I don’t think I’ve mentioned this here, but we are currently in the middle of renovating our single-fronted Edwardian weatherboard house. The past couple of months have involved a lot of demolition and rebuilding, but the walls are nearly completely up now and it’s finally starting to look like somewhere you could live again!
We have been looking at colours and tiles for our new ensuite, and so I wanted to share some of the images which I’m using as my inspiration. I love the drama of dark walls contrasting with the white enamel of the bathroom fittings. Dark grey or black walls create a calm space, and when paired with glossy white and chrome fixtures, thick white towels, and a carrara marble topped vanity I am hoping that the room will exude hotel-quality luxury.
Yesterday, my trainer introduced me to this 30 Day Squat Challenge. Essentially it’s 23 days of squats and 7 rest days, building you up from 50 to 245 reps. The total number of squats you will have done by the end of this is 3,295,which should equate to a new butt!
I thought I’d share this so that you can participate… If you’re up for the challenge!
With Emerald Green named as Pantone’s 2013 colour of the year, it’s no surprise that there has been a sudden surge in the incorporation of malachite pattern across the design sphere.
The copper-ore mineral has been used in decoration for over 10,500 years, originally in the Middle-East and Egypt. Across many cultures it had a strong female-association, and also believed to hold many protective powers. It was also very popular amongst the Russian tsars during the nineteenth century, when it became synonymous with wealth and opulence - an association which has carried over to today’s 21st century interpretation.
Whether it’s the real-deal or a faux painted or screen-printed version, accents of malachite are a great way to interpret the emerald green trend in your home. I personally love the idea of a stone being printed on soft furnishings, such as cushions or upholstered furniture. The swirls of green induce a sense of tranquility, great to incorporate into a living area or study. Amp up the luxe factor by combining it with glints of golden brass, hints of velvet, reflective surfaces such as marble or glass, and classic furniture designs.
90′s style is having its resurgence in fashion right now – distressed denim, floral prints, and of course plaids are popping up all over the place.
Embracing the plaid trend doesn’t mean you need to go full grunge though, the timelessness of tartan worn in a classic blazer is a great way to incorporate this look into your wardrobe while still looking classy and put together.
The black watch colours are some of the most versatile, looking great with a button up shirt or a plain tee. Wear the look with jeans for a casual look, or contrast it with a bright skirt for a more dressy style. Because tartan is such a timeless pattern, it mixes well with small prints such as leopard, smaller checks, stripes and florals.
Pineapples seemed to be appearing in decor everywhere I looked, but did you know that they have been seen as a symbol of hospitality in America since the colonial times? Apparently back then, giving someone a pineapple as a gift showed them your intention to promote your friendship. These days people may think you’re a bit strange if you gifted them a piece of fruit, but with the motif making its way into so many decorative pieces it’s easy to keep this tradition alive, albeit with a modern twist.
With its unique, spiky shape and texture just begging to be explored in different forms, it’s easy to see why pineapples look great in home decor. While you need to balance out the look with other less exotic pieces (or risk your room looking like a Hawaiian luau!) they are a fun way to bring a bit of tropical, summery vibe to your home - try adding a lamp, a print, or just an ornamental version.
I hope everyone has a fantastic Easter break! I’m spending the long weekend in Sydney with some girlfriends – shopping, eating, drinking, and overindulging on chocolate and hot cross buns (my favourite… although I have somehow managed to avoid them so far this Easter).
Melbourne is well known for the street art which adorns the city’s laneways. That it’s constantly changing and evolving means it’s always worth exploring the walkways and alleys throughout the CBD and surrounding suburbs.
In most of the city, street art is celebrated as an expression of urban life. With graffiti no longer carrying the same stigmatisation which it used to, artists are being celebrated for their talents – exemplified internationally by the likes of Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Shepard Fairey and Banksy – all of whom have crossed over to the world of high-art.
I was impressed when I opened the most recent issue of Housesmagazine to see this Fitzroy house (below), which has graffiti incorporated throughout the internal and external design – a reflection of its inner-city neighbourhood. Although it has been used as a feature, the architects (John Wardle Architects) have used just the right amount of restraint, making it interesting but not overwhelming.