Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Black & White Vintage Moodboard

Love this!  

A gorgeous fashion black & white inspiration board created from a vintage school map.


Thursday, October 25, 2012

A Thursday in October

Simon & I both had today off together so had to run a few errands.  We started off at 7.30am at the Flower Markets to buy some plants for our country house.  I heard rumours of some dwarf hydrangeas (actually one of my client's last week bought them for her home and i fell inlove!).

So we bought a lifetime supply! They were grown in Queensland and after our purchase, there are only about 15 left.  The flower grower said they were a trial this season so should be seeing them around a lot more next Spring!

We also got 20 dwarf snapdragons in pinks, purples & whites.  Lucky we have someone to plant them for us! (We're city folk afterall!)

And one "normal" hygreanea, beginning to sprout.  I thought it looked so beautiful so had to get it.

On the way back, we popped in to a lovely friend's place to pick up some vintage props I bought off her... 4 vintage china plates, old wire birdcage and a Shelley wooden crate. 

By mid-morning, we went to Marrickville to visit the amazing Cornersmith Cafe. Simon did their signage a few months ago so we wanted to go back for a meal.

I got a strawberry, beetroot & honey milkshake (amazing!) and we shared some Ginger Bread with ricotta & honey.  Topped with sunflower seeds and edible flowers, the photo doesn't quite capture how amazing it looked (or tasted!).

We then headed to Waterloo for some art supplies.  Spotted this gorgeous canvas artwork being mounted on wood.

Stroll around our neighbourhood with our pug Knuckles and stumbled on this weathered gold leaf house name & number... So pretty at dusk!

Hometime meant editing some blog/writing work I am now doing for a lovely client while Simon created this sign commissioned for a magazine editorial.

Our new business cards also arrived in the mail (finally) for Ashdown & Bee and they look amazing in real life! They have curved corners on matt silky card with pops of bright yellow. Lovely! 

Off to Old Bar (near Taree) tomorrow for an extra long weekend and the cutest boy's 2nd birthday...

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Diamonds & Pearls Bridal Shower Brunch

I have been working with a lovely client over the past few weeks who was preparing her house for her daughter's pre-wedding celebrations!

With a beautiful antique-filled home, she needed some help with furniture & art placement after getting a new sofa, some old antique sofas reupholstered, new Persian rugs and English Chippendale chairs re-upholstered.

Thrilled with the results, we then moved on to planning her daughter's bridal shower/kitchen tea.  The theme was Diamonds & Pearls and it was set to be a Sunday garden brunch at their lovely home.

In the foyer of their home, guests were greeted by this terrarium display I created using glass cloches', strings of pearls & diamonds, faux moss & cherry blossom branches.

The guests weren't aware, but the silver vase in the middle of this display is actually the bombonierie/gift that they will be receiving at the wedding!

I also styled this special display.  The wall features black & white photos of the bride and groom's parents & grandparents on their wedding days, displayed in baroque style cardboard frames.

On the table we had custom napkins made as a gift for each guest.  They featured the pattern from the bride's engagement invitation and a handwritten note from the bride (with a fabric marker), tied with ribbon with a little thank you tag made by me.

The table also included silver trays with all the bombonierie/guest gifts that some immediate family members gave out at their wedding.

Beverages were displayed on this cabinet which included 2 apothecary drink dispensers, striped straws & a variety of different size glasses.  Labels were also designed by me.  Drinks included apple & mint, fresh orange juice, wildberry punch, wine, and guests were greeted at the door with a waiter (bride's brothers) serving them a glass of champagne!

Brunch was professionally catered for with hot & cold delights including some delicious Bircher muesli.... BUT the showstopper at the brunch was the sweets table.  

We included cake pops, flavoured marshmallow, white lindt balls, macarons, red velvet cupcakes, babycakes, lemon meringue cake, pear & almond tart, lemon baked cheesecake, mini meringues, sugared almonds & Lebanese/Italian sweets.

Outside we had white tables & chairs with clustered of jam jars filled with white florals.  

I tied these tags (below) that I created onto some twiggy branches for a wedding advice game which tied into our Diamonds & Pearls theme. Guests were to write their "Pearl of Wisdom" to the bride on the back of these tags.....!

Styling by Melissa Simonetta of Ashdown & Bee
Labels by Melissa Simonetta
Photos by Helen Postage

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Flea Market Finds

I love vintage! and I especially love finding unexpected beauties and reworking them and giving them new life!

Yesterday I visited a local charity store on my way home from an inspiring masterclass hosted by UK's Abigail Ahern.  I was already inspired, with my mind buzzing with design ideas - which I found to be a great frame-of-mind when stepping into a charity store or flea market because it really is like trying to a diamond in the rough!

Firstly I found this huge gold framed original artwork, with gorgeous teal mounting.  I ended up buying this ($40 whooh!) and still deciding on whether to swap the artwork (the frame is my fave part) or keep as is! My instagram followers seem to love the artwork...

Next up were these silver trays.  These ranged from $3 - $9.  I purchased one which was alot more used and less fancy which i loved, and it was only $3.... and now sits on my dresser & holds my perfume collection.

This armoire was less than $200.  I would sand back the shellac coating and paint in an teal or white and distress it...  Ikea sell a similar one in lilac that's tiny but those little legs are damn cute.  

Next up, this cabinet.  Loving those cane-esque doors!
Sand back lightly and spray with white.  Get rid of the top door for open shelving and change the knobs to gold or brass....  

Or for a standout piece, get it sprayed professionally at a car sprayer in a high gloss pink or yellow!

This baby was $170 (i think).... and I am considering going back to get it!  Perfect little console with so much detail.  Would either keep as is or get my lovely boyfriend to professionally car spray paint in a high gloss enamel.

This butter silverware was only about $8 but it's so cute and has many uses.  I didn't get this (bought alot more I haven't shown on here, including a gorgeous ginger jar lamp base, framed botanical print, 2 silver goblets and a brass skinny vase!).  

I would put this on my dressing table to store some jewellery, or on a console to keep my keys in or maybe even keep my business cards in it on my desk!

As I am freelance styling full time now (not working a dayjob anymore, hooray!) I have more time for shopping (or propping as we call it) and am also available to source any items you might be after for your home, shop or photoshoot! 

Email me any questions to info@melissasimonetta.com

Monday, October 15, 2012


Pattern love....

Abigail Ahern

Today I'm heading to The School by Megan Morton to attend Abigail Ahern's styling masterclass!! She's from the UK & only in Sydney for 2 days!

Abigail wrote the book 'A Girl's Guide to Decorating' which was the first decorating book I bought when I bought my first home & started getting into interior design.

So very excited about meeting her today!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Lamp Love

Banana leaf shades, yellow trimmed lamp base, hollywood regency style base...  need these in my life!


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