Saturday, July 30, 2011

standing around...

Wow there are so many great coat, hat & umbrella stands out there on the market.  I had no trouble rounding up a selection of the best across all price points for this Sunday Age M magazine Savvy Shopper page that ran today.  In fact, there were about five others that I couldn't get my hands on for the shoot - but I guess if I had used them all then the page would have become a little crazy.

I am loving the look of grey and yellow together at the moment - splashed with a bit of silver and black  it is a really smart and stylish palette.

Photography by Mike Baker, copy and styling by me, copyright owned by Fairfax Ltd.


Monday, July 25, 2011

some serious Country Style...

Right now, my house resembles a tip.  The furniture from three rooms has been shoved into the hallway and onto the veranda, and drop sheets are lying everywhere as these rooms are painted in preparation for a big shoot here next week.  I am squished up in my little desk area, trying to get some work done, and trying to think straight, when all I want to do is curl up in a ball on the couch and read my new County Style mag (the August edition that goes on sale tomorrow, but my subscription copy just arrived).

In it is my very first story for Country Style (cue to big, happy face here!). I was lucky enough to meet the very talented interior decorator Genevieve Buchanan at an industry event a while back, and when we got chatting (and chatting and chatting) Genevieve mentioned that she had an old home in the country that she was doing up.  Naturally I told her that if she ever wanted to do a story about the home, to please remember me! Fortunately she did, and a few weeks later when she sent me some reccie shots of her grand old bluestone squatters residence, I nearly fell off my chair.  It is seriously gorgeous.  The lovely people at Country Style thought so too, so a shoot date was organised with the INCREDIBLE photographer Sharyn Cairns.  If you are a city girl who likes the idea of a move to the country, but has some qualms about how you would cope - look no further than Genevieve for inspiration.

Once again, thank you to the divine Buchanan clan, who warmly welcomed me into their home for both the interview and the shoot, and for not laughing at me too much when I straddled an electric fence...well not in front of me anyway!!!

Read all about it in the August edition of Country Style.  Copyright News Magazines.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Gorgeous Melbourne home - Arite and Louis Kannavos' colourful crib

Yum.  That's what I thought when I first clapped eyes on artist Arite Kannavos' cushions at Gaudions.  Then when I saw her paintings -  I think I may have drooled.  As it would follow, her apartment /studio is a feast for the colour-hungerers, like myself.  This is my kinda world.  And she is my kinda girl - clever, talented and very, very lovely.

Arite's art is available at the fabulous Gilligan Grant Gallery in Collingwood, and her cushions, made under the banner of Canter and Cave,  are available from Gaudions in High Street Prahran.

This page appeared in the Sunday Life magazine today (with the Sunday Age here in Victoria and the Sun Herald in New South Wales).  Photos by Mike Baker, interview and styling by me.  Copyright owned by Fairfax Ltd.


Friday, July 22, 2011

look what followed me home today...

Isn't she just heaven?  It was love at first sight when I spotted her at Chapel Street Bazaar this morning. So home she came, an early birthday gift from Jem and our babies. And as much as I dig that kooky re-upholstery job, I am going to have her restored to her former glory, in a pale rose wool.  One day...

Thursday, July 21, 2011

a little taste of Freedom...

For the past few weeks I have been literally chained to my job... deadlines, captioning, shoots, sourcing, painting stuff, returning other stuff to stores, conjuring, neglecting my blog....  And I promise I am not having a whinge about work (well, maybe just a little), but I just had 24 whole hours off - and I can't tell you what fun it was to jump on a plane to Sydney on Wednesday morning to attend the launch of Freedom's Summer 2011 range.  Yes, the extremely generous peeps at Freedom sprang for an airfare and an overnighter for media to attend a fab launch at the CarriageWorks in Everleigh.  The event was beautifully styled by uber-stylist Megan Morton, and we were given an insight into the inspiration behind the new range, in particular the Limited Edition pieces.  Now, I am not a cash for comment kinda girl, so you can believe me when I tell you that this range is even better than what we saw earlier this year when Freedom first introduced their new direction. I love a bit of a brand re-birth - remember when Witchery reinvented itself years ago?  It went from a no-go zone to a must-have brand, in just a season or two.  Well, it looks like Freedom is doing the same.  The pieces are clever, confident, quirky and, best of all, reasonably priced.

So here I am back at my desk after that little taste of freedom, it's heads down again for me.


Monday, July 11, 2011

make and do mail...

My mail was a lot more interesting than usual today. Yes, there was still the usual amount of boring bills, but a few lovely surprises came as well.  First up, I opened a clever little invitation to the launch of the Freedom Furniture Summer range - it came with directions and folds to create this chair.  And I love the combination of red toile de jouy and vivid yellow. Very cool.

Next up was a handmade photographic lantern called the t.lighthouse.  It was designed by Mariana Garcia-Katz of m2matiz to announce the opening of the Tait Outdoor showroom in Sydney, and it features the beautiful contemporary Jak+Jil outdoor setting.

I love a bit of make and do, and who doesn't love an invitation?  Wish the mail was this interesting every day.


Sunday, July 10, 2011

this shoot, I am trying not to buy...

My hallway is starting to fill up ahead of a few shoots this week.  One piece that I couldn't resist giving a road test is this gorgeous hat & coat stand called 'Stem' by DesignByThem, a young, Sydney based design studio.  Hmmm, it looks pretty damn good here.


Thursday, July 7, 2011

Who knows?

Who knows...these could end up hideously crapulous, or pure gold.

But for ten bucks at the Rosebud (I think, I was a bit lost) Salvos on the way home from a house reccie today, it was worth the gamble. Yep, two chairs and a two-seater for ten dollars.  They were probably lovingly crafted in a man-shed by an old bloke called Noel, or Ted.  Hopefully I'll do him proud  - if the results are any good, don't worry, you'll hear about it.

Have a great weekend, Hx

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

there should be more of this...

I spotted these fantastic modifications to the Richmond streetscape whilst out and about working with Mike Baker today.  Love them, and wish we saw a lot more of this kind of thing!


Saturday, July 2, 2011

party time, excellent...

 Maree's gorgeous, traveling vintage French number
This weekend I broke out the traveling party dress, because it was time to celebrate a couple of things:

* My Sydney mates Jac and Michael had a beautiful baby boy, Luca, on Friday.
*My friend Julie is celebrating a very special birthday.
*it was my wonderful husband, Jeremy's, birthday on Wednesday.
* A great week, culminating with the extremely unexpected and very kind profile by the Melbourne design world LEGEND Lucy Feagins. She wrote about me on her uber-blog The Design Files.  and I am still blushing at the kind things she wrote (and my little blog almost needs a cigarette after all the loving it has had this weekend). Thank you Lucy and Jenny at the Design Files.

So, back to the traveling dress... it is another cracking op shop find by my best mate Maree.  She has an amazing collection of vintage party dresses and this is my fave.  When we lived in Sydney it made regular trips north and south, for extra-special occasions.  It is the kind of dress that fits you whether you are 3 kg's up or down, makes you stand up straighter, and feel fab the minute you slip it on.  The label says 'Geral' Paris - does anyone know of it?

I hope you are having a great weekend too.

Friday, July 1, 2011

snips and snails and puppy dogs tails...

I'm working on a project  with my mate over at Salvation Jane.  And the client?  Well, let's just say he's pretty cute.

We've started throwing around some ideas, above, and the results will be seen in a segment on The Circle  on Network Ten in a few weeks time. Stay tuned.