Getting there and other things...

Have you missed me? Well, it's already been a monster of a year and I know I have been neglecting you but there have been other priorities - noisy ones that demand a lot of attention and messy ones that require a lot of cleaning - suffice to say other than a rather large project [which I will share with you in this post] its been all babies and toddlers at this end [well one of each anyway].

I have an inbox overflowing with design news that I haven't had a real moment to even look at and I do miss it all, so over the next week - I'm getting there. There being creating some organisation in my week so I make sure I have time for catching up on design news and passing the best of it on to you, there being blogging about best of Decoration + Design that was held in Melbourne this month and there being getting in some much needed exercise to crack those last baby kilos [walking around the trade show counts doesn't it?] - do you think it will be too much for one week? We shall see - in the meantime what about that project I wanted to share with you?

The big project I was very fortunate enough to work on in the first half of this year was for Godfrey Hirst Carpets producing their Wall 2 Wall magazine which I am happy to say I have been a part of since its inception back in 2006 [you can see back issues of the magazine here]. This issue is bigger and better and I just love the way it's all come together. The styling was a huge effort [and only one of the hats I wore in this job] but well worth it as I'm sure you will agree when you see the amazing photography done by Chris Daile of CI studios.

So here is a small sample of the work we did - head to Godfrey Hirst Carpets and order your free copy of the magazine, I assure you it will be worth the click.
[image at top of post - close up of table setting in 'floral fantasy' trend for Godfrey hirst Carpets]

This is one of the four trends highlighted in the magazine - 'Urban Rural' a combination of modern elements & decor and colour inspired by rural life. I love the use of branches in the amazing Chandelier and side table.

A gorgeous coloured carpet from the 'Floral Fantasy' trend.

Double page spread showing one of the bright coloured trends - 'Optimism'. Note that the blonde boy is our number 2 child - he loves to see this part of the magazine - often!!

Make sure you order your free copy and check out Wall 2 Wall Issue 4 for full details on the carpet and the decor in these images. OK off to get organised, lets not make it so long between catch up's again OK?


white on white

Some of you may have realised that I do have a bit of a thing for layering white on white [my very basic attempt shown here from my last homes dining room - not quite anywhere near what I would really love to do...]. I also predicted it in trends for 2009-10 and have since seen lots of lovely examples but these images were spot on. I happened upon this collection from Jotun on Emmas designblogg and just had to post them here as a gorgeous example. Above and below are the 2010 collection images for Jotun's Lady Farger 2010...

[PS- in case you were wondering our new baby boy was born on Friday the 19th Feb and is doing brilliantly! Actaully I cant belive the time has gone that fast - Im still trying to get organised amidst also having to work on a project that was moved forward, safe to say my hands are very full but we should be back in full blogging mode very soon!!]


Textile Inspiration - Rie Elise Larsen

By Guest Blogger Daniella Kilov...

This European genius (based in Denmark) has taken paper and textile and created some gorgeous designs for the home. I love the hand made quality of the work and the uniqueness of each piece of paper work… this is definitely one for the books!

Not only are the products gorgeous but the styling is just as inspirational….please excuse the inundation of images in this post but I hope you are as inspired as I am…

The paper product line is just delicious and with the amazing colours available there is no doubt one could find a use for these for absolutely anything…

From boxes, to paper sheets, to paper drawers and mobiles feast your eyes on these eye candy must haves..


The interior pieces range from metal pendants, textile cables, table lamps, cushions and paper lampshades, which are just beautiful.



These are my favourite and with the textile cables you can mix and match to create your very own look.



Just one of the many ideas you can use these shades for… even more beautiful to create a cluster of these in varying sizes in a little girl’s room.



The great idea about this clever designer is that you can buy all these pieces separately and create your own very unique piece of work.



What a great way to create character and personal touches to any part of your home and to create something special for others…



[all images via Rie Elise Larsen]


Decor in profile - Cyrus Company

By Guest Blogger Daniella Kilov...

