Posted in Color Shape Space, DÉCORATION, HOUSE & GARDEN, Inspirations

Inside Outside Room

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Do you have an “Inside/Outside” room?

We have three in our house. Not sure what else to call them – OK two are on the first floor, so I guess one could say “Balcony”, or “Logia” as a friend of mine suggested – sounds so romantic!

The third “Inside/Outside room is on the ground floor leading out to the courtyard one-side and the terrace and swimming pool the other side. Do you call this a “Porch”?

Not sure.

But what is so special about these places is you can sit in the shade out of the sun but still feel you are getting some fresh air. A perfect place to sit and read, or eat or play with the ipad – The cats seem to think it’s pretty cool too!

This is the Big Balcony Upstairs Inside/Outside Room

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Posted in Blog, DÉCORATION, Inspirations, Uncategorized

Scandinavian Saturday

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I love Saturday nights because there is usually a delicious Scandinavian Nordic Noir series to watch on the TV! At the moment it is the second series of The Bridge, so with this in mind, I thought I would show you a few photos of a truly gorgeous Swedish home that I found on one of the blogs I follow – Bliss

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Those old horizontal wooden planks as wall cladding are just the thing for my living room – better start hunting and collecting them now, as I’ve got a feeling they are not the sort of thing you can by at your local building suppliers!

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The photos were originally in the Swedish home decor magazine Hus and Hem All in Swedish of course – you’d think watching all this Nordic noir, my knowledge of the Swedish language would be quite good by now – alas NO – but I can distinguish the difference between a Swedish and Danish accent so that’s something I suppose!

Posted in Blog, Color Shape Space, DÉCORATION, Inspirations

Country Chic Australian Style

If I ever get the chance to go to Australia , then I am going to this country retreat near Melbourne. It just looks so amazing – be inspired!

EST Magazine

ORCHARD KEEPERS | COUNTRY CHIC
SEPTEMBER 13, 2013 EST MAGAZINE
When Pos Sampieri sent us the images of her beautiful new labour of love, Orchard Keepers, in Victoria’s Red Hill, our heart skipped a beat. Within minutes we were scanning our diaries furiously to find a date that we could book an escape to this idyllic country retreat an hour out of Melbourne. We had to get in quick before we shared it with you (so sorry – but we couldn’t help ourselves) as we know you’re going to love it as much as we do.

Set within established gardens and overlooking surrounding vineyards and orchards, the 4 bedroom guesthouse and separate Workers Cottage sit beneath a giant Sequoia tree. After leaving the corporate world behind her, Pos set herself the task of restoring what was once 3 separate cottages that hark back sometime between the 1890′s and the 1950′s, and committed herself whole heartedly to the entire process.

Working closely with Sue Carroll from Montreaux & Trove in Melbourne, Pos has created a sophisticated and elegant country retreat that she quite rightly refers to as ‘country chic’. Mixing antique pieces with lashings of white paint, layers of linen, concrete surfaces, pale timbers and a collection of ceramics, Orchard Keepers is the definitive of country chic in our opinion.

If your looking for the ultimate country getaway – whether its with family or a group of friends – you can’t go wrong here with Orchard Keepers….but its our little secret right?

Book here quickly if you want to see for yourselves!

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Posted in Blog, DÉCORATION, Inspirations, Let's Be Creative!, MACKENZIE FRAMES, Wall Displays

Work In Progress – Hand Painted Frames For A Collection Of Mirrors

The summer season of craft shows is upon us, and although I don’t do many of them these days, whenever the ladies of Varen phone me  to participate in their annual summer craft show – I usually say yes.

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Varen (zip code – 82330) is a very pleasant village near St. Antonin Noble Val, in the Tarn-et-Garonne about 15 minutes drive from where I live here in the Midi-Pyrenees region of South West France. The good ladies of Varen, take it upon themselves to manage ‘La Shoppe’ every summer in the hope of luring tourists and locals alike into their little stone clad den below the ‘mairie’ (the mayor’s office) which is full of hand made delights from local artisans.

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The theme this year is ‘Reverie’ – a very subjective word  that summons different things to different people. Well, to my mind, in the realm of interior decor, this means ‘The House of my Dreams’ and as Marie-Claude (chief lady in charge) specifically asked me to provide some of my Hand Painted Framed Mirrors, this is what I had in mind.

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I hope there are a few people passing through Varen this summer who have the same taste in colors and framed mirrors as I have!

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So I thought you would like to see the ‘Work In Progress’ of the hand painted frames at the moment. As you see, my color theme is very neutral – white, taupe and beige. A variety of sizes and styles from my ‘odd box’ of moldings that we seem to collect over the years in our Framing Workshop. Any one who has been following my blog here only has to to go to the DIY Tutorials to see that I love ‘Up-cycling’ old frames to make them into objects of desire once again!

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Well, Martin has just cut the individual pieces of mirror for each frame. He still needs to cut the backing boards and then I can finish the transformation of these frames into the mirrors of your dreams.

When they are ready, I’ll give you an update. And if you are on holiday here in our corner of South West France this summer, perhaps you can come and visit Varen and have a little peak into ‘La Shoppe’!