HAMPTONS INSPIRED HOTELS WE WANT TO ESCAPE TO

Attention: this article is a bit of weather whinge, coming from a wounded soul in Melbourne who envies EVERYONE living in eternally sun-drenched places.

We can’t deny it any longer. WINTER. HAS. ARRIVED. And yes, we should have seen it coming, but really, who doesn’t want to hold on to warm summer nights and long days at the beach for as long as possible? Yes, we admit strolling around in light cotton t-shirts and open sandals in late April is a bit illusionary (at least down here in Melbourne!). It took crisp autumn leaves and frosty winds to send us the much-needed wake-up call! So now what? We are stuck with this climate for at least 5 months, morphing into hibernating squirrels. And don’t get me wrong. I do believe that winter has its beautiful sides. Cozy Sundays in bed, without feeling pressured to step outside, the smell of cold air and finally being allowed to light all the candles you’ve stocked up on without being called ‘wasteful’ by your clan. That in itself makes the cold season worthwhile. If only it was over sooner 🙂

There is only one way to get you through this bleak drought: ESCAPE it for a week or two.

My family and I have recently discovered that taking a little break during winter is the perfect way to set your spirit back into place and keep a positive mind underneath that woolen beanie. Planning a holiday to a warmer location during the cold months does three things to you:

Number 1: pre-travel you have something to look forward to and daydream about. Secondly, during your stay, you get to relax and soak up and store some warmth and let your soul dangle. And thirdly, post-travel you are able to nourish your soul from memories collected during your time away, making you feel light and more enjoyable to be around. To be honest, it’s a win-win situation for everyone.

Number 2:  during your stay, you get to relax and soak up and store some warmth and let your soul dangle.

Number 3:  post-travel you are able to nourish your soul from memories collected during your time away, making you feel light and more enjoyable to be around.

To be honest, it’s a win-win situation for everyone.

To get you going, we thought we’d do the research on great Hamptons Style hotels around Australia, that make you want to pack your suitcase straight away. 🙂

 

Halcyon House (Cabarita Beach, NSW)

 

Como The Treasury (Perth, WA)

 

Bells at Killcare (Killcare Heights, NSW)

 

Cape Lodge (Margaret River, WA)

 

Spicers Clovelly Estate (Monville, QL)

10 INSPIRATIONAL INSTAGRAM ACCOUNTS WE LOVE

Can you believe it? It’s only been 6 1/2 years since Instagram first launched, shaping people’s perception of what’s going on around them dramatically. No matter the subject, art fanatics, fashion devotees, interior enthusiasts, animal lovers and more have since been served image, after image, after image, of things that tap right into their desire. On a visual level, emotional connections are built within a matter of seconds. As a result, consumers, no matter their location, have a huge influence on a brand’s success story. A platform developed that now gives a stage to whoever chooses to perform on it. As Instagram grew, so did the variety of accounts that it gave birth to. Not only brands understood how powerful this tool had become. Individuals such as bloggers or people like you and me joined in to tell a story and started curating their day to day lives, personal visions, or unique aesthetics. Beautiful accounts blossomed, granting people a glimpse into often very personal worlds that had the power to inspire us and broaden our vision. If you start scrolling through all the people you are following, you will probably discover that they are located all over the world – Korea, California, Sweden, Spain, South Africa….you name it.

Remember when finding inspiration for your kid’s bedroom wall color was a nightmare? Stacks of magazines were browsed through before finding a tiny image of something similar to what you had imagined. The beauty of Instagram lies in its extensive geographic accessibility.

Why I write all this? Well, I must admit, I am obsessed with this platform! Whenever I find a minute or two, you will spy me fiddling with my phone, scrolling through picture after picture on my personal feed.

I am following 1,109 people.

I rarely see a post twice.

I am a fanatic.

What I love most is the fact that I am allowed access (virtually) into the most beautiful homes out there. If I am thinking about investing in a new set of dining chairs, I tap the rainbow-camera icon button on my phone and am opened up to an entire catalog of interior ideas.  If I am uncertain about where to place that beautiful, yet bulky antique buffet my grandparents handed to me, I am offered 1,652 solutions and given multiple DIY repainting tips en passant.

