Saturday, October 19, 2013

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Monday, October 7, 2013

Announcing a Black & Spiro SALE!!

I'm excited to let you know that we are having one of our big Black & Spiro sales this Saturday 12th October at the shop!!  It's been such a long time since we've had a clean out and I really need to clear some space!!

Make sure you are early as you all know our line up can be a bit full-on!!  Also, I advise you to bring cash as our cash line is always much quicker than our credit card/eftpos line!!

We've got sofas and armchairs, lamps, cushions, fabrics, a few antique pieces of furniture, rugs, chairs and all sorts of lovely things on offer at crazy prices.  I'm really in the mood for a clean out so come along and grab yourself a wonderful Black & Spiro piece at a bargain price.

As you know, I don't have these sales every day and who knows when the next one will be!  You'd be mad to miss it!

See you this Saturday!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013


I'm writing from here {above} today.  Such beautiful light in our studio this morning!!  Anyway, back to what I want to tell you about!

October is always a big month in our family.  It's my birthday on the 3rd, my soon-to-be sister-in-law's birthday on the 7th, my grandmother's birthday on the 11th and my husband's birthday on the 13th! Celebrations galore!!

But this October is going to be the biggest of all because we have 3 fabulous things planned for you here at Black & Spiro.  The first event is next Saturday 12th October but I can't tell you the details about it just yet.  However, watch out next Monday 7th October as I will reveal all.  You will be very excited about this one, I promise!!

The 2nd event is a collaborative art exhibition which we will hosting here at the store called FLOWERS.  Opening night is Thursday 17th October and everyone is welcome.  Come and joins us!  Pip Boydell with be showing her latest pieces and let me tell you they are AMAZING.  Sydney Painter Bridgette McNab along with Jenny McCown and Linda Sheppard will all be showing pieces inspired by flowers.  If you are looking for a little piece or even a big piece to fill a spot then this will be the perfect event for you!!
The 3rd thing is also one I can't share yet.  However, it will be happening in the last week of October and I think it will be something you will all be very happy about....especially our customers from interstate!!

So keep your eyes peeled and your ears open this month as we have lots for you all to enjoy!


Sunday, September 29, 2013

Shop News

In shop news, late last week we received a rather lovely shipment of antiques.  A few divine sideboards, tables and objects.  If you are looking for that elusive piece, make sure you pop in as I think our new pieces are some of the loveliest we've had in a long time.  We have also just had a big delivery of our beautiful Black & Spiro bespoke cushions - so many different patterns, shapes and colours to choose from.  Some of the cushions we have had made are in the divine, unique fabrics I found when I was overseas.   



Monday, September 16, 2013

French Leave


I thought it appropriate to call this post - 'French Leave' which is defined as - an abrupt and unannounced departure (without saying farewell).  

Over the course of this year I have kept myself off the streets doing my usual decorating thing with some wonderful clients and some exciting projects but I have also been heavily engrossed in writing my first book with Penguin which is due for release early next year.  I never really anticipated the incredible amount of work, energy and inspiration needed to write a book and so I felt that in order to put all my effort into my writing I really couldn't write a book and a blog at the same time.  I hope you can understand my French Leave and grant me pardon.  Maybe having my book on your coffee table next year will make up for my leave of absence here this year!

It astonishes me to think that Spring has arrived here in Australia and we are on the down-hill slide to Christmas yet again.  Having just returned from a much-needed holiday in Europe where we (my family and I) experienced and enjoyed the end of Summer there, I am excited to think about our forthcoming Summer months.

I thought you might like to see a few of my holiday snaps which, if you follow me on Instagram, you may be a little sick of seeing.  I personally love seeing peoples holiday snaps especially of Italy so here you go.  I might also post a second series in a few days time.

Oh and before I depart I will let you know that we have some really exciting things happening at Black & Spiro over the next month, including a wonderful collaborative art exhibition which I extend you an invitation to.  I will post the invite here on the blog and on my Instagram in the coming week so watch out for it.  Pip Boydell will be showcasing a new series of paintings in a divine new style and we have a wonderful Sydney artist, Bridget McNab and 2 other fabulous Brisbane artists as well!  We also have another exciting day planned here at the store in the coming weeks which I will let you know about closer to the date.

Hope to see you in the shop soon!!

 In no particular order - from Positano to my new favourite place in the world - Capri...










Thursday, April 4, 2013

Black & Spiro Website Launch

Hello!  After what seems like an eternity, I am thrilled to let you know, tonight, our brand new Black & Spiro Interior Design website will go live. Thanks to my wonderful team for their incredibly hard work, long hours, patience, tears, joy and creativity in getting it produced.   I would also like to extend a thank you to our very talented friend, Vanessa Macphail.  Vanessa is the brain behind the design, look and feel of the site.  Also thanks to Eloise Van Riet-Gray and Maureen Haynes, our wonderful photographers, for the beautiful photos of our projects.

The site will continue to be updated on a regular basis with new projects being added to our portfolio.  Our pinboard page will also be a regularly changing feature.  With the launch of the site comes a Black & Spiro Facebook page and also a Black & Spiro Pinterest page.  Along with our Instagram, I think we have most things now covered!!

If you are curious to know about a possible Black & Spiro online store, I have decided not to open an online store at this point for various reasons.  The girls and I are so busy with our decorating and design projects, our bricks and mortar store in Brisbane, designing my new wallpaper collection with Porters {which will be released next year} and my book which I am currently working on with Penguin, that I just don't think we have the man-power, energy or commitment needed to open an online store at this stage.   I hope you understand.

So click onto our new website tonight here -  I hope you like it!

Sunday, March 17, 2013

1 Month On...

It's been just over 1 month since my last post and as usual time seems to have flown by!  Busy days and weeks just keep on coming at us all but I must say, it's amazing what a couple of days away can do for your spirits.  We just spent the weekend at my cousin's beach side house in Northern New South Wales and I feel like I've been away for a week!!  Sometimes I forget how great a mini-break can make you feel.  The humdrum of daily life can be totally revived by just a couple of days away in a place you don't often visit.   

On such trips I love to bring home a few little goodies and being that I am totally captivated by Australian natives I couldn't help but snap a couple of branches off the beautiful big old banksia tree my cousin has in his front yard.  I arranged the large haul in a couple of vases which I placed on our fireplace mantel.  It's hard not to notice the natural beauty as you walk in the front door of our house.  I love that I can be reminded of these past few days as I look at the beautiful banksia flanking our mantel.

In shop news, we have had a lot of beautiful new treasures arrive.  If you visit the store on a Saturday you may have seen me in there with Max, my naughty yet spirited 2 year old.  It is always a demented hour or 2 that we spend in the store on a Saturday morning.  But I do love Saturdays in the shop.  There is such a nice casual vibe and I love having time to chat with you all.

As you can see above we have some beautiful new cushions and a very special vintage framed Indian skirt in our back lounge room and we also just had a new delivery of the fabulous acrylic LOVESTAR love heart vases as below.  They can be hung on the wall or placed on a table and look fabulous when filled with fresh flowers!

Talking about out back lounge room at the store, if you haven't been in lately here's a little peek into our world {above}.

We have also been busy decorating some beautiful houses.  Here's a snapshot of a bedroom we finished for some clients last week. 

I also recently hung a large art cluster wall at my parent's house.  Lots of old treasured pictures, a couple of which belonged to my great grandmother are now up and being admired by all who see them.

I think that brings you up to speed but keep checking my instagram for more up-to-date info and pictures!!