Monday, March 28, 2011

Roll Up, Roll Up...


"Welcome to the Circus" Print from sunnychampagne

So this week it's about all things carnival related, starting with some circus decorating.

It can be traditional in  red and white -

Clockwise from the top left: "Red and White Room"  , Carousel Horse walldecal from tweetheartwallart, "Seiko" contemporary folk art cat doll  by cartbeforethehorse,  red circus cuckoo clock via Design Happens, personalised circus letter cushions by Deborah Sparks, "Dress Circle" hand embroidered cushion from Tara Badcock and "Circus" and "Stripe" wallpaper by Catherine Martin (image via: Palatial Living)

yellow, blue and bright -

Top row: "The Circus is in Town" mini print by blackoutwell, "Circus" print by Judykaufmann,  yellow striped chair from the lil bee and Catherine martin's "Circus" and "Stripe" wallpaper (image via: Palatial Living)

Bottom row:  baby room by k.f.d designs, yellow sewn paper circus flag garland via Hank + Hunt and Vintage Mid Century Sawdust Circus Clown from TeamRuster

maybe you prefer a circus noir -

Top row: hats as decor via Apartment Therapy, "Circus Bear" print available from Idaimfille, sheets from Sin in Linen

Middle row: "Big Top" Letterpress Alphabet Cards by YeeHaw, elephant light switch plate

Bottom row: black and white "circus" bathroom (image via: odietmablog), "Red Clown" by reneemichele, Jester the Matryoska Pillow Doll by MadGypsy, "Carnival Fun" mixed media assemblage by YesterdaysTrashArt and off to the side, black and white room via Black.White.Yellow

or something pink and pretty -

Clockwise from the top left: "Blushing Lion" by gypsyandtwink, Sleeping chicken on unicycle by MaFelt, pink table top clock via sweetretreatkids, Circus Pink Bedding from Linenstore-UK,"When the Circus Came" print by prettylittlethieves, pink circus pillow, Charn and Company Circus Pink Long Pendant, pink and white dresser found via Never Without: Another Blog to Love and "Peter Cottontail" garlend from PotterandButler

or maybe vintage is more your scene -

Vintage Circus Hamper available from Little Miss Heirlooms, "Circus" wire cage via Etsy, wire chair sculpture from the Behance Network, Carousel Number 1 by Debauxsouveniers, mixed media paintings by marysgranddaughter, Vintage Chein Tin Litho Circus Elephant found on eBay, "Circus" cushion by Daniel Heath and vintage juggler's batons available from Hitched

So there you have it,  some circus decorating fun for everyone!

Most happiest of Mondays to you,
Stephie x

Friday, March 25, 2011

Things have been a little bit...

hectic here at ChezB this week and, I for one, am really looking forward to the weekend!

But before I sign off for the week and because it's been a while since I posted about a party, today I thought I'd share with you a birthday celebration that I put together a little while ago.

The brief was to find a venue in the city which had water views and could easily accommodate one hundred guests. After a bit of searching, I found the perfect place looking out over our beautiful harbour.

 Although it's not too inspiring to look at when it's not in use -

Here's what it looked like on the night -

rather nice in black and white!

It was a perfect Autumn evening with lots of fairy lights and candles and pretty flowers and butterflies. Here are a few more details -

I hope this weekend you find something ( however big or small!) to celebrate,
Stephie x

Monday, March 21, 2011

It's a little bit funny...

that I really don't like moustaches on guys (sorry!) but when it comes to them being used in ways artistic, suddenly I'm a big fan.

