Happy Friday everyone!
I've just been checking out the Anthropologie website which has been updated since the last time I looked. I was in there store while in New York and could have just about bought one of everything in there, I love that place! So I thought I'd share a quote for the day from their website that I liked.
"Imagination needs moodling - long, inefficient, happy idling, dawdling and puttering".
- Brenda Ueland.
Also, I thought I'd share this image from their spring home collection as I'm really loving lime and violet at the moment. Maybe I'll try and find some more images over the weekend to share...
Friday, 29 June 2007
Happy Friday everyone!
Wednesday, 27 June 2007
I thought I might profile a few of my favorite designers / style icons. Someone who's style I admire greatly is Nancy Corzine, the furniture, textile and lighting maven. I had a chance to visit her showroom in the D & D Building in New York. Her range of furniture, lighting and textiles are beautiful and sumptuous. I found an interview with her today that I thought was interesting and wanted to share, so please enjoy. I've been searching through my magazines for some pics of a showhouse she did recently, but to no avail....might have to wait til the weekend when I have a bit more time.
Tuesday, 26 June 2007
So, just wanted to rave a bit more about how much I loved New York….
Design-wise, it has to still be the capital of the universe for sure. I had so much fun just wandering the streets and checking out shops that are not available outside the US including Distant Origin (stockist of Chair Couture), Kate Spade and Anthropologie (where I bought a dress by Corey Lynn Calter – so cute! – see the photo of me wearing it) as well as heaps of fabulous book stores like Barnes and Noble, Strand (tones of 2nd hand as well as end of runs, great bargains to be had, and I’ve just discovered they ship overseas..) and Potterton Books (in the foyer of the D&D Building – specializing in rare and hard to find design books).
I picked up a few great finds, a great book on Andre Arbus that I purchased through an Amazon vendor and had delivered to my friends apartment (they won’t ship outside the US). What an amazing designer he was. His pieces are so timeless and graceful in proportions. The book is written in French (I’ll have to get my husband to translate it for me!) but the photos are amazing, and have inspired me to change the décor of our apartment…You can click on this link to see some of the designs that are currently in reproduction, or see 1stDibs for a selection of originals.
Speaking of the D & D (Decoration and Design) Building in New York, I spent an afternoon there, which I thought would be plenty of time, but with 18 floors of showrooms (a decorators paradise) I barely got through half! I did manage to check out some of the fabric and furniture showrooms including Clarence House, Quadrille, F. Schumacher (I checked out the Kelly Wearstler and new Jamie Drake collections up close), Brunschwig & Fils, Ralph Lauren, Holland Sherry, Donghia, Nancy Corzine, Kravet, Patterson, Flynn & Martin/Rosecore (for Kelly Wearstler’s rug collection, which is much more beautiful in the flesh), as well as the furniture collections of Maxine Snider and Jan Showers at Tui Pranich & Assoc.
All in all it was a fantastic trip, and I’m now counting down the days til we can go back again….
Monday, 25 June 2007
Labels: New York
Monday, 11 June 2007
A few weeks back I had the honour of being the first designer in Hong Kong to view the newly launched uber luxe interior textiles collection from Loro Piana. For anyone who isn't familar with this textile house, the family owned Italian company produces the world's finest cashmere fabrics, along with other world renowned natural fibre fabrics. The new interiors collection consists of fabrics made from the finest cashmeres, wools, linens, cottons, silks etc. They are absolutely beautiful and sooo luxurious, and they've inspired me to post some photos that were in Elle Decor (US) a few months back, of the NY based fashion designer Zang Toi's apartment. He has used the Loro Piana cashmere on his sofa, trimmed with mink. I can't think of anything more beautiful and indulgent to live with. I love this apartment, its so fresh and so light, and very Parisienne.
I won't be able to post again for a few weeks as I'm off to NY myself, and hoping to have some great photos or samples to show all on my return.
Thursday, 7 June 2007
I recently received my copy of the new Pink Martini album 'Hey Eugene!', which I'm very excited about. My husband and some friends and I will be seeing them while we are in New York next week, so I'm extra excited. Speaking of which, they've done a cover of the song "Tea for Two" which has inspired me to post some beautiful pictures I've found of tea and tea sets.
I found these two images on the Anthropologie website - one of my favorite shops in the US, which I'll be sure to visit while I'm in NY next week. So cute!
These images are from Plumo which I found through a fellow Australian's blog, Anna from Absolutely Beautiful Things. Thanks Anna! Love your blog by the way.
Some more tea pots, tea cups, and accoutrements that I've found in magazines. I actually collect teapots, and would love any of these to add to my collection!
A colourful and delicious looking selection of desserts from Laduree and Le Gouter perfect for serving with the best tea. The macaroons are my favorite!
These delectable desserts and beautiful tea sets are fit for only the best tea. My favorites are french of course! If you are a tea nut like me, you will only drink tea from a brewed pot, none of that teabag rubbish! Check out Kusmi, Palais des Thes, Mariage Freres, or if you aren't a tea drinker, the most gorgeous hot chocolate from New York company MarieBelle.
Monday, 4 June 2007
Has anyone else noticed the resurgence of Ikats, Suzani's and other Middle-Eastern and Asian textiles? I'm totally in love with them, and the indigenous colours and designs from each region. So I thought I'd share a source that I found for original Ikats and Suzani's that are hand made in Uzbekistan. Uzbek Craft is an American company with ties in the region that sells textiles and other products online, and they deliver worldwide. Here are just a few of the designs that I fell in love with over the weekend...
These Suzani's are fabulous, and I've noticed in a tonne of design magazines lately that people are using these beautiful textiles for bedcovers or wall-hangings. Another history lesson anyone?