Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Grand Designs Australia is coming!

Architect Peter Maddison, host of Grand Designs Australia
Did you know that we now have our own version of British design show "Grand Designs"?! It's hosted by Melbourne architect Peter Maddison, and will air in October on the pay TV Lifestyle Channel. You can read an interview with Peter here. Right, time to find a friend with Foxtel.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Favourite little shop

Congratulations to Bec from Little Shop of Handmade in Carnegie. She and her shop just won the title of Local Favourite for fashion and accessories - hooray! Thanks to Bec for supporting Melbourne makers and handmade. Bec is also involved in the new Mulgrave Makers market, exciting times ahead for south of the Yarra.

Friday, September 24, 2010

A single delight

Stills from the film "A Single Man"
Have you seen designer Tom Ford's film "A Single Man"?? I'm a bit behind the times, but it has recently been released on DVD, which is how I managed to finally see it!!
This film is the most exquisite thing I have seen for some time. It is so perfect, in so many ways. Just look at the sets, and then there is the architecture, the costumes, the makeup (and hair) and the amazing old Mercedes that 'George' drives. We just about wet ourselves with excitement in the scene where Firth uses an appropriately aged vending machine for his morning coffee in the staff room!! Ahh what a job to be in charge of finding all that 'stuff'!!
And the soundtrack is just delicious and ethereal as well. Pop over to the official website gallery and have a listen.....and a look at more of these stills from the film. A masterpiece. Thank you Mr Ford, thank you. I have a new favourite movie in my top five.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Chair envy

I adore this beautiful office chair that landed in my inbox a few weeks back, from Envoy commercial furniture. It's the Brunner "Tempus" armchair, made in Germany and designed by Martin Ballendat. Now I have some serious task chair envy. The only thing I might miss with this one is the ability to move between sewing machine and computer screen whilst on wheels. But hey, that's a sacrifice I'd be willing to make for the sake of style and beauty, and the sheer pleasure of owning one of these babies!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Genki is Back!

Big shout out to an institution in Melbourne shopping over the last decade - Genki.....now it's a virtual shop, but still as cute as ever. Hi Chanie! Hi Honey! xx
I think my boy needs one of the "I Love Talking" Tees. Never stops. Talking. Or moving. Except to sleep. Ahhh I look forward to 7.30pm every night.

All images Copyright to Genki and courtesy of the Genki site

Friday, September 17, 2010

And now....circa 1981

I've always loved a bit of yellow. Perhaps in 1981 I was loving it a little too much. Outfit including headband courtesy of my Mum's sewing machine (terry towelling with a yellow and fine gold stripe, with yellow ribbing). Don't you love the white (!!) thongs with yellow tights!???  Who am I kidding, this whole ensemble just reeks of style. Olivia Newton-John and "Physical" style that is.....one could argue if that could be called style at all....but when you are 10 who the hell cares anyway!?

P.S. Apologies to Belinda who is included in the photo, couldn't crop you out unfortunately! Not that you are reading this, you probably have far better and more interesting things to do.....

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Circa 1960

My parents are currently house-sitting and this marvellous scenic wallpaper circa 1960 "features" in their hallway. My Mum seems to think its bang on trend, and that some young groover would love to salvage it from the wall and rehang it in their own pad.....I'm not so sure.....there are some wallpaper trends that I think are best left back in 1956. But I do love that wall light, and the little stool.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Close to caffeine perfection?

I've been experimenting with the coffee machine again of late, attempting to perfect the art of making a caffe latte.....
Judging by the intact coffee grindings "cakes" the pressure from the machine is good...

however all that pressure makes frothing the soy milk a tough task....

Attempt number three was passable. Note to self, next op shop visit keep an eye out for some full size latte glasses (love this vintage pair I own, but they are just a tad too short).

I was pleased to hear from my old friend Joseph that it's tough even for the expert baristas like him to froth a perfect soy caffe latte.

While I'm being a coffee nerd...did you know there is a hand built coffee machine you can buy from the US called "Slayer"!!???? There's one now residing at our favourite local coffee haunt. Methinks it is indeed a "mans" coffee machine, with a name like that and styling like this:

Photo courtesy of the Slayer blog. If you know where to look you can see the real thing at several good cafes around Melbs.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Oh, Bokashi!!

No, that is not swearing in Japanese. We are now the (very pleased!) owners of a Bokashi indoor composting bucket. It lives under the sink, and it eats our leftovers. And it gives the poor worms in the worm farm a little rest.....with Winter they've been a little slower than usual and are finding it hard to keep up.

Not to mention that it will compost any coooked food!! I'm so excited by the prospect of even less in the rubbish bin at the end of the week......and even more well fed plants!!

If you want to know more about Bokashi buckets, which are perfect for composting if you live in an apartment or are space challenged outdoors (like us), then you can read more here. Ours was purchased at a big box retailer, for under 60bucks, but you can also buy them online....

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Inspired by Anish

Anish Kapoor pictured in front of one of his works. Photo courtesy of BBC.
Photo courtesy of Wallpaper.
On Thursday night I was falling in love with sculpture again when SBS screened a documentary "The Year of Anish Kapoor". Colour, reflection, interiors, exteriors, rusting hulks, mammoth, creating, decaying, time, space, illusion, inclusive, exclusive......AMAZING. I love everything he does.
Memory 2008 Photo courtesy of C4 Gallery here.
In front of his work at the Royal Academy. Photo courtesy of The Guardian.
Tall Tree and the Eye. Photo courtesy of Superfuture.
The Hive. Photo courtesy of Daylife

Paint "train" at the Royal Academy, London. Photo from The Guardian.
My favourite piece of all is the incredibly tactile and edible looking Svayambh, above. It's name is a Sanskrit word meaning "self-generated". This piece is created from a vast block of vaseline, paint and wax that was slowly pushed through a doorway, shown here at his recent exhibition at the Royal Academy in London.  

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Designer Rugs asks you to vote

This is one vote that will result in a single outright winner!
Designer Rugs recently ran a rug design competition called the Evolve Awards, which was open to all practicing Interior Designers. Twenty-five finalists have been selected, and you can go here and vote for your fave. Mine is this peacock tail design. But there's plenty more lovelies to choose from....such as this.....

and this.....