Well I've finally walked through the instagram door and the convenience with which I can shot Beach Home Decor and post it to social media quickly, is on the up and up. It was all about the phone you see. I didn't have a smart phone until last month and at this stage, you can't play unless you have one. Instagram was recently acquired by Face Book, which meant the app was freed up for use on all smartphones, not just the Apple iphone. Being able to use it on an android phone, which is more affordable and just as good, made it more attractive and it was time for me to jump in. And what fun I've been having. It's so easy to whip this baby out and shoot some of the gorgeous coastal home decor stores we have up here on Sydney's Northern Beaches
The first 6 shots were taken at Alfresco Emporium in Colloroy and Beach Dwellers, a trip to this store is a day out in itself. They have just opened up a huge space to the rear of the store, previously used as storage. It is called Alfresco Emporium Backstage and I lost myself in here for about an hour. I just love to wonder past all the beautiful statement pieces, fondling them as I go. I melted into a huge and comfy lounge suite for some time and just sucked it all up. This is house porn in the extreme peeps. If Mr Beach House didn't work and sail most weekends and I didn't have kiddo raising duties, this would be the kind of place I would love to work. I would be the most over qualified shop assistant on the planet, but basically, I would pay even them to get to be in here all day.
The pieces on show are big, real big and I don't have another inch of room at the Beach House to put another stick of anything really, but this is my 'somewhere over the rainbow' place, where dreams are made and there is hope they will come true some day.
It is reassuring I still feel so good about red white and blue, as I just think it is so smart. I've got it all over the Beach House. It was there even before it was cool in home decor, As it's now mainstream it's probably time to move on, but that's not really the way I operate. Rule number one in decorating..... If you love it and are happy to live with it.....it works, end of story!!!!!
That's a decorating strategy, which can make your home uniquely beautiful.
So more on a trip to Alfreso being a day out. We had a leisurely lunch in the cafe
Sniffed all the blooms and perused the gourmet food section. We have a little girls birthday party at the Beach House this week and I fully intend trying my hand at cake pops, so I bought some cake pop sticks. Alfresco is the only place I've seen them in Australia so far. So after settling in here for the afternoon, it was time to go back to the Beach House for a dose of reality.
But not before a little detour via Newport Beach to Manyara Home, which has just moved into larger digs in an effort to hold all their beautifully exotic pieces. This is where I got my wrought iron chandelier, which has now been installed and is no longer a table centre piece on my dining table. I'll be bringing you a story on that real soon.
And then that truly eclectic cavern, that is Les Interieurs
Edit: Les Interiuers has now moved to Paddington
We really are spoilt for choice up here on the beaches for gorgeous homewares stores.
Oh and later that night my phone, complete with instagram app and I, attended a fantastic party with a come as your favourite rockstar theme. And I have to say I am so thankful that social media technology was not available when I was partying hard in my 20s.
|Carnaby Street Does Curl Curl|
I instagramed like a kid with a new toy at the party and wrote this on my personal Face Book page the next morning:
|Can't believe I'm going to 50th birthday parties these days|
"A thousand apologies for all the instagram action last night. Clearly I don't get out much. I'm just so thankful this technology wasn't around when I was 20. I can only imagine how many career opportunities I would have ruined by just being me!!!!"
|Partying with the Cavemen|
|Peter Garrett and Mick Jaggar|
My friends wrote back, and the general consensus was "Glad you had fun and that they so need to get onto Instagram" Here's what I wrote in reply:
Yes doing it all now with the benefit of maturity or at least a greater dose of it, is much better. It sure was a great party. In the old days I used to hand platters of food around as an excuse to introduce myself to people. Now it seems I just have to take photos of them and we get talking that way. I love the 21st century.
Instagram I heart you. And if you would like to follow me for more decor shots (I promise I don't go to parties very often) you can find me over at instagram on @desireempire and I'd love to follow you back too.
Have a wonderful week!!!
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