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Cole & Son launch more Fornasetti wallpaper

This week Cole & Son launched their second range of Fornasetti wallpaper by the Italian design studio of the same name.  The hand-made paper showcases drawings by the Milanese artist Piero Fornasetti and celebrates the centenary of his birth. The range consists of 13 different designs in a variety of colour ways. Be warned though, they are quirky.


You can select from Edwardian flying machines, bizarre sea creatures, surreal dark rain clouds, gold keys hanging in dense foliage, wide-eyed owls, Pietro’s collection of umbrellas, walking sticks and riding whips, super-sized fountain pen nibs, promenading monkeys, architectural features as well as trompe l’oeil niches which reference the Renaissance masterpiece that is the Duke of Urbino’s Studiolo. There are both vertical and horizontal papers. The idea being that you can mix them together to create your own fantasy. For example, clouds can be combined with balustrades or climbing monkeys with umbrellas (as seen above).

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Barnaba Fornasetti recalls that “Pablo Neruda once described my father as the magician of precious and precise magic and I think that this decorative collection beautifully captures the magic essence of the Fornasetti world”.

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I adore using unconventional and unexpected elements in design that make you smile and add fantasy to your life.

The papers are wild and I am longing to use them. Would you or are they just too mad?

Sydney Spanish Mission Beach Apartment

I have loved this apartment ever since I stumbled across it in Design Sponge over a year ago. It is the home of interior designer, Sarah Davidson and embodies what I love about great design: beautiful evocative aesthetics filled with the personality of the occupant mixed with functionality and ease. It is a relaxed home which invites you to sit down and take it easy. The location in an  iconic 1920s Spanish Mission-style building overlooking Tamarama beach in Sydney isn’t too bad either.





Some highlights for me is its size (small) with an eclectic mix of furniture and furnishings including art such as a piece by the Australian photographer Bill Henson famed his chiaroscuro paintly atmospheric work. I can spot Ikea mixed with vintage (such as the bamboo chair) and iconic 20th pieces such as Harry Bertoia “Large Diamond” armchair and platinum-glazed “Bishop” side table by India Mahdavi.


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Bathrooms are so often neglected and can appear to be a bland after-thought. But the  Moroccan tiled bathroom here is breath-taking. No wonder it is Sarah’s favourite room in the house.



It makes you  wonder why apartment living is not that popular in Australia.

via Design Sponge

Bathroom perfection

Just adore this bathroom vignette: the white painted wall, the vintage mirror, the rustic wooden stand painted in gloss black, the deep pie dish sink, the black and white tiles and the low hanging off-centre light bulbs. Designer Paola Navone has nailed it.


Elle Decor Italia via Yellow Trace


Easing into 2013

A few nights ago my husband and I headed to one of our favourite places in Ubud: poolside at Uma. We drank martinis and discussed two simple questions: “What do I want to do more of in 2013?” and “What do I want to do less?”


It kept the conversation going over cocktails and dinner. Without intending it became a review of our year and a discussion of the forthcoming one. These are the kinds of conversations we have in Bali, which is one of the many reasons we keep coming back.



While I don’t like New Year resolutions (having broken a far share of them over the years) I do like the ritual of looking back and being mindful about the choices we make in the present.

What New Year’s rituals do you have?

Images: Uma Ubud


Peace on Earth

Recently, a man told me that every year he made Christmas Pudding which he took to his in-laws on Christmas Day to devour together. The man and his in-laws are Jewish. Seeing my curious expression, he explained that for him Christmas is a day of sharing a meal with the people he loved. I suspect that in today’s age this is actually the main reason millions celebrate Christmas.


Peace on Earth and Goodwill to All Mankind is something I happily celebrate. But as a long-time agnostic does it make me a hypocrite?

Image from the wonderful new Icelandic online magazine Home and Delicious (3rd edition)