So with all that in mind, I thought it would be nice to share some of my favorite Hamptons Style inspired Instagram accounts with you, hoping that they may provide you with some new ideas for future rearranging projects, or simply spoil your eyes on a rainy Sunday afternoon.

Do you follow people that we should know about? Share them with us in the comments below! 🙂

 

janelle_rigby

This lady is based in Australia and I think her Insta account shows this beautifully. Inspired by the classic Hamptons Style, she manages to sneak in a few Australian beach snaps here and there, making her feed inspiration AND personal. I could scroll through all day!

coastal_living

If you feel a bit blue, take a scroll through this account. Beautiful imagery, introducing you to the most divine coastal homes and lifestyles! Images that will truly touch the soul!

megan_morton

Now, this account does not entirely fit into the Hamptons Style category, yet, I can’t suggest interior accounts without mentioning my absolute favorite interior stylist in Australia! Megan is very well-respected in the industry and travels the globe to find inspiration in everything she comes across! I am addicted.

studiomcgee

Welcome to the world of the namesake interior design studio! Take a look a classic white on white furniture combined with modern features providing plenty of interior inspiration! Great aesthetic and feel.

abbie_melle

Abbie is an Australia-based lifestyle, interior and travel photographer and I really don’t need to say a lot more about her profile because…it’s simply stunning! Take a look for yourself.

cottonstem

Erin and her family of 5 from Cottonstem, is an Interior Designer, who knows a thing or two about French Provence styling and Coastal Style furniture. I love her taste and beautiful home!

smalltowngirllife

Sharing her discoveries of inspirational home decor ideas, from Hamptons Style to Provence and Coastal furniture, Sheana’s feed is a lovely accumulation of beautiful imagery.

nordikspace

This account takes you to a more, as the name suggests, nordic-inspired interior style. They do however manage to tastefully walk the line between Scandinavian clean lines and coastal-inspired romanticism. Worth taking a look and snitching a few ideas here and there.

franque_11

This account lets you enter the world of Melbourne-based luxury shop Franque. What you will find is stunning goods from candles to chandeliers, vases, and mobiles. This feed inspires my because of its vast product knowledge and introduces you to brands mostly found in Europe and rarely found here. A true gem.

littlevintagenest

Sarah from Little Vintage Nest, is based in Colorado and has made a name for herself by opening up her personal home to her followers. She shared her love for coastal-inspired furniture and home accessories, from her kitchen through to her kid’s bedroom, I love following her around on a daily basis. 🙂

 

 

 

 

HOW TO CREATE A HAMPTONS STYLE BATHROOM

Bathrooms. Probably the most private place in a house, wouldn’t you agree? What other space serves as a safe haven, where we can remove our facade and not feel the need to BE anything but ourselves?

It’s a place where we should all be allowed to flee into a private vacuum away from overawing, omnipresent cacophonies of daily life. The word ‘restroom’ makes a lot of sense, don’t you think?

So it comes as no surprise that a  beautifully designed bathroom – clean, elegant, spacious and timeless –  makes most people’s heart beat a little bit faster.

START WITH THE BASICS

No matter how rustic or basic your home, with a bit of attention to your bathrooms, your house will repay you for the effort.

If your budget allows, invest in good quality vanity units or cabinets that will endure a humid environment. Heavy woods, finished with waterproof paint or varnishes are the way to go. STYLE TIP: high gloss finishes transform a classic white piece of furniture into extravagant eye candy! As with most things, the ‘wow-effect’ lies in the details. Do your research and choose knobs and pulls that suit your style. If necessary, exchange those that come with the cabinet for ones that hit your taste. Large mirrors are equally pleasant to be around, especially if you are working within a small space. Not only are they practical, oversized mirrors also bring in a bit of modern touch and extend the room. A glamorous display cabinet, filled with all your beloved fragrances and cremes, adds a divine dressing-room feel. Absolutely covetable!

So with these basics covered, we are now breaking the grounds for more indulging interior choices.

