Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Submissions for a blog list

I want to create a long list of loveliness on my blog, featuring blogs of all styles, topics and locations. So I'm calling for some submissions!

What am I looking for? Basically, anything my readers and clients would love to read which includes;

- Interior decoration & styling, homewares & accessories 
- Renovation & home improvement
- New home builds
- Craft or scrapbooking
- Cooking
- Art

I am hoping to have them organised by country and by topic. I'm also hoping to feature a blog from the blog list once a fortnight, so make sure you're in there.

Please leave a comment or email me (contact@ethosinteriordesign.com) with:

- Your blog name.
- Your first name.
- Your blog category (from above).
- Your location.
- One sentence describing your blog, or yourself.

I'll be doing another list of online stores and Etsy shops so if you have a store that sells art, homewares, furniture or accessories please let me know:

- Store name.
- Your name.
- Type of products.
- Location (and where you ship to; nationally, internationally etc).
- One sentence description of your store's style.

I'm looking forward to discovering some new blogs and stores so please don't be shy!

And just so this post isn't too boring, here's a lovely house that's inspiring me this week...

Home of Designer Emily Ruddo. Via my pinterest. Originally found at The Lennoxx.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Best Rooms of 2011 - A selection of contemporary Aussie spaces

Here's another instalment of House and Garden's Top 50 rooms of 2011 for you. This time I've picked out a few of the simple contemporary spaces that very much speak of Australian style to me. They feature neutral colours, with lots of white and natural materials and would fit effortlessly in any Australian setting from the city, to the country, to the coast.

Alena Smith, Director, Smith Design Studio.

Andrew Waller, Director, Andrew Waller Design.

Caroline Pidcock, Director, Pidcock Architecture+Sustainability.

Helga ten Brummelaar, Project Director, DtB Architects.

Designed by Susi Leeton, Director, Susi Leeton Architects.

Yuri Dillon, Director, Liquid Blu.

So, is this more your style than the bold and bright rooms I featured last week?

Friday, November 25, 2011

Have a very merry Homemade Christmas...

As a follow up to my modern Christmas post I thought I'd share this lovely feature from Australian magazine Real Living, showing a very natural, simple and Australian Christmas.

I love the handmade elements, the Australian foliage and the scheme of red with timber. And this style of Christmas seems so perfectly suited to the North Queensland version of Christmas with sweltering hot days, seafood lunches and playing under the sprinkler. What do you think?

If you'd like to see more of this feature make sure you visit the slide show here.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

A moodboard for Monday...A coastal bedroom in mint & pink

With the weather heating up rather rapidly in Townsville at the moment I have been feeling inspired by all things summer.

I have had these gorgeous photo saved to my Pinterest for quite a while, and with a bit of free time today, decided to throw together a pretty bedroom inspired by this vintage, summery photo in shades of mint, pink and cream.

Oriignally found at 5 Minutes Just For Me

I'm imagining a simple base of lightly oiled timber floors, white walls (maybe in tongue & groove) and big breezy french doors opening onto a lush tropical garden, or maybe a beach. 

I imagined this room is probably for a teenager, or maybe just the young at heart, and have sourced all the items on a pretty strict budget with affordable stores like Ikea, Super Amart and Freedom.

Sources for furniture:
- Nyvoll Bed from Ikea [$249]
- Spindle Side Tables (Bedside tables) from Freedom [$169 each]
- Penelope dresser from Super Amart [$149.95]
- Storesele Armchair from Ikea  [$249]
- Sisalo Rug from Cyrus Persian Carpets [from $195]
- Burst Occasional Table from Freedom  [$49.95]

Sources for art + accessories:
- Love Print from Etsy Seller HeyHarriet  [$6.15 unframed]
- Urban Grey Lamp from Officeworks [$29.99 each]
- Mint & white striped cushions from Etsy Seller bestillshop  [$59 each]
- Pink kaleidoscope cushion from Etsy Seller bestillshop [$64]
- Cloud cushion from Etsy Seller AlphabetMonkey [$35]
- Silver 'Songe' Mirror from Ikea  [$169]
- Wooden ampersand from Typo  [$4.95]
- Vintage Beach Poster from AllPosters.com  [$234 incl frame]
- Pink striped cushion from Etsy Seller BlueDoorStyle [$35]

What do you think? I know I wouldn't mind being in such a soft, beachy room right now!
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Monday, November 21, 2011

Best Rooms of 2011 - An eclectic selection

Every year House & Garden releases their top fifty rooms for the year. It is usually a mix featuring minimalist, global, vintage, retro and contemporary spaces.

Here, I've pulled just a few of my favourites which I'd consider an eclectic, vintage style. They feature a bold use of colour or pattern and a creative mix of interesting furniture and art.

Design  by David Hicks

Design by Caecilla Potter from Atticus & Milo

Designed by Camilla Molders Design

Design by Josephine Marshall of One Rundle Trading Company

Designed by Makedonka Del-Ben

Designed by Marylou Sobel

Design by Tim Penny

I'll post some more of these amazing interiors over the next week but if you'd like to check them out for yourself, see the slideshow here.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

What I'm working on... A classic living room in blue & grey

Recently I've been working on a living room where the client wanted to keep their existing furniture (in timbers, black and white) and incorporate new accessories. She has contemporary furniture, but loves the look of a classic Hamptons style.

I wanted to soften up the black and white with some grey and blue and give the room a classic yet contemporary feel with a casual, comfortable vibe. Here are some of the inspirational pictures I've spotted so far.

At Home in Arkansas. Found at Decorpad.

Mark Williams Design. Found at Decorpad.

Via Knightmoves.blogspot.com. Found at Decorpad.

Vanessa Lazaroff. Stacey Branford Photography
Found at Decorpad.

Found at Elle Decor.

Sarah Richardson. Found on Pinterest.

Found at Apartment Therapy.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Have a very merry modern Christmas?

I know some of us are horrified at the thought of the rapidly approaching holiday season, but I've grown up with a family that celebrates and loves Christmas more than anyone I've met. We have lots of Christmas traditions and the one that was often my favourite was the decorating (of course!). Our house was always decked out in traditional green, red and gold with lights, stars, balls and tinsel.

This year I thought I might do a slightly more modern interpretation in navy blue, silver and gold.

I've spotted a few modern interpretations of Christmas to give you some inspiration...

Stylist Bergren Rameson.
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Via Coco+Kelley blog.

Bijou and Boheme blog.

Grass Roots Modern blog.
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Via Apartment Therapy.

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Via Sitting in a Tree Events.

Via Better Homes and Gardens.
Via Decorology.

Via The Glitter Guide.

Via Apartment Therapy.

So, what do you think? Are you a traditionalist, or will you be giving your Christmas decorations a modern direction?

Monday, November 7, 2011

A trend to watch; Malachite

Along with the resurgence in glamour, high gloss and chinoiserie with the Hollywood Regency style has come a small trend for a new pattern; malachite. This pattern is a striking swirled design in rich emerald greens, creams and blacks.
Malachite accessories in this room by Mary McDonald.
Via Vernda Magazine. Found at Lush Interiors.

A traditional library with lots of malachite accessories.
Travel for Design.

Via Pattern Pulp.

Via 1st Dibs. Fabric by Tony Duquette.

Malachite chairs. Via So Haute.

Via Elle Decor. Found at Matters of Style.

Miles Redd entry. Found via Matters of Style.
Found at Pinterest.
If you want to include some malachite in  your own home (apart from finding some beautiful stone pieces), why not consider something like these gorgeous fabrics from Spoonflower?

Found here.

Found here.

Faux Malachite box from Etsy seller Atelier500.


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