Ursula recently took a trip to Scandinavia and Europe, and came home with a swag of inspirational ideas, and a scrap book full of the latest colour trends and key pieces.
Hot on the ‘must-have’ list would have to be quirky timber objects and curios, glass domes are still going strong – be bold with displays of ocean crustaceans, botanic arrangements, old childhood games and curios.
Soft dusty pinks stole the show for 2014, especially in hero pieces like the fabulous ‘Ro Chair’, also seen in luxurious velvets.
All things ‘Peacock’ are the way forward…feathers, cushions, and flamboyant padded bedheads. ‘Radiant Orchid’ is the pantone colour of 2014, pair this back with yellow trim and be confident with your application!
She saw lots of pastels with geometric patterns and dark greys….very Scandi… love it!! For those who need a bit of ‘bling’ it’s time to embrace metallics… copper and rose gold pendants were hugely popular.
Here are some ideas that Kate’s pulled out of Ursula’s scrap book to get you started….
Jewel tones are back again! Taking inspiration from the latest catwalk trends…’it’s as opulent as ever, including peacock feathers, velvet furnishings, wallpaper and coloured glassware.’
We are loving the feminine rose pinks, with muted violet and hints of metallic, it all creates a relaxed opulence that oozes charm and eloquence.
‘Ro’ chair (a new take on the iconic Hans Wegner ’Papa Bear’ chair) available from ‘Design Farm’ Perth CBD.
Find similar vintage pendants from ‘Hunters & Collectors’, Mosman Park.
Strong daring colours are dominating the catwalk and the home this year. If you have been playing it safe with natural materials and soft greys, then you have the perfect backdrop for a serious injection of colour. Be brave!
If you are hunting for coloured glassware and vintage wall sconces…check out the unique treasures at ‘Ginger Morris’ in Sth Freo.
Geometric prints still everywhere in all colours- taking their inspiration from the 50′s. Ursula saw a lot of geo patterns, paired back with solid block colours.
Torn page from scrapbook- we love our cactus!
Beautiful ‘Hay’ wooden hands- available from ‘Design Farm’. Timber boards in Mist, Sherbert, & Storm available from ‘Canary Home’. Collection of vintage boards and shackles…for similar try ‘Ginger Morris’ in Sth Freo.
Today we take you East to the seaside town of Sorrento, on the Mornington Peninsula, Victoria. For the sake of our Perth friends…Sorrento is a busy little town that sits between the wild seas of Bass Strait and the calm waters of Port Philip Bay. Come summertime, this picturesque town is heaving with all the grooviest of style-setters cruising the main street, strutting their stuff at the Polo or clad in lycra for the Portsea Swim Classic. For the locals, it’s a time to retreat to their secret beaches and tee tree enclosed cottages…it is not just a summer escape, but their home. And we all sigh wistfully!!
Emma & Mark, along with their 3 kids ( Poppy, Rose & Jimmy) have lived down here for the passed 15 years, and wouldn’t change a thing. They love the busy summer ,with friends in the pool, kids on scooters, dinner on the deck and surfing at the back beach…just down the street. In winter it’s all open fires, rain on a tin roof, sea-urchin collecting after wild storms, and hot chocolate and guitar strumming…think I’ll turn up again in July!!
Natural finishes and washed-back tones create a calm and relaxed space. Similar timber stools and boards from ‘Canary Home’.
The light-filled living space with lofty vaulted ceiling and views to the pool deck.
Crystal blue pool and market umbrellas are always a winner!
Emma and Mark found the old cottage in 2011, ‘it was in such a great position, with the back beach at one end of the street and the bay at the other.The block behind the original building was big enough to add on a large extension too.’ They set about renovating the original cottage, to include a main bedroom with robe and en-suite and a ‘quiet’ living room. Then the following year they embarked on the major extension, which includes the open plan kitchen, living, and dining opening onto the central courtyard and pool. Beyond the impressive sandstone chimney is the kids wing with 3 bedrooms, bathroom and playroom leading out to the garage.
Emma took on all interior decisions, selecting finishes and furnishings to create her ideal family home. This house is a great example of tonal perfection. The light grey concrete bench tops (left unpolished) anchor the lime-washed oak floors, and the darker timbers of the antique dining table is a perfect contrast. As soon as you enter the cottage you are drawn down to the light-filled living space, that frames the sparkling pool, but it’s the impressive sandstone fireplace that steals the show! Even on a 35 degree day I was wishing it were lit with a roaring fire. Emma’s main inspiration for the interior details were clean lines, natural materials and beautiful collected things…they are both serious bower birds! We were in heaven!!
The kids wing- beautiful french beds, vintage industrial lamps and more guitars. Find similar beds form ‘Corner Store’.