INDULGE YOURSELF

Let’s start with the tiles! This is where your own creativity (or that of your styling expert) comes into play. Natural stones instantly convey a  luxurious yet warm atmosphere. Choose between Marble, Travertine or Terra Cotta if variations in colour and texture and an earthy feel are what your dreams are made of! Most bathrooms are designed with the more common glazed floor tiles. Invest in this option for a more uniform, monochrome look.

Don’t be shy to experiment with different patterns and shapes before deciding on the final look. Large format tiles as long as 1500mm are beautiful for a more continuous span of the floor. A herringbone pattern or subway tile on the other side can look stunning for a more classic Hamptons Style feel.

Whatever your choice, trial and error, before puddling the mortar!

Another desire for most is a free-standing bathtub! Romantic and chic at once, you probably can’t avoid putting one of those on your list to complete the Hamptons Style bathroom of your dreams!

My only tip here: do your research on the difference in quality of these trendy baths! Today, the most common material is acrylic, however, compare your options! The sturdier the tub, the more you’ll get out of it in the long run!

ACCESSORY ALERT

If you’ve got the basics covered and only plan on changing a few things, take a closer look at your overall decoration and accessories such as towels, lights, plants or candles. Remember to stick with one color palette. This is crucial as it will allow you to experiment with slight variations, yet still, keep a coherent and harmonious overall feeling. For a true Hamptons Style Bathroom look, choose white or off-white towels and bathmats. These are not only pleasing to look at but also easy to wash! Add a few pastel-colored eye-catchers to things like lotion bottles, tumblers or candles but keep it light and elegant. Less is more.

Lustres, and chandeliers as well as the occasional candle holder, will help you create a more dramatic, yet deluxe ambiance. Choose one or two, but be careful not to go overboard here!

What does your Hamptons Style bathroom look like? Share it with us using #IWGHbathroomlove!

PROVENCE STYLE INTERIOR IDEAS

Life in the city is great. You’ve got the buzz of a busy metropole, an agenda filled with great entertainment and cultural adventures and if it all becomes too much,  you simply retreat to your small inner city abode, take a rest before immersing yourself once again into this world of 24hr-merriment!

But don’t you sometimes wish you could have it all? Who doesn’t dream of a nice place in the big city AND a small home in the country? In fact, isn’t this what everyone strives for once their life has shifted from ‘freedom’ to ‘family’, nights out’ to ‘in bed by 8pm’,  ‘afternoon tea’ to ‘witching-hour’? I mean seriously, don’t we all, at one point or another long for a quiet, neat place where we can count birds and eat biscuits all day long? Well, for everyone who craves an idyll of bumble bees and roses, we prescribe you the Provence Style interior cure.

SOFTNESS and ROMANCE

Generally, the beauty in this interior trend lies in its softness and romantic vibe. Which is exactly what you need (plus a glass of Champagne please!) when life becomes a bit frantic and confusing.

The Provence Style look is based on furniture and accessories that depict a vintage yet romantic feeling. Imagine a combination of French Provence elegance and victorian-era charm from early century England.

Pastel colors, mingled with shades of lilac, gold, beige or turquoise quicken your tired soul. Prevailing white furniture adds to this fairy-like haven whilst color-patterned dishes, vases or tea sets complete the look with a bit of contrast – subtle colours have a thing for ornaments. Arabesque patterns and Toile de Jouy motives on wallpapers, Damask graphics on linen or curtains, but floral patterns seem to be the most popular motive by far! Remember, our goal is to create a romantic hideaway to untangle our daily knots and morph into an elf-like creature, just for a little while 🙂

FLOWERS, FLOWERS, FLOWERS

Decorate with dried flowers such as lavender, roses, and sunflowers. Add them to a white rattan basket or wattle them into beautiful small garlands to hang above the door. Fresh flowers work well too! Ranunculus, Peonies and fresh herbs are absolute winners!

If this is the look you are going for in your bedroom or living space, there are a few elements you need to add to your list.

Take a look at these Provence Style interiors and get inspired!

10 COASTAL-INSPIRED ARTWORKS WE LOVE

You know that feeling when you enter an empty space – blank walls, deserted corners – and in your head you start decorating every inch of it, picturing your favourite sofa next to your antique coffee table, adding piece by piece in your mind until the room is fully furnished?

