Friday, April 29, 2011

Dammit...I thought I was a republican.....

and then I go getting all teary when I saw the royal couple.

Lol.  Gorgeous wedding.  Divine bride.


Wednesday, April 27, 2011

any colour, as long as it is pink, part four

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In the spirit of shaking things up and changing things around, today I tackled a job that had been brewing for a while.  And the vintage purists will be flaring their nostrils at me, because I took to a lovely vintage school art locker with a paintbrush.  You see, I bought it after featuring it in a shoot (see here), but lately the colour has been hurting my eyes. And my heart.  I just can't have any bright yellow in my home.  So, out it was with the yellow, and in came the Porter's  Paints 'La Vie En Rose'.  It is now tucked into our bedroom and filled with some of my stuff.  Change, maybe...or is it just that when it comes to matters of decoration I have the attention span of a gnat! Now, what else can I change around here?


The Craft Room - Sunday Age Savvy Shopper, photo by Mike Baker, copyright Fairfax Ltd

Monday, April 25, 2011

it's the perfect day for mooching around the house...

my dining table and mantle today

How great is this extra public holiday?  All the Easter festivities are done, the girls are (kind of) eager to get back to school tomorrow, and the sun is shining here in Melbourne.  I have spent the last hour so doing a little work-avoiding (justifying my behavior by telling myself that I work far more efficiently when my copy deadlines are under 24 hours away...).  So instead of writing up the captions and story for a Sunday Age Savvy Shopper page, I have been dusting and shuffling all of my blue bits and pieces around in my dining area.  I love how just moving things around by a few feet, or by placing things on a different angle can change the whole look of a room.  OK, I have had my fun.  Now it's back to the writing...

Sunday, April 24, 2011

the dilemma of the tween bedroom

Annebelle's room - perfect for a 13 year old

Alex's room - it's time for a change

Last year I had so much fun transforming Annebelle's room into a great teenage space.  This year, I am starting to wonder how on earth I will do a similar job on Alex's room, which is currently decorated with pastels, and a gorgeous antique iron four poster bed (see above).  Alex has the biggest bedroom in the house, and for a reason - she is a born collector.  What you can't see in that photo is the 217 (at last count) Bratz dolls (I know, I know...) and the massive Glee Shrine she has installed over the fireplace.  I have been trawling the blogs looking for inspiration, but so far drawing a blank.  Maybe some amazing wallpaper? Or the bed might need a lick of paint in a more grown up colour?  Suggestions anyone???

chocolate, cheese, champagne and country air...

Oh what a divine Easter break.  Loads of laughs with the family and long walks with Dougal and his new best friend Bisoux.  We settled the chair (see last post) into the guest room in the country.  And, unsurprisingly, the three C's were my downfall  - chocolate, cheese and champagne, that is.  Can I blame it on the fresh country air?  Or the hospitality my in-laws?  Hmm, think I should just accept that I have zero will-power when it comes to treating my palate.  Off to bed now with all sorts of resolutions re taking up triathlons and adopting a Pritikin lifestyle!  Tomorrow...

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Calm on the verandah...

My lovely very best friend Maree is known for being very sentimental.  I have never known someone who can feel empathy for others quite like she does.  Even when we were thirteen, she would buy old things from op shops because she felt sorry for them - I'm taking about cardigans, doilies, paintings - all kinds of stuff.  She can't bear to see someone or something sad.   She is a nurse and she takes flowers to her patients - yes, we are talking that level of gorgeousness.   I am sooo lucky to have her as a bffl.  It comes as no surprise then, that she couldn't possibly drive past this sad old chair on a nature strip recently.  She thought I may like to give it a new lease of life, and of course, I love a good chair reno.

So here it is, a chair that was left to rot outside, and will now (hopefully) become a much used part of the furniture at my in-laws country house.

After giving it a very cursory sanding (ouch & lol, I can see the poe faces on my more pedantic restoring friends), I threw a bit of paint on it (Porter's Chinese Lantern, left over from a shoot) then started to ponder what sort of fabric should cover the seat.  Now, as my kinda-sorta mother-in-law will probably be the one to use it, I thought about

-a Cath Kidston floral - nah, too girly
-a kooky leopard print - just like her Frenchy friend Carleen has in her home - hmmm
-a Poulier & Poulier bus stop print - nah, mine is a Sydney one and I really love it on my kitchen wall

In the end I chose the fab train ticket fabric panel from Patchwork on Central Park - smart, stylish and very Melbourne, just like my in-laws.

