Sunday, July 31, 2011

Wish List #27 Christmas in July Dinner

Well, blogging everyday (I only missed a couple) for the last month has been fun, exhausting, challenging and I hope you enjoyed it too!

It gave me a chance to focus on a large number of my favourite things; and to share these with you throughout the whole month of July.

I had a lovely Christmas in July inspired dinner with my family last night.  Here's my turkey loaf and the table set festively with green and red.

Christmas in July table and Turkey Loaf

The turkey loaf was scrumptious and I promise to share the recipe tomorrow, but for now I'm exhausted so I'm going to have an early night!

So I hope you've enjoyed the last month of Wish List posts as much as I've enjoyed blogging and I'm hoping to report on some more projects during August.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Wish List #26 Dramatic Colour and Design

This is bolder than bold, a touch of glam and some wild thrown in! I'm talking about the images to inspire you to take your interior to the next level. 

The reason for this is I'm getting ready for a few friends to drop by and watch the Lady Gaga concert tonight on GO! So I must dash off to attempt a wild hairstyle for tonight so enjoy the images....

These green mosaic tiles are dazzling with the gold accent tiles a feature like a glittering grotto image
Dramatic Red walls with an oversize chandelier what could be more glamorous and edgy? image

This silver bar makes a grand statement like a sculpture in the middle of the room image

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Wish List #25 External Colour

Firstly on the Christmas in July Turkey front I wasn't able to get a Turkey from my local grocery store today, but on the weekend I plan to make a scrumptious Turkey loaf which I made last Christmas because we were away (we didn't have the usual weber) and it turned out fab!  I'll try and post the recipe and a pic on the weekend.

Now we are looking at giving our home a new coat of external paint and while I have some colours in mind it's also nice to take a look at some other ideas.  Here's what I found.
I love the glow of this Manly house the creamy vanilla shade with the french grey just magic! image via porchlightinteriors blog

Late with a creamy white contrast to the windows Image

An almost Kahki tint to the coffee colour image

This grand home is painted with a light coffee colour and white for the house features/accents which compliments the dark slate roof Image
So many choices!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Wish List #25 Accent Colour

Using an accent colour can lift and brighten a room.  It can change the mood and you can easily change the accent pieces such as the cushions, rug or accessories to give the room a whole new look without changing the more expensive furniture and finishes in the room.
I've found some images that illustrate good use of an accent colour that lift and transform the room.

I love the red accent cushions that tie in wonderfully with the geometric print cushions and matching upholstered chair image decor pad

This fairly conservative room has been given new life with the hot pink accent which really brightens the room and gives it a fun girly feel image
This is a really sophisticated room and depth has been created by the striking teal feature wall and matching upholstered cushioned chairs and accessories image
More colour inspiration tomorrow!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Wish List #24 Subtle Colour!

Weathered tones are also a favourite of mine; and while I've been researching the french grey look for a piece of vintage furniture I'm going to restore I found these images!

This room incorporates so many elements that I love The rustic table, white chairs, striking stenciled floor, pendant lights and roman blinds.  The lightness of the room contrasts so well with the lush outdoor surroundings, image zuhairah-homeinteriordesign

I love the weathered bleached look of this coffee table.  This company restores one off pieces as well as selling exclusively designed furniture.  For more great furniture go to

Madeover furniture featured in September 2011 Better Homes and Gardens Magazine reused as a vanity almost the perfect french grey!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Wish List #23 Bold Colour!

I love interiors where they've steered away from beige beige beige!  This image is a perfect example!

I love bold and brave colour choices for the right room, so here's a sneek peek at the theme for the last week of my wish list posts - COLOUR!

Yellow wouldn't be my first choice for the main colour of a room but I love the contrast with all of the yellow furniture against this dramatic diagonal shelving in a dark stain or black! image

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Wish List #22 Good Storage Solutions

I am planning on doing some more spring cleaning this week and I'm always interested in storage solutions!  Here's a few that are also a treat for the eye.
This Loft Style room with raked ceiling makes use of the entire wall with shelving and built in cupboards which is also being used as an open bench  image carpettheworld
I find my craft supplies the hardest thing to store as it's a growing collection!  This is a fab idea borrowed from a "boys workshop"  nail the jar lids to the underside of a shelf and you can put your treasured supplies in image
Open shelving for storage can create interest in a room particularly when their is such a variety of items styled so well image

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Wish List #21 Ceiling Fans

I've just been having a lovely laze on the couches out on our back entertaining area and it was lovely to catch some Winter sun.  But we have a very rusty fan out there and by the time Summer comes we will be needing a fan to help with the heat.

