Monday, June 28, 2010

Window dressing....

I'm trying to work out exactly what I want to put on the window of my living area. It's quite a large window and looks out onto a garden area then onto the carport and then it is exposed to the complex. I don't get any sun through this window so it doesn't need to be blockout.

I like my privacy and at night I like all windows to be very covered up (paranoia maybe??) Hence that's why for now I have a sheet up at the window, which is such an interior statement!
But enough is enough, it's time to dress them.

Now remember this sofa will be replaced with a longer white one and this sofa put on the wall to the left. The table on that wall will turn around and will sit along the window wall in the corner (under air con). And the coffee tables will be replaced with a black & white patterned ottoman.

When I first moved in I thought I'd get a roller blind up there and keep it quite minimal but now I have lived in the space for 6 months, I really want curtains to soften the space up a bit. I thought plain white ones for simplicity but is that too boring? Here are some pictures that are giving me some inspiration.

I like this idea of using the white but it's trimmed with another colour.
Maybe I could do this and add some yellow trim to not make them so plain?

But I do love this, the living area of Michelle Adams (Rubie Green, Lonny & MA Belle). I would love to use this Rubie Green Bryn fabric in yellow fofr my curtains, so cute.

So what do you think?

images my first little place, cococozy, my notting hill, habitually chic, lonny

Sunday, June 27, 2010

New FW10 Louis Vuitton Ad Campaign

Here we go again, more beautiful ad shots for Louis Vuitton.

I love this campaign as it has my all time favourite supermodel (if we use that phrase anymore) Christy Turlington (or Burns). It also includes beauties Natalia Vodianova and Karen Elson and was shot by Steven Meisel. Old school does it best!

Very glam LV!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Brick Walls

I'm really drawn to brick walls at the moment. My initial thoughts were too cold for a bedroom but these pics have changed my thoughts.

images walking around, nest, haute design, sketch42

Tuesday, June 22, 2010


I posted last week about Sofia Coppola apartment and her beautiful movies. Well looks like she's done it again. Her new film called Somewhere is a story about a father and daughter. Stephen Dorff plays a Hollywood star who's estranged daughter, Elle Fanning appears back in his life. It's not released until later this year but I thought I'd share the trailer.

Not sure I can really see Stephen Dorff as a father to a girl like this, but I know once I see it I'll be convinced. Can't wait.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Fashion House - Tamara Mellon

A couple of years ago I saw the London apartment of Tamara Mellon on MTV Cribs and fell in love with it. I don't know why to be honest as it's not something I would live in myself. When I saw it on TV the place seemed to flow really nicely and I think that's what I really liked about her space.

It was designed by LA Based designer Martin Lawrence-Bullard and it seems like the perfect place for the founder and Chief Creative Officer of Jimmy Choo.

The velvet sofas looked darker on TV but I would love a velvet sofa. I don't like the leopard print carpet though!

I think the bedroom is gorgeous. All the embroidery was done in Morrocco

Just one of Ms Mellon's closet's, I think she has 3! This is the shoe closet of course full of ...... Jimmy Choo ......

Her daughter, Minty's bedroom

images jimmy choo, elle decor, martyn lawrence-bullard

Sunday, June 20, 2010

My Favourite Movies - The Notebook

While snuggled up in my bed today feeling sickly, I watched one of my favourite movies The Notebook. Oh I so love this movie, you can't help but fall in love with both Noah and Allie and watching Noah and Allie fall in love with each other.

Such a gorgeous story that starts with an old man reading to an old lady in a nursing home. The story he reads is about two young lovers, Allie Hamilton and Noah Calhoun. After spending the summer together they're seperated by Allie's wealthy parents who feel Noah isn't suitable for her. After several years apart, Allie becomes engaged to a soldier, Lon. She then comes across and article on Noah (see below) and goes to visit him. Here she discovers that Noah had written her letters everyday and had been waiting for her all these years.

