Posted by on Aug 17, 2016 in Balanced Home, Inside Style, Lifestyle

One of my favourite interiors.  When I first spied this image of the beauitful Sally Perrin on top of her marble table in ball gown and heels back in 2010 at at, I was awed by her beauty and elegance – and her dreamy apartment.

Located in the Quai Voltaire, the apartment is owned by Michel and Sally Perrin.  Michel Perrin’s great-grandfather founded a leather-glove-making company in 1893 and three generations he and wife Sally Perrin are founders of what is now Perrin Paris Accessories selling luxury leather accessories.

Sally calls the apartment boîte à bijoux, a French term for “jewel box” and the apartment certainly is as splendid and shining as a precious gem.

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Posted by on Aug 11, 2016 in Balanced Home, Inside Style, Lifestyle

I’m still loving the Megan Hess/Designer Rug colloboration launched a few years ago and with spring just around the corner, Hess’ collection ‘The Vintage Jewels’ consisting of three hand-tufted rugs called The Palazzo Jewels, The Lost Vault and The Emperor’s Pearls, may inspire you to spring clean your decor and add a touch of Parisian glamour into your home.

Of the collection Hess said “I’ve always loved classic images from a bygone era where women wore elaborate jewelled turbans and sipped champagne! When designing the collection, I imagined beautiful rooms filled with antique jewels, velvet chaise lounges, gilt mirrors and beautiful buttoned upholstery. The tones of gold, silver and peach felt very old-school glamour and reminded me of the classic Parisian Atelier.”

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Posted by on Aug 4, 2016 in Balanced Home, Inside Style, Lifestyle

No fear that Australian fashion icon Collette Dinnigan has disappeared into the clean NSW country air with her latest design colloboration with Porter’s Paints.  Dinnigan has designed a collection of wallpaper inspired by “the rare and the natural, the whimsical and the opulent, her eye travels from the flower bed of her country home in Milton, NSW to the winding paths of the Boboli Gardens in Rome, always catching the subtle detail, always searching for a refinement of the beautiful” as stated on the Porter’s Paints website.  Dinnigan has included references from her passion of delicate craftmanship and use of artisan materials, particularly the traditional Indian craft of wood block printing on fabric.  The collection includes three designs Paisley Botanique, Fleur Diamant and Le Napoleon, each available in three different colourways including black, gold, pink and aqua.

I’m sure the colloboration of two esteemed Australian design companies will be a success with customers eager to have this stylish union in their homes.  Go to to see more of the collection.

Posted by on Jun 30, 2016 in Balanced Home, Inside Style, Lifestyle

Writing my story this week on shades of black in fashion and beauty on reminded me of the brilliant and beautiful black and white set decor in one of my favourite movies the 2009 film Coco Chanel and Igor Stravinsky by Jan Kounen.

The movie, set in 1920, is based on the alleged love affair between Coco Chanel and Igor Stravinsky and centres largely around Chanel’s new villa Bel Respiro in the French countryside in Garches.  The black and white rooms created by set designer Marie-Helene Sulmoni are the epitome of Coco’s classic yet sensual style and Sulmonu’s use of geometric and abstract designs interwoven into the monochromatic colour scheme is a stroke of brilliance and beauty.

The story of Chanel and Stravinksy is itself intruiging but the highly stylised stage of black and white is a visual masterpiece.


Posted by on May 26, 2016 in Balanced Home, Inside Style, Lifestyle

Speaking of animal print …. it’s not just a fashion trend, but a glamourous addition to homes – if done tastefully.  Although ‘tastefully’ does not apply to billionaire English retailer Sir Phillip Green’s (Topshop, Wallis, Dorothy Perkins) leopard print boat named ‘Lion Cub’, other celebrities have stylishly included prints in leopard, zebra and cow (again not so tasteful is this print used by designer Geoffrey Beene in his Honolulu house) into their homes. Aerin Lauder’s comfy couch, Cher goes wild in her bedroom, Tamara Mellon and her giant-size rug, Khloe Kardashian uses it in her pool room and I absolutely love Roberto Cavalli’s use of Zebra print in his inside pool area.

Posted by on May 11, 2016 in Balanced Home, Inside Style, Lifestyle

This is what New York City’s most expensive apartment looks like from the inside.  At 12,000 square-feet, it’s currently on the market for US$120 million – that’s nearly AUS $163 million at today’s rate.   The apartment belonged to the late John Gutfreund, a former banker and chairman of the Salomon Brothers often referred to as ‘The King of Wall Street” who passed away in March this year and now the apartment at New York’s most prestigious address 834 Park Avenue is for sale.

With former neighbours including a Rockafeller, a Murdoch (Rupert used to live there but his former wife Wendi and her children still do) the 2-level apartment is directly across from Central Park Zoo, has 12.5 foot high ceilings, library walls lined with original 17th-century leather, magnificent views to the city over Central Park and a 1,600 square-feet master suite complete with a dressing and sitting room.

Although the interior is not to my personal taste, I suppose if I HAD to I could live there.  Better hurry and break open my son’s piggy bank to put a down payment on it before a gazillionaire beats me to it.

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