Sunday, February 27, 2011

Happy Home

We were thrilled to see our work in last months Woman's Weekly with the Gorgeous Nicole Kidman on the cover.  So it was with surprise and delight that this month's Woman's Weekly featured our friend Sharnels stunning home.  We are very fortunate to be in Brisbane surrounded by so many talented and generous women. The super talented and amazing Anna Spiro decorated Sharnel's house and I can tell you from first hand experience it looks even better in real life!!!  I met Anna for the first time the other week and she was engaging and lovely and very down to earth for someone that has had sooo much success.
Sharnel is a gorgeous lady with the most stunning home (and amazing party styling business) and we were delighted to see products that Sharnel had purchased from Lily G featured in the shoot, our Bungalow cushions, Pimm's chair, Christopher Farr cushions and of course The beautiful summery  Verandah House Bangalow furniture all looked stunning.  We have Verandah House's furniture pride of place in our front window and the response has been wonderful!  As a retailer I try and support local talented people (especially women) and will be (in the up coming weeks)  showcasing Verandah House amongst others in a "spotlight" feature in my blog.

I must say it makes me so happy to see houses in print again that have a bit of warmth and life to them. I for one am tired of seeing in our "major magazines" minimalistic flat packed homes with no heart or soul to them. A home should be multi layered and have depth like the people that live in them, not mono dimensional show places that have no personal imprint.  I know at Lily G both Natalee and I,  not only as Interior Designers, Decorator's and Stylists but also as consumers and avid magazine purchasers both   gravitate towards warmth, natural fibres and lovely light in a home. The cozy spaces that look lived in and loved, not slick and sanitary rooms which wouldn't be out of place in a science lab. Maybe a few of the big interior magazine's in Australia are overlooking one massive part of their demographic and are just focusing on couples without the burden of kids and all their encumbrances?!?! Just Saying.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend. I'm off to my lovely friends place for a BBQ and a swim date with our son's.
Melinda x
ps remember our huge car park sale Saturday 5th March. You may well be able to pick yourself up a Pimm's chair at a lovely price.

Sharnel has our lovely Pimm's chair out on her back deck (the cushion is in Christopher Farr Fabric and is Divine!!!)  Just perfect for lazing with a book while watching the kids play in the pool.  This chair is full Rattan and sooo gorgeous with removable foot stool. So Raffles!!

Gorgeous Bungalow cushions all colours and styles available at Lily G as well as The Bangalow Furntiure which we have in white as well.

Here is our Bangolow chair which we have covered in this amazing outdoor fabric. We have sourced the most amazing outdoor fabrics which are leaps and bounds beyond the old canvas stripes that were available in the past.  Love the Trellis fabric contrast.

Top two photo's from Simon Kenny at Content Agency, 3rd photo from Me at Lily G!!

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Vanilla Salon

As I wrote the other day, we have just completed a great job in The James St Precinct. Vanilla Salon is owned and run by Phil and Rodney and they are a hilarious couple with an amazing sense of style and flair.
The brief for the job was a total refit to give the salon a new and exciting look. I can tell you it was looking a little down at the heel and needed some TLC.  Phil and Rodney had a clear view of what they wanted....think Tom Ford Glamour, think gorgeous lighting, think divine accessories, think......Pink Chairs!??!!  The salon was equipped with Pink Chairs and it was too a big a cost to replace them so we had to work them into the project.  The boys also were very strict on budget so it was going to take a lot of initiative and inventiveness on our part.
Natalee was probably 2 weeks into the job working out tiles, paint colour etc when we got a call from Phil saying that it had to be finished in 1 week as Vogue Magazine were going to feature the salon in the magazine!!!
To say the stress levels were at maximum is an understatement!! We had carpenters, painters and tilers all there as quickly as possible and what was going to be a slow and steady job became the fastest turn around Lily G has ever done!! Seriously if it had been a TV show it would have been hysterical....How to flip that Salon sounds good!! Anyway it is all done and The Vogue shoot went brilliantly. Natalee worked her butt off and now we will just wait for The Vogue Magazine to come out so we can see it in print as we sip champagne while getting our hair done at Vanilla Salon!


Big silver and Charcoal stripes had to go

Mismatched papers and no continuity

Storage space needed

Dark carpet and decor making everything oppressive

This was the overall feel of the salon; Dark, Cramped and dated decor

VOILA!!!!! New, Clean, Bright, Glamorous and fresh!!!!

