Oct 31, 2012

Happy Chic Halloween....

Wishing everybody a fabulously elegant Halloween this evening.
Um, is that a paradox? Elegant and Halloween in one sentence?
Well, Barbie and Ken think it's not. 
After all, any time is a good time for wearing chic black...

images :: blue fruit

Oct 30, 2012

Shades of Berry & Plum with an Edwardian Twist :: would you like to live here?

With all the floral flourishes of the Art Nouveau style,
this very charming Edwardian house mixes contemporary elements in a manner which embodies
the spirit of the original architecture,
but which injects it with a punch of energy.
See what you think...

Oct 29, 2012

A Basket of Beauty in the Bathroom... flowers, crystal, perfume...

It always amazes me just how much loveliness fresh flowers can bring to a simple day.
I picked this arrangement on the weekend, 
to fill a 1930s crystal basket vase, found in an antique shop a while ago,
which my cat thinks is actually his water bowl.
(He refuses to drink out of anything other than a vase,
after all, it would just be too predictable to drink from a cat bowl. No, no, no.)

Oct 27, 2012

An Opal Cocktail? Um, yes please!

Well, how about a little cocktail or two to get into the spirit of October,
and to honour the glorious birthstone of the month,
that multifarious Opal?

This is an oldie, but a goodie. 
And citrus flavoured cocktails always seem to be popular,
whatever the season.
Which reminds me, we're out of Cointreau. Again...


Oct 26, 2012

The Opal of October :: as multifarious as life itself...

As the only birthstone which comes in absolutely any colour,
the beautiful Opal of October is 
a gem reflecting the colour and pattern variations found in nature's bounty.

From palest ivory, tinged with blush pink, in Milk Opals
through cobalt blues & emerald greens in Black Opals,
to the lively radiance of the Fire Opal in lustrous orange and red,
this is one gem which simply will not be categorised.
But let's have a look at its story to discover a little more...

Oct 24, 2012

The Salter House by Walter Burley Griffin is on the market. That's rare...

As we are on a roll lately with houses holding architectural history merit,
I can't bear to let this little gem slip through. 

Designed in 1922, 
by the American architectural duo of Walter Burley Griffin & Marion Mahoney Griffin,
the Salter House is up for sale for only the 3rd time in its history.
It's one of the few houses designed by them which are still left standing in Australia.

Oct 23, 2012

Rescue Me Please :: I'm 1960s and (almost) ready to party...

Waiting, waiting, waiting to be rescued,
so the groovilicious party can begin.
Can we rescue this 1960s suburban modernist house,
which seems to have survived in a miraculous time warp,
and dress it up for contemporary living,
yet retaining the essence of its origins?
Let's see if we can...

Oct 22, 2012

Fabulous Front Entrances :: A rustic gate made from branches...

While walking in my neighbourhood the other day,
I happened across this rather gorgeous, 
definitely rustic,
gate made from fallen branches.
So delightfully simple, yet so very beautiful.

I guess it wouldn't keep out stampedes of wild elephants, 
but I haven't noticed any elephants around here lately,
so this does rather nicely!
Do you like it?

images :: blue fruit 

Oct 17, 2012

Would you like to live in a Frank Lloyd Wright house???

Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1928,
but not built in his lifetime,
this rather extraordinary adobe house is on the market.

Oct 16, 2012

Sapphire Blue :: the most glamorous blue of them all ...

It's probably no surprise that blue is my favourite colour. 
(And, for an interior designer, it's hard to classify a "favourite".
I love all colour. )

Pale blue is delicate, navy is sophisticated. Aqua is forever summer.
But Sapphire Blue...ah...it's in a league of its own in the glamour stakes. 

So, despite the fact that we have left September behind,
and Halloween is bearing down upon us,
I can't bear to think that we have left September's birthstone out of our series,
so just before we honour the Opal of October,
let's revel in the utter glamour and beauty of the lustrously rich blue Sapphire....

Oct 11, 2012

Breath-taking beauty of Apple Blossom :: in my garden...

 Every spring, the garden at the front of my house erupts 
in an explosion of white flowers : lillies, freesias, paper daisies, convulvulus, indian hawthorn.
But absolutely nothing compares with the spectacular show put on by the crab apples...

Oct 8, 2012

A Fabulous Front Entrance :: welcoming symmetry...but not perfectly so...

Not sure how September truly escaped me, 
but in between dashing off interstate to visit my father, managing some rather wonderful projects,
settling my youngest into a new school and life in general,
there has been nary a moment, in the last few weeks, to post any thoughts on Glamour Drops.

But when I found this beautiful front facade,
belonging to a house for sale in Malvern, 
with its glorious marching sentinels of fence pillars,
I just couldn't resist lingering over the images for a few moments,
because it truly is a Fabulous Front Entrance,
and worthy of reflection.

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