Wednesday, June 8, 2011

My African Love

When I first met my husband, he was living in South Africa and I was here in Sydney.  Our romance quickly escalated into a full-blown 18th Century style, cross-continental love affair, complete with treasured letters and swooning hearts.  To be together meant taking a leap of faith... but our love proved far bigger than the ocean that divided us.

Tomorrow, we are taking our 9 month old baby boy back to visit the country of his ancestors.  We leave for South Africa in the morning... I'm so excited (and busy) I can barely think straight!  I thought I would share with you two photos I sent Andre in the early days of our romance....



I will try and blog a little from the road but please forgive me if there is a lapse in the posts... I'll be busy spotting giraffe and elephant!


Saturday, June 4, 2011

Timber Clad Vaulted Ceiling

I'm about to call it a day... read my little boy a story... cook some nachos... curl up on the sofa with my love... but before I do any of that, I just had to share this gorgeous ceiling detail with you.  I love the scale and proportions of the space, the cladding and the cozy window seat.  Heavenly I say!

Wishing you all a snuggly Saturday evening!


Image from here

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Painted Stairs

Such a simple approach to decorating a stairwell, but I love the result!  The darker shade used on the treads creates a subtle accent while the series of whimsical bird etchings add an understated, yet punchy touch.  Quirky, pretty and totally gorgeous... ADORE it!  

What wonders lie at the top of those stairs do you think?

Image from here

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Decorating Master Class: Colour Injection

As you know, I'm a die-hard advocate of the 'White on White' school of interior styling, but that doesn't stop me from having moments of intense fascination with colour.  To prevent homes from becoming bland and lifeless, injections of bright, beautiful, fun colour are sometimes the perfect antidote.  

Creating the perfect scheme is the crucial step... start with a collection of images, colour swatches, fabrics and wallpapers that you love.  Play with them, mix them up, try startling combinations - you will be surprised where the exercise takes you.

You can then peel back the layers to start piecing together a colour scheme that reflects your theme...

For me, a little goes a long, long way, but don't be afraid to be daring if it suits your personality... your home should be a total expression of your individuality!

Images from here, compiled by me
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