While traveling the States I was definitely on the look out for anything in design, but when I fell upon Cyrus Company in Mercer Street Soho - it was love at first sight. The Italian Company exudes the epitome of what true European craftsmanship and design means to the styling enthusiast….Each piece varies slightly due to the intricacy of detail and attention to quality. The pieces are exaggerated yet elegant. With hints of gold amongst a sea of white, Cyprus certainly knows how to create understated luxury.

I am definitely one for colour - and I find it more exciting than clean simple lines but there is something so eye catching about these pieces - maybe it’s the over exaggeration of the elements making up the designs.

Hello big chair! I love the contrast between organic and inorganic.

Yes, it may be a little garish - but this close up is outstanding.

The same chest of drawers also come with ceramic bows. How precious!

While quite feminine, the strong lines of the furniture create a masculine edge, which I think balances the collection well.

So, to prove my point about this great company I want to go one step further and show you the HH Florence (Hotel Home in Florence). The concept being that guests are made to feel at home in an uncluttered space devoid of the over emphasis of staying in a hotel.

I love the idea of white on white - play with textures and finishes to create interest and depth. Splashes of bright colour will modernise a space. The use of various shades of timber flooring will also alter the ambience of the space. Lighter floors give a floaty, dream like feel, while darker timbers give a grounded feel.

[all images via Cyrus Company]


Hello Trosman Lover...

By Guest Blogger Daniella Kilov..

Just proves your creativity is only limited by your imagination...
Isn’t it amazing how something so simple can create something so wonderful… a rainbow of tussled and layered fabrics.

Of course the clothes are as intriguing as the styling.



Textile Inspiration - Madeline Weinrib & her fantastical atelier

By Guest Blogger Daniella Kilov..

Not only is Madeline Weinrib Atelier in New York known for their sumptuous, deliciously, lavish fabrics, rugs and furniture but they are the sponsors of Project Marala - A non profit organisation founded in the late 1980’s. Its goal and purpose is to eliminate child labour within the carpet weaving industry in India. The organization has set up a school curriculum which empowers children and allows them to matriculate into higher education creating more learning opportunities for them.

Now for the lady behind the name - Madeline Weinrib, painter and designer, great granddaughter of the founder of ABC carpets in New York has created her own collections drawing from her travels and love for opulent colour and pattern to create beauty and interest for the home.

Now that I have created this picture perfect description of MWA feast your eyes on this wonderful world of colour, pattern and texture….


There are 3 fabric ranges this is the Ikat range - what a stunning take on such a cultural pattern.

It’s like licorice all sorts for textiles. A candy land…


Dont these just look good enough to eat...

Just some of these magnificent fabrics made into cushions (available here]

Suzani is motif based and the intense colours give this pattern an incredibly bold statement.


The Organic Block Print range is a little more subtle. What a great alternative to the same stripes and spots for a childs room - used in accents on drum-shades, blinds, trimmings and throw cushions with a beautiful striped wall in neutrals would create a fresh take on the good old kiddies space.


Great for a little girls room. You could even add to the cushions contrasting pom poms in pink and orange for an extra element of fun.



Inspiring Palettes - Black & White...

By Guest Blogger Daniella Kilov..
The next few images pay respect to the idea that a little goes a long way- thanks to Miami interior designer Nacho Polo who uses a white canvas injected with contrasts of black in varying texture, shape and finish. What an interesting way to create something unique.
I love the contrast between old and new, especially the Moooi Smoke chair. Everything is done in moderation, from the old style mouldings and fireplace to the more modern furniture pieces, just a hint says a thousand words.

I love this image and what it conveys as an interesting space because of all the design elements working to create harmony. Repetition of organic shapes (wall paper, drum-shades) mimics the curved walls and entry ways which softens this contrasting space. The white positive spaces give breath and pause allowing for the impact of the wallpaper to be effective.

Love this idea and so easy to achieve. I would go one step further using the frames as they are on the wall in the image- hang beautiful objects, ceramic feathers [from Have You Met Miss Jones?] and create an installation that is forever changing.
[images above via nacho polo]
What a contrast to Polo’s interiors. This space is so experimental and bold. Isn’t it amazing how different applications of the same palette can create such dramatically different spaces?
[image above Domino Magazine via Cerise Pink]

Here the contrast is more subtle as there is a balance between white and black. Using a darker floor also helps ground the space.
[image above via Woodson & Rummerfield]


I love to Dwell on beautiful things...

