Thursday, July 26, 2012

Sirenuse Hotel, Amalfi Coast, Italy


Today The Decorista blog featured the Sirenuse Hotel in Positano on the Amalfi Coast in Italy and I fell inlove as soon as I saw the pictures!!  Here are a few extra  shots of this amazing hotel in the ultimate location....

p.s Taking my boyfriend to this hotel & restaurant when I go back to Amalfi!













Vintage Bahamas Tablescape

Have you heard of One Kings Lane?  It's an online sales website based in the USA, much like our very own Australian based Temple & Webster and Dalani Home & Living.  Discounted prices on designer furniture, decor, art & lifestyle products. One Kings Lane also has a vintage section which I lovvveee!! 

Today I made my first purchase from One Kings Lane after seeing these items and dreaming of a bahamas inspired tablescape! (Note - They don't ship to Australia as yet, but you could try a mail forwarding service if you don't have any US contacts! Luckily my sister now lives in NYC)

Bamboo-Inspired 20-Piece Set
20 Piece bamboo cutlery set.  May paint the handles... or leave vintage green...

Set of 4 Rattan Placemats, Mocha
4 piece round rattan placemats

Inspired by both my favourite banana leaf vintage wallpaper, and a shoot I worked on for Domayne with Shannon Fricke a couple of weeks ago which was themed Vintage Bahamas.

I plan on creating a table setting by mixing these pieces with some of my personal prop collection including quirky nature plates I bought in NY last year from Anthropologie, vintage gold napkin holders, cane furniture & vintage wooden boxes from an online garage sale...... with lots of huge green leaves, palms and exotic summer fruit.


Natural World Dessert Plates #anthropologie 

  


And now for some visual inspiration (especially for those of us freezing in this Sydney weather.... )

Palm wallpaper
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My 'Kingfisher' prints in the home of the very stylish Megan
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chinoiserie wallpaper, brass chandelier
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Martinique Wallpaper
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Rue Magazine (May 2012  Issue). Photography by Belathee Photography. Design by Cassandra Lavalle.

Martinique wallpaper @ Nikki Hilton's apartment

Colin Cowie Bamboo Style 20-piece Gold-Plated Flatware Set at HSN.com.
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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

New Props & Things Around The Home

Some golden scissors for styling & other projects from Peponi Home in Leura. Such a beautiful store which you should check out if ever in the Blue Mountains!


Purple kale and green blossoms from a shoot and 4 new genuine bentwood dining chairs with floral Sanderson fabric 


Picked up this tuffed dusty pink vintage loveseat for our loungeroom (and shoots!) from Reverse Garbage in Marrickville for $100!  Very lucky find! (Shown with cushions from Ada & Darcy & Sheridan and a Gorman Throw)


These green vintage wooden crates give Simon's metal records a new home.  Garage sale find for $10 each! 



Finally put these ginger jar prints up. Frameless. Perfect against the matt black walls.



Vintage tea set from a local online garage sale! $5-$10 a piece!  



My mismatching patterned dinner set keeps growing! Lots from my visit to Anthropologie in New York (which now ships to Australia!) mixed in with some vintage and store-bought finds.



These bowls are so tiny (like salt bowl tiny) and are now added to my collection of blue & white china!  Handmade in Vietnam and purchased from the Oxfam shop in Broadway.


And finally, a mini photoshoot of me for a magazine I'm a contributor for! More on that in a couple of weeks......

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Prop Styling

It's been a busy month for styling in June with a few exciting projects I was lucky enough to style!

First up was a fashion shoot with aussie actor Sarah Snook in an amazing studio with such character!  Can't wait to share the final shots!  (Sarah also has an article in the latest Harpers Bazaar as a "One to Watch!")

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melissa simonetta stylist

melissa simonetta stylist


 I also styled a house in the inner west for a tv advertisement for the Cancer Council's Girls Night In!  The Cancer Council approached me at a time when I found out an extremely close person to me was diagnosed with cancer (same day infact!) so I feel really honoured to have worked on this project.

Gorgeous products thanks to Vanessa at Lived In Coogee, Kellie at Ada & Darcy and Carla from Bellezza Interiors (as well as my own ever-growing collection of props and homewares!)


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melissa simonetta stylist

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melissa simonetta stylist

melissa simonetta stylist



Last week I assisted the lovely Shannon Fricke on an advertising shoot for Domayne in a beautiful home at Palm Beach in Sydney.

Here's a few shots outside the location in the early morning and late afternoon.... 


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...and finally, some leftover Bahamas style props at my home which look unreal against my black walls.



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All photos taken by me with my iphone/instagram

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