let’s polka

June 18, 2018

Who can say no to polka dots, especially polka dots sur plage? This is one cool cozzy. I don’t do too much lying around the beach, but I think it’s as good for sun bathing as it is for chasing sprogs into the sea.

school’s out

June 16, 2018

I always get a little sentimental on the last day of school. It’s pride in my children, how much they’ve grown –– bigger hearts, bigger minds, bigger teeth –– but it’s also a whiplash back to my own feelings at the end of the school year. There was excitement for the fun ahead, but also melancholy in the clearing of desks and the farewells to friends and teachers (for what seemed like an eternity). Endings, beginnings, endings, beginnings. It was all bitter sweet. But how fast children move on. Within a few days I was barefoot, eating chunks of watermelon a million miles away from my little wooden school desk.  And so mine will be, too.

deluge

June 14, 2018

My children and I got caught in the short, but intense rain storm today that caused power outages and knocked down trees. We were at a playground celebrating the end of the school year with families who had also chosen to ignore the weather forecast. The children were all eating ice cream from a truck when the rain came pouring down. Some kids started to cry, others broke into a rain dance. When we got home, soaked to the skin, I overheard my children saying that they’ll never go out with even a 40 per cent chance of rain again. “Then you’ll never go out,” I said. It wasn’t the party they expected, and it certainly wasn’t ideal, but they won’t forget it.

Timber!

June 13, 2018

I really like the screen printed timber panels in this beautiful Brisbane home. What an interesting way to add pattern and colour to an otherwise natural palette. The panels were printed by local artist, Georgina Forbes. Have a look at her whimsical designs and high wattage colour.

in the pinks

June 13, 2018

I love all these tones –– the pinks the rusts the tans and the reds. (I’m picturing rust linen pants and a Marrakech pink silk camisole). It’s not a palette we see nearly enough of. And while we’re here in this room, let’s talk about the sofa. Sleek, and yet lived in –– totally cool.

here comes the bride

June 12, 2018

The first wedding dress I tried on was a bit of a dream. It was designed by Jenny Packham, and it had a decidedly Gatsby feel. I knew in the first first few minutes that it wasn’t the one, but I sure did love wearing it. I remember feeling like Audrey Hepburn in that ball scene from My Fair Lady. I went on to try another dozen or so dresses before I found the one I wore on my wedding day. It was the perfect dress for me, and I would have known that even if I hadn’t tried on 14 others. But all the taffeta and tulle was so much fun. And for a minute or two I got to feel like Hepburn. Grace Kelly. And Cinderella.

résidence royale

June 11, 2018

This is grand, very grand. Both regal and spartan, at the same time. I love the treatment of the walls, and the beautiful aqua paint colour. The floors were made to plié, chassé, jeté on. And the bed, the bed was made to be royal on.

Koi no yokan

June 8, 2018

Hitomebore is the The Japanese word for “love at first sight.” Koi no yokan is a more nuanced, delicate idea as it refers to the possibility of falling in love. “I like the idea that some part of you knows and recognizes the other person before your more logical and rational parts have a chance to catch up,” says author Nicola Yoon. “It’s the feeling when you meet someone that you’re going to fall in love with. Maybe you don’t love them right away, but it’s inevitable that you will.” Watch this BBC video on the premonition of love.

ice cream for ice cream

June 7, 2018

My children are young, so trips to the ice cream parlour are in technicolour. They always choose the most extreme flavours, the ones that turn teeth smurf blue. They’ll wait 45 minutes for a Diperie ice cream, even though there’s great, old fashioned vanilla with no lineup down the road. I get it. when it comes to ice cream, (and whipped cream and icing and sprinkles) more is more. One day, they’ll love vanilla. And not even care about the cone.

pick

June 7, 2018

I can’t imagine decorating with animal print –– it’s not my thing –– but a mix of leopard with white linens and Peruvian stripes, I can get behind. I love how she’s substituted a headboard for milagros. It’s a fun little room –– makes me curious to see the rest of the house.

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