We get you! We’ve been there, too.

The excitement when all those 89 moving boxes arrive at your new home and all you can think of is getting your Elle Decoration snippets out, filling the space with your beloved pieces, telling YOUR story!

What a bliss!

Whilst most people start their interior adventure with trips to IKEA and Bunnings, by our late twenties, we have accumulated pieces that are close to our hearts and stick around for more than a season. We invest in sofas, tables, beds and fridges, but leave one thing unattended: ARTWORKS.

Unless you’ve grown up in an art-filled environment, for the majority of us, art just doesn’t seem to take up a lot of thought, when planning our next interior acquisition.

But here is the thing: Art can do wonderful things. Whilst it brightens dull spaces and expands tiny nooks, the real beauty of art lies in it’s power of taking you to places where your mind can wander off. A saturated Palm Tree print, it’s shadow twilighting against the surface of the beach; an oil painting, capturing the intense moment of breaking waves hitting the shore; or what about a simple photograph of clear skies with migrating birds high up in the distance?

Nature is full of fantastic imagery, telling stories of beauty and bliss. Indulge yourself and add a bit of magic to your home. As the days are getting cooler and we are spending more time inside, choose artworks that speak to your soul and lift you up after a long day at work or a busy weekend with the kids.

We had a look for you on Etsy Australia and are absolutely smitten by these 10 pieces! To be honest, it was hard to choose only 10, as the choices are endless! But take a look for yourself!

ps: if you have any other art recommendations, share them with us in the comment section!

EXILEPRINTED

WHITE ORCHID PRINTS

UNDO ART STUDIO

BARBARY BAY

LEELA PRINTABLE ART

HONEY TREE PRINTS

EMILY AND CO DESIGN

RUBY AND B

YELLOW MOON PRINTS

SARAH BELL ARTIST

AND THE WINNER IS….


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5 TOP TIPS: HOW TO GET THE BEACH BEDROOM FEEL

I once read of an entrepreneur who found a balanced and happy life by capturing the holiday spirit within his everyday routine.  Now, you may wonder, what did he do? Truth is, I don’t remember. Oops… But what I took from it is this is: holidays, getaways, time well-spent, if that’s what keeps us happy, why do we limit them to just a fraction of our lives? Why do we work day in, day out, towards that long-craved holiday, for a few measly weeks per year, only to hop back on the hamster wheel and do it all again? Wouldn’t it be nice to wake up every morning with a holiday mindset, stepping out of bed light-footed and still mastering our daily commitments?

Starting with your interior is an easy and convenient way to lift your spirit. Our bedrooms, they say, are the place where we make plans, rest and fill up on energy for a new day ahead. So what better place to start our little experiment here!

We put together 5 Beach Bedroom ideas that will turn your bedroom into a Hamptons-Style beach abode:

HARMONIC COLOR PALETTE

Start with a beach-inspired color palette. Anything from natural tones such as sand, grey, beige or light brown through to different shades of blue! Play around with patterns and textures too. Stripes, in combination with floral prints, create a beautiful contrast and add personality to your interior, as long as you stay within your chosen colors. Let your creativity go wild. Avoid primary tones such as red, yellow or green. These color tend to dominate and often feel out of place. Instead experiment with setting color accents with navy blue, warm orange or geranium pink. These hues feel much more in line with your overall goal of creating a nature-inspired haven.

DISPLAY NATURE

Get crafty! Driftwood, shells, sand, plants, shrubs…you name it. Choose whichever prop suits your style and pimp it up. Different shells placed neatly in a glass jar and placed on top of your favorite dresser. A large driftwood stick serving as a coat hanger in the empty corner of your room. Tropical plants planted within an ample glass vase – check Pinterest for decor ideas. The choices are endless!

ADD WICKER WORKS

Natural materials add warmth to any interior. Wicker baskets are not only super practical but create a welcoming contrast to your white Hamptons-Style furniture. Rustic textures and rough surfaces, similar to what you would find in the natural environment of a wild beach, are the essence of any outdoor holiday experience. Bring those long beach walk memories home and get your hands on a few small baskets to store your lingerie or magazines. Invest in larger size pieces to keep anything from winter quilts to queued up laundry.

