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Attia, or natural beauty, is an Australian homewares company that carries many beautiful pieces that are chic and inspired by nature. The company was founded by former stylist turned designer Rachel Brown who proves through her collection that “warm” minimalism does indeed exist popular to contrary belief that minimalistic design is usually sterile and cold. With organic shapes, natural wood and a variety of texture it’s easy to warm up a spare environment.


About her company Rachel says, “We value products that are energized by the makers touch, things with soul and love the patina that time and use leave behind.”

With a focus on muted tones, wood and natural finishes (for instance products have a matte finish versus gloss), this calm collection is the perfect marriage of form and function. So lovely!

(photos: amanda mclauchlan)

Posted in kitchen on October 06, 2010

More Kitchens To Love

Weeee! I have to tell you the good news. We get the shiny new keys to our place on Tuesday and our names are already on the doorbell. And the moving company brought over all of our boxes this morning. It feels so real suddenly – we move in 3 weeks!

Kitchen inspiration

I wonder what it will look like now that the bathrooms and kitchen are renovated? We have white tiles on the wall and a white tile floor and the bathrooms are both totally white but hey, I think it’s a great base to work from and gives us loads of options for the space, so I won’t complain. It’s a brilliant rental until we buy, so most likely our last rental, and I plan to enjoy it quite a lot. My husband is already talking about potentially buying it someday, he loves it and we’ve not even moved yet. It’s nice to see him so excited and cute about it, that is how you want a move to be — full of excitement and new possibilities…

Kitchen inspiration

If the light is good on Tuesday I’ll snap some photos and show you the space if you’d like to see it totally empty. I don’t want to bore you with this stuff…. but if you really care to see it then just let me know. Say the word and I’m ON IT.

Kitchen inspiration

Kitchen inspiration

With moving on the brain, I thought we’d continue talking about kitchens. I’ve collected some more inspiration… This time from Sköna Hem magazine, a Swedish decorating magazine that I love and have been enjoying for several years now. Perhaps these beautiful Sköna Hem kitchens will spark some of your own ideas. I loved reading through your comments on my last kitchen post — it was so encouraging and you have some great tips.

(images: Sköna Hem magazine)

Posted in kitchen on September 10, 2010

Kitchen Inspiration

After writing my last post about kitchens, I tried to quickly collect some images to inspire me. You see, what I’m hoping for here is that seeing them will kick my rear into gear as I embark on putting mine together before the big move.


Truth is, kitchen design intimidates me so I need to see some nice (affordable) ideas that can help put me in the You Can Do This mood. I want stuff I can’t afford! My husband wants me to do it in one day and just be done with it! I want to spend 3 months finding the perfect solution! The things I love are too expensive here! I don’t know where to find vintage cabinetry and old farmhouse sinks! Eek, eek and more eek. Well, I think I’ll do what I always do when overwhelmed… run screaming towards a pile of neatly stacked magazines (like Livingetc where I grabbed the images you see in this fine post) and books and try to see what my options are.


Love me some open shelving but could not live with it under the counter because I’d always be dusting and washing everything. I currently have open shelving over my sink and I’m not such a fan of the dust so I’ve only placed things on it now that I use daily. Wine glasses are in the glass cabinet now — those little dustaholics!


More inspiration that makes me swoon. I love the toaster and blender…. and the counter is just grand. I can see myself plopping toast onto that beauty, buttering it, sipping a big glass of OJ as the morning sun streams in… Wait! What happened to the cookies in my clear glass cookie jar!!!!


My new kitchen is no where near this size so having a bar with stools will remain a dream. BUT I don’t like this as much as I dig the more rustic kitchens, it’s a bit too sleek for my taste. What do you think?


This is styled so nicely. And that tilework is full on rad. But could I ever commit to tile that is so bold and graphic? No way. I sometimes envy people who can make long term decisions, and be happy with this, like the folks who own this kitchen. I just don’t have THAT gene. You know, the completely organized I always know what I want one.


Maybe this is a bit wonky, I don’t know, but the idea is cute. I just don’t know about the frame around it, it looks too fancy for me. I’d dig this frame-free and mounted on the wall. I love the thought of having all of these perfect squares to put things in. I could waste hours rearranging and arranging these babies.


How delicious is that tile? I think there is just too much white in here for even me though. I need some natural wood. But hey, if someone gifted me with this exact kitchen I would be such a show off nah nah nahhhhhing it to everyone. Nah, nah nah nah my kitchen is awesomerrrr….

So yes, kitchen design. I know about the triangular work flow thing that all kitchens must have, I know where I want my sink, oven, stovetop and fridge… but what I don’t know is how to find what I see in my mind’s eye over here. Back home, I’d know exactly where to drag my patient husband. I guess it’s time for me to stop whining and start working. I have a long way to go…

(images: livingetc)

Posted in kitchen on September 08, 2010

Martha Stewart Living Kitchens

I’m convinced. Martha Stewart is definitely going for world domination. She has now jumped into kitchen cabinetry design with her new line of cabinets, countertops and hardware at The Home Depot. My goodness, she is unstoppable.

MS Living @ The Home Depot

I’ve never been that big on overly posh, shiny kitchens, but I did find some nice ones that I thought you may enjoy too in Martha’s collection. Now that I’m on the topic… I’m wondering what kind of kitchens you dream about because I don’t show/feature them much on this blog. You’ll have to tell me!

MS Living @ The Home Depot

When it comes to kitchen design, I guess I’m more of an industrial Scandinavian kitchen type if that is even a design style for kitchens, or something very laid back with cabinets from flea markets, a big vintage farmhouse sink, old Belgium tile on the floors (some on the walls too) or a reclaimed antique hardwood floor, and a creamy white SMEG fridge. I get excited to cook just thinking about that arrangement of beautiful things!

Can you put into words how you imagine your dream kitchen? I’d like to hear your thoughts. I just so happen to be in the process of designing one for our new place (we move in 22 days but I’m not counting!!!) so it would be fun to get your input — I need some kitchen inspiration right now, badly! It’s NOT my favorite space to design…

(Images: Martha Stewart Living at The Home Depot)

Posted in kitchen on September 08, 2010


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