Friday, 29 March 2013

happy easter.

Hop to it and enjoy the long weekend...

Wednesday, 27 March 2013

instagram prints.

I love instagram, it is the only app I use and its novelty factor hasn't waned, if anything I just want to use it more and more. I love the ability to merge the charm of 'old school' Polaroid shots with modern technology. But what to do with these mini filtered shots besides 'like' them and horde them on your phone? Turn them into little Polaroid prints.

There are quite a few places which can print your instagram photos, but if you're easily lured by good packaging like me, Origami is pretty hard to top. Created by a Sydney couple who love craft + instagram, their shared passions led to the creation of Origami a boutique company who print your instagram pics, complete with a map and number of 'likes' on the back of each. I LIKE it!

Sunday, 24 March 2013

profile madeleine sargent - made by mosey.

madeleine sargent of made by mosey

Melbourne based crafter Madeleine Sargent took the plunge to persue her creative talents full time - moving from her kitchen table into a studio - to produce her beautiful range of pieces  for her label Made by Mosey. From colourful feather garlands to hot air balloon mobiles and patchwork vintage fabric cushions every piece is lovingly made by hand and super sweet so mosey along to Madeleine's site for a look.

How would you describe yourself?
Mother, happy, enthusiastic, loyal and friendly.

What was your childhood dream?
Such a dreamer, so there were many things...ballerina, set designer, architect, photographer, artist...

What led you down your current path?
I studied photography followed by interior design, but it wasn't until my first child came along that I decided to follow this crazy path of running a business based entirely on products made by hand. 

What do you love most about what you do? 
The fact that I answer to no-one! Although having said that, I'm very hard on myself so perhaps if I had a boss she/he would most likely be much kinder to me than I am! Being self-employed can be tricky at times but I love that I can make a living doing something that is in my bones and that I am completely passionate about. Handmade has always been important to me and I can't see that changing anytime soon. I also love that I can put Beyonce on very loudly in my studio and sing without anyone telling me that I have no pitch whatsoever.  

Where do feel most inspired?
In my studio where I have many reminders of my beautiful Grandmother who taught me to sew and inspires me still. My children, non-fiction books, magazines, being outdoors and seeing the work of other clever, creative people online but even better in the flesh. 

Who do you admire?
My husband. Andy is so positive, encouraging, supportive, accomplished, driven and insanely creative himself. He has a wealth of knowledge and is the smartest person I know. I lean on him hard and he never wavers. We never take each other for granted and work so well as a team which is why what we have is like gold. 

What challenges have you had to overcome? 

Making the decision to leave regular income work and take Mosey off the dining table and into a studio. The transition was awkward and I was overwhelmed by it all. I settled in eventually but I often refer to that period as the 'lost days'. 

What's been a 'pinch yourself' moment?
I did squeal when one of the contestants on The Block last year bought a whole bunch of my products and then the room she decorated won the challenge. I broke my reality TV ban and let the kids watch it. There was a lot of shrieking and high fiving on the sofa! I was very busy after that.

What are your top creative resources?
I love The Design Files. I feel so grateful that Lucy gathers all the best and interesting things and serves them up daily in her inimitable style. Champion!
Some favourite books that I dip into often are Sibella Court's Bowerbird, William Arnett's Gees Bend: The Architecture of The Quilt and Haruki Murakami's What I Talk About When I Talk About Running. Also the music of Erykan Badu. All day, everyday. 

What is your idea of happiness?

A productive day at the studio, seeing the kids smiling faces at school pick up, eating dinner as a family and bed early with a cup of tea. These things happen but rarely consecutively so happiness would be all of this happening in one 24 hour period. Oh and let's throw some salted caramel something in there as well. Sigh...

What's next?
At the end the of last year I employed a girl Friday (one of my best friends) and now that we are settling into a good rhythm I am hoping to carve out some more time to make new things

When the weekend rolls around what do you love to:
Read- The second issue of Fete Magazine. What a beautiful new publication!
Watch - Louis Theroux.
Cook - A cake of some sort.
Create - Something with my kids. Especially my super creative daughter.
Listen to - Old school hip hop loudly.
Dream about - A sleep in.
Look forward to - Easter holidays.

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

new freedom collection.

It seems like Freedom is going a little Danish...

... Just a few of my favourite finds from their new collection

retro chair

coloured abstract print

graphic homewares

grid chair and stools

bucket chair

Sunday, 17 March 2013

profile leonie cheung - papercookie.

leonie cheung of paper cookie
For many girls a love of stationery begins in primary school. The start of the school year usually coincides with new notebooks, perhaps a pack of coloured pencils, fresh erasers and maybe even a flash pencil case. Hard earned pocket money is spent on animal motif erasers at Smiggle, in high school Typo is the favoured destination for covetable cases and cards and by the time complete stationery obsession has hit, kikki k is a favourite shopping destination. However, for those with an even more refined appreciation for beautiful notebooks, washi tape, greeting cards and all manner of lovely desk top accessories, boutique stationery is pretty hard to top. So when you discover an online store like Papercookie it's exciting! Beautifully curated by founder Leonie Cheung, who tracks down irresistible offerings from independent designers, once you begin clicking your way through the many categories including - package, give, organise and home, you may find your online shopping cart overflowing. Love it.

How would you describe yourself?
Passionate, creative, loyal, silly, friendly.

What was your childhood dream?
To be a photographer, or an interior designer.

