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10 Jun

street find

If you follow me on Instagram you would have seen that I found this wooden box on the weekend.   I did a quick supermarket run Saturday night and when I returned it was sitting, rejected, on the street near my home.

As soon as I spotted it I knew exactly what I would use it for.  It would sit in my kitchen and I’d rest my train scroll canvas on it. (It also opens and closes, so it’s perfect for storage)

As the saying goes, “One person’s trash is another person’s treasure

Just like adding unique pieces to your wardrobe,  I think you can discover great things for your home in unexpected places.  On your travels, at flea markets, garage sales, country markets and on the side of the road.  You just need to keep a creative eye out.

I’m considering giving it a makeover of either a wash of vintage green or grey paint.  What do you think?

Have you ever made an unexpected find for either your home or your wardrobe?

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Take Time To Notice Everyday Beauty Around You

24 Apr

Melbourne Central

Today when I was at Melbourne Central and heard the giant clock playing it’s tune, I peered over the edge of the rail as I walked past and noticed lots of people below were watching the little performance it was giving but there were also some people who were looking up. Skyward.  So I did too……and I realised, that despite the fact that I am sometimes in the complex shopping with clients five or more times a week,  I’d never taken the time to really look at the view of the glass dome and the Shot Tower housed within in it.

I think it can happen (well for me anyway, because I rush around so much) that we can fail to really see the beauty of some of our daily surroundings.

Our neighbours beautiful roses, the amazing view from our desk or simply the piercing clear blue sky.  The little things that make everyday life lovelier.

Next time you’re at Melbourne Central, make sure you look up, it’s quite spectacular.

Melbourne Central

Melbourne Central

Later in the day when I was having lunch in one of my regular laneway haunts, my view from the cafe was looking straight at one of my favourite Melbourne landmarks – the Majorca Building.

Melbourne Central

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Is Your Home Decorated To Reflect Your Personal Style?

13 Jun

Designer Erin Fetherston’s apartment is a wonderful example of how personal style is reflected in both decor and dress.  If you look inside her enviable closet you’ll notice that the texture and colors of her clothes resemble the furnishings in her home.  Her clothes, in soft muted blush tones, are a mix of vintage and modern, as are her furniture and fittings.  Notice how the gold shoes she is wearing are very similar in appearance to the light fitting in her dressing room and the tables and hanging birdcage in her lounge space.  The rug in her living area has a hint of sparkle and her wardrobe is full of clothes that are sequined and embellished.   Even the bed-spread and bed-skirt are very much like the fabric of some of her brocade jackets.

When I go to a client’s home for the first time, as soon as I walk in and see how the place is decorated, I usually get a good idea of what their clothes will be like.  If the two are very different (i.e. if the wardrobe is very classic and the home is very floral) there’s a chance that they haven’t really worked out and defined their personal style.  They may be feeling a little confused and unsure about what their style is and they need to spend some time having a good think about what feels most authentic and comfortable for them.

Is your personal style reflected in both your home and in the way you dress?

TIP: Start pinning both decor and clothes styles you like to Pinterest boards.  See if they mirror each other.  It’ll help you work out   the style that feels right to you.

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