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  • Portrait paintings: Collecting

    19 September 2016
    Neal and his father inspecting Neal's work forging the Degas, White Collar @bijoukaleidoscope

    I have many collections. I am not a minimalist. I collect murano glass, vintage brooches, art, vintage children’s books, quotations/quotes, art, china, birds… In…

  • Hello, Again.

    1 February 2016
    Snippets of what bijou kaleidoscope has been up to in 2015

    It’s been a long while since I last blogged.

    This is partly due to the amount of work that goes into producing a quality blog…

  • Family Hubs

    16 February 2015
    My in laws front porch @bijoukaleidoscope

    This morning, my husband and I dropped our two girls off at his parents for a rare full-day-baby-sitting duty before heading off for a…

  • Overwhelmed

    8 November 2014

    I have been swamped with all sorts of things and haven’t had the chance to blog a complete project yet! But there have been…

  • Hurry up perfect

    22 September 2014
    Orange and pink flowers on white background

    … having to wait a little
    – to relax into a new home,
    to live with objects and arrangements
    that might not be my first choice…

  • The house told me…

    17 September 2014
    blue green and gold peacock feathers

    Been thinking about the processes that have veered me in a different design and feel for my home. In my previous blogpost, which included…

  • Intruders

    19 July 2014
    home for sale sign

    We recently had people walk through the house we are renting as it is on the market….

  • Pssst!

    14 July 2014

    Finally. 6 years after buying our first home, moving out and then basically shacking it for 5 of those years, we are on the…

The Woman behind the Blog

Welcome to my blog! It’s such a pleasure having you here.

What are you inspired by? I am inspired by beautiful and bright interiors, fabric, furniture, pinks, yellows, greens, chairs, china, trees, chocolate, peonies, hydrangeas, cherry blossoms, roses and rhubarb with cream.

Friends and family call me drey (pronounced 'dree'... short for Audrey) and I can often be found zipping through op-shops and vintage stores in the Blue Mountains, NSW, Australia.

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