Thursday, June 25, 2009

Pots, Urns and Garden Treats

If only my garden was so perfect. Local firm, d.i.g, which stands for design interior garden, have the most amaizing pots and urns at the James St store. What's worse is I have to drive past it every day.

A new item of my list of trades to learn: paving! I refuse to hand to job over to someone, if i can attempt it myself.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Formal Gardens

I saw these pictures in the Belle Magazine April May 2007 issue. I am in love with flowering star jasmine. I would also like some english box hedges, yet i am a brown thumb!
I don't think Brisbane is wet enough for these style gardens, or cold enough. Yet my back yard is now a creek, thanks to the rain this week.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Chenchow Little Szirtes Residence

photo credit: Szirtes House by Chenchow Little Architects

Another one of my favourite houses. I don't think i am neat enough to live in houses like this!

Friday, June 19, 2009

Mid Century Modern

Although i am currently in love with houses which have a country feel, twist of french and a bit of rustic, and heaps of white, i am still in love with what i refer to as classic American mid 1940s or post war modernism. I have no idea what it is really referred to, yet a brilliant original example is that of american architect Philip Johnson's Glass House.

The pictures above are of my favourite house of all time. It was designed by Natalie Raw, when she was only 24 years old for her families property at Lake Rotoiti in New Zealand. I saw it in Australian Vogue Living July/August 2006, which showcases what i think are more flattering images. It is the pavilion style, the flat simple roofs, black and the outdoors almost appearing as artwork as it provides such an amazing backdrop.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Modern Rustic Style

I like so many different styles, but this would be perfect for a little country house. I really like the basin below and the use of a chunk of timber. I'm sure i could get my hands on a chunk of timber easy. A trip to mum's farm, an old tree and a chainsaw would do the trick!

I don't know how practical baskets would be, from a cleaning perspective. Dust might be an issue; in the case of my house, my golden retrievers hair would be the issue. Yet they look brilliant.

all image credits: notebook magazine

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Check out this bath. It is devine!

Interior design firm Fisher Weisman have pictured my perfect bath. I'm not a fan of asian furniture (as pictured behind), yet in this case i think it is perfect. But I'll just take the bath please!

photo credit: Grey Crawford

Modern Country Houses

Mount Macedon House by Inarc Design
image location:

I have a fascination with two types of country houses; ultra modern with a post war style twist, and late 1800s early 1900s cottages. My dream would be to own two country houses. Perhaps build one at Cedar Creek, near Samford in Brisbane, and another in the mountains, up near Mount Nebo or Mount Glorious. It could also be a business proposition, weekly rents of say $4000. I'm sure if you marketed it correctly to an international market, it could be a really money maker. I would definately like a full time gardener to maintain both. What a devine idea, hopefully it will make it to a reality.

The Wheatsheaf Home
One of my favourite country/bush houses. I first saw it in about 2003, and it has cropped up in several books i have purchased since.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Inspirational Pics

I have no idea about the website i borrowed these images from, as it isn't English. Eventually enough clicking got me some nice finds.

image credit:

Monday, June 1, 2009

For Marnz

Marnz - Love the white one at the bottom.
more from the website

Black & White Interiors

I've seen pictures of this house before. I'm really keen on the library and the laser cut perspex panels.
image credit: Sandra & John's home -

Another White House

I'm in love with this house. There is 29 photos of the renovations at the livingetc gallery. The house belongs to Paul Massey, a photographer who is a regular in livingetc. Most of all, I love the kitchen bench. I am looking for something similar for my own kitchen.

The Outdoors

photo credit: Missoni Home
available from Rochebobois

photo credit: Michael Trapp - Limestone Bench
(i quite like the old limestone pavers too.)

I spent the Queens Birthday long weekend cutting down my mango tree, mulching my hedges, fertilizing everything with roots and mowing. Although i am an expert at killing plants, i really quite enjoy it. I am looking for some old sandstone pavers for my front yard, which i will turn into more of a courtyard as it is the western side so i don't really use it, but it would be a great place for a park bench to soak up the afternoon winter sun. All i need is the pavers, and a boyfriend with a ute and i'm on my way!

Above is some garden inspiration.

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