Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to you all.  I'll leave you with my 7 year old's Christmas art from Mrs Hall's art class.  I may be biased, but I love her use of colour!

2011 will see Annie Loveridge Interiors introducing some equally colourful and fabulous fabrics to New Zealand.  I am so excited about the opportunity of working with such gorgeous designs.

Until then, eat, drink and be very merry.  Have fun and relax.  Be with good friends and family.  Enjoy.

Happy Holidays.
Love Annie x.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Absolutely Beautiful Christmas Tree

I was looking through some older posts on Anna Spiro's fabulous blog Absolutely Beautiful Things and found her post on her Christmas display for her Brisbane store, Black and Spiro.  After a manic day running around in the sweltering humidity getting everything sorted before Christmas, the vibrant colours and glamour of this made me stop and smile.  It's just so beautiful and so representative of Anna's work.  Anna collaborated with Sue Ching-Lascelles to create this fabric and paper tree - what a team.  Love it!

All images:  Absolutely Beautiful Things (19 November 2010)

Tuesday, December 21, 2010


I am such a sucker for a Before and After, so you can imagine my delight at finding "Before and After: Painted Furniture Best of of 2010" on Apartment Therapy this morning.  There's some really clever work on there, but one that really caught my eye, and whose Blog will be added to my Favourites List, is Centsational Girl.  Here's the cabinet she had posted on the AT 2010 list:

Centsational Girl cabinet makeover

Centsational Girl, aka Kate from Northern California, credits this "simple" transformation to priming (laminated surfaces), paint and crown moulding and I think the result is really smart.  This unit sits in her son's bedroom and I really do love her use of colour - both on the unit and the walls (and trim).

Do check out Centsational Girl's blog as she has some very clever and useful tips on there.  There is a whole section of Before and After (heaven) and she shows exactly how she achieves everything she posts.  Kind of Martha Stewart without the chambray shirt.

I'll leave you with a few pics of some other furniture makeovers:

Ikea Hemnes drawer (avail. in NZ through Myflatpack), before...

...and after.

Better than your average Changing Rooms makeover huh?

Credenza before...

...and after.

Wish I had her patience!  Love it!

All images via Centsational Girl.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Wish You Were Here?

Ohhhhhhh yes please.  This is the title of the 2010 Holiday Windows at New York's Bergdorf Goodman store, designed by David Hoey.  Look at a couple of these window displays (sorry, a magnifying glass may be required)!

Bergdorf's windows are legendary - always pushing boundaries and providing something unexpected and elaborate.  They have now been captured in a book by Assouline Publishing called Windows at Bergdorf Goodman, a beautiful tome weighing in at 10 pounds and yours (on back order) for USD $550.  That's right! No need for that magnifying glass now huh?!

Unless that is, you'd really like one now from the opportunist flogging a copy on for USD $989.99.  Now where's your Christmas spirit?!

All images from Bergdorf Goodman website.

Friday, December 17, 2010


Ottolenghi Belgravia

Peer closely through that window and you can see some of the beautiful patisserie goods made daily at Ottolenghi in London.  This place is amazing - 4 London branches offering the most delicious salads and baked goods. Their philosophy is that "our food is simple and straight forward, yet highly innovative", and yes it is.

Look at this and try not to want to crawl through the monitor and help yourself:

There are even some great recipes on the website.  This one will be gracing our Christmas table this year:

Roasted Sweet Potato with Pecan and Maple

My brother and sister in law live close to the Islington branch, and will be receiving a voucher for eating there for Christmas.  Lucky them I say!

Happy Weekend x.

All images: Ottolenghi website

Thursday, December 16, 2010

NZ White Christmas

We have a large Magnolia tree in our front garden and the flowers have just started blooming in the last week.  As I dash from here to there in the craziness that is the last week of school, these beautiful flowers really make me stop and smile. How fabulous is this for "white":

It's my girls' school final assembly today so will admire these as I run (late) out the front gate this afternoon.

PS - I did have a prettier one in bloom but couldn't get a photo without capturing the red bucket the girls threw in the tree that won't drop out!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Look What Arrived In The Post Today...

Chair Collection Notecards

...amongst others.  It started like this:

As pretty as this is, it wasn't long before...

Three beautiful sets of notecards from Annechovie Art by Anne Harwell on Etsy emerged.  I think they are so fabulous and although bought as gifts, I suspect they may only ever leave the house in separate envelopes!  Anne sent a lovely email confirming my order and then the package came with this note enclosed:

Now, from Florida to Auckland, isn't that a lovely way to "buy handmade". Thank you Anne x.

Image 1: Annechovie Etsy Shop

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Crosby Street Hotel

The Crosby Bar

I saw an article on The Australian website last Friday about The Crosby Street Hotel in New York celebrating its 1st birthday.  It is part of the Firmdale Hotels group, owned by Tim and Kit Kemp, who believe "hotels should be living things, not stuffy institutions", and my goodness don't they capture that beautifully? Kit Kemp is a self taught designer who takes her inspiration predominantly from art, mostly little known British artists.  I find her design so inspirational, so "real" and yet so sophisticated.

Firmdale Hotels have 6 hotels in London, including the Haymarket Hotel which I've written about previously.  Crosby Street Hotel is their first foray into the US market and this hotel is a new build, built to LEED standard (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), which is the US ecological standard.

