Jan 31, 2013

From a Garden to a Courtyard :: adaptation required!!!


Reading Janelle's Library of Design post about garden trends this morning had me 
almost weeping for my old garden, with its generosity of space,
abundant terraces, themed "mini" gardens
(including the black + white front garden, laid out in a yin + yang formation),
and a 40 metre long veggie garden bed,
which provided most of our produce throughout the year.

Jan 30, 2013

Masculine & Feminine Interior Design :: he, she or it???


Have always been fascinated by the way in which some buildings seem feminine,
and others masculine.
Sometimes it's hard to define why a certain building should be referred to as a "he" 
or another as a "she" but, unlike the grammatical English rules concerning ships and suchlike,
there really are no guidelines of which I am aware that dictate what a building should be.
So it is often more of a subtle thing - an instinctive feeling - dependent on the architecture itself.

And I would have to say that this home, 
designed by Allan Powell architects,
and recently for sale in Toorak, Melbourne,
is a prime example of a masculine building. 
And a very eclectic one at that...

Jan 29, 2013

Glamorously Garnet :: the birthstone for January


The Garnet, in all its sumptuous tones, is the birthstone for January. 
And while it can be a bit of a chameleon,
turning up in shades of orange, yellow, blue and green, 
it is generally the sultrily dark red which is most often associated with its use as a birthstone.
That luscious, deep, deep red which has a glamour all of its own.
Let's discover a little more about this gorgeous gem...


Jan 25, 2013

Two Glorious Gardens :: but very different...


Wouldn't you know it,
but the minute I move away from the Mornington Peninsula, 
Open Gardens Australia decides to have two of the most lovely gardens there open on the weekend. 
And two more different gardens I could not imagine,
even though they are a hop, skip and jump away from each other. 

There's the bushland-style, rugged beauty of Rick Eckersley's Musk Cottage,
where eucalypts tower in their majestic drama,
and rustic seats provide welcome shelter in the dappled shade.


And then, as a complete contrast in garden design,
there is Paul Bangay's Bagnols, a French Provincial inspired garden of clipped terraces, 
resplendent with roses and lavender.

Jan 24, 2013

A New Beginning...


After filling two enormous moving vans with what was clearly too-much-stuff,
packing no less than 150 cartons of also too-much-stuff,
(courtesy of the too-fabulous antique & op shops on the Mornington Peninsula),
we have finally disembarked in what the children are calling our "forever" house.

Jan 8, 2013

Dreaming of Summer Gowns....


As summer is well and truly making her presence felt in Australia this year,
with high temperatures pretty much around the country,
thoughts turn to gracious ways to still look elegant while the mercury rises.
And this collection from Collette Dinnigan, 
in colours from rich raspberry and mango to softest shades of seafoam blue,
has me dreaming of wearing such gowns,
instead of my current uniform of jeans & t shirt as I pack boxes for the move. 


So very elegant, aren't they? 
Ok, enough day dreaming...it's back to those boxes....


Jan 7, 2013

A White Weatherboard by the Beach :: Would you like to live here?


Perhaps it is because in a few days I shall no longer live by the beach,
but this house, tucked at the bottom of the Mornington Peninsula at Sorrento,
with its white simplicity and coastal charm,
and freshly on the market for summer,
has piqued my attention because it captures oh so perfectly that dream of so many:
a laid-back, elegant yet simple beach house.

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