Furniture, Decoration and Kathryn Ireland

Today is the last day of the Australian International Furniture Fair being held at Darling Harbour in Sydney. I went along on Wednesday, the day it started.

It was very exciting to be in the audience of Kathryn Ireland’s seminar. She is such a down to earth woman. Kathryn showed us some images of homes she has decorated and designed in the States and her own home in France. Kathryn’s style is very eclectic and combines English Manor (she was born in the UK) and French Farmhouse (her holiday home) with bohemian style.

Kathryn Ireland

Her philosophy is that rooms should look lived in and should look thrown together when in fact they have been carefully planned. You can easily see that Kathryn enjoys travelling (who doesn’t) and her inspiration is drawn from many corners of the globe. Morrocan tiles, Indian bed and French 1940’s furniture all sit harmoniously in the same room.

Similarly Kathryn loves colour and her rooms are a kaliedoscope of colours. She admits that if she was to show her clients the swatches of all the colours she was going to put in their room, they would have her committed!

Dining Room by Kathryn Ireland

An extremely busy lady, Kathryn also has a furniture line, fabric range and wallpaper range. The wallpapers and fabrics can be sourced through Inside Out Colour and Design. Her book, “Creating A Home” is available at our Amazon Store as well as some other highly recommended books on Colour and Design.

Fabrics by Kathryn Ireland

The Fair itself was broken into two main parts. There was the Decoration and Design area that mainly concentrated on small furniture and decorator items and then there was the Furniture section where many furniture importers were showing their ranges to the large retailers.

Naturally, I concentrated my time on the Decoration and Design area. I was looking for a coffee table for one client and came across this beauty.I like a shelf or drawer on a coffee table that can hold magazines and remotes and leave the top free for, well, coffee.

Antique Oak Coffee Table

I was also looking for a feature light for another client and thought this might fit the bill.

Migo Pendant from Hermon and Hermon

The exhibitor that I had not come across before, which had some great items, was d-Bodhi which combines contemporary and classical designs in a sustainable and affordable way. This is my favourite from their current range. Maybe it’s the soft shape of the legs on the raw looking timber that appeals.

Lucy Dining Table

It is “Fair Season”! Later this month Sydney will host three Homewares and Gift Fairs all at the same time, which makes for a busy and exhausting week. Then in April, Designex will be held here in Sydney. It’s a great way to be inspired and keep up with what’s new on the market.

via Getty Images

I’m hoping for a quiet weekend and wishing you one too.

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  1. Love Kathryn Ireland. How fun for you to hear her speak in person! Her recent book is one of my favorites of the last couple of years. Love everything about her whole look and philosophy and the home in her book–though I’ll never understand how she thought her children would go along with moving from center-of-everything Santa Monica to middle-of-nowhere Ojai. Too bad she didn’t get to stay longer.

  2. I hear she’s a great speaker – I would have loved to be there! Love that Pendant light!

  3. Hi Jenny,
    Don’t you love getting inspired!
    I like the idea of the eclectic look as well – I think it tells a story of your life particularly when you include items you have collected various travels.


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