Monday, July 27, 2015

Nursery progress

The change table is finally on the wall. Plus how cute are the grey whale pull-along toy and tiny Burberry sneakers. Only one and a half weeks until our due date and I'm hoping that bub decides to join us a little early because I'm getting quite uncomfortable.

The change table is by Swedish brand byBO design. I love that it looks great and is wall hung so I don't have a bulky piece of utility furniture in the baby's room. The nappies and wipes are stored within easy reach in the top of the chest of drawers placed underneath and there are little shelves inside the change table to hold lotions.

The whale pull-along toy is from RH Baby & Child. It was one of the first things I bought after I found out I was pregnant.

The tiny Burberry sneakers were a recent splurge from David Jones.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

New things for my home

Moving into a new home can be a little stressful, but the fun part comes when you get up to figuring out what works with the new space and buying new things to fill in the gaps.  For example, our last two homes have had built-in bookcases, but there is nowhere obvious to currently build a bookcase in our new apartment so I bought the freestanding Stockholm bookcase below to hold at least some of our books (I have a very large collection of cooking and design books).  I've been on a bit of a shopping spree... apparently this is called 'nesting'.

Having a baby also means I have an entire new room to decorate in the form of a nursery. The only existing pieces of furniture I am using in this room are a white MALM chest of drawers from IKEA and possibly a black Kartell Componibili unit (previoulsy Harry's bedside table) to sit bedside my nursing chair.  Rather than buy a typical nursing chair we splurged on a Seymour chair and matching ottoman from King Living (it has a higher back than the one pictured below) in cognac leather with walnut swivel bases.  Harry has claimed this as his whisky chair when I no longer need it for nursing.  I'll soften (and protect it) while it's in the nursery with a sand coloured sheepskin from Ugg and dress it up with a graphic cushion from Orla Kiely.  Here are the bones of the room (excluding all the baby-specific pieces).

I've also ordered these gorgeous baby animal photography prints by Sharon Montrose for the nursery.

We still need more storage and display surfaces, there's currently some unused space in our foyer and our bedroom, but I'm still working on finding the right solutions.  The Norman Copenhagen pockets in my last post will be included in my next order from Scandinavian Design Center (I'm waiting until bub is born because I also want to buy these Design Letters to spell out his/her name).  A new dining table is on the agenda too.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Two lovely rooms: white, blonde and grey

I had to share these two lovely rooms that start with white walls and blonde timber floors (a perfect Scandinavian blank canvas).  Both rooms are furnished entirely in grey, black, white and blonde timber and yet they look cosy despite the lack of colour.

I love the concrete tabletop in this dining room and the soft, warm contrast of the sheepskin and blonde timber chairs.  I would really love to use concrete as a surface somewhere in my home... maybe in the bathroom.

Above image from Hitta Hem

This mostly grey bedroom gets it's warmth from the textural bedding.  I love the look of linen bedding (and the fact that it's supposed to look creased so there's no need to iron).
Above image from Scandinavian Love Song

I am going to steal the idea of using Norman Copenhagen's Pocket storage for Harry's side of the bed as we recently moved his Kartell Componibili unit out of the bedroom because he wasn't using it for anything more than holding his iPhone.  It's currently residing next to his desk and holding our printer, but it may end up in the nursery.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

A modern Edwardian home in Prahran

This image of a kitchen in an email from est magazine caught my eye and I had to click through to see more.

The rest of this gorgeously renovated Edwardian home in Prahran (just a couple of suburbs away) did not disappoint, but the kitchen is still my favourite room and it has me rethinking my new kitchen design. I love the initial design phase of renovating - working and reworking plans, constantly being inspired by things I see.

Above images from est magazine
Interior design by MEME
Photography by Tom Blachford and Sonia Mangiapane

Saturday, June 13, 2015

A sophisticated Victorian home

This gorgeous renovated Victorian home on my street went up for auction today.  I am especially impressed by the integration of the indoor and outdoor living areas and the dressing room.  If only I had a spare $2.5million+ to make it mine.

Above images by Jellis Craig from Domain

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Country Road: shopping for the little one

I decided to spend day one of the 4-day Easter weekend doing not much more than sitting on the sofa. I did get up to cook breakfast, lunch and dinner, but aside from that I didn't accomplish much other than some well earned rest and a little online shopping.

Country Road launched their Winter 2015 collection this week, so I decided to check it out online and ended up buying a selection of lovely little things, including these two gender neutral jumpsuits.

I also bought the matching cloud & moon blanket (in the same fabric as the jumpsuit on the left) and some soft stylish baskets to hold toys and blankets in the little one's nursery.

Above images from Country Road

Monday, March 9, 2015

Melbourne real estate

Here are three stylish spaces I discovered while searching for a new home in Melbourne.

An outdoor space in South Yarra...

Above image from Jellis Craig

...a loft apartment in St Kilda (check out that view across Albert Park to Melbourne)...

Above image from Pride Real Estate

...and a penthouse apartment in Elwood.

Above image from Buxton

Pretty pastels in a South Yarra terrace

It's been a while, more than ten months, since I wrote my last post.  Around that time we made the decision to move interstate and we were extremely busy getting our renovation finished to rent out our Sydney home... it's amazing what a deadline can do to speed things along, but a little disappointing that we only got it finished in time for someone else to enjoy.

We moved to Melbourne around eight months ago.  I've been very busy in my new role, which has been keeping me engaged and challenged, and I've spent my evenings and weekends relaxing with Harry and soaking up everything Melbourne has to offer.  I haven't felt the desire to blog until recently when I started spending more of my spare time online because I have a nursery to design (I'm 18 weeks pregnant!) and we've made the decision to buy a new home in Melbourne and move out of our current rental home (a pretty Victorian cottage in South Yarra) before our baby is born.

To get me started again, here's a lovely bright white living room with pastel custom cabinetry in another Victorian home in South Yarra, designed by Fiona Lynch.

Above images from est magazine