Friday, December 30, 2011

mantra for 2012

Happy New Year!

thank you all for dropping by the Decorator through 2011

looking forward to the challenges and new possibilities....

vintage neon sign artist unknown
Found by writer Zac Bayly
via ILOVEFAKE fashion director Jordy Huinder facebook page

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Cool Yule!

We have woken to an uncharacteristically mild Christmas morning in sunny Queensland Australia.

'Slaving' in the kitchen will be so much more enjoyable today....
glass of champagne in one hand... ovenmit in the other...

looking forward to today's Christmas menu for 9

Freshly shelled prawns
BBQ Scallops and spiked rosemary wrapped
 in radicchio and pancetta 
Turkey with pistachio, thyme and cumin stuffing with cranberry and orange glaze
Whole Thai style BBQ Snapper 
Fresh cherry and pistachio tabbouleh
Plum Pudding semi-freddo with caramel sauce and boozy prunes

Holly, Spruce and Red Berries!

Christmas table set at 5 am!  Just missed Santa!

Merry Christmas from Lucky and Billy

Have a super safe festive day!
Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

1950's Vintage Sofa


meets after

I have recently had this beauty restored for one of my lovely clients who will welcome this  wonderful 1950's piece into her home for Christmas.....

what a change from its years spent in
'storage wilderness' .....

today it makes its way to a luxury
 Gold Coast residence....

back to the glamourous life it so deserves 

words J Watson-Evans 

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Reyle Rocks Dior


It had to happen. Berliner art star Anselm Reyle has joined forces with fashion house Dior in the creation of the Reyle Collection.

I was laying in bed thinking about what I wanted to blog after being away for some weeks, and I immediately thought about the colourful works of artist Anselm Reyle.  
Apart from having a fascination with the decorative pop style of his works and having the desire to do my own version of them...
(It couldn't be that hard could it?????????)
I see them as being the ultimate in decorator art....
I wondered which angle would give me another opportunity to talk about this contemporary German artist?

When I checked my emails that morning, there it was, a link to the Reyle Collection by Dior.


The video on the site has to be seen.  What a hoot!  
Reyle, stuck up a ladder, overseeing the pouring of wonderful thick paint, so delicious you almost feel compelled to reach into the screen and scoop up the cascading medium as it drips off the camo edged work table. 
His 'factory' workers there to accommodate his every need.

 Cut ups of sample fabrics in neon and metallic with the imagined 'jingle jangle' of plexiglass triangles, interspersed with a pouting, thoughtful Reyle eyeing off and playing with his creations.

  Re-imagined Lady Dior handbags appearing as camouflaged effects among the well appointed floor to ceiling shelves of Reyle's multi-coloured paint repository.

The driving motif of camouflage throughout the bags, shoes, accessories and limited edition makeup, whilst a touch predictable, works as the perfect segue to the army of modern Kardashianesque young women who sport the Dior logo in droves. The familiarity of the graphic almost certain to be comforting, appealing, and oh so desirable!

As part of the recent Art Basel Miami
in a perfect post Warholian gesture,
the first ever Christian Dior pop up took hold of an ideal commercial opportunity and revealed the collection to the glitterati amidst a sea of Reyle camo art motif.

I immediately ran to my nearest Christian Dior counter
 (in Australia) to purchase at least the nail colour and co-ordinating eye shadow palette, only to be told that they had never heard of this particular artist and knew nothing of it!!

Stay tuned for further info regarding possible release down under (if any) or overseas stockists.

Dior pop up Art Basel Miami

Even the catering truck gets the Reyle treatment in Miami

finished detail of the painting in progress in the video for the pop up store

Nail colour by Reyle

Pop up launch Miami
Words J Watson-Evans

images via
 NY Times Blog;  White Wall; Dazed Digital;;;;

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Naughty Blogger Award 2

So sorry for the lack of posts through November.  I have been busy finishing off work projects for this year and I have found it very difficult to do what most of us do so well at this time of year.....

 Yes I know the realisation of not being wonder woman after all is somewhat disappointing. 
 And maybe blogging is a bit like sex.....
the less you do, the less you want to do!
(Ha!  I know you know what I'm talking about)... 
and you invariably get on a roll of

Anyway, I am hoping to get the decorative 'juices' 
 rolling for some interesting, hopefully thought provoking pieces of
 'eye candy' that I know you all love....

But for now an inspirational garden
 in would you believe....... New Jersey?

Images via Elle Decor  Photography by Andre Baranowski


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