We have so many clients that absolutely adore Chinoiserie designs and constantly ask for fabrics in this beautiful oriental style. Personally I love the beauty and simplicity of a stem of blossoms and am mesmerised by paintings of the Japanese landscape. The design of this window started over 12 months ago when we found this printed ginger jar & blossom fabric on a linen base cloth. We have contrasted the strength of the charcoal coloured bedhead and bedcover with soft dusty pink Portuguese linen and velvet cushions to create a balanced and harmonious bedroom scheme. We spent some time finding just the right artwork for our windows and finally found this portrait of an oriental girl that has an ethereal element to it, and completes the room.
The over-scaled floral design was the inspiration for this window display. It is an amazing digitally printed sheer fabric on an unusual shimmering sequin like base cloth. The flowers are in giant proportions which create a dream like world. As the fabric is such a statement, we chose to keep everything around it very simple. A plain linen sofa with plain velvet and linen cushions in rich jewel like colours. The bronze accessories give a subtle metallic element.
Here we chose to do a contemporary take on an African theme. Linen textures, an ikat design and animal prints have been used with a simple palette of black, white and linen colours and an unexpected dash of banana for visual interest. The black and white zebra photograph is particularly captivating. We also couldn’t resist getting a beautiful elephant head sculpture for this scheme.
This butterfly design is so captivating and is perfect for roman blinds or hung as a flat panelled curtain. It has been the focus of 2 window displays in different colourways. The first is bursting with joyful, tropical colours and the second with a refreshing, calming palette of turquoise, cobalt and kiwi. We loved these butterflies so much we have wallpapered our powder room in it!
So many of our clients love this shade of pink. It is soft, dusty, feminine and easy to live with. We have used it to decorate bedrooms of those of all ages from little girls to teenagers to more mature ladies. We have chosen to combine blush coloured Portuguese linen with velvet cushions. Blush always works well with dove grey and what could be more romantic than blush sheer curtains.
I first saw this beautiful floral embroidered fabric in Paris in January 2016. It was the feature fabric one of our suppliers used to launch their new fabric collection at Paris Deco off. As soon as I got back to Melbourne I ordered some of this fabric and made it into cushions with a contrast plain linen backing. The eau de nil coloured embroidered curtains are restful and soothing and the raspberry adds a dash of colour to this scheme. A room always comes to life when you find just the right flowers to enhance the look and that’s what these 2 toned roses did.
I first saw Jessica Zoob’s collection at Maison Object in Paris in 2014. They were giving out brochures of this English artist’s premiere fabric collection in beautiful cloth bags made in one of her fabrics. This became one of my favourite bags and I became more and more fond of her designs. Jessica’s work is soft, painterly, feminine and contemporary. The designs are so subtle and unique and you can see that she takes her inspiration from the beauty of nature. This window was well received by the public – probably the most popular we have ever done. Jessica Zoob fabrics are an absolute delight to work with.
The inspiration for this window was the beautiful Elitis range of cushions and throw rugs. The blossom design is organic and subtle. We chose to pair it with vermilion for strength and dusty pink for femininity. This design appeals to all of those who love a hint of Chinoiserie in their home.
This has to be one of Designer Guild’s most popular bedlinen designs. The digital printing enhances this oversized floral design and gives more richness to the colours. We chose to keep it sophisticated and moody with a charcoal velvet tufted bedhead and black mirrored side tables.
There are so many playful fabrics available for children’s rooms that it makes decorating a child’s bedroom lots of fun. Wallpapers are also a great way of injecting some personality into your child’s room. We understand that children grow up fast, so like to plan the room so that the curtains and blinds are neutral enough that the room can change and evolve as they do.
Ralph Lauren is well known for his iconic blue and white fabrics. Ink blue when paired with white is so timeless and sophisticated. This became an elegant Christmas window display. I even managed to find beautiful navy and silver glass Christmas hand blown glass baubles to complete the look.
The inspiration for our Christmas window this year began with a delicate linen sheer with a printed tree design which we made into curtains. The design reminded me of the silhouettes of trees covered in snow that you see in Sweden. We added some coral accents to bring the window to life and give a feminine romantic feel. The timber parquetry top table and console with black iron base complimented the Scandinavian feel. Feathered Christmas trees, reindeers and fairy lights completed the festive theme.
Emerald green was the pantone colour of 2013 and when coupled with black and white, makes for a very striking and refreshing room. The Lorenzo geometric designs are bold with a classic feel. The emerald window takes on a bohemian feel with the embroidered circle design cushions and curtains.
This collection of fabrics features florals with a lovely abstract and painterly feel. The tonal and muted palette of soft mineral colours sit harmoniously together and are anchored by the charcoal velvet sofa. Accents of champagne in the mirror, sideboard and chandelier add a metallic glimmer to this sitting room. The floaty sheer geometric curtains give a backdrop that is interesting but not overly dominant.
Anyone who has been to Venice has fallen in love with this romantic floating Italian city. This collection of fabrics epitomises the grandeur and history of Venice. Rich, plush velvets and damasks in shades of umber, midnight and gold. We stretched the velvet gondolier design over a canvas and it looked like a painting as it was so rich and full of life. The same Venetian fabric was used to cover a Louis chair. Soft lighting completes the look adding an extra glimmer of warmth.
This window is a celebration of the colour lilac. It is a soft, feminine shade that sits well with dove grey and charcoal. The sheer linen curtains in an abstract design are the backdrop for two charcoal, generously sized armchairs. Lilac velvet cushions give softness and silver accessories keep a light feel. The bouquets of lilac coloured hydrangeas were added to give the room some life and add an element of nature. The hat that I was given by one of our fabric suppliers at Paris Deco Off that year happened to co-ordinate and was a nice little touch sitting on the ottoman.
This window was part of the High Street Armadale initiative to raise funds for the Prahran mission. It was to bring light and warmth to those who needed it most. So this became a window that really came alive with a warm glow at night, by incorporating a bird chandelier, tree lamps and fairy lights. The tangerine colours in the throw and cushions radiated a cosy warmth. This bedroom scene had a whimsical, enchanted feel with the use of printed bird and butterfly fabrics.
I had just been married and loved my wedding dress so much that it became inspiration for a soft, romantic bedroom scene. The chairs I had made for my husband and I to sit on at the reception at Ripponlea were upholstered in the Carol Quartermaine gold and white silk script (not practical – but very beautiful!). My dress designed by the talented Mathew Salem, was made of silk fabric shaped as petals, ostrich feathers and Swarovski crystals. I incorporated these elements into the bedroom with silk cushions, white feather trim and soft white organza draped over the bed.