As is always the case when we travel the world, whether on a plane or through the screen, getting exposed to ideas that hail from much farther than our own backyards teaches us new things. Such is the case with these Australian blogs: we find common ground with our design-driven friends and we pick up inspiration that we can bring back home and into our homes. Come take a trip with me through three favorite blogs from Australia.
Sarah from A Beach Cottage moved from England to Australia and has been chronicling the renovation of her cottage since 2009 (pictured above). Looking through the dreamy photos of her home makes us ponder a sea-change of our own. A Beach Cottage shows how a strong design vision anchors a years-long, whole-house DIY and informs the smaller projects that add up to such an undertaking. From sharing the treasures she finds while "junking," offering tips for an entryway makeover, or giving us a before and after tour of her whole place, Sarah's aesthetic is soothing and lovely. If you're drawn to vintage chic and enjoy the transformative power of white paint, head on over to A Beach Cottage.
Melbourne-based blogger Kristine of The Painted Hive is a DIY-er who's "just like us" and makes us feel like we can roll up our sleeves and make things to make our homes beautiful too. Take the abstract art above. Kristine made it! And she walks us through in a tutorial with super-fun steps: the base, the streams, the daubs, and the focus. It sounds almost metaphysical. Her how-to projects get more electrical and technical as well, as when she explains how she turned a desk lamp into a wall light or made her own floating bookshelves. This self-taught mother isn't afraid to use the drill, and with her impeccable and beautiful step-by-steps, you won't be either.
This is a peek at Viv's son's room and a perfect introduction to the rest of her work, showcased on Ish & Chi. Full of insider interviews with Australian designers and ongoing updates of her own home, Ish & Chi is chock-full of drool-worthy eye candy. I can't get Viv's home office out of my head, and you'd be hard-pressed not to find something that inspires you over in her cheery light-filled space.