Wednesday
Dec172014

Christmas Tabletop Styling

I don't know about you, but I haven't even had the
chance yet to come up with any styling ideas for this year's
Christmas feast with my family. This post has probably
come at the perfect time for me - and I hope it's also helpful
for you too! Renowned Australian furniture boutique/designer
Mark Tuckey has invited some of their favourite people to share
their tabletop style - no matter what your style this Christmas
there's an idea here to inspire! I've chosen my top 3 styles - 
I love that none of them are very traditional or 'Christmasy'
- each one is unique. All furniture shown is from Mark Tuckey.

The above styling is by Louella Tuckey (co-owner and creative
director at Mark Tuckey). "We love to keep it low key and pared
back, pretty much what we state in our furniture," says Louella.

Tash Sefton and Elle Ferguson, the creators of 'They
All Hate Us' blog
have created a fun, youthful look for
their tabletop styling (2 pictures directly above). "Our
tabletop was created for the perfect Christmas lunch for the
'They All Hate Us' girl... in our world its all about
controlled chaos just like the montages on our website,"
explains the super stylish ladies behind the blog.

And the final look that I'm absolutely smitten with,
is by Holly Hipwell (talented florist behind The Flower
Drum
). As you can imagine her tabletop styling is all
about flowers en masse. "For my table I used in season
favourites - wild field roses, peonies and hydrangeas atop
a mirrored runner (to amplify the florals) and colourful
honeycomb lanterns in bright pop colours," says Holly.

Monday
Dec152014

Modern Letterboxes from Javi Design

The humble Aussie letterbox has been given a modern makeover
thanks to Melbourne-based Javi Design. This sleek letterbox is the
perfect partner for contemporary homes and the style-conscious
homeowner. Industrial designer Lee Rodezno was compelled to
rethink the letterbox's place in the 'home styling' pecking order,
after being disappointed by the quality and design of products
already on the market. "I couldn't understand why people would put
so much effort into the design of their homes, from the architecture
to the interior styling and even landscaping and then plonk a dull,
uninspiring old-fashioned letterbox out the front," he says.

The Javi letterbox is entirely modular which means it can
stand alone out the front of any home, or be integrated into
walls, fences or even apartment buildings. The simple unfinished
timber panel allows for customised painting or staining, as well
as specific engraving. But the range offers more than just good
looks - it's also 100% secure with added features like stainless
steel visor, box within a box protective structure, handy
magnetic door latch and discrete lock access. To find out
more or to purchase the Javi letterbox click here.

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

Monday
Dec152014

CHRISTMAS GIFT IDEAS FOR GUYS

For anyone scratching their heads wondering what to
get that special man in their life for Christmas, look no
further than Navy Crockett. They specialise in an array
of quirky, stylish and thoughtful gifts for guys that are
suited to all budgets. Here's our top fun finds from Navy
Crockett - click here to shop their range of goodies.

1 PRINT  /  2 BOTTLE OPENER  /  3 MUG  /  4 PORTABLE SPEAKER
5 FLAVOURED TOOTHPICKS  /  6 TOWEL  /  7 WASH BAG

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

Thursday
Dec112014

Catherine Wilson's Chic Home

Hopefully most of you have had a chance to grab yourself
a copy of the Adore Annual Edition and check out our
gorgeous home features. One of the lovely homes we
profiled, was stylist Catherine Wilson's Sydney home.
What stood out to me, was the level of detail in each
space of the home. Every inch was decorated and styled
beautifully with so much care and thought put into every
item on display. Her colour palette of black and white,
with layers of grey and soft nude pink hues is not only
on-trend at the moment, it's also a classic combination
that will stand the test of time. Here are a few extra
pics that didn't make it into the Annual Edition - enjoy!

 Photo: Hannah Blackmore   Styling: Catherine Wilson

Wednesday
Dec102014

A taste of Italy

When it comes to Christmas, some people are just down-
right hard to buy for - am I right? For the person who has
it all or is a little picky, gorgeously packaged gourmet food
products can be a great solution. Everyone loves food right?
TheGourmet.com.au has partnered exclusively with Salt
Meats Cheese (the famous fine Italian food and providores
shop in Sydney), which means foodies all over Australia can
shop the pretty pastas, premium olive oils, flavoured salts,
exquisite gourmet sauces the shop is famous for. Below, I
have done a round-up of some delicious products that would
look great in any food hamper - the perfect Christmas gift.
Shop these products by clicking here.

Tuesday
Dec092014

HOUSE OF M&K GIFT IDEAS

Can you believe it's 2 weeks til Christmas?! I can't. I'm
seriously in denial and keep thinking this year only just
started! Anyways time to get organised and find presents
for my loved ones. I'm loving House of M&K's new range
of kate spade new york stationery and products (they have
quite an awesome selection) and their adorable Orla Keily
gardening essentials
would be perfect for the green thumb
in the family (I could see my Mum and Dad both loving these).
And for the stationery lover (ahem, that would be me), why
not fill one of the kate spade 'Treat Yourself' favour bags
(click here) up with some mini notebooks (click here), pencils
(click here) and correspondence cards set (click here).

If you join up to the House of M&K mailing list and place an
order in December or January you will receive a $50 gift
voucher to spend on any future purchase of $100 or more
(which is valid for 12 months). Click here to shop.

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

Monday
Dec082014

Gift ideas under $50

With Christmas well and truly on its way I thought I'd do
a round-up of my fave products that would make adorable
Christmas gifts - and the best bit they're all less than $50!

1 PRINTABLE CARD  /  2 ADORE ANNUAL MAGAZINE  /  3 BRACELET
4 HANDBAG  /  5 MUG  /  6 PLATE  /  7 BRASS CRAB  /  8 CANDLE

Friday
Dec052014

Living Room Makeover Reveal

We all love a good before and after right? Well today's
makeover is going to knock your socks off. Nabila Jouni’s
living room in Guildford, NSW, is barely recognisable as it
has gone from a mess to mesmerising thanks to a makeover
from online homewares retailer TheHome.com.au. The living
room was named Australia’s Ugliest after a nationwide search
together with Network Ten’s Studio 10, and won a makeover
valued at $10,000 from TheHome.com.au and Haymes Paint.
"I love everything – the furniture and the bright colours.
The room makes me feel happy when I enter it," Nabila said.

According to TheHome.com.au’s stylist Emma Blomfield, who
headed up the makeover, the calming and fresh colours were
chosen to make the room feel lighter and brighter. "The sofas are
slimline and a much better use of the space – the previous couches
were too imposing and blocked the natural traffic flow," Emma said.
Family is important to Mrs Jouni, so the floating shelf with an array
of family pictures was according to Blomfield a "non-negotiable".

It was Nabila’s son Sam who entered his mother into the
competition, and revealed she was so ashamed of her ugly
living room she was too embarrassed to entertain her own
children and grandchildren in it. "My parents have struggled to
pay off their mortgage for the past 16 years, leaving no money to
fix up our home. All my mother wants is to have an entertaining
area to cater to her children and grandchildren without being
embarrassed. She deserves this," Sam wrote in his touching entry.

The walls were repainted in a calming blue called Trempealeau
by boutique paint retailer Haymes Paint. "Painting a room can
be one of the simplest ways to change its atmosphere and
personality. In this case, we used blue to create a more
contemporary, uplifting yet relaxed feel," said Kylea Wilson,
Colour & Commercial Assistant at Haymes Paint.

Photography: Dara Tippapart  Styling: Nicki Don both from TheHome.com.au