Have a look and dream...

Lobby with paper sculpture by Scottish artist Jack Milroy 

A drink at the Crosby Bar, for which I would need a new dress...

which would look like this:

Diane von Furstenberg S/S 2011

If warm (not in December perhaps), we could take our drinks through to the Sculpture Garden:

...and then sleep it all off in one of the suites:

Please, pretty please can somebody magic me there!  Love it.

Images: all from the Firmdale Hotels website except; Image 4 (DvF dress): The NYLA Report.

Monday, December 13, 2010

It's That Time Of Year... thank my girls' schoolteachers for being very calm, patient and talented people!  I have made this easy on myself, and nice for them I think, in making the same thing each year.  I always get a great response and I really love making this.  Here's one I made earlier:

Renny Aprea's Pandolce Basso

Actually, I swiped the image from the recipe below, but honestly, mine turns out looking like this every year and it is truly delicious.  It can be eaten with cheese or just a sprinkling of icing sugar.  It lasts about 6 weeks although last year I found it lasted better wrapped tightly in cling film before wrapping in sellophane as suggested.  It also looks fabulous wrapped up in gold gauze with ribbon.

It may not be as flash as some of the presents that seem to make it to school but I think it shows time and effort and is always well received.  I make 4 each batch and 2 to 3 batches each year as they are perfect presents for neighbours and people you may have forgotten to buy for!

My Favourite Christmas Recipe

Happy December Baking x.

Images:  Cuisine Magazine 2006

Saturday, December 11, 2010

What Am I Doing This Weekend?

Getting in the Christmas tree, trying to get the wretched thing to stand up straight while husband loses patience, decorating with aplomb amidst a 6 and 7 year old and a puppy...well I should, but look what just landed in my Inbox:

Lonny December Issue is Live

Yippee!  Santa Claus has just come to my town in the form of the December Issue of Lonny.  Happy Reading x.

Friday, December 10, 2010

White Christmas?

I am still loving all this sun and all (perhaps "most") things yellow, but love the contrast of these prints from Lucy Snowe Photography on Etsy:

Snow Falling on Maple


First Snow Set of Four

Aren't they fab?  Most of Lucy's photography is "vintage and romantic", but she also produces some more quirky pieces like this:

"Pinky Novak" Frameable Postcard

Ha ha - possibly best sent than framed I would think, but my girls wouldn't agree!  Do love the chair though...

Happy Weekend x.

Images: all images from Lucy Snowe Photography Etsy Shop.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

I Am Loving...

...yellow!  The sun is shining and it's almost Christmas.  Try not to smile looking at all this yellow:

Michael Geertsen for Muuto, Closely Separated Vase

I so love this vase and have even cleared a spot for its appearance under the Christmas tree!

India Mahdavi, Bishop Stool

India Mahdavi is one of my favourite designers.  This Bishop stool also comes in a fabulous turquoise, but today, the theme is yellow!

Alan Campbell for Quadrille Fabrics, Petite Zig Zag

There is a sofa in my living room currently draped with a sample of this and it's looking fine!

La La - only joking, but what a lovely hue!

Mad Cow Restaurant at The Ivy, Sydney

And what would mention of yellow be without one from Kelly Wearstler?

Viceroy Miami

See, you're smiling aren't you?

Image 1:  Made In Design;  Image 2: India Mahdavi;  Image 3: Quadrille Fabrics; Image 4: p2pnet; Image 5: yourRestaurants;  Image 6: Kelly Wearstler, Inc.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Studioilse, again...

I know I talked about the fabulous Ilse Crawford just yesterday, but how amazing is this?

The dining room at the Olde Bell Inn

I just love the fabrics, the muted colours, the patterns, the orange band and the crisp linen table linen.  How much would you love to be dining here, in one of the booths preferably?

Ilse Crawford has created the interiors at The Olde Bell Inn near Henley-on-Thames in Berkshire, an old coaching inn dating back, in parts, to 1135.

I would love to stay here.  Look at the bedrooms:

Bedroom, The Olde Bell Inn

Bathroom, The Olde Bell Inn

With the philosophy "drink until you are merry and eat until you are full", this is my kind of place!  One can get married:

In that dress and cape too please!

hold a meeting...

How could you be bored?

or just sit in the garden eating and drinking with friends...

Big people, big seats, little people, little seats, obviously...

I just love the honesty and simplicity of The Olde Bell Inn.  It appears to deliver just what guests need in true style, without ostentation.  Love it.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010


Matsalen Restaurant, Grand Hotel Stockholm

The November / December 2010 issue of Vogue Living Australia has an article on Ilse Crawford from Studioilse, featuring her recent work including the beautiful Grand Hotel, Stockholm, Sweden.  Ilse Crawford designed the 36 24 36 fabric for Christopher Farr Cloth I used on my Outdoor Room and I just love the simplicity and calm of her design here.  The colours are muted, unexpected yet so sophisticated.


Working with chef Mathias Dahlgren, Studioilse designed two restaurants within the hotel, Matsalen (The Dining Room), the slow food restaurant and Matbaren (The Food Bar), the fast food bar.  Look at this for slightly more highbrow than McDonalds:

Matbaren (The Food Bar)


Love the floor, love the chairs, love the curves - on the chairs, above the bar, the light fittings.  Love, love, love.