Hot New Homewares from Target for Autumn/Winter

If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you will have seen that yesterday I viewed the new homewares collection for Target Australia. Set up in a cute house in Paddington, the house was styled with the different items now available at your nearest Target store or online.

There were three different bedroom stories – colour, monochromatic and neutrals. They were all gorgeous and I was pleased to see the monochrome bed linen has a tribal influence. Do you receive my newsletter? Last month I was talking about Tribal patterns being everywhere at the moment. The great news is that Target are going to build on these schemes each season so you can add to the look rather than replacing it all.

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It was really difficult to choose which look I liked best. The monochromatic (or as Target is calling it, Global Luxe) could work really well for a masculine room but equally a teenager or someone who loved the black and white look.

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The neutrals (Lodge) had a fresh look and would be perfect for Hamptons style decor. Add in some navy and you have a classic look for any age.

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The coloured bed linen was a lot of fun and suits it’s name of Soft Pop. You all now I LOVE colour.

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The beauty of all these stories is there’s plenty of artwork and pretty bits to coordinate back to the bedlinen. Target now have an in-house design team based in Melbourne so the designs and styles are truly unique, on trend and very affordable. The new styles fall into the categories of Soft Pop, Global Luxe and Lodge and new products will appear in each of these styles each season and sometimes even during a season. Even the furry members of the family are catered for.

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So now there’s no excuse to be on trend by injecting just one or two of these fabulous pieces into your home. But be careful, at these prices it could be hard to know when to stop!

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If you would like assistance giving your decor a make-over, contact me for an appointment. Sometimes just an hour can you give you the direction you need.

Greg Natale Wallpaper

Last week I attended the launch of the second collection of wallpaper by Greg Natale for Porter’s Paints.

I’ve become a bit of a “Greg Groupie”, attending the launch of his first rug collection, first wallpaper collection, launch of his book and oohing and aahing over his furniture line for World’s Away, carpet range for Designer Rugs, furniture for Stylecraft , tiles for Teranova and second rug collection also for Designer Rugs. Is there anything this man can’t do?

Arbour Wallpaper by Greg Natale for Porters Paints

Arbour Wallpaper by Greg Natale for Porter’s Paints

This new range of wallpaper is more geometric and tailored than the first. I loved the first range (I’m a big fan of stripes) however they were playful and fun whereas this geometric range is very considered and, well, tailored. Naturally, there’s alot of blacks and greys and a few touches of gold, which Greg uses in most of his interiors. They are so sophisticated.

Astoria Wallpaper by Greg Natale for Porter's Paints

Astoria Wallpaper by Greg Natale for Porter’s Paints

I can’t wait to use these papers in one of my designs.

Hellenica Wallpaper by Greg Natale by Porter's Paints

Hellenica Wallpaper by Greg Natale by Porter’s Paints

If you would like assistance choosing wallpaper for your home, contact us for an appointment.

Missoni For Target Australia is on it’s way.

I’ve been drooling over the range of Missoni homewares soon to be available at a Target Store near you. Or if you can’t get into Target then you can shop online.

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The range is H-U-G-E and there’s something for everyone including the family pooch.

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So where would you like to add some Missoni to your home? Some deck chairs, beach towels and umbrellas around the pool?

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What about some cushions for the sofa or bed?

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IMG_4128 And don’t forget the summer dining table with this fabulous melamine tableware. There’s also glassware and crockery too.

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And you can serve those cocktails on the Lucite serving tray.

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So clear your diary for Wednesday 8 October. That’s the day you need to run into Target or position yourself infront of your computer or tablet and grab those bargains. There is nothing over $200 but most of the range is under $100. Oh and there’s clothing for all the family, stationery and phone and tablet accessories.

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.

 

It’s a small world after all

It’s been a hectic couple of weeks with absolutely no time for blogging, sorry. And here we are at the first day of July!!!!

I have been working on a number of projects all with colour – paint, fabrics, benchtops, tiles. It’s no secret I am happiest when I’m immersed in colour.

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So I was delighted to attend two fabric launches recently from different fabric houses who both said, “Colour is BACK!” Yippee!!!!

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But what really hit home was the fact that inspiration for these collections has come from across the globe – North African Berber Rugs, Persian Kilims and Aztec motifs from South America. There is also a nod to Art Nouveau and to the Baroque periods.

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And where would we be without stripes? I’ve mentioned previously I much prefer stripes to spots so was delighted to see ticking stripes, wide stripes and multi-width stripes in the collections.

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And no longer are we a year or two behind our northern hemisphere counterparts. We have access to exactly the same colours, textures and fabrics as they do, at the same time.

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It really is a small world after all.

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

 

 

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.

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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.

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

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

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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.

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

 

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.

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.

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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.

Do you have the X factor?

I keep on seeing it over and over again – the X factor for interiors.

Bathroom Vanity detailing

Bathroom Vanity detailing

Bedroom stools

Bedroom stools

X factor is a variable that could have most significant outcome, a special talent or quality or something unexplainable that adds value.

Double XX on the back of the chairs

Double XX on the back of the chairs

X-collection chairs

X-collection chairs

You can add some X factor to your home by incorporating the X shape in your furniture or cabinetry.

Jonathan Adler X Bench

Jonathan Adler X Bench

Kitchen cabinetry detailing

Kitchen cabinetry detailing

It’s a strong statement, that little X. Two lines intersecting in perfect symmetry adding strength and detail to an otherwise very ordinary item.

Formal dining table with the X factor

Formal dining table with the X factor

 

Kitchen barstools

Kitchen barstools

All images can be found on my Pinterest boards.

If you would like assistance adding the X Factor to your home, contact us for an online or in-person consultation or send us your furniture sourcing requests.

Geometry in Wallpaper

Have you seen the new wallpaper range by Greg Natale?

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Porters Waterloo covered with Chevron Wallpaper

I was fortunate enough to be invited to the launch of his range of wallpapers for Porter’s. I’ve always liked Greg’s work. The clean lines and bold use of colour is his signature along with geometric patterns. So it was really no surprise that his wallpaper is in a similar vein.

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Breakfast with the stars!

Chevron, horizontal stripes, pinstripes and diagonal stripes in bright bold colours abound.I particularly like how Greg himself has used the horizontal stripe paper but offset each roll to create something a little more funky.

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Off set horizontal stripe wallpaper

The colour names are fun too – Burnt Mandarin, Miami Sour, Oxford and Mocassin. The wallpaper colours can be matched to Porter’s range of paints for the truly co-ordinated look.

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

 

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