We had beautiful panelling put on the walls to give the space character and mini acorn chandeliers were used alternating with modern globes.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Busy Wednesday

After having a fabulous time at all the trade fairs down in Sydney, it was back to the grindstone this week with lots of finalisations of fabrics and finishes for jobs we have on the go at the moment. We have just finished a gorgeous fit out at Vanilla Hair Salon in James Street in New Farm it looks amazing and I will post before and after's tomorrow.
Today was busy with some deliveries from overseas that we have been waiting on for a very long time, very exciting to open packages for goods you ordered months ago.....almost like seeing them for the first time again. So now we are up to our eyeballs in boxes again, therefore the car park sale is needed even more urgently so we can make room for all the fabulous new pieces! Don't forget if you are in Brisbane it's on the 5th March from 8am!
Today also was a lovely day for me on the shop floor, seeing lots of reps and talking to my delightful customers.
I am always surprised at the amount of people that read my blog. I sometimes Pratter on for ages never actually appreciating that people are actually reading my little ramblings! Well I met a lovely customer today called Judy who said she was "addicted" to my blog and that all her friends at work were as well! That was very flattering and humbling to me. The fact that people take the time to read what I have written is an honor and I have promised her that I will write more often and she will hold me to Judy this blog is for you, hope you enjoy it :) Melinda

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Expect Great Things To Happen!!

As you all know it has been a year since I took hold of the reigns here at Lily G.
It has been a year of excitement, creativity, tears, mistakes, growth, a few too many grey hairs and the added joy of an extra 5 kilo's that have decided to join me on my travels!
Similar to the passing of New Year's Eve every year I think anniversaries of any type afford a moment of reflection and resolutions. A perfect time to mend our ways, make lifestyle changes, set goals and acknowledge accomplishments and failings.

With that in mind.....
I have for some time now been pondering some fundamental issues within my business.
I want and have always wanted Lily g to be more of a lifestyle store with a more organic and environmentally sound mission statement.
My big size 10's leave enough of a mark on this earth without my business leaving a hefty one as well.
Sooooo I'm making big changes here at Lily G..... Evolve or perish??? No....But Evolve and Flourish is something that I firmly believe in!!!
So Lily G as you know it is changing; with New Products, a new look and a new vibe.   More user friendly with a better and more interactive website, a fun shopping experience that my clients and customers can have more involvement in and also a highly functioning business that (as much as possible) brings to the consumer a high level of ethical practices, with more responsible purchasing for sustainable practices and a greener shop.
But this does not mean that Lily G is going all Hippie! (not that there's anything wrong with that ) I just think when making a buying or business decision that (where possible) I will make the decision that impacts the least on resources and leaves the least impact on the environment.
We will still keep the intrinsic beauty that Lily G is renowned for, but from now on my purchases will be more ethically motivated.

So I have set myself goals and have a few steps to take to kick Lily G into the 21st Century.

First step: hold One of The Massive Car Park Sales that Lily G is famous for. So stay tuned and I will give you more info soon. If you are not on our mailing list get on our web site at to register. I will also be posting some of the divine items we are putting on sale in the following weeks.

Second step: moving my Interior Design department down stairs and letting our customers interact with the decorating/design department. Promote the beautiful and ever expanding range of organic and environmentally conscious fabrics that are being produced. Show case ethically motivated products that help sustain local villagers and craft people. Motivate wholesaler by my purchasing power to consider environmentally friendly products. Well try any way :)

 Third step: Ask for advise from the most important factor in this business.....You!!! What ethical practices to you admire? What do you want from your shopping experience? How can we improve your Lily G experience?

O.K that's probably more than enough for now, got to keep some things under my belt. Keep tuned for the amazing changes and Expect Great Things To Happen!!!

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has" Margaret Mead

Have a great day

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Happy Birthday Harry and Happy 1st Anniversary to me!!!

Today is My son Harry's birthday he is 8!!! I can't believe how quickly the time has passed.
And today it is 1 year to the day since I took over at Lily G. I have learnt so much and enjoyed myself every step of the way! Over the year I have had so many positive and up lifting experiences with the most lovely clients and customers.
It is always hard taking over a business and there is always going to be the enevitable comparisons between the old owner and the new. I can only say what a wonderful and positive journey it has been for me. I look forward to many more years and many more blogs in the future.
We have so many lovely jobs on the go at the moment and we have been lucky enough to be noticed by several magazines (which will also be out soon).
So for everyone that has supported, believed and promoted me. Thank You
And for everyone else...x