My Design Weekends

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 !!!



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 .....

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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images: at home 

a touch of autumn in the highlands

Deirdre Brennan - Sunday, April 01, 2012

 

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I am not sure if it is psychological or not but as soon as those clocks get put back ..... the days seem to close in all too quickly and autumn is here !!! In fact autumn on a cool day in the highlands can seem awfully wintery.  The leaves have turned and already falling....the memory of all that raking comes flooding back. 

We do have a good while yet to admire the colour on most of our trees.  I am not sure where the falling leaves are actually coming from except the Silver Birch which is always the first....and the messiest due to its huge height.  I seem to remember our garden being at its most colourful by Mothers Day. We often have lunch outdoors so that we can enjoy the garden and fruits of our labour before the chillier days arrive.  

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I have to say I have been a little disappointed by our Virginia Creeper which I planted for its autumn colour.  We have watched it rampantly climb up our north facing wall for two seasons.... looking forward to the turning of the leaves.  Of the two vines, one has turned vibrant red in the space of a week and is now dropping leaves profusely !!! Way too quickly for us to have time to admire it..... the second vine quite lacklustre in the colour stakes.  Just as well we have the Japanese Maples to look forward to.

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Rather than post photos of autumn gardens just yet.... I thought I would get you in the moods for autumn with the thought of snuggly throw rugs, checking your supply of firewood for those cooler autumn evenings, quaint cosy cottages for weekends away and anything in those gorgeous warm earthy tones!!!

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Images: dave coote/pale and interesting

rustic twig furniture by Joe Vinks to suit any design style

Deirdre Brennan - Tuesday, February 14, 2012

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I had the pleasure of meeting Joe Vinks and browsing amongst his beautiful pieces some time ago.....in a rustic tin shed in the Southern Highlands.....much to my surprise.....a very stylish setting as I recall.  I have since seen his pieces looking magnificent in a number of different interiors.....some rustic others rather more formal.

These pieces seem to work anywhere .... in edgy inner city apartments, English country house interiors or beachhouses !!!

I think what makes this furniture so versatile is that it can be stained, waxed or painted to achieve the desired look or fit in with the overall feel of the interior.

I love the silhouette of the twigs against a backdrop when painted white or black but equally there is something just so soft about the aged patina of the natural wood.....some of it the bleached colour of driftwood.

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