My Pick of Interior Design Books – What’s on your bookshelf??

There’s is no doubt one of my big loves is interior design, but I do also love books.
I thank my parents for that, they have always been avid readers and always actively encouraged my sister and I to read too.

So it’s no surprise that I have a growing collection of interior design books at home.

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Bar Cart Styling – Kitting it Out for Cocktail Hour.

A couple of weeks back, I posted about our visit to the distillery Archie Rose, read about it here.

It got me thinking about my bar at home. Now we were the lucky recipients of a Parker drinks trolley, all thanks to the brilliant Tony, a passionate mid century furniture restorer. We bought an amazing Parker dining table and chairs from him, see it in my post here, and he was kind enough to chuck in the drinks trolley for free.

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Pep Talk – Come On We’ve Got This!!

When creating your perfect home, it can seem like the list of tasks and jobs to get there, can seem never ending.

At times it can feel like you are never going to reach the finishing line. If you are like me, you can lose focus and get sidetracked trying to wrong on too many spaces at one time.

I know, as I have had those times when I have smashed through a list of chores and jobs at home. Thinking okay, what’s next, let’s just get it done and then I can sit back and relax and enjoy what I have made.

And then……..

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Getting Summer Ready!! Outside Inspiration.

Whilst the Northern hemisphere is looking to rug up and get cozy for the on coming winter season, us lucky peeps in the south are getting ready for the summer. Whether that be burning the calories at the gym to get the beach body going or shopping for the ultimate summer wardrobe.

My mind turns to the all important outdoor space. Now our apartment is not blessed with a massive outdoor space, it is a good size compared to some in Sydney, we have a wicker two seater and armchairs and a modest number of pots. So it is cozy and functional. And on those hot summer evenings it can be the perfect spot to watch the sun go down (west facing) with a cold beverage or two!!

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Overseas Homewares, My Top 5 Online Shops

Now I am not sure if you’ve worked it out yet, buy I am a complete and utter shopping nut. None more so then when it is for homewares.

The Citizenry

I love some of the products available here in Australia, but find the same products find their way into all shops, meaning finding something a little bit different can be a challenge. That is why I turn a lot to Etsy.

But what about overseas stores?

We have been lucky in the last few years to have had some international homewares stores open their doors here, including West Elm, H&M and Zara Home. But while we wait for more to come, thank god for the internet!!!!

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Archie Rose – Gin is the Word

The Fella has always been saying how he doesn’t have a drink, you know some guys like a particular whisky or whatever. Well the The Fella didn’t, beer was the liquid refreshment of choice. Lucky for him, there are no end to micro breweries in the inner west of Sydney. And believe me, we have done most of them.

And then he discovered a liking for my favourite spirit, Gin. Mother’s Ruin to some, tipple of choice for me. And now him too.

Friends had told us about the local distillery called Archie Rose. And I had been meaning to try if for awhile, however not knowing that the did sell other beverages I was a bot reluctant to go with someone who did not having a liking for Gin as I did. Not a concern now.

Archie Rose Distillery - Rosebery, Sydney. Image by Squid Ink
Archie Rose Distillery – Rosebery, Sydney

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Wallpaper – I’ve got you covered.

Wallpaper picks

Wallpaper Picks

When I was growing up in England, wallpaper was the norm. We had it in every room in our house.
In the bedroom I shared with my sister, we had the popular (at the time anyway) embossed type which you could then paint your choice of colour. Being girls we had it pink, obviously!!!!
In our living room we have the chipped type, so it had little chips of wood embossed into it, again so you could just paint it your choice of colour. My sister and I used to like to pick the bits of wood out.

Why? You may ask.

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