Friday, April 29, 2011

7 things you didn't know about me and my top blogs...

Im lucky enough to have been awarded the stylish blogger award from Decor like butter! and the One Lovely Blog Award by Mix and Chic. 2 Great blogs I love! 

In honor of these awards, (thank you ladies), i'm going to follow tradition and continue the award by sharing my top 15 blogs and share 7 things about myself :-) 

Soooo...where do I start? 

1. I am about to compete in my first ever triathlon this weekend! Okay its just a mini triathlon, but its still very exciting and nerve wrecking! Its only 1 day away and i'm feeling totally unprepared for the swim- especially because its in the ocean! Don't get the wrong impression of me though, i'm no athlete - not by a long shot! I'm just keen to have a go and have some fun with something to work towards. 

2. I've worked in advertising and marketing for the past 8 years, and loved it! But decided its time for a change. While I still love that industry, I feel a bit like i've "been there, done that"

3. When i'm not obsessing over decorating, I love reading about economics and geology. Each totally unrelated, but each equally fascinating to me. 

4. I could eat chocolate anytime, day or night, breakfast lunch or dinner! But which girl doesn't feel the same about chocolate right?

5. I am about to celebrate my 9th, yes 9th wedding anniversary!

6. I arrange and rearrange my house almost daily. Drives my husband insane. Raise your hand if you do the same?

7. Love nothing more than staying up late laughing and chatting in bed with my husband at night. 

My top 15 blogs that I love are: 

1. Decor like butter
2. Mix and chic
3. Party Mouth Foodie
4. Once.Daily.Chic
5. savvy home
6. My little Apartment
7. Oeke Design Blog
8. Oliveaux
9. Table tonic
10. Anya Adores
11. Ish and chi
12. belle maison
13. Made by girl
14. harper and harley
15. In my house

Make sure you check out the above blogs. I love them!

Chelsea xo


So I have a dilemma. I need a new rug, and need one fast. Admittedly its a dilemma I love. I do love rugs, and how they pull a room together. Last weekend,  Miss G (my almost 1 year old) accidentally knocked a drink over onto our "white" rug ruining its chances of repair. It was at the end of its day anyway- so secretly i'm happy..

So the dilemma is.. where do I find a nice rug in Brisbane (Australia)??!! That doesn't blow the budget, isn't the stock standard rug you get from the local Rugs a Million, is practical for kids, and still stylish? Tough gig right?  It seems everywhere I turn all that is available is the same old rugs.. the standard size shag rug in all shades of latte and brown, or funky purple out of this world acrylic textured disco rugs,  or those super funky stripy apparently "modern" acrylic or wool rugs. Sooooo boring! and sooo ugly! So of course I keep seeing lots of gorgeous affordable options on American blogs and am drooling and wishing we had the same options here. :-( The reason for the rush purchase is that its absolutely freezing (ok I will warn you - I am a frog - its 23 degree's Celsius, but to me thats freezing!), and my poor little bubby who is not yet walking is crawling around on hard wood floors shivering (ok i might be exaggerating) from the cold :-)

So here are a few pics of rugs I like the look of. Keep in mind they are all different, I cant decide which type I should look for..  What do you think?

For some reason I really love this space. Its very inviting. The colours aren't normally what I would be attracted to, but it is very inviting. I could imagine sitting and chatting here for hours. I love the way the rug pulls the room together to create the cosy space.

When choosing a rug, its often thought that the rug should be large enough to stretch just under the front of the chairs / lounge suits. However in this instance, I love that the rug is more of a feature. While i'm actually quite over the shag pile look, there is something gorgeous and glamourous about this one. A friend forwarded this one to me when I was questioning which way to go with it. I must say it is my favourite picture. I think being round and plush makes this rug a dramatic statement and a real feature in this room.

Now with practicality in mind (since we are talking about an almost 1 year old crawling and getting up to mischief on this rug daily, this rug is probably more suited. What do you think. Should I go a practical option? Or stuff it and go glamourous? And just watch her like a hawk all day?

4. The last option, is a coloured rug. Simple and plain, but it is coloured. Meaning I am committing to a colour for most likely 4 years (thats about on average how long I have to keep our rugs in order to keep my husband happy :-)

I'd love your opinions here :-)  Im really unsure at this point.

Chelsea xo

Images from elle decor, decor pad, lonny magazine.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

In awe...

Anyone else in love with Kelly Wearstler's work?  She is amazing! I am in awe!  I've often thought that I would love to work with commercial spaces in particular hotel lobbys and offices, and think that what Kelly produces is just gorgeous. I love her use of colour, texture and pattern and that her spaces are uniquely hers.

She doesn't appear to necessarily follow the latest trends by using the "now" patterns for eg chevron or trellis etc, but instead works with patterns and textures that will last beyond one or two seasons and outlive the trends. I think it takes alot more talent to produce work like this rather than follow whats hot right now and put a couple of the latest cushions on the couch. I aspire to be able to design like her and create timeless and interesting looks.  What do you think of her work?

Here are a few of her mood boards. I could look at these for hours and dissect each little piece!

Here are a few of her commercial and residential works. You can see more on her website at

Gorgeous bathrooms

Not sure about all you other bloggers out there, but I find that I have sooo much info that I want to share and honestly don't even know where to start!

Today I thought id share some of the gorgeous bathroom pics i've collected over the last little while. They are absolutely stunning. I really love the use of wallpaper in these bathrooms - I especially love the first one - the Zebras.  Anyone brave enough to wallpaper their bathroom / powderoom?

Images sourced from, elle, and various other blogs and sources.