There are "staches" for walls -

Top row: moustache vinyl wall decal by kathwren, moustache poster by HamptonRoadDesigns

Bottom row:  Moustache embroidery hoop wall art by squackdoodle, "Groucho" photo print by capow and "Know Before You Grow" 100 moustaches for you to grow via gretchyisadinosaur

and for around the home -

Clockwise from top left: moustache embroidered pillow cover from thehandmadefair ,   moustache pillow "Sophisticate" by freakyfleece, stemless wine glasses by modernmadness, moustache mug set by Urban Antix, Moustache Man in Bowler Hat from digitaldlite and handpainted moustache egg stand set from kaoriglass

"Staches" to help you accessorise -

Clockwise from top left: Moustache/Beard Laptop decal by Elfie Lenor, "Got Stache?" tote bag by LittleAngelsJewelry, Movember "I Love Moustache" button pack from sprocketbox, mirror moustaches and "Identify a Stache" magnet set available from hownice

and, of course, "staches" of the non hairy kind to wear -

From the top left: yummypocket's "Fancy Moustache Pin", ,moustache mittens by SarahVonKim , moustache love necklace by Isette,  neckwarmer with moustache from Studio Cybele, moustache hankie by avrilloreti, moustache on a stick by somethingshidinghere and Isette's moustache ring

And, finally, where would we be without a little lesson in history?

from Etsy seller inkspills. I think I need to get this, I love it!

 So there it is, some moustache fun for you on a Monday!

Stephie x

Friday, March 18, 2011

This week....

 I, for one, have struggled to come to grips with the enormity of the disaster in Japan.

On Monday I quoted about hope and faith. Wednesday's post was devoted to green in honour of St Patrick's Day. Although it was not my intention that these two posts be related,  when my lovely friend Kena pointed out that green is the colour of hope, I decided that today I'd take a look at the colour traditionally associated with faith which is -

 In particular artists whose works feature blue and who are donating proceeds from the sale of their works to disaster relief in Japan -

Clockwise from top left: "Paper Boats" original photography print by LAccentNou, "Watch Your Step" fine art photo print by abcdimages, salt fired tumbler by ippuku, "Butterfly in Whimsical Garden" in green and blue by studionocoro, Envelope Collection Collage by erindollar, "If Aunt Fernanda was a Chair..." print by ohriginals, "Boat Reflex" photograph and "Blue Egg" photograph 

 Top row: "Little Explorer I" print by cakewithgiants,  "Japan Be Strong" print by GreenOptimist, "Love by Water" print by olivedear

Bottom row: "Celebration Life" print by zime, "Butterfly in Whimsical Garden" print, "Polar" print by zime

There are many other artists also donating proceeds from the sale of their works and all of them should be applauded for their generosity. It's nice I think to be able to purchase a beautiful piece of art that can remind you that both you and the artist have helped Japan to get back on their feet after such a terrible disaster.

May this weekend see you treasure the little things,
Stephie x

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

It’s not easy being…



Clockwise from top left : image via LeenTheGraphicsQueen, "I Love You from Here to Dublin" fine art pint by hopskipjumppaper, "Green Chair and grapevines" by whimsylove, "Great Greens"garland by MadeMary, "Party Combo" by SimplyArt, cotton basket in green by tehlia and "Whimsical Wild Flowers" fine art photograph by lingeron

"Binary Clover" by yayforfidgetart

"Lá Fhéile Pádraig Sona Daoibh"

Stephie x

Monday, March 14, 2011

"Hope is...

                 faith holding out its hand in the dark"
                                        (George Iles)

I hope that those who are suffering will not lose faith and will find the strength to prevail.

Stephie x

Image via: Jude McConkey

Friday, March 11, 2011

This weekend...

I hope you can find some time -

to drift away -

with the clouds for a little while!

See you next week,
Stephie x

"Playhouse" images via Dietrich Wegner. His work is pretty amazing, don't you think?!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011


clouds for around the home!

Image via: Paco Pictures

Now I am not advocating that we should all go "cloud crazy" on the domestic front but after doing a little digging I have found some rather cool and contemporary pieces which I think would look great when used within the right context.

There are clouds for sitting -

Image via: While I work

and for lounging -

Cloud Sofa. Designed to look like it's floating! I love it! Via: The Design Blog

Clouds for resting drinks on -

"Cloud" table available from here

for storage -

Cloud Shelves by ibride

Available from Kiosk

for overhead -

Image via: designboom

Image via: Design Milk

and, of course, for resting your head -

"Cloud Bed" by Courtney Scott, image via Flickr

 See what I mean?!

