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when a rustic interior isn't all rustic

Deirdre Brennan - Tuesday, September 02, 2014


There continues the trend for the earthy and rustic, natural materials, texture and a predominantly monochrome colour palette. On closer inspection it is really contemporary with an industrial edge.


There is a strong emphasis on collections and the owners possessions playing an integral part in the softening of the hard edges.  Ones books, paintings and photographs, the decoration and character, without which would be minimalist. 


A timeless monochrome palette with the addition and warmth of subtle shades of taupe, faded washed out grey, blue and green linens, leather, worn wood and stone.


There is something rather calming in these modern spaces with vintage detail ... the sense that we have been there before. 


more trade secrets.....designers little black book!

Deirdre Brennan - Thursday, January 26, 2012


Ondene ..... magnificent linen, cashmere, furniture, lighting and on it goes !!!  All so elegant and so beautifully presented. I adore their earthy colour palette... my real passion ....the Society linen. Tucked away in Transvaal Avenue you really need to know it is there. 

Ondene   12 Transvaal Avenue, Double Bay 2028 PH: 93621734


Paper2 is the only place to go for something totally different when it comes to stationary, cards, paper, invitations and much more.  This shop is all about beautiful design !!!  They specialise in personalised stationary and invitations...I have just loved everything they have designed for me.

Paper2  477 Crown Street, Surry Hills 2010 PH: 93181121  


more beautiful fabric inspiration

Deirdre Brennan - Tuesday, January 17, 2012


I fell in love with this range of fabrics from UK designer Mark Alexander......very Hamptons......and the colour palette he works in is just beautiful.  Mainly neutrals but introducing colour in a very subtle way. 

The range includes printed linens.....such quality.... textured linens, relaxed linens, artisan dyed, brushed and embroidered both traditional and modern !!!!

These neutral string tones above work so well with white, cream and other sandy tones....sisal matting....all punctuated with the warmth of dark timber.

Below, is the introduction of Indigo.  I have used this inky colour.....with black timber floor boards, white walls and mid tone sisal matting.  It has the same effect as introducing blue and white china.....classic and timeless.


Mark Alexander fabrics are distributed through Romo Fabrics available at Marco Fabrics in Paddinton, Sydney



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