Thursday, June 30, 2011


Here is our current range of Bonnie & Neil cushions.....

Hope you are all having a good week!

Saturday, June 25, 2011

floor rugs

image source unknown
The right floor rug can take a room from boring to brilliant.  Always a good place to start when decorating, floor rugs can provide a focal point and an anchor for furniture in open planned rooms.  They add warmth and soften hard floor surfaces.

image from Armadillo & Co

Armadillo & Co
Armadillo & Co

Armadillo & Co
Don't forget ecoco is offering a 10% discount on all orders across the entire range of Armadillo & Co floor rugs until the end of June.  Come in and view our samples and learn more about the very special Armadillo & Co rugs by visiting,

Thursday, June 23, 2011

before & after

Earlier in the week we had a visit from our architect who thankfully had taken some photos of the interior rooms at 51 Balfour Street before we started major works.  The photo above was a narrow bedroom which is above the driveway.  We decided to open  this room up into the main bedroom and make it into one luxurious space.

This photo is taken from the shower enclave.  The other corner of this room has become a small laundry and storage space accessed from the hallway.

This is the main bathroom which had also housed the washing machine.

A little bit of a shuffle around, new tiles and fittings and here is the after shot.
A new chrome pipe under the bench and this room is complete.

Back downstairs in the shop, we plastered over an original window on the wall behind the counter, painted the walls with Murobond, Pentimento in Badger (light colour) and Murobond Pure with grain in Syrup, ripped up the carpet and painted the floor in Murobond, Olive Tree.  We added new skirtings and architraves in keeping with the era of the building and added some shelving. 
Will add more before and after shots tomorrow! 

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

natural light

melbourne residence by Lyn Gardner
images via my ideal home

The 21st of June, the shortest day of the year.  Loving the natural light streaming into the rooms above and blossom is something to look forward to.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

in store today....

A few of our most popular rugs are back in stock....
and we have topped up our stock of gorgeous wonki ware...
the striking elk blanket..
and writing on the wall - hang this vertically or horizontally, it looks great either way.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Bonnie & Neil

Our latest collection of Bonnie & Neil designer homewares has been very popular.
We have sold out of the large reclaimed boxes, and only have a couple of the small boxes left.
See below...

Bonnie has been working on new designs for an August launch, some of the current designs may not be continued.

Email or call us at the store if you have a Bonnie & Neil wish list.
Oh and lots of new blankets and rugs arrived today....very timely as we are often below zero!
Stay warm!!!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

fire places

via belgian pearls

image via belgian pearls

images via remodelista

A fireplace with  flames from any fuel source would be rather nice right now!

Monday, June 13, 2011

chalkboard paint....

source unknown
Not confined to the classroom anymore, or probably not in the classroom at all anymore, the chalkboard has moved into creative homes.
image by Tom Keighton/styling by Sally Conran via style files
Murobond has 6 chalkboard colours available, use it to paint anything from cupboards to walls.  Then go for it!

Friday, June 10, 2011

Legs & Curves!

Lovely vintage legs & cool classic curves
in this image from my ideal home..... A+ style and oh so acheivable even on this island! Can I say that?!?

Thursday, June 9, 2011

new today....

and from opposites sides of the globe....

a divine kitchen, this classic beauty will be sure to stand the test of time..... 

NZ house & garden
and somewhere to pass the time of looking forward to that burst of green in is freezing here!   Made a few changes to the blog today,  let me know what you think.  

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Armadillo & Co @ ecoco!

Meticulously crafted by hand, to the highest ethical standards, from natural and sustainable fibres including wool, jute, hemp and cotton......

are the beautiful Armadillo & Co rugs......

warming and softening floors around Australia....

and offered to you at special prices, in the month of June at ecoco.

Come in and view the samples.
We will have the stunning crimson and cream stripe rug arriving any day.

Once a teacher always a teacher!?! This photo tugs at my heart strings.  I love selling Armadillo & Co rugs knowing that part of the sale price is going directly to schools in the weavers' villages.  Maybe because of my previous life as a teacher?  I feel strongly that all children have the right to an education and should not be exploited for cheap labour so that we in the west can buy cheap rugs and carpet.  Ok, feel better now I have had my soapbox moment for the day! See you soon!