Thursday, July 28, 2011

Vintage vaunt

A long-overdue follow-up Wardrobe Wander with the lovely Bianca Loiacono is on its way.Bianca has a fabulous collection of vintage frocks, as well as lots of cool retro stuff for little people.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Blonde love

Oh, Marilyn. So beautiful.
Image courtesy of The Independent
This image from here.
I found both images at one of my favourite blogs SF Girl By Bay.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Bathing beauty

It's been a long time coming, but I have a new bathroom.
It's almost complete, but to an unsuspecting eye, it looks done!
It seems like that peculiar mix of "only yesterday and ages ago" when I was at this stage of the renovation.

I'm so glad I asked for the little recess/shelf in the wall. Tiling it was hard, but worth it.

The gorgeous '50s green ceramic pedestal basin has been kicking around for about two and a half years. I picked it up for a bargain with this renovation in mind; it's the perfect "one accent colour" I was after for my all-white bathroom. It's elegant and has a large, wide surround for sitting bits and pieces on and most importantly, because it's not boxed in and built in it's easy to clean all the way around.

The little vintage mirror above the handbasin and the large mirror on the opposite wall "mirror" each others curvaceous shape. It's the little things.

The oval ceiling-mounted chrome shower-curtain rail, from Period Details , was the most expensive element in my renovation! Seriously. It was even more expensive than the bath, the tiles and the chrome trombone shower/bath set. Unbelievable.

Monday, July 18, 2011

The light fantastic

I have a lamp and lightshde obsession.
There, I've admitted it.
But surely you can see why? The curvaceous, linear shapes of many lightshades are too lovely to hide, so I haven't. I've just embellished them with some of my many, many beads.
I think this one has a bit of a Swedish feel with all that wood.

If you are interested in something similar shoot me an email here, message me on Facebook, or leave a comment below.

In the home-made spray booth.

Watching paint dry...

Saturday, July 16, 2011

New York dolls

Tales of Endearment comes through with the goods again. Natalie Joos has certainly got that certain je nais se quois. This would have to be my favourite shoot so far. Doesn't it make you just want to head to New York and hang out with these girls?!

Friday, July 15, 2011

Vintage road trippin'

I have so many photos, and I'm going to do the next few blog posts in chronological order.
First up, the op-shopping road trip to Launceston.
I simply cannot give away our locations, but we all did rather well.

The trip also meant a return trip to Fresh. And a snoop around the other rooms (I wondered why this groovy space with great food and great coffee was so empty, on a Saturday morning, the last time I visited - well it wasn't! The rest of the patrons were in the other rooms!).

Fresh's interior boasts kitsch, '70s style - I love it. I want those chairs!

How about the giant Tretchikov print on the wall?! And the tub chairs.

Another room! Yes, I really had no idea what was going on last time I was there . Great mosaic-effect wallpaper.

Blackalicious and chandeliercious...?

Good-looking lights.

Whoever did the interior design here has some good style goin' on.

Simple and effective.

And now for the food...

The infamous share plate (did I mention Fresh is vego?)

Quinoa with a smoked paprika spicy tomato and vegetable combination...

Big couscous with black-eyed beans.

All done. Thanks, Fresh. Seeya next time...

Monday, July 11, 2011

Holiday load

I'm back from five fabulous days in Melbourne; my old stomping ground.
My luggage is a little heavier, so that means making room in my wardrobe.
I bought a few pieces in the sales but also scored some secondhand goodness.
I have a new-found respect and appreciation for vintage (although, I don't think I ever really lost it) after flitting through Melbourne's pre-loved outlets.
On the one hand: some of the prices a variety of secondhand shop owners were asking, for polyester and nylon '70s dresses, was unbelievable and on the other: the cheaper op-shops have been well and truly picked over - the $200+ '70s dresses now made some kind of absurd sense - this is the new "vintage", all the proper vintage (pre-1970s, even '60s for the purists) is hanging in wardrobes.
Luckily Tasmania still has the goods - I just picked up a good selection of bits and pieces on the way home from the airport.
But a girl can't keep it this space for news of a mega-vintage sale in the not-too-distant future.

Speaking of wardrobes, Caroline Stridfeldt's, found at Swedish blogger Elin Kling's site Style by Kling, is particularly chic, and sooo organised! I need to try harder in the organisation department.
Oh, and still speaking of wardrobes, a new Wardrobe Wander is imminent. Birdy Popcorn 's beautiful, stylish, lovely and talented Bianca Loiacono opened up her home and wardrobe for me while I was in Melbourne.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Warehouse the love

I'm scouting around in Melbourne, gathering images and stories for, but you're going to have to wait a few more days. Sorry.
Until then, thought I'd share a few warehouse images from emmas designblogg.
I've always wanted to live in a warehouse; I think it's the endless spaces, high ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows that I love, but primarily I'd love to live right in the middle of a city, where many of the old, character-filled warehouses are.
There are more great images over at her site but these two are my favourites.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Sooner rather than letter

Yes, I too - like Bri from Design Lovefest - would do almost anything to get my hands on an original sign letter like these she posted on her site.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

I caught a dream catcher

In my yesteryear world, dream catchers were the butt of jokes.
The height of poor taste, the spider-webby, feather-strewn, woven-like objects were something to be laughed at in interior decor.
But now, like many of us have do to often in our lives, I have to eat my words.
I bought one yesterday and I LOVE it.