CREATE INDIRECT LIGHTENING

There is nothing worse than bad lightening. It’s a nightmare for any interior designer, in fact when asked what makes a beautiful room, most professionals have ‘good lighting’ on the top of their list! Indirect lighting, meaning floor lamps, bedside lamps or any other lighting sources that don’t come directly from the ceiling above is called ‘indirect lightening’. The beauty of these lamps lies in their subtlety. With winter around the corner, the last thing you want is waking up with a bright neon beam hitting your sleep-drenched face! Instead, starting your day with a soft, warm summer glow is a big win! Spend your dollars on any kind of lamp you fancy and squatter them around your room (3 or 4). When it comes down to the light bulb, choose a lower watt (warm white – soft white) globe, to create a gentle atmosphere and avoid hospital-climate inside your home.

BLINDS VS. CURTAINS

This one really comes down to your personal preference. However, blinds often translate to a lighter, summer-feel look. If this is what you’re after, definitely go with white or off-white hardwood blinds instead of those nasty synthetic plastic types. They are slightly more pricey but oh my, so worth their money. Nothing beats the real thing. Waking up with a bit of sunlight streaming through each panel is priceless! Assuming you live near us, in the South of Australia, you might feel that curtains are keeping your house cosier and snuggly for winter. In which case, my suggestion is to choose natural fabrics over synthetic look-alikes. Again 🙂 It makes such a difference. Heavy canvas or thicker linen with or without patterns, create a jovial environment and in which you can relax and detach yourself from the busy and fast-paced life outside.

Now it’s your turn! Take us with you and share your makeover on Instagram using #IWGHmakeover! Good luck! xx

HOW TO GET THE SIGNATURE HAMPTONS – STYLE LOOK

As the Australian summer slowly bids us farewell, we wanted to share a few tips and tricks to transform your living area into a Hamptons-Style retreat for those shorter, grey days ahead.

Now, if you follow us on Facebook and Instagram (if not, get over there! 🙂 ), you may already have a good understanding of that beach-house feeling. However, let’s start at the top with some easy-to-follow advice for hampton style interior decorating ideas!

The goal is a space that comforts and soothes your everyday life. A place of summer holiday memories, where you can just retreat and let your soul dangle.

Monochrome is the key here – in furniture, walls and accessories. Clean, consistent colours provide a calming and positive space. Paint your walls in lighter colours. We’re obsessed with off-white tones rather than stark white, which can feel cold and lifeless. Anything from a slightly grey nuance to a more yellow tone works well to create a blank canvas and a subtle but beautiful contrast to your clean white Hamptons-Style furniture.

And this leads us to our next point: classic Hamptons-S tyle wares are known for their romantic, elegant shapes and soft finishings. Of course, you can find many variations these days, the trend in coastal-style furniture just keeps growing. But nothing beats the original – crown moulding, shake-style doors or wainscoting details are a few examples of the subtle character you’ll find in any true Hamptons-Style piece.

Invest in one or two larger items, such as bookcases or cabinets, and build the rest of your room around these centrepieces. Next, it’s time to de-clutter and remove any dark or overly bright coloured accessories. Get your hands on some natural linen and throw it over everything! Use that shabby old couch and get creative – cover it with striped blankets or cushions, and randomly place a driftwood mobile or rattan baskets around the room. Stock up on candles and dredge up your seashell collection to display in a simple cylinder-glass vase. Source artworks, inspired by the ocean and beach lifestyle, frame them and add them to the mix.

Lastly, don’t forget to sign up to a weekly flower delivery from your local florist. A beautifully assembled bunch of peonies, hydrangeas or tulips will change everything!

Now, it’s over to you! We would love to see what you come up with. Simply use #IWGHmakeover to grant us a sneak peek! 🙂

Good luck!

AVOCADO-PESTO ADDICTION

Does this sound familiar?

