My Design Weekends

my mood board ... rainy day greige

Deirdre Brennan - Monday, January 28, 2013

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Inspiration this rainy weekend ... greige !!  These gorgeous shades of warm grey, putty, donkey and taupe combine perfectly with classic creams, inky navy, charcoal and tan. 

Just play ... your eye will tell you.

 

 

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david jones sydney ... spring flowers spring fashion

Deirdre Brennan - Thursday, September 06, 2012

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What a spectacular entrance to this annual event at David Jones, Sydney. I love the reference to the spring fashion direction with their theme 'fleuressence'.

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Having said that ... I am not sure that I can embrace the whole fleuro fashion statement ... maybe a scarf.

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However ... the idea of bringing fleuro into the home as summer approaches is a fun concept.  It need only be a vibrant cushion, vase, platter, towels or flowers !!

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Each year, the ground floor of David Jones is transformed into a floral fantasy for the start of Spring. I have such fond memories of the trip into the city with the express purpose of viewing the 'David Jones Spring Flowers' and can't recall ever being disappointed.

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weekend reading ... pure and general ... celebrating one year

Deirdre Brennan - Friday, August 17, 2012

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Pull out your ipad over coffee at your favourite haunt this morning and savour this beautiful book from Pure and General.  Page by page of mouthwatering images that really only confirm what we already knew ... this store/emporium is a triumph ... and has been rapturously received by all over the last 12 months. 

Leaf through Pure and General's diverse and exotic product range ... but fall in love with their merchandising !!! This is the magic of Pure and General.

'approach ... tactile     textured    sensual    bespoke' 

Refer my blog May 22 2012 

weekend woollens in the highlands

Deirdre Brennan - Sunday, July 22, 2012

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Another wet and cold weekend in the highlands.  Whatever has happened to our sunny winter days and crystal blue skies.  My memories of winter are those of finding a sunny spot in the garden to sit with a tray ... pot of tea, a slice of boiled fruit cake and papers to read ... absolute bliss.  Not this year !!  I watch from the window as the first sign of bulbs appear under the trees and yearn for Spring.  Even our sasanqua camellias have rebelled with very few blossoms on show.  I am looking for a lot more colour with the Japonica's.  

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Instead we are cosying up inside with woolly blankets, throw rugs and open fires.

I do love the old fashioned check blankets and seek them out in antique shops.  I found some gorgeous ones at out local antique emporium that had come from Scotland ... such interesting colours and so homely.  More than anything I love a blanket stitch edge.  Even more homespun !! 

Cath Kidston does wonderful things with vintage blankets ... she makes cushions with them and even covers wing back chairs with one or a number of check blankets in patchwork .  They look fabulous.

Maybe our cold wet winter will inspire some of these creative activities ... in the meantime I will just bring out that scarf that I started to knit last year but didn't finish. No doubt Monday morning will bring the sun !!

 

french and country .... 3 more days !!!

Deirdre Brennan - Monday, June 25, 2012

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Hopewood Country House is open again for the Annual Stocktake Sale for French and Country and Suzie Anderson Home.  It was gorgeous to visit at the weekend and also to know that it is on for 3 more days.  So much to see and take in.  Suzie is very clever with her styling ... every room delicious to look at ... all so tempting.  There were none of the tell tale signs of a sale when I was looking.

The highlands are looking a picture ... Suzie's setting is particularly beautiful  ... it is well worth popping in for a viewing or down from Sydney for the morning ... and you won't be disappointed in the delightful morning tea being served.

Amangalla ..... gracious elegance

Deirdre Brennan - Sunday, June 17, 2012

Another wet weekend indoors .... the bonus being the time it has allowed me to peruse my inbox in slightly more detail than normal.  In the process I was delighted to find that the latest Habitus Living online magazine had arrived. It's images of Sri Lanka's Amangalla I thought worth sharing. 

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I quickly became lost in the world of Old Ceylon and the grandeur of this retreat ... so very Aman.

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Dating back to the 1600's these grand old structures have had a number of incarnations .... the New Orient Hotel, an icon in Galle and the hub for passengers from the P&O and Dutch East India Company vessels. In another life .... the Dutch governor's residence and army barracks.

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The current Amangalla retreat captures it all .... large timber shutters on windows, wide timber floor boards, huge chandeliers hanging from the 6 metre ceilings, cord pull lights and the most fabulous and interesting solid timber furniture !!  They certainly have captured an era .... so pared back and yet so elegant. My favourite pieces .... the gorgeous wicker recliners !! 

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They could so easily have thrown masses of colour into the interior .... very brave not to .... the vision being 'to allow the centuries-seasoned building's soul to shine'.

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I have always had a fascination with Sri Lanka .... just to explore the different regions.... the beaches, the tea plantations .... and maybe even a visit to Amangalla.

 

stone houses and a weekend in the southern highlands

Deirdre Brennan - Monday, June 11, 2012

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Yes another wet weekend in the highlands but it doesn't seem to have deterred the holiday makers and visitors ..... people everywhere .... impossible to even get a seat in a cafe.  

Out of town, however, it is all very atmospheric .... misty rain and wintry landscape .... this is why people come to the highlands !!! 

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Driving through the countryside the many dry stone walls that this area is known for, are now more visible .... and seem to go on for miles. 

I have always been drawn to houses made of stone .... and there are quite a few in the highlands. They just seem to nestle into the landscape.

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On the inside, exposed stone works best with a soft neutral palette of creams, caramel and greys.

The use of timber whether it be natural, limed or painted ..... compliments or can contrast with the stone beautifully.

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Apart from its beautiful texture, exposed stone has a warmth that brings an interior to life. If a whole house made of stone isn't possible .... maybe a stone fireplace and hearth is !!

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vintage 21 modern classics look good on any bookshelf

Deirdre Brennan - Wednesday, February 29, 2012

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In my hunt for weekend reading I discovered the most beautiful collection of books.....21 books in a rainbow of colours by Random House for the 21st birthday of Vintage.  Each book is not only a divine shade (with sprayed edges which look so good on a bookshelf) but they have a wonderful tactile quality with a supermatt finish.

The design of these books is quite stunning and titles include....Captain Corelli's Mandolin, Atonement and A Week in December.

The bookstore had done an eye catching window display showing how spectacular these books look when put together.  It made me want to go home and re-arrange my bookshelves. 

I know there are people who arrange their bookshelves/bookcases by colour......I have to say I have always been quite dismissive of this idea, however having seen the divine shades in this collection of books I am very tempted to either start a display of these alone.... or even use these shades as a start to a whole re-arrange by colour of the bookcase !!!

We all love a good bookshop and can just lose ourselves for hours browsing ..... the glossy and exquisite covers, the smell of the new books and the joy of discovery.  Who would have thought that a paperback with no pictures could excite to such an extent.

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