Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Home Style... Urban Elegant Brownstone, New York

I've lost count of how many floors this lovely brownstone building has (I think I stopped at 4?) and I haven't added the roof top garden!

Elegant creams, natural flooring and gilded finishes give this lovely home a cozy and inviting feel.  Usually I go for that bright modern white wall look, but the elegance of this creamy, buttermilk, sandy palette kinda appeals to me right now.

Of course I love that gallery wall in the dining area; all manner of frames and sizes and prints; and the living room with the fireplace and those tub chairs... well I can see myself there drink in hand at the end of dinner.  The kitchen, rustic and chic with those exposed shelves showcasing all manner of vessels, platters and servingware, against the subway tiles just oozes all business for a master chef don't you think?

But then the addition of the dark grey wall finished in Venetian plaster in the master bedroom, together with the sumptuous bed linen (is that Frette?)...just gorgeous!!

I do so love me a chandelier here and there too...

Are you feeling it?

Photographs Matthew Williams
Images via LivingEtc

Monday, 1 September 2014

Monday Covered Up

Let's welcome the first day of the week with a spring in our step (fitting for the season), and a light touch of colour in our cover ups.

Spring pastels are always a nice way to welcome these spring showers don't you think?

Photo Satoshi Saikusa
Madame Figaro August 2014

Friday, 29 August 2014

In The Schedule

The buds are just about to open in our garden... it must be coming up to Spring; and with this recent burst of sunshine during the week just gone, I'm looking forward to a fresh take on the garden and perhaps a fresh take on a cleaned out wardrobe!

Great time for a spring clean...

+  Take some time to view this chic editorial photographed by Will Davidson for Vogue Australia's September issue.  Floaty chiffons, elegant neck ties and dreamy silhouettes while we ponder the transition from winter to the summer sun in the coming months.

Delphine Arnault

+ Who can get the world's most influential designers in one room, on the same table? I mean Karl, Raf, Phoebe, Marc, Nicholas, Humberto and Riccardo are pretty busy right?, but when Delphine Arnault's office calls and months of planning and logistics follow, it's only natural that the designers all employed by the french luxury conglomerate LVMH of which Delphine is positioned as perhaps next in line, make themselves available.  A really interesting read on Delphine's background, her experiences, and her work moving forward through ranks in this influential business via WMagazine here.

+   Who doesn't like a bit of neat and organized?...I would love to set up camp in this office area... well let's not pidgeon hole myself... I'd set up camp in this enitre home too while I'm at it.  A renovated home in Melbourne's Camberwell, designed by Mardi Doherty of Doherty Design, by way of Est magazine.

Tiffany T rings

+  Take a look at the new Tiffany's collection; from the house's first female design director (really!?) Francesca Amfitheatrof.  If the name sounds familiar it's because you might have read it on her own jewellery designs previously or you might have seen her designs for Marni (eyewear), Fendi (jewellery), Asprey (silverware) and Alessi (objects).  Read about her background and her vision for Tiffany here via T Magazine.

+  So intricate, so delicate, so sumptuous.... of course, it's the Dior sneaker; take a look at the making of a Dior sneaker in all its layered complexity, via Garance Dore's website here.  Now that's what you call Hi-Lo!

+  As the weather slowly warms up, I'm going back to Natural Yoghurt and fruit and nuts for brekky and can forgo a tea or coffee in the morning; nothing too fancy I know, but then I saw this image above and knew I had to hunt down the source for another option.  Roast Grapes and Goats Yoghurt via Lily.  Isn't it just enticing?

Have a lovely weekend...

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Natural Ladylike

Elegant and ladylike one minute; barely there and natural the next; Daria Werbowy exudes an earthiness and balance that seems in contrast to the luxury fashion world she inhabits for work.

I even think that she's a bit of a modern day Linda Evangelista in her chameleon ways don't you think?

Photography Josh Olins
WSJ Magazine September 2014

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Home Style, Soothing and Light, Melbourne

When it's a crazy hectic week outside wouldn't it be fabulous to come home to this soothing interior?

A classic renovation in Melbourne's suburb of Prahran by the team at StudioFour bringing in loads of light, adding the light touch of pale wood, and increasing floor space and a sense of lightness with the pale palette.

How about that bookcase wall - love it!

Now if I could just find out where those bowls and containers are from on the kitchen bench I'll be happy!

Photography Shannon McGrath
Via HabitusLiving

Monday, 25 August 2014

Monday Hi-Lo

Mostly I just want an easy way to dress.  Items that are comfortable and urban, easy to wear and easy to take care of, look chic and still perform.  It's all that's needed in my daily life.

So I instantly fell for this editorial of a mix of Hi-Lo and hardly any maintenance at all, featured in Vogue Spain September 2014.  And if you work in a creative environment, these are looks you can style from your own wardrobe too.

I am definitely looking to upgrade my sneaker shelf at the moment, so next to the coloured pairs I currently have, I'm going back to a plain white leather.  I hear a pair of Stan Smiths are the classic go to for Spring.

I also love that dainty pearl ring in the first image below.

Photography Benny Horne
Vogue Spain, September 2014
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