obsessed

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You know that niggling feeling of when you spot something you want and you say to yourself  ‘oh jane you don’t need that ‘ and you put it back. Then you go home and you think and think and think about it. And you kick yourself for not getting said thing. Because you can’t just go back and get it because it was second hand and you know it’ll be snapped up and gone already. It’s like being outbidded by 50c on an item in the very last nano second on ebay – you would have gone higher but you didn’t. And then it was gone. No win for you. well there was this set of pristine vintage champagne glasses – the wide ones. And I am mourning my loss of them, I want them so bad. Anyone got any rose or gold rim ones for me? come on…someone must! What are you obsessing over at the moment? Jane x

Room Salvation 06 : Violet

I have hit the six month mark with these Room Salvation’s – as you can imagine I am pretty happy with that. Living my decorating needs vicariously through you all! And with the lovely feedback I get from the recipients I am pretty sure all you guys are loving the virtual makeovers as well. Although, in saying that my folder of future room salvations is running a little low and I need to get some more – so have you got a room for me? are you in? If so, get in contact with me. I would love a laundry or bathroom space….Have a think about it, now let’s get onto this fresh tween space that is need of a little colour and personality. Violet’s room has a good solid base - white walls, simple dark carpet, ample robe and a great big window letting the sun shine in (and wake her up at 11am - oh the drama) It even has my favourite white inoffensive roller window shade. Now all it needs is some salvation style spunk.

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the project

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I get around you know. Well I don’t really. If I had more time I would, as I love me some TV appearances, you know being an actress and all. And The Project is just one of those gigs I love because it covers my favourite things to do – get my blow wave on, get my face on, get my opinions on and just chat. And another thing – Yay! schools back and Im back on the radio. Told you I get around. Jane x

2 weeks

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Jeez I love school holidays. Actually not just school breaks – any breaks. A public holiday, tack it on after a sunday and I am pumped. I’ll take any time off I can get, any day I don’t have to set my alarm to an ungodly hour is a good day in my book. And two blissful weeks full of it. Living the dream. I snuck away and caught up on holiday house chores, sleeping, making cupcakes for the kid, hanging with the cat and just sitting about. I think I have earned myself a good restful break and I have taken it. And damn it – it just went by so fast.

I’m already getting into work mode even though I have two more days to go. I’ve got a lot on my plate in the new few months, I am currently working on my new range which will be launch at the Big Design Market in December and yeah sure it seems miles away but things take f o r e v e r. OK, and maybe I take forever. I am trying to find the perfect gold trim – and can I find it? No. Will I settle for less? No.

So second half of the year, game on. Jane x

ask an expert : tahn scoon

Today’s expert is the super classy and creative Tahn Scoon. A Queensland based stylist and consultant and writer – she also manages to run styling work shops and has re-released her fantastic book New Vintage. Woah. Over achieving much? Yeah, but that’s the way I like my experts to be!! I asked Tahn to share some tips for decorating kids spaces. Now you know I think I am a decorator, and rearranging my kids room is one of the funnest things to do. But as my girl get’s older I am finding it a struggle find that happy medium between my taste and hers. Luckily she loves pink as much as I do, but we are walking the fine line between teen and adult and I want her to have a space that’s fun but not too baby, that’s bright but not to garish. I figure it’s is only a few more years (if that) that I am allowed into her space at all so I may as well continue making my mark!! Tahn shares with us some fantastic tips on making a creative space for kids. Enjoy, Jane x

Creative Kid’s Rooms – Top Three Tips

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Tip 1: Wallpaper: Wallpaper adds instant colour, movement and personality! Whilst I’m not a fan of feature walls generally, they work wonderfully in kids’ rooms – in fact wallpapering all four walls may be too much (design and cost wise), so one wall is perfect. If you want a more subtle impact, select a design with a soft white background and paint the remaining walls in the same shade of white. However, if you want a bigger impact, feel free to contrast, as in this image. This is one of my all time favourite children’s rooms, it is divine! French of course (sigh, aren’t they all!). The wallpaper is amazing – and so is the vintage crib, painted in gold by the looks. (Pic: Le Boulicant). Talking about paint, if you can’t afford wallpaper – try painting some stripes straight onto the wall, as this client did – all you need is masking tape and a steady hand! (And a quick tip, make sure you use the proper removable masking tape that’s especially designed for painting, that way the paint shouldn’t bleed through and will come off in one easy piece). (Pic: Anastasia Kariofyllidis).

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