November 28th, 2013 — 11:20am, Comment »

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I recently had the pleasure of taking part in Flowers, an art exhibition of flower paintings, at Black and Spiro here in Brisbane. Like everything Anna and the girls at Black and Spiro do, the opening was a charming and gorgeous affair. Fresh flowers were plentiful, the champagne was flowing and the pianist was in full swing. Unfortunately I don’t have any pictures of the evening to share but I went back the next day with my camera to capture these.


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Seeing my name on the door along with these wonderful artists was such a surprise and a thrill …



This corner is probably my favourite.  I’m in love with the chartruese sofa and the picture wall – that’s my hibiscus painting!



Purple Bougainvillea  – still available …


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I’ve sold all three of mine in this corner, the two on the right wall and the middle one on the left.


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Spring Ranunculus is sold too.



The top three are mine, and the black one, Winter Bouquet II is still for sale.  I wouldn’t be sad to have it come home to be honest, but if you’re interested, you can pop in to Black and Spiro or call on 07 32543000.  The exhibition is officially over but there are still a few available paintings in store.

The last taboo?

August 19th, 2013 — 11:49am, 5 comments »


Last year, or maybe it was the year before, I decided to fine tune my blog a bit.  Never really quite sure how to define it except for being a place that was mine, I thought I should take a more focused approach and only post about design related things.  Which is probably why I haven’t blogged since.  Well, that and the fact that I discovered Instagram.  Not that I don’t love design, and decorating and all things related to interiors, especially if they’re pink or turquoise, but I’m just not very good at compartmentalising.  And now that I remember, one of the reasons I started blogging was to share the joy of the everyday, but also to share the joy that could be found (or not) living a less than perfect life.  In my case, that’s a life with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.  I wanted to, and felt a responsibility, to occasionally talk about an illness that some people don’t even admit to having.  I know, can you imagine?

While recently watching the excellent Ruby Wax document about mental illness on the ABC,   I was struck by Wax’s comment about mental illness being the last taboo – or something to that effect.  Not so: there’s another and it’s ME/CFS.  And it causes unbearable hardship and pain for the estimated 200,000 people in Australia who have the disease, as well as for those who support them.

From my own experience over the last twelve years and what I read about others, those (of us) with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME)/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) here in Australia not only suffer the huge range of debilitating effects of the illness and the loss of a ‘life’, but experience stigma, ignorance, neglect, and disrespect, typified by lack of awareness, support and understanding in the community – from friends and family to medical practitioners.  And this is hard to bear.

A few days ago I got really excited about a documentary I discovered, called The Blue Ribbon, being made by an American journalist Ryan Prior, who also lives with ME/CFS.  The promo is available on line and I weep as I watch it again and again.  Because it gives validation and hope. Prior explains that the overwhelming response to an article he wrote about his experience and thoughts on the illness, the ‘untapped reservoir of pain’ triggered his obligation to do something about this situation because he could. The promo is available at:

In 2002, the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) attributed the prevalence of ME/CFS between 0.2% and 0.7% of the Australian population (RACP, 2002) which is more than 180,000 people. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta says there are 1 million victims in the United States and 17 million worldwide – See more at: and also at

For those who would like to know more, and particularly for those who have strong opinions but don’t know the facts, check out the ME/CFS Australia site,

If this promo lives up to its promise I am hopeful the documentary could change the lives of many people, if only through greater awareness and empathy (not to mention increased funding and research). However if the lack of response to my request on my Facebook page to watch the promo is any indication, then maybe I shouldn’t hold out too much hope.


True love – for Eijffinger

July 18th, 2012 — 5:07pm, 7 comments »

I would have posted before now but I’ve been a little busy, alright, obsessed with Instagram.  Sooo distracting, but so much fun.  Have you checked out the Interiors Photo Month challenge yet?  Do.  Anyway, I’ve been wanting to share more wallpaper favourites.  You may remember back in 2010 I wallpapered my loo with a stunning floral pattern called Bindi from the Eijffinger range.  And I can honestly say that apart from my initial apprehension, it has brought a smile to my face every day, in fact, several times a day.  I just love it.  Especially with my little blue cupboard hanging on the wall.  This photos does it no justice.

But I love so many of the papers in the Eiffinger range.  In fact ‘love’ doesn’t’ really explain the depth of my feeling.  And it’s not just the wall paper, it’s the styling generally.   I drool over every single vignette/image.  Here are just some of my favourites…

Are you in love too?

Interiors Photo Month, day 14

July 14th, 2012 — 4:00pm, Comment »


I’m rather proud of myself.  After a rocky start, my iPhone has cooperated, and I now have joined the Interiors Photo a Day on Instagram.  This means that after today I won’t be continuing the challenge here at my blog, but you can follow me on Instagram, where my user name is mypinkdoor.   It’ll be much more fun – there are lots of other interior mad people sharing their snaps – and remember, so can you.  I’ll see you there …

Interiors photo month, day 12

July 12th, 2012 — 5:42pm, Comment »

OK, I am totally cheating today.  The weather is miserable and lighting so poor that I had no luck at all with the photos I took.   I did try!  I figured the next best thing was to post a photo of my home, even if I didn’t take it today.  Even better, this one covers both topics for today, Old and Bargain (Bargain is actually day 3,  but I’m making up for lost time remember).  I think it’s French but I bought this canister at a little antique shop in Ireland, so it better be old, and yes, it was a bargain, I think.

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