Feb 13, 2016

TRAVEL: the faded grandeur architecture of the Broadway Theatre District in downtown LA

Have you ever been on a walking tour of the heritage listed Broadway Theatre District 
in downtown LA?

Or spent time walking through this once-forgotten area of Los Angeles,
to admire the incredibly ornate buildings which opened 
during the Golden Age of Cinema,
from 1910 to 1931?

On a family holiday to NYC a few weeks ago,
I couldn't resist a stopover in LA to explore this architectural gem of history.

Dec 18, 2015

A chapter ends, a chapter begins : reflections on blogging

I'm reflecting about the future of blogging, 

as I become sentimental with the closing 

of the By Invitation Only international group of bloggers. 

Read it here.

May 11, 2015

Project Update : Dichotomy of Contrasts Apartment

One of the gorgeous projects I have been working on lately 

is an Apartment renovation for a very stylish client. 

I dubbed it the "Dichotomy of Contrasts" project 

because it is all about contrast of texture, colour,

and luxe versus familiar materials. 

It's now almost finished, 

so here are some images of how it is looking so far. 

Apr 25, 2015

What does a Building need to be, to create a Fabulous Hotel where you don't want to go home?

I recently stayed at the much applauded new Hotel Hotel

in Canberra,

and was surprised to discover

it made me feel like 

I never wanted to leave.

So what is it about a Hotel 

that makes you want to stay longer?

Could it be the building itself?

Apr 15, 2015

Is Ethical Luxury the New Black?

Made in Chicago, this bamboo fibre glamorous dress by Stix and Roses is typical of the new trend for Ethical Luxury.

Pondering about the growing trend for 

locally made, animal friendly, high quality material products 

around the world,

and whether, as Tom Ford suggested, 

that Ethical Luxury is the future in 

clothing, footwear, home wares, cosmetics, and food.

Apr 9, 2015

The latest Garden Trends from MIFGS 2015 :: colour, looseness, flow....

The return of informality, colour & a more Naturalistic planting style

were welcome observations at the recent

Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show,

held each Autumn in a glorious park in the city.

Of course, my camera was kept busy,

as there were lots of lovely gardens to admire....

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