Playing with Paint

Looking for something to do this weekend?

Our friends at Signature Prints, home of Florence Broadhurst wallpapers and fabrics, are holding a special Workshop.

Florence Broadhurst Fans in custom made lamp shade

Artist Gav Barbey will demonstrate the art of screen printing before showing you how to create a unique postcard. And before all that fun, you will take a behind the scenes tour of the Signature Prints studio.

How much fun does that all sound?

Quickly, get your fingers dialing to book in as there are only 20 spots available. Have fun and come back and tell us what you created.

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



Ikat Pattern – Trend or Tradition

It would seem everywhere I turn lately one design keeps on popping up. It’s the Ikat design that has been around for centuries.

Ikat Rug

Ikat is a resist dyeing technique a bit like tie-dyeing which was so huge in the 70’s. The difference is that Ikat threads are dyed prior to weaving whereas tie-dyeing fabric is woven then dyed.

Tina Shoes from Sambag

I bought an Ikat when we were holidaying in Bali back in 2001 and it has been hanging on my bedroom wall ever since. Albeit, three different bedrooms in that time, as we’ve moved house.

My Balinese Ikat

I was pondering the other day as to whether the Ikat was a passing fad as I do like the pattern. In researching this post, I noticed that these chairs were commented on in 2009 when Ikat’s were considered a trend that started in 2008.

Ikat Covered Chairs

Design*Sponge also wrote a post on the prominence of the Ikat pattern back in 2008.

Ikat fabric by Kravet

Here we are in 2012 and it’s still around! This leads me to answer my own question. No, it’s not a trend. Yes, it will be around for a long time.

Ikat fabric by Westbury

So I’m going to use the pattern in my new home office

Would you like to add some Ikat pattern to your home? Contact us for an online or in-person consultation.

Freaky Friday

Have you ever had one of those days where you keep on seeing the same thing in many different places? I had one of those on Friday.

I was out looking at fabrics for a client and quite liked this pattern. It’s simple and fresh and has that touch of exoticism.

Treillage Fabric from Westbury Textiles

Then later that afternoon I was catching up on blog posts and saw this image on The Style Files.

Fired Earth Tiles via The Style Files

Ha, I thought, that’s like that fabric I saw today.

Then later still I was looking at rugs for a client and headed over to Armadillo & Co’s website where I saw that same pattern again.

Casablanca Rug from Armadillo & Co

Now it’s starting to get freaky.

But the icing on the cake was when I came home again later in the afternoon and walked across the entry of the apartment building we are currently living in and noticed for the first time the pattern of the 1960’s tiles on the floor.

Lattice Shaped tiles in our 1960’s apartment building

I feel like I’m being stalked……by a PATTERN!!!! It’s called the Lattice Pattern and often appears in Moroccan Tiles.

If you would like assistance adding pattern to your home, contact us for an online or in-person consultation.


Yesterday I went to the Mokum Showroom here in Sydney for the launch of Hemptech. Hemptech is a New Zealand company which has been around for about 10 years or so. They have a passion for natural fibres and have developed their own range of fabrics and designs.

Hemptech Fabrics on display at Mokum

One of the main reasons consumers are wary of natural fibres is their propensity to stretch and fade. Hemptech have addressed these problems by developing a stabilised finish for the stretching and using high quality dyes which won’t fade easily.

Footprints by Hemptech

One of the ways to test a fabric for dropping is to gently pull the fabric on the warp (long) thread to see if it ripples. If it doesn’t ripple then the fabric won’t stretch or drop.

Hemptech printed and plain fabrics

The other initiative that Hemptech are applying to their fabrics is to disclose the Sunlight data on the individual ranges. A high score out of 7 indicates that the fabric will be resilient to sun fading, something worth considering in Australia and New Zealand.

Hemptech quirky Cows and Couches

Apart from the gorgeous range of plain linens and cottons for upholstery and drapery, there is also a great selection of printed fabrics with a quirky bent. I love the Southern Toile with the shearers, caravans and cars and the Cows and Couches.

Hemptech Fitzroy Toile

If you would like assistance sourcing the perfect fabric for your home, contact us for an online or in-person consultation.


Oscar Fabric Collection by Elliott Clarke

Fabric House, Elliott Clarke recently released a range of affordable upholstery and drapery fabrics suitable for the family home. I caught up with Sebastian Nash from Elliott Clarke who had designed the collection.

Sebastian is the State Manager for New South Wales at Elliott Clarke and his role covers sales, management and design. He loves the mix finding it fun, exciting and challenging all at the same time.

Sebastian was asked to design a range of fabrics that was classic yet contemporary. The collection includes a flame stitch, large scale ikat, a usable doby weave, 3 different stripes and modern, plain fabrics. These fabrics were made in high quality mills in Europe yet Elliott Clarke have managed to provide them at an affordable price point. Elliott Clarke make it their mission to provide fabrics which suit their customers’ lifestyle.

