Saturday, July 23, 2011

Flying North For Winter

Eden Roc Pool, Slim Aarons

Sydney is very much a 'summer city' - and many Sydney-siders abandon ship during the cooler, wetter months.  It is a complete myth that we don't have a proper winter in Sydney - it gets pretty cold, dark, wet and miserable and most of us dream of flying north for the winter to Europe to bask in the balmy sunlight of Italy or Greece. This week I've Skyped with my sister in London about her recent trip to the Amalfi Coast, emailed with my girlfriend in New York about her plans for this coming week in the Hamptons, and farewelled several friends Europe bound.  Unable to fly at the moment and join those jet-setters, what to do but rug up, stay warm and day dream of the warmer months ahead spent at the Australian beaches that, no matter where you travel to the world over, are without comparison....?


Source: Lonny via pinterest

It is easy when one's belly is getting larger each day to slow down, maybe get a bit lax and lose track of maintenance - both internal and external.  So...this weekend was devoted to a bit of up-keep - body stretched at yoga, hair coloured, legs waxed and nails buffed and polished.  At home, surfaces were dusted, linen and clothes washed and dried and furniture rearranged.  Forced inside for long periods by torrential rain, I've also managed to get a lot of reading done, lists written and plans forged.  I have three weeks of work left and what feels like an impossibly long list of things I need to accomplish before I walk out those doors in Martin Place for the last time. Rather than spend the weekend in the office, all of this 'maintenance' makes me feel more in control for the week ahead.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Distracted by Lonny

As always, the release of a new issue of Lonny heralded an afternoon (...and an evening) of distraction.  I poured over each and every page but my favourite space belonged to Lauren Gold, design director of Nate Berkus Associates (love Nate). Her taste is a lot busier than my own but she so expertly combines her possessions in her Chicago apartment such that none of the spaces seem cluttered. 

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Simple Pleasures

Source: 1. travelmuses 2. Peony Melbourne 3. Unknown 4. Classy in the City via This is Glamorous 5. What Katie Ate
6. Neilson Park by Aquabumps

My friend and fellow blogger Canna recently inspired me with her post, Simple Pleasures. It seems we spend so much time worrying about the 'stuff' in our lives that we forget to stop and smell the roses, so to speak. So here are some of the simple things in my life that I'm most grateful for - walks in the park with Nelly, the Wonder Dog, macarons from Laduree (or Adriano Zumbo in Oz), reading ferociously through a new book, cups of coffee quietly at home or shared with friends, Mum's pavlova and swimming in one of Sydney's ocean or harbour beaches (we are so spoiled for choice in this glorious city!).

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Have a Cosy Weekend!

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This weekend I am off to a Hens Party (or "Bachelorette Party" depending on your hemisphere!) for a good friend that I have known since my high school days! I am looking forward to seeing everyone (for that silly, girly banter that no one but your oldest girlfriends understands!) but I wonder whether or not I will struggle to get through the entire day without a drop of alcohol (well, maybe I'll have a drop!). Apart from this, I will be likely at home, snuggling up in my winter woollies. It's supposed to be 6 degrees in Sydney tomorrow morning - that is SUPER FREEZING for Sydney! I hope that whatever you have planned, you have a fabulous weekend!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Small Spaces

We live in the inner city and because our house isn't enormous (it's not too small - about 100sqm in total I think), I often look to smaller, well designed apartments for design and organisational inspiration. This is one such apartment. Featured in House Beautiful, designer David Kaihoi's East Village apartment (shared with his wife and child) is only 64 sqaure FEET! Wow, that's small! I love this space - it's so brave and incredibly clever. In David's own words, the secret to living harmoniously in this space is "ruthless editing - one thing in, one thing out. A place for everything and everything in its place." This is an important lesson for me - I tend to be a bit of a hoarder. Time to clean out the closet! Another lesson that's worth noting is that you can still use big bold pieces (and colours!) in a smaller space. Often, I think, using smaller, bitsy pieces can make a space seem even smaller.

Beautiful bureau that folds away.
Dining room that doubles as living room....clever.

Wall of living room that houses library and entertainment.
 Dual usage - sofa and linen closet.

Imagine having such perfectly styled drawers!

 A place for everything and everything in its place.

 Stop it - this wardrobe is too perfectly arranged for a man to be responsible for it, surely?

What a pretty bedroom and the little fold out bed is so cute!

  Perfect bathroom cabinet - love it.

Australians tend to aspire to owning a 'big block of land', a large house with spare bedrooms and a spacious back garden. A lot of people have started to ask me where we'll move to once we have our baby and perhaps another in a few years, as though suggesting that surely we can't stay in our little terrace cottage once we have a family? I disagree with this sentiment somewhat. In most of the world's largest, most vibrant cities, families live in houses and apartments smaller than ours. These are cities where creativity and talent flourish - New York, London, Paris. I can't help but think that the children of these families have a perfectly good upbringing despite having perhaps to share a bedroom with a sibling. I also think that living in smaller quarters encourages a sense of community because people spend less time in their living rooms watching TV and more time out and about in local shops, cafes, parks and theatres. What do you think? Do you agree that, when it comes to real estate, bigger isn't always better?

Monday, July 4, 2011

Smart Casual

At 32 weeks pregnant, I am starting to dream about life after maternity wear - it's still a while away but I am so sick of elastic waists, swollen feet and not being able to fasten the belt on my winter coat! I'll most likely need an entire new wardrobe (well, a few new things at least!) to convert myself from a suited banker to a smart casual mummy. Trenery (Country Road's more classic sister store) has a great new smart casual look book for summer - here are some of my favourite outfits.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Looking Good

Gosh, the Duchess just always looks so lovely and well put together.  This last week she has been seen in the Royal Box at Wimbledon and accompanying her husband on their first official overseas visit to Cananda. She reminds me of my good friend Genie who always looks immaculate! Sigh....

Have a Wonderful Weekend!

Image by Katie Quinn Davies via What Katie Ate

I have a very quiet weekend planned to be honest...tomorrow I have pre-natal yoga at The Lifepod which I always look forward to, an appointment with my naturopath in the afternoon and am off to see The Seagull at Belvoir Street Theatre tomorrow night. Sunday will hopefully be filled with walks with Nelly, breakfast in the sun on our deck, weekend papers, endless cups of coffee (decaf at the moment!), finishing off my book The White Masai and starting to sort out the baby's room. Ahhhhhhh....lovely.