Tuesday, February 22, 2011

I have a soft spot for Timeless Timber!

I have to say I have a soft spot for Timber furniture and Timber floors. Quite a few of the blogs I've been reading also confirm my belief that timber finishes and furniture really are part of a classic style and bring warmth to a room. Whether it's white wash "Shabby Chic" or the classic warm tones of hardwood floors or a chair or table made from teak or recycled timber through to an antique finish. If you choose the right pieces of timber furniture with a classic theme or style (furniture you fall in love with at first sight) you can keep these items and change the accessories and the colour scheme of the room and still have a new look. Timber items don't have to be matching and in the same style, but you can tie the items together through the use of complementing accessories.

I think the post on the connect furniture blog (http://blog.connectfurniture.com.au/post/1421068476/which-wood-you-choose) really summed up my feelings about timber, hey I even have timber as the background image on my blog!

"The beauty of timber furniture is always in the eye of the beholder. We are unique individuals and as such different timbers will “speak” to people differently. I watch every week as those frequenting my showroom reach out their hand and run it along the length of the timbers in our showroom tables as if reaching out to nature."

So here's some images where Timber is the key to the room's appeal.

Image Home Beautiful March 2011 by  Daniela Mac Adden - "Shabby Chic" Dining Setting are such a gorgeous contrast to the salvaged cinnamon timber floor

Master Bedroom Photo by Little Cove Design - 100 Year old Recycled Hoop Pine Bed, Timber Venetions, Timber lampstands
Devine Flooring (and image) by Absolute Timber Flooring complements the gorgeous kitchen and entry/staircase
French traditional furniture with modern styling love it! Gorgeous flooring again. Home of Cape Cod Designs Founder - Photo from Home Beautiful May 2010
Sydney Morning Herald Photo - South Australian Summer House features Dark Timber bar stools and Light Laminate table great contrast with the Cool White Decor and fabulous print.
Modern sleek kitchen with warm timber flooring under foot! Photo by Maree Homer Home Beautiful

Click on the link below for some more great images! 

VT Interiors - Library of Inspirational Images: Warm of timber

Friday, February 18, 2011

Brisbane City Council - Flood Rebuilding/Renovating Advice

As people rebuild their lives and start rebuilding and renovating flood affected properties; the council have released important information for home owners.
  • If you are rebuilding your house to its original state, you are able to proceed without Council approval.
  • If you want to make improvements to your house which change its original state, you may need a development approval from Council.
Council application Fees will be discounted for flood affected properties. For more information contact Brisbane City Council Ph 07 3403 8888 or click on the link below to read more...... http://www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/community-support/emergency-management/flooding/Rebuilding-and-developing-property/index.htm

Little Cove Design may be able to offer helpful advice in relation to damaged properties, so please contact us to see if we can provide any assistance.

Other helpful sites include:

QMBA Flood Guidelines




I hope these sites are helpful to you.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

In My House: Brisbane House in Print

In the February edition of Woman's weekly (Nicole Kidman is on the cover) there's a great feature on a Queensland home which has been beautifully renovated. The decoration is a credit to the ladies at Lily-G who have worked with the owner to create such an appealing home. I'm not sure why the Women's Weekly has no hint of this or any other home features on their web page? But the good news is, if you can't get a hold of the magazine click on the links below to see some of the pictures of this Queenslander and the superb use of subtle tones with some striking styling features.

Check out In My House: Brisbane House in Print

Here's a sneak peak to wet your appetite!

Photo by Simon Kenny (Content Agency)

or checkout the Lily-G Blog!


Wednesday, February 16, 2011

The Woollongabba Antique Centre

I have been driving past the centre every week for quite a while and decided to finally take the time to pop in and take a look yesterday! What a fantastic place. Everything is displayed so well in themed shops; and there is something for everyone whether you are looking for Shabby Chic, Retro, Vintage or just something special from another era! The cafe reminded me of my Nana's eat in kitchen and brought back so many happy memories. I particularly liked Shop 62 Paint Me White with hand painted furniture in "White" of course! French at Heart was also another scene stealer. I could have spent hours there taking in all of the wonderful items for sale but duty calls so will have to make another trip again soon. If you can't make it there in a hurry check out their online store.


Inspirational Places GOMA Re-opening

I was very excited to hear that GOMA (Gallery of Modern Art) is re-opening tomorrow after the devastating Queensland floods. I find each time I visit the Gallery that I'm refreshed and inspired by the wonderful works of art that are on display. I visited the Andy Warhol exhibition twice, I loved it so much. The current exhibition is "21st Century: Art in the First Decade". So get along to GOMA and support a great Brisbane Art icon. You may be inspired to create your own piece of Artwork or just enjoy the view!

Link to GOMA to checkout some of the works on display


Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Hello from Little Cove Design

I'm very pleased to be launching Little Cove Design. We hope you enjoy our blog. Check out our COLOUR, STYLING & RENOVATION pages to view the services, we provide to our clients. We have some great opening offers for you to take advantage of! We are located in Brisbane and also provide our services to the Gold & Sunshine Coasts in QLD. All enquiries are welcome, so click on our Contact Us page and you will be able locate our email address and phone number for more information.