I haven’t shared any e-decorating mood boards in a while… Naughty me! Here’s one I finished a little while ago for a client in rural NSW who wanted to spruce up the study space she had carved out in her kitchen living area. I’m rather fond of it myself!
If you’d like help putting your home together, I can help no matter where you’d located in Australia. Email me to see how I can help.
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The new Designer Collection from rug supplier Armadillo & Co has just been launched. The stunning range is available only through decorators and designers and features 51 colours to choose from in a variety of patterns so you can custom make a rug to suit your home. Such a brilliant idea!
If you could custom design your own rug what would you dream up?
If you’d like pricing information please email me for further details.
Last week I took two friends to the Sydney Flower Markets in Flemington. It was their first visit and quite a fun experience for them, it got me thinking though that you really do need to be prepared for an early morning visit to the flower markets and thought I’d share my top tips.
1. Arrive Early – the markets open at 5am and if you want the good stuff you need to be there as close to 5 as possible.
2. Parking Sucks - parking is pretty ridiculous and there are forklifts fanging around the carpark without looking where they are going. Stalk people back to their cars if you have to! (Yes, it’s like going shopping on Christmas Eve… I’ve warned you!)
3. Cash is King – If you pay cash you’re more likely to get a discount if bulk buying flowers and not all offer credit card facilities. Also it’s a $10 entry fee to get into the markets so make sure you have cash ready when you drive in the gates.
4. Storage Tubs – if you’re planning to buy more than a few bunches (if you’re getting up before dawn, you better make it worth your while) you’ll need something to carry the flowers in. The car park is a 3 story car park so you can’t duck back and forth to drop the flowers off. I take Tubtrugs from Howards Storage with me but a trolley would be handy.
5. Opening Times - the markets are only worth visiting Mon-Wed-Fri. Tuesday & Thursday they are open but you’ll get less than a quarter of the offering.
6. Have Fun – it’s all go-go-go once you walk in the gate but I always really enjoy wandering around, you’ll get pushed and shoved a bit as people walk down the aisles with trolleys and buckets of flowers but the array of amazing flowers you’ll find there that you don’t see in florists at your local shops makes the early start worth it. I highly recommend a trip to the flower markets!
Have you got any other tips to add? I would love to hear them!
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Planning is well and truly underway to get the first Eco-Nursery Workshop up and running with Sonya from EcoLuxe.
We’re planning an afternoon of nursery styling, advice on selecting non-toxic items for the nursery and great discounts to help you set up your nursery. If you are interested in attending (Sydney only for now) or know anyone who you think would love to come along, please fill in the form via this link or pass on this link about the nursery workshops so they can be added to the notification list when we launch the first workshop.
I’m so excited to put this workshop together, nurseries are possibly my favourite room in the house to decorate – so fun and everything is so miniature!
Happy New Year! That summer break totally flew past didn’t it?!
Here’s a look at my Christmas table styling, I tried to use all Australian native flowers like I mentioned in my Christmas Inspiration post (okay, there’s a few that aren’t) and mixed it with found objects. My Christmas table to do list was as follows:
1. VASES: Spray painted a few old jam jars white and gold (Rust-o-leum works best because you don’t have to prime and one coat is usually enough). In some vases I used cinnamon scented tea lights and others I filled with flowers.
2. WREATHS: I snipped some Rosemary from the veggie patch and tied some string around the ends to make a pretty wreath
3. PLACE SETTINGS: I used pinecones that I’ve been collecting over the years as the place card holders, cut some brown paper into little flags, wrote each name on the paper and the pinecone held the paper in place. Volia!
4. FLOWER ARRANGING: I popped into my local florist on Christmas Eve and bought Celosia, Christmas Bush and Flowering Gum, then on Christmas Day arranged them all in the jam jars I’d spray painted the day before.
It was all relatively easy to set up and put together and it looked great for about 15 minutes before the food was served and the feeding frenzy began!
What did you end up doing for your Christmas table?