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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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salone del mobile 2014 ... the very best of

Deirdre Brennan - Thursday, May 08, 2014
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Detail Hermes Silk Fabric

As you can imagine, everyone is talking Milan and the Salone del Mobile Furniture Fair at this time of year.  My inbox is flooded with many versions of the pieces and the designers that have supposedly stolen the show. These are the pieces that stood out for me.

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Hermes Club Bar

The glamour of this drinks cabinet defies belief.


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Alexander McQueen Rug by the Rug Co

Wonderfully over the top ... as one would expect.
 

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Hermes Lighting

Never before have Hermes ventured into lighting but here it is, a small and perfect collection. 


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Philippe Starck Folding Chair

I simply love this chair for it's extremely slick take on a very casual piece of furniture ... not to mention the unimaginable quality of the tan leather.


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Brunello Cucinelli

So interesting, the number of fashion houses doing furniture and homewares.



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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 !!!

 

 

 

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 !!

 

 

a little inspiration from chanel during australian fashion week

Deirdre Brennan - Tuesday, May 08, 2012

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As fabulous as many of the designs were during Australian Fashion Week .... and I am thinking Zimmerman and Toni Maticevski who I particularly admired, nothing came close to the sort of detailing that Chanel is famous for. 

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I love these textures and fabrics and colours !! and just when I thought the beautiful shade of nude was on its way out. I love working with these gorgeous neutral shades for upholstery whether it be wools, flannels, mohair, linen or velvet ... and on whatever style or period of furniture.  

Antiques can be modernized and reinvented by upholstering in neutral textiles.

Natural and neutral tones for textiles and rugs work as a backdrop for the warmth of timber furniture, flooring and even subtle architectural detail.  These interiors being both harmonious and .... inviting to live in. 

 

the milan furniture fair

Deirdre Brennan - Monday, May 07, 2012

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As part of Salone del Mobile 2012 (or the  Milan Furniture Fair), Danish fabric house Kvadrat,  invited seven curators from around the world to nominate a design talent from their area ..... to create a new piece using their fabric. These pieces are some of my favourites ... the hammock, coffee table and giant animal cushions .... showcasing the design itself ..... the classic fabric .... and of course the colour palette !!

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This exhibition was a focal point with its iconic woollen upholstery fabric relaunched in 58 colours !! 

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ionna vautrin

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This beautiful fabric has been used and loved by designers around the world since 1968 when it was first produced by Kvadrat. It was designed by the very talented Nanna Ditzel. 

 

 

 

louis vuitton fall/winter 2012 by the sartorialist.....such inspiration.

Deirdre Brennan - Wednesday, March 28, 2012

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I am not sure which is more delectable.....the fabrics....the luggage.....the ambience of the orient express or the sheer opulence.

This show was the most fabulous of them all.....by all accounts.

I can envisage these fabrics on a very luxurious buttoned sofa...so very european.

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These colours are so rich......jewel-like.  A hint of velvet and fur is always heavenly !!

I have spoken of my love of a navy and black combination...so chic, however navy and chocolate is not only rich but warm and exotic !!

How clever the LV team is.

 

the sartorialist does navy, black and tan

Deirdre Brennan - Saturday, February 25, 2012

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Why is my eye always drawn to these colours together.  I think it is just so smart to have the subtle black, navy combination with a luscious tan contrast bringing it all to life. 

Tan has been big in Europe this winter but I love it anywhere, anytime.  I was thrilled when I did my dark inky blue woollen armchairs in our sitting room to then find divine tan suede Mulberry cushions to contrast. These, apart from the timber furniture, were the only colour in the room as the walls are the same inky navy blue.

I also love the colour that the natural IL Bisonte leather bags and diaries go after using them lovingly.....tan !!

One of my favourite projects recently was a Polo Clubhouse/Bar Lounge where I did large tan leather armchairs and sofas with brass studded trim ..... and chocolate and cream tartan woollen cushions.  It looked fabulous.....the building itself was spectacular....lots of dark timber rustic panelling, natural stone fireplaces and very large terracotta flagging.

I still miss the greatest source of woollen fabric ever ....... yes mainly shades of tan, coffee and caramel......Fabric Fantasy in Commonwealth Street, Sydney.  Sadly now closed.  It stocked bolts of Italian suiting fabric bought out from the mills at vastly reduced prices.  I couldn't stop buying it to cover furniture, make bedheads and valances and even tablecloths.  The colours were a dream !! 

 

 

 

 


 

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