I've just spied Dwell studio's new releases and they are gorgeous [who could ever expect less really, they never seem too disappoint!] They were first alluded to on the Dwell studio blog [image above] Now I see that Design*sponge has posted images of the completed designs here. Below are some of my favs.



I absolutely love the colour palette and will be coveting the gold & turquoise peacock design when it is released in April...
[PS. In case you were wondering, Im now overdue which is why I am still blogging! Hope you are enjoying Daniella's wonderful posts, I am finding them quite inspirational...]


An Ode to the work space...

By Guest Blogger Daniella Kilov..

I want to pay homage to an American interiors magazine which unfortunately didn’t have a very long shelf life, but was truly inspirational for its photography, styling and colour palette… what I personally loved most about the mag was it’s practical and beautiful creative ideas. So get ready for some delicious images (in the upcoming installments) that will set your creative senses on fire.

With this said, as guest blogger my up and coming posts will take cue from Domino [image above via The Domino Magazine Files] and admire and love rooms displaying unique qualities which are so easy to achieve.

To kick start this endeavour I’m going to start with a room/space in the home which I really love. Being a creative, I think a work area becomes a sanctuary of inspiration. I find it hard to work anywhere other than in my workspace… Stay posted for the before and after images of my work space as I attempt to create the ultimate working area. In the meantime here are a few of my favourite workspaces.



I wish I was as organized as this.. though my explanation to anyone commenting on the state of my space is “organised chaos”. This area is certainly far from this- I love the idea of using different coloured storage boxes and magazine holders to create interest and inspiration. What a happy, pretty space.

If you’re the crafty type what a great way to jazz up your stationary and tools. You can find these tool boards at any hardware store. Choose your favourite colour and paint away. Not only is it great for organisation but what a great way to show off your weapons of choice.
[images above via BH&G]



[image above via kris atomic]

What I love about this gorgeous space is its versatility. Pieces are used a number of ways and the accents of colour generate enough interest to create intrigue. I love the bookshelf packed with magazines, books and objects. Not only is the book case a great place to store your favourite books and tid bits but each compartment becomes a focal point setting perhaps a theme or atmosphere for the space.

By alternating between stacking horizontally and vertically, overlaying books with framed pictures, vases and the like what a great way to create an interesting clutter free space.

Another great way to create areas in an open plan or small space is to either use room dividers or in this case the book case which acts as wall, come divider, come storage space.

Using colours with the same tonal values (the hot pink seat pad, the canary yellow roses and the bits of colours from the books) creates enough contrast with the black armchair as a focal point.
[above image Domino magazine via flickr]

Love the space… Interesting storage cabinets above the desk- great way of displaying your inspiration images without sacrificing space. [image above via made by girl]

Love the simplicity of the space. Never liked the idea of antlers… however they seem to work here. The focal point is not the poor antlers but the mass of images surrounding it. It therefore enhances the atmosphere of the space. [image via marie claire maison]

Glad to know Im not the only one suffering an abundance of magazines (which I can never get rid of!) [image via flickr]

If I were Barbie this would be my office… I love the contrast of powder pink, glossy black floors and black accented furnishings… but maybe just a little too pretty for me. I do love the idea of hiding the desk behind a set of cupboards. For a little more interest you could go a step further and find a beautiful wallpaper to place on the inside of the doors. The smallest details count. [image via coco+kelley]

Photographed by UK photographer Max Attenborough. This I could gladly settle into. By framing the inspiration board in a vintage frame it creates a focal point and a very individual piece of art work. [image above & below via Max Attenborough]


It really goes without saying no matter what the size of your space- you can really create something great. If you are someone like me who needs to have an inspiration board, buy a corkboard that fits the space and go wild. This way you can change your images. I just love the Cole and Son wallpaper on the cupboards at the bottom.

