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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In the Pantheon!love the floor – fabulous simple pattern and coloursIMG_0461

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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Elizabeth Bay Project
Posted by on 10th of October 2015

I have just started work on a great project in a penthouse apartment in a 1930’s building in Elizabeth Bay. The client needed to update a study/ TV room, as well as re-doing the furniture in the sitting, dining and master bedrooms. We are considering a dramatic, masculine scheme that will provide contrast and texture: Pierre Frey velvets, woven sheers & leathers,Schumacher embroideries and chunky Mokum linens…IMG_0714
These are some furniture and lighting options…a very unstructured mood board!
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Rose Bay Project
Posted by on 10th of October 2015

Just at the beginning of a great project in Rose Bay. Fabulous house but the interiors need warmth and some character. Just ordered everything and are waiting for pre- Christmas arrivals…
The scheme for the sitting room, sofas loose covered in a washed white linen, Bianca chairs by Tacchini from Stylecraft in blue velvet, Fold rug from Armadillo, scatters in Mokum multi coloured painterly fabric and finally an ottoman in animal print from Clarence House! can’t wait to see it all installed.

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The foyer will have a collection of these gorgeous ikat fabrics from Schumacher, teamed with a Zuster stella table in dune finish and topped with a fabulous orchid, ready to go in it’s Orient House basket! The master bedroom curtains are on the right in this shot – a pair of Jonathan Adler Canning End tables in white polyurethane with perspex knobs will complete the fresh scheme.

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Belle Beautiful Australian Homes
Posted by on 10th of October 2015

So thrilled and excited that the Rose Bay house was included in Belle’s first book: Beautiful Australian Homes. Thank you again to Molnar Freeman Architects and a wonderful client!IMG_0334 (1)IMG_0466