1 PRETTY PINK
With my cheap chest of drawers now on its last legs, I’m on the hunt for a new option – here’s what has caught my eye.
I love the colour pink in the bedroom – there’s something so pretty about it, and I’m very tempted to pop a pink chest of drawers in my bedroom. Whilst this Sienna Console from Adairs (pictured above and opposite) isn’t technically a chest of drawers, it does have a couple of drawers for storage. Ok so it would probably work better in a guest bedroom, but isn’t it pretty (and currently it is under $200)!
The next category is timber drawers – they certainly can warm up a space, and there’s so many to choose from! I’ve rounded up some of my favourite styles including this clean and contemporary Balmain Tallboy in oak, from Urban Couture (pictured above). I love the two open compartments at the top – this would be great for stashing jewellery and other accessories that you want to access easily.
I couldn’t help but also share this Mod Dresser from Ubabub too – I love the juxtaposition of the white geometric metal detailing down the side with the Ash timber. Could be used as a change table in a nursery – or as a chest of drawers for an adults bedroom.
This style above – the Charlie chest of drawers from Lilly and Lolly – might be aimed at kids’ rooms, but I think it fits equally as well in adults bedrooms (the size is certainly comparable with other full size chests of drawers!). And I love the Natural Tassie Oak and White Wash (pictured above) finishes it comes in.
3 BRASS DETAILS
I think you’ll all know by now I’m a sucker for anything with a brass detail, so naturally this had to be a category of contenders for my next chest of drawers. West Elm seem to be leading the way with options – and this Audrey three drawer dresser (pictured opposite) is probably my favourite at the moment. It also comes in a 5 and 6-drawer option for those needing more storage.
I swear kids furniture online stores have the best selection of drawers – no joke! I spotted this sexy number, pictured above, with shiny gold legs and handles on Potterybarn Kids website. It’s the Flynn Dresser - and again - the proportions aren’t just for kids’ rooms – this one would look great in any adults’ room, in fact I think I might want it for myself.
After launching the brand last year, The Print Emporium’s creative director Zoe Bristow has released her second artwork collection at Sydney Life Instyle trade show. We sat down with Zoe and got all the details on the new range of beautiful art prints.
1. Tell us about the new pieces in the collection, and the inspiration behind them?
In this collection, we have added over 100 new designs into our ever-growing range, which include more florals, birds, Scandinavian/nordic themes, and also a range of hyper-realistic detailed black and white prints. We also have a new Palm Springs Doorway series, which is a range of designs that we hand-painted from photographs we shot late last year in the Californian city – such an amazing place. Also, we just launched a Baby Nursery collection (pictured above), a collection of cute baby animals, all hand-painted and made available as reprints.
2. Can you tell us about how each piece is created?
We photograph first, or licence photos from photographers, then we employ over 15 artists privately (mainly in Australia, with a few from overseas), to hand paint each with oil paints or acrylic paints, taking tens of hours or even more depending on the complexity. They're mini masterpieces in their own right, we then have them digitized in Melbourne by a husband and wife team using very high quality European cameras, the same that top art galleries use for reproductions, and then make them available as stretched canvases or framed/unframed giclee paper prints. Our printer/framers are also based in Australia – we love supporting local manufacturers! This is very important to us. The whole process takes months for each collection and is a huge investment, but it makes for something pretty special in the end we think!
3. How has the new collection been received at Life Instyle - any standouts or popular styles?
We were blown away with the reception, actually I hardly sat down, as the stand was overflowing with people constantly, which was insane! The standouts were our new hero floral 'Spring Bouquet' (pictured above) – this one was a clear standout, as was 'Vintage Blooms' (pictured right at the top of blog post). Our new Palm Springs Doorway range was a hit, a few of the birds flew off the wall (literally) and the new Baby Nursery range was very well received too. Buyers told us that they were loving the quality and timber frames, and also the fact we have fresh new designs that have been hand painted which looked far better in person than on our website. In fact, some buyers sat there in front of the stand wall and turned to us and asked if they were looking at a painted design or a photo, as they are that detailed!
If a stay in Palm Springs is on the cards, you will be spoilt for choice with boutique hotels. Here are some of my favourites.
Ahh, the Parker Palm Springs, one of my personal favourite hotels! Having recently been given a refresh by interior design guru Jonathan Adler, the hotel is looking as beautiful as ever. The gardens here are also exceptional, with maze-like walkways throughout the property that lead to the various hotel rooms and suites, and mini-oases scattered in between. Think lemonade stand, two outdoor pools, tennis court, croquet lawn, and a nautical themed day-spa complete with heated pool. Because a lot of the activities and facilities are located outside, my hot tip is to stay in the spring or summer – when it’s nice and hot. There’s nothing better than sipping a cocktail poolside when it’s warm and sunny.
I’ve been fortunate enough to stay at the Parker three times now, and honestly it’s worth the splurge. If you want to score more affordable room rates though, (and this applies to many Palm Springs hotels), they sometimes offer discounted prices during the summer (as it gets super hot)!
