Wednesday, 28 February 2007
Tuesday, 27 February 2007
Monday, 26 February 2007
We all know about vintage Vogue covers and photos but also available for purchase from the CondeNast website are vintage House & Garden covers which, as an Interior Designer, I am mad about. I would love to cover the walls in my office with some of these. It's very interesting to note that although these covers are all roughly 80 years old they could well have been painted today as they depict scenes which seem to be so like designs which are being created today. For example a traditional plate wall above is similar to that created by Kelly Wearstler at the Viceroy Hotel in Santa Monica - a modern take on traditional design.
Sunday, 25 February 2007
Friday, 23 February 2007
Creative genius, Alicia Paulson, is the brains behind the web store Posie - Rosy Little Things and also the beautiful blog Posie Gets Cozy. I adore her hand screen printed stationery and also her beautiful hand made paper poppy boxes. Apartment Therapy just featured Alicia's gorgeously pretty house in one of their house tours so go and have a look at the photos on AT as I know you will love them!!
At Posie, I remember this place too, and design things that didn't exist there, but could have.
Entirely handmade in my home studio in Portland, Oregon, Posie: Rosy Little Things is an original line of products and patterns created by, me, Alicia Paulson."
Thursday, 22 February 2007
Tuesday, 20 February 2007
I'm dreaming of a new kitchen and I would be thrilled to bits with any of the above!! I particularly love the top pink wallpapered kitchen - I think this would be so fun to do in an apartment! I think it's so wonderful that wallpaper is creeping into the kitchen again and not just into hallways and feature walls in bedrooms and sitting rooms! It would even be fun to wallpaper a splash back and then cover it with glass to add a bit of interest to a simple white kitchen - even though I am such a huge fan of simple white kitchens!!
Sunday, 18 February 2007
Saturday, 17 February 2007
Friday, 16 February 2007
It's Friday night and we are at home having a quiet night together as a family which I love so much - just the three of us. We had roast chicken for dinner (thanks to Rhonda), a few glasses of wine, candles lit and lots of family chatting. The weather has cooled down a bit and there is a slight breeze blowing through the house. The c.d. player is blaring out all my favourite c.d.'s - a bit of Diana Krall, Norah Jones, Madeleine Peyroux, Katie Melua, Frank Sinatra and Michael Buble. Isn't it wonderful to end a busy week this way and tomorrow I can sleep in and get up when I want and the best thing of all is that I can spend the whole day with my 4 year old son. Times like these are so very special to me as a working mother. I bundle them up and keep them inside and when I'm having a really bad day at work I stop and remember these special times and I think that's what's important in life - family time!
Thursday, 15 February 2007
Image from Inside
Black and White - a classic colour combination which is always so striking when applied. It's clean, it's fresh and it's bold and I love it and if you want to add a little bit of colour you can and then just as easily as you added it you can take the colour away again if you feel like it. What are your thoughts - Do you like the Black & White colour combination?
Wednesday, 14 February 2007
Bathroom above by Nate Berkus.
A very Happy Valentines Day to you all. I hope each and every one of you are spoilt today and who knows maybe you'll even be surprised!! Have a fun day!
Oh and if you are wondering what my Valentines Day display looks like at Black & Spiro, visit Avril's site as she has posted it. www.janedavril.blogspot.com
Photograph above is from Vintage Weave Interiors. Please have a look at their beautiful site. They have some fanstastic things in their online shop.
Tuesday, 13 February 2007
Above are some more images of my work. This is a very modern inner city architect designed house which we have mixed up a little bit by throwing in some bright florals and some eclectic pieces. The owners are thrilled to bits with the addition of some colour and are even contemplating some more in other areas of the house. I'll post you more pictures as this gorgeous house evolves.
Monday, 12 February 2007
Sunday, 11 February 2007
I just wish that we had a lamp supplier here in Australia like Christopher Spitzmiller. His beautiful hand made ceramic lamps are timeless and luxurious and would certainly be a wonderful accessory in a room. I especially love the vibrant colours he produces these lamps in - so fabulous!! Spitzmiller is based in New York City with a team of 6 skilled craftsmen who create these beautiful pieces of art.
Saturday, 10 February 2007
The importance of organisation cannot be underestimated in having a stunning interior!
Yes, I know I can be pedantic– I could dream of nothing more enjoyable and relaxing than a Friday night at home, a glass of Savignon Blanc in one hand – my labeling machine in the other…
Being organised is not only a matter of aesthetics, but also can be an extremely liberating exercise! It is really quite surprising what a short amount of time it takes to maintain an organised office or home.
For those who are time poor – employ a professional organiser to coach you to a more streamlined home and life. For those of you who feel you have the time, motivation and skills to “go it alone”, there are some fantastic products to help you.
Kikki-k is my absolute favourite site. The passionate founder – Kristina “Kikki” Karlsson was a girl passionate about Swedish Design, and organisation. Longing for an office which would be an extension of her personality and her love of all things beautiful – she created Kikki-k.
So, I challenge you – take the opportunity THIS WEEKEND – to organise a drawer or a cupboard or your coffee table. You might be inspired to do one more! Don’t try to tackle your whole house in a weekend. I guarantee you will feel absolutely FANTASTIC once you have done it. But, believe me, a glass of wine in one hand makes it SO much more enjoyable….
There you have it - that's my passion - beautiful & ORGANISED interiors. For more information on professional organisation please contact me at Black & Spiro as we are about to set up an Organised Interiors department at Black & Spiro. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for reading!!