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Country Manor

Just wanted to share some photos of this lovely country property we recently shot for Country Collections – the full story is in this month’s issue (along with a story on Rachel Ashwell’s new B&B, it has these cool deep dirty blue walls – much cooler than her usual pretty whitewashed style)…the bunting and vintage patchwork cushions (above) are from Moose and Bird (Melinda’s based on the Sunshine Coast and has a gorgeous blog for those, who like me, love a great vintage find and appreciate things made by hand – which reminds me, I stumbled across a very cool, sort of retro sewing lounge right here in Brisbane. Piece Together is situated upstairs in the Woolloongabba antiques precinct – it is adorable and you can learn to sew a cushion or just join a ‘Stitch ‘n’ Bitch’ session – I’m so doing it!).

Photos by the gorgeous Anastasia K 


Sneak Peak – Bayside home

We covered well-known blogger, Simone Georgette’s home for this month’s issue of Home Beautiful – what a fabulous lifestyle Simone has – a gorgeous home right on the bay, which she shares with her equally gorgeous husband and daughter – and next to the spacious, light-drenched main house is a matching A-frame garage, the top of which has been converted into a stunning work studio – it’s all beachy vintage with a little bit of Scandi (and a lot of happy) thrown in. How wonderful to make your lifestyle your passion and income. This is a photo of Simone standing outside her studio, which is filled with rolls and bolts of the bright, beautiful fabrics her and her business partner Jody sell through their on-line store, Fabric Traders (designer fabric at really amazing prices).

Photos by John Downs. (The full story and more gorgeous images in this month’s issue of Home Beautiful). 

Historic Home

I just styled this gorgeous historic home for Country Collections magazine – it’s a beautiful old sandstone building, which is unusual for Brisbane, and is big and rambling with high ceilings, antique chandeliers and wide verandas. The lovely family who own it now are going to slowly re-decorate – how fabulous would that be?! What a beautiful home to work with. The Laura Ashley wallpaper was going to go but now the new owner has grown fond of it so will keep at least one wall – look out for the full story coming up in Country Collections. Have a gorgeous day – sunny and 30 in Brisbane – and I’m off to buy flowers for tomorrow’s shoot – which reminds me, if you have a home that you think might be suitable for a magazine shoot – let me know (doesn’t have to be this grand! Can even just be a lovely little reno but does need to be well-loved with lots of personality), I’m always scouting and would love to hear from you! – please email:

Photography by John Downs. Cushions (on veranda) from Just Plain Gorgeous. 

White Shimmer

This is a gorgeous home we recently shot for Home Beautiful – it belongs to Brisbane media personality Emily Jade – love the white kitchen with it’s Caesar ‘White Shimmer’ benches, crystal cabinet knobs, sparkly art deco style pendants and the damask decorative film on the window screens the neighbouring house whilst still letting in the light (and of course it looks so pretty) – and I’ve always been very partial to a Thonet bar stool.

The study nook next to the kitchen is another gorgeous idea – Emily says it’s very handy for looking up recipes.

To see the rest of this very pretty home, check out this month’s issue of Home Beautiful.

Photography by John Downs. 

Warm greys

I’m loving the colour scheme in this grand old colonial home we photographed for Home Beautiful recently (October issue). The exterior is a deep, muddy taupe, ‘Mondo’ by Resene – the formal living room a beautiful warm grey, Dulux ‘Grey Squirrel’ – and the bedrooms a soft grey, Resene ‘Eighth Bison Hide’. To add contrast all the cornices and other architectural details were painted white (as they were quite ornate and beautiful, this also served to highlighted their beauty).

It’s fairly unusual to find the exterior of a home painted in such a dark shade in Queensland – because of the heat –  but this home is fairly protected by the wrap-around wide verandas – you may not want to attempt if the sun was hitting a western wall all day! (The high ceilings in traditional Queensland homes also help to keep the heat above head height).

The warm greys really do create a peaceful, neutral backdrop. Perhaps a little moodier than white, but I think cosier too. Whilst a pure white backdrop works well with clear, fresh contrasting colours – a grey backdrop works best with vibrant but slightly greyed-off, or muted, hues.

The colour consultant on this project was Andrea Puller from Leighway Designs.

Photographs by John Downs