Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Home Style... Modern Subtle Grandeur in Melbourne

When I spy those terrace houses in the inner suburbs of Melbourne I often wonder what type of interiors are hidden inside those grand old entrances.

Well, this 2 storey terrace in local Brunswick eschews an urbane modernity in keeping with a beautiful renovated home bringing it into the present day.  The interiors were designed by Chelsea Hing, which include warm light grey walls, elegant rugs, darkened floorboards and modern artwork.

I love those glossy subway tiles in the kitchen and bathroom; and the verandah and front door are just as glamorous.  How beautiful is that marble fireplace and surround?  Rather than having the whole place modernised with complete white walls and ceiling and doors, it's a nice change to see it given depth and warmth with the layering of rugs, grey walls and a darkish palette throughout.

Subtle, eclectic, urbane, grand.  Totally modern too.

Photography Nik Epifanidis
Est Magazine

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Counting down to Xmas

The baking is underway with these mini Christmas fruit cakes that came out of the oven yesterday afternoon.

This year, I thought I would whip up a batch full of fruit, candied peel and a splash of brandy (of course) and wrap in ribbon and clear cellophane as little gifts for neighbours and friends.

One has already made it's way out the door this morning (I'm just waiting for the taste testing verdict!).

I do enjoy a little baking for special occasions and this cake has somehow turned into a tradition in our home at this time of year.

What about you, have you started your traditional baking yet?

If you feel like getting a bit of global inspiration for Christmas preparations and traditions, take a look at Ada's blog, Classiq where she invites her blogger friends from around the world to share their Christmas preparations... oh, and there's a little bit of my text in there too.

Photos by me

Monday, 15 December 2014

Timeless Monochrome Monday

What to wear to all these xmas celebrations, dinners, bbqs, drinks, catch ups and lunches... just keep it simple with monochrome looks that are sure to keep you on track and ahead of the pack.

Belted, draped, bold, chic, spotted, striped... The elegance of black and white is a timeless option for when there is so much else going on in your calendar.

All you need to do is focus on sipping some bubbles and socialising with friends young and old.

These silhouettes are just stunning I can't pick one favourite!

Photography Giampaolo Sgura
Vogue Germany, January 2015

Thursday, 11 December 2014

A Stylish Retro Day

I love the retro feel of this editorial for a vibrant and fun Christmas day.

These pics of Ginta Lapinta for Vogue Japan mirror the expressions I made when someone told me it's only 2 weeks to Christmas Day!... what!???!

The gifting is almost complete.. it's always the last couple of things that are the hardest to find... the menu is pretty much sorted... and the decorations have been finalized (although tweeked throughout the day to get them just so!).  And speaking of gifting... how's about the gorgeous Dior scarves as a little something under the tree?

Enjoy your day.

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Home Style... Quiet Elegance, New York

So many lovely elements in this stunning New York apartment on the Upper East side; the view for one, the artwork and framed prints, the soft quiet palette of mostly silvery pastels, the warm light streaming in through the windows, the smattering of designer elements... wouldn't it be nice having breakfast with that view?

Follow the link through to Architectural Digest here for more photos.

Very elegant indeed.

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Out and About

Gosh is it that time already!... I feel like it's no use staying indoors these days with temperatures warming up outside, not even a silly bug could slow you down.

Up and at em... just finishing up on some christmas shopping, decorating at home and coming up with entertaining ideas for the holidays!  I'm exhausted already!...

These photos of Alessandra Ambrosio by Giles Bensimon remind me of those classic 80's images of Elle McPherson out and about on a sunny beach somewhere in Far North Queensland; as I've already visited there earlier this year, it might have to wait until next year sometime.  Lucky the warmer weather has hit our fair city this week!

Bare arms, a sun hat and a cool cotton shirt await!

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