Friday, October 29, 2010

Limelight - Ada & Darcy


Ada & Darcy full of delicious sorbet colours

First off the rank in our weekly 'Limelight' post is one of our newest retailers Ada & Darcy.  Just because Kellie's store is new doesn't mean she doesn't know what she's doing, a long time blogger, this girl has style in spades.  Ada & Darcy features splashes of colour, fashion forward designs, premium products and most importantly the prices won't melt the credit card (it's what I call affordable gorgeousness).
Lamp bases, vases, lampshades, ginger jars, birds..bliss
Far from being your average online retailer, Ada & Darcy is a little bit quirky (I love quirky) stocking delightful candy coloured cane furniture, cushions, bedding, tableware and giftware.   This is a website that truly stands out from the crowd. 
I think this should be hung on a wall!
instant (((love)))

If you're feeling a little unsure how to pull off using so much colour and pattern, Ada & Darcy offers a full design service regardless of your location.  Does it get any better than that?

lampshade goodness
My advice - head straight for the lampshades section, it's ridiculously beautiful. Congratulations Kellie, you have produced a stellar store.


Thursday, October 28, 2010

The coast and the catch

featuring Shacks of every kind - shelter, business, ruins, beach, lakeside...
I couldn't help but borrow that title line from a gorgeous little book I discovered yesterday Shack in praise of an Australian icon by Simon Griffiths (Penguin Lantern $39.99).  According to Simon, shacks make people happy.  It's all about enjoying the coast and the catch.  The shack's a place you can hose out at the end of summer, lock, leave and not worry about. Sounds perfect!  

Simon's publication pedigree is rather envious, he is a leading photographer of food, interiors and gardens.  His work appears regularly in lifestyle magazines and in the books of Australian cooking royalty Stephanie Alexander and Kylie Kwong.

my favourite - a converted boatshed outside Melbourne

set in coastal scrub - Mornington Peninsula
a converted cowshed - how positively perfect!

This book is a gem featuring quirky, rustic, shabby and renovated 'shacks' from faraway places to inner city dwellings connecting us to our 'common desire for retreat and renewal'. 

The Great Lakes Tasmania is a haven for shacks
Stunning photography transports you to various reaches of Australia from country to coast, however there are many beautifully constructed sentences that make you close your eyes and dream of a simpler life.

A lazy afternoon spent with a cup of tea and this book is hard to beat.  My advice - put it on your Christmas list!

Keren xx

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Welcome to our world of gorgeousness!

Stocked in 120 stunning homewares, interiors and design stores Australia wide and growing, we are busily preparing for the Christmas season with our warehouse of elves singing and dancing - visualise Oompa Loompas in the chocolate factory and you get the general idea!

Each week we will feature one of our fabulous retailers providing a snapshot into their beautiful stores and what they have to offer. Trust us, it's worth it, our retailers are brilliant and talented :o)

Our blog and facebook pages will feature snippets of our world, product highlights, sneak peeks into our new collection designs, our favourite things and other bloggers along with some fun giveaways.  Because we want this to be interactive we are also going to invite you to join in and share your ideas of gorgeousness - homewares, interiors and design or anything that takes your fancy, we want to hear about it.  We want to learn about our customers and find out what makes them tick and what they most desire in design.

Head on over to our facebook page and 'like' us for your chance to win some divine Bungalow products.

Grab a cushion and enjoy the's going to be gorgeous.