Monday, October 31, 2011

Delightful Daily: The Tan Leather Obsession Continues...

Happy Halloween: Spooky Gallery Wall

How about creating a spooky gallery wall on this fine Halloween day? Here are a few affordable prints to inspire (along with a few less affordable paintings).

I'm definitely in the mood. I've just come back from watching Halloween with a few girlfriends (I hate horror movies - they genuinely scare the jeebers out of me). THEN, a spider creeped up on me as I was writing this blog post, AND I've already been spooked on the radio this morning listening to ghost stories... So you can imagine how just creating this scary gallery wall gave me serious shivers!

PS - Halloween is not very big in Australia, so we're not decorating this year. But I'll be planning in advance next year. I want to encourage trick-or-treating in the neighborhood by decorating the house early and inviting the neighbors to participate!

Back to non-creepy delightfulness tomorrow.

 All artwork sources available on my Spooky Polyvore board.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Delightful Weekend: A Well-Deserved Lounge

10 Worthy Links: 28.10.11

1. Have you heard all the commotion about the C.Wonder store? I'm landing in NYC on Dec 28 so it's a date!

2. You have to tour this $32M San Francisco mansion. If only for the velvet dining room chairs. Or the view.

3. Caitlin Wilson finally released her long awaited new range of textiles and they are fabulous!

4. The new Furbish store opened in Raleigh, NC. I wish I was there! Take a tour here.

5. You MUST read this beautiful engagement story! What a sweet guy. Congratulations Brittany!

6. A house in the Hills is a new blog I discovered this week thanks to City Sage. I’m totally hooked. The funny dog pictures, the fashion shots, the interior design, everything! You would be silly not to follow.

7. The house of Amber Lewis of Amber Interiors is featured on Glitter Guide and it looks fabulous! The interview is also really sweet and well worth a read!

8. Don't miss the beautiful Sager Family Foundation sale on One Kings Lane. Beautiful traditionally woven baskets. Proceeds go to female artisans in areas of need.

9. Attention bookworms, two new books are scheduled to be released before Christmas Interiors Australia and New Zealand by Michael Oakley Smith and the much awaited Perfectly Imperfect Home by Deborah Needleman are both out soon!

10. I've never been a huge fan of Gilt, but I must admit the new home section of their website knocks it out of the park! Featuring Designer Boutiques by Bunny Williams, Alexa Hampton and Laura Kirar.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Delightful Daily: Art and Books

Traveling Toes: The Milestone Hotel, London

A few years ago, I spent a week in London with my mom. I love traveling with her. We love the same shopping, food, and we both love a bit of pampering!

It was January and although a bit chilly, it was mild compared to the bone shivering Canadian cold! What made it even better is that I stayed in the most delightfully charming English hotel called the The Milestone.

The Milestone is located right opposite Kensington Gardens and they allocate 3 staff for every one guest which means the service is PRISTINE. In fact, the year we were there, they were ranked No.1 in the world for service by Travel and Leisure Magazine.

Their style is definitely quirky and quaint. It might not be everyone's cup of tea but it's definitely good fun and delightfully English.

I got a little bit addicted on the daily homemade treats they left on our bed and their delicious raspberry martinis.

And, because I was jetlagged beyond belief (it was my first European trip), I mostly stayed up all night in their library reading so I can say even the night service was amazing!

In keeping in line with English tradition, we had high-tea at the Milestone which was sublime although probably more fit for 10 people rather than two.

They had pianists playing in the library most nights and most of them were good (there was one strange female vocalist and pianist in the lot).

Each room is individually designed. We had a little suite with balcony which was perfect and beautiful!

Basically, this post is just to say, if you're ever in London, check out the Milestone Hotel, even if it's just for an afternoon high-tea!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Delightful Daily: Lofty Living

Trending: Beautiful Shagreen

If you read interior design blogs, you have seen this word buzzing around. But what is shagreen?

Shagreen is a type of leather or rawhide consisting of rough untanned skin commonly made of the skins of sharks and rays (thank you Wikipedia)! It's typically used to cover anything from furniture, lighting, mirrors, homewares and other accessories, or even walls!

Red shagreen walls - Room by Mary McDonald for Kips Bay

Fun fact: because shagreen is typically made from the skin of sharks and rays, it’s impervious to stains and water. Perfect for nightstands, side tables and anywhere else you might pop a glass of water or drink on. No more need for coasters! 

Monday, October 24, 2011

Delightful Daily: A Little Skiing Anyone?

House Crush: A stylish couple's Manhattan home

I've been shocking at blogging lately. It happens sometimes. In fact, life happens sometimes and in this case, I would blame it on the weather becoming increasingly sunny and balmy. When it's 35 degrees, the prospect of a day of shopping with the girls, or a dinner out with a great group of friends is just more appealing than sitting at home with my laptop.