I asked Sebastian if he was seeing any trends in interior fabrics right now? I must agree with him that these days everything goes depending on the individual and their lifestyle which makes life far more interesting.

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

Bam Bam by Alhambra

Last week, Alhambra launched their latest fabric collections in Australia.

The Spanish textile company is represented here by Elliott Clarke and I loved seeing the new children’s collection.

It’s really easy to find cutsie fabrics for babies and toddlers but not so easy once the child becomes a little person with their own likes and dislikes. So this collection is a welcome addition to the market.

I reckon a few big kids could use some of these fabrics and wallpapers too. The spots and stripes could be used in a myriad of rooms.

Do you like?


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

Cold and Wet

Have I told you I don’t like the cold? Well I don’t. Never have, never will. It’s June in Sydney and not only is it cold but it’s been so wet too. We’ve actually had our average June rainfall in the first 12 days of the month.

Rain, rain and more rain in Sydney

Naturally the day the excavator arrived on our building site, the rains came tumbling down. They did manage to get the excavation done and we now have a very unique selling point for our property – two swimming pools!

Two Swimming Pools

Thank goodness the sun came out again on Sunday and there is no rain forecast for the rest of this week. With a bit of luck we’ll have some footings and a slab laid by Friday. Woo Hoo!

Lots of Mud

I’ve been busy with clients too. I think they are feeling the cold because two of them are in the market for rugs.

Navy Blue Rug

I have sourced a number and have shown them the images. Now we have compiled a short list and I will borrow the rugs from my wholesale supplier and take them to the house to put them in their living room so we have a full understanding of how they will look in their home with their furnishings.

Blue Floral Rug

It’s so important to be able to see your purchases in your own space before outlaying any money.

Black and White Rug

We installed some roman blinds at a clients’ home last week too. Roman blinds are great for adding some colour or pattern to a space but still give a more streamlined look as opposed to curtains.

Guest Bedroom Roman Blinds

In this case we were covering windows in a guest bedroom and a 12 year old girl’s bedroom.

Blinds for a teenager

I hope you’ve had a good week. I’m heading over to the house to meet with our builder and see if that cement truck has arrived yet.


If you would like assistance sourcing window coverings or rugs for your home, contact us for an online or in-person consultation.


The Diamond Jubilee

Isn’t it wonderful that Queen Elizabeth II is celebrating her Diamond Jubilee? 60 years in the one job is unheard of these days. And it’s 60 years in the TOP JOB, too.

I am always intrigued to see the gorgeous colour the Queen decks herself out in at the various events she attends.

She loves colour blocking and has been wearing a single bright coloured outfit for many years.

I thought I’d gather a selection of photos of her outfits to show what a multicoloured wardrobe she has.

However Vogue has beaten me to it and created a page of all the outfits proving what I had been thinking.


This article in the Daily Mail indicates blue is her favourite colour and she wears that colour more than any others.

I don’t know, I think she looks equally good in red and yellow and green.

Congratulations your Majesty on a very colourful 60 years. I can’t wait to see what shade you wear to your celebrations.

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

Tahiti, Montmartre or Madison Avenue?

Yesterday I had the very distinct pleasure of attending a presentation of new fabrics from Pepe Penalver. Susana Pulido from the company in Spain was in Sydney to show the collections.

I never tire of seeing beautiful fabrics and scheming great ways to use them. If only there were more rooms and more houses to decorate!

Tahiti has been inspired by the beautiful scenery and turquoise waters of French Polynesia. This collection is fresh and modern with a touch of fun. The bold, bright floral works beautifully with an irregular wide stripe and a small ikat spot.

The avant garde movement in France during the last decade of the nineteenth century was the inspiration for the collection Belle Epoque. The patterns and colours in the fabrics are elegant and romantic and I loved the urban Toiles de Jouy which depicts the wide French boulevards and building facades.

There were also three collections of velvets including a washed viscose and velvet that has a vintage look while the floral print is soft and delicate.

The Mad Men collection pays tribute to the elegant and sophisticated Madison Avenue Men of the ’50’s and ’60’s. Of course the television series has resurrected our interest in this refined era too. The collection naturally has a masculine feel which could be equally at home in a country villa or a city apartment.

Pepe Penalver is stocked here in Australia by Elliott Clarke and fabrics are available from us.

We would love to assist you with fabric selections for your home. Contact us for an online or in-person consultation.



On Friday I viewed the new fabric collection for Kravet by Interior Decorator Barbara Barry. The collection is called Indochine and has been inspired by Barbara’s travels throughout Asia.

Marco Polo Fabric

The range resonated with me having lived in Hong Kong and travelled extensively through Asia including Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore and China.

Palace Key Fabric by Barbara Barry

I enjoyed watching Barbara’s video . Have a look.

Barbara Barry Indochine for Kravet Fabrics


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

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