all things bright and beautiful #1

I have decided I will just do an interiors round up every two weeks or so, or whenever I have found enough things that inspire me and make me happy – so here we are.  I know many people have the same love for colour (maybe not quite as much) as I do but they often don’t know how to inject it into a room.  All of the things I am including in this post are things that can go into pretty much any colour scheme (neutral or bright) and further add to it and work with it. I will always only include things that I love.  If I don’t adore it, it’s not going to be included! Promise.

Best to start with something I love enough to have in my own home.  I have A LOT of chairs in my house.  And I really do mean a lot!  Currently there are 22 assorted dining chairs, and assorted stools masquerading as dining chairs, desk chairs, bedside tables or small coffee tables in my house.  And I have about 12 armchairs both in our house and floating around at friends/relatives homes.  I have a lot of chairs.  I love finding old chairs on trademe and in junk shops and recovering them, repairing them – so they are something wonderfully different.  The chair I am including this time I got from Trademe for $100.  I have had it repaired and recovered in a wonderful fuchsia linen from Unique called Rumba CH2344/063. It retails for @$ 140 pm.  Contact them at unique fabrics to find out how to get hold of it. It is a delightfully rich shade of pink, and it lives in my all white bedroom.  It smiles over at me first thing in the morning when I wake up.  And I love it.  Please note – this linen would not be good for heavy use – or an area that gets too much direct sunlight.  You have to be nice to linen – especially highly coloured linen.

Speaking of linen, Madder and Rouge in both Auckland and Wellington have the most beautiful linen sheets, duvet covers and pillowslips.  They are just the most gorgeous muted colours – Indigo, Charcoal, Dove Grey, White and Stone (natural).  Linen is always such a great base to add colour to – there is nothing like a big loose-covered linen sofa as a good base to a lounge room.  How wonderful to have that base in your bedroom!  The fabric used is 100% stonewashed linen – that breathes better than cotton, and doesn’t hold the cold the way cotton does.  You don’t slide into a cold bed with linen.  Pricewise they are not for the faint-hearted with the pillowcases starting at $155 for a set of two, flat sheet for a Queen $395 and a duvet cover at $595.  We can dream… The bed is covered with silk velvet and beautiful Genevieve Levy linen cushions.  Bliss.

I got to see the new summer collection from Citta the other day – and my, it is a happy collection of colourful things!  There is much that I like – from bright cotton cushions, striped towels, flowered beach bags to eye popping coloured glassware.  But my favourite is definitely the Loco Ottoman.  It is made from recycled bright t-shirt fabrics, cut and hand stitched to a cotton base. This makes each piece is unique.  You have to love that.  They will be available sometime in August and will retail for @$299.

I know I have featured these before, but I do love these candlesticks.  They are a perfect injection of colour when you are not feeling too bold.  Try the five different colours down the table – or one big five arm in the middle of the table or on a sideboard.   They retail for $18 for the single, $30 for the tall single, $60 for the three arm and $99 for the five arm.  The colours are yellow, pink, apple green, cerulean blue, and red.  Call Parnell Agencies on 0800828466 for a stockist near you.   They are currently stocked at both Madder & Rouge and Collected in Auckland.

Some time next week we will have a post on Emma from Skandi Skandi in Wellington. Hopefully we will also have some shots of some of the new things out of her latest container of vintage Danish furniture if we are really lucky. So until the next All things Bright and Beautiful…

2 Comments on “all things bright and beautiful #1

  1. Farmers also has lovely ottomans, not so original in design as the one you’ve shown but in some beautiful bold colours. I am currently trying to find a location for them in my increasingly shrinking house…

    • I find them very handy – footstools, or for magazines, or extra seating! Good tip about Farmers…

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