What led you down your current path and inspired you to open Papercookie?
When I decided to take a career break from my corporate job, the plan was to take about six months off. My husband encouraged me to use this time to take up a hobby and do something I really enjoyed. This led me to the idea of launching my own business and Papercookie was born. I haven’t been back to my corporate job since.

What do you love most about what you do?
Finding amazing designers and products, and having a creative outlet (my shop) for me to share with like-minded people. There is nothing more rewarding than being able to connect with people who love the same things as you do. It is especially uplifting when these lovely people send us lovely emails. Oh, and the flexibility of running my own gig is pretty awesome too – I love that I can pop away from my desk for a few hours whenever I like to catch up with friends over coffee or head out for a quick 3pm dip in the pool!

What do you stock and how do you source your product range?
We stock paper products, stationery and home accessories from international and local designers. Most of my sourcing is done online via blogs, google and pinterest. I also love discovering new products through international magazines.


Who are some of your favourite stationery + homeware designers?
I love them all! But I could never get sick of our wrapping paper range by Rie Elise Larsen – she’s stylish and she’s fun, which is right up my alley!  We just got in some lovely new postcards from Quill and Fox and I have to say they are my favourite right now! They are from original paint works by Yaz and the postcards join together to form an artwork (kinda like a puzzle) but they also work as individual postcards as well. She’s so clever.

What sets your store apart?
We focus on independent design, which means our products are not mass-produced. This makes owning them extra special. A handful of our products are available in Australia for the first time through Papercookie, which makes our collection here unique. Being an online store we focus heavily on good, detailed product photos and descriptions to make the customers online experience as enjoyable as possible.


What challenges have you had to overcome?
Curating a collection that is special whilst sticking to limited capital.

What's been a 'pinch yourself' moment?
The support that we’ve been getting from the media, press and fellow bloggers over the last six months have all been pretty amazing moments! I never imagined any of this happening when we first launched six months ago.

Do you now have an exceptional stationery collection at home- is purchasing things for yourself a bit of an occupational hazard/perk?
A perk! (I think?) I’m a notebook hoarder. I have a lot of notebooks that are still brand new but I like keeping them like that. It just makes me happy knowing that they’re there. Plus, crisp paper is just the best! I also like to collect bits of paper ephemera from all my travels.

What are your top creative resources?
Non-fiction books by other creative people, international and local magazines, online blogs and visiting creative shops in person always gets me inspired.

What's next?
Oh, lots more to come! We have a couple of international trips planned which means finding and introducing new products to the shop! We’ve had a few customer requests for a pop-up and that is something we’d love to work towards making happen later in the year. Paper products are always more amazing in person! And maybe a new category for the shop – but more on that later!

When the weekend rolls around what do you love to do:
Read – Recipe books and magazines.
Watch - An action film, How I met your Mother or Modern Family.
Cook- A good, spicy, rich casserole with a million levels of flavour!
Create- A bubble bath with salts and soy candles.
Listen to – iTunes or the radio.
Dream about – One day living in a beautiful house with my family, two dogs, and floor to ceiling windows that open out to a green garden.
Look forward to – Skipping through snow on our next overseas trip, eating lots and spending quality time with family and close friends.

Thursday, 14 March 2013

grand designs australia.

byron bay residence photo nick wilson

ocean view residence photo paul broben

mansfield residence photo rhiannon slatter

I love nothing more than visiting incredible houses and chatting with the owners about the design, build, renovation and all the trials and tribulations associated with plotting, planning and constructing their once-in-a-lifetime dream home. So it's no surprises Grand Designs is one of my favourite shows. It’s always amazed me how ambitious some people are when it comes to building and their incredible dedication, often living with in-laws or sheds for years and pouring mind boggling sums of money into the project. If I build in the future, one key lesson I've learned from the UK series is to order custom windows early, as in every episode it seems waiting glazing is the number one hold-up.

balnarring residence photo rhiannon slatter

While I love the UK series, when the Australian series presented by architect Peter Maddison launched three years ago, I found it even more compelling than the UK version as the locations, climate and building styles are so much more relevant.

So when a DVD of Grand Designs Australia Series 3 appeared in my mailbox earlier this week, I settled in for an indulgent marathon viewing (I love series on DVD, when you are not restricted to watching one episode at a time). I hit 'play all' and settled in for hours or architectural voyeurism.

annandale residence photo rhiannon slatter

The most recent series follows eight impressive projects ranging in scale and budget, from an avant-garde home in Victoria’s high country, a modern Sydney terrace on a super skinny block, to a glass house in the Barossa and a glamorous beach house in Byron Bay - the location of this one is amazing!

I always get caught up in the often exhausting and emotionally fraught process where owners are confronted with site issues, budget blow-outs and weather problems. Yet every episode (at least the ones which make the show) have a happy ending and the incredible places definitely inspire a sense of house envy.
Another aspect which amazes me about the show is the time it takes to produce, with some builds stretching across several years - yikes.

I am already looking forward to series four, but I might have to make like those involved in the building process and wait patiently. You can get a copy of series three here.

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

dulux colour awards.

It's time for a little colour inspiration with the finalists for the Dulux Colour Awards announced. With a record number of entries the colourful field has been whittled down to just 66 with the top entrant for each of the seven categories announced on March 20. Below are a few of my favourite entries from the residential category. It is no surprises I favour all shades of grey and any photo featuring a butterfly chair...For the full line-up of finalists visit Dulux Colour Competition.


north avenue

hawthorne residence

box hill house

abbotsford residence


belgium avenue

bridge street

kellie residence

north avenue

clarke payne residence

clarke payne residence

bridge street