Monthly Archives: September 2011

Flower power

A short and hopefully sweet post today, inspired by a beautiful bouquet of lilies given to us by a friend; a reminder of the wonderful, uplifting, transformative power of flowers.

Sometimes, the simpler the better:

Image: itKuPiLLi blogspot


A beautiful – and relatively inexpensive – way to add colour and life to your home.



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Tea for a lot more than two

It was party time last weekend at casa decotales, with a little do held to celebrate our wedding anniversary, as well as commiserate the end of the summer holidays.

Of course, I couldn’t resist indulging in a little design frippery; so we had a tea party theme, with black and white design elements (apart from the blue and white striped awning my husband put up over our deck, as I just couldn’t find black and white striped tarpaulins anywhere. Just as well it was there though, as it meant the rain showers didn’t affect the festivities for a moment).

The tables groaned with Victoria Sponges, tea cake, cucumber sandwiches, home-made lemonade – the whole works. All I can say, however, is that it certainly wasn’t tea that was being drunk by most guests….

With bunting made from doilies, a teepee for the kids, and sparkling white festoon lights strung between the trees, as night fell our humble suburban garden turned into a truly magical place.



Of course, there’s always the aftermath to deal with the next day….


Definitely worth it though – an afternoon (and evening, and night!) that we’ll remember fondly for a long time to come.


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Wishful thinking

Another day, another post about chairs. I’m not sure where this obsession comes from, but my latest in the occasional series “Objects I wish I had in my home” takes a long, lustful look at the Wishbone chair, designed by Hans J. Wegner in 1949.

Image: design attractor

Evolved from an earlier design which had been influenced by pictures of Danish merchants sitting in Ming chairs, this classic is also known as the Y chair. There certainly is an Oriental feel to the design, with its graceful curves and simple, pared-back beauty. In his own words, Wegner’s approach was one of “stripping the old chairs of their outer style and letting them appear in their pure construction.”

However, the true genius of Wegner’s design is that the Wishbone somehow looks totally and absolutely right in any room – regardless of the design scheme or interior styling.  So from clean Scandi to modern miminalism, here’s how the Wishbone fits right in:

Monochrome Magic:


Modern Minimalism:


Clean Scandi:

Image: emmas design blogg

Modern rustic:

Image: plush palate blogspot

Warm woods:

Image: Canadian House and Home

My wishful thinking will have to remain just that for a little while longer – but at least I know that whatever design direction my home takes, there’ll always be a place for a Wishbone or two.


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