To make matters worse, I've been a little underwhelmed by interiors lately. You know, the feeling that you've seen it all before. But today, this house came into my reader inbox as a godsend. And with the sky back to grey and the temp back to 22, I'm ready to write!

First of all, these two are too darn cute! Brooke Cundiff is the epitome of chic, and I would buy every single item in her house! That desk makes me want to scream, and have you spotted the green velvet couch?

Her boyfriend (husband?) Michael Haney sure knows how to dress. A little too much perhaps? Don't get me wrong, it's a great look! I just couldn't picture M (or many other straight guys) in an outfit like this one. Guys usually prefer to walk around in their boxer shorts. So I'm happy when M throws on a nice pair of jeans, a shirt and some decent shoes when we go out (I do most of his clothes picking).

Hello office space! That leather mouse pad is to die for. I've had a tan leather and red fetish lately so this desk with leather and red accessories is making me drool.

Hydrangeas and wine. My kind of people.

More leather and red. 

all photos by Todd Selby

And what a beautiful bedroom! Aren't they sweet?

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Delightful Daily: Steel Windows and Bookcases

Elle Decor Espana via Knight Moves

Gab Loves 20.10.11

Sorry for being M.I.A. yesterday. Last night was date night for M and I. It was our two year anniversary! We had a wonderful dinner at Bistro Dom (best French food in Adelaide!) and then an Orange Jaffa ice cream and a walk along the beach. The perfect 35 degree weather made the whole thing a trillion times better!

M, if you're reading, I love you! X

Now onto some serious business:

1. Axon Tulip Pendant 2. Scallop Shell Mirror 3. Viv Pumps 4. Josef Frank Tray 5. Silk Cargo Shirt 6. Timex Leather Strap Watch 7. Skinny Patent Belt 8. Cabo Wire Baskets 9. Maxwell Dining Table 10. Spotted Porcelain Tray

Also included: Old Yarn Loom Rug, Scalamandre Wallpaper and Inslee Haynes Fashion Watercolour

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Delightful Daily

A Few Thoughts on Turning 25...

It’s official. Since Saturday, I am officially no longer part of the 18-24 age group. In fact, I'm now a quarter of a century old! Saying it like that sounds a bit blehh... 
So what does that mean for little ol’ me? Well, for starters, we celebrated in style on the weekend with a wonderful dinner with 30 of my closest (Australian) friends and (Australian) family!

I’ve since been reflecting on turning 25 (also known as the quarter life crisis) and I'm determined to make my life bigger and better in the next 5 years (not that it's not great now - but one has to has goals right? Right)! 

So I started a little to-do list (inspired by Mackenzie's 101 in 1001)… Only it's more of a 300 before 30! Can I really come up with 300 things? We shall see... here is a taster:

14- Try a dance class (excellent for posture and upper body strength!)

16- Learn basic conversational Greek (for our upcoming trip!)

19- Order a degustation menu (entrée-main-desert is fine but a 7-course degustation would be so fab!)

25- Try sewing something (like curtains maybe? I'm hopeless at that stuff)

28- Write and send a handwritten letter (not enough of those going around these days...)

I also took the time to write down what I want my life to look like 5 years. At 30, I'd like to...

1- Own a business -  I’m not much for working for others. Having a business will present many challenges, but will also bring greater creativity, flexibility and be more fulfilling and rewarding.

2- Spend more time overseas - I want a career that will not only allow but also encourage to spend more time back home in Canada while living in Australia. And that’s on top of all the other traveling I want to do. Did I mention I love to travel?

3- Have more me (and us) time - I don’t want a business to consume my life and I don’t plan on bringing my blackberry to bed! I’m a very homey person and I like having the time to cook delicious meals, spend quality time with M, and just do whatever else I love doing around the house.

4- Owning a house - We live in a beautiful house now which M owns, but in the next 2-3 years, we want to buy something bigger and better together. Somewhere where we can really see ourselves spending many years. We’ve started an extensive checklist for our dream home and my gosh, we better start saving!!!

5- Be blogging still! - Obviously, blogging has become an important part of my life, and I don't want that to change. I hope for Savvy Home to be bigger and better in 5 years!

Well that’s a snippet of my goals and plans for the next 5 years. I would love to know what are yours?

Monday, October 17, 2011

Delightful Daily: Quirky & Colourful

House Crush: Jacques Grange

A dear friend gave me The Selby book for my birthday on the weekend and what better way to spend an afternoon after a big night than curled up with a good coffee table book. Which is exactly what I did.

I've been following Todd Selby for years now and I'm sure some of you have too so this might be an oldie but it's also a goodie. Jacques Grange's Paris apartment. The photo below was on the first page of the book I opened and by the end of the book, it was still my favorite.

I recently read that you should always pay attention at what is being reflected in your mirrors and to ask yourself, is it worth being reflected? Jacques Grange definitely understood this concept!

I mean c'mon... Look at that view!
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