Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Anyone know a bachelor?

I've come across some amazing 'bachelor pads' recently and love the sophisticated moody look of them. Unfortunately I don't know any stylish bachelors (and by that I mean bachelors, not that I don't know any stylish ones!), any suggestions?

Found at 4 Men 1 Lady blog.

Found via Lonny magazine.

Found at design elements blog.

Found at 4 Men 1 Lady blog.

Found at greige blog.

Found at digsdigs.com.

Designer Trip Haenisch. Home of Courtney Cox via Elle Decor.

Found at Design Dump blog.

Found at The Laurel Hedge blog.

Designer Betsy Brown. Found at Elements of Style blog.

Found at mochatini.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

A well-travelled home...

I'm always pinning gorgeous rooms which have a tribal or global feel to them. These homes are usually relaxed and welcoming spaces with a bit of an ecclectic feel, although this style can also feature in a very sophisticated urban space. Current trends such as ikat and suzani have brought this global style to the front pages of magazines but these homes are timeless, collected over time and filled with an owner's history and stories.

Here are some of my current favourites...

My Pinterest via Once Upon A Tea Time blog.

My Pinterest via Alicia B. Designs blog.

My Pinterest via Amber Interior Design blog.

Designed by Nathan Turner. My Pinterest via High Street Market blog.

My Pinterest via Girl of 100 Lists Flickr.

My Pinterest via Mix and Chic blog.

My Pinterest via Lime in the Coconut blog.

Designer Martyn Lawrence-Bullard. My Pinterest.

Designer Juin Ho. My Pinterest via Desire to Inspire blog.

I know that many of these images would be my Dad's dream home but is this your kind of style?

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Designing a house to be sold.

I have been watching The Block, an Australian renovation reality show, over the last few months. It has got me thinking; how would I design and decorate a house that would be sold?

The contestants on the show had a range of styles; vintage, retro style with pops of brighter colour, simple modern neutrals, high modern gloss black and white and industrial city chic.

To me, a lot of these homes felt a little too personalised and thought things like barbed wire pendant lights (although very cool) would not be to everyone's taste. Neither would oversized vintage posters or charcoal grey shag carpet.

Searching through my inspiration files I thought I would probably go with a classic yet contemporary look. This isn't necessarily my personal style but I thought a mix of classic clean lined furniture with nice textures and interesting neutrals would probably appeal to a wide range of buyers. Kind of a Sarah Richardson-Candice Olsen style?

From Material Girls blog.

Pinterest

Pinterest


(Great for a small dining space). From Attic Mag.

From Decorpad.

From Bunny Cakes blog.
From Adore Cherie blog.

But then again, maybe there is a market for something a little different?

Via Pinterest. From Happenstance blog.
Via Mix and Chic blog.
So what kind of style would you use if you were designing a home for sale? 

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Feeling like a beach home...

It has been beautiful weather here recently and because I've been working every day I haven't had the chance to head down and sit on our beautiful beaches (a crime I know!).

Something I love about 'beach houses' if they may be coastal but they are generally still inherently somebody's style, so you end up with traditional beach houses, country beach houses, global beach houses and hollywood regency beach houses. Yet they all have a certain atmosphere of relaxation and holiday fun.

So since I can't make it to the beach, I thought I'd indulge myself with some gorgeous and fun coastal homes that I wouldn't mind moving into for a holiday...
White coastal living room with royal blue and inky blue ikat cushions with blue and white Chinese vase art
Pinned by Centsational Girl. Originally via Driftwood Interiors blog.

Country style coastal living room with burlap upholstered armchair, white bookshelves with turquoise tongue and groove backgrounds and a woven side table
Found at Brabourne Farm blog.

Country style coastal guest bedroom with twin beds in a colour scheme of brown and navy blue
Originally found at House Beautiful.

Coral and white ecclectic coastal bedroom with coral ikat upholstered headboard, chevron white and pink floors, antique chest trunk, orange Moroccan ottoman and white x-bench
Originally from House Beautiful. Found at Apartment Therapy.

Traditional relaxed coastal living room with brick fireplace, painted blue floors, whitewashed timber furniture and two armchairs with blue suzani cushions
Originally from Country Living.


 
Beachy coastal dining room with cream stone flagstone floor, long farmhouse style table and kelly emerald green eames chairs. White wire pendant light and the table is littered with glass vases in shades of turquoise and green.
Found at Belle Vivir blog.

Soothing coastal bedroom in shades of green, blue and brown. Features brown upholstered headboard with white canopy, traditional ticking bedskirt, blue and green floral cushions and a sisal rug.
Found at A Life's Design blog.

Contemporary coastal dining room with long timber table, dark timber chairs with woven backs, woven cane pendant lights and blue flowers. White walls, timber floors and black window frames.
Originally in House Beautiful. Found at Twelve Chairs Boston blog.

Ecclectic coastal room with whitewashed timber walls and floor. This room features a round window, coral coloured bedding on woven wicker twin beds, a contemporary white Parsons bedside table with turquoise crab shaped lamps and a tribal-style rug. Bold yellow brought in with the cushions.
Found at A Life's Design blog.

Sky blue traditional coastal bathroom with white marble subway tile floor, and blue subway tile walls. Silver and marble double vanity similar to Josh & Jenna's bathroom vanity on The Block.
Found at A Life's Design blog.

Coastal dining room in a Hollywood Regency style. White floors and white walls offset against a bold yellow abstract painting, gold chandelier, long white dining table and white French style chairs upholstered in coral and yellow fabric.
Designer Meg Braff. Found at A Pina Colada blog.

(All of these images have been pinned to my 'Beachy Keen' pinboard, so if you like these check out the other coastal homes inspiring me here.)

Friday, August 12, 2011

Feature Home: An Australian Artist

I stumbled upon this home tour of the home of Kate Tucker, an Australian artist who does beautiful contemporary abstract pieces.

Her home is full of colour and gorgeous paintings and has a relaxed lived-in feel.












All images found at The Design Files blog.

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