Tuesday, 27 November 2012

christmas windows.

What do you do with 900 shuttlecocks....make a Christmas garland of course!

The very talented Leesa Gordon who I profiled back here, couldn't resist the temptation of 900 shuttlecocks on ebay and as she doesn't play badminton, decided the next best thing was to use them to create a wonderful garland for her store Lamington. Nestled at the end of Hastings St in Noosa it's one of my favourite stores as Leesa always seems to whip up incredible displays for the window which draw you in. Sneaky...and inspired.

There is also a tree made from vintage books and what appears to be pipe cleaner trees. Love love LOVE IT.

Another window which caught my fancy this week is Flax Flower's display. Florist extraordinaire Amanda Court is ever-inventive and her take on the Christmas wreath is no exception. Made from re-purposed spray painted dirt bike wheels, orchids, bull rush reeds and proteas, it is simply stunning!

Dirt bike wheels have never looked so good!

Sunday, 25 November 2012

profile ivy & lil - jenny pemberton - webb.

jenny pemberton-webb of ivy & lil

When I discovered the label Ivy & Lil a little while ago I let out a shriek of excitement. Although I have seen art and homewares inspired by Australian road signs, I'd never seen any which struck a chord quite like the ones created by Jenny Pemberton-Webb, the mastermind and creator behind Ivy & Lil. After two decades working in the arts, it was a six month road trip which inspired Jenny to head down a different path and utilise the graphic roadside motifs to create screen printed cushions, tea towels, greeting cards and decorative artworks. I've always been drawn to the 'old school' sign which depicts a lady in a mini crossing the road with a child, and when I saw Jenny's cushions embellished with the iconic image, I it was ingenious! I love Jenny's work and I am sure you will too, you can checkout here entire range here.

How would you describe yourself in five words?
Energetic, kind, creative, passionate and determined.

What was your childhood dream?
To change my name to Sharon.

What led you down your current path?
I have spent the last two decades working in the arts in various roles predominantly around project management and public art. My own art practice fitted in where there was time and I painted for my own fulfilment. Then in 2010 while on a six month road trip around Australia with my husband I realised it was time to give my creativity a much stronger voice, and the idea for Ivy & Lil evolved.


What do you love most about what you do?
Being a printmaker I’m hooked on process. I’ve always loved the buzz you get when you lift up the screen to reveal the print you’ve just created. My eyes run over every detail taking in the depth of colour, the edges of the print and how well the colour sits on the linen – I love that! I also enjoy the diversity of skills that you need. Taking care of all aspects of Ivy & Lil from the designing and making to the promotion and administration is really exciting for me.

Where do feel most inspired?
Travelling in outback Australia where all the noise of life gets turned off and your thoughts are so much more pure and uninterrupted. When we go away I always come back with a jolly great list of what to do next and a clear sense of direction.  We’ve been on three more remote outback road trips in the last two years, so now it's part of how we live.

Who do you admire?
As well as keeping an eye on my peers including artists and makers who are a few years ahead of me, I admire artist Miranda Skoczek for her use of colour and composition and the beautiful work of sculptural basket maker Harriet Goodall. I am completely moved by the work of the late Rosalie Gascoigne and her ability to express artwork that is so totally Australian in its content, colour, materiality and scale.

What challenges have you had to overcome?
My inner critic needed some managing when I was starting out and getting everything set up. These days it doesn’t get so much air time, but it's never too far away!

What attracted you to the signs?
My attraction to road signs is really focused on their simplicity and graphic qualities. I’m interested in how you interpret them in new ways once they leave the road and enter a domestic setting. They seem to offer something nostalgic and humorous.

What struck you about the signs and why were you inspired to reproduce them? 
After hours and sometimes days of travelling through the outback, I was always amazed when coming into a small town at just how many signs there were. They are so familiar, relatively unchanged for decades and our brains process them immediately. I loved the idea of taking them into a domestic setting and repurposing them onto soft backgrounds such as cushions and tea towels.

What hurdles did you have to leap over in order to reproduce the images?
Before I could use the designs I obtained permission from the authority that owns copyright of Australian Standard Roads Signs and we entered into a license agreement. Some of my products use the designs in their existing graphic form whilst others are my own designs that use road signs and symbols as inspiration.

What's been a 'pinch yourself' moment?
Recently one of my favourite pink fluoro cushions featured in the 2012 winter Dulux promotion on their website and printed catalogue. It was selected by renowned stylist HeatherNette-King so I was rather chuffed!

What are your top creative resources?
*I simply LOVE all the home and style magazines.
*Daily life including the colours and patterns that appear all a round me.
*Time out - to think through ideas, tease them out, draw them up.

What is your idea of happiness?
The open road and an endless horizon.

What's next?
New designs and colours are evolving all the time and I’m loving the whole process of refining and expanding what I’m doing. I’d really love to learn how to reupholster chairs so this is a new skill I’d like to master.

When the weekend rolls around what do you love to:
Watch- Pablo our whippet running around at the park.
Cook- An oven bake combining lean meat and roasted vegies
Create- I’m learning to knit.
Listen to- These days I’m enjoying peace and quiet, no music, no TV or background noise, just the silence.
Dream about- Having a sleep in.
Look forward to- The next road trip to some impossibly remote place.

Friday, 23 November 2012

a home in the hills.

One of the things I love most about what I do is discovering beautiful houses and getting to know the equally lovely owners. Yet at times an occupational hazard can be a touch of house envy. While I absolutely love my home and where I live, I have to admit I am truly smitten with the house I wrote about in the current December issue of Home Beautiful. What I loved most is the landscape in which the house sits, surrounded by rolling hills, trees, lots of wildlife, farm animals and stunning gardens which Leisa the owner has poured her heart and soul into. It truly is a little piece of heaven and I feel so fortunate to have indulged in rural living, if only for a day.

