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Feb
27

Minimalist Modern Retreat in Palm Springs

It’s stark, its linear, completely open, yet private at the same time – this is the weekend retreat home of San Francisco architect Jim Jennings; which was open for tour during this years annual Palm Springs Modernism Week (an 11 day celebration of desert modernism  – architecture, design and culture).  Fortunately, my associate Ann Maurice […]

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Feb
24

Design Trends – Maison et Objet 2013 – Part II

Great design is abundant in Paris – from clothes to art to food and architecture, so it makes sense that it is also home to ‘Maison et Objet’ Europe’s largest home decor and design trade show . While great design was expected during our recent visit, what did take us by surprise was the blanket of […]

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Feb
14

A Whole Lot of Sexy in Paris – Photographic Art

There are few cities that ooze sex appeal more than Paris, so this may explain my obsession with the seductive photographic art I discovered during my recent visit to the Maison et Objet interior design exhibition in Paris. Several large scale, boudoir style, Pexiglass mounted, black and white photos encapsulating the chic, glamorous and sexy vibe […]

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Feb
7

Maison et Objet – best product from Bleu Nature

A new discovery for Design Lovers Blog at Maison et Objet was Bleu Nature, a French company creating luxury indoor / outdoor products inspired by nature.  On our search for best product for Les Decouvertes Awards, we were drawn to the Nilleq coffee table, a tree trunk sliced in half, perfectly dried then polished, encased in […]

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Feb
6

Exposed Bulb Lighting in Interiors

Lightbulbs – to bare or not to bare? Exposed light bulbs and bulbs with transparent shades are popping up everywhere and in all manner of modern interior schemes. No longer just for use in commercial premises or for styling of photographic shoots; the naked bulb look is appearing in home interiors too. The modern invention […]

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Jan
31

Maison et Objet 2013, part I

As judges for best product in category Interior Decoration ACTUEL at Maison et Objet, we naturally dived straight into hall 5B to scout out our favourite designs.  After 5 hours of scouring just this one hall (there are 11  halls in total!), and speaking in detail with designers about their products, we chose the Nilleq coffee table by […]

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Dec
13

Color Flair: Wishbone Chair

When it comes to Modern Design, the Danes do it well.  No better example than the iconic ‘CH24′ known as the ‘Y’ or ‘Wishbone’ Chair designed by Hans J. Wegner in 1949. This chair is admired for its clean lines, graceful curves and distinctive wishbone-shaped back. Practically an art piece in itself! To celebrate the chair’s 60th anniversary, […]

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Dec
12

No Ordinary Wreaths – Holiday Decor

Glittery ken dolls, acrylic rods, jacks, Lego, matchsticks, mylar squares and mirrors – not the conventional materials you would expect to see in a door wreath, yet these wreaths are equally, if not more, impressive. Displaying a door wreath is a great way to create a welcoming entrance to your home and while Christmas comes […]

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Dec
6

Pantone Colour of the year…Emerald

Watch out for Emerald green (along with Monaco blue) in the interiors world throughout 2013.  Every year in early December, Pantone – the global institute of colour, announces its colour of the year, and whilst most thought it could be one of those inky blue hues already featuring strongly in 2012,  its turns out that […]

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Nov
28

African Style: Luxe Glamping

It’s a world ahead of ‘glamping’ as you know it, but it still offers you the experience of being immersed in nature, whilst never having to give up any of your usual home luxuries and impeccable design aesthetic. The brand new Singita Mara River Tented Camp is more luxurious than most homes (my rental apartment included!); with […]

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Nov
3

Inspiration: 12 pieces of Big Art

Big, bold and beautiful art…an excellent way to make a statement and inject colour into an interior scheme.  Whilst researching for a current interior design project I came across the website for The Apartment, a gallery and showroom in Copenhagen, Denmark, filled with an amazing collection of art, furniture and antique pieces.  The Apartment has several pieces […]

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Oct
23

Video: 5 mins with Zoe Murphy

Zoe Murphy is creating a name for herself as one of the hottest new furniture up-cyclers, with Liberty of London and Osbourne & Little now selling her hand printed, custom furniture pieces.  I met the lovely Zoe at Tent London during London Design Festival 2012 and asked her about her craft, her latest designs and inspiration for […]

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Oct
22

Eclectic Boho Modern Mix – Brisbane Design Destination

With it’s fabulous climate, laid back lifestyle, and emerging interior design scene, Brisbane (the fastest growing capital city in Australia), is definitely a place to put on your design trip ‘Down Under’ itinerary. During my recent visit to Brisbane, I hunted down my favorite interior design hotspots and will continue to share these with you over the coming months (see previous […]

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Oct
10

Design Candy at Decorex 2012

Decorex – London, the granddaddy of the London Design Festival.  After 35 years, and with over 250 exhibitors, this annual luxury interior design show continues to be a must see event for Interior Design professionals. In addition to furniture, lighting and accessories exhibits there is a strong emphasis on wall coverings and surfaces.  Contemporary, traditional and bespoke […]

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Oct
7

100% Norway via Bright.Bazaar

If you’ve been to the London Design Festival, you’ll know how much amazing design is on offer and the tricky thing is getting to see everything.  We didn’t get to 100% Norway, however, Mr.Bazaar of the fabulous Bright.Bazaar blog most definitely did with a special tour of the show by Henrietta Thompson, Wallpaper’s* Editor-at-Large, and […]

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Oct
3

Big love for Tent London

They’ve got it all going on at Tent London. If you go to just one design event during the London Design Festival, then Tent has to be high up that list. Based in the Old Truman Brewery, along with sister show Superbrands, Tent showcases some of the most exciting and freshest design and interior products. […]

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Sep
30

Design Junction, Edgy & Urban

Gritty, edgy and urban!  All that I love and miss about London, and words that sum up the venue for the second ever, Design Junction event in conjunction with London Design Festival. Held in a 12,000 square foot deserted 1960’s postal sorting office on New Oxford Street, the event played host to over 100 brands from around the […]

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Sep
29

Future City Living with YO! Home

London Design Festival: Imagine an eighty square metre one bed city apartment with a bed that elevates up into the ceiling to reveal a sunken lounge, where your wine cellar pops up out of the floor at the touch of a button, and a sliding wall tucks away to keep the space open or slides out […]

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Sep
29

Red at The Conran Shop

Paint the town red! That’s exactly what I planned to do during my recent trip to London for London Design Festival, but it appears that The Conran Shop beat me to it. So I say, if you can’t beat them, join them! The Conran store has always been a much loved destination of mine and during […]

Anna Spiro Interior Design
Sep
7

Anna Spiro Eclectic Mix

“We love colour up here and I think that’s what we are starting to become known for” says Anna Spiro, one of Australia’s hottest interior designers. Her must see store Black and Spiro contains an eclectic mix of granny and hip vintage, an explosion of color and pattern, a treasure trove of one-offs and classic pieces updated […]

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Aug
23

Design Destinations

I am very excited to be back in Brisbane, Australia in search of the best interior design stores, and am thrilled with what I have found.  Much has changed since I lived here 20 years ago, where unique, boutique style interior design stores were few and far between. However, much like the other capital cities […]

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Aug
15

Modern Coastal Style – Queensland, Australia

I spent today doing one of my favorite things to do when I am back home in Australia, and that is to wander through display homes.  There is no shortage of display homes here on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, as the coast is continually being developed. What was once a vacation only destination for people […]

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