Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Bella Swan (from Breaking Dawn in the Twilight series) also chose a demure dress by Carolina Herrera. I liked the back of this dress better than the front.
I wonder why we're referencing a past era? Perhaps, in uncertain economic times we yearn for simpler times.
Or did the Duchess of Cambridge simply start a trend on her wedding day? It seems the strapless wedding dress, like the one in those "Beautiful" perfume ads, is passe.
Saturday, November 26, 2011
The lady whipping up a cake is fashion designer Veronica Swanson Beard and this is her apartment in New York. Her label is called Veronica Beard.
Mmmmm, those dark floors and aqua walls are striking.
Do you like leopard print? It's not my cup of tea. But it looks great here.
Black and white stripe walls always look so chic.
And a chartreuse lounge. This is the lounge I'd like when the kids are grown up! Which do you prefer - white walls or colour?
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
I like cane on a veranda too. It looks great here in white.
Although, I like the natural look too. Isn't that green fabric fabulous? It reminds me of Babe Paley's villa at Round Hill in Jamaica.
In this new House Beautiful cover, they've mixed up the cane with a traditional lounge and coffee table. I like things mixed up a bit.
And finally, a formal dining room with cane chairs. It makes the room seem more inviting, less formal. I have lots of cane at home, I find it's perfect for our climate. Do you have any cane at your house?
Monday, November 21, 2011
Thursday, November 17, 2011
So whilst we're talking about Kate Spade, I thought I'd take a look around her apartment. Love this wallpaper in the hallway.
I realised that the reason I like her apartment so much is that it reflects her personality. There's nothing trendy about it. It's just her. And it's perfect. To see more of her place, see the latest issue of Matchbook.
Monday, November 14, 2011
Angelina wore the same dress earlier this year in red.
Saturday, November 12, 2011
I did choose to make the cake, although if you short of time, patience, energy or decorating skills, Carnival will arrange one for you.
After being inspired by the rainbow cakes made by both Anna and Meredith, I decided to tackle the six layer cake. I ordered my gel colours online from Baking Pleasures. And then the marathon began. It was the first time I'd made this cake so it took me four hours. Although, it was worth every sweaty minute when I saw the excitement on the kids faces when they realised there was a rainbow inside. I chose to use sorbet colours for a more girly look.
After successfully making the six layer rainbow cake, I felt quite the Domestic Goddess. So I made these love heart biscuits as well using Nigella's recipe. Thanks Carnival for doing the rest!
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
The sandstone entrance is lovely too.
The fence posts are the largest I've ever seen. Hedge, wrought iron, stone - it's all here. I'll take the lot. Have you seen any great fences lately?
Friday, November 4, 2011
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
This gorgeous gal, Sarah Schofield, won the Fashions on the Field this year. She's from Geelong in Victoria but currently resides in Paris. I like her hat very much and the outfit is well put together, even if it feels a little austere.
On the other end of the spectrum, the Myer Ambassadors (Jennifer Hawkins and Rebecca Twiggley) were a riot of colour in Sass and Bide.
Call me old fashioned but I like the classics. Here's Emma Freedman on Derby Day looking so chic. She gets my vote for best dressed.
Another classic look. What was your favourite outfit?
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 home which is not modern, nor traditional, rather it's interesting. For a home that is unlike any other, I can assist with the selection of lights, tiles, mirrors, wallpaper, paint, furniture and fabric.
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