Friday, 18 November 2011

A little dream come true

Happy Friday everyone. I hope your week has gone well and that you're looking forward to a weekend filled with fun, relaxation, adventure or rest - whatever it may be that your body and your soul need most right now.

Last Sunday was my birthday, and to celebrate, I wanted to invite a few close friends round for lunch. As you may, or may not know, I've just moved house and I'm very happy to say that my new home has a deck - and a pool.  This is, or should I say was, the deck ....



Now a few years ago, I have no idea how many, I got the notion to track down some bright and beautiful, colourful fabric that I could turn into a tablecloth for a large outdoor table.  Not that I had the large outdoor table at the time, so it was a random notion to have!  I scoured the internet, becoming a little obsessed in the process - I had the fabric exactly in mind, if only I could find it!



Thank goodness for Marimekko, now my #1 all time favourite fabric house. The last piece I could find of the discontinued Dorma fabric by Maija Isola in the yellow/orange/pink colourway flew my way from the US of A for about as much in postage as the 3m length of fabric cost me to buy!


I think I actually got teary as I opened the package and shook out this utterly delicious fabric for the first time.

Since then, I have secretly dreamt of a day, a day when I would find myself sharing some fun and laughter with enough friends to fill my roomy entertaining space, to sit at my great big table, covered in my glorious Dorma fabric ....



And of course I couldn't stop there.  It's one thing to sit and eat around the table, but what about space for everyone to chill out and relax in between dips in the pool?


Just take 2 cane chairs bought on eBay ($89 for both) with some floor cushions from Spotlight ($25 each, reduced from $50) ....


A child's bed from Endeavour Foundation charity shop ($59.95) turned into a daybed with some fabric from Spotlight and a few more cushions ....


A cane table (free - it was council clean-up here recently, you see) with no top, a piece of marine ply from Bunnings and a length of oilcloth from Spotlight (hmmm, been there a few times lately!) ....




A few accessories here and there ....


Add in some very good company, fresh prawns and bubbly, then a dip in the lovely warm pool ....
And what have you got?



Some very happy campers - none more so than me. 


Til next time, Nx



7 comments:

Kerry said...

Of all the things I'd like in the home I finally end up staying put in it's a big verandah like that. You'll have to come and help me style it...yours looks wonderful. Congratulations and here's to many, many more happy times spent right there x

Nicole said...

Beautiful Nic! Love the colours and there's and lots of lovel yellow........who woulda thought ;P

Nicole said...

Well that didn't quite come out right - "lots of lovely yellow" is what I meant :S

Dan popovich said...

Looks very beautiful indeed! Hope you are enjoying your new home and looking forward to seeing the rest of the house being transformed! And in the tradition of neglectful close friends - a very happy birthday for last Sunday - we are just so rubbish at keeping in touch!

Mimi said...

Love your creation Nic. Love the fabric I can see why you wanted to cry. Cheers to you - have a fantastic year. Mimi xx

Michelle Elliott said...

Nice! Looks nice and summery and QLDy if that is a word!

The Moerks said...

What a great space and the bright collies are beautiful.