Urban Walls

January 15, 2015

I recently had the opportunity to try out some of the fun wall decals from Urban Walls, and I must say I've been impressed. If you're in the market for livening up your walls, but, like me, you're a total commitment-phobe when it comes to wallpaper, paint and other very permanent decorating options, Urban Walls are your guys. I was on the lookout for some fun decals for the boys' room and found their little hello and chalkboard decals particularly sweet. I am the official 'Fun Police' and don't let the boys have free-reign on the chalkboard (I foresee chalk scrawls extending on the walls way past the chalkboard perimeters!) but I love it for writing little weekly memos for them to ponder on. The Urban Walls range is extensive, so be prepared to be overwhelmed with wall-adorning options, but there are so many fun ideas for kids rooms - you can be as creative as you like, and still keep all those permanency-phobias in check. Kate x

{ All photographs by Kate Paillat }

Our Home Tour on Design*Sponge

September 24, 2014

I was so honoured to have a sneak peek of our lil' old London flat featured on (blog royalty!) Design*Sponge last week. For those of you who follow me on Instagram, this is probably old news (sorry!) but I had so many lovely comments from readers wanting to know where I had sourced a lot of things in our home, so I felt like a little tour here with a few more details was in order. It's taken a lot of patience and creativity to make our little rental our own, and there are so many things I still have in store for her, but for now I'll sit back and admire how far we've come. You can read the full article on Design*Sponge here. Kate x

{ All photographs by Kate Paillat }

Australian Aboriginal artwork, "Untitled" by Lady Dixon Nimarra; Kantha blankets Gypysa; Recycled plastic rug Fab Habitat; Red check basket Oxfam; Bolga basket Mozi; Jute bowl Table Tonic; Danish teak tallboy Great Dane; Bear & Bird print by Gennine; Turn Off Your Computer print by Laura Berger; World Map Paper2; Animal portraits Berkley Illustration; Dream Catcher Made by Mosey; Dog cushion Robin & Mould; Paper toy sacks Uashmama; Backpack Fjallraven; Saucer chair, Australia print and children's chair - all vintage.

Top: Australian Aboriginal artwork, titled 'Bush Plum - Aweyle', by Lena Pwerle; Sofa bed Muji; Cable knit throw Country Road; Woven ottomans IKEA. Middle: Australian Aboriginal artwork, titled 'Water Dreaming', by Maureen Hudson Nampijinpa; Dining table & chairs Ercol. Bottom: Australian Aboriginal artwork, titled 'My Father's Country', by Mitjilli Napparula; Danish teak tallboy by Great Dane; Bolga Basket Mozi; Velvet armchair - vintage.

Toaster Dualit; Handwash Aesop; Tea towel Fog Linen; Australian Aboriginal artwork, titled 'Bird Dreaming', by Janelle Eggley Napaltjarri; Bentwood Ash bed Muji; Sidetables IKEA; Knit throw Country Road; Danish chair - vintage.

A few lovely things

July 29, 2014

Summer is in full swing here in London and the city is abuzz. We are never short of things to see and do here and, while I find all the seasons have their charms, Summer is particularly lovely. It's so nice to have the windows open, the duvets off and toes out in sandals. Here are a few lovely things I've had out around our home, keeping things summery and making me smile.

1. Aesop has long been one of my favourite beauty brands, and their Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm is a year-round must-have for me, but during these warmer months I've been loving their Purifying Exfoliating Paste too.
2. My gorgeous friend hand-makes these divine Primrose Hill Candles. Made with soy wax and the most luxurious combinations of aromatic essential oils, they're an instant pick-me-up. I'm currently burning their limited edition The Beach - a delicious mix of coconut and vanilla - and being transported to tropical paradise.
3. I'm gradually phasing out my old bath towels in favour of these Turkish Peshtemal. Light, quick-drying and folding-up to nothing (and moonlighting as a picnic rug!), they're a no brainer. Mine are from Atolyia, but you can also find a large selection on Etsy.
4. I try to make a monthly pilgrimage to worship at the temple of Liberty - seriously, this store can do no wrong. With a new niece in the family, I'm delighted to have an excuse to buy their covetable Liberty florals. Her name is Rose, how can I resist?!
5. Last, but certainly not least, the old English Rose cliché is alive and well. At this time of year, there isn't a single rose that doesn't stop me in my tracks. These fluorescent orange beauties, rambling on our street, took my breath away.

Hope you're enjoying the season, wherever you are!

{All photographs by Kate Paillat for Maurice & King.}

Around London

June 16, 2014

It's been 5 months since we left the shores of sunny Sydney for greener pastures in London. Firstly, let me apologise for the extreme lack of blogging here. A major international move with two children under four sure took it's toll on my creative energy, and any "spare time" was usually spent horizontal somewhere wondering when the dust would settle. Alas, here I am! The dust is now settled (and in serious need of dusting) and we're feeling more at home in our new urban surroundings than ever.

We've landed in a particularly pretty part of town, but London has been such a visual feast since the day we arrived, with little hidden street scenes, climbing roses, vintage cars and colourful bikes on every street corner. I feel more tapped-in to my surroundings than ever. For those of you who have been following me on Instagram, you may have seen some of these images before, but I really enjoyed putting together this little re-cap of pictures I've snapped around London. They make me feel so lucky to be a part of this vibrant, visual city.

{All photographs by Kate Paillat for Maurice & King.}


October 28, 2013

It's not unlike me to have an ongoing selection of items on the "Need It Now" list, but lately, this list has needed its own index. There's just so much covetable stuff out there and so many talented, indie designers making truly beautiful items, often by hand, always with love. The limited edition Homestead print by Beauchamping is currently ranking number 1 (everything in this store deserves some wallspace), followed closely by a selection of delicately divine yellow gold rings by Jenni Kwon. Despite the blazing heat here, I'm still going to go ahead and buy these boots by Dieppa Restrepo, because they're, quite simply, perfection. Oh, and I'll take anything in a buffalo check at the moment. Anything.

{01. Homestead Print by Beauchamping (via Living With Kids), 02.  Dieppa Restrepo Mer Boots, 03. Gold Rings by Jenni Kwon Design, 04. Small Batch Production Linen Dish Towel.}

Etsy Scout : Spring

September 3, 2013

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Spring has sprung in Sydney. Although, in a wondrous stroke of luck, we never really had a Winter. Although it seems the sun is always shining on this city, it's the smaller details, like the smell of newly blossoming jasmine and the chatter on the street of morning swims and warmer water, that makes this time of year abuzz. There are so many lovely, Springy wares on Etsy, but these four were playing so nicely together I thought they deserved some air time.

Colour Code: Mono

June 24, 2013

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In stark contrast to my colour-filled posts of late, but after a weekend of torrential rain and grey skies, a monotone colour code post seemed fitting. Eternally chic, despite its lack of hue.
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