January 31, 2012

My Pinterest dream home

While I am rather fond of our House on Chambers, there are times when the mind needs to wander off to other places. Like this morning for instance, when the rainwater ran out before I'd washed the conditioner out of my hair. While I was rinsing my head over the bathroom sink with a chilled carafe of water from the fridge, the cat decided to unfurl a roll of toilet paper and leave it in a shredded pile just inside the toilet door. Sounds like a good time to visit my Pinterest dream home...


Welcome! Come on in...


Follow the driveway, keep going past the barn and stables...


There's plenty of room in the garage for your car...


There's no need to knock...


Just come straight inside...


Keep going down the main hallway...


Past the living room...


And the study...


The bathroom is on your right...




You'll find me in the kitchen...


Would you like to stay for dinner? We can eat inside...


Or out... (There's an outdoor fire if the weather is chilly)...


Or perhaps you'd like to stay the night? The guest bedroom is all made up...


And in the morning, we can gather some eggs...


And some herbs from the kitchen garden to make a wonderful breakfast...

all images via Pinterest

And of course, you're welcome back any time...

B.x

P.S. A huge thank you to Allumer*Decor for passing on the Versatile Blogger award! After last week I'm running a little short on interesting facts about myself, but here goes:
1. Before I got married, I couldn't cook anything. I taught myself to cook after suffering restaurant withdrawals when I moved to the country.
2. Every now and again, I somehow get the hour and minute hand on a clock confused when trying to tell the time. Farmer Joe thinks it's the funniest thing ever.
3. I believe that most of the day's problems can be solved with a lovely glass of Adelaide Hills Sauv Blanc.
4. I have an addiction to embarrassing and age-inappropriate television shows (think Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Glee).
5. I cannot live happily without pets. I've restrained myself to one dog, one cat, two horses and three chickens, but only because Farmer Joe insists.
6. I can drive a tractor. (Being a farmer's wife, some of you might not be surprised by that. But it certainly surprised me!).
7. On weekends there's nowhere I'd rather be than curled up on my couch with Georgia the Corgi, Belly the Ragdoll, a glass of white wine (see number 3) and a DVD (see number 4).




January 27, 2012

Yay for West Elm!


It's here! The much awaited West Elm Essex bench is in place and already occupied by Belly the Ragdoll. The bench was extremely well packaged and arrived in excellent condition. Most importantly, it looks fabulous - big thanks to everyone who voted!

B.x

P.S. Sometimes you just have to laugh and shake your head. After travelling from the US, via Hong Kong, and finally to South Australia, the little bench didn't make it the last 20kms out to the farm. Apparently the local delivery subcontractor doesn't deliver to farms, so Farmer Joe had to make a quick dash into town to collect it from the truck depot!

January 25, 2012

Loving... Spoonflower (& I've been tagged!)


After (too) many frustrating hours of trying to source designer upholstery fabrics online, I've finally stumbled across a site that has me smiling... Spoonflower. Spoonflower is to textiles what Etsy is to cottage industry, with an online marketplace that offers the largest collection of independent designer fabrics in the world. (How did I not know about this before?). Orders are custom printed on the base fabric of your choice at really affordable prices. If you're feeling brave, you can even upload your own fabric designs for printing. And best of all, they have international shipping. Here are a few of my favourites...





all images via Spoonflower 

Meanwhile, I've been tagged by Anna (My Design Ethos) and KL (eternalicons), who wanted to know a little more about me (thanks ladies!). I'm going to cheat and give you an abridged version with six random facts (because there really isn't that much to say!):
1. I spent nine years at university (yep, that's full time). Now I like to think of my degrees as incredibly expensive art for the study.
2. I've kept my maiden name because my husband's surname rhymes with my first. The local townsfolk ignore this choice and use the rhyming name because it's funny.
3. I've been a vegetarian since I rescued a week old hatchling chicken when I was twelve (and yes, I married a beef and lamb farmer - go figure).
4. Despite having moved to the country, my wardrobe still contains 40 pairs of heels and a half dozen puffy silk skirts, because I like to pretend that one day, I'll have an excuse to wear them again.
5. I am an enormous nerd, with an addiction to historical and scientific non-fiction and classic literature. As a result, I am an unbeaten champion at Trivial Pursuit.
6. Even after living in the country for three years, I still cry every time we accidentally run over a bird or rabbit. My friends also won't drive with me, because I brake and/or swerve for every little creature within 100 metres (including, once, a dragonfly).

