This morning I had the pleasure of meeting Queensland interior designer Anna Spiro at the Sydney launch of her gorgeous wallpaper range for Porter’s Paints.
Listen up, interiors addicts! Our friend Mr Jason Grant, stylist extraordinaire, wants to know which kind of colours you’d like to see in his next paint collection for Murobond.
His previous three collections have been hugely popular and captured the colour trends of the moment. You could be a part of helping him shape the next collection by sharing the kind of colours you’d like to see included. He knows, of course, that interiors addicts have great taste!
Yes of course we’d all love real timber floors but not everyone can afford them and is carpet the best alternative? Hmmm… not a fan here! Check out this laminate floor from Quick Step, which has a new range based on Australian Hardwoods. The one pictured, from the Colonial Collection, is inspired by the Spotted Gum. I think it looks rather nice. Better than carpet, for sure. How about you? Convinced or hate the idea of laminate?
Quick Step is the first European flooring company to develop a range of Australian timber inspired products. The printed designs on each floor board are rich in colour and feature nuances of the pattern from the actual hardwood. The Spotted Gum, Sydney Blue Gum, Jarrah, Walnut and Blackbutt make up the five shades in the collection. During June and July you can get 15 percent off the entire collection.
The Block judge and Selling Houses Australia co-host Shaynna Blaze is also colour consultant to Taubmans. I asked her some questions about using paint and colour in your home. She reveals how she once painted her living and dining rooms emerald green, that she hates painting ceilings (don’t we all?) and she’s currently loving grey walls with pops of colour.
What do you think are the biggest paint colour trends for 2012? Currently, I am loving greys and tinted neutrals such as Taubmans Abracadabra or Taubmans Silvertop and dark shades such as Taubmans Sheffield Grey and Taubmans Invincible. Teaming grey with hints of tangerines, limes and yellows is also very popular at the moment. As we move towards the end of the year and into 2013, ‘grown up’ pastels are becoming increasingly popular and introducing a dark grey to complement these will take the edge off. Accessories are still bold and exciting, with a few more neutrals sneaking in there to balance it out.
(Image: This room is painted in Taubmans’ Tightrope)
Her throws are beautiful, SERIOUSLY chunky and texture-full works of art. “I love a bit of sensory feedback,” says extreme knitter Jacqui Fink of Little Dandelion. “Always have.” Made from the finest, locally sourced wool and linen, these mega throws and blankets weigh up to 15 kilos and are really something else. But it is the philosophy and story behind Jacqui’s work that I’m even more taken with, and it’s something we could all learn from.
- On Tuesday I was all kinds of excited to publish my interview with Kelly Hoppen, who I have long admired. Her show Superior Interiors aired in Australia for the first time that night on the Lifestyle Channel. Did you tune in? I would have but I don’t have Foxtel (there’s already not enough hours in the day for all the reality TV I watch!).
- Loni Parker of the popular online magazine Adore Home announced she has quit her graphic designer job to concentrate on her real passion full-time. Good for you, Loni! The big news is she will launch an online store with the next issue of the mag this Friday. I have written a home profile in there so make sure you check it out!
- The much anticipated Maison InStyle trade fair was postponed with no new date yet.
- The new editors of Inside Out magazine were announced as Claire Bradley and Lee Tran Lam after Richard Waller was let go the week before.
- I confessed how my own impatience has led to me making many bad interiors decision!
- On Friday I met Jamee Huntington from In A Designer Home. Have you checked out her online store? It’s selling all kinds of fabulous brands like my faves Armadillo & Co and Dinosaur Designs.
- Last night Dale and Sophie finally won a challenge on The Block. Did you like their hallway and bedroom? I did. Our friend Darren Palmer was guest judging again too. Who is your favourite judge? I’m really only tuning in on Sundays now for the room reveals as the midweek challenges bore me (I know, I have mentioned this a LOT but it’s just such a shame The Block enjoyment can’t be spread right across the week!).
- Belle magazine’s super stylist Steve Cordony has finally joined Twitter. Hoorah! Follow him @stevecordony.
Here’s to another fabulous week, addicts!
Steve Cordony is interior design editor for belle magazine and event stylist for some of the flashiest parties in town. Right now he’s loving…
- The Apollo restaurant and the Roosevelt bar in Sydney’s Potts Point
- The colour mint
- PAD Interiors in Sydney’s Waterloo and Japanese design studio Nendo
- The trend for black, dark, sexy glamour
- Flannelette sheets in winter
- The smell of a burning log fire
- Watching Revenge and Homeland on TV
- Eating stewed rhubarb and ice cream
- Working on getting his website up and running
- The saying: “We can’t become what we need to be by remaining what we are.”
And he just joined Twitter. Find him here.
Interior designer Stephanie Margaritidis draws inspiration from her environment for the steph & gaia homewares collection, in which she tries to create a story. As a designer with her own studio, atease interiors, her work has been featured in Australian interiors magazines, such as belle and Vogue Living. She started her homewares line in 2009, just before the birth of her son Matteo.
All steph & gaia products are handmade in Sydney using only natural fibres and often a combination of new and recycled fabrics. They never use zippers on their cushions and the emphasis is on bespoke, not mass produced.
The below cushions are from her The RADIANT infant collection, based on the 1981 essay Radiant Child by Rene Ricard,who discusses the graffiti art of artist Jean Michel Basquiate. The collection draws on her formative memories growing up in Greece.
The following neutral lovelies are from her debut collection, FARM. I love the hand knotted cushion.
Another month, another linen range I absolutely LOVE from AURA by Tracie Ellis. Same same! This one’s called Oliver and he’s very brooding and handsome!
Available at Myer nationally or the AURA website.
The much-anticipated inaugural Maison Instyle trade event has been postponed until next year, it was announced today. The event had received great support with over 1,000 interior designers, retail buyers, wholesalers and stylists signing up to attend. Feedback, however, from the Maison Instyle Advisory Council and other industry leaders has been that to enable as many brands and companies to participate, the event should run at a later date.