a papered life...

Mar 29, 2012


Images via Paper Couture

LOVE: beautiful paper inspiration to inspire your Thursday. I love these old books that have been up-cycled to create stunning and simply beautiful designs. Paper Couture does this so elegantly. that is all. Natalie x 
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one fine day

Mar 25, 2012

LOVE: 'Brides to be', mark your diaries for May...finally a super stylish bridal fair! One fine day is a refreshing alternative to the traditional bridal fair, showcasing a handpicked collection of sought after and stylish wedding vendors. Supported by the gorgeous White Magazine, Samantha Wills bridal and at the very cool Sun Studios in Sydney, it is bound to be a huge success. 
Not only is One fine day the perfect outlet for creative couples to gain inspiration from unique vendors in the planning of their big day, but a fun way to spend a Sunday with your girlfriends/family/bridal party. Hope to see you there!  
Stay tuned for the eat read love wedding directory, coming soon on the blog. What a great place to start.

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Classic Copenhagen

Mar 24, 2012

Images via Georg Jensen

LOVE: classic and oh so elegant, meet the Georg Jensen sterling silver Ambassador collection. With elite works from Georg Jensen's timeless 'Grape Collection' and the sophisticated 'Strawberry Bowl', this collection reflects a range of styles from Art Nouveau, Art Deco and Danish Modern. All of the pieces are handcrafted in Copenhagen, as they have been for more than 100 years to become icons in Scandinavian style.  The stunning collection recently featured at Corporate Culture in Sydney as seen above. For a little more luxury and exquisite Danish designs go to

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Guest blog - quintessential styling

Mar 22, 2012

Ever wondered how our most treasured stores looks so amazing? A destination store that looks as stylish as this Balmain beauty doesn't just happen by accident. Thanks to the lovely Leanne Carter-Taylor, from one of our favourite interior stores quintessential duckeggBLUE, for this wonderful guest blog and a sneak peek of their latest in-store styling session! 

DAY 1: Before - let the styling begin... 

At quintessential duckeggBLUE , the ‘home of found industrial & antique objects’, styling and visual merchandising of the store is a ‘must’!  Our clients expect only the most covetable finds, expertly placed and styled to perfection, and that is what we aim to deliver every single day of the year. We ‘covet’ creativity and innovation just as much as Leanne ‘covets’ individual & original industrial & antique furniture!

We recently invited our favourite freelance stylist, John, to cast his amazing ‘styling’ wand over the store in a 2 day styling project, and wanted to share some of our favourite ‘before & after’ shots with eat read love readers…….we hope you enjoy! Over 2 days we moved, changed, dressed and hung everything in the store, giving all of our ‘finds’ a new home and a new purpose. 

What we love about working with John is his “anything’s possible” attitude (an attitude that Leanne has every time she is overseas hunting down all our elusive finds!), and his calm, collected nature in a chaotic environment - a store packed floor to ceiling with the ‘offbeat & original’ industrial lighting, storage cabinets of all shapes and sizes and original Tolix chairs, to the ‘well worn’ and traditional antique farmhouse tables and ever so covetable, club sofa chairs (Leanne’s absolute favourite ‘must’ have item).  We meticulously hung and placed 17 original, industrial metal chairs, ending up with a fabulous feature ‘chair wall’ as you enter the store…..a new way to view chairs we though. A little different to the traditional placement of chairs around a dining table.

Leanne Carter-Taylor searches far and wide to source only the most ‘quintessential’, original and covetable ‘industrial & antique’ finds, bringing a little slice of European history to Sydney. Stylists and customers alike are always complementing us on the ‘finished’ nature and superb styling of the store.  But it doesn’t come lightly! After two busy, but exciting days, the store was looking amazing with new windows and a fresh new look… phew!!!!  A few more weeks and the process will start again. 

DAY 2: After - the end result. Everything beautifully styled and in place...


