Thursday, 23 December 2010

All Over Red Rover

 


Well, that's it.  I'm finished for this year.  It has been one of the biggest years of my life.  I've had a beautiful baby boy who I absolutely adore, I've renovated our store, I've imported my very first 2 container loads of Stuart Membery furniture for Black & Spiro, I've moved house, I've started renovating our new house, I've decorated lots of wonderful homes and met lots of lovely new people, I've made new friends and I have to say I haven't cried as much this year...that in itself is a huge achievement for me as I tend to cry when I am stressed so that must mean I haven't been as stressed this year!!

I've had a wonderful year and I am looking forward to spending some much needed time with my boys.  I am looking forward to reflecting on all the things I've achieved this year and I am very much looking forward to having some time over the holidays to make plans and goals for the year which lies ahead.

As I move into the 5th year of posting here on my blog I hope to be able to continue to inspire you as I lead you along my winding road.  I am also looking forward to following the journey of my very talented and kind fellow bloggers in 2011.

Thank you for your interest and for continuing to read my blog.  You are all so wonderful and very supportive.  This really is such a happy and positive community and I am so thrilled to be a part of it.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

See you soon.

Anna
xxx

image - black & spiro, elouise van riet-grey

79 comments:

Sally-Ann @ a beautiful space said...

Happy Christmas Anna and to your family, you have been such an inspiration to me this year and have helped me venture into new worlds of blogging and colourful decorating, I have even started using pink!Thank you Anna, I hope you have a lovely holiday with your boys. Sally-Ann x

Knicky Knacks said...

There's absolutely no doubt that you will continue to inspire me in 2011. I love your blog and I've been a fan of yours for years since reading about you in Real Living (I think?!). Have a wonderful, joyful Christmas - sounds like on all fronts you absolutely deserve it. By the way, those colours in your post - breathtaking. Just love them.

Solrosa said...

Thanks for the inspiration and I hope you'll be at least that happy next year too! Merry Christmas!

Love, Solrosa

jlonit said...

What a year indeed. I'm looking forward to another year of ABT though I'm still missing the pink background.

Megan said...

Anna, Congratulations on a wonderful year, it has been amazing to have shared on your blog. Thank you for your inspirational work, I enjoy your colourful bog so much!
Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and lovely break!

Joanna Węgrzynowska said...

Congratulatios! Seems that your year was really awesome. I admire all thing that you make, esspecially this crazy colorful sofa annd chair. They're amazing!Good luck :) Joanna, from Poland

Anna from Lona de Anna said...

So many amazing achievements this year for you Anna..more than most people are lucky to experience in a lifetime sweety..you are truly blessed. It has been wonderful to share a tiny part of this journey with you as one of your followers. Thank YOU for your constant inspiration..you truly are a gem here in the blogsphere. Wishing you a wonderful Christmas and NY with your loved ones..and many more sweet successes as a result of your amazing work for 2011. Warm Regards, Anna x

LetterLove Designs said...

Have a relaxing Christmas, Anna! I look forward to many more delicious pictures and inspiration in 2011.

Will @ Bright.Bazaar said...

Crikey - you really have had a busy and successful year! Thank you for sharing so much inspiration with us all this past year. Enjoy the break and the festivities of the season! xo

Faux Fuchsia said...

hello, I am loving that sofa sick!

Happy Christmas.

I am so glad we became friends and I look forward to seeing you soon. xxx

Mahala said...

Reading your blog is always a bright spot in my day. The images of your decorating, with all the beautiful color, make me happy. I think that I have discovered just how much color affects my mood through your blog. I have always been a huge lover of the soothing power of neutrals, but thanks to your incredible examples, I am ready to add color to my environment.

Happy holidays to you and yours!

Sam said...

Hi Anna, wow, what lot you have achieved this year. Your blog is fabulous. Merry Christmas, enjoy your family.xx

My name: Julie My design firm: SHELTER said...

Sounds like you had an amazing year!! Congrats! Happy Holidays to you too!! I'll make it a point to visit your shop if I'm every in Australia. {certainly on my top five list}.

and as always, i LOVE your blog!

Best,
Julie

Style Maniac said...

What a year! Wishing you a glorious holiday filled with glitter, laughter and love. Thank you for brightening my world every day with your lovely images and kind words.

BLUEBUTTERFLY said...

Merry Christmas...yes, you have been an inspiration.

Isabel said...

Merry Christmas Anna to you and your family !!!

I love your colourful and creative blog !!!

XOXO

Isabel from Buenos Aires

Jürgen said...

i like this idea with the flowers thank you and merry christmas

Loretta Fontaine (APPLESandRUBIES) said...

Anna- What a wonderful year! I'm exhausted and crying just reading about it!

May 2011 bring you blessings as well! We in the States can't wait to watch what creative projects you'll be doing!

Loretta

Vickie H. said...

Merry Christmas, Anna! Love this blog! You never cease to delight and inspire! I wish you great inspiration for 2011!

Jadyn said...

