Leibowitz and McLachlan

I've fallen in love with the work of Taryn Leibowitz and Tamie McLachlan, partners in the design firm Leibowitz and McLachlan.

I'm way behind the times because Desire to Inspire featured this Sydney duo way back in October 2007, while Blair from Delight by Design and Erin from Designs 4 Living featured them earlier this year.

And now these talented designers have hit the big time, with a feature in the US magazine Interiors, including the front cover.

And their moment in the sun is warranted, as their work is absolutely beautiful.

I have loved every image I've seen so far of their work. Their look is classic, yet fresh. Sophisticated but comfortable. I love the colours too - lashings of white, dark dark wooden floors and lots of punches of dark neutrals.

Their bathrooms are magnificent. Lots of beautiful marble or travertine, warmed up with fabulous details like antique mirrors and perfume bottles, and fluffy white towells.

They have a great eye for texture, and I love their blend of antiques and new pieces.

This zinc coffee table is fantastic.

I love this room - very beachy and laid back, but still sophisticated. You could put your feet up here.

Squidgy couches and a classic white kitchen, what more could you ask for.

Love the texture of this pendant against the cool, smooth white marble.

There's lots of lovely little details everywhere, adding warmth and interest.

I have looked everywhere in Adelaide for chairs like these below! I would love one for my study and one on each end of my dining table.

Outdoor areas are equally beautiful.

I find these designers so inspiring. I can't wait to see what other wonderful homes they create in the future.

All images from Leibowitz and McLachlan, Desire to Inspire, Delight by Design, Designs 4 Living and Content Agency.

Best wishes,

We are Open with Fantastic Furniture!

Side Table in shades of soft green and melon undertones
Affordably priced at $115

We have opened our doors at 2447 San Pablo Avenue in Berkeley, (Cross street is Dwight). We have some beautiful new furniture pieces on offer ... and some new artisanal work on its way. Our new store is shaping up nicely and we will be scheduling our Grand Opening Reception in July. We have a few new features in our Berkeley location, in response to customers' requests.

This custom redesign project, distressed bar stools, was completed for $115. We can execute a similar project for you, with your furniture and choice of colors!

Check out pretty "Nightingale", a beautiful full-sized bed in soft shades of blue and cream. This bed comes complete with headboard, footboard and side rails for $525.

Because our new shop has more workspace for Johnelle to expand her furniture redesign activities, you will find a bigger selection of affordably fashionable items on sale at Mignonne.

We've included these sample pictures of new furniture to whet your appetite! If you come by the store, you can check out our continuously changing inventory of repurposed furniture and cool vintage pieces, as well as our lines of body products, d├ęcor accents, local artist's work and other treasures.

Shutterly divine

For as long as I can remember, I have adored plantation shutters. At one time they used to be as rare as hen's teeth here in Australia, but these days they are becoming more common, particularly in lovely old classic homes.

I've always thought of white when thinking of plantation shutters, but they also look smart in black, or sophisticated in a soft grey colour.

Images 1 scanned from Australian Better Homes and Gardens 2 scanned from Australian Home Beautiful 3 Coastal Living 4 Maree Homer 5 via Harmony and Home 6 scanned from Australian Country Style 7 Country Living 8 scanned from Australian Better Homes and Gardens

I really love the classic, elegant look of plantation shutters. They look fantastic in almost any style of home.

In my first home I had a big bay of three tall arched windows in the front of my house and I had white plantation shutters custom made. They cost a bomb, but they were worth it! Then when I became newly single I bought a home of my own so I couldn't afford custom shutters. But I was determined to still have my shutters for my bedroom, which faces the street, so I bought them in kit form and sanded, painted and assembled them myself. That was hard work! Four years down the track I'm (almost) ready to go again - this time for my son's room and our study. Think I'll wait til the weather warms up so I can sand outside though....

Best wishes,

Outoor Furniture - Great Tables In Different Styles!

Outdoor dining is here and we wanted to give you a few more options if you are planning a patio party! There are a myriad of options out there of different materials and colors. Here are some of our favorites and remember that the chairs can be a different style too. We have rated our tables with a $ sign from the most inexpensive to the more expensive. Let us know if you need more information on any products you see here. Above: From Kravet - Bimini 60" round table with a natural slate top and cast resin base. Many options available. $$$$
From Janus et Cie - Aluminum dining table and chairs seen at Neocon. $$$
From Fermob of France - Romane extension table comes in 25 different colors. $$
From Target - Madaga table and chairs in all weather wicker. $

From Ikea - Acacia hardwood drop leaf table. Even has a hole for the umbrella. Full size: 102" long x 30" wide. $
From Ego Paris - Aluminum frame with a teak open top. Many styles and sizes available, aluminum comes in an array of colors. $$$

Sherrill Furniture: Sofas That We Love!

Sherrill Furniture has been selling some of the finest furniture since 1944. It is one of my favorite upholstery companies as the quality is unsurpassed in the upholstery industry. The cushions are blended with the eight way hand tied system and mixed with modern methods to create comfortable and durable furniture. I have listed my Sherrill favorites here and you can find more styles at their website. I seem to be gravitating toward more unique styles lately and these sofas have caught my eye. I especially like the higher backs and the shorter styles for a more intimate furniture setting. Above: Sofa M416 is part of the Masterpiece Collection and is 76" long x 37" high. It comes with a loose back and three extra pillows.
A great sofa and a best seller! This Sofa 2186 is part of the Transitional Collection. Size: 82" long x 37" high. Comes with the five extra pillows shown. Love it!
This settee can match to the sofa above or many other styles. Love this for any style room. Sofa 4019, is 60" long x 39" high. Comes with the four extra pillows shown. Tip: When mixing different styles of sofas together, then coordinate the fabrics and leg colors for cohesion.
This Sofa 2227 is part of the Traditional Collection. Size: 71" long x 35" high. Comes with three extra pillows.
This is Sofa 3260 and part of the Transitional Collection. Size: 76" long x 43" high and comes with three extra pillows.
This Sofa 4020 is part of the Transitional Collection. Size: 83" long x 38" high. Comes with two extra pillows.
This sofa M425 is part of the Masterpiece Collection. Size: 76" long x 40" high. It comes with a loose back and three extra pillows for any fabric combination.
This sofa M447 is part of the Masterpiece Collection. Size: 73" long x 40" high. Look at all the pillows!!! You can choose any fabric combination for your pillows or even supply your own fabrics to match other items in your room. Love it!

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