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a taste of summer style

Deirdre Brennan - Tuesday, November 11, 2014
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Spring/Summer 2015 by Chanel ... soft colour, soft fabrics.

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Summer details ... vibrant colour ... just a splash.

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Summer styling ... crisp white, pastels and a hint of gold.

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Spring/Summer Chanel 2015 ... the glamour of white linen and gold accessories.

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Summer wardrobe ... elegance and organisation on a small scale. 




when a rustic interior isn't all rustic

Deirdre Brennan - Tuesday, September 02, 2014


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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.

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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. 

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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.

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


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my mood board .... autumn tones

Deirdre Brennan - Tuesday, April 02, 2013

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cappuccino comfort ..

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the golden glow of candlelight ..

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the warmth of timber and ruby red autumn fruits ..

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the feel and smell of new leather ..

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vintage linen and brown bunnies ..

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scrubbed oak ..

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fireside knitting ..

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new season knits in navy and tan ..

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and again, the stylish charcoal and greige ..

 

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jasper conran ... from fashion to furnishings

Deirdre Brennan - Wednesday, February 13, 2013

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British designer Jasper Conran has more than his share of flair. The son of designer and restaurateur Sir Terence Conran, he last year was appointed chairman of The Conran Shop, the design emporium started by his father in 1973. His aim ... to make the stores relevant again and he is already on the move.  This is in addition to his existing empire which includes fashion ... couture and department store, luggage, spectacles and homewares.  Oh yes, and he has created costumes for the Royal Ballet and English National Opera.

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Just another string to his bow ... his fabric collection for Designers Guild ... new interpretations on classic suiting. Flannels and pinstripes in an elegant and restrained colour palette.

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Jasper's background in fashion clearly influencing this collection in terms of both fabric choice, design and detailing.

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I love the way these fabrics mix and match so easily ... very difficult to go wrong here. These suiting shades of charcoal and navy can be punctuated with a delicious olive spot or paisley silk (cushions at top) ... which remind me of a beautiful mens cravat. 

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It is all about that background in fashion !!!

 

 

 

the como hotel, melbourne ... so elegantly refurbished

Deirdre Brennan - Tuesday, December 04, 2012

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While recharging the batteries last week with a week at the beach, I had the luxury of both starting a new book and devouring as many magazines as I could get my hands on.  Fuelled with inspiration and ideas to share, I was then promptly stopped in my tracks ... technical problems ... the blog was clearly not going to happen from up there.  After my initial melt down, I came to the conclusion that it was probably a good thing and maybe I was meant to actually have a holiday. 

Anyhow, here I am in my new laid back state of mind ... sharing with you some of what caught my eye as I perused.  The Como Hotel in Melbourne (boutique hotel in Sth Yarra)has been slowly and quietly, with doors still open, refurbishing.  Very much of the moment,  this unusual combination of colours is elegant and very clever.  I have always loved chocolate brown with duck egg blue and aubergine ... but oh that punch of citrus is gorgeous !!    

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Pure indulgence !!

PS. I think there is something quite luxurious about these deeply buttoned ottomans.

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designers guild .... trimmings and tiebacks

Deirdre Brennan - Monday, October 29, 2012

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It's all in the finishing touch .... the detail, the icing on the cake. Who could resist when you have trimmings as gorgeous as these from Designers Guild to play with.  They are as enticing as candy.

Be brave .... start with trims on cushions.  It is a way of pulling together various elements in a room into a coherent scheme. By picking up the curtain colour in choice of trims on cushions, for example, you immediately bring it all together.  Choose curtain tiebacks that incorporate the shades in upholstery. 

Trims can certainly add a touch of glamour however can also be frivolous and fun.  Who doesn't love a bit of old fashioned bobble fringe !!

 

mulberry autumn/winter 2012

Deirdre Brennan - Monday, July 23, 2012

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I love this fashion shoot by Tim Walker for Mulberry ... I also love this wild colour !!! Fabulous in winter. Do look at the Mulberry Blog ... it is worth subscribing to. Great way keep up to date.  I first discovered Mulberry in Harvey Nichols in London in the early 80's and have been addicted ever since.  I am also a regular visitor to the Mulberry store in Westfield CBD which, by the way, has a very good sale each season. 

chloe autumn/winter 2012 .... a fabric fantasy

Deirdre Brennan - Monday, June 18, 2012

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Regular inspiration from the Sartorialist is essential .... I love the fabrics and textures he captures .... and this plaid fabric is sumptuous.

His fashion on the street photography is gorgeous but often the streetscape itself can be equally as gorgeous.  Think Milan, Paris, New York and London.  It gives me my fix.

PS The fall and cut of this coat are worth a mention .... I guess it is Chloe.

 

 

the winter home with ralph lauren

Deirdre Brennan - Tuesday, June 05, 2012

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Winter is well and truly here if today is anything to go by. Temperatures have plummeted .... days are short .... and there is no place like a cosy home .... even better, with a glowing fire. 

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Home in winter means baskets of freshly cut wood and pine cones gathered on walks .... bowls of apples and pears .... the texture of wool, cashmere, corduroy, velvets and knits .... tartan throw rugs to curl up with or simply add warmth to the mood of the room.

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When the weather is bleak enjoy time in the kitchen cooking up a storm .... indulge in the odd hot chocolate .... enjoy the scents of winter with collections of candles. A bare branch in a vase will compliment the more wintry tones .... bowls of camellias, a welcome splash of colour.

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Ralph Lauren does wintry textured fabrics so well .... and they are available here. Remember a neutral palette allows for seasonal change .... much like the layering up we do with fashion !!

 

 

inspiration from .... the sartorialist and garance dore

Deirdre Brennan - Wednesday, May 23, 2012

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The Sartorialist has captured this gorgeous look .... with all the elements I love ..... the wool, the tweed, the fur and that shade of camel that I will never grow tired of .... stylish fashion .... stylish for furnishings.

And while I was enjoying the Sartorialist I strayed off into Garance Dore to find she also loves her white jeans in winter !!! They look fabulous with a camel, black or grey cashmere jumper .... city or country, ballet flats, boots or Hunter wellies !!

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