Tuesday, March 31, 2009

A Very Small Kitchen Makeover

A few weeks ago I mentioned I was giving my very 70s brown and green kitchen a lick of paint as I couldn't stand the sight of it anymore. I'm renting so I couldn't go crazy replacing range hoods or knocking through walls, but I think just a coat of white paint makes a huge difference. At least now it is light and airy and matches the rest of the house which is all white. Imagine what you could do if you owned it.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Talitha Getty - Boho Couture

                 Talitha and Paul Getty on roof top of their Moroccan home

         Talitha showing us how to work gladiator sandals circa 1960s

                                  Talitha and Paul Getty

                                Talitha Getty's Moroccan Home

                           More of Talitha Getty's Moroccan Home

                   Nicole Richie the poster girl for modern 'Boho Couture'

                                               'Boho Couture'

One of the biggest style icons of last century, and one half of an uber glamourous 'It' couple from the 60s, is Talitha Getty. A muse to Yves Saint Laurent and known for mixing couture with boho/hippy chic, Talitha married Paul Getty (heir to the Getty oil fortune) in 1966. From there on in, it was a life of glamour, high fashion and excess. The couple were known for mixing with fashion and celebrity royalty and holding ultra glamourous soirees at their Moroccan home.  Talitha died from a heroin overdose in 1971 (so there was a huge downside to all that glamour and excess) but not before influencing fashion trends for many years to come. You can still see her influence in some of todays 'It' girls such as Sienna Miller and Kate Moss and most noticeably, Nicole Richie, a perfect example of how to do 'boho couture' well.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Tickled Pink

                           I love the pink and white striped curtains

                          Combining my love of both turquoise and pink!

After all shades of blue, turquoise and aqua, my next favourite colour in decorating is pink. Whether it be a beautiful baby pink or a gorgeous cerise, I love it all.

Image 1: Mary McDonald's home via House Beautiful
Image 2: Kelley Interiors
Image 3: Canadian House and Home
Image 4: House Beautiful
Image 5: House Beautiful

Friday, March 27, 2009

Time Away

I would like to be going away this weekend to somewhere like The Blackberry Farm in Tennessee. This place looks amazing, the kind of place where you could truly relax. Instead tomorrow we are heading to the school fair and on Sunday we're heading over to Daylesford to the second Maker's Market to catch up with Anissa from Lili Pili. Catching up with Anissa is always fun as we end up coming back with beautiful products from her gorgeous kid's range for the shop. Hopefully we'll have time to go and check out all the vintage bits and pieces at The Mill as well.

Also I really wanted to say thank you to all of our friends and loyal customers who came to our shopping night yesterday. It was a huge success and a lot of fun, with many staying long after closing. I was going to do a post but we got so caught up in the festivities and shopping, we forgot to take photos. We're expanding the shop this month and knocking through a wall to create more space. So we'll be having another shopping night to celebrate the new and improved Enchanted Closet. I'll make sure to get plenty of photos then. Have a great weekend.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Me and Oli

                                           Mr Owl Dress

                                   My Deer Friend Dress

Later this month Australian label Me & Oli will be arriving at the Enchanted Closet. Designer Lalita Lu has strong background in fashion design and illustration and has worked with heaps of well known Aussie brands. I love the Mr Owl dress, I'll be getting one of those. To see more of Me & Oli click here.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

An Enchanted Party

Just wanted to let all of our local readers know about our Shopping Night we are holding at the Enchanted Closet this coming Thursday 26th March from 5:00pm till 9:00pm. Come and join us for champagne and canapes and 15% off everything storewide. R.S.V.P.to  info@enchantedcloset.com.au by 25.03.09. We would love to see you there!

Enchanted Closet
Shop 5 & 6
93 High Street
Woodend VIC 3442
(up the little laneway)
Have a wonderful weekend.

Image: Cath Kidston Tent

Friday, March 20, 2009

I ♥ Stripes

I love the use of stripes in decorating. And although I haven't been game enough to do a striped wall at home, we have used pink stripes on a wall in the shop which looks a lot like the pink tented bathroom. We have also had a lot of striped clothing come into the shop this season, in particular there is this one Viktoria and Woods long cardie in grey/white stripes that I'm lusting after. The best thing about using stripes is you can go crazy or just add one element like Ione Skye's bedroom with the striped rug. I've stuck to striped cushions and throws at home but hopefully I'll get the courage up to do that wall.

Images 1-6: Domino Magazine
Image 7: House Beautiful
Images 8-9: via Shelter

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Loving Turquoise Again

I've done it before, a post dedicated to turquoise and I'm doing it again. It seems that I am constantly attracted to anything turquoise. I love this colour, it always looks so fresh when mixed with white or black, and great against colours. 

Image 1 : Southern Accents
Image 2: Ego Central
Image 3: Coastal Living
Image 4: Coastal Living
Image 5: via Shelter

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Kitchen Ideas

I am renting a beautiful home at the moment that has been renovated apart from the kitchen. My landlords are fantastic and have said whatever I want to do to the house within reason (no knocking down walls) is fine by them. So last weekend with a lot of help from my brother-in-law, I set about painting the old mission brown 70s laminate cupboards a beautiful soft white. The difference is unbelievable. I'm now on the look out for some antique handles and new taps. It will make cooking in there so much more pleasant. When I've finished I will post my before and after shots. In the meantime here are some beautiful kitchens that are inspiring me.

Image 1: Inspired Living
Image 2: Coastal Living
Image 3: Coastal Living

Friday, March 13, 2009

The weekend is here....

Time to enjoy the last of the warm weather and spend the next couple of days outdoors. Have a great weekend.

Image: Blackberry Farm, Tennessee

Thursday, March 12, 2009


I would love built-in shelving throughout my living room and dining/family rooms like the images above. It's a great way to show of all the bits and pieces you have collected over the years plus fantastic for storage. And there is something really cosy and homely about built-in shelving. The bottom photo is of built-in shelving I have in my bathroom at the moment, it's one of my favourite places to show things off and constantly rearrange depending my mood.

Image 1: Domino Magazine
Image 2: Elle Decor
Image 3: Domino Magazine
Image 4: My bathroom

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

A Touch of Colour

                  Anne Coyle via Elle Decor

               Sarah Jessica Parker's Hamptons home via Elle Decor

                   Pink flamingo bath via Peacock Feathers

                  Image: Pottery Barn

                           Anne Coyle

            Image: Skona Hem

              Designer David Jimenez

                         Designer Miles Redd

I've been wanting a red wooden chair of late and this want was highlighted by Rachael's post over at La maison sur la colline about a splash of red. I have decided I am going to paint an old white chair I have at home and see how it looks. This poor chair has been apple green, aqua, pink and now white. Let's see how it goes in red. In the meantime here are some pieces of coloured furniture that I love.