With all these sumptuous images- Im off to tackle my dream space…. Happy styling!



i spy introduces Daniella Kilov...


[images above - Rene Gruau via private]

I’d like to introduce you to Daniella – who has very kindly agreed to do some guest blogging for a few weeks while I am busy with baby no.3 [no, it hasn’t arrived yet but any day now…].

Daniella is a very talented young designer with big ambitions and a great sense of style who loves to work with colour. She has recently finished studying at ISCD in Sydney where she won many awards and acclamations for her work. A short time ago she travelled in the US where she took in all she could on the design scene and is now back in Sydney working with some amazing people such as Paul Hopper, Megan Morton, Jo Carmichael & Inside Out magazine assisting in styling shoots and sourcing products etc. Daniella also works with clients on interior design & colour styling projects for both residential and commercial.

I am sure she will be able to 'spy' many gorgeous things while I am otherwise occupied and keep you inspired.

Here’s 5 minutes with Daniella to help us get to know her…

What do you want to be when you grow up?
An influential interior stylist come fashion designer come homewares designer (it seems to be the circle of life at the moment)
Describe where you live & who with?
Still living at home-there's always a lot going on at my house but I
love the noise, and the fact that everything takes place around the kitchen...it creates a togetherness where we all have an input in cooking and one anothers lives. I live with my mom, dad and brother... (my sister is currently in Miami) but it is never just the four of us.
What's your most favourite possession?
Have a few- my swarovski ballerina figurine from my boyfriend (I think it was a hint…what was, was). My Dad’s two beautiful abstract paintings in my room, all my design books- I would save those before myself!
Who do you most admire?
I don’t really admire anyone in particular but I have great respect for anyone who stands up for what they believe and go against the grain. Those who succeed due to hard work, individuality and creativity.
If you could be one iconic design piece what would you be?
Besides anything from Eames? I would be the French magazine illustrations by Rene Gruau [below]- they epitomize femininity in its most glamorous and divine form, each illustration depicting a characteristic of the female.


I will be popping in from time to time but please enjoy Daniella’s insight in the meantime…


Naomi Murrell - Love is in th air...

With Valentines day only a few days away I thought it was prudent I post something about love - I think Naomi Murrell's work fits the bill.

With names like Lovebirds & Nature Lover her screen prints couldn't be more 'love'-ly and the theme continues in her limited edition cushions, jewellery and letter press cards.

I think a visit to Naomi Murrell's website is well worth it to put you in the mood for Valentines...


Click here for Naomi's Valentines day guide...
[all images via Naomi Murrell]


Pigeonhole is off the beaten track...

I know we haven't ventured into recommended retail territory for a while so here is some retail therapy I know you will love...
Perth's Pigeonhole - describes its wares as 'off beat design found off the beaten track'. Pigeonhole has 3 stores as well as a web-store, the London Court Store is pictured above.


What I love about Pigeonhole is their unique offering of brands that you won't find everywhere, some of them exclusive to Pigeonhole. Brands like Night Owl Paper Goods, an amazing range of wooden note cards [image above] and retro rings from proverb [image below].


And what about these retro-cool phones from Hulger used for Skype [images below] - have to love new technology disguised in vintage form.


If you are in Perth drop by Pigeonhole and discover what other amazing goods Pigeonhole have to offer, or just visit here for more info.
[all images via pigeonhole]


Tennis, Polar Bears and Ostrich's?

What on earth could bring all these things together?
Take a look at the Turner Pocock Wallpaper Collection and you might just find all of these things and more!

Turner Pocock Cazalet is a team of three gorgeous designers, Bunny Turner & Emma Peacock - interior designers - were inspiered by Catherine Cazalet's portfolio of hand drawn designs and established the company to create a collection of wallpapers.

I love the subtle quirkeness of the desings and colour combinations. The uber cool classic styling of the shots sets the wallpaper designs completely at ease. [The wallpaper above on closer inspection is actually a design created of cricket bat and ball]

I am quite taken by the relaxed style of Turner Pocock Interior Design [above & below]. There is a timelessness in the interiors they create which are neither ultra modern or too reminiscent of any particular era and everything seems to come together perfectly.

