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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.


Chinoiserie Wallpaper: a 500 year old trend

Wallpaper has undergone a renaissance over the past years. Many traditional patterns are being put back into production. Moreover, new wallpaper designers such as Fromental are reinventing traditional themes. This is particularly evident with chinoiserie wallpaper.

Chinoiserie literally means ‘chinese-esque’ in French and is a European artistic style inspired by the art and design of China. It is mainly found on decorative arts including vases, textiles, furniture and wallpaper. It emerged in the 17th century when merchants returned from the East with porcelain and other objets d’art in their cargo and depicts stylised and fanciful imagery from the ‘Orient’ including inhabited landscapes, man-made structures, pagodas, lattice work, exotic birds and flowers.

At the beginning of the 18th century, the East India Company first imported hand-painted wallpapers from China which were specifically made for the European market and by the early 19th century no European palace was complete without a Chinoiserie room. Some extraordinary examples can still be seen in the Brighton Pavilon, Sans Souci, Chateau Chantilly and Nostell Priory.

Without further adieu, here is a small gallery of images of Chinoiserie wallpaper in modern interiors (and one very old one). Can you spot it?

deGournay wallpaper via Bo Bedre

via decor8

Joakim Blockstrom

deGournay ’portobello’ silk wallpaper

Fromental ’paradiso’ wallpaper in ultramarine

Fromental ’ sylvander’ wallpaper in burnish

Fromental ’paradiso’ wallpaper in mahogany

House and Beautiful July 2010 vía Real Estate Resuscitation

Paul Raeside Photography P via Desire to Inspire

Thomas Chippendale at Nostell Priory via The Ornamentalist

Paul Montgomery Studio

Shawn Henderson Design via Desire to Inspire

Shaking it up

The chinoiserie panels are exquisite (as is the Chinese vase with the cherry blossom), and wouldn’t they look amazing . . .

. . . on the walls of this room

. . . or even better this one?

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