Fairy Tales for Hope

I can’t think of anything worse than losing a child. I don’t think it would matter what age you or the child were. It’s just not the way it should be that the child goes before the parent.

The Ugly Duckling

The Ugly Duckling

With all our medical knowledge there are still many families being affected by stillbirth. One such family was Melbourne parents Simon and Sally Heppleston who after a healthy 40 week pregnancy had to face a future without their baby and without the fairy tales they had planned on reading to her.

Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp

Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp

Melbourne Graphic artist Tonia Composto, a family friend of the Heppleston’s, decided to create a limited edition of prints to fund stillbirth research. The Fairy Tales for Hope project, which has already sold nearly 2000 prints and raised almost $40,000 for the Stillbirth Foundation Australia, has a set of new illustrations celebrating various dates in the calendar. The original release of fairy tale artwork is still available and would look great in a child’s bedroom. And what a good cause your purchase would be supporting!

Three Billy Goats Gruff

Three Billy Goats Gruff

Sadly, six families in Australia suffer this devastating fate each day, with more than 2000 babies stillborn each year. “I still can’t believe this happens to people daily,” said Ms Composto. The grief, the sorrow, the injustice of it breaks me down. Sally never hid her grief and has fought for Hope’s memory since the day she lost her.”



Friday On My Mind

Another busy week draws to a close. I hope you’ve had a good one.

Things have been hectic around here with so much going on. I’ve been having fun with Megan Morton and Jen Bishop’s Instagram challenge. It was all good fun posting photos of Things I Love for a chance to win a signed copy of Megan’s new book, Things I Love.

Things I Love – Chinese Brush Holder with my Costume Jewellery

I’ve also been busy with clients sourcing fabric for window coverings, upholstery and a bedhead as well as furniture for outdoors. The weather has been nice and toasty getting us ready for dining outdoors.

Outdoor Setting

The house is looking great too.

The scaffolding’s down, now the painting can begin.

The gyprockers are in so we have internal walls instead of frames.

My new studio with walls

It’s really starting to take shape and the cabinetmaker has started to manufacture the laundry and kitchen. Soooo excited!

Have you started your Christmas shopping? In 2 months it will all be over. Corban and Blair are having a sale for the month of November. You just need to enter the code Nov12 at checkout. There’s some great gift ideas.

Designer Rugs are having a sale too. That’s more a present you want to buy for yourself, though!

Have a great weekend. Apparently I’m going to be painting this weekend!


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Bye Bye Winter

I for one will not be sorry to say goodbye.

I loathe the cold weather and can’t function properly when it’s cold and miserable. So I am very excited that tomorrow will be Spring.

And that means shedding the dark, cosy, colours of winter and injecting some sweetness and light into the wardrobe and the decor.

There’s nothing like the colours of nature in spring to add some life. Soft pinks, fresh greens, buttery yellows and sky blues will have you skipping through your home in such a happy mood.

Always consider the amount of natural light a rooms gets before choosing colours. South facing rooms receive little direct sunlight and therefore pastels or neutral shades are ideal. North facing rooms are usually flooded with light, either direct or indirect, all day so in the warmer months they can feel a little hot. Choose cool colours for these rooms.

Helloooo Spring!

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Time for ….

….an update on the Best Australian Blog Awards for 2012.

As you know I was honoured to have been nominated and you all came to my support by voting for me in the People’s Choice Awards. Thank you so much.

Unfortunately I did not win a prize as such, but still feel like a winner just to have been involved.

There are some amazing blogs out there and the list of winners is indicative of the calibre of the entrants and the varied topics that are written about every day.

Visit the winners circle and you may just learn something new.

I’m off to Designex today to be inspired by new products and design and catch up with some colleagues. Enjoy your Wednesday.


Mum’s Special Afternoon Tea

It’s been another whirlwind week with quite a number of colour consultations going on around here. I haven’t had a chance to tell you about the Home Food and Wine Weekend I attended last Saturday here in Sydney.

Home Food and Wine Weekend Lifestyle Stage

It was another great event with loads of ideas and workshops and plenty of goody bags. But the one workshop that stood out was the Royal Albert Tea Party. And seeing it’s Mother’s Day on Sunday I thought today would be a great time to tell you all about it and maybe plant some ideas for a special afternoon for Mum.

Love the pink chair

Royal Albert Fine Bone China really needs no introduction having been around for over 100 years. It has that vintage, girly look with plenty of flowers and pretty pastel colours.

And there were green chairs too.

The stylists had created a fabulous table setting which is pretty easy to do, once you know how.