[all images via Turner Pocock Cazalet & Turner Pocock Interior Design]


Heather Bailey equals retro cool...

How cool is this blog? I am referring to Heather Bailey's blog of course. I love the design and layout and the content is rather fabulous as well.

Heather describes herself as a fabric & lifestyle designer, an inventor and Mum - how she finds the time to create such beautiful fabric designs and blog such gorgeous posts - I think I need a few pointers!


I first discovered Heather Bailey while just browsing fabrics online, once I looked at her website and blog I was hooked. I love the girly retro feel to her fabrics and designs such as the Smarty Girl Book Bag [shown above].

Her blog is a great one to visit for inspiration, free tutorials and mini patterns and you can be sure to leave feeling happier and more optimistic just from the upbeat feel of the blog and the cheery images. Her website offers all the gorgeous fabrics, sewing patterns and more to buy. I look forward to following Heather's progress as she releases more designs and clever ideas [such as the Nicey Jane collection shown above and Pop Garden shown below] ...

[all images via Heather Bailey]


Bright Pirate is a shining light...

I love the use of found objects and recycling vintage or discarded materials, so Bright Pirate really caught my eye. The artist and designer behind Bright Pirate creates items that make use of materials such as hair, leather, tea bags and old books to name a few. Above is one of the gorgeous creations, the band top, which uses rubber bands in the most lovely way to form lace or crochet like detail.

The amazing necklace below is crafted with vintage radio wires, while above are patchwork pillows using scrap vintage silk.


These one off Croccandle sticks are the mallets of a vintage crochet set.

There is something so authentic and special about design that uses materials with a past life. Bright Pirate clearly injects passion and love into each object created. See more Bright Pirate here and visit here if you would like to buy.

[all images via Bright Pirate]


Paperclip inspiration...


Sometimes you notice inspiration coming from the same ordinary object, I pick it up often when trend hunting but sometimes I just stumble upon it quite by accident. That seems to be the case with the humble paperclip.

First came the Clip House, which was spotted in Inside Out magazine last year. The exterior of this home resembles a giant paperclip but in a good way [I think]. You can find the Clip House in Madrid and its interior is just as remarkable as its exterior.
[images above via e-architect; architect - Javier Bernalte & Jose Luis Leon of Bernalte-Leon Architects]

Then there is the paperclip lamp, quite a clever lamp and not bad looking either, you can bend this lamp just as you would a paperclip. Quite a cool desk lamp.
[images via papercliplamp.com]

I also love the idea of several of these oversized paperclip coat hooks hanging in the reception or lobby of an office, even being used as magazine holders.
[images via gadgettastic.com]


But I am in awe of these paperclip pendant lights, created by hundreds [maybe thousands?] of paperclips. Available from Re:Design Technologies, I admire their absolute patience in creating these amazing art pieces, perhaps good therapy? If you think so you can actually purchase tutorials on how to make them as well.
[images via Re:Design technologies]



And on the actual paperclip itself, these very cool redesigns from Kikki K. They also have gorgeous simple round paperclips which I think may find themselves on my desk quite soon...
[images above via Kikki K]


Lightly give flight...

I have always loved the work of Melbourne based design house Lightly. Their tabletop range is probably most well known, it helped form the trend of 'hard lace' a couple of years ago with the launch of their signature acrylic pieces inspired by lace or doilies [such as Rosie Bowl]. Cindy-Lee Davies, the designer behind Lightly, has created a range of beautifully crafted objects that all play on nostalgia. Each piece, in its own way is a modern take on memories from more romantic times.

At the moment I am coveting Chrysalis - a project that recycles saucers which are reborn as lovely butterflies. They are also available as exclusive collector editions using Willow, Dolton, Meakin etc plates. Equally as beautiful are the Swallows designed using the same principle, and the Chrysalis Glass collection [shown bottom].

[images via Lightly]


Capital Coffee at Chadstone...

