4 things i need to let go of

Things claudia needs to let go of: having a pink nursery. Yes, I'm have a boy. My fantasy of soft pinky salmon and grey colour schemes are gone. Kaput. Over. I'm going to have to start re focusing on the possibilities. Sorry but blue doesn't do anything for me (unless it's denim or nautical stripes, bien sur). I'm going to indulge my loss in a sea of images dedicated to the loverly blush hue

via google

good bye my lover 

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1 the adore book is nearly here!

Finally the Adore book is nearly here. I am so thrilled for Loni (the creator/editor) and for me to have my work in a real life book - YIPPEE! Take a look at a few pages from the book below featuring the homes I worked on...

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1 the search is on

I LOVE a good challenge but I think this one has me stumped. Alice heard I wanted a mobile for the nursery and told me about Mecca Cosmetica in Chatswood's own creation. I went in there on the weekend but of course, it's custom made in Melbourne.  I have contacted my husband's cousin who is a prop/set designer for movies and TV and he's on the case for me but I'm not holding my breath for something this marvellous. Someone on Instagram kindly told me about Puka Puka mobiles (below)

But is it massive enough? This is how I usually work, I start with a small idea (this mobile from Pottery Barn Kids) and then it gets bigger and more extravagant. Then Alice shows me this...

...the set design at the Alice McCall show last week. So the bar is raised just that little bit higher again. Stay tuned! And any idea, suggestions are warmly welcome

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0 velvet cushies

Piles and piles of coloured velvet is floating my boat! These two images are from Rebecca Judd's instagram and show off the look to perfection

and then I saw this sofa (below) packed to the brim via Prue Ruscoe's interior photography. I am feeling this look for winter and will start to build up my own little jewel tone box of cushions for my lounge. Freedom has a pretty good range, just switch out the inserts for lovely down duck

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1 diy {concrete}

I was brave and attempted a Real Living DIY last week. Did you see those concrete bookends they made? It was relatively easy and I think would come out beautifully after a few practices! I took myself off to Bunnings and bought a mixing bucket, stirrer/scooper and a little bag of concrete (all up $15). I found the hexagonal plastic mould at vinnies for $1 the week before and knew it would come in handy. I have since thought that buying nicely shaped glasses from op shops is a good idea so you can just smash the glass off afterward

I mixed as per the instructions and also coated the sides with oil so it would slip out afterward. Of course it was not that easy and I ended up having to break the mould once it was dry - boo.

Chucked my crystals in after a few hours and let it set for a few days...

et voila! Concrete bookend

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0 the professionals {artist amy joy watson}

South Australian born sculptural artist Amy Joy Watson clearly appeals to my whimsical (and faceted) side. The 26 year old's work has been shown around Australia and has won her awards and scholarships. Her 'very, very handmade' work is a direct response to being able to get anything manufactured out of anything - very nostalgic and very beautiful! For more of her work visit her website

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0 the professionals {jaime hayon}

Yes, yes I know, second day in a row discussing the virtues of Spanish artist/designer Jaime Hayon, I can't help it! He's a genius. Today I will give you a fuller picture of his work, starting with this unfathomable bathroom concoction above. Followed closely by the Tudor chair below

Then there's the Baccarat crystal

but my absolute favourite is the Showtime chairs for BD - just look at that pale pink and white in the middle! Insanity

Let's take a closer look...

sigh, in Australia you can purch via KE-ZU
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