As they suggest, pop in with sand between your toes or slip into your Gucci loafers, it doesn't get much more chilled than this. The setting ... divine, and the venue ... oh so stylish. This is Sydney living at its best.
Not sure how one would describe the design concept ... nautical ... beach club with a touch of the luscious tropics ... it just works !!
For a similar treat a little further afield visit The Boathouse Palm Beach ... same cute concept, same clever operators.
I was daunted at the thought of visiting Design and Decoration at Darling Harbour this week. This is the trade only exhibition which showcases the latest and greatest in design. One is usually confronted with a lot of not so good, to be sieved through in the hope of finding the gems. Not so this year ... not nearly as many exhibitors but lots of new and fabulous. I have to say my favourite stand was the one above .. well done Crowley and Grouch.
I fell upon this fabric supplier who exhibited the most beautiful range of linen fabrics, both printed and plains ... from Sth. Africa.
This furniture was extremely stylish, the designs just that little bit different ... such generous proportions. I do love stud trim on any piece of furniture !!
Excuse the out of focus images, however I was really on the run. Love both the ikat cushions, colours and the metal furniture very different to anything I have seen.
I first saw and loved similar lamps at Blakes Hotel in London in the late 80's. I have been trying to source or have made, this style for years ... very difficult to get the proportion just right, but here they are.
Yes, new industrial style furniture is here to stay ... and I am dying to use it somewhere.
Loved these lights. In fact the lighting was the standout of the event this year.
This very glamorous African tribal look was rather inspirational !!
Have wanted groupings of this classic wicker on our verandah (to be moved out into the garden for autumn lunches) for years but never time to make it happen !! This was so reasonably priced that I wondered why I hadn't just got on with it.
For those of you who read my blog on peacock bedheads, you will be amused to see that I have found another supplier. This colourfully painted (to order) cane furniture was divine .. particularly the oriental style bookshelves. I do have a soft spot for the classic cane armchair and ottoman in the foreground.
I have such fond memories of my marimekko curtains and bedspread, back in the day ... it was the 70's of course. They were fabulous shades of bright green with large orange tulips. The look extended to green heart sheets and a gorgeous white peacock bedhead ... all put together by my very stylish mother.
Brisbane was all the richer for Joy de Gruchy and The Craftsman's Market, a design studio that stocked Marimekko and put Brisbane on the map. I have adored Marimekko in a nostalgic sort of way ever since.
How exciting to have our own Marimekko in Sydney ... looking resplendent in the wonderful store in King Street. The colour is breathtaking and the space full of light !! Bolts of signature marimekko fabric, fashion and homewares.
I couldn't help but pass on my source for peacock bedheads to complete the picture ... The Family Love Tree.
Love the red berries with the front door colour.
Interesting wreath .. and with the stone shades surrounding.
The warmth of the gold tones.
Oh so elegant.
Why not have some fun !!
Parterre Garden is celebrating 25 years in the business of bringing beautiful pieces large and small for house and garden into our lives. The shop is exquisite. Always another shipment arriving ... always another piece to fall in love with.
There is something rather festive about chandeliers. I adore the ones with the small shades and am always drawn to these first. Just when one is giving thought to dressing the house and table for Christmas ... oh for a pair of these. Perfect for the Christmas table ... along with your finest silver, glassware and china.
I imagine garlands and wreaths ... white hydrangeas and creamy gardenias.
More of this to come ... but we do have our tree up, looking resplendent, so that is a start.