Friday, December 21, 2012

We have a winner!

As promised, I'm back to announce the winner of my giveaway. I'm happy to say that the lovely WENDY CALDWELL is the lucky winner! Congratulations Wendy, you've received your recent Etsy order FREE! I'll drop you a line with all the details....

Thursday, December 20, 2012

I'm shutting up shop for the year....

With Christmas almost upon us, the elves are working at full speed to get all my last Etsy orders posted. So if you've anything like me, and you've still got a few last-minute gifts to buy, don't worry - there's still time! But be quick - you only have until close of business tomorrow to get 20% off ALL prints in my store. What's more, I'll also express post every Australian order to make sure they arrive in time for the big day*. Oh, and don't forget - if you're really fast (i.e you order before midnight tonight, AEST), you'll also go into the draw to win your order FREE!

I'll be back tomorrow to announce the lucky winner - good luck everyone!

*express post guarantees next-day delivery within the Express Post domestic network. This covers most metropolitan areas of Australian capital cities (except Darwin), plus other centres. If you're not sure if your area is covered, feel free to drop me a line*

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

So, what do you think?

So the colour of the year for 2013 is Emerald Green, according to Pantone. I was quite surprised actually, as the early money was on Monaco Blue - and as you know, it's one of my favourites. But I have to say, I do love Emerald - it's strong and distinctive and not for the feint-hearted. Used wisely, it's a show-stopper. Used not-so-wisely, it's a hot mess. So I hope you think my new range of emerald sea corals is firmly in the first category....

I've put together some pics to show how lovely emerald can look. For me, I like it best when used as a pop of colour - the supporting act rather than the lead. A little can go a long way, but if you're game, it can really pay off - as the following pics show...

How gorgeous is this emerald chinoiserie wallpaper? It's in the home of the lovely Dagny of Scandinavian Chic, and I was smitten the minute I saw it. It's the perfect solution if you're a little scared of colour - a smaller space, away from the main living area is a great place to test the waters....

If you want to make a softer statement, try pairing it with soft tones of greens and blues - it lessens the impact and is soothing rather than strong...

Here, the island is the stand-out, with the green repeated in the wallpaper pattern for a cohesive look...

I love emerald with a grey background - it takes it down a notch yet still packs a punch. Although these tufted bedheads are not quite emerald, they'd work just as well if they were, and I love the pops of jewel colours in the room - the perfect accompaniment....

Nothing like a making a dramatic entrance - this sets the tone from the get-go....

So, what do you say? Are you a fan of Emerald, or do you think Pantone totally missed the mark? Love to know what you think......


Friday, November 30, 2012

Ho Ho Ho, and a Holiday Giveaway we go!

So I was going to run a short and sweet sale this year, but instead I've decided to extend it, and on top of that, I'm adding a giveaway to the mix!

Every time you purchase from either my Etsy store (or website, which is coming, I promise!) over the holiday season you'll go into the draw to receive their order ABSOLUTELY FREE!!! I'll draw the winner on 21st December and announce the results on my blog and via email. So if you want to get that shopping sorted once and for all, and maybe win some goodies for yourself in the process, head on over and shop away!

And in case you're wondering, the artwork you see in the above pic is a supersized version of my 'Ombre in Denim'. Just goes to show that sometimes, more really is more....

**to clarify - all orders placed from 26th Nov until midnight 20th Dec will go into the draw, so all you early bird shoppers are included!**

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Botanical art...and the sale continues

Just wanted to let you know that after a little hiccup with my Cyber Monday Etsy sale (an unscheduled early end meant many of you missed the sale - so sorry!) I've extended it until midnight tonight...oh, and I've also added a brand new print. This orchid is the first in a new series of botanicals, which were going to be saved for my new online store, but what can I say...patience is not one of my virtues :)

So click on the pic for 20% off everything in store while it lasts....

Monday, November 26, 2012

It sale time!!

It's that time of year again - sale time! To celebrate the holiday season, I'm having a Cyber Monday sale in my Etsy store. All prints are 20% off, so hop on over and take a look around. But hurry - for a limited time only!

Happy shopping!!

Friday, November 23, 2012

Exciting changes ahead...

I know I've been a terrible tease, with talk of new and exciting things to come, but please bear with me. At long last, I have a brand-spankin' new website on the way, and it's been a labour of love to get it up and running. It's almost there - just a few last-minute tweaks and tucks, and it'll be good to go. So for those of you who've been so patient and put up with my teasing ways, I promise I'll make it up to you. I'll be having a grand opening, with exclusive pieces, goodies and discounts to celebrate, so I hope you'll think it was worth the wait. In the meantime, I've finally managed to finish a work on canvas that's been doing a little teasing of its own. And for those of you who are partial to a bit of zesty neon, this should be right up your alley....

mixed media on canvas
810mm x 810mm (30" x 30")

It's been a stressful week - I have my last baby away at Schoolies. And after the terrible news that a young girl lost her life after falling from a balcony overnight, it makes it even harder to manage to stay calm. My heart breaks for the family and friends of this young woman, and I'm counting the minutes until I can pick my girl up. I know I'll be hugging her a little more tightly when she comes home tomorrow.....

Friday, November 2, 2012

Pink and gold goodness

Just catching up on my blog reading this morning (I'm sadly behind and missing out on way too much good stuff), when I saw this over at Bijou and Boheme:

My pink and gold, hand-painted print in the kitchen of Sarah, of Two One Nine blog. Love, love love the chair; can't go wrong with a pink and gold combo in my opinion. Thanks Christine for the heads-up, and thanks Sarah - love it!

While we're on the subject, I have a few new works just listed in my Etsy store, and both feature - you guessed it - pink....

11" x 14" print available here

11" x 14" print available here

Have a great weekend everyone, and I'll be back soon with some very exciting news..... 


Thursday, November 1, 2012

California cool

Back in 2006, there was a home featured in Home Beautiful magazine. It was a renovated California bungalow in Melbourne, and had the perfect classic contemporary style.Gorgeous windows, great layout, and if it was in Brisbane, it would be mine....


Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Monday, October 1, 2012

Love and loss

On the 12th of August, we lost our beautiful boy Darcy. It was so sudden, completely unexpected, and utterly heartbreaking for us all. At just seven years old, we assumed we had many happy years ahead with him. Sadly, that wasn't the case - after emergency surgery for a mass on his liver, we found he had inoperable cancer. He was the most beautiful, gentle soul, and so very special to us.

R.I.P my beautiful boy

'Once you've had a wonderful dog, a life without one is a life diminished' - Dean Koontz.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Avalon beauty

I'm always drawn to the houses of Sydney's Northern Beaches - they have that effortless, laid-back charm I find really appealing. This home has just been listed for sale, and as I've never met a beachy weatherboard I didn't like, it's going straight to the inspiration folder:

 I love the tray ceiling - one of my fave design details

You can find the link here while it lasts.


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