Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Home Made...

How much have I enjoyed this series?!!! It's been so great! I'll actually be sad when it's over :(
I couldn't be more thrilled with the two finalists. They are both so amazingly talented it's awe inspiring.
My pick for the winner is Jason. Despite the fact he's a little bit saucy and comes across as a real gentleman, I am sooooo in love with his designs! Every week he's pushed the bar and delivered brilliance.
Last nights home was his best yet. The blue and white colour scheme had me swooning. I absolutely adored it. I love that he loves a more traditional look and I've noticed now a couple of his rooms really have a beautiful plantation feel to them. Not once have I ever felt his rooms looked like show rooms. They scream comfort and glamour without being pretentious.

The bedrooms and livingrooms are Jasons designs and the kitchen and bathroom are Darren.
Oh those ornate ceilings and the empire chandelier, blue walls and sisal rug are simply exquisite!

IMO Darren is the master of texture. This bathroom presented a real problem for him and he tackled it head on with an unforgettable result.

This whole home just flows so beautifully. I just hope the owners don't tire from the colour blue anytime soon :/

The family room.

The guest bedroom.

The master bedroom.

The sexy designer himself Jason Sullivan.
To see the before shots and videos of this house and the other house it competed with, as well as previous homes from the previous weeks, go to http://channelnine.ninemsn.com.au/homemade/

Monday, June 22, 2009

The White House Daylesford...

Hello again :) I know it's been ages since my last blog I sincerely apologise for that. I hope you're all well :) I've moved house and I'm currently busy renovating and decorating my new bedroom. I'll post pics when I'm finished if it turns out how I picture it in my mind hehe. The look I am trying to achieve is inspired from Claudia Strasser's The Paris Apartment book. Needlessly to say I am going to town with the girly goodness! ;)

The reason for this blog is I received my copy of the july/august issue of Vogue Living and I was so thrilled to finally see the stunning weekend cottage of one of my favourite designers, Mz Lyn Gardener.

6 months ago, after featuring her gorgeous home and vintage store, Empire Vintage in Melbourne, I received an unexpected, lovely email from Mz Gardener telling me the exciting news of her new country cottage she was renovating at the time.

This cosy weekender is very different from her girly chic warehouse apartment I'm sure you're all familiar with and adore as much as I do, but equally as beautiful. Mz Gardener has successfully catered for both sexes by going for a more industrial vintage look. Most of the items were purchased either at flea markets or salvage stores.
The library has one wall covered in a handpainted wallpaper by Deborah Browness, depicting rows of books. A very clever use of a small space.

I especially love the kitchen with it's open timber shelves and blackboard wall.

No Gardener home would be complete without her signature clawfoot bath :)

Simple but very enticing. I love those white shutters!

An old garden shed was converted to seperate guest room.
I absolutely love it! It's the perfect mix of city meets country and old meets new. I'll definitely be adding The White House Daylesford to my list of places to stay. Thank you Lyn for creating such a treasure for us to enjoy :)
For more information on the renovation and beautiful pics you can visit Mz Gardener's website or buy the July/August issue of Australian Vogue Living magazine.