Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Seriously Styling

Italians are famous for their sense of style so it's no surprise that this sensibility seems to extend to their visual merchandising skills. They are experts at contrast. Pairing clean and contemporary lines with raw and rustic textures to create a kind of "lived in" sophistication. They also seem to work with the principal of less is more which I found myself drawn to when I was taking photos. Do you agree with the Italians - Is less more when it comes to styling?

Urban Gardeners

For such a big busy city Milan is really quite green. Everywhere you look their tiny little pockets of greenery brightening up the streets. I loved discovering these secret gardens on our travels and the way you would stumble across one when you least expected it. 
It's amazing what just a touch a green can do!

Pastel Palette

I was surprised (and secretly thrilled) to see all the beautiful pastel colours on show in Milan!
These candy colours instantly create a sense of warmth and comfort and can easily be styled to create a more formal look by adding strong geometric forms and luxurious finishes. For a more casual look layer with raw textiles such as woolen rugs and chunky knit blankets.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Holiday Styling

The combination of the Easter and Anzac Day public holidays means glorious long weekends away with family and friends. If you are like me you get a little too excited about the prospect of a weekend break and can never decide what to pack (I always end up taking more than I could possibly wear in two weeks let alone two days!). Except I think I have now found the perfect solution: blue boyfriend jeans for comfort, cream knit jumper to keep you cosy, black felt hat to hide unruly hair, nude leather boots for versatility and a nude swatch watch for practicality! 

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Milan Design Week 2014

Recently I was recently lucky enough to travel to Milan for Design Week. It was a week spent wandering the Rho fair grounds and the cobbled streets of the Brera Design District. Exploring the pop up studios and showrooms was definitely a highlight of the trip! Such an enchanting experience where even the simplest scenes somehow transformed into something really special. So rich with texture, character and history! Here are some of my favourite snaps from Brera.