Wednesday, 30 July 2014

orla for all ages.

As I may have mentioned before I am a HUGE fan of Orla Kiely, so you can imagine my excitement when I discovered she has just released a range of bed linen, towels and cushions for kids. Now little people can enjoy Orla's bold graphic prints as well, with the around the world collection, bird watch, multi-stem dandelion and car collection. As Toot Toot Beep Beep is a favourite book in our house, I think my little man would love the car quilt - I will just have to wait until he upgrades to a bigger bed - it might be awhile. Perhaps by then though the collection will be stocked in Australia. For now though, you'll need to order through the Orla Kiely site here.

For bigger people there is also something new - the square flower collection and the sweet pea collection below. I love both....................straight to top of the Christmas wishlist!

Sunday, 13 July 2014

top four - super sofas.

I recently had the pleasure of compiling a selection of dream sofas for a feature in Home Beautiful - which is in the current August edition. As I am on the hunt for a new sofa myself, I fell in love with a lot! However, with not a lot of floor space to play with, I've find it tricky to to find something which is has just the right proportions. If space and price, weren't an issue, I'd happily take home any/all of the sofas below. The Mabel however,despite being super cute, is comparable in $ to a small car. At the other end of the spectrum the Soderhamn is budget friendly, yet after sitting and pondering in it at Ikea during the week (and getting the tape measure out), I discovered it's just too big for my spot. The search continues......

1. Jazz Sofa Oz Design
2. Mabel sofa by DonnaWilson Hub Furniture
3. Archie sofa Jardan
4. Soderhamn Ikea

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

too funny.

I just had to share this - quite possibly the cutest and funniest advert I've ever seen!
In case you can't read the text it says -

" Time spent away from your favourite friend can seem endless. That is why we created smartdrive technology, a clever way to get a wash down to just 15 minutes. 
Sadly that's still about a week in dog minutes."

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

winter hiatus.

Ooops, where did June go? I haven't been hibernating during winter, I've just been super busy and sometimes this poor blog doesn't receive too many updates when there's a lot to juggle. Admittedly when I do have a bit of spare time, I'm usually outside as the winter weather has just been amazing here. Although the ocean is far too chilly to take a swim, the water looks incredible in winter - so beautifully crystal clear and aquamarine, I've been a little obsessed taking photos of it daily.

So to ease back into things today I thought I'd share a few of my favourite recent pics - you can see a few more via instagram here

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

dinosaur designs - new seed pod range.

Well loved Australian resin specialists Dinosaur Designs have just released a new collection of accessories and homewares, inspired by the forms of seed pods. Timeless in black and white with a smattering of neutral shades, the homewares range which includes bowls, utensils and beakers also features elements of brass and silver - sure to impress the magpies out there who are drawn to all things shiny. You can view the collection online, but for more a sensory experience I highly recommend popping into one of Dinosaur Designs stores - in  Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. 

Friday, 9 May 2014

profile rory morgan - maker studio.

Rory Morgan of Maker Studio Furniture
As promised a few weeks ago when I profiled  Kati Williams of Spoken, here is part two! Kati's partner Rory Morgan of Maker Studio also has an eye for design, in the form of beautiful bespoke furniture which he crafts in his Noosa studio. With a preference for simple clean lines, and a guiding philosophy that less is more, for me Rory's designs are just perfect. Made from sustainable timbers, there is a sense of timelessness inherent in every piece, whether it's a Scout side table or a Willox Stool, topped with a splash of colour. If I could, I'd have one of each. Rory's skills can also be enlisted for commission pieces. For more details head to the Maker Studio site here.

How would you describe yourself?
Perfectionist, creative, passionate, focused, loyal.

What was your childhood dream?
To be an architect.

What led you down your current path?
Not enjoying sitting in front of a computer all day working as a designer I pursued woodworking as a bit of a hobby which I really enjoyed and it slowly turned in to a job.

What do you love most about what you do?
I love being free to design and create without restraints.  It’s really satisfying to be part of the entire process from concept to creation.

Where do feel most inspired?
When I’m traveling.  It’s great to clear my head, see new things and I always come home ready and excited to get back in the workshop.

Who do you admire?
People who take a chance, who pursue their passions and don’t give up.

What challenges have you had to overcome?
 Machinery involved in woodworking is pretty expensive. I think coming up with creative ways of using equipment I have to do a job has been a bit of a challenge but also proved to be kind of satisfying.

What's been a 'pinch yourself' moment?
When I started getting enquiries and orders for things I had designed and made.

What are your top inspiring resources?
Answer-  Instagram for connecting with other woodworkers/ creative people, Archdaily is a great architecture website I follow.

Do you have a dream creative project?
Probably building/renovating my own home at some point.

What are you currently coveting in the world of design?
Some Hans Wegner wishbone chairs (originals).

What's next?
Visiting southern states and cities and getting our name out there.

When the weekend rolls around what do you love to: 
Read – News stories, surf forecasts, blogs.
Watch- Some kind of 90’s movie
Cook- Risotto.         
Create- Time to surf.
Listen to- Chet faker, asgeir.
Dream about- New machinery/ traveling.        
Look forward to- Getting back in the workshop.

Tuesday, 29 April 2014

profile artist & surface designer - belinda marshall.

artist belinda marshall        photo by Martina Gemmola
Cool calming colour combinations don't come any better than those from the palette of Melbourne based artist and surface designer Belinda Marshall. Incredibly easy on the eye, Belinda's painterly works draw you in and lead your eye around the canvas/teatowel/cushion/card - whichever the surface may be - you can take a peak at Belinda's collection here.  Don't be surprised if your shopping cart fills up quickly. And if you love collecting beautiful tea towels you never intend using on the dishes, you can get your hands Belinda's limited edition linen teatowels here. I love them! The cushions are also irresistible.....

How would you describe yourself?

What was your childhood dream?
To have a horse!

What led you down your current path?
The desire to do something truly creative, for myself.

What do you love most about what you do? 
I love making work that comes from somewhere inside, the surprise of the finished work is exciting and I also love the feeling when others connect to the work. 

Who do you admire?
Miranda Skoczec, Jo davenport and Wes Anderson.

What challenges have you had to overcome? 
Breast cancer, separation, single parenting and finding the time to paint in amongst it all!

What's been a 'pinch yourself' moment? 
My work was licensed for the Goteborg Opera 2014/15 campaign this month and that has been really amazing.

What are your top (four) inspiring resources (books, blogs, music, the outdoors etc)?
* design*sponge
* travel, 
* miranda july stories
* my instagram feed.

Image of  'everything, all at once' linen cushion with feather insert
Do you have a dream creative project?
I would love to create a range of bedding!

What are you currently coveting in the world of design?
A seven hands high desk with blue legs.

What's next?
Wall hangings and a design market at the end of the year.

When the weekend rolls around what do you love to:
Read - My instagram feed.
Watch- An episode of whichever series I’m into.
Cook- Never like cooking!
Create- A painting.
Listen to- Chet Faker.
Dream about- A trip to Spain.
Look forward to- A night out with friends.