First date, dancing in the street

Noah's rundown house where Allie tells him what she wants for the house - blue shutters and a wrap around porch. He tells her he will do that for her

After years of seperation, Ally sees this photo of Noah in front of the restored house in the paper with blue shutters and a wrap around porch

My favourite part in the movie is towards the end when she has to decide on whether she wants to be with Noah or Lon (her fiance) but she must go and talk to Lon and Noah and Allie have an argument. My favourite thing said in the whole film is when Noah tells Allie "It's not gonna be easy. It's gonna be really hard. We're gonna have to work at this everyday, but I want to do that because I want you. I want all of you, forever, you and me, everyday. Will you do something for me please? Just picture us 30 years from now? 40 years from now? What does it look like? If it's with him, go. Go! I lost you once, I think I can do it again. If it's what I thought you really wanted". She tells him no matter what she does, somebody will get hurt. He replies "Would you stop thinking about what everyone else wants? Stop thinking about what I want, what he wants, your parents want. What do YOU want? What do you WANT?"

Aaahhh, if you haven't seen the film this may not make sense but oh god that bit got me. He is so gorgeous in this film.

They filmed that last half of the film first (then had a break over Christmas) and then went back and filmed the first half of the film. Apparently Ryan Gosling (Noah) and Rachel McAdams (Allie) couldn't stand each other when filming began but love blossomed in real life and the two became a couple on real life *sigh* could it get any better.....?

The final scene of the film are just as gorgeous, but I don't want to spoil it if you haven't seen it yet.

The Notebook, just one of my favourite things.

images hooked on houses, mishmash, google

Oh what to do??

I have started my days off sick! I want to rip my tonsils out, they are so swollen I can barely swallow and my glands are popping out of my neck! I'm such a grump when sick.

I've also had a really messed up week, yet again involving police (not caused by me!!) but with the job I have, surprisingly we occassionally have the police pay us a visit (along with psyhco customers!).

And I was also given an offer from my company to relocate! And I have no idea if this is something I want to take or not.

Have you had to make a big decision and just can't decide? Do I take the move and continue on the path I am on and doing what I am doing OR do I be a bit more patient and follow my heart and do something I really want to be doing? I just have no idea. I always think if an opportunity comes knocking you should take it as you never know what will come from it but when you break it down to the actual reality of doing it, I become confused!!

These three issues of my week have caused much stress and very little sleep.....

Anyone has any advice, I'd love to hear it!

images la dolce vita, inspired to share, design sponge

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Designer Love

One of my favourite interior designers is Sarah Richardson. Sarah has a really beautiful signature style and uses fabric combinations like I haven't seen anywhere else.

Sarah is one successful lady! She has her own interior design firm in Canada Design Inc (which has it's own TV show), a number of other TV shows (Room Service, Sarah's House, Sarah's Cottage), her own furniture line, new paint line and if that's not enough she is a wife and mum to 2 little girls, phew!

This is one of my favourites, could it be the yellow.....maybe!! I like how she put this little den together and I love the light fixture and that coffee table

This is the meeting room at the new Design Inc offices. I love the cabinet against the wallpapered wall. One thing Sarah does brilliantly is salvage second hand furniture and have them refinished just like this cabinet.

Sarah doesn't like to do girly girly pink bedrooms, so for this girls bedroom she did use some pink but I love how she has incorporated it. So cute.

So much to love about this living room, let's just say everything!

This is a gorgeous entrance and stairwell.

I would die for this bathroom, how elegant with a touch of glam

images sarah rcihardson, design inc

Monday, June 14, 2010

Colour Theory : Orange

Orange, a close relative of red, sparks more controversy than any other hue. There is usually strong positive or negative association to orange and true orange generally elicits a stronger "love it" or "hate it" response than other colors. Fun and flamboyant orange radiates warmth and energy. Interestingly, some of the tones of orange such as terra cotta, peach or rust have very broad appeal.
How the color orange affects us mentally and physically * Stimulates activity * Stimulates appetite * Encourages socialization - sensational colour

{images signature prints, windsor smith, apartment therapy, elle decor,
secrets of domestic bliss, haute design, a perfect grey}

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Lovin' this room today

There is so much I love here.

1. The horse print above the fire place
2. The crisp white sofas with the yellow cushions
3. Ottomans as coffee tables
4. French doors
5. It's overall simplicity with small details

It's pretty much everything I want in my space!

{image eric roth photography}