Destination: Morocco

Jewel tones, laid back feel, mixed textures of silk and cane, slices of embossed gold and silver, it all creates the mystical feel of the exotic. I love the Moroccan look. It plays to both my love of colour, and of organic shapes and textures. This is a style that can be thrown into most interiors. You can buy a few pieces such as lovely coloured glasses to jazz up your glassware, or go all out and really create an Moroccan escape.

Moroccan Tea Glasses from Masion Marrakech. $19.95 for 6.

Red Suade Ottoman from Metroscope. RRP: $230.

I love these! Buy a few and stack them, then use them as floor cushions when you have friends over! You can see how inviting they look scattered around on the floor below!

The rich yellows against those pinks! LOVE!

This is proof of the amazing effect that custom upholstery can have! Sometimes it is just worth the money as that ottoman/coffee table is amazing… what do you think?

Mosaic tables and handmade artifacts are also a large part of this style. They are so interesting and more exciting than the ordinary plain black table that many people usually gravitate toward.

120cm Mjannah Green and Beige Dining Table from Metroscope. RRP: $1,200.00

That sofa is amazing…. oh and the rug…. and the screen… ok I love it all!

Jewel coloured cushions!…. go and buy some now! This is such an inexpensive way to transform a space. This room has been influenced by the Moroccan style but is still very modern. Start incorporating now!

XXCat

Black & White; Creating the Bones of Your Interior

With black and white you simply cannot go wrong when developing the bones of your room. Grounding a design in these basic colours will allow you to experiment with brighter tones, patterns and designs in your home in other ways. Check out these amazing images to inspire you 🙂

This rooms simplicity is to die for! You could easily recreate this in a smaller setting as the lines are simple, straight and without even an ounce of fussiness. That coffee table… that coffee table! This image proves that modern interiors are the perfect setting for a signature organic piece!

Very fresh and inviting. I love the grey and cream textures of the rug and the throw against the harshness of the iron and metal furniture legs.

This is my dream kitchen! The industrial feel with the wrought iron against that deep maple seat. This is so simple! Anyone could re-create this!

Go to art.com and get at least 10 amazing prints that make your heart flip. Order the framed ones and display them in your home! I love the idea of layering images in frames of different sizes in a bookcase or on top of a side-board. Art.com is one of my favourite websites they have millions of images in different sizes which you can order! Go-online-now!!!

Loving the crisp whites against the wooden furniture pieces and nickel lamp. They have a lamp very similar to this at Ikea… If you are looking for something of quality however search for a solid nickel one!!

Once again you can see how organic looking coffee tables work so brilliantly against black and white. The texture of the suede cushion and the concrete ottoman is very inviting and unexpected.

Simplicity! I want that throw on the bed… it looks so snuggly!

Do you love or hate Black & White?

XXCat

Vintage and Antique Treasure Trove

It’s very easy to make me smile, a little harder to make me jump with excitement but very very difficult to make me speechless and gasping for breath. My partner suggested that we go to Mitchell Road Antique & Design Centre (very lovely fellow I’m sure you are all thinking. Not many cricket/football loving men would allow their girlfriend to drag them around an antique store but mine did 🙂 )

Not only was I in awe at the prices, I also was so impressed by the quality and variety of the pieces of furniture and decorative nic-nacs.

I’ve never been to Aladdin’s cave but I’m pretty sure it would look something like this!

That chandelier was $300…. do you understand why I couldn’t speak? I was busy trying not to buy everything I saw!

That crystal jar…. to-die-for!

OHHHH they also had handmade vintage books which were in very good condition, I loved the Shakespeare set.

They had so many beautiful table lamps from the 60’s and 70’s that were in perfect condition. I was intending on buying two table lamps from Domayne which were $390 each…. I saved money buying vintage ones plus, they are also much more beautiful and no-one else will have them 🙂

Some of the best industrial pieces I’ve seen in my life. Beautiful craftmanship.

Luckily we have very similar taste. When he decided to buy a vintage wooden desk chair with leather upholstery I could only approve 🙂

incredible!! Do you love them?

My love affair with vintage raw woods continues. I need to buy a huge house for all the massive furniture I adore…. one day.

How did you spend your Sunday ?

XXCat

Eclectic Interiors

I’ve gone through my archive of House and Garden Magazines and managed to flick through 2006 and 2007 to find some inspiring pictures of eclectic combinations I’d completely forgotten about.

The setting above is one of my absolute favourites. I’m sure many of you would already be aware of my love affair with recycled and recovered wood pieces: the coffee table is simply to die for!

The decorative finds in this image are absolutely gorgeous industrial yet ethnic: time to get out to Paddington and Glebe markets soon perhaps?

LOVE!

I think the MASSIVE artwork here is awesome! If you want to create in your apartment try recreating your own on a custom stretched canvas from Oxford Art Store. For those of you who aren’t too confident with a paint brush you can also find a design you love and get it transferred onto a projector sheet at Officeworks, then copy away. Another option is definitely the Ray Hughs gallery in Surry Hills, an excellent mix of exhibitions on at the moment.

Li Hua
2008
mixed media on canvas
125 x 116 cm
Stock No: 8from Ray Hughs Galley. POA

Orson and Blake in Surry Hills is one of my favourite retail spaces for eclectic inspiration. I really love their store, it’s so large and open. Definitely worth a look for eclectic inspiration. The showroom resembles individual settings with key pieces sourced from all over the world. I love the African and Indian elements as well.

Mangowood Dining table from Orson and Blake. RRP: $2,100.00

This is great choice for an apartment as the bench seat can be used as a console table until you need to use it as a seat.

“Bamileke” Stool from Orson and Blake.

“Chelsea” Armless Settee from Orson and Blake.

Love!

Throwing together a few feature pieces that work in similar shades or similar woods, is a great way to safely approach the eclectic look. BUT remember if you fall in love with something: just buy it! Those stomach flips usually mean something!