Friday, December 31, 2010

Out With The Old, In With The You Know What...

Another year has been wonderfully lived and thoughts today are with clearing the not-so-needed or not-so-loved   from our home in order to make room for a more beautiful, less cluttering and possibly more mature space. Starting with our living room; a long, narrow room with high ceiling and old floorboards that overlooks the sea. Sounds romantic doesn't it? The length and narrowness however proves difficult to fit in furniture so we have decided to go for a new corner lounge, a TV we can mount to the wall to get rid of the chunky TV cabinet and open up the space, and some slim bookcases for books of course as well as CDs and storage baskets, keeping our old round dining table at which I made an attempt some time ago to paint white and sand back to look distressed. Currently this room is bright avocado green which is deliciously edible during the day but turns an awful lime green at night. When it comes to colour, subtlety is not my strong point, however over the last year I have fallen in love with the gentle hues of whites and soft dusty pastels from blogs such as Dreamy Whites and A Beach Cottage with their reclaimed shabby chic vintage furniture finds, textures fabrics and quirky accessories and have learnt that minimisation or muting of the bigger things in a room such as walls and large pieces of furniture lends more room to adding in quirky accents and colours that are more readily noticed and apparent than in my currently cluttered cloister. Amazingly I am looking at paint colours in different shades of white or the palest of the blues and greens for my backdrop. We have bought a new lounge that is divinely soft in colour and cushioning which should be arriving in Feb so now is the time to plan the rest. Inspiration is stemming from old beach cottages, shabby chic and french country.


marie claire maison tropical living room



This room is long and narrow like ours with the windows in the same position. Our lounge will go the opposite  way around however due to our front door being on the left hand side.



I love the colours and textures here. I was given a couple of turquoise ball mason jars from my clever sister as a wedding gift that will definitely be going in this room.


This is our new lounge, The Bilson, from the Domayne catalogue. We have also ordered the Ottoman.





I would love to get some prints like this one by MarcoLaGrenouille, nautical but not too naff. This could be a colour inspiration palate on its own.


Love the colours here, especially the corner unit.



Bookcases?




More French farmhouse. 
Ok I am moving away from lounge rooms now but you get the drift. 
Love this, possibly because of the minimalism.





An while I'm at it, may as well include bathrooms for my future dreamhouse...






Have a Wonderful (i.e. full of WONDER) New Years Eve!
Reflect on what you have accomplished and learn't this year and put out your hopes and dreams for the year to come. you'll be amazed of what you can receive if only you ask :)






Saturday, December 11, 2010

Friends of Couture

I've just discovered gorgeous Melbourne based vintage inspired clothing label Friends of Couture at our local little Kingscliff boutique store Raggedy Anne (not all of the styles below are available at Raggedy Anne). Their  high summer collection is called Birds of a Feather claims to be based around "classic American midwest themes" hence the cute names.





Cornsilk and Moonshine Dress Navy




Louisiana Lovely Dress



Roman Holiday Dress


Clear Skies Blouse


Come Fly With Me Pink


Kiss Me in Kansas Pencil Skirt


Friday, December 10, 2010

Eveline Tarunadjaja

Another Aussie artist I am in love with. See her site for more of her creations and her shop. Isn't she just divine?







Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Our Spring Wedding

With all the lead up involved in organising a wedding the big day has come and gone and was truly all we imagined it to be. After weeks of unpredictable on-and-off rain the sky was perfect, all went to plan and everyone looked like they were having a fantastic time! There's a big part of me that would have liked to be a guest at my own party, mind you being a bride was pretty good too :)

A huge Thank You to everyone who help put this together, our amazing photographer Angie Branch, Soulman O'Gaia for providing amazing tunes and getting everybody up and dancing and all our guests without whom it wouldn't have been a party...and what a party it was.



