Apr 28, 2010

Time wall finished...

The entry wall in my home 
has just been completed, 
and here it is - a monument to time. 
If you look carefully, 5 o'clock states 
my oft-cried motto 
"Never enough time... in life to do everything I want to do!"

The remaining numbers are a mixture of 
charcoal and white felt, glitzy diamante. 
(Well, what else, in a 1971 building dedicated 
to all that was glamourous in the Mid Century era?)

The gold stripes are painted in the fabulous 
Porters Paints Rose Gold - low VOC paint 
that is lusciously thick - feels like painting 
with melted vanilla icecream...

images :: blue fruit

Apr 16, 2010

Mirrors, gold and luscious Chocolate Brown - oh so luxe!

Now this is how chocolate brown looks fab and luscious! Lots of mirrors, sparkly crystal, amber lights and rich timbers. I came across this image of the Mamilla Hotel when I was hunting for inspiration for a project I am working on.

Busy designing the conversion of a 1980s chocolate brown brick house into a Glamourous Modern Home for a gorgeous, stylish family. Slowly working our way through the whole house - and at the moment it is the much needed guest wing that is getting the Luxe Touch! Inspired by the 1980's, I am working with the chocolate brown brick as a contrast against walls of acid yellow penny round tiles, copper glass Bisazza mosaics and masses of glossy white, white, white details.

Just need a chocolate liqueur and Advocat cocktail - set upon a mirrored tray - to set it all off!!!

Apr 9, 2010

What is hiding in the Bushes?

How about this for the quintessential bush retreat in 
the gloriously wild Australian landscape?

It snuggles into its setting so delicately, 
that it almost resembles the darkened twisted forms of 
the gorgeously ghosted gum trees.

Drama as an art form - the house, designed by 
architect David Luck as a weekender - 
(which allows for a lot of potential experimentation with layouts)
- is composed of 4 pavilions.

And, if you would Love to Live Here
you can, because it is currently for sale. 
Located in the fabulous Red Hill area of 
Melbourne's Mornington Peninsula, 
surrounded by excellent Pinot Noir producing 
wineries and rolling hills of gums and ferns, 
with views of the adjacent bays, 
this just simply has to be a slice of heaven.

Details of the sale are on Domain.

Apr 7, 2010

Art Deco Glamour and THAT Paris Exhibition...

Vincent Van Gogh, Starry Night

I have just spent the most inspiring, 
indulgent Easter weekend in Canberra, 
ostensibly to allow my Eldest Darling Son 
to check out Australian National University 
as a potential spot for next year's imbibing of information, 
but which also gave us the perfect excuse 
to enjoy the Paris Exhibition.

Despite the horror stories of queuing for up to 3 hours, 
we were very lucky and managed to get in after 
a short wait of 20 minutes in the queue. 
 And no matter how long the queue - the collection is worth it! 
It's not the size of the collection that makes it fantastic 
- in fact it may be the small numbers that help 
create the feel of a private salon viewing - 
but it is the selection of the paintings 
which transported me to another time, another place, 
another world of historical glamour,
long gone...
Albert Besnard, Madame Roger Jourdain

Gorgeous, riveting painting
- but the wild and wonderfully scandalous (ultimately tragic)
life lived by the subject above makes a story
every bit as intriguing as the painting is beautiful.

These paintings appeared to be lit from within
- such is the quality of light and lightness
that emanates from the canvas. 
And one can only marvel at how exciting
that would have been in a world yet to discover
electric lighting and digital images.
Maurice Denis, The Muses

And a visit to such historical wonders was deliciously enhanced
 by a stay at the glamourously Art Deco historical abode in Canberra...

Dearest Darling Husband is here 
enjoying the finer things in life, 
aka afternoon tea in the courtyard 
of the decadence of deco - the Canberra Hyatt.

 Something about the colours of Art Deco
that just breathes elegance
- is it the creamiest of clotted creams,
the midnight darkness of black,
and the hints of dusky rose reds,
backlit by flashes of shiny chrome perhaps? 
I love it all, and it is a most elegant place to indulge in the wonderful calming institution of Afternoon Tea.

And finally, 
for the last word on historical glamour, 
who can go past the pure perfection of a bottle of No 5? 
Oh well, I did say the last word, 
but I just had to finish with a collection of gorgeous Old Fashioned roses blooming in the Canberra autumn 
- we are talking historical glamour, after all....

images: National Gallery of Australia,
Park Hyatt Canberra & Blue Fruit
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