Monday, May 31, 2010

DIY: Decorating a gift with a fabric flower...

I always love to find new ways to wrap gifts. Whilst these little beauties are initially wrapped in a simple paper bag, their look is magnified with handmade flowers simply stitched together.

I seem to have lots of little bits of fabric around my home and they are never quite big enough to do much with - what a divine use for them! I must now get some coloured cotton together and get cracking! Stay tuned for some oh so pretty gifts! Kellie xx

Images via Style Me Pretty x

Note to self...

Talk to supplier about their gorgeous lighting selection... Beautiful! xx

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Antique chairs

I am lucky to have two gorgeous chairs to play with! One is Mum's and the other is mine. The 2nd chair you see needed to have two replacement pieces (in the lighter timber). We didn't worry too much about the colour of the timber as we'll definitely be painting them.

The first chair I will get painted in a simple classic white with the gorgeous black, mauve and gold fabric. The second chair (which will be my one) will be painted i'm thinking in a gorgeous pink and teamed up with the gorgeous floral.

These chairs were my Pop's Uncle's - so very, very old. Mum never knew what to do with them but as soon as I realised she had them, I knew we could make them into beautiful pieces that we could cherish daily! Kellie xx

The B/W combination (again....)

Ah there is really nothing like blue and white with pops of pink! Stunning! And ginger jars.... So gorgeous. Always sourcing high and low for new and different ones. My husband just rolls his eyes, even my friends who previously no idea what a ginger jar was now let me know when the see one and they say "I saw a ginger jar on the weekend that you would love!"

Fabulous to see i'm wearing off on people around me! Not sure whether that is a good or a bad thing... Kellie xx

Images from Carolyne Roehm x

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Yellow and pink and an hour of bliss

The sun is shining this morning, even (according to weather reports) if it's only for just a little itsy bitsy amount of time... Rain and crazy wind is on it's way... Time to read the paper and sit outside with a cup of tea.

That gorgeous yellow and splash of pink is perfect for this morning. Such a darling bedroom! Kellie xx

Ps. For all my lovely Sydney readers we ate at Red Lantern (Vietnamese in Surry Hills) last night and the food was just delightful! We ordered the banquet and were not disappointed. And they had my favourite David Hook wine on the wine list - always a winner in my book. xxx

Image via Brabourne Farm x

A giveaway reminder - a Plum Pretty Sugar Kimono Robe!

I just wanted to remind everyone that you may still enter my giveaway {HERE}! If you have entered already, thank you so much. If you have missed it, well, it's a fabulous Plum Pretty Sugar kimono robe to be given away! How fabulous and so very stylish and, Charlotte is happy to ship anywhere in the world! Remember, an extra entry as well for all my wonderful followers. Have a beautiful Saturday night! Kellie xx

Friday, May 28, 2010

Saturday chores

I have just visited the flower markets for my regular Saturday morning purchase - i'll show you those a bit later on...

The weather people are telling us that lots of rain is on it's way in Sydney which is kind of good as most of my jobs today include things inside and without the sun shining, there isn't the incentive to waste time doing well, the things I shouldn't be. And, I'm the queen of being distracted and having a terribly short attention span.

I have decided my little hall table needs a quick re-vamp so hopefully I can get that sorted as well!

And lot's of planning for my website that is just about to start being built for my shop. Exciting and frightening all at the same time. Busy busy. Kellie xx

Image via Madame Cupcake x

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Delightful plans

Looking forward to this weekend. Having Brazilian for dinner tonight then Vietnamese tomorrow night. So delicious... Oh and the usual trip to the flower markets tomorrow morning and perhaps a spot of baking some time too. Oh, and spending lots of time planning - planning is good! Hope you have a delightful weekend. xx

Ps. Last few days more my giveaway too!

A universal fabric...

You know, no matter how many times I see the Imperial Trellis fabric, I still adore it. It works a treat here with the white, glossy chairs. It always amazes me how it lends itself to so many styles and interiors but possibly, that's why it's such a stunning success isn't it? Kellie xx

Remember my giveaway here if you haven't already entered. One lucky winner will receive a darling Plum Pretty Sugar robe - yipppeee! xxx

Image from Samantha Pynn x

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Reader advice... Please?

I've decided it's time to get an digital SLR. And i'm so very excited about it!

Just a slight issue... Which one to get. I'm tossing up between the Canon EOS 5D or 7D. Does anyone have any recommendations or thoughts on what would be a good choice? As you know, I love taking photos of interiors and items around my home. I would love to hear your thoughts? Kellie xx

Image via
La Boom xx

Rooms & Dress = Lovely

All this Sydney rain over the last day has made me feel the need for some stylish interiors and gorgeous fashion. I cannot remember a time recently when it has rained like it did yesterday... Just didn't stop! Still, it's good for the gardens even if it makes my hair fuzzy and curly. Kellie xx

Interiors via Dwellings and Decor, Dresses via Net A Porter x

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Frills and more frills

I found a stunning tablecloth just like this one here for my shop! So stylish and fun - an essential combination if you ask me...... Loving this part! Kellie

Ps Dont forget to enter the giveaway {here} from Plum Pretty Sugar if you missed it! xx

Lovely, lovely art!

How lovely is this gorgeous art from Shell Sherree - pretty colours and darling design! And, the talented artist is Australian {Brisbane}. What is it with Brisbane and talented ladies!?