B.x

January 23, 2012

A very unique wine bucket...


Remember the old farm workbench that Farmer Joe and I plan to recycle as an outdoor table? As you can see, it has a rather odd indent running the length of the bench and I've been trying to figure out how to fill it. New timber plank? Glass cover? Row of low-growing pot plants? Then a lovely friend emailed me this image, and my problem was solved...

source unknown

A metal tray insert that serves as a very unique wine bucket. I can also imagine it filled with dozens of candles for special occasions. I'm willing to bet that this idea will be pretty popular with Farmer Joe and our future guests...

B.x

January 20, 2012

A touch of black...


I once read that if a room isn't quite working, it probably needs a touch of black. This is one piece of advice I've followed to the letter. Every room I've decorated so far on Chambers has an element of black incorporated into the design. And the more I learn about interiors, the more I recognise the value of black accents in adding depth, crispness and a visual anchor to a room. Take a look at these examples...




above images via decorpad



above images via pinterest

B.x

P.S. I'm hooked on tracking the international travels of my West Elm Essex bench via DHL online. She arrived in Hong Kong today after a brief stay in Ohio earlier in the week...

January 16, 2012

Loving... Modern traditional


Living in a working farmhouse, I am heavily influenced toward an Australian country design aesthetic. However, when I imagine my fantasy/'anything goes' dream home, I always picture a modern traditional interior...


For me, modern traditional interiors achieve a perfect and ever-so delicate balance. Classic furniture design and room layout is accented with modern fabrics, accessories and art.




I love the versatility of this style - it can be feminine, eclectic, bold or neutral...





And I am besotted with these examples of stunning period furniture reupholstered in bold on-trend prints...


all images via pinterest

While our house may demand more rustic and earthy elements, I've got a few ideas to incorporate some modern traditional touches of our own. Stay tuned!

B.x 

January 12, 2012

The Awkward Spot

Now that the main bedroom is under control (and I am excitedly awaiting the arrival of my new pieces), I've turned my attention to the entrance. The oil landscape I commissioned is expected to arrive soon (from Jennifer Shears on Etsy), and I've added a mixture of traditional black and modern white picture frames to the antique entrance table. Now I'm left with a very awkward empty spot - the corner between the entrance table and the front door...


Because of the very heavy timber pieces in the entrance, I need a little something that will lighten and modernize the space. I'd like a sense of playfulness too. I've found two upholstered pieces and I'm completely torn between them...


The Bordeaux Ottoman from Interiors Online would be reupholstered in the beige and linen chevron shown. The other option is the West Elm Essex Bench which comes in a lovely grey and flax ikat (and is on sale with half price shipping). The entrance is directly at the rear of our living room, so all the fabrics need to be complementary. As a reminder, we've got red ticking and damask and linen tones, with splashes of black and white stripe...


So I'd love to hear again from all of you lovely creative bloggers - which would you choose?

B.x

January 10, 2012

Beautiful beds...


One of the lessons I've learned about renovating is that if a decision is proving too difficult to make, you might not have the right choices in front of you. When my efforts to choose a bed head began to look like this...

It's been a while since cut and paste actually involved scissors and tape

... I decided that it was time to go back to basics. So I went looking for beds that inspired me...





all images via decorpad

I'm not giving away my selection just yet - I'll keep you posted! And sincere thanks to everyone who voted!

B.x