Tuesday, April 28, 2009

The love of Blogging

I'm just going to say what I really feel as this is my 50th attempt to make this post, three glasses of wine later and the blurb is about to begin. I was shocked when my blogging feature made front cover of Brisbane News with the very talented Anna Spiro from Absolutely Beautiful Things. Six years ago after 17 years of marriage I was divorced with no income and very little confidence in myself and my ability, my self esteem was on an all time low and I knew I had to find a way to make an income to support my family. To cut a very long story short I opened Lily-g with no business plan,very little money but with a determination to succeed. For me it was never about the money it was to prove to myself I could do it, and in all honestly without my family and regular customers I probably would never have survived the late nights and long hours, the stress of money and trying to survive in tough economical times. The highs are dealing with the lovely people I meet every day,my staff and blogging friends, 
working with beautiful products and days like today. Thank you Lucy xx

Fashion Parade

Thursday night at 6.30pm Lily-g will be having a fashion parade showcasing Winter 2009. If you live in Brisbane and would love to attend please contact our store on 07-32179662. The night should be loads of fun, a shopping night with friends to try on all this seasons fashion while we provide you champagne, nibbles and a fashion parade with the gorgeous Viviens models, hope to see you there x

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Have A Great week-end

I would love to spend the week-end lounging around this pool, a few cocktails, a great book but instead we are painting and working in the garden, maybe next week-end, I'll keep hoping xx

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Idea's and Inspiration

I'm loving this months NZ House & Garden Magazine, like lots of house magazines you can often buy it only to be disappointed by the content and lack of inspiration but I can honestly say this does not disappoint. I often post images of grand homes but I love posting homes that are equally as beautiful, not huge, but filled with character and style.

A closer view of the inside of this quaint pool house. I will definitely use this idea in my next home.

I just love the idea of a pool house but if your funds are limited keep it small and stylish, the secret is to add walls so that you can create built in seating, add wall lights or candles creating an outdoor room that you can use and looks stylish.

I have an obsession for white timber houses (as you can tell) I want to start renovating homes as a side line Business with my partner, so I'm gathering heaps of inspiration, i'snt this home just gorgoeus? I love, love, love it and look what's in the backyard!

Now thats what a call a grown up cubby, loving the idea of the outdoor cafe in your own home, what fun entertaining. If I had the funds I would love to build this in my back yard, I can so see me serving cupcakes to eager little children on lily's birthday party or afternoon tea with my girlfriends, hubby thinking great Bar for the guys, studio/office I could go on and on....

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

L'plunge Day Spa

Its hard to believe over a year ago I worked with the very talented Karen Cash from L 'plunge Day Spa. Her dream of owning her own Day-Spa took a few years to evolve, but like most dreams it takes hard work and determination and she succeeded in creating this beautiful unique Spa in the Bayside area of Brisbane. I was asked to help her create a concept and to do the Interior Design work and to be honest she was a pleasure to work with as we both had a similar vision of creating a Spa with a difference. At the time Asian spa's were the norm, we wanted to create something different, totally unique and very girly and feminine. The pink room was catering for teenagers and girls who love pink, while the other rooms catered for both men and women. I haven't posted all the rooms as you need to see it for yourself, only the best skin care and treatments are provided and each spa experience is a unique, special experience. I have known Karen for a long time and I have always found her very inspiring, I was just thrilled to work with her and to help create her dream. visit her web-site on www.lplunge.com.au

Monday, April 20, 2009

White love

I'm blogging today slightly jet-lagged from a whirlwind shopping  trip in Hong Kong. We actually shopped till we dropped and I'm totally exhausted and now need a holiday to recover! I have come home to a very sick little girl so this will be a quick post.

I love neutral interiors for their flexibility and ease of living, the images posted are from Slettvoll, so simple and stylish and would work in most homes. I have also posted a gorgeous country kitchen and a stunning dining chair that I personally would love for my home.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Blue and White

Just a quick post before I leave for Hong Kong with my girlfriends for a week of shopping and fun! I thought I would do a post on Blue and White my all time Favourite colour scheme, some are older images from RL and recent looks from Slettvol just shows that the look is classic and timeless!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Happy Easter

 I'm spending the Easter break with my Family at home just relaxing and doing the odd day trip to the mountains, having a picnic and just spending time with the kids. Sunday we have family coming over for lunch and I have themed my table with lots of fresh flowers, silver eggs and bunny's tied with duck egg blue ribbon, pretty napkins and gorgeous cupcakes and biscuits from The Cup Cake Company to compliment my theme, problem is will they last till Sunday? I hope you all have a great Easter and lots of yummy treats too! (lily-g will be closed over the Easter break, back open on Tuesday)

Monday, April 6, 2009

Homes & Gardens

What is a beautiful home without a garden? My obsession for timber homes has been with me always. I love the character, the way they can so easily adapt to change with just a simple coat of  paint, by adding french doors or adding a guest house to compliment the character of the home. My point is that they can easily be renovated or updated without completely changing the look of your home. I think I'm rambling here but maybe the pictures speak for themselves.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Linen Sheers

This beautiful new range of sheers are a delight to work with, they create softness without block out, they look great on french doors or to soften the look of shutters. I'm using this range on a job at the moment, the client has a beautiful garden and wanted to be able to look out but still wanted to create softness to the rooms through drapes.