French inspired details in the girls bedroom- stunning.
Boys only!! Enough room for a slumber party, with the double bunks and plenty of floor space for play.
The perfect herb garden…hanging off the kitchen window sill! Boots off and grab the board for a surf at dusk.
The front living room with it’s original timber panelled walls…perfect!
The original cottage blends perfectly with new extension and fully decked surrounds.
Most of their favourite pieces are odd finds from local antique shops and markets. It takes a good eye to find such quality pieces, amongst piles of dusty odds and ends, and that talent is evident in every corner of this house.
Emma’s husband, Mark, is responsible for the extensive collection of guitars, lurking in every room…’most of them are 1950-60′s American guitars, with an increasing collection of antique amplifiers too. He loves the unique designs of each one and the different sounds they make. At last count there were 17, with 3 new ones for each birth year of our children…not to mention the one we had to lug home from Amsterdam’…love a quirky collection!
As for Emma…it’s all about sea urchins! I was quietly proud of my own little collection, but when I saw the giant timber trough dominating the coffee table…well…I’ve clearly got some work to do! Emma began her enviable collection at age 11 near the First Settlement site on Blairgowrie front beach, where she grew up. On weekends Emma and her family love a leisurely drive over to Shoreham… best place for strawberry picking and wine tasting… and then head back via Cape Schanck, spotting kangaroos on the way. But when the kids are at school and work is beckoning…the best escape is a good coffee at ‘Stringers’ or ‘The Sisters’. So next time you are in Melbourne, make sure you put the Mornington Peninsula on your list… it’s only 70mins down the freeway and you are rewarded at the other end with a ridiculous amount of treasures and adventures.
The north view of Didi’s ‘Heritage Listed’ Spanish Mission home, in Perth’s Western suburbs.
The teenagers retreat/yoga studio with vintage kilims, curved blackboard wall, and plenty of candles.
There is something undeniably cool about a Spanish Mission home, and we’re not referring to the nasty replicas of the 80′s, but the classic originals that are now few and far between. This fabulous house was built in 1936 by the previous owner, who designed it himself with the aid of a local draftsman. Fast forward about 50 years…. and a young architect student, Didi, discovered this house on her walk home and knew immediately it was meant to be hers. It took a while, but in 2000 …now a wife and mother of 3, they heard a whisper that the owner was ready to sell and they pounced.
It was clearly meant to be Didi’s home, she respects and admires all its quirks, curved walls, uneven floors and sometimes awkward spaces- ‘it’s what makes it so incredible!’ There has been minimal change to the Heritage Listed home, apart from removing all the heavy drapery and foil covering some windows?? …another quirk! Didi has simply let the light in and updated the kitchen to accommodate a busy teenage home.
An eclectic mix of antiques from travels abroad, modern designer pieces, and classic arm chairs.
Beautiful lead light windows with timber shutters and original stucco effect walls…all the characteristics or a Spanish masterpiece.
Didi has a fascinating collection of antiques and designer pieces, and within this odd arrangement of spaces, it all pulls together perfectly. Her interior style is heavily influenced by their travels, with Persian rugs, French antiques, cushions from New York, tribal head pieces and Indian carvings. Each space leads into another, and with glimpses of more treasures around the corner, you can’t help but be drawn through the maze of rooms that undulate unexpectedly over 3 levels. One of their best decisions was to knock down an 8″thick wall, to open up and extend the pokey old kitchen, and to embrace the amazing al fresco area that sits up amongst the leafy trees. With its amazing vaulted ceiling, heavy timber beams and the classic arches looking down over the sprawling lawn below, it creates the perfect setting for a long lunch of chorizo, olives, bread and sangria…angling for an invited??!
The new sleek kitchen leading out to the fabulous alfresco area with it’s incredible arches.
Didi has styled the bedroom in a jewel palette with oriental ceramic stool, violet tribal head piece, and over-dyed vintage rug.
Our favourite detail- the cast iron french doors in the master bedroom…
Although Didi insists she does’t style and …’just plonks things wherever’ it is clear this just comes naturally and effortlessly to her. As you all know…or maybe not??…we don’t really style either, apart from hiding laundry piles and plastic toys behind doors! We want to show you homes like this, that are in their ‘real’ and ‘everyday state’. We think this bedroom is a great example of just that….pieces chosen because they are loved and have a story to tell or a time to be remembered. Didi started with the rug, the headpiece pulls it together and the pop of turquoise is the perfect accompaniment to amethyst….I must admit I couldn’t help but drag those gorgeous boots into the shot though!! So hats off to ‘personal style’…
A vintage leather arm chair with kilim cushions, sits perfectly with the aboriginal art work. Front courtyard with detailed iron work and perfect planting out front.