10 favourites from ‘design and decoration 2013’ sydney

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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.

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I fell upon this fabric supplier who exhibited the most beautiful range of linen fabrics, both printed and plains … from Sth. Africa.

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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 !!

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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.

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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.

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Yes, new industrial style furniture is here to stay … and I am dying to use it somewhere.

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Loved these lights.  In fact the lighting was the standout of the event this year.

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This very glamorous African tribal look was rather inspirational !!

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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.

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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.

5 ways with cane this summer

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1.  White cane is a beautiful contrast in any tropical garden setting.  What could be smarter than navy and white cushions. I imagine frangipani or hibiscus for that splash of exotic colour.

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2.  Wide verandahs lend themselves to both casual lounge and dining settings depending on your style of entertaining.  This reminds me very much of the house my mother grew up in Brisbane, where the verandahs were used extensively as an escape from the summer heat. The groupings of both white and natural cane work so well with the painted white timberwork and cane blinds. Blue and white cushions and chinoiserie lamp bases create an air of elegance.

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3.  Natural lacquered cane contrasts with all white lattice and painted furniture.  Bowls of shells with navy and white chinoiserie and fabrics complete the picture. This colour palette is a signature look for Stuart Membery and also rather ‘Hamptons’.

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4.  Explore your options with cane … this drinks trolley is a fabulous addition to any entertainment area in summer.  Wonderful storage as well as display for your prettiest glasses, decanters, bowls of lemons and limes and silver ice bucket.

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5.  All white with accents of sea foam green … simply stunning. Collections of shells and coral for warmth. Elegantly framed coral prints, bronze lamp and mirror frame add a certain formality… so chic !!  The versatility of cane….

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