Liv Loves

Happy Friday everyone! Can you believe this weekend marks the end of Summer? I’ve been in a bit of disbelief, but after the overcast week we’ve just had I’m coming back to reality. While it’s always sad to see summer go, I am really looking forward to falling leaves, hot chocolates & seeing new trends for the cooler months. That being said, in proper Friday fashion I’m sharing a few things that have kept me going & inspired me this week…

Fruity Nachos

fruity nachos

Oh Joy

Words to live by (at least for the weekend)

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Design Love Fest

White with timber details in the kitchen…

Shaker kitchen

Pinterest

Pink & Grey…

 

Pink + Grey

The Design Chaser

Hot Cocoa…

hot choc

Slim Palate

 

mmm…I can almost smell it through the screen…

 

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I would move to Avalon for this house…

This months house is a beautiful, family home featuring drop-dead gorgeous coastal views. Nestled between the trees in Avalon Beach this home is light and bright with open plan living and would be a perfect retreat from the daily grind. I really love the floor plan for this home, split over three levels with all living spaces down the bottom and bedrooms up top. The entertainers kitchen combined with adjoining casual living spaces and large deck would be perfect for hosting events of family gatherings, while the separate Lounge & Dining room provide a great area for parents to steal a quite moment….

Floor Plan

Plantation shutters throughout the home are another one of my favourite features, along with the sandstone and garden landscaping. The way this home has been presented and furnished for sale is really beautiful – laidback and casual, it gives a fab idea of what it could be like to live on Sydney’s Northern Beaches…

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Raine & Horne

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Raine & Horne

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Raine & Horne

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Raine & Horne

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Raine & Horne

Perfect family home on Sydney's Northern Beaches

Raine & Horne

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Designer Crush: Sarah Davison

Have you heard of Sarah Davison? If you read Belle or House & Garden magazines it’s likely that you may have, but if you haven’t I’d like to introduce you to some of her work – because boy-oh-boy it is great! Over the past few weeks in my researching for this little blog I’ve come across Sarah’s work a couple of times. To say it is inspirational would be an understatement – her (and her team’s) work is absolutely breath taking! Based in Sydney, her company has worked on a number of homes from Palm beach to Mittagong and each project is stunning.

Sarah says in her biography “Coming home each day to a beautiful environment…that nurtures, delights and inspires you…is one of the greatest pleasures in life.” and I couldn’t agree more. Take a look below at some of her works or check out her website, you wont be disappointed!

Designer Crush - Sarah Davison

Sarah Davison – Tamarama Apartment

Designer Crush - Sarah Davison

Sarah Davison – Tamarama Apartment

Designer Crush - Sarah Davison

Sarah Davison – Highlands House

Designer Crush - Sarah Davison

Sarah Davison – Highlands House

Designer Crush - Sarah Davison

Sarah Davison – Sydney Harbour Penthouse

Designer Crush - Sarah Davison

Sarah Davison – Woollahra House

Designer Crush - Sarah Davison

Sarah Davison – Woollahra House

 

Design Challenge Results – Mixing Patterns

Design challenge number two and what fun February has been researching all sorts of tips for playing with patterns. So what I have learnt? When playing with scale and colour there are a few key tricks to keep in mind, beyond that playing with patterns is all about having fun and creating what works for you. While a room with 3 different patterns may work for some people, other may prefer to go a bit more out there and use more – and that’s perfectly okay. Your home should reflect your personality so don’t let the nay-sayers bring you down! That being said, what have I actually learnt over the past few weeks?

Use odd quantities – As with flowers or vignettes, odd numbers work best when your mixing patterns. So start with 3 patterns and work from there.

Mixing Patterns

Bellacor

Scale is key – Set small patterns against large ones so the eye can easily distinguish different patterns. This is important as patterns will start to compete with each other when using multiple patterns of the same scale Hint: To check whether your patterns work together, cross your eyes – you should easily be able to tell the difference in pattern.

