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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.


“Aesthetically Flawless”: Septime Restaurant, Paris

I have just returned from Paris with my hubbie and son. While junior has been aboard before, this was the first time on a long-haul flight (12 hrs from Singapore to Paris). We had heard horror stories of children suffering from jet lag so we psychologically armed ourselves with plans of lego in the middle of the night. We’d take turns and reasoned we will be in Paris, so it’s just one of those things you do if you want to travel with a child. And like most parental expectations, it did not come to fruition: Jasper went to bed late (10pm) and woke up late (9am).

We had an amazing time and 10 days was still not enough. What struck me about Paris was the amount of non-franchised small owner run businesses: whether it be clothing, food or other retail. Almost totally absent from the landscape were the global brands. Of course, they exist but not to the same level of market saturation as elsewhere on the planet (think of London and New York).

Today, I bring you Septime, a small restaurant owned by chef Bertrand Grebaut in the 11th arrondissement. The New York Times critic described the food as ”aesthetically flawless” and I would say the same about the space. It is minimal, yet complex.


The beautifully designed space is industrial meets rustic with its heavy old wooden tables, modern Tom Dixon chairs, industrial Dutch lamp shades, cement clad walls, traditional tiled floors and large antiqued industrial mirrors. The results are a warm, yet understated interior.








I love the interiors and can see loads of ideas which could be effectively used in residential homes.Do you like it or do you like more grandeur?

Sadly, I did not go to Septime as I did not know of its existence, but there is always the next trip.

Images via Remodelista

A country retreat in Burgundy

One of my favourite designers is at it again. I have featured  Joséphine Gintzburger twice before on urban kaleidoscope: her Parisian home and a swoon worthy Marais apartment. Today I bring you her country getaway: a converted barn in Burgundy.

There is so so much I love about this design, but especially its humour and irreverence. Massive decorative chandeliers hang between the old  beams. They are totally out of place, yet they work. The contrast of the industrial concrete kitchen with the  rustic wooden table creates a wonderful tension and drama. As do the quirky pieces of art scattered throughout the house.

This is a place that evokes strong responses: people either love it or hate it. What is your reaction?

Photos via Desire to Inspire

Louella and Mark Tuckey’s Home in Sydney

The current issue of Inside Out (Christmas 2011) features the gorgeous home of furniture designer, Mark Tuckey and his stylist wife Louella. Situated on a beachfront in Clareville, one of Sydney’s northern beaches, it is the epitome of relaxed living. While I’d decorate it differently, I adore the house, its location and general feel: it’s the quintessential Australian dream.

Can you imagine walking out your backdoor onto a small secluded beach front?

 Images via Inside Out Christmas 2011

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