A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words

Monday, September 29, 2008

The Way They Live (2)

Philip Gorrivan Design firm is known for its tailored and modern design, often using elements from the past, which evoke an eclectic, polished and chic style.

Here are some photos of his own apartment in NY where he lives with his wife and two school age children.

- I love his statement: "I think neatness is essential—it’s essential to life.’
- He speaks french (thanks to his Moroccan mum)
- He did not formally study design.
- He was named one of House & Garden’s “New Tastemakers of 2007".
Great interview on NYSD, photos J. Hirsch
Philip Gorrivan fabrics for Duralee

Paul Newman

Paul Newman, an ambitious, intellectual actor and a passionate student of his craft, achieved what most of his peers find impossible: remaining a major star into craggy, charismatic old age. He acted in more than 65 movies over more than 50 years. He was also an entrepreneur, a philanthropist and a racecar driver. He died on Sept. 27 at his home in Westport, Conn., at 83.
(New York Times)
Photo Thanks to Habitually Chic

Friday, September 26, 2008

Enjoy Your Weekend

This was a busy week and it went so quickly.
We are having 30 degrees Celsius here in Brisbane so I am just going to relax.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Versatile Bamboo

Just a few images with very "in" beautiful bamboo.

Mirrors Thanks to Material Girls

Great e bay vintage find from Porchlight Interiors
Bamboo Bike with Olson Candice Fabrics (for Kravet)

I love this bamboo chandelier from Brown Design
(any ideas for a supplier in Australia?)

Photos House Beautiful

Lamp from Bloomingdales Australia

Monday, September 22, 2008

" Old Wares"

I have read this sentence "Do the Planet a favor, buy antiques and vintage design" on my favorite site. My first thought was "Yeah ...well, I wish I could afford to buy all these beautiful antiques.

Fauteuil LouisXV period 1770
Photo Thanks To Unique France (Brisbane)

When I thought about it a little more the second parallel came into my mind and I realized buying vintage or used furniture is actually "green". If someone gives a second chance of life to a beautiful vase or a little run down solid timber table or... it doesn’t end up dumped into landfills we are doing our planet a big favor. There is little environmental impact from vintage furniture. No further resources are used to manufacture it, which makes it a viable green alternative.
For me personally there is a big bonus - the thrill of the hunt. You start digging through those little shops, local antique places, junk shops, garage sales, flea markets, thrift shops, eBay, the Salvation Army and other charity stores, and sometimes you hit the jackpot and find a vintage piece that is highly collectible or simply you find little treasure special just for you.

Vintage is the way to go.

Photo Thanks to Eddie Ross
(P.S. Eddie, Big Thanks for including me in your favorite blog list)

Sunday, September 21, 2008


After checking Habitually Chic blog I ( and many other DIY enthusiast ) I felt inspired, to create, produce, construct ....simply to do something.
After few hours in the garden I am sunburned, exhausted but beautifully happy. My garden is pruned, trimmed, raked ....I took these Before (my blog entry from August) - After (today)pictures to share with you. I planted my small herb patch and it took only few weeks to go from nothing close to something. Only couple more weeks and a harvest can start.

Friday, September 19, 2008

...just wanted to say

...have a great weekend.

photo via Diane Bergeron

Gippsland Victoria

Thursday, September 18, 2008


New trends in Williams Sonoma Home

Vintage Country, Modern Barn and Country Elegance

This beautiful wicker is on sale for just $1029.99
(I love it!)
Williams Sonoma Homes ships only within U.S. (unfortunately)

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Colour Contrast

It is very interesting what Jay Jeffers is able to do with colour, but for me the French Grey wall with that extraordinary picture ( in my opinion) is the winner.

Monday, September 15, 2008

White Inspirations

Tori Golub is known for her clean modern aesthetic interiors. Playful combinations of scale and a juxtaposition of styles make her interiors unmistakable . Her work is characterized by her trademark muted tones, resulting in serenely beautiful environments.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

The Way They Live 1

... I should say the way how they spend their weekends.

Weekend Country House. I very much love the sound of it.
This beautiful house featured in October issue of Elle Decor is a place where Richard Lambertson and John Truex owners of successful luxury leather goods company spend their weekend.
Just a dream , at least for a now I share one of their beliefs which is Saturday night dinner party and Sunday morning game of tennis.

To find more gorgeous inspiring ideas visit their new shop Privet House, opened in May

Friday, September 12, 2008

Place to Shop

Yesterday I bought couple "bottles" in Found in France & Shelter - lovely shop in Paddington Brisbane, and I think I've found perfect use for them.
New packaging for Listerine