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Monday, April 12, 2010

Beachside Living

What a difference rethinking the floor plan and use of useable space made to the family of this beachside residence.  This home now flows from one area to another and provides separate areas for the kids and adults to entertain, watch a movie or read a book.

Upstairs, various walls were knocked down to open up the kitchen and living areas of this beachside home, creating greater use and flow - a far more user friendly space for this young family. A new kitchen complete with caesarstone benchtops, stainless steel appliances and rangehood compliment the north facing, open plan living. Living area, downstairs - conversion of double garage area. Large travertine tiles (600mmx600mm) in Noce were chosen for the flooring. Bi-fold doors were also installed to open this room to the outside. All walls in this residence were painted in Dulux Fair Bianca, keeping in tune with the light, open, beachy feel.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Friday, April 2, 2010

Giving is always fun - and now gift wrapping is a pleasure!!!

Wow - what a fabulous setup. Wrapping a present just became a pleasure. Every house needs one of these areas where everything is at hand. This one is a part of the laundry area of this Austin, TX: Harrod's Creek home.

Thx to Southern Living magazine.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Collections & Objects of love.

I'm a fan of Sibella Court - her work just resonates with me.
I love the whole bohemian feel. 
Collections always have a story of their own
just waiting to be told.

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Way back in the beginning...

Colour & design have always been a part of my life for as long as I can remember, right from those days when I was in nappies!! (or so my mum tells me). Friends say that my home resembles a museum - always something changing and new on show. I enjoy anything arty /crafty.

Over the years I have delved into pottery (wheel / hand /sawdust fired ...), hand painted and designed ceramics and wall tiles, enamelling, wall murals, batik painting, silk painting & garment design/construction (sold many of my designs to shops / galleries and private customers), painting, hand painted canvas floor rugs, silk screen design & printing, hand painted and appliquéd clothing, beading & jewellery design & construction (including wire-wrapped pendants), photography, styling and of course renovation, make-overs and interior design/decoration. One particular house had several rooms painted with a varying assortment of colours over the 6 years I lived there – greens, yellows, blues … (A can of paint = the quickest, cheapest, greatest impact a room can have).

I seek inspiration from all over … the colours of bark on the trunk of a tree (particularly after rain), the sky at sunrise / sunset, a rainbow, the ocean, a river, a pebble or shell, a rusty nail, lichen or moss, beach glass, the colours of petrol in a puddle of water, the colours of a rich ripe plum fig or tamirillo or a bowl of lemons, the wonderful colours of a peacock or the muted colours of the Australian bush. Inspiration is all around – you just have to open your eyes!!!!!