Wednesday, February 29, 2012

What's the big idea?

 Home Beautiful shoot with Derek, the likable

 It may be challenged in the square metre department...
but 280sqm goes a long way with clever design and decor,
just ask Little Miss Perfect + stylist, Tiffany Zanetta

a sneek peak into the formal living space,
a muddy palette with orange + silver accents

lounging by the lap pool 
and you don't even have to get wet.. leather + linen, always nice 

 get smart with design and use a remote
 "the old television behind the artwork trick"

 the lap pool for cooling off 
and extra theatre for those in the family room

the bedroom or the Italian paintings...
love them both 

 layering, layering, layering 
the decorating agents mantra..and it works very comfortably

ttfn Jo

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Life Instyle | Cushion Nirvana..who do you love?

Loving the small things at Life Instyle, Sydney over the weekend.
Chock-a-bock full with a collection of home | lifestyle | kids stuff 
here's a sneak peek of what's in store soon 

'cushion in a basket' plus more on the side from NZ's Bianca Lorenne
I'll have what she is having- one in every colour, thank you Ferm Living
The funky + textured Walter G...note pink lamp in opening image

The amazing patchwork wall of handmade designs from Sally Campbell 

Floor stacks going straight to my living room delivered by Pony Rider

Pony Rider's long + lean bolsters on a long and winding road

Love your work Brown Trading Co..that was my unmarried name..nice to be in the Co. 
Dwell Studio is fun and serious too...lots of European inspired designs 

What's not to love about bonnie and neil  beautiful colour palette and unforgetable design

Feather the nest with a cushion comment... 
which one is your very new, best, favouritest cushion designer?

ttfn Jo

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Fairytale gates

Over the Top-airy...a Canterbury tale

Oh Cupids give me Hopetoun, lead me through the Myrtle of pines to my one true gate!
Through Athols of topaired curley Kew'd squares and Groves of Stanley

past the glorious golden mile of ficus lollipops and box hedge Bryson

to wtf?

onward, ever onward through the gates of Monomeath and the path of Rueben 

Hark! Fix bayonets and storm the Torringtons could this be M' ladys gate?

 Tis but a folly, for behold, my one true gate...I shall call her Daphne!

the end

Which, if any is your favourite gate?
Leave a comment on my blog or Beautiful South facebook page 
or shoot me an email

ttfn Jox


Monday, February 20, 2012

Decor Advice...needed!


Thoroughly Modern if

Somerton, the weatherboard majestic is slowly but surely getting totally layered!
No minimal decorating for me, no sir..I want layers and lots of em.
Three new pieces this weekend... 
something old, nothing borrowed & somethings new!

1. The new Coffee table:
A sofa without a coffee table is like sitting on the edge of a very steep precipice,
that icky feeling you're going to fall into the abyss, or in our case the fireplace.
Our new CT has just the right amount of rustic charm without the gingham overload.

2. The new floor rug:
Oh sooo happy with this cool grey, patchwork pony, it was love at first
sight and I was so sure it would work that I didnt even enquire about their 

return policy!  Coffee table and rug doing very nicely and husband is well pleased

3. The ebay round table
This arrived on Saturday morning and was a steal at $80, shame I didnt steal
a van to get it here. It's perfect and certainly nicer than its ebay portrait
HOWEVER, I need advice- the original plan was to buy a fancy white table for
MUCH more cha-ching but finding the 'right white' was too hello ebay
and 1/4 strength Hogs bristle
. The table is purely decorative so will not
get a lot of wear from diners and
there is an out of shot, different type of timber
fireplace in the room..a little voice keeps saying "never mix your metals or timbers"

YES or No to painting the round table, pic 3?
Leave a comment on my blog or Beautiful South facebook page 
or shoot me an email


Sofa from Sofas Direct 
Floor rug & coffee table from

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Cushion Storage Challenge WINNER

Rack and stack
Congratulations to Leah Viney of Little Bohemian for a beautiful image and a
simple solution to stacking those pillows and cushions after lights out.