Dear Anna ~ I'm glad to hear you've had such a wonderful year! I've been reading along for the past 11 months or so and you make it all seem so effortless. I know there must be a lot of hard work involved though! Thank you so much for all the inspiration, your blog is such a happy and inspiring place. Wishing you a wonderful holiday time and looking forward to see what 2011 has in store for you! xoxo

GOSIA said...

what a year indeed! I do admire you for having found enough time for all that!!! All the best for the coming 2011.

Luciane From HomeBunch.com said...

Anna,

Talking about crying.. this room almost made me cry! Gee... nope, I'm not that sentimental, but for the first time I think I found myself loving something from the top to bottom. This is so perfect that's almost like a dream. Oh, sure... yes, I'm very sentimental today! lol But I just feel in love with EVERYTHING in this picture and then, with your words. I understand when you say how important and wonderful it is to have people reading your blog. I've started mine in September but I feel so blessed for knowing some very special people. Yes, it's a blessing that I cherish with my heart. I know it's hard sometimes, I know we all have a busy life (kids, house, work, family, dogs, cat and some, even parrots! Ahoy! :-) ) But the fact is that everything we do in this life is for a reason, and the reason to keep in touch with the readers thru the blog is that we all love the design world but also, we create a friendship that make the design world even more interesting, to be honest, even more special.

Merry Christmas to you, to all Australians, and to everyone reading this.

Hugs from Canada.


Luciane at HomeBunch.com

Sarah said...

Congratulations on your wonderful year and thank you for sharing your wonderful work here so that new bloggers like me can continue to be inspired! :)
~SW

GLENDA CHILDERS said...

What a fanastic year you have had . . . wow. Enjoy your family and this wonderful Christmas season.

Fondly,
Glenda

sarah, flourish design + style said...

Merry Christmas Anna, xo

Ursula said...

Happy Holidays,Anna! Much happiness and good cheer in the new year!

Eva said...

Your blog is the best!!! A lot of greeting from Rome (Italy) and Marry Christmas and Happy new 2011!!!.
Eva.

Ps.my blog: fancywindows.blogspot.com

Modern Country Lady said...

Thank you for your fantastic and inspiring blog and the peeks into your shop and designs- I just love the way you work with colour.Have a wonderful Christmas, it sounds you had a good year- long may this good fortune continue into 2011!

My Striped Seaside said...

Merry Christmas ANNA - your blog is a true inspiration as is your outlook on life. I look forward to visiting your store this year, in fact I will make it a priority!
All the best, Mel xx

Rachel @ Little Bits of Lovely said...

Have a wonderful Christmas Anna. Your blog is a constant inspiration; thank you for sharing daily bits of joy! Rachel x

Looking Glass said...

As a fairly new reader, I just wanted to say Merry Christmas, I'm glad I've found your blog and I can't wait to see what you have in store for us for 2011!!

~ Clare x

Third Avenue Style said...

Happy Chrsitmas Anna.

Katie

Alcira Molina-Ali said...

Congratulations on what has clearly been a stellar year for you Anna, filled with a quasi-Herculean list of accomplished feats ;)
Warm holiday wishes and much luck and joy in the year to come, Cheers, Alcira

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Alcira Molina-Ali said...

Congratulations on what has clearly been a stellar year for you Anna, filled with a quasi-Herculean list of accomplished feats ;)
Warm holiday wishes and much luck and joy in the year to come, Cheers, Alcira

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Millie said...

Anna, warmest Christmas wishes to you & yours. Your beautiful post has put such a positive spin on why we all find this blogging caper so worthwhile!
Millie x

christy jo said...

Just wanted to let you know how much I love your style. I visited Australia in 1998 and Brisbane is what stands out to me the most as being my favorite area. Everything you do reminds me of my time there. Thanks for all the inspiration and sharing it was us.

drey said...

happy happy happy christmas. what a wonderful job achieving all those things. may there be more joy and laughter and colour for you in the coming year!!

francoisw said...

Aah Anna.. thank you for your marvelous inspiration. I wait to meet you personally in 2011.. in the meanwhile.. Feliz Navidad; Joyeux Noel; Buone Feste Natalizie; Merry Christmas.. have a wonderful safe holiday recover, relax, reflect, and regroup.. x Jean Wethmar

ZJoosh said...

Well I can honestly say you have truly inspired me with every single post. I look forward to starting my day by reading your blog. Congratulations on being one of Austrlalia's great style icons. x Kell

La Petite Gallery said...

Dear Ann,
I wouldn't pass up that fabric I love pansy's as for the hat I have one very similar.
wishing you a merry Christmas and prosperous New year and a healthy one. I have enjoyed your posts and comments so glad we met.

yvonne

Wendy said...

Love your blog Anna!!

Happy Holidays!! I hope your holidays are festive and filled with family, friends, good food and lots of laughter!! :)

Nancy Yos said...

That's the most gorgeous couch I have ever seen, and congratulations on your great year.

Maria said...

♫•*¨*•.¸¸ merry xmas ¸¸.•*¨*•♫

http://design-elements-blog.com/

flickettysplits said...

Can I buy that sofa? I want that sofa! I've sent emails asking about the fabric, but so far, no reply - please reply to me!

