Monday, May 31, 2010

A houndstooth obsession

Image from Design Hole

I have a slight obsession with all things houndstooth at the moment.

I bought myself a cropped houndstooth jacket last weekend, after weeks of searching for the right one.

I would love either of these two houndstooth jackets from Dolce & Gabbana.  They are from the 2007 collection, so even if I had a couple of grand to spare they would most likely be impossible to find.

I am also craving the houndstooth mosaics from Bisazza's 2009 collection.  I would love the mirror-topped side table in the first picture in black and white.

I also wouldn’t mind a houndstooth bedspread, such as the one in this image from BOLIG magazine... or maybe just some throw cushions.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Atelier Abigail Ahern

Abigail Ahern is an Interior Designer Extraordinaire.  I love these rooms – the moody dark grey walls, accessorised with black and white and punches of colour.

Abigail is also a designer of furniture and furnishings.  I love this collection from her site – so opulent and dramatic and in my favourite colours (black, white and pink).

I would take it all, except perhaps the strange crooked little table in the middle which is very Alice in Wonderland.

This explains the quote on Abigail’s “About” page:

“If I had a world of my own, everything
would be nonsense. Nothing would be
what it is, because everything would be
what it isn’t. And contrary wise, what is,
it wouldn’t be. And what it wouldn’t be,
it would. You see?”

- Alice, Alice in Wonderland

A hot tub would be nice

It is far too cold to have a shower so I am baking some shoestring fries and passing the time while waiting for them to cook by dreaming of a hot bath.

If only I had a nice deep tub to soak in, maybe I wouldn’t be procrastinating right now.

Japanese Bath Company

We are buying the Japanese Bath Company tub in the last picture for our new bathroom. It is quite short, but very deep... perfect for our little space. We are also having underfloor heating installed, which will be nice in Winter.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Dreaming of Summer

I unpacked my flannel pyjamas and dressing gown on the weekend and I have ordered a pair of Ugg boots.  It’s so cold and it’s not even Winter yet.
I miss Summer.  I’m dreaming of lying on a warm beach somewhere and since I’m dreaming this is what I’d be wearing.

Images, clockwise from top left: ‘Folley Beach’ bag from Kate Spade, maxi dress from Victoria’s Secret, Chanel aviator sunglasses, Seafolly hat and one-piece swimming costume

Monday, May 24, 2010

I want a PrintDolls screen print

I really want a PrintDolls ‘All Stops to... Pyrmont’ screen print.  It is right at the top of my wish list, along with the Missoni ‘Jolie’ bedspread (seen in this post).
The problem is that PrintDolls is closing down and there are only five of these prints left in stock.  I don’t really have $800 to spare, but I don’t want to miss out and soon they will be gone forever.  What do I do?

Here is a picture of the living room of a house on our street that is currently for sale.  Notice the ‘All Stops to... Pyrmont’ screen print on the wall.  I visited the open house on the weekend, just so that I could see the screen print in person.  The retro chair is pretty cute too.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

New at kikki.K - the Cirkus collection

I found myself in the kikki.K store at Broadway yesterday, drawn in by the fun and colourful window display promoting the new Cirkus collection.

I would have taken pictures of the display, with its colourful paper buntings, but I didn’t have my camera, so here are some images from the kikki.K website.

Presenting the Cirkus collection...

This collection is so much fun with bright colours, stripes and cute animal designs.  Here are some of my favourite pieces.

I don’t have any children, so my excuse to buy some of this great stuff may be my niece’s birthday next month.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Stylish dog beds

I have been looking for stylish (and comfortable) beds for my puppies.  I haven’t had much luck, so I think I may have to make some.

Check out these beauties in black and white... and the cute dogs that own them.

Images from BOLIG magazine

I love the Marimekko Unikko fabric used for the second dog bed.  I recently bought some tea towels in the same design from Peter’s of Kensington.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Visiting Japan

We visited Japan last year and fell in love with Tokyo.  We have booked plane tickets for another trip to Tokyo next month.

Here are some of the highlights for me from our last trip.

1.  The national pastime in Japan seems to be shopping.  On the weekend the main streets of Tokyo’s major shopping districts are closed to cars and lined with little cafe tables.  Perfect for taking a break in between all that shopping.

Image taken in Ginza, Tokyo last year

2.  Chocolate brownies from the food hall basement of Printemps Ginza, a French department store in Tokyo.

3.  Eating shabu shabu (Japanese fondue) - boiling broth in which you cook wagyu beef or pork strips, noodles and vegetables, served with condiments.  Yum!

4.  Riding a single-speed bicycle around Kyoto to visit the Imperial Park, Nijo Castle and other monuments.

5.  Buildings - from the neon lights and billboards of Shibuya to the designer stores of Ginza, where the Louis Vuitton building is monogrammed, the Cartier building is gold and the Dior building sparkles.

Image taken in Ginza, Tokyo last year 

6.  Loft was the first place we visited after dropping off our suitcases.  This store sells everything - traditional Japanese fans, bento boxes, kimonos, cutesy stationery, Japanese designer furniture and homewares, etc.  They had a little charcoal modular sofa that would have been perfect for my little inner-city Sydney home... unfortunately it wouldn’t fit in my hand luggage.

7.  Making okonomiyaki (described as Japanese pizza, but it’s more like a savoury pancake or omelette).  We made ours with pork, prawns and noodles, complete with little dancing fishes (bonito flakes) on top.

Image from Japan Guide

8.  Paumes books, available in Australia from Kinokuniya in Sydney or Lark in Melbourne.  With text in Japanese, these books are filled with images of artistic homes in Europe.

I will try to remember to take lots of photos (in between all of my planned shopping and eating) to share with you when I get back.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

The Finders Keepers Markets

 ‘Nature Lover’ print, image via Naomi Murrell

Yesterday we visited Eveleigh Farmers’ Market to buy our organic meat and veggies and right next door at CarriageWorks was The Finders Keepers Market.

There were so many beautiful things to buy, but I managed to keep myself under control.  I bought the above ‘Nature Lover’ screen print by Naomi Murrell, as well as one of her greeting cards and a couple of gift tags from Bespoke Letterpress Boutique.

Here are a couple more items that I had my eye on:
‘Honey in Sunshine’ print, image via Bespoke Letterpress Boutique

Ceramic birds, image via Sharon Muir

Seeing all three of these pictures together, I just noted that they are all of birds.  I wonder what’s going on there.
P.S. If you ever find yourself at Eveleigh Farmers’ Market I suggest that you try Pat and Stick’s homemade ice cream sandwiches.  My favourite is the strawberry choc chip.

Monday, May 3, 2010

A silver bath

I just came across this image by Anita Kaushal via this post on the decor8 blog and I had to share it.

I am in love with the silver bath.  It is so glamorous.  I wonder where I can get one just like it.