Wednesday, 1 October 2014

brisbane open house.

Well September seemed to pass very quickly, so quickly in fact I didn't even get a chance to blog. But to celebrate the first of October, and hopefully a few more regular posts, I thought I would round up a few things I am hoping to see, do and peruse this month.

First up is Brisbane Open House on Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 October  - a great weekend for those, like me, who love to have a bit of a sticky beak at architecture and peep into places which are rarely open for inspection. This year the event will allow people to explore 90 buildings which are of historical and architectural interest including private homes, public buildings, heritage treasures and midcentury gems such a Torbrek.  There's also the opportunity to head backstage and checkout places like the Roma Street Fire Station, State Library, ABC Brisbane and take guided precinct tours led by some of Brisbane's best architects. 

Howard Smith Wharves – Ben Blanche
Spring Hill Baths

A few of the must see sights include the XXXX Brewery, The Gabba (Brisbane Cricket Ground), Port of Brisbane, Chapel of the Holy Spirit at St Francis Theological College and Torbreck (winner of the 2014 Queensland State Architecture Robin Gibson Award for Enduring Architecture). 

There's also a photo competition, children's program and speakers series with influential architects, landscape architects, designers, planners. The best way to fit it all in is to plan your weekend! For all the details head to the Brisbane Open House website here.

Translational Research Institute - photo- Christine Beardmore
QUT Science and Engineering Centre –photo- Paul Knie
ABC Brisbane Centre –photo- Deovahni Mutya


Thursday, 14 August 2014

fab flooring.

A little while ago I was asked by Choices Flooring to take my pick from their new Plantino Flooring Range as part of their Designer's Choice campaign. With over 20 different options to choose from within the range it was difficult to decide on just one, but I finally chose Plantino Engineered Oak which is available in a vast variety of lovely wood grain tones, in both standard and wide board widths.

As I absolutely love interiors with a modern beachy/ Scandi feel my favourite colours within the Plantino Oak range are - Cortisan Grey as it creates a lovely deep base upon which to layer a mix of neutral and colourful furniture and accessories. For timeless white-washed appeal you can't go past St Moritz and if you like just a hint of grey, Venito is just beautiful teamed with an all white interior.

If you're thinking of updating your floor now is the time to take the plunge, as if you purchase flooring from the Plantino range throughout August you'll receive a complimentary rug.

Also....if you love pinning your favourite looks and pieces for the home, you could win your favourite Plantino Flooring installed for free. Simply create a pinterest board which showcases your dream space and Plantino flooring product and you may just be the lucky duck who wins. For all the details head here.

After years of browsing pinterest but never actually pinning, I finally created my very first boards inspired by pieces which complement Cortisan Grey Engineered Oak flooring. It was so much fun creating my dream space. As I could have easily spent hours if not days pinning, I tried to limit myself to just a few select pins -some of the pieces I couldn't resist include Belynda Henry and Inaluxe art for the walls, a David Trubridge Pendant, Jardan couch, Loom rug and Skinny Laminx cushions...... it's nice to dream.


Wednesday, 6 August 2014

where love resides.

Oh my goodness...with spring just a few weeks away, now is the perfect time to take a peak at  Shannon Fricke's new spring collection Where Love Resides. For me the collection gets me dreaming of warmer longer days, fragrant blooms, siestas, beach walks, sandy feet beachcombing and holidays, all the things I love about spring.

Beautifully styled and shot on the beach, the collection is perfect for those who don't like matchy matchy linen and prefer a more mixed up layered approached. The colour palette peppered with a hint of pink includes beautiful indigo blues and greens, textural linen, cotton, velvet and pom pom embellishments both big and small, which I must admit I like.

Although not available until October, you can bide your time browsing through Shannon Fricke's other lovely wears here and perhaps pick up a cushion to tide you over. 

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

orla for all ages.

As I may have mentioned before I am a HUGE fan of Orla Kiely, so you can imagine my excitement when I discovered she has just released a range of bed linen, towels and cushions for kids. Now little people can enjoy Orla's bold graphic prints as well, with the around the world collection, bird watch, multi-stem dandelion and car collection. As Toot Toot Beep Beep is a favourite book in our house, I think my little man would love the car quilt - I will just have to wait until he upgrades to a bigger bed - it might be awhile. Perhaps by then though the collection will be stocked in Australia. For now though, you'll need to order through the Orla Kiely site here.

For bigger people there is also something new - the square flower collection and the sweet pea collection below. I love both....................straight to top of the Christmas wishlist!

Sunday, 13 July 2014

top four - super sofas.

I recently had the pleasure of compiling a selection of dream sofas for a feature in Home Beautiful - which is in the current August edition. As I am on the hunt for a new sofa myself, I fell in love with a lot! However, with not a lot of floor space to play with, I've find it tricky to to find something which is has just the right proportions. If space and price, weren't an issue, I'd happily take home any/all of the sofas below. The Mabel however,despite being super cute, is comparable in $ to a small car. At the other end of the spectrum the Soderhamn is budget friendly, yet after sitting and pondering in it at Ikea during the week (and getting the tape measure out), I discovered it's just too big for my spot. The search continues......

1. Jazz Sofa Oz Design
2. Mabel sofa by DonnaWilson Hub Furniture
3. Archie sofa Jardan
4. Soderhamn Ikea

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

too funny.

I just had to share this - quite possibly the cutest and funniest advert I've ever seen!
In case you can't read the text it says -

" Time spent away from your favourite friend can seem endless. That is why we created smartdrive technology, a clever way to get a wash down to just 15 minutes. 
Sadly that's still about a week in dog minutes."

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

winter hiatus.

Ooops, where did June go? I haven't been hibernating during winter, I've just been super busy and sometimes this poor blog doesn't receive too many updates when there's a lot to juggle. Admittedly when I do have a bit of spare time, I'm usually outside as the winter weather has just been amazing here. Although the ocean is far too chilly to take a swim, the water looks incredible in winter - so beautifully crystal clear and aquamarine, I've been a little obsessed taking photos of it daily.

So to ease back into things today I thought I'd share a few of my favourite recent pics - you can see a few more via instagram here