Saturday, June 30, 2012

My DIY to do list

Blogs are a great source for DIY inspiration.  Here are five DIY projects currently on my to do list.
1. Make an embroidery hoop chalkboard to hang in the kitchen for notes and reminders.
Above image from bliss in a teacup
2. Paint something in neon pink.  I'm thinking of opting for my IKEA BEKVÄM step stool.
Above images from hviit
3. String fairy lights in the living room similar to this installation I saw at Centre Pompidou in Paris.
4. Paint a nice message on a front door mat to make our visitors smile.

Above image from riazzoli
5. Make washi tape jars for storing bits and bobs in my home office (just because they're super cute).
Above image from Little Helsinki

Playing dress-up

Speaking of polaroids, look what just popped up on Jess Pace's site.

It's our photo from the One Fine Day wedding fair.  Jess was awesome.  We're hoping to get her involved in our big day next year.

En Français:
Parlant de polaroids, regardez ce que vient de paraître sur le site Jess Pace.
C'est notre photo de la foire de mariage One Fine Day.  Jess était génial.  Nous espérons avoir son photomaton à notre mariage l'année prochaine.

Friday, June 29, 2012

Polaroid Z2300 instant digital camera

It's obviously not one of the best digital cameras available in regards to picture quality or features (I don't think it even has zoom function), but Polaroid cameras are fun and this one comes in white.  I want one!

Above images from Polaroid

En Français:

Ce n'est évidemment pas l'un des meilleurs appareils photo numériques en matière de qualité d'image ou fonctionnalités (je ne pense pas qu'il a une fonction zoom), mais les caméras Polaroid sont amusants et celui-ci est disponible en blanc.  J'en veux un!

Dressing room shots

I love dressing room shots... a glimpse of sparkly fabrics, pretty shoes and a great source of inspiration for things like accessories storage ideas.  These shots are from a home I shared earlier this month, here.

Above images via La Maison d'Anna G
Daisy Eau So Fresh by Marc Jacobs, as pictured above, is my favourite scent at the moment.  I also love the pretty gold cap covered with pink, white and yellow daisies.
En Français:

J'aime les photos dressing... un aperçu de scintillants tissus, jolies chaussures, et une source d'inspiration pour des idées de stockage d'accessoires.  Ces photos sont d'une maison que je partageais plus tôt ce mois-ci, ici.

Daisy Eau So Fresh par Marc Jacobs, comme illustré ci-dessus, c'est mon parfum préféré pour le moment.  J'aime aussi le jolie bonnet d'or couverte de marguerites roses, blanches et jaunes.

Marchesa Resort 2013

Party dresses and evening gowns in pastel colours with gold accents, crystals and lots of tulle... the inspiration for this collection: garden parties, dappled sunlight and the romance of Summer. It's currently Winter in Australia, but if this collection is a preview of what's to come, I can't wait for Summer.

Above images from Vogue

En Français:

Robes de soirée aux couleurs pastel avec des accents d'or, de cristaux et de tulle... l'inspiration pour cette collection: réceptions en plein air, le miroitement du soleil et de la romance de l'été.  Il est actuellement hiver en Australie, mais si cette collection est un aperçu de ce qui est à venir, je ne peux pas attendre pour l'été.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Words to live by

Back in March I featured an illustration by Inslee Haynes.  I love her work and today I am sharing a new print of a hand-painted quote available in her shop.  I think it's lovely and I would definitely buy it to hang in my dressing room if I had one.

Above image: Inslee Haynes
En Français:

En Mars, j'ai partagé une illustration par Inslee Haynes.  J'aime son travail et aujourd'hui, je vais partager une nouvelle copie d'une citation peinte à la main disponibles dans sa boutique.  Je pense que c'est très agréable et je voudrais vraiment l'acheter pour l'accrocher dans mon dressing si j'en avais un.

Acrylic shower caddies

I have a lot of appreciation for designers who take something practical and everyday and turn it into something lovely.  These shower caddies from Daya Design are a perfect example; fabulous yet understated and still very practical.

Elaine Richardson, the founder of Daya Design, is an architect.  She lives in Sydney (yay, this is an Australian design) and finds that in both architecture and products, inspiration is drawn from “simplicity and light”.

The 'Zero' caddy comes in a single-shelf, double-shelf or 'Maxi' triple-shelf option.

If that's a little too simple for your tastes, there's also the more elaborate 'Baroque' caddy.

Above images from Daya Design

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Ray-Ban folding aviators

I love sunglasses!  I have at least ten pairs and my Ray-Ban aviators are my current favourite.  I can't go out during the day without a pair of sunglasses, but sometimes the big cases are so annoying.  Ray-Ban has just released folding aviators with a little pouch that would fit much more easily into a small handbag.  I am intrigued enough to go try these out and see how they look with all those hinges.

