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Wednesday, June 29, 2011


I am always attracted to colour and when used with care and balance will make a very warm and welcoming room.  Colour looks great in all sorts of settings.  Even if just used in a feature chair and cushions, colour and pattern will transform a room.  

Inspiration comes to me from varied sources and I often take photos of things that catch my eye; it could be autumn leaves, flowers, a colourfully painted building, shop displays, etc.  

I took the photo below at La Boca in Buenos Aires, Argentina and the Thibaut fabric in the next photo reminded me of that colourful corner of BA.

La Boca

I loved the old theatre panels which decorate a winery shed in Orange NSW (De Salis).  They add some real style and colour to a corrugated iron former packing shed!  If I half closed my eyes I could imagine I was back in Italy in an old palazzo.  The colour is actually more vibrant in real life.

I took the photo below on a stunning day at Armstrong Bay which is near Port Fairy on Victoria's south/west coast.  With the cold windy weather at this time of year it's nice to dream of long summer days lazing at the beach.  The beautiful Schumacher indoor/outdoor collection in the next photo had me dreaming of summer.  Maybe Trina Turk, the fabric designer, was inspired by somewhere like Armstrong Bay on a summer day!

More summer dreaming!

Back to winter now - I've just been to Orange, New South Wales where the cold and wind were biting (lots of layers kept us warm!).  In the little heritage town of Millthorpe near Orange a colourfully decorated chair and cushions by a sunny window immediately made me feel toasty, and brought to mind autumn leaves in the following photo taken in autumn in Bowral, NSW.

And this photo is of a really beautiful Osborne & Little fabric which has been hanging in my shop window and received many favourable comments.

These are the fabrics which are currently in my window, the beautiful and colourful striped sheer is from JAB and the linen Chinoiserie fabric is from Soleil Bleu