Creating a Colourful, Ethnic & Industrial Interior… It’s all about details!

I love this image…. This home has so many quirky details, eclectic combinations and a playful way with colour and texture. A home like this is about shopping for things with individual character, handmade detailing and nothing off any typical showroom floor… here are some things that I found.

This ottoman from Anthropologie is simply amazing…. It is a statement piece uses so many colours within its print that it should pop in most interiors. I also adore Mud Australia there ultra smooth handmade wares are beautiful and so stylish!

The brown and ethic materials work together beautifully in this design. Contrast is created between the neutral leathers and woods and the kitsch detailing of this brilliant owl lamp and linen cushion.

Finding a New Home for those Luxury Bags

Ok so these are my bags I have kept from all my luxury purchases from the past year or so… no judgment!

I have been holding onto them (they have been taking up much needed room in my bedroom) planning to do something with them.

I have not wanted to throw these away. Lets face it they represent the purchase and I love them almost as much as the things that came in them. With the price of some prints these days I love the idea of framing them and popping them up on a wall. Have a look at my inspiration!

I’ll show you the final look. But I’m liking this arrangement thus far:

Happy Tuesday!

XXCat

The New Green Colour Crush!

There is something about the colour green. It’s so fresh and inviting!

Living in the CBD of Sydney on Darling Harbour I am lucky enough to have the view of greenery all around me. However, the power of this colour can also get lost against the dominating greys of the cement building which enclose most of the city skyline. What can you do? Well after finding these amazing images I think the best solution is incorporating this fantastic colour into your living areas. The freshness of this unexpected hue will really put you in a great frame of mind when you wake up!

I love those grand drum garden stools! They have them everywhere at the moment! I’m not a fan of the matchy-matchy in this image though as I would have went from perhaps a dark purple version of the stool available at Matt Blatt

Grand Drum in Colour from Matt Blatt. RRP: $165.00

or perhaps something even more gorgeous like this:

Jenaveve Floral Birds Sage from Kelani Fabrics. RRP: $33.00 per meter.

I’m digging this print from Kelani Fabrics to work as an occasional cushion on a nice big emerald green armchair. 🙂

What do you think about green people??? !!

XXCat

Petrified Wood Stools: Papaya Homewares

I completely fell in love on the weekend. Head over heels, heart pounding and short of breath type of love.

I discovered a new store in Westfield Bondi Junction that I havent come across before (which is quite rare trust me!). Called Papaya it is nestled on the same level as Top3 By Design and Wheel and Barrow. The have a beautiful mix of hand carved ethnic pieces and some rare finds.

Ok, now to the object of my affection. Petrified wood stools!

Petrified Wood Stool from Papaya. RRP: $1,200.00 each.

These fossilised wood stools are sourced from the rainforests of Indonesia. They are created naturally thousands of years ago during a volcanic eruption, minerals from the ash replace the wood very slowly created petrified wood. These are extremely rare and only found in three locations around the world. Different minerals in the ash are responsible for the variety of colours.

I bought two of these amazing little beauties, just couldn’t pass up such a find!

What do you think of these?

Where I’d rather be: The Beach!

I love that decorating and beautiful interior design can transport you to a different place, era or even change your mood. With all the terrible weather we have had in Sydney the past few months I am loving the idea of a beachy interior. Looking at these images its easy to imagine yourself lying back and sipping a cocktail whilst listening to the roar of the ocean. I’ve tried to steer clear of the typical beachy style which can sometimes look a bit lazy and ‘shack like’. Hopefully these images inspire you to create your own modernised beachy interior.

Stunning the clean lines of the ocean coloured chairs really works well with the slat lined coffee table. There are touches of the beachy look here but it is mostly a modern interior.

I love this! The rope-work against that old wood veneer wall is fantastic!

Love, but I’m not a fan of that chunky side table between the two armchairs I think a slimmer or perhaps a glass one could have worked better.

Using a natural coloured woven rug is an easy way to create organic texture in a room. Those armchairs are a divine way of introducing a nautical theme into the space without it screaming “THIS IS A BEACH HOUSE!!!”.

This is very nautical, however those cushions are a good example of how something simple can cheapen a space. I’d simplify here and use less cushions and not double up on patterns. It usually looks better to use different prints and patterns in a similar scheme then have them all matching perfectly.

XXCat