These would be lovely in our second bedroom with pretty white frames. Mounted in a little group together. Kellie xx

Ps Dont forget to enter the giveaway {here} from Plum Pretty Sugar if you haven't already!

Monday, May 24, 2010

A sweet combination...

Doesn't the purple, teal, duck egg blue and bronze work beautifully together in this endlessly gorgeous wedding. All the tiny details thought of, maximised to it's full potential.

Ps. Don't forget to enter my giveaway {here} for your chance to win a divine Plum Pretty Sugar robe. xx

Images via Style Me Pretty x

More outdoors

Seems Im rather obsessed with outdoors styling. Love the look of the natural light, there isnt anything quite like it really. Even though it's pretty cold in Sydney at the moment, I love nothing more than sitting in the sunshine, the cool wind about but enough sunshine to keep me feeling warm. Perfection. xx

Ps. Don't forget to enter my giveaway {here} for your chance to win a divine Plum Pretty Sugar robe. xx

Image via Dwellings and Decor x

Sunday, May 23, 2010

GIVEAWAY : Plum Pretty Sugar Kimono Robe!

Giveaway time and I have to say... I am over the moon!

The delightful Charlotte from Plum Pretty Sugar and I have teamed up together and we have a stunning Pink Love Poppy Kimono robe to be given away to one lucky Ada & Darcy reader.

How to join in... Please leave a comment and for a second entry, be an Ada & Darcy follower.

The Plum Pretty Sugar range is just magical and if you haven't popped over to Charlotte's Esty store then you really should. The fabrics in the Plum Pretty Sugar range is second to none and the designs of the clothing are delicious. Oh, yes, then of course there is the range of gorgeous bedding...

The giveaway will be drawn on Monday 30th May 2010 at 5.00pm Australian Eastern Standard time. I will contact the lucky winner directly and will also confirm your size (if you dont mind of course). Good luck!

And.... Thank you to everyone who has continued to read and support Ada & Darcy. xxx

UPDATE : Entries have now closed. The fabulous winner will be announced shortly.... xx

Meeting half way...

I am working on a little project for a client who's husband LOVES green! I have to say I don't mind a mint green but olive green is a colour I find a little harder to work into the home. I thought this was a gorgeous inspiration of working with green and mixing it in with some gorgeous purples, pinks and white. This sort of inspiration will meet the wife with the husband half way! Kellie xx

Image via Habitually Chic x

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Sunday morning delight

How to spend a Sunday morning? Heading off to my favourite patisserie of course!

I walk in and the lovely staff know my order - a weak long black and french vanilla tart. Hmmm, maybe a custard danish for later too - it is dusted with so much icing sugar that ends up all across my face and in my hair!

Ah then a few laps around the block to work it off those hips later on. Still it was worth it... Kellie xx

Image from 1812 Overture via Mary Ruffle x

Friday, May 21, 2010

Details for your hair

More beautiful hairpieces! Why? Well it's Saturday of course... xx

Images From Mike Larson via Lolli Blog x

Pretty {and cheap} chandelier...

A stunning DIY chandelier for ah, a teeny tiny $10! Gorgeous, gorgeous for a lovely outdoor party! Throw that in with some gorgeous fabric on the table and seems like a winner to me. See the full details {here}... Kellie

Found at Everything Fab x

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Metallic and mirrors...

How gorgeous is metallic. I adore it {see my DIY table this week for how much}!

I find it ultra feminine but slightly edgy and ever so stylish. And I think it such a versatile look that works really well in a bedroom but is also gorgeous in living spaces too. And I'm still not sick of mirrored furniture, perhaps the finger prints are a bit annoying but the look itself is well worth the extra cleaning if you ask me. Kellie xx

Images via Brabourne Farm and Oh Joy! x

Doing it bold and doing it well...

Colour, colour every where I look... Walls, chairs, candles, flowers, dinnerware, glassware, tables.... And fabulous to match! What a lovely way to celebrate a sunny Friday morning.

I have a lovely weekend planned which includes visiting a client's brand new home to start planning for giving it the Ada & Darcy touch. Can't wait! A weekend couldn't be spent any better... Kellie xx

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Quick DIY: An outdoor coffee table at my place

Mum popped by on the weekend for a quick afternoon tea and decided I needed to give our outdoor table a quick DIY facelift. This table has been painted all sorts of colours and this week I have used a Porter's Paint {Duchess Satin /Ambassador Stirling colour) to make it look pretty. The metallic finish is such an interesting look for an outdoor piece but nonetheless I was delighted with the result and was happy to see it sparkling alway in the natural light.

I also couldn't resist showing you that bunch of yellow roses. Such tiny little flowers on each stem but so, so many of them. Think I might have to find more over the weekend. Kellie xx

Photos by Kellie Collis for Ada & Darcy x

Paint and wall art!

Loving all the pits and pieces of floral and the lovely colours of that painted wall art. Those blues and aqua are gorgeous - would adore that for my home! Kellie xx

Photo La Boom! x

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Sydney peony love - who would have thought!

After complaining about sadly peonies not being in season in Australia {here} look what I ended up finding! A tiny little stall had a bucket or two of peonies blooming away! The fragrance peonies is so amazing, and their beauty just gets better with time as they start to open more and more. What a gorgeous surprise to what feels like a never ended winterish season - that only really just started! Kellie xx

Photo by Kellie Collis for Ada & Darcy x