Afternoon Tea Table

Let’s start with the wall art – using an Ikea deep frame, some liquid nails, a sheet of wrapping paper and your chosen tea cup and saucer you too can create this pretty piece to either hang on the wall or lean against the mantlepiece.

Wall art with tea sets

You don’t have to have all your tableware matching. By using mismatched styles and colours, you create interest in your tablescape. It’s always the unexpected that surprises and delights your guests too.

One of the centrepieces

There were plenty of surprises on the table that was styled for the workshop.

Royal Albert Stand

Each placemat was different. There was a mirror (although some of us thought that wasn’t such a good idea and probably best suited for the younger members of the Tea Party!)

Mirror Placemat

A blackboard with appropriate message.

Blackboard Placemat

And a carved frame.

Frame Placemat

And all those cupcakes were actually baked IN the teacups!

The centrepiece was made from cheap white vases and chipped plates and of course, clear liquid nails. You can really let your imagination run wild here and put together any bits you find. Think about the height you wish to create on your table.


Then there were the place cards. The cork was really easy and can be achieved with a sharp knife. That’s if you can find a bottle of wine with a cork, these days.

Cork Place Card Holder

But the fork was very cute. The stylist explained that she placed the fork between two sheets of board and then DROVE over them in her car. This flattened the tines of the fork. Pliers were then used to bend the handle of fork at right angles and the place card was slipped between the tines. Effective, don’t you think?

Fork Place Card Holder

A similar treatment was given to a spoon, except the driving bit, and the spoon was used as a tealight holder.

Uri Geller Tea Light Holder

After the workshop, we were all treated to a cup of T2 in beautiful Royal Albert Teacups. It was great fun.

So why don’t you take one or more of these ideas and create a special tea party for your Mum this Sunday. Take some photos and post them on our Facebook Page. We’d love to see your creations.

Happy Mother’s Day!


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Happy Anzac Day

Lest we forget!

Best Australian Blogs 2012 Competition

I am so honoured to have been nominated in the Personal and Lifestyle Category in the Best Australian Blogs 2012 Competition.

People's Choice Award

There are just so many amazing Australian Blogs out there and I am rubbing shoulders with some of my favourites.

The voting is now open for the People’s Choice Award and I would LOVE you to jump online and vote for me. You can vote for as many as you like but you can only access the voting page once.

So if you’ve enjoyed my ramblings about interiors, design and colour, jump online and put a tick next to Decorum on Page 1. The competition is only open to Australian Blogs but anyone can vote.

I am truly grateful for the nomination.

The Year of The Dragon

Happy Chinese New Year!

Schumacher Chiang Mai Dragon fabric available from Inside Out Colour and Design

Today marks the beginning of the Year of the Dragon which is the most auspicious sign in the Chinese zodiac.

Interiors by Inside Out Colour and Design

I remember when we were living in Hong Kong and I was pregnant with my daughter, all the local Hong Kong Chinese would tell me how lucky I was to be having a dragon and that she was going to be very strong. Naturally they would’ve liked it better if she’d been a he, but I was happy no matter what.

Asian Decor items available from Inside Out Colour and Design

The dragon represents success and happiness, so let’s hope 2012 is a good year for us all.

Interiors by Inside Out Colour and Design

There’s lots of dragons to check out in Sydney over the next few weeks – Komodo Dragons, Dragons in Artefacts, the Blue Dragon and Musical Dragons.

Antique Huang Huali Folding Chair and Framed Antique Bound Feet Shoes

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It’s here again!

via Pinterest

Happy Weekend!



Nice Suprise

As you may have read, last month I had a delightful lunch with interior designer and blogger, Linda Merril.

Linda and Me

I found Linda’s blog, Surroundings when I first started reading blogs and that led me to her podcast The Skirted Roundtable with Joni and Megan. I love listening to their interviews whilst I’m on the treadmill or out walking the dogs.

Linda and my family had a lovely lunch at a cute little Tea Shop in her home town of Sandwich on Cape Cod. Last week a parcel arrived and I was thrilled to open it and find the cutest little glass dish from Linda.

Tea House in Sandwich MA

It is a piece of Sandwich glass. Linda says it could be from the Boston and Sandwich Glass Factory that was established in Sandwich in 1825 or it could be an early 20th Century piece with Sandwich Glass Pattern.

Sandwich Glass Dish and Card

Either way it’s very pretty and will remind me of our lovely lunch together and how small this world really is. Thank you so much, Linda. You shouldn’t have, but it was a nice surprise.


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