OK, so I haven't been getting out much. I tell myself the fact that I am in the eighth month of pregnancy no. 3 is a good enough excuse but to be honest I have just been feeling a little uninspired to write, and so this post comes to you after quite a long hiatus, one I hope not to repeat. Lets call it designers block.


So what has stirred me from my mundane non blogging existence you may ask? Well, it was coffee at Chadstone - quite unexpectedly.

Chadstone is the shopping destination for Melbournites [some would say only second to Chapel Street] and it has recently had an extension [it was already ridiculously large] to include luxury brands such as Chanel, Gucci, Prada, Jimmy Choo - well you get the idea. Now, I haven't had a good look at these stores I have to admit [I really haven't been feeling glamourous enough, do I need to remind you about being eight months pregnant...] so I may come back to you about being inspired by some aspect of one of these high end stores - but from a glance, so-so, although the Swarovski shopfront is rather gorgeous. But it was a new venture that spiked my inspiration, a cafe called Capital Kitchen.

A friend suggested we meet for coffee "just around the corner from Tiffany's" and so I wandered around the corner, after being quite amused at the crowd of woman 3 deep at the counter of Tiffany's - imagining them all placing their orders for christmas trinkets at the expense of their husbands or partners [please don't get me wrong, I'm all for a little duck egg blue box under my tree!] and found to my delight the cafe, that I had expected to be another soulless coffee shop with no atmosphere as is usually the case in a large shopping centre. But no, here was a vast open space filled with natural light and more than a little atmosphere, it was actually really pleasant and I felt like I was somewhere else entirely.

Capital Kitchen is the joint venture of Bruce & Chyka Keebaugh - You may recognise those names as the creators of The Big Group - an amazingly successful catering group based in Melbourne. The philosophy of Capital Kitchen is simple - provide a relaxing and welcoming environment, a new place to discover interesting homewares and offer delicious fresh food that is cooked onsite.

I can say that the atmosphere was definitely relaxing, the staff were really welcoming and genuinely friendly [even after spotting my pram & 2 yr old who sometimes provoke less than friendly responses!] The coffee was great and whilst I haven't yet ventured back to check out the food [time didn't permit on this particular day], the initial menu looked fab, even offering kids lunch boxes.

The menu was a work in progress which would expand as kitchen works were completed [which I believe they now are] and once the liquor licence was approved Capital Kitchen will also serve as a bar. I loved the simplicity of the graphics and branding used [Created by Cornwell Design] to help convey the Capital Kitchen brand.

So what about the interior - well I already mentioned the vastness providing a warehouse like feel but there is nothing cold about the space. The furniture is high quality and so comfortable. The use of timber, brick and farm-style or industrial finishes & fixtures such as the 'drink sink' area [above] or the lighting installation [below] are what make Capital Kitchen a relaxed place to hang out after a hard shop. Bruce & Chyka Keebaugh worked closely with Miriam Fanning of Mim Design to create this unique retail interior which firmly reflects the recent return to honesty and simplicity with real style within interiors and homeware products.

Capital Kitchen also has a retail homewares section with goods that reflected the overall brand and feel of the store.

I hope you will check out Capital Kitchen after your next shopping adventure, let me know what you think...

[images are all my own - apologies for lack of quality, its not one of iphones redeeming qualities...]


Welcome to 2010...

i spy would like to say Happy New Year!
We hope you have had a wonderful Christmas and that 2010 brings about all you are wishing for. After a long hiatus i spy will be back to blogging and (hopefully) inspiring you in 2010. We hope you will continue to visit us and leave your feedback — its very much valued and appreciated.
Heres to you! Cheers...
[image via The Society Inc. styling by Sibella Court - whose new book etcetera is an amazing treasure trove!]


Lonny : It's all the buzz...

Yes, your'e probably sick of us interior loving bloggers going on about Lonny magazine, so this is just a quick post to share with those of you who haven't heard about it (have you been without internet access? Perhaps living under a rock somewhere...) A big congrats to Michelle Adams & husband Patrick Cline on the launch of the online publication, I do love the feature on the Manhattan home of Ron Marvin [pictured above via Lonny]. So click away and enjoy...