trends in the next couple of weeks and I had a sneak peek at those too. There’s a palette to suit all styles and decor from Romantic Spirits to Digital Nomads.

Digital Nomads by Dulux

Digital Nomads by Dulux

So what colours are you using in your home at the moment?

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

A Touch of Glamour

Last week, Worlds Away furniture was launched here in Sydney. This American furniture and homewares company is now available in Australia and it was great to see the glamorous pieces in the flesh.

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The pieces in the collection sit beautifully in the Hollywood Regency style of decor. This style emerged in the 1930s when designers from Hollywood’s Golden Age, like William Haines and Dorothy Draper, encouraged West Coast film stars to decorate their homes with glitz and glamour.

Fretwork Mirror Console

Fretwork Mirror Console

This over the top style is not just for the rich and famous and with these affordable pieces being made available here, now everyone can have a touch of Hollywood glamour in their own homes.

Ava White Laquer Buffet

Ava White Laquer Buffet

Kelly Wearstler and Jonathan Adler are the contemporary American designers who excel in this style whilst our own Greg Natale, (winner of the best residential interior in the Belle Coco Republic Interior Design Awards 2013) also creates beautiful spaces with a Hollywood Regency bent.

Cleo Gold Lamp

Cleo Gold Lamp

If you would like a touch of Hollywood Regency in your home, contact us for assistance and sourcing suitable furniture pieces to meet your budget.

Orange Bedside Table

Orange Bedside Table

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