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My Love for Interiors Magazines: Australian Vogue Living January/February 2014

I love interiors magazines: World of Interiors, Belle, Living etc, Real Living, Dwell, Elle Decor, Lonny, Adore, Wallpaper, (inside), House & Garden, Inside Out, Architectural Digest . . . you name them and I read them or, more aptly, I read them!

A year ago I invested in an iPad mini with the idea that I would subscribe to these publications online and have access to inspiring material whenever I needed it. What happened instead was that my 4.5 year old took charge of “Mummy’s Eye-a-Pad” and it’s now full of Pixar movies, Ninjago games and reading apps. For him 30mins of screen time is a treat, for me the last thing I want to do when I am relaxing is to look at a screen. I know it is terribly old-fashioned, but I take more pleasure in flicking through a magazine and earmarking pages I love. Most e-mags don’t let you tag images and import them into Evernote, or app of choice, for later reference. While I assume the publishers’ reasons for this is to limit the digital dissimilation of their products in the hope that consumers will pay for content rather than download it for free. The problem with this way of thinking is that it prioritises the suppliers’ needs above that of the consumer. So, in the short-term I am sticking to hard copies of magazines. I also love that I can give them away to friends or my local op-shop for someone else to look at and be inspired by.

Given the relatively small size of the population in Australia, we have a disproportionally large number of interiors magazines on offer. In fact, Australians read more magazines per capita than any other nation. I do my best for the country and help out as much as I can and one of my favourites is Vogue Living Australia. When I recently returned from overseas the  January/February edition was waiting for me and here are my highlights

A stunning flower photo shoot styled by Glen Proebstel . . .


The North Fitzroy home of metal worker artisan Anna Charlesworth . . .


A lush mood board of foliage . . .


An iconic Dale Frank painting in the Perth of Chris Lyon . . .


A breath-taking renovation of  a 19th century house in a coastal town  in Victoria by Tim O’Sullivan of Multiplicity which superbly combines the old and modern, sleekness with texture, history and nature. Known as the Drift House, it is a rental property. It has inspired me to find an excuse to go to Port Fairy for a long weekend for a visit.


A simple Scandi kitchen of Danish jewellery designer, Charlotte Lynggaard . . .


A breath-taking display of De Gournay wallpaper in the home of Wheels & Dollbaby founder, Melanie Greensmith . . .


A masculine, earthy, 19th century inspired study  . . .


Rushcutters, a restaurant to visit when next in Sydney . . .



This is not a sponsored post. I wrote about the January/February 2014 edition of Australian Vogue Living, because I adore it and wanted to share some of the love.

What do you like looking at for inspiration? Blogs, magazines, pinterest, instagram? All of them? None of them? Or something completely different? I would love to know.


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


Where am I? Decorating with maps

This post is really in honour of my lovely husband, who LOVES maps.

Rather than just hanging a singular map on the wall, which can look quite bland, here are some examples of how maps can incorporated into interiors so they become the focal point.

vía once daily chic

Marie Claire Maison via automatism

Lynn Nigro via Libelul

via French by Design

Taschen Interiors Now! Vol. 1

living etc

via belle maison

Patric Johansson Photographer via Roseland Greene

living etc

Lonny Magazine September-October 2011

elle decor

rosebud’s cottage via ohdeedoh

We have a large expanse of white wall in our bedroom and I have been wondering what to do with it. I think I may have found the answer.

Another gorgeous bathroom

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways: untreated raw floor boards, huge Indian mirror, massive windows, Moroccan leather pouf, the large curtain rings, vintage hardware, not to mention the shape of that bath.

Many of these elements I have blogged about over the past months and here they are all combined to create a gorgeous simple yet inviting room.

Image credit: California Home & Design via the goods design

Bathroom perfection

I am usually not a fan of concrete, but here it is sheer perfection. It works so well with the vintage tap ware, soft pale pink towels, pebble floor and view outside.

Côté maison via this is glamorous