March 22, 2012

Designer Inspiration... Suzanne Kasler's Atlanta Home


This week, I'm feeling inspired by Suzanne Kasler's Regency-style mansion in Atlanta. Elegant but simple, and with a subtle country influence - there's a lot to love about this beautiful home...






My personal favourite is this amazing outdoor entertaining space (I'll be pinning this for when we eventually get around to building ours)...

all images via Architectural Digest

You can view the complete home tour {here}.

March 20, 2012

Five more Liebster-worthy blogs...

Kate from The Polkadot Pantry has very kindly shared some blog love with a Liebster Award for The House on Chambers. So, paying it forward - here are five up and coming blogs that are well worth a visit...


1. Tina Kent of Lady Chatterley's Affair is an event stylist whose beautiful work is quickly taking over my Pinterest account. Romantic, fun, preppy and vintage-inspired event inspiration... what more could you want?
2. Vic from Cush and Nooks is a graphic designer living in New Zealand. Her blog features gorgeous design inspiration, often showcasing Scandinavian influences and stunning pops of colour. (And she has an online store too!)
3. Sydneysider Melinda indulges in all things beautiful with Georgica Pond. Offering stunning inspiration with a crisp and classic Hampton's aesthetic, there's lots to love about this blog.
4. Queensland interior designer Anna blogs on her work, ideas, and inspiration with my design ethos. My personal favourites are her mood board posts and fabulous house tours.
5. And for some international flavour (Sorry Vic, NZ makes you practically local), Meghan is a South African living in London. Wishful Thinking is Meghan's collection of all things inspirational in design, travel, fashion, art, and life in general.

Enjoy!

March 19, 2012

A random selection of loveliness...


I've just spent (another) weekend with heavy agricultural machinery doing laps of my back lawn, involving constant clouds of dust, occasional flying rocks, and two broken water pipes that left us without a flushing toilet last night. So this morning, I would like to let my mind wander over a random selection of images that have made my heart flutter recently...






all images via Pinterest

And a huge thank you to Kate from The Polkadot Pantry for her very kind Liebster Award nomination for The House on Chambers! I'll be passing on the baton in my next post...

March 14, 2012

When an idea comes around a second time...

image via pinterest

Those of you who have been following for a while may remember the saga of the kitchen light (first posted here). First, I was inspired by images of oversized kitchen lanterns and decided to reproduce a similar look here on Chambers. Then, I realised that the Australian lighting market was actually very limited and went hunting for alternatives. Finally, I settled on a pendant light that was a long way from my original inspiration, and ended up with this...


Needless to say, less than a week after being installed, the light was pulled out again. (Lesson learned: Never settle for safe and neutral when you are actually looking for a statement piece with impact). After that I was thoroughly disheartened and gave up on the idea all together.

Then, during a stroll through Pinterest yesterday, I came across this image of Holly Mathis' (of Holly Mathis Interiors) dining room...

Holly Mathis

And instantly my oversized lantern idea was back on the agenda. The Pottery Barn light featured in Holly's dining room is no longer in stock, so some enthusiastic googling lead me to this...

Lauren Liess Interiors

...the office of Interior Designer Lauren Liess, featuring the Mossoro lantern from Bellacor. And (Jackpot!) they ship internationally. Here she is...

via Bellacor

I would have to repaint the lantern in a matt black. But after my first failed attempt I'm a little gun shy, especially considering the international shipping costs. What do you think? Is this one worth the risk to get some 'Wow' in my kitchen?

March 8, 2012

Loving... Stephen Trebilcock


Although I have a healthy appreciation for art, I've certainly never been one to play 'name the artist'. In fact, the only Australian artist whose work I can unfailingly identify is Stephen Trebilcock...


For the last few years, Stephen Trebilcock's work has been on my One Day/Maybe/Fantasy purchase list. His earthy, imposing still life paintings would be the perfect addition to our farmhouse (or any other house for that matter)...





Best of all, Stephen Trebilcock is an SA local, and his paintings can currently be viewed at Hahndorf Hill Winery. Here's the man himself (notice how large his works are on the wall!)...

all images via google.com

March 7, 2012

While we're on the topic of maps...



If you're in the market for a map or two, no need to look any further than Etsy. Here's a selection of offerings from my favourite online marketplace: 1. Martha's Vineyard vintage nautical chart, Lauras Last Ditch 2. 1894 antique Milky Way star map, Antique Print Store 3. 1941 Manhattan city map, Moose Horn Vintage 4. 1901 South America vintage map, Ex Libris Journals 5. Vintage California maritime map, Jenny and Pearl 6. 1880 Ann Arbor vintage map print, Imagerich 7. City text map of the world art print, artPause 8. 1705 Paris vintage map print, Imagerich.

March 6, 2012

Maps, Nautical Charts and Street Directories...

via pinterest

While Farmer Joe is tackling the finer details of installing new lawn over an old septic tank, I thought I'd spend a moment on a classic favourite... decorating with maps and nautical charts. I love the versatility of maps in an interior space, looking equally at home in a British colonial study or a modern beach house. How do you like your maps?
Traditional?...

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Oversized and bold?...

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Or featured on a fabulous wallpaper for maximum impact?...

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Here on Chambers, I've tried a little twist on the trend and framed pages from a 1950's vintage Adelaide street directory for our dining room. I love them because they reflect the city I grew up in, and are always a conversation starter for dinner guests...



March 5, 2012

Gardening with heavy machinery (New Lawn Part 1)

When Farmer Joe and I took over the House on Chambers, we inherited a rather challenging back yard. The previous owners had sewn a small lawn behind the house, but the rest of the space had been left almost untouched. And at the end of a South Australian Summer, that equals a sandy dust bowl with weeds...


We developed a plan that would include a re-sewn and much larger lawn, utilising the entire space available. Eventually, this will also feature some sculptural lawn art and be overlooked by our outdoor entertaining area. Work finally started last week (which on a farm, involves a procession of boys toys)...


With Farmer Joe directing and his Dad behind the wheel they began major earth-moving, including removing old tree stumps (above), and levelling the future lawn area (below)...


 And then Farmer Joe hopped in the little yellow tractor and drove round and round in circles, smoothing the surface with a railway iron. Georgia the Corgi and I looked on from the back veranda with a glass of bubbles...


Next on the list: install the automatic pop up sprinkler system and hold a working bee for Joe's mates to help sew thousands of tiny lawn plugs (likely to require bribery with steak and beer).

March 1, 2012

Contemplating convex...

image via pinterest
Just when I thought the living room was all finished, a bare patch of wall has started to niggle at me. It's not a large area, and there's already plenty of art and family photographs in the room, but it needs something. And I'm wondering if maybe the perfect solution is a small convex mirror...








Simple, classic and versatile, these mirrors seem to be able to add a little stylish punch to almost any space. Well, that's enough to convince me! Off to the shops...

images via decorpad