Rustic French + Natural

Nov 27, 2011

As seen on frenchbydesign via Architectural Digest. 

It has been a very quite and serene Sunday, just what was needed after a few very busy weekends. These images reflect the perfectly calm and relaxed mood I am in now after some much needed rest. Better catch it while it lasts....

Image 1: Totally in love with this bath and entire bathroom! It is simply too beautiful for words! Divine combination of natural earthy tones with a dash of French. My perfect mix. I found this on frenchbydesign one of my fav blogs. Image 2: I also love the exposed painted brick in this gorgeous room by Debi Treolar - I have featured Debi's work many times on the blog, I find her images and styling so unique and stunning. I think a rough rustic wall or piece of furniture always looks perfect next to something a little glamorous like a chandelier. Image 3: another whimsical beauty from Debi Treolar. 

Hope you enjoy this little piece of Sunday afternoon vintage pretty.

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Seaside Style

Nov 24, 2011

All photographs taken by Natalie Hayllar {eat read love} at Bannisters Point Lodge.

seaside dining. relaxing poolside. pampering. breathtaking view. stylish interiors. blue & orange. sunflowers. campari. horizon pool. prawn pizzas. french martinis. whale watching. beautiful memories. gorgeous wedding.

Feeling refreshed and calm after a beautiful long weekend away at my favourite seaside destination, Bannister's Point Lodge, Mollymook. I was married here a while ago, and last weekend I was lucky enough to return to attend the wedding of two very special friends...

Bannister's is the perfect place to indulge in a little eating, reading and loving...

eat: Rick Stein for fresh and delicious seafood dining, or for a more relaxed option the pizza and cocktail lounge does a great pesto & prawn pizza! 

read: poolside relax with Belinda Alexandra's new book, Golden Earrings. You know that I absolutely love her books and can't wait to get stuck into this one. The relaxed little library area just near the restaurant, perfect for chilling out with a coffee and scanning the lovely book collection.

love: relaxed seaside style at its best. The pool bar is decked out in neutral tones and soft furnishings, wood and cane, with the stunning horizon pool and ocean backdrop. It really is a breathtaking view. If you are fortunate you may get to experience a little poolside entertainment - we were spoilt by a fabulous 'whale show', two very playful whales just out the front seemed to be waving at us while we sipped on cocktails. Loved the post wedding celebrations in 'The Pinnacle' - the uber stylish and most luxurious room Bannister's has to offer. It was sensational! Decked out in beautiful furnishings, 2 large bedrooms, huge sunken lounge, spa, sauna and everything else you could possibly need with a touch of 'Hollywood Hills' glamour.  With a rather hefty price tag, you might want to share it with friends, but it would definitely be worth it for a special occasion.

I am so excited to share our very first wedding on the blog. coming soon.


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Jaipur Dreaming

Nov 13, 2011

Photos by Natalie Hayllar. Styling by Lisa Madigan.

India is a destination that has always intrigued me, but I must admit has never been at the top of my 'must travel' list. That was before I met Fiona Caufield, acclaimed travel writer and author of Love Travel Guides, handbooks for luxury vagabonds. My brand new signed copy of  'Love Jaipur, Rajasthan' now holds pride of place on top of my favourite book stack, reminding me of the future trip that I will one day take to India... 

Following the bright pink and orange rose petals up the stairs into the ever-beautiful fresh white Lisa Madigan store & gallery, I was lucky enough to spend a whimsical afternoon sipping iced tea and listening to passionate Indian travel tales. From Goa to Jaipur, Mumbai to Delhi, Fiona shared some beautiful anecdotes of her favourite and exotic cities and hidden gems. With tips on where to buy the best fabrics and luxury handmade home-wares, hidden Portugese palaces for afternoon tea, luxury massages in Goa and special yoga retreats, it was hard not to be whisked away. I now know that the best way to see the Taj Mahal for the first time is under the moonlight from a very special vantage point across the river, and that some Elephants have their own public holidays! 

For anyone planning a trip, The Love Travel Guides will introduce you to the most authentic experiences, written with the sole purpose of helping you fall in love with India. Only the most carefully selected places are included in the books, and the selection criteria is simple - if the place helps you fall in love with the city then it is in. If not, it is out. After two years of research for each guide, you can rest assured that the places listed in the books are not to be missed. And for any first timers to India some great advice "choose a few places and do them well, do not try to see it all in one trip", says Fiona.

