Monday, December 21, 2009

And they're in!

After much hulabaloo getting an electrician to install my lights before Christmas, they are in.  Not a moment too soon.  And I love them.  More pics of the completed kitchen to come in the New Year.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Wish List

Iittala Essence white wine glasses, $55 set of 2

Tonfisk Warm tea set, $239

Nancybird Long Wallet, $139

Thursday, December 3, 2009

More Dry Spell Gardening

This is my favourite Brendan Moar garden of all time.  Want!  If only he would come and design my garden.......sigh.




Landscaping Inpsiration

Isobel starts childcare two days a week in January.  Two whole days to myself?!  Jeepers.  As I have no immediate plans to go back to work, the idea is to get stuck into things around here.  I really want to sort out the mess that is our garden, I just know I could enjoy gardening if I had the time.  Maybe now I will?  Anyhow, I am starting to gather together some inspiration.....

Wednesday, December 2, 2009


I am starting to think about moving Isobel into a bigger bed and a bigger bedroom. She is still in a cot, and while I love that she can't escape, I guess I'll have to release her from her prison eventually. If you're going to buy a new bed, why not make it a lovely one? How about this Oeuf toddler bed, available from The Kido Store?

Tuesday, December 1, 2009


I bought a new rug for the kitchen/dining area today. I love, love, love Chilewich and after admiring the range for such a long time, I ducked into one of my favourite shops in Manuka, and there it was. It just had to come home with me. Woven vinyl, it's perfect for life with a little monkey. Yay!

Images via

Friday, November 27, 2009

Finishing touches

The tiling is complete in our new kitchen! Excitingly, that means we can now move some furniture back in. It's been about two months since we had a table to sit at to eat. As I expected, the room is a little echoey with all those hard surfaces - so I'm actually having a re-think on the window furnishings. I was originally just going to run with the same discreet roller blinds we have throughout the rest of the house, keeping the emphasis on the huge windows and the connection with the outdoors. I've never been a huge curtain fan, but have recently seen some fantastic modern versions that really appeal, as per some of these images. I actually think they could look amazing in our room, and are very much in keeping with the modern retro feel I've been going for.
They would also help soften the room, and deal with the echo.

I've also been thinking about rugs. A runner, or something to sit under the table. I'll know what I need once I have the table etc. back in there. I love these polypropylene rugs by Pappelina, practical, eye-catching and stylish, they are available through Nordic Fusion in Australia.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Cooks Hill Cottage

We travel up to Port Stephens and Newcastle regularly, as my husband's mother now resides in Nelson Bay. Such a beautiful part of the world! I have always had a soft spot for Newcastle, as my Dad was born there, and we traveled there at least a couple of times a year as kids to visit his rellies. Not only does Newcastle have a the most gorgeous climate and some of the country's best beaches, but having such an extensive history, it has the most beautiful architecture. I would be there in a flash if Des could feasibly work there. So many cute little cottages and impressive stone buildings. Much of it rather run down, but momentum is gaining and it is the hip new place to be for artists and designers who can't afford Sydney or just don't want to deal with the rat race that goes along with it. Anyway, I I just came across this beautiful little self contained cottage for rent right in the middle of town. Gorgeous! And so reasonably priced. If we have to stay in Newcastle for one reason or another, this is where I want to be.

All images Cooks Hill Cottage

David Met Nicole

I just received David Met Nicole's latest newsletter in my inbox, and every time, I feel so inspired. While I've never actually set foot in the shop before (it's in Sydney, I'm in Canberra), it has to be my favourite. I could happily receive anything from this shop as a present and be blissfully happy. How about this vintage desk calendar, above.

Or some vintage numbers for my letterbox and house number?

I would kill for one of these vintage first aid cabinets in the laundry!

If only I had somewhere to put a vintage clock in my new kitchen...

Love these pouffs!

Sigh. Next time we go to Sydney. Next time.

All images via David Met Nicole.