Friday, April 30, 2010

Happy weekend....

Enjoy whatever this weekend brings you xx

{images via dress, design & decor}

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Byron Bay

For those who have never been, Byron Bay is one of the most beautiful places to visit within Australia. It is known for it's stunning beaches for both relaxing and surfing, great music festivals, nice places to eat and drink and you can meet all types of people.

My beautiful friend Lisa and I are planning a little get away to Byron Bay in early August. See my birthday is late July and Lisa's is early August so we thought what a better way to celebrate than a girls getaway to Byron. And since we decided to go, we have friends wanting to join us which is great.
So I have been looking through accommodation and I came across this really cute place, Atlantic Guesthouses. I like it's simple design with a little beach cottage feel but not too over the top. I don't know how much it would cost but I'm thinking it will cost a bit, but you never know! It's fun to dream for now....

Oh did I mention that there are lots of cute surfer boys that live in Byron???? ;)

Monday, April 26, 2010

Colour Theory : Purple

Ok, I like purple and I have a couple of purple pieces of clothing but don't love it.
I think it has to be the right shade though (smokey, grey purple) and used in just the right amounts in a space, otherwise I think it start to look a little bit tacky or remind me of my old great aunties house in the late 70's!

Purple embodies the balance of red simulation and blue calm. This dichotomy can cause unrest or uneasiness unless the undertone is clearly defined at which point the purple takes on the characteristics of its undertone. A sense of mystic and royal qualities, purple is a color often well liked by very creative or eccentric types and is the favorite color of adolescent girls.
How the color purple affects us mentally and physically
* Uplifting
* Calming to mind and nerves
* Offers a sense of spirituality
* Encourages creativity
- sensational colour
I like the way it is used here with the yellow and grey - my 2 favourite colours

I love this Versace dress and I love the colour, stunning

Even just the smallest touch of purple seen here in the cushion and flowers adds just the right amount to make it look lovely

If it's good enough for Jessica Stams living room.......

Louis Vuitton - need I say more??
Alot of purple and I actually really like it but I don't think I could live with it

{images via living etc, vt interiors,, 6th st design school, elle decor, secrets of domestic bliss}

Friday, April 23, 2010

Beautiful Home - Jenna Lyons

I love this home, it's the home of Jenna Lyons Creative Director for J.Crew. I like how it's a little bit rough around the edges but looks so comfy too.

Her 3 year old son, Beckett's (love this name) bedroom

Imagine sitting in one of these chairs on a rainy day watching the rain through those beautiful tall windows, with a cup of coffee and reading your favourite magazine - love!

Of course I'm loving the yellow sofa and how it pops in the room

Imagine having a whole room as your dressing room, yes please

{images via Fashionista, Domino, Living Etc}

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Home office spaces

I have dreamt of my own home office for years now.
I am obsessed with stationery - obsessed! And I love being organised and organising things. Put these things together with my love of interior design and how could you not dream of a home office. So my little 2nd bedroom will become a home office/guest room. I'm still not ready to buy the pieces for the room but hopefully soon because I can't wait to set up my desk and do some drawing and drafting again....aahhhh.....

But for now I will continue to admire and get inspiration from these home offices.

{images via Cococozy, Sarah Richardson, Lonny, Material Girls, Elle Decor, Apartment Therapy}

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Oh what a day

Yep people, that's what I am feeling as I arrive home from my day at work!

I would hate to be a celebrity! I had an unfortunate today with some media. Not making any comment on it except it is not a nice feeling when the media or people use the media to create negative situations and situations that can really effect the people involved.
Don't worry, my situation was not that dramatic but sucks!!
Doesn't have anything to do with my house but I just felt like sharing.

I'm off for my drink now...cheers x

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Cushion Love

During this sad week, I did get a little bit of sunshine. My cushion arrived from Amanda over at Oliveaux.
I love it! But I now think once I've put it on my favourite chair it is a little bit too big, I might get another one in half the height and put this one on my sofa.

It is the Mary Yellow cushion from Rubie Green which are made of 100% certified organic cotton.

Amanda at Oliveaux also sufferred a very sad loss on the same day my grandpa passed away. My thoughts and condolences are with you Amanda xx

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Thank you

Firstly I would like to thank everyone for their kind messages, some via here, some emailed/facebooked and some text. It's times like these you see who true friends really are xx

I would also like to thank Nicole from Sketch42 for passing on the Sunshine Award to My First Little Place, I am surprised and very thankful that you get joy out of reading my blog. Your blog is also one of my daily stops.
It's a perfect time for me to get a little bit of sunshine. Thank you x

So with this award I now pass it on to 10 blogs that I love. Here goes, my fav design blogs:

Hope you all enjoy

Love Sarah xx

Friday, April 9, 2010

It's a sad day today

Today is a very sad day for me and my family.
Sadly my grandpa passed away early this morning.

Today I've been thinking about all the wonderful memories I have as a child. My grandparents used to have a farm, "The Ranch" (yes, they lived in Texas for awhile hence the name) and we would go and stay there often. We had a huge farm that we could just run crazy around, we would be out running around all day. We had a cubby house that was really cool, we had chickens to feed and collect the eggs, endless fruit trees to pick at, a mini bike to ride (or be injured on thanks to my lovely big sister!!), it was just amazing.

My nana passed away 10 years ago but I am comforted knowing that they will now reunite and be together again.

R.I.P Grandpa xx

Sunday, April 4, 2010

The Bathroom - before and after

Well my bathroom is nearly finished and I hope you would agree the after looks slightly better than the before!?!?

Before :

After :

The bath has gone. I'm not really a bath girl and I just didn't really feel I needed it even if I decide to rent out someday or resell. Glad I did it as I love the longer shower.

I am really happy with my choice of white subay tiles on the walls and the larger grey tiles on the floor. A neutral palette I can add to with colour or leave as a clean calm space.

As you can see I still need to install the shower screen which will be just a plain pane of glass. I'm a little worried though as the bathroom is tiny and when the screen is installed, it will really limit the space in regards to moving around. I also need to somehow disguise the pipe from under my "floating" vanity (don't ask)!!

I also need to put up the mirror. I have a mirror but it isn't a bathroom mirror and therefore just too heavy to put up in the bathroom. So I'm on the lookout for another one that is decorative (no plain mirrors here thanks) and I will keep it to white. I love my Missoni hand towel and I think I might get a colourful Missoni one too to bring in some colour when I feel like it.

Can't forget the throne!
I'm still contemplating wallpapering the space, just need to find the perfect one.

Thanks to my sister, with the help of Charlie for taking the before shots for me x

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Happy Easter

I hope you are all enjoying your long weekend.
I'm back from Sydney where I did some work and saw some very dear friends. But I am exhausted so I think I'll spend the next 2 days catching up on some sleep.....and chocolate !!

Happy Easter xx