for the love of vintage, handmade & twee

As a girl I used to spend hours with my mother on the weekends searching through antique auctions and bric a brac stores. As an adult nothing much has changed, only how much I'm allowed to spend! This is my way of sharing my love with people who love good design and pretty little things.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Miami Fever...

More and more people I have spoken to have raved about Miami. The chic hotels, the amazing weather and the fantastic night life! And this hotel I stumbled upon just makes me want to go more- in fact the decor is so inspiring I could quite happily live there!

The Tides South Beach is the tallest and most elegant Art Deco hotel to grace the Ocean Drive. It originally opened in 1936 and was remodel and re-opened in 1997. Keeping the original facard and features it is been reborn in to a sophisticated, sedate and sumptuous hotel that has a contemporary atmosphere.

The entrance...

The foyer... I love the lights and those wooden chairs! The use of raw wood is throughout the hotel and is amazing. The mix between the old art deco furniture which has been beautifully refurbished in muted leather, the raw woods and brass tables is gorgeous...

One of the suites... all I can say is bliss! Imagine walking into this on your first day of holiday's!

How gorgeous is the leaf chair?

Here is a dining room on one of the larger suites...

Bedroom bliss! I am seriously thinking this could be my bedroom... love the wall feature and the matching mirrors beside the bed.

Another small suite love the small details like the two metal chairs and the repetition of the zebra rugs... so elegant!

Time for dinner?

Art Deco cocktail lounge... this makes me think of decadent days of dry martini's and elegant women dressed in proper stockings and French chignons.

Relaxing poolside for a cocktail- Love those two big chairs and the brass tables!

Private area poolside- that wall is amazing in bamboo and the feature mirror.

I love the muted peaches that are carried through out... even in the towels!

So anyone for a dry martini and a dip? xox

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

I heart Orson and Blake!

Hi all, I have finally finished this years round of photoshoots and tv advertorials that become my life for three or so months around this time of the year and can finally spend some more time enjoying what I love- reading all those amazing blogs and getting back in touch with you all. It has been a whirlwind of a time and I am looking forward to relaxing with close friends in early dec at my island getaway dream house which you can read about here. I am going swim wear shopping for some of those great nautical's I featured here and I am going to get a load of books and never leave the beach! My idea of BLISS!

Anyway over the last couple of months I have become a massive online bargain shopper- which is ironic really as I struggle really hard when I walk into a shop with sales! I never can find anything I want at half price and always fall in love with the most expensive item on the shelf and walk away having spent more then I wanted, never less. Anyway recently I have signed myself up to all those daily emails with specials on meals, clothes and homewares and spend about half an hour every morning running through it and spending way too much money saving myself a little bit. :)

What I did love is finding a Sale on Orson and Blake homewares. I am so in love with their stuff now... I love the rustic fabrics, the gorgeous prints and muted colours. Divine! I splurged a little and am updating my home for summer when they arrive. So excited!

My new loves....

Tea Towels: Linen Elephant & Zebra in Chocolate

Animal Print Cushions

Going tribal with:

Cushion Kuba Shells

Cushion Jute Zig Zag Knot

I love Owls!

Oh and I love this Bone Inlay 4 Drawer Chest but at 4,500 unfortunately it wasn't in my sale.. :(

Anyway I hope is well with everyone? I know a couple of you will be close to having new little bundles of joy soon- so hope all is ok and your enjoying your 'nesting' phase? :) I am going to enjoy reading a few of my favorite blogs today and catching up on all the news! Cam xox

Monday, October 25, 2010

Spring time projects and a little help needed!

Hi all, and I seem to be doing this a lot lately, so sorry I have been so slack. Last week I was styling a shoot for three days and getting myself ready for it so was pretty busy.

So this week I am hoping to catch up on some of my favorite blogs and spend some serious time on eBay searching out a few pieces for my home (with spring here I am in the mood for a new look). I have already dragged my brother out in the middle of the night to go and procure a wooden ladder off someones council clean up pile! He now wont let it into the house till I properly clean it and fix it up a bit. :) I am so excited though as going to turn it into a book shelf to put beside the one I use for my throws and some picture frames.

The things I am looking for on eBay are:

Chest of draws- wanting something a bit shabby and loving this idea of a faded union jack! I need it to be a bit of a statement piece as it will under a big circle mirror I own and the first thing you see when you walk in.

I am also looking for a long bench table, 2 bench seats and chairs for my dining room. At the moment I have a small round one which I love but only seats 4 and worked well in my small apartment but doesn't suite this space at all. I need something I can use for entertaining.I love this bench table from Driftwood Interiors. I love the zinc top... so maybe looking for a table that I can cover with zinc. I want bench seats as then I can tuck them under and push against the wall normally and bring out when need be.

And finally I need help! I have really bad 70's tiles in the living room and dining room- seriously orange and brown tiles! They have to go! I want something inexpensive as I am renting but something that will cover the space. I love sisal as it is durable and would be light and give it a nice beach feel or even white washed floorboards that click together. Does ANYONE know a cheap solution or where I can source cheaply? My living room is about 5m x 6m, which is quite large! Currently I have down this massive rug (2x3m) from ikea which works well but no where near covers it!

So any help would be great- does anyone know what would work well? Cam xox

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Country Wedding!

I am so sorry I have been so slack lately- work has been so busy and unfortunately will be for another month or so. But I have already booked a holiday- YAY! I am off to the amazing Bedarra Island property that I featured here. So excited.

I also got some great news last week that one of my best friends is getting married! So exciting for her and Mr F. They are having a spring wedding in the country (how gorgeous!) and I thought I would give her a little inspiration for cute country weddings.

I love this outdoor setting- great for after the ceremony gathering and before dinner.

And I think adding a touch of personality like these great country boots for the bridesmaids is such a cute idea!

I love this glam barn wedding- so romantic! Those chandeliers are too die for! I also love the keys to find your tables- very cute!

I also love this idea for after the wedding where guests can sit around a fire and enjoy each others company in the country landscape!

This is a gorgeous green barn wedding- A tree makes a lovely back drop for the ceremony whilst all the green in the barn really ties the outdoors to the reception. That candelabra is amazing too- I can image gum leaves all around candles- perfect way to give it a local feel!

I think you could use a lot of really cool rusted materials in a country wedding- I love this old 7 for table numbers.

This is a gorgeous outdoor wedding- Fingers crossed the weather is good- but I love the oranges and yellows and the details in the tables. A good table is made from lots of detail and lots of variation in heights, textures and objects. I love these tables!

So many ideas! All I know is Miss Gill will make a beautiful bride and I wish her every happiness! Cam xox

Images Care of Green Wedding Shoes.
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