Emma xxx




Chamomile and Peppermint Blog - Our Spring Wedding



Chamomile and Peppermint Blog - Our Spring Wedding - DIY green and white bouquet posy




Chamomile and Peppermint Blog - Our Spring Wedding - shoes



Chamomile and Peppermint Blog - Our Spring Wedding - hands and rings



Chamomile and Peppermint Blog - Our Spring Wedding - diy cottage flowers table centrepiece




Chamomile and Peppermint Blog - Our Spring Wedding - be cool take a fan




Chamomile and Peppermint Blog - Our Spring Wedding - views of cabarita beach



Chamomile and Peppermint Blog - Our Spring Wedding - love



Chamomile and Peppermint Blog - Our Spring Wedding



Chamomile and Peppermint Blog - Our Spring Wedding - DIY just married parasol



Chamomile and Peppermint Blog - Our Spring Wedding




Chamomile and Peppermint Blog - Our Spring Wedding








Chamomile and Peppermint Blog - Our Spring Wedding



Chamomile and Peppermint Blog - Our Spring Wedding - soulman o'gaia




Chamomile and Peppermint Blog - Our Spring Wedding - diy wishing tree




Chamomile and Peppermint Blog - Our Spring Wedding - diy wishing tree



Chamomile and Peppermint Blog - Our Spring Wedding - diy cottage flower table centrepiece


Friday, October 22, 2010

Make Your Own Posy! Simple Wedding Bouquet DIY

I did a run up to Brissy markets today to check out their flower selection and have a go at making my own bouquet, something I really wanted to do but wasn't 100% sure it would work. I have a love of pretty, scented cottage flowers, something not often found amongst the lilliums, frangapanis and orchids so commonly chosen in this subtropical region. I am not stuck on certain flowers or colours preferring a "just wing it" attitude to combine whatever takes my fancy on they day (which also means no disappointments).  today I chose sweetly scented stock, oriental carnations, delicate easter daisy's and spent poppy seed heads, all white and this was the result - 


Make Your Own Posy! Simple Wedding Bouquet DIY



Make Your Own Posy! Simple Wedding Bouquet DIY



Make Your Own Posy! Simple Wedding Bouquet DIY




How to Make Your Own Posy - A Simple Wedding Bouquet Tutorial



  • Firstly I stripped all leaves and small side shoots from flowers to leave clean, bare stems and then cut the stems underwater to quite a long length, not worrying too much about perfection as I will cut them again at the end. 
  • I bunched 3 stems in the centre, then slowly built around these, pulling and pushing to get desired heights. Luckily I am going for a more "just picked" non-formal look so It didn't matter that it was not perfect. 
  • I bought some green flower tape from the markets to wrap around the middle to old the posy together. This can be covered with your choice of ribbon, twine, lace or anything else you can think of.
  • Cut the stems at the end to make them level. 

This was a trial from my wedding bouquet. The bouquet on the day could very well look different to this one but i'm satisfied I can carry this out now without to much drama! I actually found it very calming and look forward to occupying myself with this task on the morning of the big day. Only 3 weeks to go now!


Make Your Own Posy! Simple Wedding Bouquet DIY



Make Your Own Posy! Simple Wedding Bouquet DIY



Make Your Own Posy! Simple Wedding Bouquet DIY



Emma xxx

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Catherine Campbell Art

These beautiful artworks are the creation of Melbourne based illustrator Catherine Campbell.
I find them wistful and dreamlike and love the simplicity of the linework and the complexity of the collage of faces, animals, flowers and dashes of colour. 
You can buy prints online at her etsy shop - http://www.etsy.com/shop/myfolklover, or check out her blog - http://blog.catherinecampbell.net/.


Emma xxx


Chamomile and Peppermint Blog - Catherine Campbell Art



Chamomile and Peppermint Blog - Catherine Campbell Art



Chamomile and Peppermint Blog - Catherine Campbell Art




Chamomile and Peppermint Blog - Catherine Campbell Art



Chamomile and Peppermint Blog - Catherine Campbell Art




Chamomile and Peppermint Blog - Catherine Campbell Art