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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.


My ever-present wallpaper addiction

Since covering my bathroom with wallpaper last month, I have become obsessed. I was warned that this would happen. While I don’t have any tattoos I imagine there’s a similar feeling: once you have done it, all you can I see is bare expanses of potential canvas. Every time I encounter an unfamiliar space, I can’t help but fantasise what a difference floor to ceiling wallpaper would make.

Here are some of my favourite wallpapered rooms at the moment.

Hand painted de Gournay wallpaper via Bo Bedre

Cole & Son Woods wallpaper, Stiff and Trevillion Architects

Hand painted panoramic de Gournay wallpaper  via Design Vie

Neuhaus Design Architecture Clinton Hill Townhouse

Custom part-embroidered nonsuch wallpaper by Fromental

Fornasetti ”Theme & Variation” wallpaper by Cole and Son via Apent Hus

via House to Home

Graham & Brown Soprano wallpaper in teal

Vivienne Westwood for Cole & Son Squiggle wallpaper in red via Swankety Swank

Kelly Wearstler’s LA Home for American Vogue October 2009

In the White Room bespoke wallpaper by Tracy Kendall

Farrow & Ball NY store covered in Lotus wallpaper via Life Style etc

Sackcloth & Ashes bespoke wallpaper by Matthew Liam Collins bespoke wallpaper

I am preparing a separate post on chinoiserie as it deserves one all of its own.

Cosy winter bedrooms that invite sleep

It’s a wintery Queen’s Birthday weekend here in Melbourne and in honour of Her Majesty, who at 85 I’m sure enjoys a nap, I have put together a selection of bedrooms fit for a queen. Although, I am certain her linen is always perfectly starched and straight. To me, however, the messy beds are so much more inviting.

via apartment therapy

via emmas designblogg

via roseland greene

via french by design

photograph by Antony Crollao via living etc

bespoke lace canvas from surface view via living etc

via living etc

fromental ‘paradiso’ chinoiserie wallpaper in old gold

via livingetc