bold & Beautiful

July 16, 2018

Miranda Skoczek is a big on colour, Melbourne artist whose abstract work I really like. But if a high wattage canvas is too much for your taste, consider her homewares –– throw cushions and table cloths — that add instant colour and character to any room. Watch Skoczek’s creative process on this neat little video shot in collaboration with Design Files.

mix and match

July 10, 2018

It was this bedroom that caught my eye, with its playful fabrics and charming antique bed. But the whole apartment is worth a peek. I love all the unexpected juxtapositions; the whimsical seat cushions in the dining room set against the graphic rug underneath the table. And what about all the animal prints scattered among polka dots, zigzags and bright coloured kanthas.


July 9, 2018

It’s pink, so of course I was drawn to it. Set on of Europe’s most beautiful coastlines, Uva do Monte is a charming hotel in Melides, Portugal. The 12 rooms are a creative mix of decorative tiles, vintage fabrics and antique furnishings in a palette of pinks, ochres, greens and  sea blues. Portugal, anyone?


June 30, 2018

Hello to al fresco Queen sized beds. And an en suite bathroom to boot. Green walls are de rigueur. Who needs a house with a set up like this?

bottoms up

June 30, 2018

If there’s a central island in the kitchen, chances are, everyone will end up around it. I love these vintage bar stools, brassy and chic, and you can never go wrong with a classic bentwood. A little chartreuse for your tush is a good idea, and so are these ultra simple nordic numbers. But stools that disappear after the guests are gone, those are the best kind.

Bleu comme le ciel

June 30, 2018

White walls are my preference, but I do love the idea of a ceiling in a bold colour. And why not Tiffany blue? I love this little room, and the idea that you’re dining under a bright, turquoise sky.


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.

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.


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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