Archive for the ‘Want?’ Category


Every colour in the rainbow

A little part of me wants a set in white, white and white; while the rest of me wants the rainbow…

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In porcelain

Totally digging the acid/citrus colours and the retro patterns, especially the trellis print (below).


In melamine

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Modern mid-century modern

These teapots and matching mugs are just awesome. The ones above are from a kitchen gift shop in Morley, the ones below (turquoise and magenta = squee) are from Spotlight.


Tea For Two or Two Teapots?

They are super cute.


Matching and yet not matching mugs. Swoon.

Leaning towards the first, but still loving the other.

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Want: Agapanthus



Another moment of prettiness in Bunnings, it’s a dark purple Agapanthus (Note to self: I really need to also take a shot of the plant names for future reference).

I’m considering this as one option for the planters around my patio. It might also give medium height (and colour) to my front garden bed with the bamboo…we’ll see.

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Want: Amazing Pots


Pretty Patterned Pot

Although I am (mostly) dedicated to a more atomic retro theme plant pot collection in keeping with the era of my house (also a bit more sustainable, as I am purchasing/freecycling pots from the era: reduce, reuse, recycle people!), I do occasionally get tempted by random moments of beauty.

Like these pots from Bunnings, they are a black-charcoal-grey too, which as you know I am a sucker for:


What’s better than one prettily patterened pot? Two prettily patterned pots of course!

Loving the calligraphic decorations of birds and trees, seems to draw alot from the Indian and Islamic art traditions.

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Now that the G-Plan in place, I need to revist my cushion colour scheme. The dusty grey/blues with occasional pops of very subtle palest pink worked well with the brown/grey tones of the old couch, but the G-Plan is an in your face combination of Emerald Green and Turquoise.

The palest pink cushions have been retired to the bedroom (where they are providing elements of girliness which are not being counter-balanced by my frothy white princess bedspread).

I pulled out some old spotted silk cushion covers I had from days gone by and have been using them to provide pops of electric colour amongst the grey/blue in the living room:

Coloured cushion attack

Coloured cushion attack

…but some of the silk cushions are a little worse for wear.

You might not think it, but it is actually quite hard work to be a cushion on a couch, particuarly when you have been made from a rather fragile fabric that is prone to catching on pretty much everything.

They have lasted over 12/so years (if not a little more), so they have done pretty well. And I won’t be throwing them out, just giving their fragile little fabrics a well needed rest.

So I have been wishlisting cushion covers like the wind, on Etsy.

Current mood is:

  • bold graphic contrast
  • colour-colour-colour
  • hollywood regency trellis prints and graphic patterns (in Navy, Green or Duck Egg Blue).

I don’t think I can have all of those ideas in it at the same time, without breaking the bank and giving visitors to my house a colour-pattern-graphic overdose…but I am almost willing to have a crack.

So far my favourites are:

Aamazing jewel tone lozenge and spot cushions by Wicked Walls:

Wicked Walls Shop: Purple Magenta Green Spot Designer Cushion Cover Pillowcase

Wicked Walls Shop: Purple Magenta Green Spot Designer Cushion Cover Pillowcase

Graphic tree silhouettes also by Wicked Walls:


WickedWalls: Funky Retro Black Gray White Tree Designer Cushion Covers. Pillowcases

Two amazing berry toned cushions made out of Japanese fabric by Mia & Stitch:


Mia & Stitch: Japanese fabric cushion cover in natural background with fuschia circular floral motif

A version in a kelly green Japanese fabric, also by Mia and Stitch:


Mia & Stitch: Japanese fabric cushion cover in natural background with green circular floral motif

A navy trellis pattern cushion made by Modernality2 (bottom left):


Modernality2: Premier Prints Navy Blue Pillow Cover- 14×14 inches- Hidden Zipper Closure- You Choose

A set of scrabble letter cushions by Personalized World:


Personalized World: Set of 4 SCRABBLE LETTER decorative pillow cases cushion covers — READ or choose any 4 letters

I finally decided on “read” but was also considering “play“…

Some multi-toned grey polka dot cushions by Wicked Walls:


Wicked Walls: Funky Retro Spots Cushion Covers Black Grey/Gray Designer. Pillowcases

Clearly some winnowing needs to happen because I will run out of room to keep cushions before I run out of desire to own cushions, but still it’s nice to dream 😉

p.s. I am embarrassed to confess that this is only half of my cushion wish list. At some point I will be doing another Want post on cushions.

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Want: Replica Marcella Sofa

I know, I already have a sofa in my living room, but I really, really love Design Direct’s Replica Marcella Sofa:

Design Direct's Replica Marcella Sofa

Design Direct’s Replica Marcella Sofa

I love it. It comes in Deep Charcoal and a lighter Grey/Brown speckle. It combines all the tufted elements of Florence Knoll sofas (Design Direct sell replica Florence Knoll’s too) with the round bolsters that I absolutely love and a shade of green that I cannot ignore. I love that green.

It’s a replica of a sofa made by Achille & Pier Castiglioni, who also made the original ARCO lamp, a replica of which is hanging next to G-Plan in my currently living room set up.

Best of all: At $1450 this competes with anything you could find at certain Swedish mass market furniture manufacturers.

Design Direct are a Perth-based company selling replica furniture – to all my followers who like mid-century design and who have looked at Eastern States replica suppliers, there is an option in Perth: designdirect.com.au

They do replica Swan Chairs, Womb Chairs, Ball Chairs, Barcelona Chairs, Panton Chairs, DSW Chairs, RAR Chairs, Plank Chairs (and sofas), tables and lighting too – how excellent!!!

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My walls are in a bit of a catch-22 at the moment.