And for those of you who might like to be a bit more adventurous, why not look at building yourself a cloud house? Seriously!

"Cloud House" image via here

"Cloud House Office" via:  Vida Futura

Maybe now you feel inspired to get a little "cloudy" at your place!

 Hope your Wednesday is wonderful,
 Stephie x

Monday, March 7, 2011

Every Silver Lining...

has a cloud!

I know they can sometimes have ominous connotations but for me there is nothing nicer than a sunny blue sky littered with lovely white clouds. They look so comforting, like you could just curl up and have a little rest in them. So today...

let's look at clouds of the fluffy, friendly variety!

Clouds can be pretty and porcelain -

From top left: Happy Rain Cloud sculpture by PearsonMaron, Summer Cloud porcelain brooches, cloud tumbler by deepfired, cloud cup by villarrealceramics, "Six Clouds in the Sky" ceramic hand tile,  cloud window bowl by paper boat press, Snow Cloud necklace, miniature cloud factory

soft and cuddly -

From left to right:  Cloud cushion with gulls by lovemaki, knitted cloud cushions by elsyandvine, Moln cloud cushion, Cloud pillow with embroidery by bonjouralbane, Little Cloud cushion by poppyandted, "Hug A Cloud" by goodbyebluemonday

and they can adorn your walls -

 From left to right: Cloud Nine Garland by bunnyfuzz, "Rain Clouds" reusable wall stickers, Grey Cloud mobile by lepetitpapillon, Sophie's White Cloud paper garland, Crocheted clouds by stellamaria ,Woolly Rain Cloud by IgFrog, Sunshine and Showers mobile

There are clouds for girls -

Top left - "Let Go" print by ilovedoodle, bottom left - "Claudia and Her Pet Cloud" print by Thepaperboat , centre - "Through the Trees" by AFancifulTwist, top right - "My Red Umbrella" print by carambatack, bottom right - "Head in the Clouds" by lauraamiss

and some for boys -

"Little Explorer I" by cakewithgiants,  "Cloud Carrier" by allicoate, "Dad Makes Spaghetti Clouds" print by vireta

They can be educational too -

A Pictorial Guide to Emotions by themooncraft

Whichever way you look at them, I think that there is some "cloudy" goodness for everybody - I hope you found this guide to Nephology most useful!

Happy Monday,
Stephie x

Friday, March 4, 2011

This weekend...

may you -

Print available from slidesideways

I am off to enjoy a glass (or two!) of bubbles with some friends by the pool. I hope you can "escape" somewhere for a little while too!

See you next week,
Stephie x

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Let's ...


Image via: Oryana

I don't know about the rest of you but I am very glad that summer is almost over here in Australia. It's been very long and very, very hot! At last, we can breathe a sigh of relief and look forward to some cooler autumn days. And for those of you on the other side of the globe I know that the warmer spring days can't come quickly enough for you! So...

what better way to celebrate being able to venture back into the great outdoors without sustaining third degree burns or frostbite than  to escape to somewhere pretty with a picnic in tow!

You can make it simple and rustic -

Images via: Diamond Dame, Design*Sponge, jacinandpat, etsy,, Design *Sponge and Santa Barbara Chic

or vintage retro -

Images via: C. Dianne Zweig, eBay, Gather and Nest, Snug in a Dub, mylittlesweatshop, C. Dianne Zweig

A little bit beachy -

Clockwise from the top left: The Tablescaper, Fashezine, a simple life afloat, kitchenisms, Chicago Wedding Photography, A Beach Cottage and countrydays

or find a pretty green patch somewhere -

Travelling clockwise from the top: M'sArtImpressions, 5 Crown Kabinky, Design* Sponge, new(e)gear, M'sArtImpressions, Dreamstime and Folksy

You really don't even have to travel at all. It can be as simple as taking a blanket and some food into your own backyard-

Images via: kitchenisms, Academy Fence Company, Marry You  Me, Martha Stewart, the solecism of the chubby dodo and Flickr

There's lots of ways to "get away", so why don't you plan an "escape" of your own for this weekend?!

Stephie x