trial Christmas setting... need to find some water glasses that work
Emmanuel Phillips Fox painting (an Australian Impressionist) of Sandy Bay, Hobart
photos from the Adelaide Antique fair a few weeks ago. I liked this pair of wingback chairs a lot.
Weather wise, it's been crazy too. Just after we'd all cleared away the mess caused by the recent floods/ cyclones I wrote about in my last post, and declared Spring finally on, we were hit by a massive Thunderstorm with golf ball sized hailstones that seemingly came out of nowhere. The AV cars received a couple of minor knocks, the storm hit at about 5pm on a Friday afternoon, but I have friends whose cars have been written off by their insurers, solar heating and electricity panels damaged, and skylights smashed. The weather is either freezing, or 38C, there has been no happy medium.
kink bottle for dishwashing liquid
As you can see from the very first image in this post, I'm hosting my family Christmas dinner for the first time this year. It will be a more casual affair, due to our lack of formal dining room, however I decided that using my Cabbage ware would be a suitably festive and garden-ish theme for the main event in the more casual setting of our open plan living area. I realise that cabbage ware will probably look a little odd for Christmas to those in the Northern Hemisphere, however we could easily have a very very hot day, and it's highly likely that the children will all be swimming post Christmas lunch. So, festively themed green cabbage ware, the antique silver cutlery, the Waterford Crystal glasses (which long term blog readers will remembered I purchased at estate auction for $20/ glass a few years ago and so will happily put in the dishwasher) and silver Christmas crackers and giant baubles as centrepieces will be the order of the day I think. We will have 12 adults, 5 children and 2 babies in attendance. The wreath will go up on the 1st December on the front door, and the fresh tree will be purchased and decorated next weekend. Today I baked sponge cakes that I've wrapped in foil and put in the freezer in preparation for trifle bases - my Dad visited during the week and dropped off 3 dozen eggs from his chickens, so I needed to use some up.
So, I'll try to keep up the blogging during the next month, but the end of the year feels like it's in light speed at the moment. All the posts in my head on all sorts of design things are not unfortunately jumping out on the page, so I hope your Christmas prep is going well, and for those in the US I hope you had a very happy Thanksgiving.
image via Nicola Lawrence Textils and Papers. Chelsea Textiles cushions.
images via Nicola Lawrence Textiles and Papers
Nicola recently set up an internet based business from her property on a Merino sheep farm in country New South Wales, and she retails absolutely stunning fabrics, wallpapers, lampshades and cushions, not easily available in Australia. Her business, Nicola Lawrence Textiles and Papers is quite unique, and it is making accessible some of the more boutique brands of fabric companies from the US and the UK. Long term blog readers will know that I am of the opinion that lack of retailing of good quality interiors fabrics and wallpapers is detrimental to the design environment as a whole here, so I think it is fabulous that Nicola is making these brands available in a way they'd usually not be (as they're to the trade only). If you're looking for beautiful hand blocked fabrics or wallpapers, and you're not necessarily looking to employ a designer, this might be a good option for you.
Via Nicola Lawrence Textiles and PapersHave a happy weekend
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