TOKYO STOPOVER: A MINI GUIDE

13/04/2017

Tokyo Stopover: A Mini Guide | Sake & Pot Plant - by SHELF/LIFE I’ve been working on this little side project in my spare time (because toddler wrangling and house renovating weren’t keeping me busy enough!) as I’m constantly asked for recommendations for Japan and thought this might be a fun way to share my personal picks. As I say in the guide, I’m by no means an authority on all things Japan, but people tend to enjoy personal recommendations in a country like Japan where the volume of what is on
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FAMILY BATHROOM | CONCEPT UPDATE

27/03/2017

Studio Four Alfred Street Residence bathroom Est Living - via SHELF/LIFE Alfred Street Residence by Studio Four via Est Living As I did with our Guest Bathroom, I’m revisiting my old concept for our upstairs Family Bathroom today and sharing some of the images I had on my original moodboard. It’s a fairly similar look and feel to our guest bathroom, although I knew this bathroom would function differently as our family of (almost) 4 would be using it frequently. We’ve been moved back in for a week now
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MICHOUCAS DESIGN | NEW GREETING CARD COLLECTION

14/02/2017

michoucas design happy birthday - via SHELF/LIFE I stumbled upon Michoucas Design a little while ago on Instagram and was immediately drawn to the simplicity of their designs and the lovely muted colour combinations. Michoucas Design, founded by Carole Birou in 2012 and based in Bordeaux, France, focuses on paper design and fine stationery inspired by the simplicity of everyday life. Everything in the range is packaged to minimal perfection using eco-friendly high quality paper and envelopes. Michoucas Design’s most recent range is this sweet
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GUEST BATHROOM | CONCEPT UPDATE

19/01/2017

tara tapware by dornbracht - via SHELF/LIFE Early last year I pulled together a mood board for our guest bathroom and posted it on my old blog. I thought now that we’re partway through our renovation it might be fun to revisit what I envisaged all those months ago, and compare it to what is becoming our reality. In this post are the main images from that mood board, all of which I still love, but it’s interesting to see what has endured and what has
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CRUSHING ON | CALENDARS, SCULPTURE, YUZU & HEELS

02/01/2017

kristina krogh 2017 calendar - via SHELF/LIFE   Kristina Krogh 2017 Calendar First blog post of 2017, and I’m starting with a rather self serving one. I’ve been completely restrained with the Boxing Day sales this year while we attempt to stick to our renovation budget, so I’m hoping this post of my most recent crushes will allay some of that consumerist desire that inevitably builds up at this time of year (without actually spending any real money). Wishing you a happy, exciting, healthy and memorable 2017.
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FOR THE LOVE OF TERRAZZO

19/12/2016

Happy Place by Fiona Lynch | for the love of terrazzo - via SHELF/LIFE Like a lot of people these days, I enjoy keeping abreast of all the latest interiors trends and, of course, have noticed that terrazzo is having a bit of a moment right now. It’s a material that has been around forever and hasn’t always been regarded as particularly cutting edge, but right now its application in some amazing spaces has elevated its status. With our current renovation, I have been really hesitant to use any materials that are
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ILANA KOHN | AW16

11/12/2016

ilana-kohn-aw16-4 These days I am all about simple shapes, clean lines and comfort. Running around with a toddler all day is not conducive to wearing restrictive or fussy clothing, and besides, that has never interested me much anyway. I have always loved Ilana Kohn’s collections for their boxy yet feminine silhouettes and simple, striking patterns. Her (Northern Hemisphere) AW16 range doesn’t disappoint, with a great range of jumpsuits, dresses and super comfy looking pants – I would happily wear
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KERFORD ROAD HOUSE | CLARE COUSINS ARCHITECTS

08/12/2016

kerford-house-clare-cousins-1 If you spend time on Australian design blogs, I’m sure you’re well aware of the brilliance of Clare Cousins Architects. The projects coming out of this Melbourne-based practice are highly diverse, combining interesting materials and considered use of spaces and landscape. I think I’m in love! Kerford Road House brings a touch of Scandinavian charm to this newly renovated brick cottage. Being halfway through my own renovation, I am acutely aware of kitchen and bathroom details as I
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LINDA HSIAO | PORCELAIN INLAY SERIES, KNOTWORK LA

12/11/2016

knotworkla-linda-hsiao-porcelain-inlay-3 Linda Hsiao is one half of Knotwork LA, an online shop filled with pieces that Linda has made herself, and some in collaboration with Kagan Taylor. “Knotwork LA was created as an outlet to identify the work we do in our spare time, it began as evenings and weekends spent in the shop and studio, precious pieces of wood saved from other projects or found while hiking, ideas that came to us in the middle of the night,
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CH-CH-CHANGES

21/10/2016

shelf-life-changes-2016 I have never been a particularly big believer in ‘things happen for a reason’ and have gone through much of my life not really questioning and mostly just doing. However, this past year has been a challenging one and at times when things were maybe not the rosiest, I’ve had to look at the positives in order to keep chugging along and not get swamped down. I don’t mean that in a dramatic way, all ‘woe is me!’,
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