It's a a bit rough and ready, but hopefully perfect for a verandah in the country.

And I know Maree will be very relieved to see the chair happy in its new home!


Tuesday, April 19, 2011

buy hook or buy... hanger?

I loved hunting and gathering these hooks and hangers for my Sunday Age M Magazine 'Savvy Shopper' page that ran here in Melbourne last Sunday.  Lately, hooks and hangers have become more like little pieces of art than utilitarian storage solutions, and my faves were the beautiful 'Ribbons' from Design Dispensary and, of course, the Dots by Muuto from Great Dane.

Photography, drilling, leveling and general commonsense by Mike Baker. Writing, styling and general bossiness by me.  Copyright owned by Fairfax Ltd.

as it appeared on the page

Saturday, April 16, 2011

casa Nette King - the rest of Real Living

The May issue of Real Living goes on sale tomorrow, so I thought I'd post the rest of the pages from my home spread that appeared in the April Issue.  And if you are finding it hard to get a copy of the April issue, it's because I bought them all for my future grandchildren (assuming a- that I will someday have grandchildren, and b- that they will give a rats about their crazy grandmother and her house) Nothing like being prepared, I say!  Wonderful photography by Armelle Habib.  Copyright owned by Armelle Habib and Heather Nette King.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

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

I am so in love with this little footstool / baby ottoman.  It's a touch Nana, a little bit country and a whole lot of cute.  Perfect sitting next to my flower wall.  Hmm, it's not going to be easy giving this one up after the shoot next week.

Velour ottoman, $130 from John-Pierre Heurteau, 781 High Street Armadale.


Wednesday, April 13, 2011

the white rabbit hops into Armadale...

The White Rabbit in Armadale - click on image to enlarge it.

More loveliness at the White Rabbit, including partner Lauren
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Last week I meandered out to my letterbox and found a gorgeous invitation to the launch of a new florist / homewares / gift shop just around the corner in Armadale.  Nice one, I thought.  Then I looked more closely at the names on the rsvp, and it clicked - Brett, Joseph.....rabbits!  I knew it had to be a new retail venture by Melbourne's most sought after florist and event planner, Brett Currell, and his partners Joseph, Lauren and Cameron  I wrote a Sunday Life 'my space' page about Brett and Joseph's home last year, and what a beautiful place it was - full of stylish furniture, incredible flora and a gorgeous collection of...rabbit ornaments.

So tonight I meandered down the road with my partner in retail crime and checked out the action.  Wow, it is perfect - flowers, gifts, jewelry, homewares - all beautifully chosen and gorgeously displayed.  The kind of place you can pop into on your way somewhere and be confident of finding just the right gift, or bunch.

I know I have done a few posts about my 'hood recently, it's not a conscious decision by the way... it just seems that a lot of people with clever ideas are taking the plunge around here and making a real success of it. Way to go!  Hx

The White Rabbit
46  Wattletree Road
Armadale Victoria Australia

(03) 9500 8770

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

colour obsession: pink-orange

You know how when you get obsessed with a certain colour you keep seeing it everywhere, but you still can't get enough of it?  That's how I am right now with this colour - I call it pink-orange.  It's a bit cooler than coral, sweeter than mandarin, and pinker than peach.

I have been wearing it a bit lately, mostly in the form of fun jewelry, but  knew I needed a bit more of it around my house so I went to the best colour-matching paint creator, Linda, at Porter's Paints in Prahran. After presenting her with my beads, earrings and bangle she brilliantly whipped up the perfect paint.  By the way Linda's colour matching skills are equal to her paint naming skills - this paint has been christened 'Dreams of a Girl in a Coral Bikini' - long story...  Once, she mixed a kind of street sign-ish yellow for me and called it "A Street Sign Named Design" - clever!

So I set to work outside on the veranda and popped a few coats of the pink-orange onto a crazy old light fitting I found on the side of the road last week, and a chair found in similar circumstances. Yum.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

clothes or cushions?

orange and pink - doing it for me big time

One of the best things about having a 13 year old girl with a passion for vintage clothing is getting to tag along (well, chauffeur, actually) her and her mates to the various vintage stores and sales around Melbourne.  This weekend we were back at the Retro Star warehouse sale, where I picked up these three gorgeous pieces - a shirt, a skirt and a dress, for $15 all up.  The colours and patterns are wild, and as much as I love them as clothes, none are a great fit, so I think some very cool cushions may be making an appearance here very soon.