07 November 2014

Room Love | Sun Rooms

Since the temperatures are starting to rise, as summer approaches, here in Australia, I'm remembering favourite summery places, and daydreaming about recreating them somehow. 

I would love to have a sun room or screened-in porch, where I could idle away a few hours, feeling a warm breeze coming through the windows, as I read a deliciously engrossing novel. Sun rooms and screened-in porches are so wonderful for enjoying warm weather, and even for cooler weather, like autumn and spring. Our winters are very mild, so we could even use such a room then. It would be the very hot days of summer when we would steer clear of sun rooms, preferring, instead, to be tucked away in the comfort of air-conditioning.

For my dream sun room, I'm picturing gorgeous rugs on a wooden floor, big windows with bamboo roller blinds, lots of green plants and ivy, Moroccan tables and lanterns, wicker furniture, and some big cozy sofas with artfully mismatched cushions to lean against, and a big antique birdcage, just to look at (I'm a cat person, not a bird lover). Throw in a record player , candlelight, and some wine, and you've got a very relaxing evening going on.

Yes, that sounds very good right now....















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05 November 2014

Tempt me, turquoise...

I've always loved shades of aqua through turquoise--warm blues (which I know seems like an oxymoron, to some). Just let me swim in these beautiful blue hues for a little while...

 Saraille wallpaper by Designers Guild

Architect & designer, Stuart Church







 Jenny Packham











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24 October 2014

Remembering Oscar de la Renta

Looking back at the many, many beautiful fashions designed by Oscar de la Renta over the years, I found myself saying, over and over, "Oh, this one was a favourite"... Then I had a moment of recognition. You see, I have always thought that there are so many incredibly talented, unique fashion designers in the world that I could not possibly choose a favourite. But, now, I know I do have a favourite designer, and it would have to be the late Oscar de la Renta. His feminine, glamorous dresses make me swoon.

His passing this week has made me cherish his gifts of beauty to the world even more than ever before. I know I'm far from alone in saying that he was truly a great designer, one whose remarkable fashions will continue to inspire us for many years to come. He will be missed.

Here are 20 of my favourite Oscar de la Renta designs. I could have included many more images, but these will have to suffice as my tribute to this beloved fashion designer. 

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