Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Vanity Perfection

I think I've mentioned before that my main bathroom vanity is looking a bit worse for wear, therefore I'm constantly on the look out for ideas and inspiration to update the space. Yesterday I found this vanity on Remodelista and my heart stopped. I love love love it!! 

The shell Double Basin is carved from a block of walnut. It has been meticulously finished and integrated into a concrete wash table with a simple towel rail and drawer below.

The sink is also available in a single bowl size. Combined with the copper tap, I'm completely in love with the whole look.

The sink is available from Nina Mair, but they are in Austria, which is inconvenient to say the least! Does anyone know of anything similar here in Australia?

Do you love this look as much as I do?


Monday, 15 September 2014

A Melbourne Townhouse

This townhouse is only a little over 4 metres wide, however this didn't deter the Melbourne Design studio Mim Design
The results are so stunning the home has been featured in Vogue Living

Hand made grey glazed bricks line the staircase wall.

Love this sofa from Jardan.

The marble contrasts beautifully with the black.

How great is this black bordered 3-sided mirror?

The colourful artwork adds some fun to the bedroom.

Do you like this Townhouse?
Tell me which room is your favourite?


*For more images click here
*All images from here

Friday, 12 September 2014

Hand Held Vacuum Cleaners

I have floorboards throughout my home and although beautiful to look at the gaps between each board can be very annoying. Every bit of fluff or crumb seems to drop down the gap and the only way to remove them is to vacuum. I do own a beautiful Dyson Vacuum, which has been fantastic, but I don't always want to drag the whole machine out just for a simple quick whip around. 

Over the years I've owned many hand held vacuums with varying success. I find in the beginning the machines are wonderful, however after a while they become clogged and loose suction and no amount of cleaning seems to bring back that new vacuum clean.

My first venture into the world of hand held vacuums many many years ago was a Swivel Sweeper from Danoz Direct … yes I succumbed to the TV advertisement.
It worked for a quiet a while but eventually died and was beyond repair. It was OK, the suction was good but the brushes constantly needed detangling. I think they have a new model out now which has improved proficiency and for about 60 bucks its pretty good value for money.

My next purchase was the Electrolux Ergorappido Vacuum Cleaner
This one retails for around the $149 mark so I was expecting big things and for quite awhile it delivered. 
It worked well on the floorboards, but not so good on the rugs. This machine I liked and I got a few good years out of it, until recently it suddenly died and no amount of resuscitation could save it.

Once again I was on the look out for the perfect Hand Held Vacuum. This time it was straight to the Internet to see what's available and to read the reviews. I decided to splurge and buy a Dyson because I know my big Dyson is good and all the reviews were pretty positive.
So trusting in the brand I went for DC44 Animal and found the best deal online, which a few weeks ago was $347 from Appliance Central.

It only arrived Monday so I'm still in the honeymoon period, I will have to report back in a few years to see if it lives up to expectations. However, it looks good and stores easily, I've found a little nock in my laundry cupboard to house the recharger, so it hides nicely out of sight when not in use. 

I have my fingers crossed that this time I've found the perfect hand held vacuum, time will tell!

Do you have a favourite Hand Held Vacuum you can recommend?
Have you tried the Dyson 44 Animal?


Thursday, 11 September 2014

Gorgeous White Rooms

I try to resist but I always find myself  drawn to white rooms. The look is clean, simple and for me relaxing. 

I find too much colour in one room over stimulates my brain and my eyes don't know where to rest.
I need rooms to be uncluttered, fresh and organised if I'm to feel relaxed. I prefer to just add a pop of colour to a room, therefore adding interest and personality to a space. Of course texture is important to stop the space looking clinical. These rooms featured in House Beautiful really speak to me…

Do you decorate using a lot of colour?


* All images from here

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

A Beautiful Bathroom

 This bathroom featured on Remodelista is so warm and inviting. Love the way the owners have kept the original brick fireplace, it just adds so much character to the room. 
A timber panel over the bath adds another warm touch.
I'm a fan of floor to ceiling doors, this one is made from steel and glass, it looks amazing.

What do you think of this Bathroom?
Is it your style?


Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Home Trends for Spring

Nikki from Styling You recently wrote a post about the  2014 fashion trends, Click here to read. You might wonder why I'm suddenly writing about fashion when this blog is usually about 'home'? Well, the reason is simple, the two go together. 

According to Nikki there are 5 fashion colour trends we are seeing in the stores right now  and these 5 colours are also in the homewares stores.

1. White

2. Navy
3. Monochrome

4. Pastels

5. Metallics

Another trend that you won't see in the fashion world is that of wood
Wood is appearing everywhere, shelving, paneling, and furniture and home wares. The easiest way to add some of this wood trend to your home without breaking the bank is to buy some wooden chopping boards and display them in your kitchen.


Do you embrace any of these trends in your home?


Monday, 8 September 2014

Bohemian Bedrooms

According to Dictionary.com the word Bohemian means "a person, as an artist or writer, who lives and acts free of regard for conventional rules and practices". 

If we take this definition and apply it to the home we have what I would loosely call a gypsy style. 
A bohemian room doesn't need to look messy; it can look romantic, vintage, rustic and very stylish.

To achieve this style there needs to be layering of fabrics and creative use of art. There are usually lots of cushions, quilts, baskets and objects from travels or meaningful life experiences.

The style is characterised by exotic, bright colours but it doesn't need to be overwhelming. Painting the walls and ceiling white and adding the colour through cushions, bedspreads, quilts, curtains, artwork and rugs can achieve the look.


What happens if you are like me and don't like a lot of colour but would still like to embrace this look? The photo below proves it can still be done through the use of layering and texture.
Start with a simple colour palette, add quilts and rugs from exotic locations, like this beautiful Moroccan Handira Wedding Blanket. Add some gorgeous cane baskets and a stunning carved door and a beautiful modern take on the Bohemian style is achieved. 
A softer take on a Bohemian Style
Is the Bohemian look a style you aspire towards?
Or do you prefer a sleeker look?


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