Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Country gate post 1

Country gate spotto
When a city door closes a country gate opens

Before moving to our little greenacre I was a multi-tasking, power walking house sourcing stylist with a suburban diploma in footpath small talk.."wanna mow mine too"  haw haw. 
Sadly now, in the ranges my small talk skills are falling on the muffed ears of the lawn riders and the only way I can walk & source these days is with a telescope and a loudspeaker, which is a bit tricky as we don’t have either. However as my mother always said ‘who put the empty milk carton back in the fridge”  "think outside the square" so I did just that and discovered the joys of walking and garden gate spotting. 
Here are a few gems I trampled past today, enjoy your walk in the ranges.

fyi the last pic is our house and if you keep walking you'll come to my favourite gate 
ttfn Jo

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Goosedown Deluxe Giveaway

Best dressed beds
Which personality type are you?

Having spent my youth in an all girl Catholic boarding school I can't possibly leave 
the house without making the bed or eat fishcakes on friday. I'm also not into 
full fat pillows, they’re a pain in the C7 so next time we go holidaying up the coast 
the skinny flatty is coming too.

Unfortunately my sad, skinny runway model of a pillow looks like it has passed out on 

the bed after its made so, for the sake of aestheics I have a stash of fuller figured feather bags ...nothing says deluxe comfort like a plus sized pillow!

Arranging pillows on a bed is not only a skill it's another category on the Myers Briggs test. Do you layer symmetrically + vertically, stacking until the final mini bling cushion (entj) or opt for the asymmetrical look, one side vertical the other horizontal (esnp) or do you just throw them on the bed overarm like my husband (meh)

And what of bedlinen- are you a smooth or crunchy? Crisp sheets and tucked in 
blankets or feathery doonas? Personally I'm a doona fan, the chameleon of bedland 
plus I like shaking them in that big, slow way to get all the little recalcitrant feathers 
back up the other end!

Next to mint slices, there is something delicious about a freshly made bed and in a perfect world there would be a 'just made bed' force field repelling bouncing children, jumping dogs and husbands putting on socks.

Are you a self made bed fan?

1. Can you walk out the door without attempting to make the bed?
2. Does trampolining on a freshly made bed fill you with pure joy?
3. Are there less than 2 pillows on your bed once made?
4. Is a 'hospital corner' a place for naughty sick people?
5. Bedruffle, Bedlam and Bedazzle are all types of fitted sheets?

If you answered NO to any of the above stay posted for the next styling challenge 
and the Pillow Places Giveaway!

For beautiful bedlinen online go to 

 ttfn Jo

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Just white?


there's white... and then there's white
Nothing like a treechange and a greenacre to make you fall in love with hogs bristle 
all over again. Vintage homes + warm whites are made for each other, just ask 
Adelaide Bragg, interior designer and master of the warm, not fresh palette.

We shot Adelaides house for H&G and I have to admit I was  insanely jealous mildly envious of her gorgeous, yet slightly imperfect home in Prahran.
Adelaide, Adelaide, Adelaide not only is the house dreamy she also has two 
adorable boys, a cute scrappy dog AND she makes really nice soup...but you know, 
who doesn't make soup?

The bedroom & ensuite were my favourite creamy rooms. In the ensuite, Adelaide had made a natural linen floor-to-ceiling curtain to section off her robe from the wet area which unfortunately was not only beautiful but cleverly economic...the idea, not the fabric as Im sure it was Colefax & Fowler which is only beautiful, never economic!

As I opened the front door to my house that afternoon I dusted off the Bernina, made soup and vowed & declared that I would never be cool white again, evah!  

If you love sophisticated, relaxed family living with a little bit of traditional English styling, you'll love Adelaides work...take a peek.

 ttfn, Jo