Monthly Archives: April 2013

Back from Melbourne




Hello there, just thought I’d pop in and say Hi! I’m back from sunny Melbourne and arrived into a lovely sunny London hooray for that! I hope you have all been well. I’ve been busy this past few days, lying in the sun and generally enjoying my post holiday euphoria. I’m in the process of organising myself and getting back into the daily routine of life in London as well as having to download the photo’s I took while I was away.

In the meantime, I thought I’d show some pictures I took with my phone of the beach we visited several times while in Melbourne called Elwood Beach. It was lovely to be able to come back to this particular beach with Little J as it was where my parents used to take me when I was a little girl.


I’ll be back talking about interiors next Wednesday 1st May. Till then, enjoy your week. xD


Guest Post: Vintage signs for Eclectic spaces


I hope you’re having a good day. I’m still in Melbourne but am really happy to introduce Joanna Crain from Arcadian Home Blog who has kindly offered to write a guest post with inspiration using vintage sign in Eclectic spaces. This is something close to my heart so I’ve been looking forward to sharing this with you which I hope you’ll enjoy.

Joanna is a writer/blogger specializing in the interior design/home decor niche for over 10 years. She writes daily for numerous design blogs and home furnishings e-commerce websites. She trained in interior design at the Art Institute of Houston and has over 15 years of interior decorating experience. She is passionate about sharing her knowledge and helping others create beautiful, functional spaces that will bring them joy each and every day. So over to Joanna. xD

Hello, everyone! It’s Joanna here from Arcadian Home blog, a beautiful place to find lots of decorating ideas for lovely table decor, wonderful wall mirrors and a myriad of wonderful light fixtures. I’m excited to be guest posting here on Diary of an Interior Novice. I’ve pulled together images of eclectic spaces that include all sorts of vintage signs.

From formal rooms with big and bold signs to casual looks with rustic touches and smaller metal ones, these eight photos show off some of the interesting possibilities for adding the appealing look of vintage signs to interior designs and outdoor spaces too. I hope you’ll be inspired to explore ways to include one or more of these treasures in your own design projects. Please enjoy!

1 Vintage Sign

Beautiful in red and white, a gracefully-shaped Boardwalk sign gets its neon back above the second floor landing of this lovely eclectic home. The front door and foyer are visible below and a home office space with heavy duty industrial lighting occupies the open space above.

2 Vintage Sign

Highly distressed, but still maintaining its bright colors, a vintage metal sign is the focal point in this small eclectic kitchen.

3 Vintage Sign

A flea market treasure, this vintage zinc pharmacy sign fits in beautifully with the eclectic look of contemporary art prints, French chairs and a lovely curved glass pendant light.

4 Vintage Sign

Rustic and natural elements meet contemporary style in this interesting bath. Color is added to the space with pops of green that include the “Way Out” sign, a tall cactus plant, tiny area rug and towels.

5 Vintage Sign

Vintage signs are also great wall art for outdoor living spaces. Rust-worn soft drink signs make for a charming collage on the wall of this open-air dining room.

6 Vintage Sign

Subway signs, both vintage and reproduction, look lovely in just about any style home. This white entryway with low-hung subway sign opens into rooms that are both exquisitely eclectic and alive with color and pattern.

7 Vintage Sign

Andy Warhol loved to capture the everyday beauty of corporate logos. Here he immortalized the iconic Mobilgas winged horse—perhaps the ultimate “metal” vintage sign in our collection today.

8 Vintage Sign

From Warhol’s Mobilgas on a rich mahogany paneled wall above, we turn to a vintage Gulf sign hung against white-painted wide boards. Gulf signs are highly-prized for the bright orange and gold color—perfect for rooms infused with Pantone’s 2012 Color of the Year, Tangerine Tango. Here, the rotund Gulf sign looks great with spindly contemporary lamps.

What do you think of these vintage signs and eclectic spaces? Leave us your thoughts below and be sure to visit us for more home decor and lighting inspiration!

Thanks Joanna! I hope you enjoyed her very inspiring post. I hope you all enjoy the rest of your week and I’ll be in touch again soon. xD

Image Source: 1 – 47parkay, 2 – designsponge, 3- elledecor, 4 –, 5 – thedesignfiles, 6 – desiretoinspire, 7 – thefrontrowview, 8 – coastal living

Eclectic Melbourne Home


Hello from Melbourne, Australia! I hope you had a lovely Easter and a nice and relaxing break. I have been having a wonderful time over here in my hometown. My cousins wedding was like reliving my childhood. I got to see lots of family and old friends and we shared many stories and memories together. We’ve spent the last couple of weeks at the beach, revisiting old haunts and sharing new experiences with Little J.

The weather has turned a little wet over here of late, so I thought I’d take some time to say hi and show you this cool home that I came across while checking out some local design talent. This home has been shortlisted in the Australian Interior Design Design Awards in the residential category.

It was designed by a local company called Wilson ID Pty Ltd. The project named, Rose of South Yarra (named after a Melbourne suburb) was designed for a client who wanted to embrace the style and ambience of  Melbourne’s cafe/laneway culture in her home environment. Industrial , mysterious , recycle, up-cycle, eclectic and moody were all words used to describe a proposed outcome that was aspirational but never absolutely knowable.











I hope you enjoyed the tour, I love the bare brick wall with the pops of colour along with the industrial tone. It seems to mix all the aesthetics I love into one place. What do you think?

For those that are back in Europe, rug up as I heard it’s been snowing over there! I’m sure that sunshine is just around the corner. Till next time. xD

Photography: Trevor Mein

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