DESIGN FROM DOWN UNDER

DESIGN FROM DOWN UNDER

I’ve been increasingly drawn to Australian interior design over the last few months, after having a good oogle at a couple of their design mags on a flight back home.  Literally almost every single space I see makes my eyes pop out of my noggin, so I thought I’d do a little round up this week of a few of my faves. Incorporating more light, bright, natural finishes than you can shake a stick at, a large smattering of Balinese/general Indonesian decor and a focus on indoor/outdoor spaces, these are guaranteed to make your day – I recommend you go make yourself a cuppa and take some time over them. LOVE all these relaxed, airy, bright living spaces.  All the stunning natural finishes – leather, linen, petrified wood, feathers, rattan, acacia, cow hide, seashell, reindeer (?? – I’m fairly certain a reindeer never featured in ‘Neighbours’, what else could this be?  Ooh kangaroo maybe.  Sorry, digressing.) fur, hammered bronze and sisal – prevent the white/neutral schemes from becoming boring and meh. Gorgeous bedroom vignettes: See here for more trad ceiling rose/contemporary pendant eye candy. A couple of cute little people’s rooms: Some stunning mixed-material contemporary kitchens: Cracking bathrooms: Love me an outdoor bathroom, I do: And these outdoor spaces are all pretty killer also: Helllllo outdoor shower, this needs to happen again in my life at some point: {all...
SWING ARM WALL SCONCES

SWING ARM WALL SCONCES

I’ve spent about 18 hours this week gawping online at swing arm wall sconces, hunting down the perfect piece for my Serangoon Condo client.  I love incorporating these plug-in suckers into projects, as they pack maximum punch design-wise with minimum faff and rewiring.  In fact, no faff or rewiring whatsoever. Whether you go for a design classic like the Flos 265 Swivel Sconce {top left} or Serge Mouille Lamp {top right} {see here for more of these aliens}, a more industrial bare-bulb option, or even some traditional{ish} sconce-with-shade shizzle, there’s a swing arm out there for every style!...
OUTSTANDING OUSHAKS

OUTSTANDING OUSHAKS

I seem to have a nine year old’s skills in titling blogposts…there’s nothing like a spot of alliteration.  Err random start.  SO today I thought we should talk oushak rugs, ladies and gents. I have had a soft spot in my heart for these for a long long time now – adding the perfect exotic/ethnic vibe underfoot but without the more saturated and vibrant palettes you so often get with Persian rugs, they complement a really wide array of different interiors styles. Named after the city of Uşak in Turkey {please excuse the weird bold ‘s’}, these rugs have traditionally always been amongst the finest produced in the whole country – indeed a study of the rugs found in Istanbul’s largest mosques found that they were almost exclusively these intricate, high end specimens, with their star, medallion and floral motifs. Typical palettes include gold, soft blues and greens, greys, blush pink, ivory, terracotta and cinnamon; lots of gorgeous, soft, naturally-occurring dyes.  And the wool used is of a very high calibre, super silky and light-reflective, which adds even further to the visual appeal of the colours. All of these factors add up to one rather large blow to the bank balance – these puppies do not come cheap but blimey O’Reilly are they beautiful: Fave inspo shots below – this first one on the RHS has been in my brain for a long long time now: Loving them paired with statement chandies in these next two: They’re fantastic for adding visual interest to fairly neutral spaces: Or to offset darker floor and wall finishes: {credits} YUM.  I am all over these like a pigeon on...
CHIC IN CAPE TOWN

CHIC IN CAPE TOWN

I was looking at some old design mags the other day and came across this cracking Cape Town pad featured in Living Etc a while back.  I remember at the time I took note of it as I’ve done something similar-ish on a smaller scale with the pendant lighting in my home (below left) and it made me regret not adding about 17 more of the blighters to the fixture. I usually go for more light and bright spaces, but the moody masculine palette and diverse texture range really speak to me here.  Plus the botanicals situation.  Plus the reclaimed wood wall cladding.  Plus she looks like a nice lady. {credits} But out of all the gorgeousness it was the grey tufted leather sofa that most caught my fancy.  I did a little ode to the Chesterfield (and Queeny) a few years back now but I’ve never really looked into these more modern versions. So in order to desperately delay for as long as possible the process of figuring out all the costs, both direct and indirect, sunk and opportunity, going into 101 individual home decor pieces (GAH), I have been on a little internet perambulation (hope you’re not reading this Sarah – ha, busted) looking at more of these contemporary tufted beauts. The one in this home is apparently from a store in Cape Town, but Restoration Hardware’s Soho collection (upholstered / leather) is oh so similar. Mmm mmm mmmm, I can see one in Chestnut (caramel, duh) leather in my life. Also check out their Soho daybed – look at it, it’s a monster: {credit} Don’t think it would do well in Asia, it’s about...