The Sands Hotel & Spa is the first designer boutique hotel in the prominent and exclusive community of Indian Wells just 30 minutes drive from Palm Springs. Designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard has transformed the rooms and day spa into a luxe Moroccan-inspired haven. The Sands only recently opened, and this brand new hotel is high on my list of places to stay next time I holiday in California. It truly looks like a pink oasis – my kind of heaven.
A blue-and-white-lover’s paradise, Holiday House Palm Springs is a delightful boutique hotel offering beautifully designed rooms, each unique in its design. Wallpaper, custom-made furnishings, and art clusters throughout really help to make this hotel feel like a home away from home. There are so many design details in each space – our room included a kitchenette, bar cart, dining nook, and a bathroom complete with freestanding bathtub and crisp white penny round tiles. But honestly there are just too many features to list! There’s eye-candy at every turn, making this a very 'instagrammable' hotel.
Whether you’re spending your days lazing by the pool, or drinking by the firepit and cosy outdoor lounges, or cruising around the area on one of the complimentary cruiser bikes, there’s much to do in this small adults-only resort. Oh and there is a free continental breakfast each morning for guests. I really couldn’t fault this hotel – add it to your must-stay list.
Photography: Zeke Ruelas
There are very few (if any), new-build hotels in Palm Springs, which makes the recent opening of the Kimpton Rowan Hotel an exciting one! On my recent trip to Palm Springs I was actually deciding between The Rowan and Holiday House and eventually chose Holiday House, however on my next holiday I’ve got dibs on The Rowan. The views from the rooms look sensational, and that rooftop pool looks dreamy – I could jump right in. Located in downtown Palm Springs, makes this the ideal location to base yourself, with restaurants, shopping and the Art Museum all at your fingertips.
Whilst I didn’t stay here, I did visit the gorgeous lobby and had breakfast one morning at Juniper Table, the hotel’s casual cafe. Whilst the menu was small, I really enjoyed the Real French Toast with vanilla-bourbon custard and fresh berries, whilst my partner insisted the Classic BEK (breakfast burger) with scrambled eggs, slab bacon, kale and béarnaise was the tastiest breakky he had eaten in Palm Springs.
Photography: Laure Joliet
MORE PALM SPRINGS STAYS
You might also want to check out La Serena Villas – it’s another adults-only resort, with a Mediterranean influence in its design. There’s also an on-site restaurant – Azucar which offers indoor and outdoor seating, as well as a stunning rooftop deck. Stop by for cocktails and appetizers or a full dinner.
Looking for a cool pool party scene? Arrive, Ace Hotel, and The Saguaro are more fun options. If you’re looking for something more high-end, a stay at the ultra decadent L’Horizon (pictured opposite) might be for you. It’s certainly on my bucket list, ahh a girl can dream!
I was lucky enough to attend Modernism Week in February this year, and I had an absolute blast! Here’s a roundup of my favourite events/tours.
Photography Mark Zeidler
MOROCCAN MODERN SHOWCASE HOME
Let’s kick things off with the Modernism Week Showcase Home. Each year there is a different showcase home, each decorated differently – this year’s was a gorgeous Moroccan Modern home designed by Thomboy Properties. This was by far, my favourite event at Modernism Week, if you only have the budget to do one event – this would be it. There is more of an emphasis on the interior design with the Showcase Homes and that of course, is my thang. I loved the Moroccan influence in the home, yet it was fun and playful in some of the rooms and a little bit luxe too – how good is that master bedroom pictured below – bedroom goals am I right?!
MODERN GARDEN TOUR
So it would hardly be surprising that one of my favourite events was the Modern Garden Tour, I love outdoor spaces and it was a real thrill to take a peek behind some amazing Palm Springs homes and take a tour of their gardens. For the most part, each worked with the harsh desert climate, gravel/stone is a big feature, along with desert-dwelling plants like cacti. And of course, a pool is a definite necessity with the scorching heat. Here’s some shots of my favourite elements from some of the gardens. My mind is bubbling away with ideas, I so desperately want to buy a home and renovate it!
Another highlight included the Modernism Week Signature Home Tour, which takes in five different homes – getting a look inside each was such a thrill! It’s a self-guided tour, so you’ll need your own car to get to each location. The Premier Double Decker Bus Tour is also a must if it’s your first time in Palm Springs and Modernism Week – a great way to gain some knowledge about some of Palm Springs’ best modernist architecture and get to know some of the great neighbourhoods too. Our tour guide was a lot of fun, I found it really enjoyable (minus the cold windy weather we had on that day – not ideal for an open-air bus tour ha)! If you’re keen to check out all of those insta-worthy colourful doors, book a ticket on the Palm Springs Door Tour. You’ll be given a map and you can choose to ride or drive it (you’ll need your own bike or vehicle to get around) – at the end of the tour you’ll receive a cocktail at The Saguaro Hotel, sounds like the perfect way to end a fabulous day.
Modernism Week takes place over two jam-packed weeks in February each year. Next year’s event is scheduled for 14-24 February - if you’re going to Palm Springs I highly recommend you check it out, even if you can only attend one or two events!