You’re at the supermarket, heading towards the cherry tomatoes and Lebanese cucumbers, and there they are: those bargain semi-ripe avocados. In your mind, you picture them beautifully sliced and placed neatly in your kid’s lunch boxes, smashed on top of your morning toast or mixed in with that 12 o’clock smoothie your girlfriends rave about. So you grab a few and the anticipation for your perfect, plump, produce begins. You place them carefully on the register, they are your prized sprouts waiting to bloom. But back at the circus (ie. home) things tend to get a little ‘out of sight, out of mind’.  

Fast forward five days and you discover mushy, brown-skinned oddities nestling with your bananas and apples. Their semi-ripe status long gone. 

Maybe next time, you tell yourself.

So here’s to next time!

Next time, why not try it this way – an easy and hassle-free dinner idea that will catch those pesky Avo’s before they disappear of the edge of recognition.

Start with setting a pot of water to boil.

Continue with peeling and slicing the garlic. Next, wash and gently pick the parsley leaves and cut roughly. Now get on to the parmesan and grate it in a small bowl. Take your avocados, halve, stone and cut their flesh into small cubes. It’s now time to move on to your tomatoes. Give these little guys a good wash before cutting them neatly in halves. Once you have chopped your macadamia nuts roughly, put them aside and cook your pasta as required.

As simple as that, place the avocado, parmesan, macadamia nuts, garlic, parsley and cream cheese in a mixer, add 10 TB olive oil and 5 TB of white wine vinegar and start blending! 

Meanwhile, heat up 2 TB olive oil in a pan and give your tomatoes a 2 min. fry, cut-side down. Add another minute if needed (you want them to be soft and juicy). Season with sugar and salt.

Add some pasta water to your pesto mix, right before taking your spaghetti off the stove. Season your mix with pepper and salt and Voila! All you need to do now is drain your pasta and mix it with your pesto sauce. Last but not least, garnish with tomatoes and serve to your hungry tribe 🙂

Ingredients:

(for 4 people)

500 g pasta

1 garlic clove

1 bunch of parsley

50 g parmesan

2 avocados

12 cherry tomatoes

50 g macadamia nuts

80 g cream cheese

10 TB olive oil + 2 TB olive oil

5 TB white wine vinegar

salt, pepper, sugar

5 ENDLESS SUMMER DINNER TABLE IDEAS

And suddenly, Autumn snuck up on us whilst we were still on the hunt for that perfect summer bikini. How did that happen, you wonder? Well, we can’t give you all the answers, but what we will do, is help you prolong those carefree, endless summer nights just a little. As the warm Summer glow starts to fade, these inspiring dinner table settings should set the mood for any indoor or outdoor party:

BOHO:

This setting is fairly simple to achieve: all you need is a glorious local florist! Flowers, flowers, and flowers again. Pick as many colours and kinds as you wish, the more the merrier! Combined with simple tableware and monochrome candles, you can’t lose!

 

BOHO Dinning Table

CLASSIC:

Get out your grandma’s silver! Keep it simple and clean to achieve a sharp and classic setting. Avoid any distracting accessories or colors. Instead, focus on quality dining essentials.

 

Classic Hamptons

COUNTRY:

If you are lucky enough to own a house with a big Provence-like yard, don’t think twice! This is your opportunity to create a breathtaking dining experience. Get your hands on all the linen you can find and effortlessly throw them over your table, creating a rustic, ‘je-ne-sais-quoi’-look. Plenty of candles in jars as well as rosemary-sticks and lavender-stalks scattered throughout the setting and VOILA!

FINGERFOOD:

This one is an absolute fuss-free option!All it comes down to is the quality of your antipasti (and a stack of good quality napkins)! Visit your local Deli and get your hands on a variety of cold meats, cheeses, olives and dried fruits. Add crackers and fresh figs or dates to the mix and assemble them freely on large wooden boards. Placed on white table clothes, and off you go!

 

GARDEN-SHED:

Set the table amongst your garden beds. Simply create the menu from seasonal ingredients and use the latter, for your table decoration too! Adding tomato twigs, lemons or selected herbs in jars adds character to your dinner setting! Get creative, show off your green thumb and mix and match your tableware, as if you just don’t care!