One of the best parts of having Christmas in Summer are the beautiful outdoor parties we can have to celebrate the season! I have been going through some of my favourite pics to inspire some decorating ideas!
Lights on the pool always add some sparkle...
You can never have too many string lights or candles...
feels like Christmas to me! Happy weekend all - hope you are celebrating in style! Porchlight girls xx
Of all the celebrations, Thanksgiving is one that I wish more Australians would embrace! Even though this has been a tough year, there is still so much to be thankful for - family, great friends, fabulous clients and work that we love! We are thankful for the changes that come with challenging times! Happy thanksgiving all! Tracey & Hayley xx
This gorgeous image comes from a beautiful blog that we have only recently found - see here for more inspiration!
This room above is a space that I would call perfect, there is not a thing that I would change - I NEED these green chairs to complete my happiness! I want to thank Abode Love blog for sharing all of these gorgeous images that pulled me out of my design slump yesterday...
Loving the dark walls with the fabulous random artwork and of course that chair...
I am about to do some coloured seagrass wallpaper and I'm loving this soft blue/green colour above with the green furnishings...
and I just had to throw this completely calming bathroom in for good measure!
the best thing about this week is I am finally figuring out how to use my new Mac - this is my first post on it as I am technically challenged and couldn't work out how to load pics! It's like learning a new language!
Hope you enjoyed these fab pics as much as I did - pop over here for more inspiration! Tracey xx
All of my magazines are starting to arrive with Christmas being the main theme! While I'm trying to get my head around it - this gorgeous image of the very talented Tricia Guild's home cought my eye! Love how fresh it all looks in the bold colours that Tricia is famous for! With a bit more mag reading - I may be ready to put my tree up in a couple of weeks! To read the full article - see the December issue of Living Etc.
Perfect spot for Sunday breakfast! Hope you are all enjoying your week. We had another photoshoot this morning which was really fun but exhausting. Now I'm taking a cup of tea break before school pickup - that's when the noisy part of my day begins with 3 hungry boys! These gardens look so peaceful!!! Tracey xx
Completely loving this dining space by designer Hillary Thomas for Lonny Magazine! It has the perfect combination of mirrored walls, hexagonal table and faux bamboo chairs - how totally glamourous yet still liveable! Of course the green on the seats and accessories might help to sway me as well.
Looking forward to spending some time outdoors this weekend. As the weather is warming up, the pool is beckonning! Would'nt mind escaping my computer and spending a few days away at this gorgeous place in Monaco but for now my own quiet backyard will do nicely! Happy weekend all!
My headspace is thinking bathrooms of late - maybe because I have three that I hope to renovate over the next 12 months. Loving the balance and calm colours of this gorgeous bathroom! Certainly has the wow factor...
Can't go past classic marble either. Both of these stunning bathrooms are from Willey Designs - well worth taking a look! Tracey xx
Photo image taken last week in Nepal by my beautiful daughter Kelsey.
I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.
In my inbox this morning was an email from Charity water. In April this year we did a post on clean water for people living in countries unable to access clean drinking water themselves. I thought i would copy you in on their email and add some links to this worthy cause. I urge our dear readers to tell everyone you know to support and be involved in this most basic necessity to life. My darling daughter Kelsey travelled with 13 of her friends to a village in Nepal 2 weeks ago to help in a school and one of the many orphanages situated up in the mountain. They played with the children, taught them some songs and craft and help paint the walls and add a few new supplies to their school. Her heart just broke the day they visited the orphanage and saw it laden with mould, children sharing beds and flies swarming the face of a tiny three year old girl sleeping in her cot. They too like many places in the world do not have the luxury of clean drinking water.
Here is what the foundation emailed me this morning.......
Hi Porch Light Interiors,
charity: water needs your help! We were so excited to see that you mentioned us in your blog post back in April, and although you may not even realize it, your post helped direct others to join in the mission to help end the world's water crisis. We need people like you to continue helping us spread the word.
I’m reaching out for your help with charity: water’s biggest campaign, and to let you know by doing so, there is a chance to add your name to a drilling rig in Ethiopia!
WHAT WE’RE DOING
At the start of this month we launched our 5th Annual September Campaign, our most ambitious campaign to date: we’re trying to spark over 1000 individual fundraising campaigns to fund a $1.2 million drilling rig that will be able to dig 80 wells each year, that can provide 40,000 people clean water.
AND if we hit that fundraising target this year, a matching donor will buy ANOTHER rig, ensuring 40,000 more people a year with clean water.
