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.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Library Love...

I love books. As you will have already worked out I am an avid reader and just as equally an avid collector of books... I love their covers, they way they slightly bend when read thoroughly... I love going into a bookshop and spending 20-30 mins looking at covers, reading their short teasers and picking a new favourite off the shelf. So that is why I think one of the most important things in a house is the way you display your love of books. From tables, to stairs, to shelves, to ladders... there is an art form in arranging your books...

From a designers pallet of colour...

To an amazing floor to ceiling display!

I love it as a backdrop to your dining space...

The Shabby Chic readers nook...

I love the idea of framing a doorway with books!

Beach chic... the use of the full space is fantastic and books go so well with that deer head!

From the casual...

To the designer... Loving that black egg chair!

How amazing would it be to be able to have the space to surround yourself with books! xox

Monday, August 30, 2010

Back to basics...

Hi all, I am so sorry I was absent last week- but off styling for the week and the weekend I just slept as I was exhausted!

The other day my brother and I were watching a cheesy TV show and saw an amazing loft. It reminded me of how much I love raw materials in design... It has always been a dream to own a loft apartment and really strip it back to beams, brick and light, then go to town on fantastic industrial design with lights, chairs and materials.

Here are some fantastic examples of Loft design and maximising on space,light and the raw materials.

I love this loft that features in Gossip Girl as the Humphrey's Brooklyn loft. Fantastic!

Anyway I hope you have all been well? I am looking forward to spending time at night catching up on the passed week with my favourite blogs! Cam xox

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Summer here I come...

I am off tomorrow to prop for a shoot next week- and normally I get so excited about home ware shopping but I just know I am going to be running around and not really getting to appreciate spending money on fun home wares!

Anyway today was so beautifully warm! It so felt like summer... I am looking at going and getting some great summer clothes and first stop is Camilla Frank, who is the queen of Summer wear!

I am loving....

And this is just stunning!

now I just need an occasion to wear it! :) Anyway I am off to dinner with the girls at a local Thai. YAY! Cam xox

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Sheer Shabby Chic Bliss...

How heavenly...

And now back to reality and more work! Hope you're all well... xox

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Ikea inspired...

Sorry guys I have been so lax- I am right in thick of it at work and literally dropping into bed each night when I get home!

Today is just a quick note as well as I need to get moving on with more work- wo is me at the moment! :)

I did however go to Ikea on the weekend and found some amazing buys. They have just launched their new Catalogue so great time to go in if you haven't in a while and buy for spring!

My new cushion covers! Love it $14! They are 100% Cotton and are a beautiful textured rough weave and fit perfectly over my existing feather cushions.

I have matched in with this cutie. It came with a filling and was only $14.99. Also 100% cotton. I love the contrasting orange back- slowly getting there to having more orange in my life!

My new diner setting. $29.99 got me 6 side plates, 6 large bowls (just right for stews and pasta) and 6 small bowls. Then I bought for $3.49ea 6 dinner plates. So cheap! Love the heavy weight and the rough mat surface texture- you can tell I am tactile person!

Going back for-

This awesome print- orange and black of course! :) $14.99 plus frame at $69.95...

Anyway I hope you have all been well- I am looking forward to sitting down this weekend and having a good old session of blogging, coffee and cup cakes and see what you have all been up to!

Oh I forgot to mention I did have my Christmas in July party on the weekend which was huge success! A friend of mine took pics, so once I get them I will post for you!


Friday, August 6, 2010

Happy Weekend...

Happy weekend all! I have a house warming tonight, a hair cut tomorrow - which excites me as been way too long- plus I am going with my best friend for girly champagne and hair date before meeting the boys at the pub for a friends 30th and footy. Then on Sunday I am walking 14km's in the City2Surf (eek this was before I knew I had a 30th the night before! What am I thinking?!) Plus soaking the fruit for the Christmas pudding and maybe a first date if I can fit it in! I hope you all have a good one filled with friends and laughter, and maybe in my case tears as I try to walk up heart break hill hung over! :) Love to all and have a lovely weekend!

Etsy game...

Ok I was just playing with Etsy shop by colour and this is quite a fun game.

1. Got to: Etsy Shop by Colour
2. Swirl your mouse around the colour pallet close your eyes and where you stop is what you post!

Ok you can tell it is friday and I am slightly bored! :)

Here is mine... I landed on lime! I have left them in order which they came up.

Roller Derby Girl Case

Dragonfly Behavior Chart

Recycled Aluminum/Silver Lime Large Square Bubble Pendant

Personalized Birthday Invitations

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Vintage inspried whimsical tablescapes....

I know, I know it's been a while since I posted about my love of vintage but today I was going through my style files and came across a few of these amazing tablescapes and thought I had to share... I love vintage tablescapes, they incorporate everything I love about vintage; delicacy, details, layers, textures & colour.

Images Brandon Kidd,The Bridal Closet, 100 Layer Cake, Smock Paper, Handful of Treasures & Carter & Cook Event Co.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Lock it in Eddy... we have a menu!

Last night I was so excited as my brother and I locked in the menu for my Christmas in July that is now Mid-August dinner party! :)

We are going to start with mulled wine and nibbles. I live in Sydney and it is normally hot outside on the day of Christmas mulled wine isn't that big in Australia for Christmas, so thought this was a perfect opportunity to bring it out.

I am still playing with idea for first course mainly because the second and dessert are heavy and I don't want them rolling out of the house (unless of course it is because they are tipsy!) So what do you think, I am thinking figs and prosciutto, any other idea's? I want something light and clean on the pallet.

However my excitement is the main! So the first idea was traditional turkey, however I have now invited 9 people- so a turkey that size wont fit in my oven or bbq! That was a slight dilemma, however last night I was looking through recipes and saw a chicken with cider and told my brother who got very excited by the idea of me cooking with cider. I am not a massive fan of chicken because I think it is dull. So I went online to find a pork recipe with cider (since apples and pork are MADE for each other!)... And drum roll please... we found this!

Rolled roast pork loin with apple and chestnuts... Gourmet Traveller your are my God!

Classic dish but should be really tasty and fits my brothers brief for cooking with cider! I am also going to try a cider cream sauce to drizzle over the top... I will just do a simple roasted whole baby carrots, patotoe and pumkin drizzeled in a lemon, rosemary and garlic infused oil, and some fresh beans for a side.

For dessert I am doing a traditional Christmas pudding with a rum cream sauce (mum does the best sauce so using our family recipe).

I am now so excited!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Coastal Chic...

I am so willing for it to be spring already... though I think I could be quite happy come summer or winter to be living in these spaces with those views!

Chandelier & table- bliss!

LOVE that sailing boat chandelier!

Traditional white and blue...

All I can say Fridge + Stove= WOW!

Now for some with colour- how good do those Chinese lanterns look? I have never been a big fan- but here they work perfectly!

Sea greens go so well- I love how the highlights are picked up in the surrounds...

A touch of lime- you know this doorway is only going to lead to good places!

Great table decor for coastal living...

And this will be the next house I buy... you're more then welcome to visit!

Images care of: Coastal Living
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