Monday, November 30, 2009

Loveliness from Adelaide

Umbrella Prints hail from Adelaide...
get it here

Sunday, November 29, 2009

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...

Images with Christmas Spirit

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Flower Shop

The latest Artichoke magazine features this fitout on their front cover.
I think it's quite interestingly lovely!

I especially the main entry door;

{see the picture and more here}

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Classics - mobile style!


Training the babes early!
Get this mobile here

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

I'm So Excited...

Look what arrived in the post today...

Thank you for getting them to me so quickly mod cloth

Monday, November 23, 2009

Christmas Preparations

I don't usually like to decorate for Christmas until I've turned the calendar over to December but this year organisation got the better of me and yesterday B and I decorated with Christmas all over the house...

We each have a gorgeous personalised stocking, hand made by one of our friends especially for us a few years ago but I think these are just lovely too...

But that's for hanging on the mantle
What about these for the Christmas Countdown

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Clothcakes for a 1st

Madison's 1st Birthday clothcakes...
perfect for a one year old princess's bedroom walls...

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Pearfect Weekend!

I hope that you have a Pearfect weekend!
Mine will be filled with drawing up the joinery for our renovation, 1st birthday parties, Festa - a Croatian Festival, visiting my Poppa in hospital, putting up the Christmas Tree and decorations, wrapping the presents I have already organised, shopping for presents that I haven't got yet, organising a special order etsy listing, equipment selection for the new kitchen {fridge, oven, hot plates, exhaust at a minimum} oh and the stupid, boring cleaning too...

What will you be doing?

Friday, November 20, 2009

Spoon by Aramis

Finally we've had professional photos taken of Spoon by Aramis {my latest wine bar design} on Gouger Street in the City. It’s on the ground floor of the building that we designed which also houses this law firm fitout and this one which we also designed.

I’m really happy with how the photos turned out {incidentally that is me in the dress in the first two images and I’m wearing my second favourite pair of shoes at the moment; the first favourite are exactly the same but tan in colour.} You can see more images of spoon here and see the menu here.

And I thought I’d show you my original sketches…

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Why I love these kitchens...

*with relevance to our renovation*
Our kitchen will look a lot like this image on the internal side. We're having a galley style layout with one side formed by the bathroom walls. This "block element" will be all dark {Dulux Ticking or Namadji - I'm still undecided on this} including the wall panelling and the door on one side and the full height kitchen joinery on the return. The dark joinery will have two full height units at each end to form "bookends" to the bench with cupboards below and above. So... all of the doors will be 2-packed dark and then there will be a stainless steel worksurface folding up to form the splashback which will be inserted, like a slot, in the middle. And storage, storage, storage and black melamine internally and Hafele square flush pulls on the doors {because if I had handles like this kitchen my legs would be covered in bruises}
The other side, the one along the existing external wall, is going to be white on white! Freestyle resin worksurface and 2-pack white gloss cupboards beneath only {no overheads here because there's going to be a lovely big window.} There will be a matching white colourback glass splashback to 600mmabove the bench top and a freestyle block, which will align with the top of the splashback, at one end to act as a "view stopper" from the living / dining open area {i.e. to hide the view of the dishes from the dining table and couch zones} and will house books and the like on the dining room side. One big bunch of fresh flowers ever week and the telephone here please!

So the colour scheme may look a lot like this image too. I especially love the painted white bricks! The back wall of the kitchen {i.e. the wall at 90 degrees to the white and black joinery blocks} will expose some of the original 1912 brickwork. I'm going to leave them natural {terracotta} in the first instance but I'll have the white paint in the back of my mind if I feel they need a face lift once the joinery has been installed.We have original 1912 wide oak floorboards which we will restore in the kitchen {and throughout the house} so the floor and the dark joinery may look a little like this... Beneath the overheads on the "Dark Side" I am documenting overlapping T5 lighting tubes so that I get a continuous glow onto the stainless steel splashback... a little like the light from the black pelmet in this image... oh and I love the floating shelf and oven combo too and the black framing to the glazing!And this image I love because of the proportions of the joinery {I also like the veneer but with the timber flooring it would be all too much at our place.} The back wall, with the integral oven, is similar to the finish on the white block. Yes... and I adore the splashback tiles, the white tree trunk and the sofa - light combo poking around the corner. We'll be having a long, streamlined utensil rail on the colourback splasback on the "white side" too... I don't think I mentioned that before! We're having a square sink too but with a double drainer and a more industrial looking sink mixer.So that's where I'm at!
I'm about 70% through documenting the works at the moment. I'm hoping to get all of the drawings finished this weekend and then complete the schedules the following week with the aim of issuing for quotations for all of the scope in two weeks time... eek!
{In my "spare time," I've been reviewing all of the drawings for Dad's new showroom and sewing for an etsy update and visiting 2 family members in hospitals on either side of the city and melting - it was 43 degrees celcius in Adelaide today!!!}
Thank goodness tomorrow is Friday!!!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Chocolate Shoes

I love shoes!
Especially chocolate ones!
To eat
{not to wear}
might melt he he

Monday, November 16, 2009

Converted Garage

How much fun would it be to live here!
160sqm of converted garage space...
love the polished concrete floor and the timber, white and grey colour scheme
perfect for the fabulous dining setting!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Shoes & Picnic Baskets!

This is my type of picnic
{considering the temperature here at the moment!}
Inspiration to purchase blue pumps, green glasses and a blue vintage suitcase!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

John Brack

"What I paint most is what interests me most, that is, people; the Human Condition, in particular the effect on appearance of environment and behaviour … A large part of the motive … is the desire to understand, and if possible, to illuminate … "

Last night was the latest depARTure at the Adelaide Art Gallery and the latest John Brack exhibition certainly did not disappoint!

This showing of the exhibition is the only one outside of Melbourne, where Brack lived, and it was a treat to see "The Bar" and "Collins Street, 5p.m." {see images 2 & 3 below} in real life as they are now regarded as some of the most iconic images of 20th century Australian art.

"The Bar" {see image 1 below} replicates Manet's famous work "A Bar at the Folies-Bergere" {see image 4 below} with an Australian spin; it depicts the short amount of time between close of business - p.m. - and close of the bars - 6p.m. - when men would huddle at the bar, not relinquishing the prized position at the front, to get the best out of one short hour - a practice typical of the era.

The Bar
Collins St. 5p.m.
I also enjoyed the ballroom series. I particularly loved the yellow one which I unfortunately can't find an online image of... if you're in Adelaide you'll just have to go and see it in the flesh!

A Bar at the Folies-Bergere

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Don't you know that it's...

{and last night and the night before that...}

Today is the 8th day in a row where the temperature has been up around 38 degrees celcius
and it doesn't look like a cool change is going to be coming through until this time next week... so...
for now I'm dreaming of cool green hues...

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

My Husband's Shirts...

Well... they're not actually B's shirts but they could be...!

He's going through a bit of a "I want new clothes phase" at the moment
It doesn't happen often...
He usually hates shopping...
I love shopping...
I love it when he wants to go shopping...
Even if it's for his clothes ;o)

So... instead of putting his old work shirts in the "rag bag"
perhaps this time I should take a leaf out of peko apparel's book!