Undercover DIYer

Undercover DIYer

Limit your palette – Try to work with a set of colours. Whether that 3 or 5 it doesn’t really matter, but make sure you have the same colours throughout your room. A mixtures of pastel florals with bright abstracts wont work as well together, but those same patterns in colours of the same intensity is a completely different story – one with a happy ending.

Mizing Patterns

Pop Sugar

Include something solid  – This could be the floor, walls or sofa but the main objective to keep in mind that patterns on all surfaces may start to look a bit hectic. Using one surface (that’s at eye level) will help ground your collection of patterns.

The Pink Pagoda

The Pink Pagoda

Use your instincts – With all that’s said and done, sometimes when you just throw everything together it works organically. If you stay true to your style and already have a great collection of objects it’s likely that you’ll already have items that can work together.

Better Homes & gardens

Better Homes & gardens

 

The Block Room Reveals – Bathroom 1 (week 2)

Last nights episode of the Block was somewhat calmer than last week’s elimination round and after a drama-fuelled week I was ready to get down to the business end and see how each couple had finished off their first bathroom. Pale grey seemed to the be colour of the moment with 3 couples featuring bold and beautiful tile selections in varying shades of grey – perhaps taking inspiration from 50 shades? In all honesty there were many aspects in each bathroom that I adored, but also found myself agreeing with the judges on many aspects – lets take a look:

Josh & Charlotte: There’s honestly nothing to dislike about this bathroom, except perhaps for the minimal storage but given the size of the space I think Josh and Charlotte did a beautiful job for their first bathroom. I love the marble tile with subtle grey streaks and simplicity of the styling.

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Josh & Charlotte

The tapware, mirror and other detailing all works beautifully to give this space some charm, personality and life. It really is a turn around for this couple and I hope they continue along this path.

Josh & Charlotte

Josh & Charlotte

Tim & Anastasia: At first glance I loved this bathroom and I still do! Those diamond tiles are an amazing choice and paired with the black and timber, this bathroom is a modern, classic beauty that has been executed extremely well. Tim & Anastasia really leaped forward with their choices & styling this week, with refined choices that are elegant and timeless. I really thought this bathroom would take the cake.

Tim & Anastasia

Tim & Anastasia

To me there were only two downfalls. First (as with most of the bathrooms this week) was the shallow sink that wouldn’t be very practical for everyday use. Secondly was the black floor tile that I immediately thought would be a pain to keep clean.

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Tim & Anastasia

Jess & Ayden: This couple proved this week that spending A LOT of money doesn’t necessarily result in the perfect room. While I love (I mean really, really love) the hexagon tiles and the honeycomb effect, this space shows that too much of a good thing can just be too much. The choice of timber for the mirror & vanity was also off, and while the timber deck floor in the shower looks great – I thought this tone of timber would have been better suited for the vanity area to give the space some more depth.

Jess & Ayden

Jess & Ayden

The other choice Jess & Ayden made, with having the toilet separate also really detracted from the bathroom. Not only was the space styled completely differently (making the spaces disjointed), it also means both the bathroom and adjoining bedroom sizes have been sacrificed.

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Jess & Ayden

Darren & Deanne: The experienced pair were again the stand out couple, taking out the winners position with a superb black & white relaxation zone. I would love to know how Darren & Deanne ended up with such a massive bathroom – because in comparison to the others this was palatial! Wet zones are one of my favourite features if you have the luxury of space, and this one is no exception. The way Darren and Deanne set the wet zone apart from the rest of the bathroom was absolute genius! My only disappointment was with the shower screens that could prove to be a problem with splashing – but this could easily be resolved by adding a frameless glass door to the middle section.

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Darren & Deanne

I’m not usually a fan of dark bathrooms, and so wouldn’t typically choose those black tiles – but here Deanne has opened my eyes to how this midnight hue can work so brilliantly.

Daz & Dea

Darren & Deanne