June 7, 2019

It’s no surprise that I’m swooning over this headboard. It looks like my pottery! It’s so beautiful, and I’m now inspired to make a huge plate with this same wavy edge. Check back in two weeks!

swedish love

June 7, 2019

Much of this lovely Stockholm flat looks ready to be painted by a Dutch Master. I love the pendants and crockery and the soft pistachio green sofa in the kitchen. The dried flowers and vintage lace throughout, add romance and decadence. This feels like the home of a single, 30-something-year-old who sings and paints and hosts regular mid-week ice cream parties that piss off the neighbours.

hat lady

June 6, 2019

My sweet, funny, otherworldly friend, Maryam Keyhani hosted a hat party today to celebrate her latest collection of whimsical, straw toppers. It was held in the magical garden of a grand Rosedale home, with pink champagne on silver trays and boaters strewn from trees. A host of animals  –– two goats, three ducks, a pig and the largest rabbit I’ve ever seen –– roamed around in the late morning sun. Maryam looked like Marie Antoinette, only with a straw hat in the shape of a cake on her head. What was wonderful to see, was how each guest transformed as she popped a hat on her head. “Why do you think I feel like 22 women,” laughed Maryam, who is never without something sublime on her head.

plants and things

June 5, 2019

This house is wee, but packed with character and charm. The furnishings are pretty basic, it’s the art and the plants that give the space life and personality. I’m lousy with plants, but after seeing this I’m inspired to snap up a few green friends for our kitchen window. I gather spider plants are easy to care for. Let’s start there.

and the bride wore

June 5, 2019

My brain is blancmange, comme toujours, but let’s all say “AH” to Charlotte Casiraghi’s perfect little wedding outfit. Three bows are always better than one. And doesn’t she look just like her Mama?

on the curve

June 3, 2019

I love the carving in the drywall, by extraordinary sculptor, Valentine Schlegel. This how I imagine it might feel to be a pearl inside a shell. There are no hard edges on boats, for obvious reasons, and I wish more homes were built in the same way. It’s softer, kinder and more natural. Give this piece a skim on why people are drawn to curved architecture. “We prefer curves because they signal lack of threat, i.e. safety.” Like a pearl feels inside a shell.

taking stock

June 3, 2019

I bet all you old school Birks wearers find the new colours and textures ridiculous. Your trusty, brown sandals have been to Peru and back, four times, you don’t need a pair in hologram silver. I get it. I like the originals, too. That’s until I saw this collaboration with the iconic Pellicano hotel. I can’t deny, I like it. The natural rafia is lovely, and so’s the Arizona red satin. They’re not for Machu Picchu, but the Argentario Coast, Perché no.

decor adore

May 31, 2019

I’ve followed Aussie decorator, Anna Spiro on Instagram for years because I love the way she mixes and matches print and colour. Her style is daring and exuberant. I’m swooning over these images of her Brisbane home, complete with floral fabrics, Tiffany blue walls, flowers, art and books galore. I love the bright green trim against bubblegum pink walls, the shrimp pink basin in the loo, and the mix of Ikat and leopard in the living room.

Better than terry cloth

May 30, 2019

Doesn’t everybody own a barely there dressing gown and an aquamarine the size of the Ritz? Well, we should. It’s kind of a dream dressing gown. So pretty, that it begs to be worn out. As in to dinner, or the convenience store. Just imagine stepping out to buy some milk or a packet of Digestives in this traffic stopping ensemble.

pay it forward

May 30, 2019

In the pool today, a woman I see often but have never spoken to, paddled over to tell me that I have “a very pretty face.” As she said the words, I felt two urges; one to compliment her gold, metallic cap and jazzy goggles, and the other to say something funny, (it’s the swim cap, it gives me a facelift.) But I resisted doing either. Instead I flashed her my prettiest smile, grabbed hold of my flutter-board and swam on. I’m a big fan of compliments, singing praises, giving credit where credit is due. But I’m not great at receiving compliments. What always impresses me are people who simply say, “thankyou,” and carry on with their day, hopefully feeling a little lifted. And today, that’s just what I did. 

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