On the Third day of Christmas…

I generally love anything with marble, especially if it comes with some sort of metallic features. This coffee table from West Elm has a real 30′s Deco feel to it. Probably also why I love it.
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On the Fourth day of Christmas

As an avid ‘coffee table book’ collector, I can attest to their ornamental beauty. To be admired on Saturday mornings with a cuppa, they are also a brilliant conversation starter when entertaining. Some of the latest I’m lusting over for Christmas are below.
BooksThe Art of the Interior: Timeless Designs by the Master Decorators, by Barbara Stoeltie (Published 29th October 2013)
Peter Lindbergh: Images of Women, by Martin Harrison (Published 30th May 2013)
The Great Fashion Designers at Home, by Ivan Terestchenko (Published 11th Nov 2013)
Tom Ford, by Bridget Foley and Tom Ford (Published 4th November 2008)
Obsessive Creative by Collette Dinnigan (Published 23rd October 2013)

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On theSeventh day of Christmas…

At first glance, they may look like potato slices, but they’re not…
They are, in fact, Jonathan Adler’s divine agate coasters. You’ll never be scratching that glass table with your martini glass again.
Jonathan Adler agate coasters

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On the Eighth day of Christmas…

People are so keen to keep furniture and fixtures minimalist these days, and in a neutral palette. Simple updates to decor via styling items and accessories can make a world of difference to the space, giving it a sense of time and style. I’m currently obsessing over rugs. What a way to freshen up a room! You can get some horribly cheap ones out there that pill and smell like a factory for too long after leaving the shipping container. But you can also get some extremely beautiful ones made from wool and silk. Most of the gorgeous geometrics below are from Fenton & Fenton, who never fail to do a good graphic rug. These guys are constantly updating their collection online and you can even custom design your own via their website. Designer Rugs’ collections are always incredible. I’m currently loving  the designer collaboration with Easton Pearson. Their striking florals (below) are  made from New Zealand wool, viscose and silk.


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On the Eleventh day of Christmas…

There may be dozens of replica’s out there, but nothing beats the real deal.  Jason Miller’s antler light’s have been ripped off repeatedly by the big retailers, and more recently his Modo chandeliers are also being reincarnated in cheaper materials. Genuine Jason Miller lighting designs are available to order through Roll & Hill at Space Furniture.
JasonMillerModopendantJason Miller ‘Modo’ chandelier available at

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Marino, the Great

PeterMarinoAll clad in buckled leather pants, biker boots, and harnessed up with bondage straps across his torso, Peter Marino doesn’t appear to be your typical architect. The lines between fashion, interiors and art continue to blur as time goes by, and so it’s no surprise that one of the architectural industry’s most recognised and influential figures would have success in conceptualising some of the world’s most notable high fashion retail spectacles. He’s also worked on a number of hotel penthouses/ presidential suites and numerous private residential projects worldwide. Most retail spaces are viewed by brands as an opportunity to market the ‘experience’ of what the label is about- a bonus in having a stand-alone boutique with a visible shop-front. So extreme has retail design become, that many stores are now a tourist destination. I remember visiting the Prada store on Rodeo Drive back in 2007, and being completely overwhelmed by it’s brilliance. It was so vast, so balanced, so fresh in it’s layout and design that it felt like I was encountering something new- it seemed no expense had been spared, and I was sold on the Prada experience. 

The number of awards he’s won and his level of prestige contributes to the success of an architect like Peter Marino. Each label that he and his staff of 160 work with, some examples which include  premium luxury fashion houses like CHANEL, Louis Vuitton, Zegna and Loewe, get the complete Marino treatment; a stunning fashion statement through beautiful design, a fresh approach to use of modern materials fixtures and fittings, an experience true to the brands’ heritage and an impressively high bar set for architectural retail space standards. Think grand curved staircases surrounding a gigantic pendant of clustered lights representing a pearl necklace, the fusion of raw finishes like wood or rattan flanked by traditional stonework, a reflective metallic wall feature spanning the full height of a four story staircase, floor to ceiling shelving, or LED screens displaying the work of upcoming artists.

The Melbourne Chanel boutique in Flinders Lane had its alterations entrusted to Peter Marino, and two days ago the new store was opened with an additional floor and the creation of a roof top garden. To celebrate the opening of the boutique, a limited edition Boy CHANEL handbag has been specifically designed by Karl Lagerfeld for the occasion with the Melbourne customer in mind.

CHANEL Melbourne Flinders Lane Boutique, designed by Peter Marino

CHANEL Melbourne Flinders Lane Boutique, designed by Peter Marino

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Becker Minty X Kelly Wearstler

Sydney homewares dynamo Jason Minty of Becker Minty knows a thing or two about impeccable taste. The Becker Minty attraction  is like a jewel box of wild and wonderful things for those obsessed with home decor and anything aesthetically pleasing really. ModaMaison gets to know Jason Minty, as he prepares to launch Kelly Wearstler jewellery exclusively to BeckerMinty this October.
Jason Minty and ModaMaison have a common link in that we have both long been a fans of the all-round West Coast super-power Kelly Wearstler. Her widely celebrated Modern-Glam style makes her the Dame of Interior Design and a regular on Best Dressed lists. I have no idea how she finds the time, but along with collaborating with some of the design industries biggest names, Wearstler produces a collection of ready-to-wear, jewelry, furniture, wallpapers and trims, home accessories and objects d’art based on the vibrancy of her interiors, which includes residential interiors for the most prominent players in the worlds of art, business and entertainment.

