Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Now that it's cold outside, I've got my Winter rituals going. First up, I put flannel sheets are on the children's beds, the fire has been going most nights and I'm cooking soups and stews. To "cozify" the house, I've also invested in some rugs. I bought a navy rug for the living room (this room is still under development) and a flower shaped rug for the girls room. You will notice that Coco (our Westie) loves the rugs.
I've also been reading alot. On my bedside table are Kate Spade Things We Love (a gift from a friend, fabulous!), The Life of George Apley by John P Marquand (halfway through this one), How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen so Kids Will Talk (great tips), Happier at Home by Gretchen Rubin (loved this) and "Team of Rivals" (about Abraham Lincoln) by Doris Kearns Goodwin.
Truth be told there's also been a bit of on-line shopping lately. Did you see the collection that Diane Von Furstenberg (DvF) did for Gap Kids? I didn't buy everything in the collection.......................
Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
The Great Gatsby opens in Australia this week and I'm off to see it with a group of girlfriends. I can't wait to see the clothes and the jewels but most of all I can't wait to see the houses.
In Architectural Digest, CM says that the sets are central to establishing character, “showing the inner world in an outer way."
I admire CM's work and have already fallen in love with the rugs she made for the movie which are now available through Designer Rugs, like this one (above) in Daisy's sitting room. I read that Baz and CM gave Leonardo DiCaprio one of the rugs as a birthday present.
Monday, May 27, 2013
After collecting pictures of beautiful gardens for some time, I’ve now started an actual garden. It’s the first garden that I’ve really cared about and planned. In our previous house, I was concerned about privacy so I planted hedges (Murraya), some Port Wine magnolia’s, a lime tree and a lawn, and that was about it. This time around, now that the renovation is (almost) complete, I’m taking a longer term view and am trying to plan a proper garden. We’ve been lucky that our block of land had two established trees, there was a huge Crepe Myrtle tree in the backyard and an ancient Frangipani tree in the front yard.
Monday, May 6, 2013
Habitually Chic, did a feature on wicker and included our dining room.
Saturday, April 20, 2013
Thursday, April 18, 2013
And I've always admired this sand stone fence at the Moreton Club in New Farm.
About Spots and Stripes
When I began my third renovation, I swapped the corporate ladder for the rusty paint ladder and began my website and blog, Spots and Stripes, which chronicles the restoration of our 'Queenslander' in Brisbane. I'm also an interior editor helping clients to create a customised home. Let me know if I assist you with the selection of lights, tiles, mirrors, wallpaper, paint, furniture and fabric.
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