Time and time again I’m drawn to rooms that have very neutral bases. This one hardly has any colour at all but if you look closely there are many layers within the neutral palette and there is no shortage of texture, the linen sofas, driftwood sculpture, ceramics en masse on the shelves and the raw timber coffee table. Somehow it all just works beautifully!
It’s been a busy week at Nest this week getting all sorts of things ready for clients before the Easter break begins. I’m ready for lazy days reading books, waaaay too much chocolate and tackling a few DIY projects (stay tuned). Hope you are all relaxing this long weekend!
A few weeks ago I received a lovely email from a new e-decorating client who needed some inspiration and advice for her bakery in a country town in Victoria. I was SO excited to get started and of course had a blast putting it all together. Here’s a few ideas I came up with. I can’t wait to see the finished result!
Faux flowers for each table, washable paper bags to use to display long bread sticks in the window & stylish replica Bentwood chairs from . (Flowers & Paper Bags available through Nest Designs)
If you’d like some help designing or decorating your home (or bakery!) fill in this questionnaire to get started & I will send through an obligation free quote!
A while back I posted about Photo A Day Challenge. I started it in Feb and have continued through March. It’s fun looking at everyone else’s take on the word of the day! Here’s a round up of some of the things I snapped in March.. Oh and if you want to join in, here’s the list for .
I across this colour-scope chart the other day and was immediately drawn to “strawberry” (no surprises there if you know me!). Which colour describes you best???
My personal preference for decorating starts with a neutral base and adds layers and layers with different shades and colours until it feels right. This is the perfect example of a neutral base with certain colourful elements. What do you think? Love it or hate it?
So this Saturday is , which means lights out from 8.30pm until 9.30pm (or later if you like the ambient light!) to send a powerful message for action on climate change . I thought I’d do a quick round up of some of my favourite candles that I’d like to be burning this Saturday..
Don’t forget, still has 10% off for Nest fans until Saturday! Just use discount code: BLOG at the checkout.
Louise at has once again added something to her online store that I don’t think I can live without… . I’ve been obsessing over the for years but just a little bit too far out of my price range. Enter mini juju hat, cute AND affordable.. Look out Louise, my credit card will be coming your way very soon!
Not your average colour scheme, but it’s definitely fun and playful!
is giving away a set of bed linen from gorgeous label Oh Mabel! Click the for more info & to enter the comp.
How cute are the designs?!
If you haven’t already discovered I highly recommend the gorgeous online store. Owner Jennifer McCabe has a great eye and chooses pieces that are themed around a stylish white palette. Here’s my favourite picks:
When did you start Whiteport and what made you decide to start an online store?
I started Whiteport in 2007 after the company I was working for closed it´s Australian office. I’d long considered starting my own business and this was the final push I needed to do it. My husband has a background in marketing & e-commerce so he was a great help in the early years. We chose an online business model so that we could reach the largest audience.
What is a typical day in the Whiteport office like?
That is one of the things I like most about running my own business; no two days are ever the same. Now that I have staff to handle the customer orders, I spend most of my time on marketing & PR. Inevitably though there is still admin to be done like updating the website and paying invoices.
Most of your products are themed around a stylish white palette, what criteria do new products need to meet before you list them in your store?
We have always strived for products that are timeless and won´t date and I have learnt the hard way that you get what you pay for in terms of quality. So I want to make sure any new additions to Whiteport fit this bill and also work with our existing product range. Some of our accessories may not be all white in colour, but rather they complement a white colour scheme. For instance our Industrial side tables are made from steel and very rustic but contrast beautifully with white.
Do you have plans for a physical store one day?
I’ve often thought about this but the difficult question for me is where to open one? I like the flexibility an online business provides – if something isn´t working, you can change things very quickly and easily and with the global downturn in the economy, I don´t think now is necessarily the right time. But you never say never…
What is your own decorating style like?
A real mix but if I had to say just one, I guess it would be French country.
If you could style any famous person’s home which would it be?
Hmm, probably Donald Trump´s New York apartment. It’s so over the top it´s almost garish. Plus I imagine the decorating budget would be huge.
What is your favourite part of the job?
Being my own boss as it gives me flexible working hours so I can spend more time with my daughter Maddie, who is 2.
What is your least favourite part of the job?
Dealing with the excessive amount of junk emails I receive! They are endless and such a waste of time.
Jennifer has kindly extended a 20% discount from today until the 20th of March so get clicking!
To redeem the discount, click “Apply Coupon” when ordering and use the word “BLOG” to receive the 20% discount!
Safari Fusion is having their annual sale! There’s only a few days left so you better be quick. I’d love one of these bright juju hats!