Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Incredible Interior Design and Online Shopping in Australia

Are you familiar with Australian interior design?  Until I opened my Etsy store, I wasn't.  My first buyers were from Australia.  During my first month on Etsy, I noticed that 40-50% of my buyers were, too.  I did some Googling and learned some interesting things.  First, the talented ladies at Ada and Darcy had blogged about my store which had been quite helpful.  Second, I learned that Australians love color.  Images of interiors on Australian blogs and online magazines were full of lots of bright, happy color.  Noticeably more colorful than what I see here in the States.  My work is graphic and very colorful, so it made perfect sense.

Below I'm sharing some of my favorite Australian sites.  If you haven't visited these, you should.  It's interesting to see the different design aesthetic.  It's similar in many ways to what I see a lot of here, but punched up in a bold, fun way.  What do you think?


Ada and Darcy blog here and Ada and Darcy online store here


Jessie Lauren blog here and online store here



Absolutely Beautiful Things blog here and online store here



Ivy and Piper blog here, store here and online magazine here








Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Etsy Fab Finds

Wow.  It's possible to find amazing treasures on Etsy.  I almost don't want to share these lovelies as I want them all for myself.  Anything here that you like?














Barrel Back Faux Bamboo Chair with Quadrille China Seas Fabric from House of Pemberley





These have been featured on 1stdibs ($3,800) and One Kings Lane Tastemaker Tag Sale featuring Hillary Thomas ($1,199 for one).  At $1275.00 for the pair, these are quite a steal.  A bit glamourous for my house, but aren't they fantastic?






I think this would be so great with mirrors instead of glass and custom order fretwork from O'verlays to fit perfectly over the mirrors.  It could be painted a fun color, or be gorgeous white.








Monday, August 29, 2011

Blue and White Monday with Suzanne Kassler, Nancy Corzine, Albert Hadley, Mary McDonald, Pierre Frey and The Pink Pagoda

Hope you had a wonderful weekend.  Here is some lovely blue and white inspiration to start the week.



from Suzanne Kassler's book Inspired Interiors



from Nancy Corzine's Glamour at Home



                       



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from Stephanie Hoppen's Blue and White Living



Fabric from Pierre Frey.  If you haven't visited this website, it's really fun.  One of my favorites.

From my Etsy store










Friday, August 26, 2011

Two Great DIY Projects from Little Green Notebook and Apartment Therapy

These are both great projects that I've been wanting to try for a while.  The first is a very good tutorial on antiquing mirrors.  I have a space at Lost Antiques in Dallas where I sell furniture, mirrors, accessories and prints.  I'd love to be able to take the existing mirrors out and antique them before hanging them there.  The second is a great tutorial on silver or gold leafing furniture.  My teenager is ready for a bedroom redo, and loves the idea of a couple of silver nightstands.  It's the weekend, and I'm hoping to find the time to attempt one of these.


Apartment Therapy's DIY Antiquing Mirror Tutorial here



Little Green Notebook's DIY Silver Leafing Tutorial here


Happy Weekend!





Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Etsy Fab Find -- Letter Love Designs

I had to share this incredible Etsy store.  I've ordered several things from Letter Love Designs and I've been so happy with my personalized stationery.  I know you'll love her designs and colors.  Which is your favorite?










Tuesday, August 23, 2011

1st Dibs Chinoiserie Wishlist

1st Dibs is way too much fun.  It's possible to spend a ridiculous amount of time there.  Clearly, I spent too much time to have found these beautiful Chinoiserie items that I will not be purchasing.  It's fun to look though....






I think these would be great painted in a fun color in a casual room.


Beautiful Italian Blanc de Chine Lamps


Incredibly lovely De Gournay Panel


This upholstery wouldn't work for me, but what fun to find some gorgeous fabric and see the result.  






Pair of Turquoise Crackle Glazed Chinoiserie Figures



 





These are really a bit much for me at 51 inches tall, 34 inches wide and $49,000.  They're just so interesting I had to include them.



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