Monday, November 3, 2014

Hydrangea Love









Its hydrangea season and its my favourite time of year! Spring flowers are blossoming everywhere - at the local market, corner store and arriving in our homes. The first image is of the fabulous style icon Aerin Lauder...how I would dream to have her garden!

Image Credits: Aerin: Pinterest image sources via my pinterest page

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Table Top Inspiration



















I love nothing more than a beautifully set table, a fabulous tablecloth, napkins, candles and fresh flowers, collected crockery, great food and wine. The entire ritual and planning of setting a table, whether it be for Christmas, a special occasion or a Sunday lunch with family and friends is by far the best part for me. The down side is I'm not a very confident cook but I would really love to be great even if only my family think so. Recently I went to see a movie called a Hundred-Foot Journey, if you haven't seen it yet I highly recommend it. I am probably the only weird person who cried in the movie, not that it was sad, it was just so heart felt and symbolises to me what life is all about.

Its only November but I have already started to plan my personal goals for 2015, top of the list is cooking classes to improve my skills in the kitchen,  I have been told Spring has great lessons and its loads of fun, hopefully I can lean some new recipes too, I have attached the link here... http://www.spring.com.au/pages/cooking-school.


Image credits : AERIN Lauder and Pinterest.


Friday, September 26, 2014

Effortless Sensibility




















I have often thought over the years how much my style has evolved and changed, maybe as we get older we start to see value in lasting pieces. I can honestly say that at times I have swayed from my style, afraid not be in the moment of the latest trends and to constantly feel the need to keep evolving - hence why my showroom is once again having a complete makeover! But the truth is I finally understand my design ethos...its" Effortless Sensibilities." I'm in my complete happy place being in a room filled with old and new, collected, a story in every piece, a touch of modern with traditional, texture with interest and uniqueness...but above all what makes my heart beat is effortless interiors in a room filled with interesting architectural detail and lots of natural light.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Coastal Living
















When we received our brief from our client and the keys were handed over we couldn't wait to get started. Whilst the cabinetry was dated the house itself had great bones: timber beams, stone floors and large open areas onto the pool and outdoor entertaining. We removed the old kitchen, library the existing bar and master wardrobe. We added new carpet, repainted the house, added panelling and wallpaper. Whilst I was tempted to add blues our clients really wanted to stick with a more neutral palette. The fabrics were the hero pieces in the rooms, our clients appreciation for quality and uniqueness allowed us the freedom to use hand painted wallpapers and designer fabrics that really make the difference to the overall look finish and style of the home. Our project is featured in this months Queensland Homes Magazine.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Our Latest Project











Our blog is finally up and running and what better way to start our first post with a recent job we completed on the Gold Coast. We were so excited to receive our copy and even more thrilled that we made the cover in this months Spring edition of Queensland Homes Magazine. Over the next week we will be sharing with you this fabulous home. If you haven't read the article, our clients purchased the home and what was initially an Interior Decorating job, turned out to be a very exciting major renovation. The original library was very dark and surrounded all the walls of this very large room, initially we discussed just repainting the existing timber but we wanted to add a fireplace, wall lighting and more display shelves rather than just books, so we designed and created stunning shaker profile cabinetry, panelling, wall lighting, desks and missing from the photo stunning pin-striped Ralph Lauren silk wallpaper with vintage artwork. The entire brief of the home was neutrals and earthy tones but I really wanted this room to feel different from the rest of the home. The black and white theme was grounded by adding sisal carpet creating a more relaxed look. I cant wait to show you the cellar off this room, what was just a storage cupboard ended up being one of our clients favourite & most used rooms in the house.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Room Reveal















Just a re post for all our past followers who may not have realised we moved our blog temporarily to word press, you can see our room progress here http://www.verandahhouse.com.au/One-Room-Challenge-Reveal/ we loved reading all the amazing comments a huge thank you.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Exploring Sydney















February is a really busy time in the Australian design industry with both Design & Decoration and the gift fair only a week apart both events based in Sydney. We found some amazing pieces that we snapped up and spent days scouring antique stores finding one off finds. We also made sure we had time to play and I couldn't resist visiting the much talked about Boathouse cafe in Balmoral Beach. I cant begin to tell you how much Jess and I loved this place, the casual ambience was full of glorious details, bowls of fruit displayed everywhere cleverly mixing artificial fruits with the real thing. I loved how they used the base of pot plant holders as platters on old wooden benches, flowers were everywhere. The food, well don't get me started, the hard part was what to choose, the menu had us both drooling and it didn't disappoint! The cafe placed perfectly overlooking the bay was only made more appealing by the beautiful weather.

We were having such a great day that we decided dinner would have to be at the newly refurbished Watson's Bay Beach club (last two images above) the apple green bar piled high with coconuts and pineapples overlooking Watson Bay had me wondering could a city be more beautiful.

I have walked away refreshed and inspired but now need to make up for lost time and work all weekend to catch up, tomorrow I'm off to the country, 4 hours aways from Brisbane to work on a restaurant, motel, shop and new home build. To say it will be a challenge is an understatement of the year its the complete opposite to the new glamorous homes Im currently working on but for me its all about the challenge and I love something different....I think! The down side I have no private plane or helicopter just a long country drive that my client pointed out after I accepted the job...to watch out for the large kangaroos that can jump in front of your car, okay now I'm terrified!

Jess has convinced me she needs to stay in the office, she said we are just way too busy for both of us to go, convenient Jess I'm on to you! Thankfully I have convinced my husband to drive me I was not doing this alone!

All images taken from the Boathouse website, to see my snaps check out my instragram page Verandah House