Deirdre Brennan is an Australian Designer and Stylist who lives between the Southern Highlands and Sydney with regular trips to London. Her design portfolio includes some of Australia’s most unique boutique 5 star hotels and upmarket apartments - more

Beach House Inspiration ... with a touch of black and white

Deirdre Brennan - Wednesday, January 06, 2016
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With a view like this who needs colour … white highlights the natural tones and nature itself. 

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I love black walls with vivid white trim anywhere but particularly in a beach house.  It works brilliantly with earthy timber tones.

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You can so easily bring in a smart pattern when you have a colour palette of predominantly white.

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It is all in the detail … black of course !! 

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Or the floor … where rugs will become your focal point.

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And just to set the scene …. 

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MORE POSTS IN 2016 THAN 2015 I PROMISE !!! BUT IN THE MEANTIME
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rustic kitchens with style

Deirdre Brennan - Sunday, July 12, 2015
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I am not sure if it is the marble/stone itself or the soft colour palette of the finishes in these kitchens but they do seem to all have a similar look and feel.  It is very much the look and feel that I love.

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It is rustic, yet somehow of the moment. It exudes warmth as well as simply loads of style !!!

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The brass detail for this suspended shelving compliments the brass tap ware perfectly .. rustic elegance !!

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Super rustic .. and super slick.  What a fabulous combination.  The soft wash of light on the stone above is beautiful. I must say I do love a stylish table lamp in the kitchen. It softens what is often a harshly lit utility area and turns it instead into somewhere that is inviting to spend time in. This works particularly well in an open plan kitchen/family room situation. 

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Perfect for washing those pots and pans ... sheer genius.

images: pinterest. Apologies for lack of photo credit.  These were saved as favourites over many months with no intention of reusing.

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Latest Stylish Hotel Design in Madrid

Deirdre Brennan - Tuesday, June 23, 2015

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The Principal Madrid,  
the latest five star hotel to successfully combine classic architecture with stylish, contemporary interiors ... the result being pure luxury. 

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A club like feel with dark and moody interiors, edgy wing backs and back lit bookcases.
So inviting ... so unlike a hotel !!

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Fabulous period detailing, high ceilings and large windows contribute to the luxurious ambiance.
Intimate spaces .. far from the madding crowd.

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Guestooms are a perfect combination of glamorous Parisian style french doors with iron balustrades, and sleek, contemporary, almost masculine furnishings. The classic butterfly chair in leather and up to the minute designer lighting of course add to the elegance. 

So simple yet so right !!


Designer: Pillar Garcia-Nieto and Barcelona based studio Luzio.


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winter whites .. the warmth of white interiors

Deirdre Brennan - Wednesday, June 10, 2015
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Winter is officially here, the ski season has commenced and we have had our first fall of snow ... much to the relief of all.

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I may have said this before but ... white does work in winter. We have all heard the expression in the fashion world ... winter whites !! Well the same can be applied to the world of interiors.

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There is nothing quite as warming as white on white with the accent being on texture, line and self pattern. Mixing shades of white and cream adds a richness to the palette.

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A white scheme is enhanced by incorporating neutrals such as sisal rugs, hints of gold or other metallics and timber furniture and flooring.

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Bedrooms allow you to build upon a predominantly white/cream scheme with layers of bedlinen as we move from Summer to Winter. Don't feel the need to add colour for warmth.  There is nothing quite as cosy as cream mohair blankets, a cream silk eiderdown, cream velvet or quilted scatter cushions or a rich cream flannel bedhead.

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The elegance of white is transseasonal !!
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le marianne, paris ... boutique hotel style

Deirdre Brennan - Sunday, February 01, 2015
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Just off the Champs Elysees and Avenue Montaigne, Le Marianne Hotel is more like a very chic pied-à-terre.

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This graceful Haussmann period building sets the scene.

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Bedrooms with stylish dipped dyed curtains and smart colour palette of mustard yellows and charcoal.

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Furniture with elegant lines and the latest in lighting design.

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Like any stylish boutique hotel, it is all in the detail.

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And just so Parisian.


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beach houses .. currumbin .. my edit 2014/15

Deirdre Brennan - Sunday, January 18, 2015

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I love the simplicity of this architectural style .. timeless. Pandanus perfect !!

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Always love a skillion roof .. not to mention the frangipani.

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Set high on the hill .. the ocean view from this original cottage is breathtaking. The perfect location if you don't have beach frontage.

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This had always been my all time favourite beach house, however sadly the original windows with lattice shutters have been replaced with french doors .. for obvious reasons.  Still fabulous however not quite as charming. It does have an exotic coastal garden and beach frontage !!




christmas in paris ..

Deirdre Brennan - Monday, December 22, 2014
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Christmas in Paris .. understated elegance but somehow underwhelming after London. Then again, Paris is beautiful without the decorations.





London Christmas .. a glimpse .. No 4

Deirdre Brennan - Sunday, December 21, 2014
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Tiffany .. Old Bond Street, London



Christmas in London .. a glimpse .. No 3

Deirdre Brennan - Friday, December 19, 2014
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Our Christmas Wreath .. SW3 London




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Christmas in London .. a glimpse .. No 2

Deirdre Brennan - Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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Christmas Windows ... Cartier New Bond Street, London





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