WHY WE NEED YOUR HELP
So far we’ve raised over $400,000 and over 600 people have started fundraising campaigns. A good start, but we need more help! The campaign will remain open until October 31, and we need your participation to tell more people about it, to share the story, and hopefully to encourage people to join us in fundraising!
YOUR NAME ON A RIG
So this September 30 we’re asking a few dozen bloggers we know care about our cause to write a post highlighting the September Campaign. We’ll reward 3 of these blogs by putting their name on the drilling rig (and of course, we’ll send you photos). The two posts that send us the most traffic this Friday, and the post our staff vote as their favorite, will win their names on the rig!
LEARN MORE – USTREAM THIS WEDNESDAY
This Wednesday from 6:30-7pm ET we’re hosting a special ustream chat session with our CEO and Founder Scott Harrison. We’re opening this up exclusively to September Campaigners and those bloggers we feel can create a buzz about charity: water’s September Campaign!
Just visit http://ustream.tv/charitywater at 6:30pm ET Wednesday September 28 to join.
LINKS AND INFO
We’ve got a lot of great material and information about the campaign for you to check out:
September Campaign site: http://charitywater.org/september
September Campaign Video (4 minutes): http://vimeo.com/28104222
Our 5th anniversary Thank You Video: http://youtube.com/charitywaterthanks
September Assets Page (photos, banners etc): http://charitywater.org/september/assets
Detailed blog post on the rig: http://www.charitywater.org/blog/sept-2011-costs/
I just love spring time, it naturally feels like the birth of something new. It's also a great time to add colour to your home. We decided that after so many enquiries of the beautiful Raoul cushions and lampshades shown in our Home Beautiful feature this month we would do a close up feature on more of these beautiful fabrics plus a few other favorites that we have done for clients lately. Beautiful fabrics in your home are like adding artwork in your home. It makes your heart flutter to be near something so gorgeous.You may also like to know that we do our own custom made sofas to our clients specifications as well as reupholstering much loved pieces like this sofa i have just had recovered in my most favorite Raoul fabric. I saw this fabric in their showroom in Santa Barbara and knew i had to use it and i am very happy with the result.
I always look forward to the next issue of Lonny Magazine and this latest issue certainly did not dissappoint! With two of my favourite style icons featured - Celerie Kemble and India Hicks, it was a most inspiring read! Hope you are all having a great week! Tracey xx
We would love to thank Louise from Table Tonic and Annie from A View On Design for their lovely posts and everyone else who has sent us emails and left encouraging comments! We really appreciate the support!
For anyone wanting more information about our work, contact Porchlight Interiors for a consultation! H & T xx
This is actually my favorite room. i designed the cabinetry and had my fabulous cabinet maker work his magic and it's exactly what i wanted. i bought the handles home from one of my trips the to fabulous USA last year and i think it finishes the look off perfectly. The flowers are from the very talented Phoebe Stephens in Fortitude Valley. I love to fill the open shelves with my favorite books and ornamental objects.
I had my sofa custom made from our manufacturer in Melbourne using a pale blue/ grey linen and chose one of my favorite Raoul linen fabrics for cushions. There are two open weave chairs that suit the room which over looks our pool.
You may notice the two prints above the sofa from the very lovely and talented Kerri from Driftwood Interiors. We certainly have some talent in Queensland. I'd also like to take this opportunity to thank Kerri for the very kind mention on her blog. It was a privilege to use these amazing prints.
The hand beaded lamp on the side table is from Gia Collectiones. She has the most amazing collection of lighting which is available through Porchlight Interiors
i do love my kitchen. it features an Island bench 3600mm long x 1400mm wide with a large Calacutta slab of marble on top. Once again the handles were bought over in the States in polished nickel that match the lights and Perrin and Rowe tap. I am currently sitting at my little study area which you can see on the side of the photo to do this post. We use this room all the time. It's the most social room of the house and a great place to entertain. Now that Spring has arrived, we open the large bi-fold doors to the outdoor area and pool.
This is the main bathroom for my three children. I wanted to keep a theme throughout the house with the cabinetry and marble tops by using the polished nickel hardware and taps. The wall sconces also match and i love the little lamp shades that i bought from Anthropologie (one of my most favorite stores)
This image shows a little of the ceiling feature we did and the beautiful American Oak timber floors we had stained in this dark colour. The floors add so much drama to the house and help accentuate the furniture and colours throughout the house.