Weylandts … their autumn lookbook for your interior

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Weylandts, Melbourne … the new go-to store for fabulous homewares from Sth Africa.
Innovative, contemporary design, manufacturing and sourcing.
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My pick for an autumn makeover …
the extremely elegant brass pendant lights … and the sparkling glass horlicks jar pendants, so retro …
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these smart black and white side tables … perfect with your winter white bedding
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and an aviator copper coffee table to warm up your living area and reflect that open fire this autumn … so nice to have an excuse to shop for a new look.

Loving london’s boutique hôtels 2014

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The Pelham Hotel in Sth Kensington is, for me the perfect location in London.  A short stroll to the V&A or along the gorgeous Walton Street to Harrods … more specifically, their Stationary Department.
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Kit Kemp the designer has created a luxury town house style hotel, the interiors ‘a tailored version of grand English style’.  I love the idea of individually designed bedrooms, and there are 52 to choose from.
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What sets these hotels apart is the unexpected … the combination of antique and contemporary furniture … quirky lighting and modern art set within a a wood panelled drawing room or library … it is perfect.

5 ways with dark colour … timeless

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1. dark colours on walls really let the furnishings, artwork and in fact, anything else in the room, shine !!

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2.  dark colours on walls work particularly well with polished concrete floors and sisal flooring in natural tones

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3.  dark walls show the richness of timber and leather

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4.  dark walls are timeless … and classic style

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5.  dark colours are inviting in winter but equally so in summer, teamed with crisp white and pale timber … enjoy creating your own stylish interior.

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The warmth of wood … now winter is here

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Cold, wind and rain abound and we are thinking warm and cosy interiors and all that go with it.

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The glow of candles, bamboo lamp light and the warmth of timber.

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Earthy tones and rustic settings.

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Exposed timber new or old, makes an architectural statement and creates its own warm colour palette.

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The appeal of wool and cashmere fabrics no matter what colour palette.

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The warmth of rustic materials, fabulous design and clever lighting .. so simple !!

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How to do black and white … softly

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it is all in the detail …. a predominantly neutral palette with a hint black or charcoal …

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or a hint of buttoning, antique stud trim or cushion detail

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or a smart contrast … just one

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a distinct contrast in style, line and materials … this works

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black, white and stone to soften

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the detail softens what would otherwise be … just black and white

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black, white and shades of grey … always !!

Beautiful bookshelves … working with colour

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Since my last post I am noticing bookshelves and bookcases everywhere and the ones that work really leap out.  The bookshelves above are my idea of perfection.  Such an interesting combination of colours, both books and decorative items.

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One could call this styling … the ability to put together bits and pieces that work … and it is all about having an eye for colour.  It is the combination of colours that pull it all together … or to be quite specific, always work with a complimentary palette of colours.

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Apply this principle to any collection whether it be bookshelves or dressing table. There is nothing as elegant as white or cream with a hint of soft metallic. Have a play and see what you can achieve.

5 sleep essentials

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Of all the rooms in a house the bedroom is possibly the most important … it is where we spend half our life !!!

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1.  A good mattress is essential to ensure a restful night’s sleep.  The very best mattresses support our spines in their natural, neutral position.  The latest technology allows the mattress springs to mould to the shape of our body.

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2.  Mattress toppers are becoming extremely popular … they add an additional layer of padding and comfort, particularly good where the mattress itself is too firm.  Reversible toppers with wool fleece for autumn and winter … and cotton percale to keep you cool in spring and summer, are the ultimate.

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3.  Choice of pillow is critical to a good night’s sleep.  The right choice depends on a number of factors including neck problems, allergies (non allergenic filling choices)and preference for firm or soft, one or two pillows. How soft or firm your pillow feels is determined by the ratio of feather to down used … feather being firm and down being soft.

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4.  Beautiful bedlinen is a luxury and you really do get what you pay for.  Thread count (number of threads in a square inch of fabric) isn’t everything and other factors such as the quality of the raw cotton (firmness of yarn) and the way threads are woven comes into play.  I love the softness and elegance of Cotton Sateen without the expense of Egyptian Cotton.

5.  Your choice of Doona/Duvet is all to do with weight and seasons/climate,  however your first choice is natural or non allergenic filling.  The right choice of doona weight for your particular climate is essential to a good nights sleep.  The weight of doona for a cool climate will be vastly different to that where winters are mild.  Down doonas trap more air between clusters than feather fillings and are therefore warmer and incredibly light.  The greater the percentage of down and the higher the quality of the down, the more you pay.

Yes, lots to think about … however worth spending a little time to get it right.

Hotel guestrooms with a difference… the siam, bangkok

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Without doubt it is the individuality of The Siam that sets it apart.  Renowned hotel designer Bill Bensley has incorporated the old with the new and created a unique 5 star hotel, full of charm.

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This is not your typical hotel guestroom … with Thai Colonial influences, lamps hanging on black silk ribbons, travel collections … all so very personal.

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The elegance of suites with sumptuous furnishings, exquisite detailing and such interesting memorabilia.

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Memorabilia that has been collected and sourced for each of the individually themed suites.

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Always glimpses to the exotic orchid filled gardens …

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Black and white and distinctly Art Deco.  Such attention to detail.

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I ask the question again, why can’t your average hotel guestroom, or even just the expensive ones, be that little bit more exciting or individual.  It isn’t only about the finishes and furnishings … it is about creating spaces that make patrons feel at home or somewhere better than home.

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