So here's a few that might do the trick!

image motherearthnews
Caruso Fan image

Americano fan image
Have a lovely weekend - just beautiful weather today!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Wish List #20 Party Lights

Friday night is here again and it's party night!  So I hope you are all enjoying a great Friday night.  I've had a lovely dinner with friends and now  I'm looking forward to a fun filled weekend so here's a pic in celebration!

Party Lights image

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Wish List #19 A Dream Cottage Garden

While searching through those garden gates on my wish list I saw the most spectacular Cottage Gardens and that style is really one of my favourites.  Flowers of all shades and colours!  So I thought I'd share some of my favourite blooms and gardens pics as it's the perfect time for planting so you'll have the perfect blooms for Spring!

Gorgeous flowering plants and a winding pathway the most vibrant cottage garden! image

Spanish Lavender with a divine bloom and fragrance image ohric
Another picturesque English Cottage style garden! image
So now I need to get planning in order to have some of these wonderful blooms in spring as pictured below.
Hydrangeas image bigjauntsandjourneys
Peonies image simple gifts farm

Climing Roses Raven and the Writing Desk

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Wish List #18 A Dream Garden Gate

I love my front yard but there's something missing and that's a garden entry gate!  So here's some that I really like - now I have to inspire the handyman in my life (my hubby) to help me build one!

for more great images see Cottage Gardens on flickr

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Wish List #17 Lamps when you need some subtle lighting!

I really love lamps, the bases and the shades! So many different styles and colours to choose from and again not enough rooms to put them in!  But here are the ones I'd put on my wish list.

These lamps from No Chintz may inspire you to cover your own!  Find a vibrant fabric, a shade you like the shape of, cover and voile a new look lamp image
This is an ultra modern glitzy glam lamp and would suit an ultra modern fitout! more details from

Traditional Glass base mixed with a modern shade with a pink pop! image 

Bauble lamps have been on the radar for a long while now and I still love their glamour image

and another take on the bauble lamp

Monday, July 18, 2011

Wish List #16 Favourite Things in the Kitchen

Well we're over half way through the month and in case you've forgotten here's a link to my first post in July when I decided to blog about my favourite things in celebration of Christmas in July....

So todays wish is for things to put in my Kitchen.  I love my kitchen - it may not be my dream one but it's always nice to bring something new home to add to my other treasures.

I like the old style salt and pepper grinders and Wheel and Barrow have them in black, white or red!

Wheel & Barrow 30cm grinder currently priced at $44.95 more details at wheelandbarrow

The multi temperature fridge drawer that can be fully integrated into your kitchen joinery - known as the Cool Drawer from Fisher and Paykel!  What a dream.

For more information from F & P follow the link
Coming Soon to The Brown Trading Co. Keren Brown textiles.  I also spied this wonderful tablecloth in the current August edition of Home Beautiful (Australia) from Bungalow another Brown Trading Co. Designer!
For this gorgeous tablecloth and more keep your eyes peeled on
Until tomorrow....

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Wish List #15 What's the Time? Clock Time!

Wish List Item #15 tic toc tic toc clocks........
A great clock for a contemporary interior image

Clocks have been used as a decorating feature in this traditional study. image and for more station style clocks go to potterybarn

This modern white clock with embossed numbers available from

The stylish aluminium case of Newgate 1950s Wall Clock, ties in with the other stainless steel accessories in this gorgeous light and white kitchen image remodelista

French Vintage style clock from french dressing

Friday, July 15, 2011

Wish List #14 Window Treatments - Curtains, Blinds anything!

I'm searching for the best options for Window Treatments for my bedroom windows that is simple elegant and not to blande.  I'm open to all ideas but an alternative to venetians and curtains which I've made loads of.  So I thought I'd share some of the options that I've chosen to deliberate over.
Make your own roman blind?  This might be the best option pick your own fabric made to measure and voile.  This interior colour scheme is divine! interior design styles
This is a gorgeous bedroom with enough room for a beautiful vintage seat.  These Romans are MYO (Make your own) for the image and instructions visit 

This very pretty Roman is just a dream and great for a girls bedroom or girly retreat! image and instructions available from idealhomemagazine

Sheer roller blinds are subtle let in the natural light and keep the room light and airy image interior design styles

Shutters are great for permanent privacy but do restrict the view unless they are operable. 
image i want i want i want

Whilst I have a more subtle bedroom colour scheme, I'm really fond of the combination of soft curtains framing a patterned Roman blind image brooke giannetti 

So I may have added another project to my looooong list - Roman Blinds!