Grab a copy of the latest Home Beautiful to read all about it.

An idea or two I would love to try at my place!

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

profile everingham & watson.

liz watson & susie everingham
Since ‘popping up’ last year Everingham & Watson nostalgic spin on Australiana has a found a place in many homes. Established by long time friends Susie Everingham and Liz Watson the pair lovingly curate a beautiful collections of objects from  homewares, old school toys and original artworks to stationery and wrapping paper, and beautiful handmade baubles and accessories for their online store. The talented duo have also established a line of E&W originals - including pineapple and map blackboards, jewellery, stationery and screen-printed linen tea towels and cushions. You can take a leisurely browse through their extensive range here, or if your in the Brisbane vicinity make sure you visit their pop up store: 

29A Logan Road, Woolloongabba, Brisbane
Wednesday 21 -Saturday 24 November, 9am- 5pm & Sunday 25 November, 10am - 2pm.

How would you describe EVERINGHAM & WATSON?
Australiana, colour, character, timeless design.

What was your childhood dream?
Susie: To be an actress.
Liz:To be an artist.

What led you down your current path?
Our paths are so varied! We both started at the same secondary school. Susie went on to study Business and Law and Liz studied Visual Arts and then Graphic Design. We both worked in these fields for many years before coming together to start E&W. We decided we wanted to explore together a path that was creative, our own and that we were passionate about.

What do you love most about what you do?
We love working our own hours, our new designs becoming product reality, feedback from customers, merchandising and the drinks to celebrate each small win!

Where do feel most inspired?
Susie: In discussion with interesting people who are doing what they love and enjoying talking about it.
Liz: In my studio late at night!

Who do you admire?
Susie: Parents of disabled and sick children. Hard sloggers.
Liz: People who give it a go and persist.

What challenges have you had to overcome?
Both of us have other jobs, Liz is part time in The Asia Pacific Design Library at SLQ and Susie has a young family and also lectures in Law.

Balancing the business with the rest of our lives! Our two greatest challenges would be time and each other! We are also such old friends that our relationship is more like sisters, so it’s quite dynamic at times!

What's been a 'pinch yourself' moment?
The launch of our website and the first 24 hours of trading and the feedback we received during that process.

What are your top creative resources?
2. Any good interiors magazines
3. Travel

What is your idea of happiness?
Susie: The family in the pool together having fun on a hot day, while drinking good champagne.
Liz: Saturday morning papers, good food and great mates.

What's next?
More wholesale, more Pop Ups, road tripping, more styling and events…..it is never ending!

When the weekend rolls around what do you love to:
Read – the papers
Watch - movies – autobiographical mostly.
Cook - slow cooked food.
Create- paint furniture
Listen to - my children
Dream about - holidays!


Read – the papers.
Watch-  Movies, music.
Cook- Fresh, yummy and easy!
Create- new designs.
Listen to-  Radio National.
Dream about- My next travel adventures.
Look forward to-  A break at Christmas.

*Don't forget to enter the polli competion below by friday 23rd november to be in the running to win a christmas deco pack.

Monday, 19 November 2012

polli giveaway.

Christmas is well and truly on its way and to help celebrate the season the lovely ladies at Polli, Tess Lloyd and Maja Rose, are giving away five of their beautiful star deco packs + five angel deco kits.


The kit contains 35 star decorations, five angels and six metres of twine, to either make a garland, hang decorations or create gift tags. Printed in Australia on 100% recycled card with reversible patterns, the kits are a wonderful way to decorate sustainably with paper. You can checkout Polli's entire range of decorations and decor here

To be in the running to win one of five deco packs, tell us in 25 words or less what your favourite Christmas memory is and email your entry to kjbloggiveaway@gmail.com. The winners will be notified next Monday 26 November 2012.

Good luck and happy decorating!

Friday, 16 November 2012

reindeers ahead.

It seems the Christmas countdown has begun, so look out for reindeers! Pop back on Monday for a great Polli giveaway which will kick start the festive season at your place.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Thursday, 15 November 2012

my saucer.

As promised here is a shot of my chair - 

The other one is hiding out of shot. I love love love them. I can't guarantee they'll be stock, but if you're desperate to get your hands on a saucer chair this is where I got mine from The Complete Garden. Good Luck!

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

i love chairs.

a pair I watched and coveted on ebay

For as long as I can remember I have had an obsession with chairs - butterfly chairs, harp chairs, coconut chairs, wire chairs, timber chairs ... I love them all, yet for the last few years I have been particularly obsessed with saucer chairs and more specifically the acquisition of one!

bonnie ashley and neil downie's home + saucer chair
temperature design chair
I have watched many saucer chairs come and go on ebay, however none were just quite right, often too rusty and strangely enough many seem to be in South Australia, which isn't terribly convenient when they are 'local pick up only.'

bertoia chairs - did I mention I love wire!
bend seating - love love love the entire collection

Unable to get a saucer chair I briefly considered splurging on a chair from Bend Seating, yet I resisted. 

a random picture from my - i heart chairs folder
two beauties from the style files

However, all good things come to those who wait and a few weeks ago I found a pair of chairs I absolutely LOVE at a garden store. Although they are not old, I plan on keeping them forever and one day they'll have the patina of well loved, well worn chairs. I must admit I got them purely for aesthetics, yet they're also super comfortable. I will snap them today, and post a photo tomorrow. 

from the small garden on pininterest