My Design Tips

the warmth of wood ... now winter is here

Deirdre Brennan - Thursday, June 27, 2013

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Cold, wind and rain abound and we are thinking warm and cosy interiors and all that go with it. 

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The glow of candles, bamboo lamp light and the warmth of timber.

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Earthy tones and rustic settings.

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Exposed timber new or old, makes an architectural statement and creates its own warm colour palette.

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The appeal of wool and cashmere fabrics no matter what colour palette.

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The warmth of rustic materials, fabulous design and clever lighting .. so simple !! 

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10 tips for creating a black and white interior !!

Deirdre Brennan - Wednesday, May 02, 2012

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There is nothing as smart as black and white !! And you don't need another colour at all if you are clever with texture and pattern.  How inviting is the grey woollen blanket above, not to mention the rustic trunk .... the juxtaposition of the contemporary slick white walls with lots of texture, pattern and vintage !!

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Again, a simple white interior contrasted with the warmth and texture of the linen sofa and timber table.  Interestingly, it is the definite contrast of the black shade, television and other smaller pieces that create the statement. 

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This is an example of pure white on white with not a lot of black ...... however you don't need a lot to make the statement. 

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In contrast, the black in this interior is strong and bold and looks fabulous !!

The combination of the very definite black and white stripes with the softer lines of the sofa and armchair works beautifully. The detailed window architrave and rustic side tables soften the linear effect of the rug. 

So be bold ..... go forth and embrace black and white for its simplicity, its inherent style and its flexibility.

Some black and white suggestions ......

almost black walls with white ceiling, doors, windows, skirting and architraves, floors pale bleached timber

white walls, ceiling and trims with black gloss timber floor

bathrooms with white wall tiles, predominantly white tiled floor with small black tile in check pattern, black vanity as a contrast with white bath and basin

all white kitchens with a very thick black benchtop ... particularly good with black timber floor or even grey bleached timber 

staircases in white with black handrail and tread only

charcoal to black painted exterior for timber houses or sheds with white trim on windows, doors and shutters

black and white photographs framed in black on a white wall or framed in white on a black wall

a soft black fringed throw rug on a bed made with crisp white bedlinen and doona

thick black bath towels hanging or folded in an all white bathroom

a large vase full of fully blown pink roses in any black and white interior .... 

 

 

 

grain sack fabrics both rustic and elegant

Deirdre Brennan - Wednesday, April 11, 2012

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I first stumbled across these fabrics at the iconic Peppergreen antique emporium in the Southern Highlands.....sadly no longer.  Shelves and even bolts of this vintage linen, cotton and flax grain sack fabric. I think what draws me to it is the subtlety in colour variation.  All very neutral, really only varying in texture from the soft scrubbed finish to a much coarser, almost hessianlike fabric.

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The faded imprint of the logo or manufacturer only adds to the appeal....almost like works of art.

 Also falling into this category of fabrics I feel are the gorgeous antique european mangle cloths.  These are a softer colour palette and finer texture....fabulous for tablecloths and serviettes. I love the subtle stripe to the edge.....always faded red or navy.   

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Being so neutral these fabrics combine well with pattern.....however with their subtle shades of cream, putty or taupe are at their most elegant when incorporated into a cream or white interior.   Have fun with scatter cushions and interesting trimming....and think about loose covers !!

The most exciting part is searching for these fabrics at your favourite antique market.....

 

 

Holiday Browsing for Design Inspiration

Deirdre Brennan - Tuesday, December 06, 2011

 Koskela     91 Campbell street Surry Hills......The Country Trader    197 Young Street Waterloo......ici et la    7 Nickson Street Surry Hills......davidmetnicole    382 Cleveland Street Surry Hills......Doug Up On Bourke    901 Bourke Street Waterloo......Ondene    12 Transvaal Avenue Double Bay......Orient House    45 Bridge Street Glebe

January is a fabulous time to be in Sydney ....usually the weather has settled, the Festival of Sydney is in full swing and ....we have more time!! Take a day to have a fossick around and gain some inspiration for the new year.

Remember......Plan your route so as not to miss any of the above, take notepad and pen and/or digital device and enjoy stopping for coffee/lunch..... to discuss/jot down what you have seen, must have, will be going back to get, going home to measure up for. 

Find the latest coffee shops you have read about, enroute.  I just might have to share a few of my favourites before xmas.! Have fun. 

 

 


 

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