Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Catherine Martin

Catherine Martin is a well know Australian set and costume designer and married to Australian film maker Baz Luhrmann - has won two Oscar awards one for Best Art Direction and one for Best Costume Design - both for the movie Moulin Rouge.
Like most of Australia, I had no idea about Ms Martin until her Oscar win - but since then I have been delighted to find that Ms Martin now uses as design medium that is not toooo far out of my reach  -thanks to her collaboration with both Porter Paints and Designer Rugs.
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 Feature wall in the bedroom!!

It I had the luxury of a formal  sitting room 

Monday, October 17, 2011


Okay - I want one - not sure why but just do.  I read in bed - like a nightly ritual I can't get to sleep until I have read - but books are expensive and while I frequent our local library I never seem to find the book I want - so in the world of instant gratification the iPad would help - I find my ebook,  download and within minutes I am reading - plus the added bonus of having not wiped out a rainforest for one book(so here goes for justification - this is an environmentally friendly device - okay lets not look at the environmental impact of the actual production of the device!!).  
But (always a but), I really am not sure about sitting in bed  reading from  the iPad -I like the feel of a book - there is also something homely about a house with bookshelves heavy with literature!!
And on the subject of readers,  which I am, there are now a thousands ebook readers - the choice is confusing - so perhaps in the meantime I shall just stick to the tried and tested printed material..

Image via Stagetecture

Friday, October 14, 2011

Where has the time gone

OMG - it has been ages since I last posted - and so much has happened!!

OUR HOUSE SOLD - okay we had to take a drop in price but in this market just to sell has been great!!  

We are now in a rental home - location is great for the kids schools and we were able to also have our loyal four legged family member live with us - there are a lot of rental homes that do not take pets!!  So all in all it is good - unfortunately the house does not have air con - it is two storey with no eaves - crazy in an Australia climate!!  It is also without a dishwasher which has been a little blessing in disguise - it has created opportunity for more family time -we all do the dishes together after dinner!!

The new house - plans in at council - the Planning Authority have given the green light to the sub division down the middle so we will have a long narrow block!!  Finances or lack of mean we are not able to build a two storey home but I am excited about the home that we have designed - the hallway from front door to where the living are begins is 21mt long and at it narrowest just over 2.2mt wide - so a pretty impressive space!!!  Flooring is still being negotiated - I would love dark flooring - we are looking at either cork or bamboo - jury is still out on that one.  Kitchen - WHITE obviously both the dilemma is oven - large free standing or two ovens (60cm) and a separate cook top???  

But all is progressing and now it really is wait and wait and wait for council and the other authorities to do there thing!!!

In the meanwhile more inspiration for the interior  -

Our door table - surrounded with tolix chairs in orange
Love the colours - feminine without being flowery!!
Colour for the boys bathroom!!

Oh and school hol's are nearly at an end - I love the holiday's - jut hanging in out with the kids - some days just doing nothing but hanging -I think that today we will see it we can met up with LOML (Love of my Life) and have lunch - the boys love meeting up with either of us on work days and having lunch - and I have to say there is nothing better than to beat the work day blues than having lunch with the family !!

Enjoy the weekend - I am planing to make a little garden in our rental home - just at the front door  - just to give it a little happy home feel!!

Oh and it is LOML birthday so we are having a wee little BBQ with friends!!