My Design Weekends

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 gorgeous lunch with gervasoni

Deirdre Brennan - Friday, July 19, 2013

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I am sharing images of my favourite pieces of Gervasoni furniture, above and below.  I had the pleasure of meeting Michele Gervasoni last weekend at a gorgeous lunch overlooking Balmoral Beach ... a sunny winter's afternoon ... perfection. 

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It was interesting to hear how he and his brother, the third generation to manage this beautiful Italian furniture company, have expanded their market so enormously ... and without any compromise. Their passion for attention to detail and use of natural materials always the hallmark of Gervasoni products.

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The fabulous Gervasoni website is a must and their collection extensive.  It is available in Sydney through Anibou.

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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 !!

 

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' 

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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 !!

 

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 .....

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.


 

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