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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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bowral weekends ... the new design hub

Deirdre Brennan - Tuesday, May 27, 2014
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Bowral in the Southern Highlands now has its very own 'design hub'. The once neglected bottom end of town is becoming ever so fashionable. My favourite ... rabbit trap timber, has a new, larger home that shows off their gorgeous rustic yet contemporary style to perfection.

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Full of recycled and environmentally friendly pieces, the design aesthetic is very much of the moment but with its own unique stamp. Such an interesting mix of beautifully designed furniture and homewares ... and found objects.  

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I feel I need to keep an eye on the changing scene at rabbit trap timber but look forward to exploring this end of town further next weekend.  In the meantime ... back to Sydney !!!



creating a comfortable home ...

Deirdre Brennan - Saturday, August 31, 2013

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both elegant and inviting ... the balance

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your personal environment

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blending classic and modern elements

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the details that transform a house into a home

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inspiring and calming surroundings ...

 

 

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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mydesignfile now on facebook

Deirdre Brennan - Friday, December 28, 2012

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Mydesignfile is now on facebook ... like the page for daily design inspiration !!

 

j. crew style ... weekends

Deirdre Brennan - Friday, November 23, 2012

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This is the time of year to spruce up the weekend wardrobe in readiness for that casual entertaining in the lead up to the silly season.  Well actually that season is upon us now.  I always give J. Crew a casual glance to get my eye in for the latest look instore.  A trip to Zara is just as good ... particularly Bondi Junction in Sydney which is slightly more elegant and easier to navigate than the city store.

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Feel I am giving away trade secrets here, however not everyone has success with this look.  I personally love this smart, with a touch of glamour look .... yes I am drawn to the little jacket with the weather we are having at the moment.  Don't get me wrong ... this is not the look for the Christmas party, Christmas drinks or even Christmas day.  You will need something far more festive for those occasions.  This is just for 'popping in for a casual drink with friends on a Sunday afternoon' or 'meeting your girlfriend for a glass of champagne at the local wine bar before Christmas !!

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PS. To all my friends in the rag trade ... I am no fashion guru ... just know what I like.  Maybe it is all in the fabrics and colours ... more my expertise !! 

 

mulberry moments at london fashion week

Deirdre Brennan - Sunday, September 30, 2012

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When I awoke to Mulberry's The Blog .... Fashion Week Moments it was too gorgeous not to share.  It captures exactly that .... the behind the scene moments that most of us don't get to experience.  These photos for me portray the energy, anticipation, excitement, elation and relief .... probably in that order !! 

In Mulberry's words .... Months of planning go into creating a show for London Fashion Week.  Then the day seems to be over in minutes ! 

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 

container homes are all style

Deirdre Brennan - Monday, August 13, 2012

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I first heard about container homes and the creative things people were doing with them, a few years ago.  I listened with great interest ... fascinated to think of the challenge and the potential !!

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All they require are windows and doors...of any size or proportion and a coat of paint.

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They can be joined together side by side or on top of each other ....

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Somehow they suddenly become a design statement ..... minimalist and state of the art.  I just love the way they seem to nestle into their environment.

country style and design by justin bishop

Deirdre Brennan - Saturday, July 14, 2012

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This book is the treat you need to curl up with over the weekend....beautiful photography, elegant layout and styling. I felt I just had to own this book.

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The houses and properties featured are the sort of 'country' that you dream of ....that you want to pack your bags and head off to for that city escape. 

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Enjoy your weekend .....


 

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