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 !!!



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 !!

 

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.

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.

 


 

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