Jason Minty with Kelly Wearstler in Paris.

Jason Minty with Kelly Wearstler in Paris.

MM: Who are you?
JM: I’m Jason Minty, founding partner and co-owner of the Becker Minty stores.

MM: What are two things about Jason Minty we probably wouldn’t know?
JM: I was in Tiananmen Square the night before the massacre in 1989. I had been an AFS exchange student to Malaysia in 1987 and that led to me studying Chinese in Tianjin.I had to get myself out of China very quickly and with no communication – it was a very interesting time.

MM:Tell us why you love what you do.
JM: Sourcing and discovering pieces for the stores, creating the look of  Becker Minty – it makes me smile every day. There is nothing more fulfilling than watching someone pick up one of my discoveries and seeing it resonate with them. I love it when people ‘get’ my aesthetic.

MM: Describe the Becker Minty aesthetic in one sentence.
JM: Maximalist interiors with a touch of the unexpected.

MM: Where in the world do you find most of your style inspiration?
JM: Globally, I love exploring NYC and Paris. I know everyone says that, but it’s only a cliché because its true.

MM: What brought about the introduction of Kelly Wearstler’s products to Becker Minty?
JM: I had long been a fan of her bold, textured colourful style.  I love her books, and I love staying in the hotels she has designed. I’d been to her store and knew there could be a fantastic connection with Becker Minty. When I was in LA earlier this year I went to Kelly’s office to talk about bringing her products to Australia, and was very flattered to learn that Becker Minty was on their target list for Australia, that they had already scoped my store out and knew the brand fit was good. Then, when I was in Paris last month I met up with Kelly which was another delightful and positive experience.

Kelly Wearstler jewellery, available at Becker Minty

MM: Demand is high for the upcoming release of the Kelly’s jewellery line to Becker Minty and you’ve upgraded your web orders. In your opinion, why has Kelly Wearstler developed such a cult following, and what makes her so successful as a designer?
JM: She takes risks and creates spaces/jewellery pieces which are bold and confident. She’s one of the first contemporary interior designers who successfully merges different design periods and she does it so well. She pulls the look together with colour, texture and pattern which is similar to what we do at Becker Minty.  We merchandise looks often based on a colour palette or a design style.  Kelly Wearstler interiors or jewellery pieces are not for the shy, but rather those who like to make a statement.

MM: What can we look forward to in the future?
JM: The Kelly Wearstler jewellery collections will arrive in store this month. Then from next month we’ll be adding her decorative objects and home wares. Including the most amazing Head Trip sculpture – each one unique and signed by Kelly. They’re so special, the first one to arrive I’d kill to keep for myself.  And of course we are also looking ahead to a visit to Australia by Kelly herself.

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Decorate it with deco

Some of the latest deco-themed inspiration to trim your interior. All available to buy now.

Wild Brumbie’s print: ( )Side table: ( )
‘Beat’ tail light: ( )
White chair: ( )
Graphic cushion: ( )
Deco cushion: ( )
Zigzag ‘Orvault’ cushion: Missoni Home from( )
Bejewelled wine stopper: ( )
Arca Collezione horns: (
Graphic chair: ( )
Mirror: ( )
‘Hue’ by Kelly Wearstler book: ( )
Black buffet: ( )
Hand-carved skull with bronze eye: ( )
‘Universal’ dhurrie rug: ( )

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Embracing Gatsby style

Art Deco is all about symmetry and balance, so it’s no surprise that it resonates with me. It’s been my favourite period since I remember learning all about it way back in fashion college. Maybe it’s the bold geometric shapes that I love, or the lavish over-the-top ornamentation.
The Art Deco movement began at about 1908 in Europe and remained popular until about the end of World War II. The Chrysler building in New York, of 1928, is a beautiful example of art deco architecture.
What forms the Art Deco signature? Look for curved lines contrasting with sharp lines. Repetition of everything including lines, trims, shapes. Geometric versions of motifs representing nature like suns, shells, waterfalls, and leaves.
Because travel during the Art Deco period was popular, the interiors were often influenced by the colour palettes and textures from global surrounds. Think Egyptian pyramids and the types of materials seen on African safari like animal skins, ivory and mother of pearl. A typical Art Deco interior would posess bold patterned wall coverings, black and white vinyl check flooring or parquetry, linear cut fireplaces, grand curved staircases, a palette of glossy black, white, oyster and beige, and shades of green and red. Shortly I’ll be posting more about the latest Deco interiors to inspire, so stay tuned.
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Modern Opulence

In the modern world we live in, the power of simplicity rules for home styling.
Our lives are so cluttered with popular culture and social media (in amongst the important stuff) that people with busy days often lean towards a more minimalist home where the mind can breathe. Scandinavian design has been dominating for some time now and I think it’s because of this overload.

But I don’t think an appreciation for the old-world should be lost. A Venetian mirror can look just as comfortable in a minimalist setting as a frameless one, for example. And a French bed head can add the right amount of spice to a room if its surroundings are simple. There’s no denying that opulence has taken a back seat in the modern home, but here are some ideas for the way technically ‘busy’ or ‘loud’ furnishings can add interest to clean home styling.

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