Zara Home Coming Soon

Well I've got good news for those of you living in
Melbourne. Zara Home is opening their first Australian
store in Melbourne's Highpoint Shopping Centre on Feb
12. And don't fret Sydney readers - you'll be getting a
Zara flagship store in the coming months. Brisbane readers
- you miss out - don't fear I'm from Brisbane too and used
to all of the big stores dissing Brisbane for other cities haha).
But in all seriousness, the range looks incredible and with
a very coastal/tropical look (probably better suited to
Brisbane's decorating scene and climate, but I digress).
Check out the images below to get a taste of what's to
come and click here to check out the Zara website.


Katy Thomas' pastel haven

Have you had a chance yet to read our printed Annual
edition? If so you would recognise the image above as
being our front cover home. Blogger Katy Thomas (from
The Eye Spy Milk Bar
) is the clever home owner and
decorator behind these bright interiors and has a great
eye when it comes to mixing and matching colours and
patterns. I've got a few extra images from our photo
shoot which didn'tmake it into the magazine (see below).

Photography: Hannah Blackmore   Styling: Alana Langan


Nautical Kids' Room by Young Folk

Today I have an adorable nautical themed kids' room tour
courtesy of Young Folk - a children's interior decor and
styling company (their online store is super cute too - click
here to check it out
). The client asked Young Folk to convert
their guest room into a space where their grandchildren (two
boys aged 2 and 4 years old) could stay over. They wanted
a nautical theme to fit with their Hamptons-style home.

The feature wall was painted using Mr. Jason Grant's paint
. "The beauty of using paint to change the wall is that
it can always be painted back again if they decide they no
longer want it. Paint is such a cost effective and easy way to
change a room," explains stylist Melissa Lee from Young Folk.

"I was immediately drawn to the Incy 'Mia' bed for its vintage
feel and the 'Lucy' drawers custom painted in Dulux 'Blue
Lobelia' and used these pieces for the base of my design,"
explains Melissa. "The bedside table and pendant lights bring
in a vintage old navy feel to the room and the sweet little
sailor sitting on the house shelf by Willow and Wood is a family
heirloom (over 50 years old), so added a nice touch to the
space. The family also has ties to the Sydney ferries with their
Grandfather working on the ferries as an engineer for many years
so the addition of the Make me Iconic Sydney ferry also sits
well with the room design and the family's history," says Melissa.

Get the nautical look with these adorable products.


Adore Annual Top-Up

I have good news for those searching high and low for
a copy of the Adore Annual in newsagents - we have an
extra 300 copies being put on the shelves today in the
newsagents that sold out. Click here to download the list
(it's listed by alphabetical order according to suburb to make
it easier for you to track your local one). Just a word of
warning though - each shop is only getting 1 or 2 copies
each - so I suggest to hop along asap to score yourself a
copy! We also have a few retail stores stocking the mag
(click here to download the list), along with it being
available in our online store (click here).


QT Hotel Port Douglas

So me and my partner recently came back from a summer
holiday up north. I visited Palm Cove and Port Douglas,
and whilst in Port Douglas I stayed at the quirky QT Hotel.
If you've ever stayed at any of QT's hotels you'll know they're
renowned for their unique and often quirky designs, both
in the rooms and in the restaurants/lobby areas, and QT
Port Douglas is no exception. From the minute we entered
the hotel's grand foyer with giant yellow and black and
white stripe pendant we knew we were in for a visual treat!

The hotel's lobby is quite relaxed, there's rope covered
poles, wicker chairs with colourful cushions and nautical
pendant lights. It's a very chilled, coastal look to suit
Port Douglas' tropical climate. The overall feel is relaxed
and will instantly make you feel like you're on holidays!

We had a buffet breakfast every morning in QT's Bazaar
restaurant (pictured above). The cold drinks station was a
nice touch - with various juices and smoothie shots in old-
school glass bottles with striped paper straws. There's a lot
of variety to choose from - but trust me, you need to try
the freshly made omlette by the chef there! You can pick
and choose what ingredients you want in your omlette and
even watch the chef prepare and cook it for you. I swear
it was the tastiest omlette I've ever had. Yummo!

Ok so on to the rooms - we stayed in a 1 bedroom unit.
It had a separate living/dining area and even a small
kitchen. These units are much bigger than a standard hotel
room which was a nice change! The bedroom was separate
and I was quite impressed that there was even a washing
machine and dryer near the bathroom. If you're going
away for a few days, it definitely comes in handy!

So why stay at QT Port Douglas? There are a number of
great reasons, here are some of my highlights from our
stay. Free cruiser bikes to hire for 3 hours at a time
- we had so much fun riding around the back streets of
Port Douglas doing a bit of house-stalking! Every night
there was a different special at Estillo - the hotel's more
casual-style restaurant. We had tasty $3 tacos on one
night and $10 jugs of sangria on another. And lastly the
whole design of the hotel is a big draw-card. Let me tell
you, this place is an instagrammer's paradise. There are
so many cool vignettes, patterns and colours everywhere,
you're going to love snapping pics on the entire trip!

To book your trip head to QT's website by clicking here.



Australian artist Jennifer Luby has launched her new online
store Jenniferlia, selling affordably priced original art, prints
and limited edition melamine plates. Original artworks are
priced from $400 and the prints are priced at $80, making it
an ideal choice for the budget-conscious decorator! "I love the
idea of everyone owning a piece of art, no matter how big or
small," explains Jennifer.  Jennifer describes her inspiration for
her art coming from everywhere around her: "From a song to
a landscape (my beautiful hometown Sydney), a line, a shade,
rhythm and discord, these all intertwine and play into each other."
To see more of Jennifer's works of art click here to visit her website.

*This post is sponsored. All words and opinions expressed in this blog post are my own.


Bedside Table Hunt

I'm currently on the lookout for new bedside tables and
I've discovered I'm quite the fuss-pot! I know I want the
tables to be white and if there is any handles I want them
to be silver to go with the silver studs on my bedhead (see
pic below). Surprisingly I've been having a hard time
tracking down exactly the style I have in my head.

I've found four which all meet the criteria in terms of
height and size, now I just need to decide. What do you
think - do any of the four below tickle your fancy or have
you seen any white bedside tables elsewhere in Australia that
would look just as nice? I love the table in the first image in
this post, from Xavier Furniture but I'm afraid it's a bit
too wide for my bedroom. Living in a 1 bedroom apartment
means I need to keep an eye on the width of furniture that's
for sure! The Jonathan Adler Channing side table from Coco
Republic is probably the front-runner at the moment (below).
It's shape is very Hollywood Regency and it's height is just right.


TOP PHOTO: Life in Bloom Photography   Interior design: Oliveaux


New Year New Start

With a new year just around the corner, here is a
roundup of some cute products to get your desk
organised for the new year! For me there will be
plenty of list making going on in the next few days!