Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Holy Cow Batman We made the COVER!!!

Well, was perusing through my favourite blogs as I do when I am procrastinating at work. There on Table Tonics Blog was The Elle Decor cover which I love to death and blogged about a week ago and then House & Garden which I thought looked fresh and happy when I looked a closer I realised it was MY JOB!!!! (it's been a long day).  I knew we were in next months issue but had NO idea we made the cover!!!! I am a very happy girl!! Aaahhh the roller coaster of life!! One moment you're down and then you are up!!! At least it keeps it interesting! Going to go get myself some bubbles and eat something naughty!! 

Friday, March 25, 2011

Store bits and pieces

Here are some images of our new pieces in store.You can't see because of the reflection but I have got the most gorgeous chinese book ends in! They are sooo pretty. Love all the white temple jars in different texture, and my Joe Vinks table is perfect!

Here they are!! My new favourites!!

Sit back and relax on our gorgeous Pimms Chair with our stunning Gia Chandelier.

Going Green.

Simple Vignette. Loving my birds in store at the moment.

Our new chair and all our new pieces with lots of textures and natural elements. Great colours for Autumn.

 This looks much brighter in real life. The black and yellow look stunning together.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Style Icon Elizabeth Taylor

Very sad news today that one of Hollywood's greatest stars and legends has passed away. Elizabeth Taylor was a humanitarian, style icon, true movie star and had an insatiable passion for life. She could give the new generation of "stars" lesson's on how to do with in style!! Even when she was brawling with Richard Burton she did it with class. 

 One of my favourite movies Tennessee Williams Cat on a Hot Tin Roof with Paul Newman...."Mendacity"

I have long searched for a peignoir that looks like this because of how gorgeous she looked in. Oh and Paul Newman wasn't too hard on the eyes either!!

The love of her life Richard Burton.
R.I.P Elizabeth Taylor

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

My Son Harry

My heart is breaking for my son Harry and for me and we had such a terrible time yesterday.  Harry has mild autism. It is mild but significant enough for people to notice he's somewhat "quirky".
Harry of course has been blissfully oblivious to any problem and has floated through life in a Fae fairy sort of way, while mummy has watched and hovered for 8 years wringing her hands and exhausting all avenues in any attempt to help my son.

Yesterday my lovely big boy asked me the questions I have been dreading since he was 2. He is 8 now and is getting more aware of his peers. .So we were snuggling on the couch when he asked me quietly "What's wrong with me mum? Why don't I get invited to birthday parties? Why don't I have friends? Crack!!! That was the sound of my heart breaking !!  In the past I never thought about telling him...It was always my problem and his dad's never something to burden him with, he doesn't grasp things like that anyway. But what if it made a difference? I thought. What if making him aware of his issues (being old enough now) he might be a little more self regulating and try and curb some of his not so socially acceptable nu isms.OK I thought I would give it a shot
I asked him lots of questions about his thoughts and why HE thought he was different eventually I told him quietly and slowly that he had ASD and of course he didn't understand, so we watched some tapes some parents of other little boys had posted on YouTube (yes everything goes on You Tube!!) that also had high functioning Autism. The little boys were just like him....Imaginative, serious, earnest, complex, bloody hard to have a conversation with and struggling to fit themselves into a world that isn't too comfortable for them. 
He DID NOT LIKE IT ONE BIT and got upset. Ran off screaming and slammed the door. I guess if I was him I would do the same.
It's not fair to put labels on kids....but sometimes you have to...the schools want the labels, the government want the labels and as parents you need the labels to get the support your child desperately needs, so you can access the Speech Pathologist, Occupational Therapist, Child Psychologist and extra Tutoring and Special Education Teachers. You have to label your child. But I didn't want Harry to think I labelled him. I just wanted him to understand that there was a reason for his uniqueness and that there were lots of little kids like him. Maybe I did it the wrong way? Maybe too early I don't know...All I know now is I feel like I've spoilt something for him. Ruined some serenity he had. So now I am sitting in the shop and am supposed to be writing about new furniture but can't as I'm feel too heavily burdened with mother guilt. Perhaps that is why I am blogging about this..... usually I don't talk about it let alone write about it on such a far reaching platform ...and probably many people that know me will be very surprised. It's not that I'm ashamed or embarrassed as there is absolutely nothing to be ashamed of. It's just so personal and painful and close to me that it does not occur to me (usually) to discuss it.  

