Friday, February 28, 2014

Maya's new bedroom

With the arrival of Katarina came the need for Maya to vacate the nursery, and thankfully she relished the transition to a new bedroom. We actually transformed our old office into her new room, having the built in desk and cabinetry taken out and reinstalled in another, bigger room, that could double up as a guest room as well as office (with a sofa bed). You can see the "before" office below, next to how it looks now as Maya's bedroom. The wall mounted shelves were part of the office setup that we decided to leave, they also have built in lights operated by a switch right next to her bed (handy!). We also left one panel of shelves open at the end of a row of built ins so that her toys and books could be displayed - she loves being able to see them from her bed and grab things as she wants.

The key piece was obviously the bed, which we had made by Bednest and couldn't be happier. The upholstered bedhead and sides provide some protection from knocks and look soft and bespoke: a nice contrast to the built in wardrobes. Her bedlinen is of course CULTIVER - this kid will need to stay in linen for life as she is such a hot sleeper!

The elm stool at her bedside is from Provincial Home Living, and the blind was custom made with fabric from No Chintz. A leather pouf is very useful in a kid's room I've found; ours is used as a step to climb into bed, and a seat for reading stories.

Photos by Julie Adams

Thursday, February 20, 2014

My baby ate my blog!

This blog has been a little quiet of late! It’s long overdue an update, so let’s start with a bit about what’s been happening since I last posted...
Katarina Eve arrived July 5 and rightfully claimed her own time between her big sister Maya and CULTIVER - she is a delightful distraction. Hard to believe she is already trying to get on her feet and has a couple of teeth, I have experienced the clich├ęd second time amazement of how fast it goes!
A little piece about our rugs on The Design Files brought a lot of attention …and almost cleared out our entire collection of kilims. It made for an extremely busy period right at the time of Katarina’s arrival (isn’t it always the way?) but we have been delighted to have so many people find us through TDF.

On the new product front, we have recently added a range of divinely scented soy-wax candles, made in Australia by the lovely Elise at Maison Balzac. One of these burning on your bedside as you jump between your soft linen sheets is just about the best way to get into bed we can imagine. 

We spent ages searching for the perfect accent cushions to offer, and these vintage, silk velvet beauties were worth the wait. They feel as good as they look, and the look is pure luxe: rich colours woven into patterns delicate and bold, they come in a variety of sizes and will elevate the look of any bed, chair or sofa they adorn. 

In between all of this I’ve managed a few house projects that I’ll share with you soon. Hope everyone has had a great start to 2014!

Friday, May 10, 2013

Fashion essential: leather jacket

On my winter wishlist is a moto style leather jacket; I've been collecting street style pics on how this
wardrobe classic can transform many a simple outfit, from a floaty dress to jeans and a t-shirt.

I love all of these options from All Saints...which would you go with?

Outfit images 1 / 2 / 3 / 4

Friday, May 3, 2013

Drawing New York

I was totally charmed by the story of impressively-named James Gulliver Hancock in last Saturday's SMH Good Weekend supplement. The Australian illustrator set a goal to draw every building in New York, and though his task is daunting given he still has over 800,000 buildings to go, his ambition and approach are delightful, in a very humble way "I really like that naivety of saying, 'I'm going to do this ridiculous project', and then just doing it and seeing where it goes," he says.

I loved the side story of how he has been embraced by the city, whose residents are proud to be "obsessed with obsession" and the demand from locals for James to capture their beloved brownstones and high rises. His experience reflects so much of what I love about NY: that despite it's size it somehow feels conquerable to everyone in some way, the romantic attachment of inhabitants to their city and its components, and the creative pursuits it inspires.

All images from James' blog Buy the book here.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Bits & Pieces

Happy Friday folks! It's been a while since I posted so I thought I'd share a few snaps from my phone over the last couple of weeks...
Still pinching myself over a magical few days spent in this gorgeous place. If you haven't been to Queenstown - go immediately!

I made the most of one of Sydney's recent Indian summer mornings trying out the new Boathouse at Balmoral Beach

My breakfast date, rocking her sunnies in her signature upside-down fashion
Loved seeing CULTIVER linen gorgeously layered and styled at a friend's place 

Remember I posted this cake inspiration a while back? Well I finally gave it a try for a friend's birthday - super easy!
A couple of out-takes from a shoot this week: rugs shown above are available now in the CULTIVER estore and bed covers below are coming soon - they are divine!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Sourced: Beds

A selection of styles from what I feel is still a fairly limited choice in Australia for this major furniture investment. West Elm opening in Bondi in May should bring some welcome affordable options and personally I love the upholstered look: if you do too you are sure to find something you like at Bednest. The Frame bed (centre, top row above) is the bed featured in the CULTIVER store website.

From top left:
Fanuli - Elysee
Planet Furniture - Frame
Bednest - Tribeca
West Elm - Window headboard
Orson & Blake - Leila by Jardan
Domayne - Montego

Friday, March 8, 2013

Our house in H&G

All images: Chris Warnes for H&G

Our home is featured in this month's Australian House & Garden magazine! It is quite surreal seeing one's own familiar surroundings in the pages of a glossy. I'm still wishing we could have photoshopped the exterior colour (until a paint job does it for me) and my husband didn't get nearly enough credit for the hours of hard work he puts in to maintain the garden - which is the most unique aspect of our place - but other than that I have no complaints!  Shoot day (back in December) was so much fun and Maya made sure she wasn't left out as you can see.

The H&G team also separately shot a garden party feature in our backyard, and seeing the Grandiflora girls and Jane Strode the chef do their magic was a treat.

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