Sep 20, 2012

If this isn't Glamorous, I don't know what is...

Long satin gowns with a 1930s femininity, 
twirls of feather boas in pale blush,
rambling gardens and faded stone walls...

Sep 18, 2012

A garden, a pool, shafts of sunlight :: would you like to live here?

The angularity of this house, currently for sale at Hawthorn, Melbourne,
 has been mirrored in the angularity of the garden,
yet both have warmth and softness.
I love this stepping stone path through the lawn - it's a little bit fun.
And it plays with the lines of the house.

Sep 7, 2012

Floral Fantasy :: on the student runway at Melbourne Spring Fashion Week

My very favourite bit of the melbourne spring fashion week
is the student showing.
These are the clever fashion design students at RMIT,
who are busily completing their 4th year.
(They are also the people who compete in the floral fashion event
at the Garden Festival.)

Sep 6, 2012

Same Room :: Different Looks :: Nothing subtle here...

If there is any doubt as to the power of styling,
I think these two rooms perfectly illustrate 
how influential it can be in creating atmosphere in an interior. 

Recognise the kitchen at the bottom?
It's from the house featured on my last post.
And the top kitchen?
It's the same room,
as it looked in 2010.

There are horses for courses, and neither is "wrong" or "right", of course,
with each appealing to different people. 
But for me,
the bottom kitchen is the dramatically glamorous one.
It makes me want to be in that space 
and start chopping up lemons for a margarita.

Sep 4, 2012

Lavender Grey, White Marble + Oak Chevron Floors...and is that a cocktail bar I see?...

 With rather more than a gentle nod to the romance of classical detailing,
this young residence by Christopher Day,
tucked into a salubriously leafy street in Toorak, Melbourne,
exploits its full glamour potential to the max with carefully styled furniture & elements by Molecule.

Sep 3, 2012

Fabulous Front Entrances :: a touch of Red...

Utterly, utterly different in era, style & architectural detail,
these two houses show just how fabulous a little touch of red
can be in commanding attention at the front door. 

The top image is a mid century modern house at Palm Springs, California,
with crisp black and white colourings defining the drama;
all the lines of which draw the eye to that incredibly happy red front door.
It's bold and zingy.

The bottom image is a Victorian terrace in South Yarra, Melbourne,
with deep skirtings, corbels, antique furniture and an adage of 
"more is better than less is more".
It's warm and cosy.

The two homes could not be more different,
and yet 
the red door & the red fanlight glass 
achieve exactly the same thing:
they attract the eye, add a punch of drama
and help to clarify exactly where the entrance lies.

Which all adds up to a Fabulous Front Entrance, I reckon.
Would you bravely go for a red front entrance,
or is too much?  

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