Above image from uncrate

En Français:

J'aime lunettes de soleil!  J'ai au moins dix paires et mes Ray-Ban aviateurs sont mes préférés en cours.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Etsy finds: Studio Snowpuppe

Every now and again I come across an Etsy vendor that really impresses me.  Today that vendor is Studio Snowpuppe.  These handmade origami paper lampshades are simply gorgeous.

Above images from Studio Snowpuppe

En Français:

Occasionnellement je rencontre un vendeur Etsy qui m'impressionne vraiment.  Aujourd'hui, ce vendeur est Studio Snowpuppe.  Ces abat-jour en papier sont magnifiques.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Currently coveting...

I would love to get my hands on a set of these limited edition all black Eames DSW side chairs.

Above image from Rom Til Rom

En Français:

J'aimerais avoir un ensemble de ces chaises Eames DSW en édition limitée en noir.

What dreams are made of

This bathroom is what dreams are made of... my dreams anyway.  I dream of one day having a big open bathroom with a vintage style tub and timber floors.  The fireplace in this one is an added bonus.  Imagine sitting in that gorgeous tub with a fire going in the middle of Winter.

The vintage map headboard in this last image is lovely too.

Above images from 47 Park Avenue via The Remodelista

En Français:

C'est la salle de bain de mes rêves ... une salle de bain grande ouverte avec une baignoire d'époque et des planchers en bois. J'aime trop la cheminée. Imaginez se baigner dans le baignoire avec un feu au milieu de l'hiver.

La dosseret avec des cartes anciennes dans la chambre est génial.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Tulle fairy lights

I love this sweet DIY I found via Pinterest. A set of tulle fairy lights would be equally sweet in a glamorous dressing area or in a little girl's room.

Above images from Hayseed Homemakin'

And while we're on the subject of tulle, isn't this skirt gorgeous? It comes in adult size from Pretty in Pettiskirts.

Above image from Silk Truffle

Craving an organised space

Apparently I am even less organised than I thought.  Harry's niece's birthday party was today, not yesterday.  Luckily I realised before we started the 45+ minutes drive to their house.  One of my excuses reasons for being so unorganised is that I don't currently have a home office space while we're working on renovating our second downstairs room.  I currently use my laptop either on the lounge or at the dining table and the rest of my office supplies (including my calendar) are still packed away in boxes.

Eventually the room I just finished painting will be our home office, but for now our home office will look something like this.
I am planning on making an island out of two desks in the centre of the room (we'll need to work out how to handle all the electrical cords for now because the power points are not in the best location for this design).  It will also need to fit three bikes, with Harry's two road bikes likely to be stacked in tandem on one wall and my (much heavier) retro cruiser propped against another wall.

I'm not sure yet what storage is going to work in the room.  I can fit a bookshelf between the fireplace and the door to the understairs storage (the door at the bottom in the above image), but I will probably use something freestanding so that the room can easily be changed later.  I might prop a big moodboard up against one wall too.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Black and white balloons

It is Harry's niece's 4th birthday party today, so we're heading out to spend the day with his family.  I've been a little unorganised, so we first need to go shopping for a birthday present this morning.  I usually buy her a pretty dress and something little to go with it, like jewellery or something for her bedroom.  Today, I think I might buy her some pretty balloons too.  Seriously, balloons are so much fun!

How cute is that little girl with her giant bunch of black and white balloons.  I would buy Harry's niece that gorgeous little Winter outfit too.  Love the chevron tights! The above image is from a rebranding campaign by Claridge's Hotel in London in 2010.  Just because the shots are so cute, here are a couple more.

Above images from Construct London

Friday, June 22, 2012

Black and white bathrooms

I love the luxe bathrooms in this home, especially the guest bathroom with its black and white striped wallpaper, chevron timber flooring, white painted brick walls and gorgeous metal basin. Also, the black ornate chandelier in the main bathroom and the repetition of stripes used in rugs and wall panels throughout the home.

Above images from Femina

Fashion inspiration from 1939

While browsing fashion images in the New York Public Library's online digital gallery, I found this gorgeous coat which I had to share.  The design is in black wool with black velvet buttons and a black silk scarf.  It is from 1939, but I would definitely still wear this coat today.  It is a perfect example of elegant and timeless fashion.

Above image from NYPL

Thursday, June 21, 2012

On my wishlist: Paris vs New York

I've seen the book, but I didn't know until I was browsing the Anthropologie site today that Paris vs New York also came in a sweet postcard set.

Above image from Anthropologie

I think a selection of these framed would make a fun and colourful gallery.

A ribbon in her hair

It's been a long time since I've worn a ribbon in my hair, but these images make me think it might be time to start doing so again.

Above image from Dustjacket Attic

Above image from Fashion Gone Rogue

Above image from Pinterest (original source unknown)

A glamorous Paris apartment

The glamorous renovation of this tiny apartment in Paris is the work of London designer Hubert Zandberg.  I love the use of black and white and those tiles in the bathroom, but my favourite feature is the curtain that conceals the kitchen from the living room when it's not in use.

Above images from Elle France