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......
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wall hangings and a design market at the end of the year.
When the weekend rolls around what do you love to:
I think I've raved before about my love of plants indoors and of course in the garden. My favourite thing to do on a Saturday morning is head to the markets and splurge on a few plants, then spend the rest of the weekend working out where I can put them.
Although I mostly buy plants for the garden (and therefore spend a lot of time digging holes), I've never thought of indoor plants as daggy, as I feel most rooms in the house benefit from a plant, or at least some greenery to give it life. I am a little obsessed and am very partial to dracenas and succulents indoors so, with this in mind I thought I would round up a few planters which have taken my fancy lately. Very tough! In refining my top four, I decided to go for colourful, smaller table top planters. I hope you like them too!