Technically, my walls are not in any catch-22 since they are firstly inanimate objects and secondly they are walls and they support things (roofs, plaster, pictures etc), so remaining standing and supporting things are pretty much all they need to do; I am in the catch-22 because of my plans for my walls.

For those of you who don’t know:

A catch22 is a paradoxical situation in which an individual cannot avoid a problem because of contradictory constraints or rules. Often these situations are such that solving one part of a problem only creates another problem, which ultimately leads back to the original problem. Catch-22s often result from rules, regulations, or procedures that an individual is subject to but has no control over. (Thank you wikipedia)

Because I paint quite large canvases and want to be able to switch in and out canvases from rooms (it’s easier than moving the furniture around when you want a change, and it doesn’t scratch the floors so much…and now that I am in my own house, I do worry about these things), I decided I wouldn’t put any pictures, paintings or photographs on my walls until I had installed a gallery hanging system.

Gallery hanging systems are ideal for what I want to do, as they are basically a concealed track where you can slip hooks in or out as required, sort of like the modern, more subtle equivalent of picture rails you see in federation houses.


Why don’t I just install picture rails? Nice as they are, they are quite instrusive to the design of the room. They become a feature element, while I want something that doesn’t draw attention to itself or detract from the artwork, walls and cornices. Plus my house is a very different style to houses which could have feature rails and my ceilings aren’t tall enough to make them look anything but a slightly self-concious and unnecessary addendum. And I absolutely loathe it when people try to traditional-ify a modern era house (reproduction federation houses and villas so prevalent in the 80s and 80s are the devil).

Back on track

So, I decided on a gallery hanging system – the wall locator FX Hanging System in silver, to sit right below my cornices in the lounge room, bedroom, hallway, office and studio:

Hanging around

I could paint the system so it is even less obtrusive but I like the idea of an industrial silver band immediately below my cornices.

At a rough estimate, I  will need about 10 x of the 3m straps and 4 x of the 2m straps; plus hooks. So ~ $500.00 plus all the hooks I need. On the positive side, I don’t need to buy it all at once, I can purchase it room by room (or wall by wall); but until I do my paintings are sitting on the floor, propped against the walls.

This isn’t great for the paintings, they may get scuffed and can fall over; so it also means that I won’t finish and varnish any of them until I can hang them as I will have to do minor repairs on them. Hence the catch-22, because it would be nice to varnish and finish some of my work and say “Done, never touching it again”.

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Want? Knitted pouf

While I am actually gunning for a plainer knitted pouf and have been dropping copious hints to my little sister and two of my friends who knit (I have even found free patterns FREE. PATTERNS; to help with this), I may have to change the scope of my hints as of today.

Because who doesn’t want a knitted pouf in the shape of the highest mountain in Sweden?

Image from Designsponge

It’s an awesome use of the winter/ski knit style and I love it. I love it to death right now.

Of course, I do still love puff daddy:

Image from pickles (where there are patterns, y'all. patterns)

And puff daddy will go with my decor plus I think he will be slightly easier to knit. But: Swedish mountain pouf!

Wait…there is nothing to stop me having two poufs in my life, is there now?

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Want? Great gatsby

Call me a crazy fool F Scott Fitzgerald fan but I ❤ the Gatsby bed side table by Laura Ashley:

Let me reflect on your desires...

Apart from the utterly cool name, I love how its mirrored art nouveau-esque elegance channels the Hollywood Regency feel.

I have a dream of getting out of my bed and slipping my feet into marabou slippers and swanning around my house like a movie star in the 40’s. Probably with a long cigarette holder in my hand and a scotch on the rocks in the other.

Naturally my lifestyle channels more non-smoking, scotch-disliking, Perth Mortage Owner and, as such, does not enable me to fulfil this dream.

But at least if I had Gatsby in my life, Gatsby could help my bedroom look like my Hollywood Regency dream, even if it’s a lifestyle I could/would never live.

Of course, like tequila shots, you can’t have just one Gatsby. I’d need two (one for each side of my bed, naturellement). And with a price tag of ~$1095 each…they are a little outside my budget.

Trust me to fall in ❤ with the economically unavailable option rather than a cheapo set of Balinese derivative tables. I love  Gatsby’s base and elegant handles and it’s amazing 3 drawer storage capacity. <3<3 <3<3 <3<3<3

For the moment, ikea’s Benjamin stool is acting as my bedside table. Even if they don’t have drawers to hide all my bedside accoutrements away, at $29.95 they are in my price range. And they can be co-opted as seating when I need to seat six at my dining table.

What I am seriously considering…

Having committed to the idea of (eventually) owning Gatsby (when I could afford it), I wasn’t looking to fall for another type of mirrored bedside tables. Gatsby had my heart.

But I did start having some qualms – notwithstanding my budgettary constraints, mirrored tables will get dusty. Especially in a house with two mostly indoor cats.

I can deal with that (by dusting regularly), but there is also the brightness of the mirror – it’s just a normal mirror surface so Gatsby will be very reflective. And, with sun, quite bright. Possibly too bright and reflective?

Who needs to wake up to something incredibly bright and reflective every morning? Chirpy, cheery brightness and reflectiveness is best after a cup of tea, an application of Sunglasses and a clock whose arms point to at least 10.30am.

Fortunately an impromtu visit to Domain Gallery means I can now see a way clear to resolving these problems.

Domain Gallery do elegant mirrored bedside tables, much the same as Gatsby (Plain lines, no stupid crystal drawer pulls) for the meagre price of ~$490 each.

Plus they also do a range in a darker nickel-like mirror! I will still have to dust, but I won’t have to be confronted by cheery chirpy brightness and reflection every morning.

Great F Scott Fitzgerald, I may have found a new love!

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