A big thank you to all who entered the Store, Stack or floor them challenge,
love your ideas and images. Also a very big thank you to The Bedspread Shop,
in Malvern for donating the deluxe Danish goosedown pillows and to Fiona Peel,
former winner of the Cushion Cluster Competition who had these very clever ideas:

The Cushion shelf
Behind the "window furnishing" or, in 
laymans terms the bedroom curtain  
Fiona has attached a hinged shelf. 
During the day it's folded 
up neatly along the wall, hiding behind 
the curtain. Then at night it's folded 
down and the extra pillows off the bed 
are placed on the shelf....
voila, no more floordrobe!

The Pillow Rack 
Finally the pants hanger moonlights as 
a pillow rack and, yes we think it 
definitely has some "Martha" appeal! 

If you would like to see the mechanics of the 
cushion shelf concept have a look at the 
'Secret Shelf" video, below- I discovered 
this American classic sometime ago. 

Spoiler collectors be warned


                             ttfn Jo

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Country Gates 4

Sunday morning gate post

The beauty of walking in the ranges is peeking over the gate.
Enjoy the crunchy walk and the leafy inspiration.

If you are not too puffed, take walk past another Sassafras gate post
you'll be so glad you did.

ttfn Jo

Friday, February 17, 2012

Library bookcases

A yen for Yen
Dewey Decimals and Allen Keys make for a good read

The Lovely ladies at Yen Concept insisted I mention that I assembled their 
former flat- packed bookcase, all by my 162m x 55kilos self. I started off slowly 
unpacking & sorting then allen keyed myself into a frenzy -still have the blisters
and the bump on the head but there she is in all her Dewey glory

Yen concept stock French inspired furniture which is not only gorgeous but 
reasonably economic..quell suprese! 
Regarde le website

ttfn Jo

FYI The winner of the Danish Goosedown Pillows announced Monday!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

City Gardens

Hedge fun + statement gardens

As a walking, sourcing stylist I trample past alot of beautiful gardens. 
Living in the Ranges and having the Metro bolthole means 
I get the best of both leafy worlds.
Here are some seriously shapely city gardens that make a big impact 
by keeping it that Melbourne opulent kinda way.

Enjoy the stroll..and if you have the energy keep walking to city gates

ttfn Jo

Monday, February 13, 2012

City gates

City Sisters
Strolling the leafy suburbs of Melbourne in the reasonably
early AM, it was neat...too neat.
Like the gates though- so different from their country cousins

ttfn Jo

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Home Beautiful

Beautiful homes in Home Beautiful

TiffanyZanatta's house is not only gorgeous but a space maximiser of the highest 
order. We shot her home for HB just recently and they were thrilled with the results
and quite frankly I'm not surprised! Will post images from the shoot soon

If you don't have the issue yet it's well worth the price to see serial renovator, 
Jo McIntyres new Surrey Hills home. We shot her former home for HB a few 
years ago and business has been booming ever since. Jo designs comfortable,  
classic family homes and doesn't skimp on the storage so you will never trip 
over another school backpack again...ever!
Beautiful home is her business, so no surprises why she loves Home Beautiful.

ttfn Jo



A little Birdie told me
We shot the lovely Pru Trundle's house for H&G when Little Bird Photography was
just a soho fledgling, now she has flown the nest and has a gorgeous studio space 
in Surrey Hills. Little Bird, as the name suggests specialises in baby, child and family photography plus she occassionally shoots stylists and has the sweetest website, 
its worth a visit just for the song.
We loved the beautiful wallpaper in the formal living and the guest bedroom, 
which is hardly surprising as both were sourced from my favourite design house-
Designers Guild if you are over neutrals and love colour you should stop by
their site and have a look at the latest range.

If you need anymore wallpaper inspiration, including places to browse books 
in Melbourne skip over to my post on Paper Places, there are a few local stockists
that are worth a visit.

fyi The house in Paper Places, with the stunning bedroom wallpaper 
and breathtaking tiled bathroom is a house we shot recently and can 
be seen, in it's entirety in the latest Home Beautiful...go on have a look

ttfn Jo

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