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