Tuesday, November 30, 2010

this shoot, I am trying not to buy...

This is actually a combined post - because when I visited the very lovely Jo Melrose's home to shoot a Sunday Life my space page recently, I just knew I had to feature one of her gorgeous cuckoo clocks in an upcoming Sunday Age M Magazine Savvy Shopper page.

Jo dropped it the clock in here a few days ago, so naturally I had to road test it on my wall before taking it to the shoot.

And here is a peak into her gorgeous home. It ran in the Sunday Life magazine last week.

My space photo by Mike Baker, interview and styling by me, and copyright owned by Fairfax.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

une tres jolie boutique nommee Ville et Compagne Style...

Who doesn't love receiving a beautiful invitation in their letterbox?  I was absentmindedly ripping open my mail last week when I looked down at the box I was so carelessly tearing and thought, uh oh, this one looks special - and it was.  From the store that consistently does some of the best in-store merchandising in Melbourne, Town and Country Style, came this divine invitation to their Christmas cocktail party.  Enclosed in an old Pianola roll, the invitation was printed on the sheet music to Joyeux Noel.  Every detail was perfect, right down to the ribbon, on which this was printed, 'In a little village there was a beautiful store named Town and Country Style' alternately in English and French.  Perfect.

They had me at the pianola roll though.  We had a pianola in my childhood home, and it now resides at one of my sisters' homes.  To me, pianolas instantly conjure happy memories of my darling, now departed dad,  pedaling furiously and singing along to very, very oldies, like 'The Man I Love' and 'Ching Chong'.

Joyeux, indeed.

Monday, November 22, 2010

wonderful country market in Talbot

I took a very quick spin through the Talbot market on Sunday (it's up near Ballarat in country Victoria).  The food and produce stalls were brilliant and I wished I had an esky so I could bring home our dinners for the week.  I could have lingered a lot longer, but lunch beckoned, so I quickly snapped up this gorgeous old glass pitcher and tumblers - for just $7.  It's time to find my recipe for delicious iced tea.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

the toy story

There are so many great toys and playful homewares out there right now.  I know, because I had such a hard time choosing which ones to feature in my 'toys for grown-ups' Savvy Shopper page that ran in the Sunday Age M magazine yesterday. Some choices were absolute no-brainers, like the Mad Men dolls from Mattel, and the Be@rbricks from Someday. Others were just too beautiful to leave out, like the Vitra dolls from Space. This was such a fun story to work on, and special thanks to the lovely peeps at Tarlo and Graham, who let me muck around for ages trying to work out how to construct the Christmas tree!

Photo by Mike Baker, styled by me.  Copyright owned by Fairfax.


Saturday, November 20, 2010

the most fun country weekend ever!

Isn't it amazing how just 48 hours away from home can seem like a whole week? We just had a spectacular weekend away at Jem's dad and his partner Robin's home in country Victoria. The countryside is looking amazing, after all the rain, and the roses were out of this world, springing up in the middle of fields, in cracks in old sheds, everywhere. The highlight was attending the 150th annual Clunes agricultural show.  It was perfect: tractors, cows, bulls, embroidery, ginger sponges, a brass band, pony rides, an antique engine display,  a flower show, and a grand parade.  We decided early on that there are no calories at Shows, so many delicious treats (and local brews) were sampled. And I am a fully fledged stage mother now - Dougal entered the best dressed pet, and he tied for first place with a great dane dressed as a bride. He also got a participation ribbon in the Best Pet with a Junior Handler comp (go Annebelle!) - I don't know what the judge was thinking, not awarding his first prize!#$;%*$!!! His ribbons are now proudly displayed in the hallway back at the house. We all came home tired, very happy, a little sunburnt, and ready for a late arvo siesta. A trip to the Talbot market this morning, followed by a Sunday roast at the Talbot pub capped off a cracker of a weekend.


Thursday, November 18, 2010

here is the rest of Jane Hall's brilliant Melbourne home

the December issue of Real Living hit the stands this week, so for those of you who didn't get to see a copy of the November mag, I thought I'd post the rest of the shots of Jane Hall's home here today. Her home was a big hit with readers - even Deb Bibby, Real Living's editor, mentioned the response here on the Real Living blog

So here it is - all eleven pages of loveliness. Enjoy!

Photos by the multi-talented and multi-tasking photographer and art director Chris Warnes, styling and writing by me, and copyright owned by ACP.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

this shoot, I am trying not to buy...

This shoot, I am trying not to buy this side table in the most perfect shade of green.  I popped it in my hallway after a shoot yesterday and couldn't resist trying it on for size with a lamp and some roses.  It's from  the Carina Sherlock store in High Street, Armadale.  Sooooo don't want to drop it back there today.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

the rosey arch

Back in March I wrote here about the arches I had popped into my garden in an effort to create a beautiful rose covered walkway into our home.  I am happy to say that it worked as planned.  Here are some shots I took this morning (in the very dreary and overcast Melbourne light, sorry) of the rampant Albertine, doing her Spring thing.  God I love that rose.  This morning I am having some more pebbles delivered to freshen up the path, then if the rain holds off I will re-paint the deck, so the garden will be ready for Summer.  Well, the front garden, at least.  The rest, I will wait to complete until a certain puppy outgrows his digging stage...

Sunday, November 7, 2010

long Sunday lunch...

this is how I wish I spent today... under a big shady tree, sipping a cleansing rose and eating something scrummy.  Rather, I was getting attacked by wild rose bushes as I attempted to weed my overgrown garden.

This Savvy Shopper page featuring bright new homewares for a long Summer lunch ran in the Sunday Age M Magazine today.

Photo by Mike Baker, writing and styling by me, and I was assisted on the day by my excellent defacto-step-sister- in law, the lovely Ms Emma Morrissey.  Emma rose to the occasion despite getting off a plane from France 48 hours before.  Merci beaucoup Em!

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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

this shoot, I am trying not to buy...

this shoot, I am trying not to buy my very own Don Draper - isn't he fab?  But then, if I buy Don,  Jeremy will want the Betty doll.  And I know for a fact that Mike Baker, our Savvy Shopper photographer, wants a Joan Holloway for Christmas.  Could be an expensive shoot tomorrow. I'd better just send them all back, and make do with watching series four every Thursday night.