Elizabeth Bay
Posted by on 21st of August 2016

Clients, originally from Potts Point, moved to a harbourside apartment in Elizabeth Bay and wanted to make some changes. The bedroom had existing blue silk walls and they wanted help creating a scheme for the bedroom. I used a Kravet fabric from a Jerffrey Alan Marks collection called waterpolo, that perfectly compliments the shimmering harbour visible from the windows. Eichholtz bedside lights look crisp and smart against the blue walls and add to the nautical feeling of the room, as do the new bedside tables from Casa Mia.

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Woolwich
Posted by on 19th of August 2016

I am working on a renovation project in Woolwich. The client needed to update existing furniture and wanted to create an elegant and welcoming space. I have a before and after picture..a pair of occasional chairs and side tables will go in next week and I will take a shot of everything once it is installed. Paintings and accessories need to be resolved as well… The TV room will be finished next month, so will post a pic of that too. Both rooms are visible as you move down a central corridor, so the shimmery blues of the sitting room deepened to inky, indigos in the TV room to add contrast and work with the warmer oranges that the client loved for the cosier area. I designed and had made the wood framed coffee tables for the sitting room…

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Now..
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The rug and blind fabric for the TV room
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India
Posted by on 19th of August 2016

Angus and I went to India at the end of June. I have always wanted to go and leapt at the chance to join a group trek organised by Angus’s school to visit a school they built in the mountains in the North of India. All was wonderful until we reached Leh – Ladakh 3500m above sea level. Angus got altitude sickness and we ended up flying out to Delhi. I never wore the trekking shoes but a couple of silk dresses I had packed just in case got a work out! We stayed in the most wonderful hotel – The Imperial, built in the 1920’s by the English it is an extraordinarily well maintained example of colonial deco. I am planning to go back and travel to Rajasthan – I loved the country and was overwhelmed by the scale and beauty of the architecture.

Leh – the market

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Trek ready Freya and Angus before he collapsed!!
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The Imperial Hotel, not a bad place to end up..

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Selfie!

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Old Delhi

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Jama Masjid, in a borrowed modesty cover up
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Lodi Gardens
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Humayun’s Tomb

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Little Striped Indian squirrels everywhere!

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Italy and England December – January 2016
Posted by on 19th of August 2016

My family loves to travel as a multi- generational group, often meeting up with rellies and friends along the way.
We had a wonderful Christmas in the North of Italy, in a house we had rented in the summer a couple of years before. Very close to Padua, it is an easy trip to Venice, Vicenza and other places of interest. We started in Rome and I include a few photos of the fabulous hotel we stayed in – the Villa Spalletti Trevelli. Can highly recommend it, an historic residence in the Quirinale district.

A corner of the Library in the Villa in Rome

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Near the Pantheon…
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Matilda and I in Rome

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We had the most amazing private tour of the Sistine Chapel – such a privilege..
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Christmas…
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Venice. It went from Sunshine in Burano to white out fog on the way back from lunch at Locanda Cipriani on Torcello…

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The floor of St Marks Basilica – the skill of the artisan tilers was extraordinary.

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Ortesei in Val Gardena for New Years and some skiing (badly on my part!)

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London in January involves a lot of public transport….some were happier than others!
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Friends were staying at Ham Yard hotel, definitely worth checking out – it had the best bowling alley in the world!!
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When I am in London I always wander around Pimlico. So many fantastic things to see and shops to visit – Rose Uniacke is one…
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Funky 70’s side table.
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Parsley Bay: Update
Posted by on 17th of August 2016

Since I last worked on this house in Parsley Bay, children have left home, new dogs have joined the family and a refresh was needed!
These Anibou armchairs have been recovered in a luxurious burnt orange velvet from Ascraft. The client wanted to change the neutral scheme, introduce colour and a more glamorous feeling to the room. We chose a textured khaki linen for the sofa, a perfect counterpoint to a sophisticated Dedar pattern on the scatter cushions. I’m sorry about the dreadful photos but they give you a small idea of the room!

The chairs at the upholsterers with the ottomans that are positioned across from them in the room..

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The chairs delivered!
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The Euan Macleod painting that hangs across from the chairs was the inspiration for the orange….
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The Hot List 2016: Conde Nast Traveller
Posted by on 17th of August 2016

How fantastic! Masseria Trapana has been named as one of the Hot 100 in the Conde Nast guide for 2016. So wonderful and so well deserved for Rob Potter Sanders, the owner of the Masseria. A dream project and now an incredible place to stay…

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Rose Bay
Posted by on 14th of August 2016

Well Rose Bay is nearly finished. I have a couple of photos of the sitting room and will post more when I return to install the newly ordered side tables, other scatter cushions etc etc..I loved how the pop of intense Yves Klein blue electrifies the room against my favourite animal linen print that covers an ottoman. I designed a joinery unit with a marble top to create storage and a place to group family photos. The Armadillo and Co rug was custom coloured and the painted scatter cushions create an element of patterned whimsy against the crisp, freshness of white linen slip covers.

The nearly finished product!

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Drumalbyn Rd
Posted by on 14th of August 2016

On the home front things are ticking along. All the balconies are ripped off and the slower process of re-instating is underway. We are putting in a glass elevator (shades of Willy Wonka) and have tweaked the garden.

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The lemons are doing so well in half wine barrels..
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The vegetable gardens with a little topiaried bay tree sandwiched between!

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Woollahra Project
Posted by on 14th of August 2016

I love this house…I have been working on it for nearly 12 years now and we completed a major cosmetic overhaul recently. New paint, new floor colour, new furniture, lights and art!

I found this chest and little jade tassel at Water Tiger..
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New Crosshatch chairs provide a sculptural counterpoint to a sofa I designed and had produced locally. Black Tab floor lights from Euroluce and Hay side tables provide simple, linear elements balanced by the large storage coffee table designed by me.

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Wonderful new Kelly Wearstler lamp from Visual Comfort. Abstract painting by Marisa Purcell adds a contemporary edge to the traditional silk curtains and camel back sofa we first installed 12 years ago. A new scatter covered in a Rubelli floral links the two elements..

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The other side of the room!
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Upstairs I used a wonderful hand blocked Lisa Fine fabric on the sofa and a local hero – Cloth Essential Linen on the chairs. There is a great Robin Cosgrove rug on the floor but don’t have a piccy! arrived after all this was installed. Will have to take one…

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In the bedroom. I designed this cabinet and selected handles from Rocky Mountain. The stone came from Euromarble. The pendant light had been replaced and will post a picture of the accessories we used from Orient House and Meizai when I take it!
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A wonderful Tracey Deep sculpture twists in the staircase, creating shadows and adding beauty to the space.

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Update Elizabeth Bay Project
Posted by on 9th of August 2016

Wow, another year nearly gone..so much has happened but thought I would start with this project.
The work is nearly completed. The Client has decided to postpone the recovery of the dining chairs and sofas until next year. The transformation so far has been spectacular – I am so thrilled with what we have achieved. Sadly I only have one photo of the work we have done, so thought I would post a before and after. Once the remainder of the work is completed I will take some better shots!

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