My lovely friend Jen celebrated a significant birthday on the weekend - she saw in the momentous occasion by having a Spring Garden themed afternoon tea for 20 or so of her girlfriends at my place. We had such a wonderful afternoon, filled with champagne cocktails, cups of tea, soft fluffy sponges, magnificent macarons and more....
The centrepiece was definitely the amazing white chocolate mud cake that my sister organised as a birthday cake - she capped off the cake by decorating it with some lovely little violas...
This gorgeous apartment was created by Boddam Whetham Architects and it features in the 'Before & After Special' booklet that accompanies the October issue of the Real Living magazine. It's a simply beautiful clean, uncluttered space. My favourite features: (1) I especially love the dining bar up against the window. It's a terrific idea when you're tight on space; (2) the steel internal doors really add character to the space; (3) the unique bathroom pedestal (custom made) and basin.
You can click on the images for a closer look, or pop on over to Boddam Whetham to view the images of this and other beautiful architectural projects.
This lovely Pearl Beach (NSW) house featured in the latest issue of House and Garden - I really like the both the exterior and interior paint colours and I'm trying to convince my husband that we should use similar colours on the house we've just bought. He wants to go all white on the exterior. A bit boring if you ask me.
The other amazing thing about this house...the family also let it out as a holiday rental! If you're interested you can find more information here.
Anyway, on to the eye candy (click on any of the photos for a closer/clearer view)...
It's so good to see a bookstore opening rather than closing down - and quite a stylish one at that! So heartening to read in my fave online newspaper 'Broadsheet Melbourne' about the opening of Embiggen Books @ 197-203 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne. You can find out much, much more about this bookshop here and here. I'll definitely be wandering down Little Lonsdale Street for a visit on my next foray into town.
Of course that would entail a visit to Design Dispensary too - just down the street at 322 Little Lonsdale.
Don't get me wrong, I like Dinosaur Designs, but it's only since I saw these images on the Mr and Mrs Smith blog that I've really, really wanted to own some of their homewares - their Coral Sea collection screams 'tropical summer', particularly when you see the way it's been styled at the Mr and Mrs Smith morning tea:
A garden post to celebrate the first day of Spring here in Australia...it's here at long, long last! If the weather is good I'm looking forward to doing a bit of weeding and planting in our neglected garden this weekend.
While trawling through some of the images I've got stored on my computer, it's only just become apparent to me that I have a thing for houses covered in a bit of greenery:
"A love of gardening is a seed that once sown, never dies."
I live in Melbourne and work in the education sector but my true love (or rather obsession) is interior design and styling. From time to time I come across 'glimpses' of stylish things that I would like to remember and keep track of - whether that's a beautiful flower, a great looking house, a gorgeous garden or piece of 'to die for' art. This is where I like to keep/share these decor related bits and pieces.