Sunday, September 23, 2012

Ellis House inspiration for the day.

Its official I am addicted to Pinterest! I could look at it for hours for wonderful inspiration for AURA and for Ellis House, our soon to be country retreat in Kyneton! I love this shot above, it's sophisticated, classically modern and well slightly European. Will this be my country look? Mixed shades of wood, beautiful mottled greys and stunning chandeliers - hmm I could think of worse looks :)
And below I found this great idea for a bathroom window treatment of using a linen table runner as a curtain - from a cool 50s house for sale.

I have found such gorgeous shots of bathroom renovations, but I am instantly relaxed looking at this shot above, I love the soft sage walls with vintage white trim, the wooden furniture and the rust curtains. Oh how I dream of lying in a Bath with a view! 

Ellis House

So not long now and we will be spending our weekends relaxing in the Country (well hardly relaxing, more like painting, gardening and decorating) and I can't wait! So over the past few weeks as well as trying to nut out the perfect paint colours, I have been busy out and about sourcing wonderful finds for the house. It is amazing what you can find when you start looking! As well as many other things I have been looking for the perfect dining table which will seat 8 for the last couple of months. We really wanted a simply styled French Farmhouse table, with character and history. I found a fantastic 19th Century English table 3 weeks ago, and wasn't sure so let it go - but it was passed in at auction so I tried my hand at auction bidding this week and I am now the very proud owner of a wonderful table with loads of history, which as it happens matches my gorgeous antique Japanese stool.

Monday, September 10, 2012

New Spring Summer Catalogue online now!

What a weekend it was in Melbourne, yesterday was a glorious sunny day spent in the garden. To launch the start of Spring our brand new AURA Spring Summer 2013 catalogue is online now. We are all very proud of the latest catalogue, and loving our new look over the top shots!

Our stunning new Peony Saffron bedlinen, below, as featured on the front cover is selling fast! Shows us that people really do update for Spring!

Peony Saffron with Maison Ruffle in Rose above, and Maison Indigo with Sari in Mango below!

Maison Ruffle in Beetroot, Spots in Beetroot and our new pure cotton Ticking Sheets in Smoke (my favourite that I have already been sleeping on at home) - they are so soft I am loving them!

I hope you enjoy the new collection, full of of exciting new ideas, discovered on our latest creative journey through India and Rajasthan. So many colours, so many new patterns. As we watched this beautiful new collection emerge from the very skilled fingers of the artisans we're so lucky to work with in India - the gifted printers and weavers and embroiderers - we realised mix and match as has always been abit of an ethos at AURA. Contemporary design matched with age-old hand-crafting techniques. Modern ideas matched with old-fashion passion.

We hope you find something you love with this new collection - As I am writing this Blog post I realise just how lucky I am to love what I do everyday....Tracie x x

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

A Melbourne Gem harnesses Feng Shui

Shot by the incredibly talented Sharyn Cairns and Styled by the Guru himself Glen Proebstel - Houzz has featured my very own house on their website titled "A Melbourne Gem harnesses Feng Shui" 
loving the title!

Ellis and her husband met with a feng shui expert before they moved into their house. "She told us that the place had a great feeling, that it was a happy place. But she also pointed out the changes we needed to make, like changing door-opening directions and moving doors, so that we could keep the good energy," says Ellis. 

Head over to their website if you would like to see more. Thank you Houzz!