The Family Love Tree

July 11th, 2012 — 10:01am, 1 comment »

With a name like that, whatever it is, you know you’re gonna love it.   Particularly if you’re a sucker for cane, colour and textiles like I am.   Just so you know – I bags the turquoise cane bed table below.

photographs by Derek Selwell, via The Design Files
photographs by Derek Selwell, via The Design Files
photographs by Derek Selwell, via The Design Files
photographs by Derek Selwell, via The Design Files

Read more about The Family Love Tree  at The Design Files, and to see more of the stunning collection visit The Family Love Tree website where you can shop at their online store.  What more could you possibly want?

July – Interiors photo month

July 10th, 2012 — 11:23am, Comment »

Today I’m joining this photo a day challenge. I read about this fun idea, adapted by Jen Bishop at Interiors addict,  at Kara Rosenlund’s blog.    And I’m adapting it a bit further.  The original idea is that you take a shot of whatever is listed for that day of the month, and share it on instagram.  Firstly, I’m late, (if you too can hear my sons growling, ‘what’s new?’, just ignore them), so I will start at no 10 (it’s 10 July) but I’ll also take a photo of no 1.  I’ll double up daily until I catch up. Make sense?  Secondly, I have already wasted so much time trying to figure out instagram (yes, I am challenged in certain areas, but don’t get my sons started on that …) that I’m going to post my photos on My Pink Door.  Thirdly, I think I’ll take the photos with my camera not my phone as I really need the practice.  My camera is a little dusty.

What about you?  Think this would be fun? Well then, do join in!

Day 10. Books

Day 1. Coffee table

If a picture says a thousand words, do you think this says ‘de-clutter, de-clutter, de-clutter’ over and over again?  Could it also be saying ‘paint me white’?

Pretty Patterned Wallpaper

July 5th, 2012 — 11:43am, 2 comments »

I am probably pretty predictable with my pattern preferences (say that 10 times quickly!), so it’s  no surprise that I adore this wallpaper.   And the stairs.  I just love the darkly stained worn or chiselled softness of the tread and the painted white riser.  I’ ve had this image stored on my computer for ages but of course sourcing web photos is not my strong point.   I must get better at it so I can share more images.  However, I managed to figure out that this paper is part of Les Indiennes Collection for IVM Prints.

Don’t be surprised at the absence of pink or blue.  Yes I’m instinctively drawn to colour (okay, pink and blue), I find it joyful and uplifting,  but I also love lots of white and touches of black, and brown.  I find them grounding and soothing.  It’s just that I don’t tend to use them exclusively.  In this case  I’d make an exception.



July 2nd, 2012 — 7:01pm, Comment »

In case you haven’t heard, my friend Jane’s new online store Velvet Lane is up and running here.   This is just one of the to-die-for, one-off pieces in the furniture collection.  Do you love it?  Me too.  Velvet Lane is about high quality designer fashion – 36 collections in total,  cutting edge art and furniture, home ware and luxury items.  Douglas and Hope,  Megan Park cushions,  Pedro Garcia shoes, Juliette Has a Gun fragrance, and much much more.

It’s a gorgeous site – easy to navigate, inspiring design, eye candy galore.  There’s  lots to lust after.

Remember, you saw it first at My Pink Door.

 (photos by Megan Cook)


June 6th, 2012 — 9:44am, 5 comments »

Images: The Design Files

It’s so long since I last posted that I almost forget how.  I wasn’t sure I’d ever do it again to be honest,  but here I am.  Inspired by the work of Australian artist Pia Blair, I just had to share.   I’d seen some photos of her work lately but couldn’t pin down the source or artist, so was delighted this morning when I stumbled upon this feature on Design Files.

Apart from the fact that they are gorgeous, aren’t these artworks so much fun?  Pia lives in Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam, lucky woman, and has recently resigned from her full time job as art teacher to concentrate on her art.  She explores the city on her motorbike sourcing goodies for her works, and it sounds like she is having some serious fun.  Read more on her blog.

I’ve been doing a few collages lately, very basic mind you, as part of the design course I’m studying and it. is. so. much. fun.  If I could tear pictures out of magazines and stick them on paper all day long, I would.

Fun. There should be more of it.

Birthday joy!

February 20th, 2012 — 5:03pm, 8 comments »

I received these beautiful note books in the mail recently as a birthday present from my dear friend Jennifer. I was overjoyed. Apart from the fact that they are so gorgeous, it’s extra special to receive something handmade with love.

Jennifer is a talented surface designer and quilter. For as long as I have known her (nearly thirty years) she has been creating beautiful and inspiring things. These days she works from her studio on the Sunshine Coast, British Columbia, in Canada, where I would love to be hanging out. Why do my special friends live so far away?