I love the mix of old and new, classic and contemporary, in this nineteenth century apartment in Sarcelles, France. The moldings and the hardwood floors are both amazingly beautiful and I love that everything else has been kept relatively simple so as not to steal the attention away from them. As for the huge bookshelf that seems to span an entire wall, all I can say is wow.
Kate Spade New York is currently working on a project to raise funds to support Japan in this time of crisis. Combine a worthy cause with great design and I am definitely interested. I can’t wait to see what they come up with. I love the sneak peek.
I picked up the April 2011 issue of Real Living today and as I was flicking through its pages this kitchen caught my eye. I love the combination of white walls, black cabinets, stainless steel benches and splashes of colour.
The kitchen cabinets are in black polyurethane and the integrated refrigerator doors (which you can’t see in the above picture) are in black chalkboard paint.
The plan for our kitchen was white polyurethane cabinets and a mirrored splashback, but I am now toying with the idea of painting either our entire concealed refrigerator/laundry cupboard (approximately 3 metres) or our pantry doors (approximately 2 metres) in black chalkboard paint.
It has been just over a week since the magnitude 8.9 earthquake and the huge tsunami that followed hit Japan. I have been keeping up-to-date with the latest news streaming out of Japan and while it is mostly devastating and depressing, it is warming to hear the stories of great human spirit, stories of hope, generosity and sacrifice. Such as the Fukushima 50 working around the clock and risking their lives trying to avert a nuclear disaster at the ravaged power plant, a 25-year old innkeeper offering all 400 of his hotels’ beds and free food to survivors who have been displaced from their homes and this video of an amazing escape and rescue.
My heart is breaking for Japan right now. I have visited this beautiful country twice in the last two years and I can’t imagine what it must be like to be there now. These images are a few of my favourites from our two trips.
Mouta is the online store of French designer Caroline Gomez. I love her cute wooden homewares, including chopping boards in sweet shapes, floor lamps with coloured cords and little picture shelves. She ships internationally to Australia too.
The last time I went shopping at Birkenhead Point was a couple of months ago. I went again yesterday because I needed to buy a birthday gift and it is our closest shopping centre without having to drive to Broadway or catch a bus into the city (both only 10 minutes away... I know I’m lazy).
I used to do my groceries at Birkenhead Point every weekend, but now I try to stay away. That place is dangerous, clearly demonstrated by this weekend’s spending spree.
I bought a navy and cream polka dot silk scarf, two plastic bow hair ties and a cute little pocket mirror in a leather case for $80 (reduced from $230).
I bought three long necklaces (one with pearls, one with black crystals and one with silver crystals) and a chunky statement necklace with a huge bow for $116 (reduced from $626).
I also bought this grey quilted leather handbag and sparkly headband for $109 (reduced from $468).
I bought a handmade bone china vase, a star necklace with a jingle bell, a cute charm bracelet and two statement rings for $30 (reduced from $133).
I bought this sweet handbag for $89 (reduced from $169).
Looking back over these pictures, this is an interesting mix of accessories, ranging from the rather conservative Oroton navy and cream scarf through to the over-the-top girly Alannah Hill handbag. It is apparent that I like a mix of black, white, grey/silver and pink (not just in interiors) and bows.
To be honest, I wear a lot of black during the week and I live in jeans most weekends, so I like to add interest to my outfits via accessories... scarves and statement rings are my favourite things to collect at the moment.