Posts tagged ‘furniture’

26 September, 2011

The Writer’s Wall

Rustic furniture. Typography. Writers. White wooden floors.


(with thanks to my ideal home)

10 October, 2010

Project: Bed

After just over two months of living it student/squatter-like on a mattress on the ground, I finally have a bed! There has been a lot of painting, sponging, drying, sanding, dusting, and yet more painting, sponging etc. to get the finish I was after. But I’m happy with the results. And it’s an absolute joy to be elevated for the night’s rest and to finally have my bedroom in order.  Oh, and my chair is standing in very nicely as a bedside table.



22 August, 2010

Project: Chair

On a budget and with a specific look in mind for my furniture (shabby chic, provençal/scandinavian beach hut), I’ve been haunting antique/junk/vintage warehouses, and spending not a little amount of time in hardware stores, getting to know products, techniques and picking up tips from staff.

After much research, I decided on a whitewash which needed to be ordered from Sydney. One weekday morning, I turned up before work, suited, to a factory office in Canberra’s industrial district, to pick up the paint. The rather large bloke manning the office looked surprised by my attire but did not blink an eye when taking payment. As I struggled manfully to get the 10 litre tub the fifty metres to my car, I imagine he looked quite amused.

An unfortunate collision between one of my fingers and a serrated knife meant I won’t be able to tackle my bedframe for a few weeks, I’m estimating. But I experimented with a chair I picked up recently for a song at an antique store.

I’m quite pleased with the results.



14 July, 2010

My sofa

Poeten by Finn Juhl.

Cute, compact and its lines put me in mind of a little laughing monster with its arms outstretched for a hug.

Perhaps I simply have an overactive imagination.

Images from here.

15 June, 2010

Bloomin’ Interiors

I’ve clearly got blooms on the brain as these three images caught my eye and have stayed with me during the last few days.

The gorgeous bloom-inspired chair and table are by Kenneth Cobonpue and the apartment interior with its free-form painting (abstract blossoms?) is taken from here.

6 May, 2010

Florence Broadhurst

Ms Broadhurst was quite the gel.  A one-time singer, comedienne, painter, printmaker, teacher, businesswoman, arts academy director and general lady-about-town, she was murdered in Sydney during the 1970s.  The fact that her murderer has never been found adds a noir touch to a fabulous, full life.

Florence in Shanghai

(Image taken from here)

But design-wise, she is probably best known for putting Australia on the interiors map in the 1950s with her glamorous, modern wallpaper designs.  Good design never goes out of fashion or if it does, it soon cycles back.  After some decades in the wilderness, a recent revival has meant that her work is still beautifying interiors throughout the globe.

(Patterns from here, interior photos from here, here and here.)

4 May, 2010

Rule Britannia

Wow, it’s May already.  And Britain goes to the polls in two days’ time.

What better way to celebrate a likely new Prime Minister, and the country which gave us Winston Churchill, the Westminster system of Parliament and Yes, Minister than with these fabulous Union Jack armchairs, one for m’lud and the other for m’lady.

I can’t decide which one I like better.

Armchairs from here.

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3 May, 2010


Rustic has always been a favourite word of mine.  It brings to mind images of French vineyards, rough-hewn benches and tables, laid out with peasant fare (slabs of cheese, hearty bread loaves, tomatoes straight from the vine, freshly creamed butter, strong wine and / or cider which smells like old socks and knocks you out for nought about five seconds after your first draught) and peopled by gap-toothed, sunburned, salt-of-the-earth… err… beret-sporting peasants (French maybe, or perhaps, Basque).

But enough indulgent stereotyping!

Greg Hatton makes beautiful, functional, modern and yes, rustic objects and landscapes from ‘reclaimed materials, found objects and introduced trees that cause land degradation.’ The last being a real problem in this country as trees like elms and poplars which are native to Europe or North America require more water than Australia’s drought-stricken environment can afford.

You can see more of his work here.