There are many different areas in Harry's life that are challenging for him and therefore also for me, but I have (as mummy's do) hitched up my belt taken big breaths and just forged ahead.  But the thing is sometimes mummy's fall down, they need back up and support from people that have been where they are and can say "hang in there." I want to know How to get the parents at school to invite the Harry to parties? How to get the kids to understand when Harry has a meltdown that it's not his fault...that he just can't cope with all the stress and anxiety that he has to calm himself by hiding under bean bags!??!
 I KNOW he is loving, caring, happy and a beautiful boy but how can I shadow him everyday and say to people "look how marvelous my son is!! and you would know that too If you would only take time to find out!!" Talk about Helicopter parenting !!!!
Anyway if anyone has any words of wisdom for me or advise It would be greatly appreciated. Because Harry's teacher just called me to say she wants an interview and the nanny just quit after 2 days (this is my 5th in a year) and mummy has fallen down again!!


Sunday, March 20, 2011

Bring on Winter

I am a winter girl and just love bundling up in big coats and boots. Somehow it is much easier to look elegant and stylish when there isn't sweat dripping down your face.
Even though we are a season behind the rest of the world (and don't have that much of a winter to speak of) we still embrace it as much as someone south of the equator can!! With that in mind I came across these stunning images by photographer Jaques Dequeker he does the MOST amazing photographs.
So here are some absolutely to die for fashion to put us in the mood!!!

Love this one absolutely gorgeous!!

 My favourite
 This is such a fantastic image love it!!

I must say these images put my snow outfits to shame!
Melinda x

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Sig Bergamin

I was knocked sideways when I saw Sig Bergamin's work on Stuart Membery's blog and then Anna from Anna Spiro featured it as well. I am seriously in love!!! All of it embodies what I love most in an interior space. Clean Canvas of white with stunning architectural features of Soaring Raked ceilings and  heaps of natural light streaming in, eclectic mix of interesting pieces (seemingly) gathered from all corners of the world, layers upon layer of textures and prints that just sing in glorious jewel colours and last but not least a gorgeous injection of natural elements:- Jute, cane, wood and palm trees, my ever present friend.

love the beaded chair and the ottomans....well love it all really!!

What is not to love. This is exactly the direction Lily G is heading!!! More authentic and relaxed, more of a  global look to reflect a global ethic. Have a happy weekend!!     

His apartment in NYC again gorgeous!!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Tribal inspirations

We just received all our beautiful beaded Tiffin boxes and cuffs from Ruby Star and are totally besotted.
The workmanship and detail is gorgeous.
We are injecting a wee bit of Tribal/Moroccan influence into the store and all my customers are sooo excited. We can't keep up with the demand. It is an aesthetic that quickly infuses an exotic and eclectic touch to your home without changing everything.    

Gorgeous Cuffs with Turquoise have just arrived.

Our Fabulous new boxes all beaded with shells.

 Speaking of gorgeous i found this on my new favourite Blog American Gypsy Living These divine pieces are very similar to chairs that we are able to source. They are the simply stunning and revered Bokja design and I am in love.

Love the deer in the room and all the pinks

Again my favourite at the moment pink and turquoise

 Beautiful pouffes coming in any day!!

Kathy Irelands bedroom is stunning

 Another Bokja piece which is beyond divine!!!

 Love this beaded Turquoise Chandelier

Want to be sitting here and look at that stunning Apothecary Urn in BLUE!!!!