"I believe falling in love with a city is just as exciting as falling in love with a person. Your senses become engaged and you simply feel more alive"...Fiona Caufield

It was an absolutely perfect afternoon in Berry, surrounded by the beautiful Lisa Madigan originals and the dreamy silk installation from Kate Armstrong floating in the breeze behind us. I walked away feeling inspired, excited, and with a serious case of the travel bug.

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All of the love travel guides are handmade from natural Eco-friendly fabrics and beautifully presented. An ideal gift for any fellow travel lovers. 

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Gerroa Gem

Nov 7, 2011

 as you roll down the hill into Gerroa & stumble upon the 
Blue Swimmer cafe
All images via Natalie Hayllar [eat read love]

South coast providore stocked with local delights *freshly baked local sourdough bread and jams *fresh fruit lined up to ripen *rustic beach charm inside and out *gorgeous views

'Sea - heaven' at Seahaven - The Blue Swimmer cafe is a fabulous little 'foodies find' tucked away in Gerroa, a serene and gorgeous little holiday town about 1.5hrs South of Sydney. 
If you are looking for a little 'casual gourmet' in a lovely seaside town, Blue Swimmer is definitely worth a visit.  Beautifully styled inside and out, some French cafe chairs out front, bright blue walls and rustic timber pieces throughout make for the perfect seaside dining experience. For brunch I can highly recommend the delicious combo of fried eggs, potato, jamon and chorizo, served with fresh sourdough.  Thanks to Rebecca from another south coast favourite, Roots & Wings Design for the hot tip!

I have such fond memories as a child of endless summer days at Seven Mile beach on our regular family holidays, but I haven't been back for a little while. It is one of the best places on the coast to learn to surf, and a great spot for kids to swim as well. The playground across the rd from the cafe will keep busy little ones happy pre-or post coffee too.

Refresh after a morning swim, or sit and watch the sunset as the waves roll in. I will definitely be coming back to Blue Swimmer cafe, next time I think a twilight dinner and wine by the sound of the ocean will be just perfect. I have no doubt that the Blue Swimmer will now become a family staple on our regular South coast treks.

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ici et la

Nov 3, 2011

armchair travel with gorgeous globes

sweet canvas sneakers for summer fun...

love these vintage book stacks!

industrial lighting and signage
'objects de charm' in every corner
stylish stools, fabulous in the kitchen

you cant miss the sign from Devonshire Street 

love these red and white cannisters

All images in this post taken by Natalie Hayllar, Eat Read Love

ici et la if you are looking for a little taste of France to style your home or garden, then this is the place.  This fabulous little find in the leafy backstreets of Surry Hills has an amazing collection of summer stripy deck-chairs, french furniture, signature striped fabric, rustic lounges, industrial lights and charming individual objects that will add a talking point to any room in your home. Wandering through the store, it is hard to know where to start, with gorgeous and individual pieces in every corner. 

The vibrant signature stripes of ici et la (means 'here and there' in French) can be seen hanging on the brick wall from Devonshire Street. These colourful stripes feature throughout the store, on chairs, lounges cushions and fabrics, and remind me of my time in the Basque region of France. 

"The natural colour of our cotton is off-white. Its coloration, specific to Les Toiles du Soleil, comes from a staining process named "grand teint". This quality of dyeing guarantees a better hold of the colours. We have two types of canvas available: 100% cotton and a non-fading synthetic range. ici et la" 

A great mate (from JWC Building) who does amazing renovations in the Surry Hills area, is a big fan of the silver industrial lights when fitting out his jobs. He rang me to tell me about this fantastic store he had found in Surry Hills...I knew straight away he was talking about ici et la. We have the same taste!

After you have spent lots and lots of time choosing your favourite pieces to take home, you can stop by the Bourke Street Bakery just across the rd, for a coffee and a bite to eat.

Thank you very much to ici et la for letting me wander around the store taking photos. It was so much fun, and I cant wait to go back and get some things for my own home as I renovate the back rooms in my own little house. I have my eye on The rustic coloured stools to go around my solid timber kitchen table, and the antique book stacks would look divine in my yet to be designed home office. Too much inspiration, now I just have to choose!

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