Palm Springs is not only a haven for mid-century architecture and the most beautiful homes on the planet, it’s also home to the most colourful doors! Here’s a tour of some of my favourites.
Photography Mark Zeidler
I swear, almost every second home had a coloured door – those Palm Springs folk know how to do colour, and they do it well. The majority of the homes pictured here are in the Indian Canyons’ neighbourhood, if you want to check these out in person you can drive around (that’s what we did) or ride around on a bike. Most hotels have complimentary bikes for guests to use. If you’re in Palm Springs in February, you could go on the self-guided Palm Springs Door Tour during Modernism Week, which includes a map of all the popular colourful doors and a cocktail at The Saguaro Hotel afterwards. You do need to provide your own method of transportation though.
Which door is your favourite? I have a hard time deciding between ‘that pink door’ pictured right at the top, and the black one above with the Moroccan arch at the front – talk about a dramatic front entrance. And that breeze block on the orange door above has captured my heart. Ah, no wonder Palm Springs is my happy place, can’t wait to go back one day!
Rebecca Judd has teamed up with Adairs to create the dreamiest bedding collection - here’s a look at the new range which launched today.
Not just a pretty face, Rebecca Judd is a talented TV presenter, model and lifestyle blogger with impeccable taste when it comes to all things interior-related. So obviously when she first started teaming up with Adairs, the collections were jaw-droppingly beautiful and this new Winter range is no exception. I love all of the blush and nude pink tones, but it’s the teal velvet Jardin quilt that has really stolen my heart (see below).
Says Rebecca of the new range: "While boho tassels and natural fabrics have been all the rage, I wanted to take it to the next level by adding a textural contemporary twist to my bedding design. ‘Como’ (pictured above) features abundant tassels in conjunction with lace strapping to give the bed a fashionable, modern, yet still very comfortable look. The different textures on this bed combined with two of my fave colours (blush pink and silver), make this bedding the stand out piece of the season."
Oh and today is a Linen Lovers Exclusive Event day meaning this new collection is automatically 40% off from midday today (March 14) until the end of the day Thursday (March 15). Shop RJL x Adairs new range by clicking here.
Looking to escape the hustle and bustle of LA? Escape to a coastal getaway in Santa Monica and Malibu. Here’s my guide on where to stay, eat and play.
What I like about LA, is that it offers many different types of holiday, depending on what you’re after. If you are looking for a more coastal escape, I can recommend a stay/visit in Santa Monica or Malibu. Malibu Farm is an iconic eatery offering a restaurant and a more casual cafe, on the Malibu Pier. It’s one of those must-visit places for tourists and I adored the barn-like exterior and cosy Scandi-inspired interior. The food is simple yet tasty, and the views over the Pacific ocean cannot be beat.
Another highlight of our trip was going on a Malibu Wine Safari. Now, wine and animals might seem to be a weird combination but it was so much fun! You get to explore the 1,000 acre Saddlerock Ranch and vineyard in Malibu, in a custom-built open-air Safari vehicle. You’ll make stops along the way to take in the scenery, taste six different wines, and get up close and personal with animals like zebras, camels, alpacas, bison, and even Stanley the Giraffe (who we got to feed on our tour – that’s my hand pictured below!). It’s an experience I’ll never forget.
We didn’t stay overnight in Malibu, but if I was to re-visit I’d love to stay at The Surfrider Malibu. The interiors are dreamy, with a definite laid-back coastal vibe, but not in a cliche kind of way (no anchor motifs in sight here!). And that rooftop deck reserved just for guests, looks like the ideal spot to drink a glass of wine or two and watch the sun go down.
If you’re looking to base yourself in Santa Monica, check-in to The Shore Hotel – a boutique hotel with a focus on eco-conscious practices. Situated right across the road from The Santa Monica Pier, and minutes within great shops and cafes, The Shore Hotel is the perfect place to base yourself. It’s also a 10 minute drive to Venice (shopping on Abbot Kinney Blvd is a must), and 30 minute drive to Malibu. The rooms whilst small, are comfortable, and ours had beach and pool views! Welcome drinks on arrival, and free cruiser bikes are just some of the perks.
During our stay in Santa Monica we stumbled across this cute cafe – Little Ruby. When we were checking the menu out, we noticed they sold vegemite on toast, and thought hey this must be an Australian cafe! Naturally we went in, because we were in search of Aussie-style coffee, and Little Ruby did not disappoint. We loved this place so much we ate here for almost every meal, breakfast, lunch and dinner! Definitely include this place on your list if visiting Santa Monica.
Unfortunately I didn’t get a chance to eat at The Butcher’s Daughter, but I so would have loved to. It’s located in Venice on Abbot Kinney Blvd, while you’re here explore the shops on this street – there’s so many great boutique stores (and it’s a very long street, just be prepared to allocate a few hours (and dollars) to spend here. I loved this part of Venice, it had a real sense of community here, and is much, much nicer than Venice Beach.