Friday, July 30, 2010

Friday Flowers

I love spring flowers, all the bulbs flowering - tulips,sweetpea, daffodils and jonquils. These and a bit of sunshine today make everything okay. Here are a couple of images of flowers in the shop

Have a good weekend - Kris xx

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Cushions, cushions

Here are some gorgeous cushions, delivered today, for display in the shop. Great new fabrics from Unique Textiles and a beautiful embroideded linen from Etamine.

Will post more pictures when the rest of the display arrives.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Bedroom Chair

Here are some before and after photo's of a bedroom chair that we recently recovered for Mel. The chair was Mel's grandmothers and has been recovered to make it work in Mel's bedroom.

Gone is the 60's orange and pink floral......

Replaced with a cuddly velvet in Duck Egg blue. Perfect for a corner in the bedroom.....

Monday, July 26, 2010

Bathroom Inspiration

I love a long soak in the bath after a long day....
Here are some inspirational bathroom images from my files....

Tranquil and calming.....

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Trinket Box

I picked up this lovely little trinket box on ebay of about $5 - love the bamboo design and what a bargain.

Pictured with Butterfly artwork on vintage book from Etsy by Faux Kiss which I love and a gorgeous camillia from a lovely old gentleman that lives around the corner from my studio and brings me flowers, lemons and ice-creams in summer. Thanks Les.....

Faus Kiss - Etsy store

Wednesday, July 21, 2010


I came across this image on a lovely blog called "Poppy and Leo" created by Caroline in Boston. The photo is taken by Taylor Olcott.

What a beautiful image.....the contrast between the magenta blossom and the red of the barn. I love it.

Blog: Poppy and Leo
Photographer: Taylor Olcott

Monday, July 19, 2010

Adelaide for the weekend

I was in Adelaide for the weekend, as I have one sister living there and its was my nephew's first birthday. Boy has that year flown.....

The last couple of times we have been over, we have stayed at the Soho Hotel, its a great little boutique hotel with simple rooms and gorgeous Missoni fabrics. Here are a couple of images of the hotel's interior.

Images : Soho Hotel, Adelaide

Friday, July 16, 2010


I got this flyer in the mail for garden maintenance and loved the image. Prompted me to take a couple of photo's of my beautiful magnolia tree at the front of my house. Its over 100 years old and just coming into flower, providing the possums keep away.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Country Quilts

Loving the American folkarts right now.
Here are some amazing vintage quilts, maybe its these cold Melbourne nights that have got me inspired.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

American Country Style

I love elements of American Country interior design. Here are some great inspirational images.

Blue and White spongeware pitchers

Shaker style pegs

Vintage weathervane

Spongeware pitchers and vintage roosters

Images : American Country Style

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Ann Grafton

I had the honour of attending a presentation of the new GP&J Baker collections, including, Baker, Threads, Baker Lifestyle and Mulberry brands yesterday. The collections were presented by Ann Grafton, who is the Managing Director and Head of Design at GP&J Baker UK. Ann is a textile designer with over 20 year experience, who before joining Baker (about 6 years ago)was the creative director of Colefax & Fowler.

Ann Grafton (middle) with Nerida from Elliott Clarke on the right.

Design Studio mood boards

Amazing fabric presentation blankets

Mulberry's iconic design, Flying Ducks

Ann provided some great insights into the stories behind the fabric designs and told us how she developed the Threads brand, creating 350 fabrics over a two year period, to fill a gap in the market for gorgeous textures and decorative designs, in a more comptemporary design and palette, compared to the rest of the Baker range.

Thanks to Nerida and the team at Elliott Clarke for a great inspirational afternoon with Ann.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Asuka Wallpaper

Asuka Wallpaper is a deign by Osborne and Little several years ago, but the design keeps popping up, especially in the wallpaper. I mst admit, I love the design and here are some images I had saved.

The fabric is also amazing. An oldie but a goodie, as they say.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Potting shed

The bulbs are starting to flower, spring is looming, so I thought I wou.ld spend some time on the weekend in the garden. Here are some wonderful images of potting sheds, that can not help to inspire...

Have a good weekend

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Tsar Rugs

I was driving past Tsar rugs in St Kilda Road this morning and the rugs on display at Tsar, really caught my eye. Here are some of the rugs from their latest collection.

Crochet Rose - NZ Wool and matt silk
Great pixalated rose design

Besty - NZ Wool
Love the mosaic tile design

Congo -NZ wool
Classic chevron design with vibrant colours

Check out the full range at Tsar

Monday, July 5, 2010

Daylesford for the day

On the weekend I decided to head off to Daylesford for the day. It was a fine day (cold but no rain) and it turned out to be the Daylesford Craft Weekend, to the joy of my husband.

After a great lunch at Koukla, comprising of a wood fired pizza to start and pork belly with red cabbage and hazelnut salad, we explored the town and checked out the Craft and Farmers Market.

(Interior of Koukla)

I also visited Lark, a gorgeous store that supports hand-made products and not-for-profit groups. They were having a garage sale and I picked up a couple of items.

Coffee and cake to finish and provide the stamina for the drive back to Melbourne.

Lark -