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.

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

Green Shoes and Buttoned Seats – Saturday in Design

We’re winding down now and feeling a little tired on our trek back and forth across Sydney for Saturday in Design. Our next stop was Warehouse 625 which was an empty warehouse that had been converted into a funky showroom housing six companies. The place was pumping.

Warehouse 625

Warehouse 625

Bathe and Hansgrohe were showcasing their tap and bathroomware, Ilve had their ovens and cooktops, Interstudio had brightly coloured stools, Ontera Modular Carpets were reusing and recylcing carpet, Porters Paints had wallpaper by Catherine Martin, Classique had beautiful outdoor furniture, Studio Bagno had stunning bathroomware and Warwick Fabrics had their new collections on display. But the piece de la resistance had to be that amazing installation hanging from the ceiling over the stairwell. All those green shoes. How clever.

Green Shoes

Green Shoes

Back in the bus and up the hill to Gelosa who were also hosting Brisbane firm Comax. I love these Lola chairs and the many takes they have on them.

Standard Lola Chair by Comax

Lola Sister Chair by Comax

Lola Brother Chair by Comax

Lola Brother Chair by Comax

Lola High Backed Chair by Comax

Lola High Backed Chair by Comax

Laminex were also there. Hasn’t laminate come along way? Beautiful colours and fantastic decorative patterns for any situation.

Laminates in all colours and patterns

Laminates in all colours and patterns

And then we jumped a taxi and headed down to Darlinghurst to visit Mico and Stylecraft. The installation at Stylecraft was amazing. It was called “Binding The Senses” and was made of ring binders all interlocked together.

Ring Binder Installation at Stylecraft

Ring Binder Installation at Stylecraft

One more stop for the day, one last taxi ride, one last look around. “Hooray” say the feet. “Thank Goodness” says the head.

Crowning Glory

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Jewelled Crown Cake by The Ladygloom

It’s a long weekend in most parts of Australia with today being a public holiday for the Queen’s Birthday. It’s always nice to have an extra day off and spend time with firends and family. I thought I would share with you some right royal images I have found to make your interior fit for a Queen.

Cushion by French Country

Cushion by French Country

Regal Wallpaper from Cucci Interiors

Regal Wallpaper from Cucci Interiors

Timber Gift Tags from Venucci

Timber Gift Tags from Venucci

Regal Purple - the colour of kings

Regal Purple - the colour of kings

Royal Dog

Royal Dog

Happy Birthday Your Majesty.

Wow Power

Dutch company Eijffinger has just released a new collection of wall images called Wallpower Next.

Wallpaper Next provides so many options for interior decorating with 80 new images and include stunning, huge single-motif designs along with wall sized designs, drawings and text panels created by Eijffinger’s own design studio.

These images really get the imagination racing and provide limitless possibilities for any room. These are some of my favourites.

Bridge over troubled waters perhaps

Bridge over troubled waters perhaps

I have to love this one, it's my corporate colours!!!!

I have to love this one, it's my corporate colours!!!!

Turn it down

Turn it down

Breakfast time can feel like this

Breakfast time can feel like this

Take time to smell the roses

Take time to smell the roses

Anywhere but here

Anywhere but here

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