Monday, May 31, 2010

Claw Foot Tubs

I don't know about you, but I love a soak in the bath, with my favourite Jo Malone bath oils. One day I would love a gorgeous claw foot tub. Here are some great images of the classic bath in both contemporary and traditional interiors.

Love the ceiling in this photo above - what amazing pressed metal cornices and ceiling panels.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Faux Bamboo

I was trawling the internet and discovered this amazing vintage buffet available from a US online store...... Wish I could find these things here.

Below are some other great pieces from the same site

White fretwork cabinet
Bamboo Lamp

Fretwork mirror

"Pieces" website

Friday, May 28, 2010

I love Chinoiserie designs and there are none better in wallpapers, than the gorgeous, expensive de Gournay hand paints wallpapers. de Gournay has traditionally specialised in 18th century Chinoiserie and 19th century French designs.
One day...... I can dream

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Snapshot of Paris

I was cleaning up my photo library on my laptop and came across some photo's I took in Paris a couple of years ago. Here are some images from one of my favourite cities, that inspire me....

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Fashionable Frills

Love this image...what girl doesn't want to wear frills at some point.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Lizzo Collection

Lizzo is a spanish fabric house and today I saw their new collection.
Luxurious velvets, silks and linens made up the collection with the inspiration drawn from the following sources:

Ducale: Venetian art of the XV century, a period of grand splendour in the city, was what inspired us to create this collection.

Provenza: For the creation of this collection we were inspired by the French Provence, surrounded by floral patterns and sun-bleached pastel tones.

Here are a couple of images of the collection.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Stunning Lorca Cushions

I just had to take a photo of these stunning Lorca cushions we just had made for a client. Gorgeous mint silk cloth with exquisite embroidery. I know my client will love the finished cushions when she collects them........ who wouldn't.....

Thursday, May 20, 2010

New Romo collection

It's been a busy week, but today I had a chance to see the new Romo Collection. Gorgeous prints, great weaves and some beautiful refinded wools. Below are some images of the collection:

Finlay - Wools
I love these.....Paul Smith style stripes.

Sapota - Prints
Bright pink, soft dcuckegg and a great blue all feature in the colour palette.

Fiora - Weaves
Great quality weaves , stunning for bedding, curtains or decorative accessories.

Even better newa, is that the prices are very, very competitive. Hope you like them. Sample books should be in the studio in a couple of weeks.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Book - In the Pink by Carleton Varney

Dorothy Draper is a famous American decorator. Like Martha Stewart, Draper was a preacher and teacher whose how-to books and Good Housekeeping columns provided middle-class housewives with affordable ideas for making their homes more functional and comfortable. Thanks to her originality as a stylist and her daring as a businesswoman, she became one of the most respected career women in the United States. She shocked the design world in 1937 when she decorated the thirty-seven-story Hampshire House apartment hotel on Central Park South in New York City, delivering a project that became indicative of her signature touch "baroque fantasy."

In the Pink: Dorothy Draper, America's Most Fabulous Decorator, by Carleton Varney is a great book. Varney, who is uniquely positioned as the author of this book, joined the Dorothy Draper, Inc. in 1960, when he was twenty-nine years old. Forty-two years later, he continues to keep her legend alive.

Carleton Varney at a book signing

Interiors created by Carleton Varney, using Dorothy Drapers influence.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

David Hicks

I love the geometric patterns created by 60's English designer, David Hicks. David is deceased, however his son, Ashley Hicks, continues the tradition by designing fabrics with graphic style and powerful colour sense with a gentler and more usable contemporary style. Below are some image from one of his designs called LA FIORENTINA.

Fabrics available from Lee Jofa - Groumdworlk

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

I love this....

Sorry I have beeen missing in action for a few days.
I came across this stunning vintage fabric swatch book. I love it.......

Came across this image on a great French antique blog :

Friday, May 7, 2010

Mothers Day

Wishing all the mums out there a wonderful mothers day.... enjoying your day with family and loved ones. Hope you are a wonderful day and are spoilt......whether it's breakfast in bed made by the kids or a great bunch of flowers.

I'm looking forward to making lunch for my mum and catching up with the rest of the family.
Kris xoxo

images: Martha Stewart website

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Garden Inspiration

I came across images of this beautiful garden at a property called Ercildoune, near Ballarat in Victoria and thought of my mum. She is a keen gardener and has been developing her garden in the country (Gippsland) for several years.

Ercildoune’s centrepiece is a two-storey granite mansion surrounded by six hectares of formal grounds studded with grand trees that provide a breathtaking backdrop to the gardens, which include sweeping lawns, huge garden beds, wooded dells, fruit trees and an inner walled garden that was built in the 1870s and filled with roses.

I love the house (who wouldn't) and the garden is stunning. See the full story about Ercildourne's restoration at: