Friday, July 22, 2011

Going Off Piste

Here endeth the first week of the school holidays. Being winter and being cold, I figure we may as well be doing this...

...or in my case, perhaps this:

I am away next week so please accept apologies in advance if I am slow to respond to emails. I'll be taking a blog break too and playing monopoly/building snowmen/skiing with a 6 and 8 year old.

If my blogs are messy when I return, please blame the traction!

Happy weekend and I wish you all a very happy week. Annie x.

Image 1 from here; 2 from here;

Just Because...

...I just saw this pop up on the Kate Spade tumblr site with the line 'we can't get enough of a good cup of coffee'. So perfect for a Friday morning. Happy Friday x.

Image from Kate Spade (via The Glitter Guide).

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Room For Children

Another book I have been wanting for some time arrived the other day. Susanna Salk's Room for Children (via the Book Depository). 

Oooooh, how I love this book! Very colourful, useful and downright inspirational. It is what I consider to be a 'happy read' and that is always good.

I have other books on children's rooms but they are often too pristine and over designed for what I consider to be practical and realistic. Yes, there's some 'aspirational' rooms in here - for me, the tidiness is somewhat 'aspirational' - but there's also a lot of Ikea shelving and kids' drawing on the walls.

My girls are 6 and 8 and it is time to update their bedrooms, so this book is perfect. Apart from adding as we go, I haven't really 'designed' their bedrooms since they were nurseries. Arabella's room follows a red theme and Lily, pink.

Their rooms are a collection of things accumulated over 8 years, with nothing being dispatched along the way. It is looking like the nursery department of Toys R Us, and it's time for a change.

Arabella (8) still has the Noah's Ark quilt on her bed she was given when we first took her cot down into a bed! I am pretty certain that any new scheme will have to include 'Noah's Ark' and rightly so!

Here's some of my faves I'll be referring to:

Cover image from here; images 2 to 4 scanned from the book; images 5 to 7 from here; 8 & 9 from here; 10 to 12 from here.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Treadmill News

Not quite a proper post I'm sorry - school holidays and suddenly it's 5.00pm - but I had to report on a very non design issue I was glued to at the gym this morning...the Murdochs' appearance at the Select Committee into the phone hacking scandal. The scale of this issue is incredible.

I thought Rebekah Brooks (aka Rebekah Wade - she who was married to Grant Mitchell from Eastenders!), appeared quite contrite but who can honestly tell what's real and what's not in this investigation, which is only going to get murkier.  

The pinnacle of the hearing was, in my opinion, the pie throwing incident. Not to be condoned of course, but even The Guardian newspaper reports this in its transcript:

4.54pm: Someone has just tried to attack Rupert Murdoch. His wife Wendi seemed to slap the person. 

You couldn't script this remarkable tale any better could you?

Images via The Guardian.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

I Bought These Last Night...

Yes, not too sure why or where or for whom even...but I like them and I have to admit I had to beat that other person who was 'autobidding'. I swear, I could never buy a house at auction...all reason would go out the window!

Thought these would be lovely painted, possibly high gloss, and am now on the search for the right fabric. Off to the Quadrille Editorial page for me...

Meg Braff 

Lindsey Ellis Beatty

Pink frame?

Eddie Ross


White, most likely...

This design could be fun...

Jennifer Connell

...although I have 5 yards of Alan Campbell's Wavelength that I haven't sent off to be turned into cushions yet...

Could work...better collect the chairs first!

Images of chairs, vendor's own. All others via Quadrille Editorial.

Friday, July 15, 2011

More Postal Deliveries

Lots of lovely and inspiring things arriving in the post this week.

Remember those boots I posted about recently... those ones I could not live without? Well, I discovered that the husband does read my blog as he felt he needed to ask why I needed another pair of boots. As I am sure y'all know, boots are like coats. Different ones suit different purposes. These ones appear to suit freezing cold, windy, rainy weather as they have hardly left my feet since they arrived.

My UK Homes and Gardens arrived today too. It's the annual French issue and it looks lovely.

I heard an interview on the radio recently with one of my favourite authors, Alexander McCall Smith, who said that one of his favourite reads is W.H. Auden Collected Shorter Poems.

I am not a fan of poetry particularly, because I usually don't 'get it', but, curious, I picked up a copy when on Book Depository recently. I can't say I've read it yet, except for opening randomly and reading the poem where the book fell. I thought I'd share it with you, as it's beautiful. Happy Weekend x.

As I Walked Out One Evening
by W. H. Auden

As I walked out one evening,
   Walking down Bristol Street,
The crowds upon the pavement
   Were fields of harvest wheat.

And down by the brimming river
   I heard a lover sing
Under an arch of the railway:
   'Love has no ending.

'I'll love you, dear, I'll love you
   Till China and Africa meet,
And the river jumps over the mountain
   And the salmon sing in the street,

'I'll love you till the ocean
   Is folded and hung up to dry
And the seven stars go squawking
   Like geese about the sky.

'The years shall run like rabbits,
   For in my arms I hold
The Flower of the Ages,
   And the first love of the world.'

But all the clocks in the city
   Began to whirr and chime:
'O let not Time deceive you,
   You cannot conquer Time.

'In the burrows of the Nightmare
   Where Justice naked is,
Time watches from the shadow
   And coughs when you would kiss.

'In headaches and in worry
   Vaguely life leaks away,
And Time will have his fancy
   To-morrow or to-day.

'Into many a green valley
   Drifts the appalling snow;
Time breaks the threaded dances
   And the diver's brilliant bow.

'O plunge your hands in water,
   Plunge them in up to the wrist;
Stare, stare in the basin
   And wonder what you've missed.

'The glacier knocks in the cupboard,
   The desert sighs in the bed,
And the crack in the tea-cup opens
   A lane to the land of the dead.

'Where the beggars raffle the banknotes
   And the Giant is enchanting to Jack,
And the Lily-white Boy is a Roarer,
   And Jill goes down on her back.

'O look, look in the mirror,
   O look in your distress:
Life remains a blessing
   Although you cannot bless.

'O stand, stand at the window
   As the tears scald and start;
You shall love your crooked neighbour
   With your crooked heart.'

It was late, late in the evening,
   The lovers they were gone;
The clocks had ceased their chiming,
   And the deep river ran on.

All images my own. Poem from here.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Treadmill News

I saw on the 6.30 news this morning, whilst pacing racing on the treadmill, that Wellington's 'Ferns' sculpture was taken down last night for maintenance.

Ferns, by Christchurch artist Neil Dawson, was installed in 1998 and hangs above Wellington's Civic Square, an area surrounded by council buildings, each with a distinctive architectural style and era.

The 3.4 metre diameter sphere uses sculpted leaves of several ferns endemic to New Zealand, suspended 14 metres over its centre.

Wellington City Art Gallery, Civic Square

Significant "fatigue" on one of the sculpture's fixings, and tears in the aluminium were found during the annual inspection. Civic Square is over the road from Wellington Harbour and, believe me, the sea spray would have no problem reaching Civic Square in a Wellington southerly!

The sculpture was removed last night and taken to a workshop for repair. The council hopes to have it back in place soon for the influx of tourists arriving soon for the 2011 Rugby World Cup.

Wellington has some beautiful sculpture around the harbour and city. The council has done an amazing job making the inner city and surrounding harbour an enjoyable and interesting walk. I hope 'Ferns' makes it back before the Cup as it really is quite striking.

Images 1 to 4 from here; 5 & 8 from here6 from here; 7 from here.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Look What Arrived In The Post Today...

Yes, I may be the last person on earth to order their own copy of Kelly Wearstler's Hue!

It's one of those obvious classics that I keep meaning to buy, but never have. Someone at our local library must share my interests, as the design section is fantastic, and I tend to source a lot from there. I found Jonathan Adler's 'My Prescription For Anti-Depressive Living' there last week.

I finally decided to deal to the 'must have' list that was going yellow around the edges, so visited the Book Depository.  Being in NZ where the purchase of books means calling the bank first to extend the mortgage, (that and groceries, but don't get me started...), Book Depository is a Godsend. GBP 26.96 (approx. NZD 50.00) and free worldwide postage, whereas the NZ RRP is NZD 105.00. That'll teach us for sitting at the bottom of the world, huh?

Now, as most of you know, there's some gorgeous pics in this book and I do love the thumbnails at the back, but I've got to say, Kelly, I am very glad I'm not on your kids' birthday party circuit!

Dare I say, my cupcakes cannot compete. Annie x.

All images my own (scanned from Hue). Ooooh, how I dislike the scanner...

Monday, July 11, 2011

Hotel Bel-Air

The Hotel Bel-Air has been closed for 2 years for renovation and is due to open in October 2011.

Aren't those windows just fab-u-lous?!

I am very pleased to see that Quadrille Fabrics is a part of the redesign. Quadrille's Home Couture range features in some of the suites.

Home Couture's Gypsy Dance linen has been chosen for the suites' beautiful curtains. I don't get as many enquiries about HC as I do China Seas, Alan Campbell or Quadrille Prints, but it's a very pretty range of more traditional, sophisticated prints.

Gypsy Dance also featured on these chairs in Elle Decor:

The hotel's rooms have been redesigned by Alexandra Champalimaud and were 'inspired by 1930's, 1940's and 1950's Hollywood, a period of Southern Californian residential architecture and design that produced an all American style evoking glamour and graceful living with international flair.' Indeed!

There's an interesting piece on the hotel's history on the Bel-Air website, here....if you're interested!

I am sure there's some more Quadrille Fabrics going into the hotel, so I'll be on the lookout between now and October. Oh, and I thought I'd mention...the hotel is currently taking advance bookings. Just in case...

Images 1 & 2 via Bel-Air website; 3 via Quadrille Fabrics Editorial Portfolio.

Lonny Live

It's Monday morning and this has arrived in my Inbox:

Lonny July / August Issue, here.

So far, so good for a Monday morning. Happy days and happy reading x.

Image via Lonny Magazine.