Monday, 12 April 2010

Vintage Bling - The New Black

I've been getting so many requests from my clients and potential clients for vintage sparkles, jewels and bling. There is and has been steadily growing, pushed to the fore by movies such as Alice in Wonderland, a cross media trend in vintage bling. Now, I am not taking about hot pink or gangsta bling, but undiscovered treasure chests, grandma's jewellery box, jewel ensrusted frames with chipped paint, faded whites with diamonds, bedazzled shoes, sequinned fabric, with worn areas.

The back to glamour trend reminds us of a showgirl's "before" costume, a la "Gypsy Rose Lee", that has been in the wordrobe for a hundred years in a dusty attic.

The fashion trend involves frayed edged tulle, interiors directions incorporate aged but quality chandeliers and neo victoriana. In graphic design and web design, artists are using traditional media, such as actually drawing with a pencil, photography that looks like film or better, toy cameras, to create stunning tactile sites and printed material.

Everything sparkles, twinkles and gleams. Logos, websites and brochures are bursting off the page in dimension, treatments, backgrounds,texture, collage, jewels, lace and bows. Image libraries are getting bigger and bigger, full of eclectic tidbits "that might come in handy".  I find broken thinks on the grow and keep it "just in case. This current trend appears to the magpie in some designers.

Images From Harpers Bazaar Australia April 2010 (fantastic edition this month - I had to buy 2, one for tearing up, one for the shelf).

Sunday, 11 April 2010

Beautiful Patterns, Colour and Texture

Jill Sharp Style - Powder Room[1]
A powder room by designer Jill Sharp Brinson; Jill custom designed the sink base. Image via Limestone and Boxwoods.

Stunning French Style Decorating

J'Adore this Chaise from Lovers Lounge UK

This is so how I would like to see my living room, from Cote De Texas.

Thank you to Whimsy By Victoria for these divine sources of inspiration. Love the robins egg blue, faded, mixed upholstery and feminine touches.
I am so in love with these rooms I want to live in them all!
Chandelier? Check. Accents of Robin's Egg Blue? Check? Lots of different whites? Check. Oh so slight distressed paint? Check. Tres chic? Totally!

Friday, 9 April 2010

Old School with a modern twist

Glamor by Eurolegno is Neo Baroque Furniture for the bathroom, a fabulous modular bathroom collection designed by Marco Poletti.

 Neo Baroque armchair Royal.

 Moda, a subdivision of the Italian design group Di Loddo & Perego, specialises in production of unique furniture with creative designs.

Surround yourself with exceptional luxury and luxury furnished dining room by the Modenese Gastone Italian company.

Wednesday, 7 April 2010

E. Coudray Paris - Since 1822

Steeped in traditions and history, french brand E Coudray, began during in 1822, during the reign of Louis XVIII, Edmond Coudray, doctor-chemist started to supply eaux de Cologne, creams, soaps, salves and pomades to the crowned heads of England, Belgium, Italy, Austria, Brazil and Russia.

He soon began to concoct luxurious perfumes for them and he still has devoted fans today. This brand with L.T.Piver, Lubin, Houbigant and Guerlain was among the five greatest perfume-makers of the 19th century. The house is reformatting the original perfumes, religiously preserved in its archives and cultivating the concept of the "Bath" with its pioneering perfumed body creams.

Available at the very beautiful 'MADAME B'
6 Inkerman Street, ST. KILDA 3182 VICTORIA Australia
MAIL ORDER TEL 0395343348

or visit the {very} french site at:

Saturday, 3 April 2010

Inspirational Office Spaces

Hunting lodge themed study - Toorak Melbourne, via
A work space should be inspiring, says Kristina Karlsson, creator of Kikki K as seen in her home office.
Photo: Eddie Jim for Sydney Morning Herald

 French style home office from Ideal Home Magazine
Natural home office, again from Idea Home.
The Classical Home Office - from Ideal Home Magazine UK.

Thanks to Porchlight interiors for this, and I do agree that it looks nice, but I couldn't look at myself all day...

some nice storage ideas if you use ribbon a lot : ).
I love the stark yet feminine feel of this office found on Laura U
Although of all the offices this is the one I like the most.

Very small space but very cute working area. From home office design blog