Saturday 12 May 2012

    O’Reilly’s rainforest retreat

     

    I put on my hiking boots and escaped the city to the World Heritage Lamington National Park where the O’Reilly family has been welcoming visitors to their mountain home for over 90 years.

    The rainforests, the vast array of bird life & wildlife,

    the walking tracks, waterfalls and spectacular views.

    Lamington National Park is home to a myriad of unique flora & fauna

    ~ pademelons, possums, frogs and the amazing array of birdlife.

    We relaxed in the Lost World Spa…

    Tree Top Walk 

    We walked on through the forest canopy along suspension bridges to see flowering and fruiting trees and vines, the epiphytic orchids and ferns, and climbed the ladder high into the tree top!

    Over 80 years ago, it was a two day journey via car, train and horseback to reach us from Brisbane. Today a visit is less than a two hour scenic drive from Brisbane and 90 minutes from the Gold Coast. O’Reilly’s is located on the western edge of Lamington Plateau 930 metres (3,000 feet) above sea level and enjoys spectacular view to the west over the McPherson Ranges and Great Dividing Range.

    (Images via O’Rielly’s and Regent Bowerbird via here}

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    Wednesday 2 May 2012

    moody beautiful

     

    And she walked gracefully in a voluptuous dress across a geometric mosaic floor….

    {Image: James Harvie Photography ~ Melbourne studio}

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    Wednesday 2 May 2012

    Burt Bacharach ♥

     

    I have a confession to make ~ I’m a Burt Bacharach fan!

    That’s what friends are for…..

     

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    Monday 30 April 2012

    happy eco monday

     

    Today was too beautiful to be at work, and I was dreaming of a picnic by the water!

    A new generation of eco-friendly designware leaves a lighter footprint, enriching our lives while caring for the planet. These beautiful, practical furnishings and accessories pay both global and aesthetic dividends.

    Great styling by Glen Proebsteland the photographer Sharyn Cairns. Together they have created a beautiful story about eco-friendly homeware, furnishing and accessories. See the full story here.

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    Sunday 29 April 2012

    lazy sunday

     

    Some days just drift by lazily…

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    Sunday 29 April 2012

    twinkle, twinkle

     

    Rich embroidery, sparkling embellishment, and creamy Gauzy Chantilly lace gives an opulent romantic feel to the collection.

    {Images via Vogue Australia}

     

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    Sunday 29 April 2012

    Valentino S/S Haute Couture Show 2012, Paris

     

    Diaphanous, elaborately embroidered and beaded gowns :: delicate handmade lace :: floral prints

    Valentino ~ a dreamy fairy-tale show full of beautiful concoctions in light fabrics and soft pastels colour

    shown in the 19th century mansion once occupied by the Rothschilds.

    Gauzy Chantilly lace the colour of milk or clotted cream was sprinkled with silver beading, washed-out flowers prints were veiled under a layer of tulle, toile de jouys were whooshed up into frothy ballgowns. In keeping with the fairytale, the shoes were charming lace slippers.

    Valentino S/S Haute Couture Show 2012: design team Pier Paolo Piccioli and Maria Grazia Chiuri.

    {Images: Vogue Italia via visual optimism}

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    Sunday 29 April 2012

    little white suit :: Valentino

     

    Classic and classy :: Simple white embroidered suits and dresses with sheer see-through gloves.

     

    Valentino S/S Haute Couture 2012

    {Images: Vogue Italia via visual optimism}

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    Sunday 29 April 2012

    Umbrella ella ella

     

    A hands-free umbrella ~ just the thing I needed yesterday in the pouring rain!

    Rushi Tjohnardi is an Indonesian Fashion designer, these are some of his designs from his Spring 2009 collection made from transparent plastic.

    {Images: Rusli Tjohnardi, Spring 2009}

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    Saturday 28 April 2012

    tattered touches

     

    Hi all!  It’s Mari from Design Shuffle, a fabulous online portal for interior designers and design lovers from around the world. I am so happy to be visiting A White Carousel as a guest blogger.

    Today, we’re going to explore the wonderful world of tattered touches in décor. I love interior designs that feature beautiful decorative touches that may seem a bit tattered by time and loving use. We often think of tattered objects in the context of shabby chic rooms, but more and more they’re popping up in today’s traditional spaces. No matter the setting, tattered touches can add a faded elegance. Please enjoy!

    This image has an ethereal quality that seems perfect for showing off the tattered touches in a gorgeous                         and rustically glamorous dining space.

    Seating that reveals its inner beauty is showing up today in lots of unexpected places like high end showrooms. This ornate chair is so perfectly imperfect.

    A vintage kitchen is filled with tattered touches. I love the raveled edges on the coarse textile skirting.

    Is anything more gorgeous when decorated with tattered touches than a slightly glamorous feminine bedroom design? Vintage bed linens and window coverings age beautifully, becoming softer and more sumptuous with time.

    This totally tattered vintage lamp shade frame is hung with lovely little bits and pieces of lace,

    burlap and crochet. A creative way to display favorite vintage finds.

    To fuel the imagination

    – what lovely decorative touches will be created by the designer from this tattered and torn treasure?

    There’s something especially appealing about well-loved antique quilts. Whether used as a wonderful wall hanging, atop a vintage iron bed or simply stacked in an open armoire or cupboard, these aging beauties add their own special look as tattered touches.

    Doesn’t this beautiful tattered settee get the creative juices flowing? What visions of lovely decorating ideas this antique lady inspires! Images 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8

    Tattered touches give an amazing feminine style to any interior. Don’t forget to visit Design Shuffle to find even more inspiration! Connect with the best Los Angeles interior designersNew York interior designers and others!

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