Tuesday, May 29, 2012
The herringbone wallpaper behind the bookshelves is genius. It adds so much depth to the lounge.
The homeowner is not afraid of mixing patterns together and the result is that the lounge is not overly "done" which is great.
This kitchen looks so happy. Christina Murphy described her thoughts on the kitchen, "We did soft gray, with pops of yellow in the room for a little color. I also put a fun geometric wallpaper on the ceiling. It's just a simple wallpaper, and it really adds a lot. But for whatever reason, that's something people don't usually think of doing in a kitchen."
The peacock wallpaper in the powder room is by Florence Broadhurst. There's even "wow" factor in the loo.
(All photos via house beautiful)
Friday, May 25, 2012
Porters Paints. Congratulations Anna!
P.S. I wore my black sequin harem pants from J Crew.
(Photos 1 & 2 by AJ Hawkins for spots and stripes; Photos 2 and 3 via porters paints)
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
|This is my daughter and I at the Block this week. We love stomping about in our Wellingtons.|
I aIso also had a chat with Bob, our pool tiler. He's doing a great job on the pool. The pool tile is called "Lime Punch" (from Traditional Tiles). Isn't that a great name? I'm still working on the pool house. It's a bit tricky as I'm desperate to keep my Pride of India tree so I'm trying to work out how to build the pool house around the tree.
(Photos by AJ Hawkins for Spots and Stripes)
(Related article: The Real Block - Part 1)
Saturday, May 19, 2012
It's a one of a kind piece and can be purchased through ebay here.
Thursday, May 17, 2012
Dan and Dani have won the lions share of the prize money, about $18k so far, so they've got more to spend than everyone else. Personally, I loved the bold choice of paint and thought their room was the best by far (even though they won by default using their bonus point).
Brad and Lara are still developing on the design front. But I'll give them a bouquet for their fresh looking bedroom. A brick bat for the powder room though, where functionality trumped design. The hand basin on top of the toilet seemed odd to me.
Dale and Sophie showed so much promise with their dining room in the first week but I've been disappointed ever since. Their Guest Bedroom didn't work (photo above). The twigs on top of the bed head looked like they'd been left there by Big Bird. The school desk was too small to be useful. The curtains were an unusual length. Would anyone actually use that skinny built in bench? Overall, a room that didn't function well.
But I liked their powder room the best. Their choice of basin was both stylish and practical (photo above).
The brothers, Andrew and Mike, won on points this week for their kids bedroom (photo above). This room would no doubt appeal to young brothers. From my point of view, the linen was too matchy-matchy. Less striped pillows and a print may have worked better.
I really liked the height ruler on the wall. It was designed by Mike and Andrew and created by sign-a-rama. Do you think this series is as good as the last one?
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
I'm desperately seeking the perfect sofa. The problem is I want something that's modern with a traditional feel. It also has to look good and be able to withstand the vagaries of small children. As you can imagine I've been looking for a long time. Let me know if you've found the perfect sofa.
Monday, May 14, 2012
Eat Sleep Kyneton. And that's exactly what we did all weekend.
Thursday, May 10, 2012
|I've been slow to post about The Block this week, mainly because all the action around here this week has been on the "Real Block" (our renovation). In an exciting development, the slab was poured today. I feel as though we've started the real work now. And the pool will be tiled next week, so I'll post some photos then. |
So back to Channel 9's TV Program, The Block. Are you feeling disappointed? I am. Even though I enjoy the show, the room reveals seem very bland. This week Sophie and Dale's master bedroom came in third place (photo above). Personally, I liked it the best as it continued their vintage style. And they used long, flowing curtains which upped the glamour. To be truthful, even though I love vintage and antique items, I felt the door bed head wasn't a good enough piece for a million dollar property. What did you think? Was it your cup of tea? I certainly liked the bird wall mural and thought that the french settee beneath it, added a glamorous touch (photo below).
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Mrs G's in Potts Point which was designed by Sibella Court.
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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