A huge thanks to Leanne and the team for featuring as this month's eat read love guest bloggers! The store looks beautiful doesn't it? I adore everything, the vintage book stacks, Tolix chair wall feature, industrial lights and that bookshelf wallpaper! Oh and a little birdy told me that you might spot some quintessential style in the new Baz Luhrman film 'The Great Gatsby'. 
quintessential duckeggBLUE the ‘home of found industrial & antique objects’ can be found in the leafy suburb of Balmain.  Located at 497 Darling Street, it is definitely worth a visit! Alternatively, view ALL our ‘finds’ on line at our daily updated website and read our blog featuring many restoration projects of some of Leanne’s favourite finds:
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Treehouse Connection

Mar 18, 2012

cool leather chairs out front 

for the vintage collectors
book stack in the sun
up-cycled goods and great coffee

All photos by Natalie Hayllar {eat read love}
The Treehouse Connection
You know I love the South Coast, and we spend plenty of time at our 'home away from home' in Mollymook. I used to only venture into Ulladulla for a movie or some essential shopping, but now I have a lovely chilled out place to enjoy a post movie coffee. Full of up-cycled and vintage originals, old records and Polaroids, this will appeal to fellow vintage lovers and collectors looking for something unique and 'old worldy'. A delicious menu of freshly baked sourdough, pumpkin dips, organic chocolate, fruit smoothies, Chai, delicious fresh coffee, and some lovely little finds for the home, I know this is going to become a south coast regular for me. The Treehouse Connection is 4 Boree Street, Ulladulla, NSW 2539, you can't miss this gorgeous little old house, with cosy old leather lounges and chairs out front.

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An Amisfield Afternoon

Mar 4, 2012

the most stunning afternoon light

fresh crusty bread and delicious white bait

white bait and Lake Hayes pinot gris

lovely inside and out

the BEST risotto I have ever tasted!

late afternoon light on the mountains + Amisfield rose

All photos by Natalie Hayllar {eat read love}

EAT: Just found these photos from a trip to Queenstown in NZ late 2011 and thought I would share. An afternoon spent at Amisfield vineyard with friends was something I will remember forever. Amisfield Winery and Bistro is in Pisa, Central Otago about 15min drive from Queenstown. The restaurant is housed in a beautiful historic church building, surrounded by vineyards, mountains and Lake Hayes. Recommended to me on twitter and some other NZ locals, I thought we should try for an early dinner on our first night in Queenstown. It was a very good decision to indulge in the famous 'trust the chef' set menu, a selection of share plates. Being with fellow 'foodies' meant we spent the afternoon discussing the produce, the ingredients and the menu and trying everything with perfectly matched local wines. The standout dishes for me were the crusty organic sourdough, crispy west coast white bait, fresh ripe tomato salad and the best risotto I have ever tasted, seriously! 

After dinner we played Boules into the evening sipping on 2011 Amisfield Rose and taking in the magical view and the late afternoon sun setting on the mountains, reflecting a perfect pink hue across the entire vineyard (and given it doesn't get dark until about 10pm it felt much earlier than it really was). I hope you get a sense of the relaxed and beautiful surroundings from these pictures, and next time you are in NZ be sure to add this hidden gem to your 'must do' list. A great little find!

I also just found the Amisfield Blog online too, if you are interested in NZ wine making and the surrounding areas.

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Featured Artist: William Waldron

Mar 2, 2012

my dream space, St Mary's Parish Louisiana

artwork resting on a door, and some throw rugs 

perfect pink wall and chair

fabulous white fireplace and solid timber beams

All images via William Waldron
Featured artist this week is iconic NYC photographer William Waldron. I stumbled across the gorgeous image of Saint Mary's,West Feliciana Parish Louisiana on the search for cool spaces. I thought this space would make the perfect setting for a photo shoot with the gorgeous rustic walls and light beaming in the window. Old rooms have so much character and charm and I can imagine this room furnished simply, maybe with an extra large french oak table and chairs, a single french chair, some books stacked and fresh flowers.... dream! I was so happy that my search for lovely rooms led me by surprise to the amazing portfolio of William Waldron. Clients include Elle Decor (fav), Instyle, Harpers and more, and his portraits of new york elite (and a few very well know celebs) are breathtaking. My favourite is of course is his stunning interiors. Take some time with a nice glass of red, or a cup of tea and look through this amazing collection of work. Happy Friday. Natalie x 

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