Ludmila {creamylife.com} said...

happy holidays, Anna! xo

VictoriaArt said...

A very merry Christmas to you and yours and a very happy New Year!
Many blessings!

XOXO
Victoria

Modern Country Lady said...

Hope you have a great Christmas and really looking forward to your wonderful postings next year!

Maria said...

♫•*¨*•.¸¸ merry Xmas! ¸¸.•*¨*•♫


http://design-elements-blog.com/

Couture Carrie said...

Hope you had a wonderful Christmas!

xoxox,
CC

Camila* said...

Adorei o sofá!

red's chic said...

Wow! nice living room!
Elle :)
http://redischic.blogspot.com/

Chippy's Ice Cream Parlor said...

Appreciate your blog, inspirational for simple country blogger mommies like me.

silvia Navarro said...

beautiful blog!!
great post!!!
xoxo

http://1sillaparamibolso.blogspot.com/

newsprout said...

Love that painting, especially with that vintage style couch. You have a great eye for combining color and texture in a modern - clean way that embraces vintage too. Your overal selection of art really make the rooms. Thanks for sharing.

I Dream Of said...

Anna, I couldn't be more impressed with your creativity, talent and incredible energy! Just one of those things would be a fantastic accomishment. You inspire me. Your blog is one of my all-time favorites...the color, the beauty. Can't wait to see what you do next year! Cheers! Jeanne

Vem da Terra said...

Congratulations on all the achievements.I love your blog, very inspiring. I would like to invite you to know my work. Best wishes and Happy New Year!

mydesignchic said...

What a year you have had!! Thanks for all of the gorgeous inspiration you've provided...

Design in the Woods said...

Thanks for the Australian inspiration! Your blog has such vibrant color and life! Best wishes for 2011.

Bringing Pretty Back said...

Congratulations on all of the great things that have happened to you this year!
I can not wait to see how you inspire us in 2011!
Have a pretty day!
Kristin

Bringing Pretty Back said...

Congratulations on all of the great things that have happened to you this year!
I can not wait to see how you inspire us in 2011!
Have a pretty day!
Kristin

Chelsea said...

Happy holidays, Anna! It's been a pleasure to read your blog all these years:)

Dawn said...

HI! HAPPY HOLIDAYS! Your blog is amazing and sooo inspiring. Just happen to find it this morning...I'm following you without a doubt!! Dawn Suitcase Vignettes....Happy New Year!

Chrissy Foreman C said...

Merry Christmas to you and a Happy New Year ahead!

Maritha said...

Wow, what a year. Congratulations on all you've accomplished and Happy Nwe Year!

RubyMel said...

your blog is a stream of constant inspiration

christine {bijouandboheme} said...

I am endlessly inspired by your blog and work- thanks for all of the beauty- your style is exactly what I aspire to create in my own home! xo

Sandy said...

Happy New Year to you too -

P.S.
Love the red lounge...

Laura said...

Hi Anna!!
I recently discovered your blog and I couldn't keep myself from writing to tell you that you are a hell of a talented woman!
I am now moving to a new little apartment (here in Madrid where I live) and your blog is being so inspirational! Just wanted to write to say how much I love your work. If I ever come by Australia I will definitely have to visit Black and Spiro!

With my most sincere admiration.
Laura

Lindsay said...

Happy New Year, Anna! Cannot wait to see what you have in store for 2011! xo

permanent magenta said...

Holy Freaking Cow!! That so many very impressive things. Congratulations!!! and Best wishes for a bright 2011.

Amber Interior Design said...

Your such an inspiration. All those things must make you feel so very blessed. I am also looking forward to 2011 being another GREAT year. When I started my brand new blog yours was one of my top faves, if not my fave. Cheers
amber

Bohemian said...

Just discovered your Blog and love your bold use of color in your designs. May 2011 be all that you Hope and envision it to be.

Dawn... The Bohemian

Angela said...

Dear Anna,

I hope that you and your family are safe during the floods that are in Queensland, my thoughts are with you all. I read your blog religiously and immediately thought of you when I saw the terrible floods on the news.

Angela x

billy said...

Happy New Year Anna. Your bright and colourful blog is a ray of sunshine to me here in foggy England. Here's to a wonderful 2011.

Anna Spiro said...

Thanks for all of your lovely well-wishes!

xx
Anna

Erin @ SYL: Slipcover Your Life said...

Happy New Year Anna!

Cote de Texas said...

whew! I'm exhausted just reading what you've accomplished this year!
Congrats on the baby and new house and new store, and etc. etc.

Happy New Years to you and yours.

Joni

Renee said...

Thank you for always taking the time to add to your blog, each day I check to see what new and wonderful things you have added. Your blog is such a pleasure to read, I love beautiful 'things'
and your blog give me my daily 'hit'. I wish you all the success in 2011, hopefully Ill get up to visiting your store this year Kind regards Renee

LT626 said...

I love how bold that set it. The pillows really play well off of the rest of the set. I wish I had that set in my room. I just bought this

http://www.jewelryboxavenue.com/Oceana-Blue-Jewelry-Box_p_58.html

I thought I was making my room bold with this little jewely box, but those pillows really are great