I think the time has finally come to admit that I’ve outgrown this blog and what it is now doesn’t quite suit my needs. The blog was created a few years back and was suitable at the time, but I feel like I’ve moved on, and would like the blog to focus more on my world and my business. So many other blogs have emerged that write about local designers and creative talents and do it much better that I feel it’s best to let them do it. I may post on designers who are inspiring but it won’t be the only subject. I’m also looking at using other blogging sites which will give me so much more flexibility and new and exciting features. So watch this space as a new and improved Modamuse blog awaits…
Wow, is Christmas already over? It just goes so quickly once it arrives and before you know it a new year is upon you! Hope you all had a fabulous one with family and friends and ended up with a full belly on the couch! Modamuse online shop is up and running over the break and we are still sending orders. However we will be signing out and putting our feet up from the blog till next year. Here’s to a bright and shiny 2011 and may it be everything that you wish for!
I get so busy updating our social accounts on twitter and facebook, that sometimes I forget our little blog! Anyway, if you would like a 5% discount on orders over $75 head on over to our Twitter or Facebook pages to get the code. Offer ends 25 Dec 10. Follow us or like us while you’re there!
We just received word from one of our sponsors that the latest guidebook in the Mr and Mrs Smith series is now available. It features gorgeous and glamourous boutique hotels plus must visit destinations in Australia and New Zealand compiled by the Mr and Mrs Smith crew along personal reviews by incognito style-seekers.
To purchase your copy at the discounted price of AU$30 (RRP AU$45) phone 03 8678 2030 between 9am and 8pm Monday to Friday and Smith hotels will take your payment details and delivery address. Order three or more copies and get free postage and packing within Australia. This special offer closes at 8pm on Wednesday 23 December.
A complimentary Smith membership worth AU$25 (valid for a year)is also included in the purchase, guaranteeing exclusive gifts on arrival, upgrades and extras at all Smith hotels.
Visit Mr and Mrs Smith for more info on drool worthy places to stay around the world.
Here at Modamuse we get a thrill from staying in a stylish boutique hotel on our travels (as I’m sure most of you do too!), so we are especially excited to announce our online partnership with the global luxury travel company Mr and Mrs Smith who have launched their Asia Pacific arm in Melbourne.
Mr and Mrs Smith started off as a sought after published travel guide and now has an online listing of over 500 hand picked sexy, sumptuous boutique hotels which are perfect for a romantic getaway with your significant other. Best available room rates are guaranteed for all customers and for those exlusive members who book through them they’ll receive special offers during their stay such as a free bottle of bubbly, complimentary massage or gift to make your stay even more memorable.
The launch of the Mr and Mrs Smith brand in the Australasia region will expand the list of local hotels in their collection and to celebrate, Modamuse have put together a giveaway of the Mr and Mrs Smith Global Shortlist travel guide, featuring a selection of the most stylish and chic hotels around the world. To enter for this prize, browse through mrandmrssmith.com and choose your favourite Australian or New Zealand boutique hotel such as the beautifully designed properties shown above and send an email to info[at]modamuse[dot]com to let us know why you would like to stay there with your ‘Mr’ or ‘Mrs Smith’. Sauciest answer wins!
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We have now joined the throngs on Twitter! We will try to keep it updated as often as we can about blog posts, online shop news and anything else on our mind so we’d love for you to follow us!
Hiya! It’s been a while since our last entry and we’re taking a little break after the Christmas rush ;)
But we do want to thank all our readers and supporters out there and hope that you are enjoying the holidays and making a brilliant start to 2009!
Happy holidays everyone we’ll see you all soon!!!
Nance and Jess xx
Some big news for us! Modamuse.com has relaunched to celebrate our 2nd anniversary! The site has been redesigned to make the shopping experience easier with improved product display and a streamlined one page checkout. We’d love to hear your thoughts/feedback so please feel free to drop us a line!
Our good friend Jhoanna Aranez creator of One Red Robin is having her first smashing solo show titled “Woodland Park Folk” at Hudson Clothes Shop in Melbourne (see details above). We are so pleased for her as she not only makes gorgeous softies and artwork but is a fabulous person to boot! If you are lucky enough to be in Melbourne during September to 12th October, make a visit to the show. We believe all her work is available for purchase as well so grab a cutie while you can!
If you can’t make it to Melbourne check out some of Jhoanna’s pics here. Well done Jhoanna – we wish you every success!
Those clever lasses from Lola and Bailey have done it again!! Designers Theresa Nguyen and Cheri Uppal have created a brilliant third collection called ‘Metropolis’. Continuing the brand’s romance between two lovers and inspired by art deco and urban architecture, these pendants capture the essence of a true love affair with geometric forms and modern day materials. Pictured here are a couple of their pendants in different material schemes – one in black acrylic and copper, the other in clear acrylic and stainless steel. They are now available for purchase at modamuse.
These exciting pieces from Elke Kramer’s new range of jewellery just blew our socks off when we received them today – we wouldn’t expect anything less from her! Elke’s collection ‘Trompe L’oeil’ is brimming with playful imagery from childhood puzzle pieces and toys and infused with a colourful deco style palette. Her latest pieces invite play and interactivity where segments can flip, spin and pivot.
We are so happy to present part of her range here at modamuse.
We were really honoured to be featured online as one of Domino’s editors’ picks for international design blogs. Domino is a US based magazine which features cool styling and decorating tips for the home. To be mentioned here is great publicity for our little blog and shop. It really goes to show that the world is taking notice of the huge pool of creative talent here in Australia and New Zealand. Without you guys we wouldn’t exist!!
Click on the link above to see the other design bloggers out there doing their thang. We’re truly not worthy! ;)
We are hugely excited for one of our favourite artists Kareena Zerefos, who is holding her first solo exhibition in Sydney from the 4th – 10th June at the MTV Gallery. Kareena is a Sydney artist and freelance illustrator with work conceptually based around memories, dreams and nostalgia. Her distinctive illustrations combines traditional media such as ink, pencil and gouche with digital graphics. Some of her limited edition prints are available for purchase at modamuse.
Yippee another hope street markets is on very soon – Saturday 17th – Sunday 18th May. This time it is held at Paddington Town Hall in Sydney with lots of crafty and designer goodies to tempt us I’m sure! Be sure to check it out if you’re in Sydney.
Even though Eveline Tarunadjaja’s works mostly recognizable by the amount of hair she illustrates, they’re also full of sugary and mischievous imagery inspired by her love for stories, Asian customs, 70’s French semi-porn and elephants.
She recently co-curated and exhibited in ‘Cups and Cuddles’, an Australian female illustrators group show and also being a part of Grafuck 3 book launch and exhibition in California, their annual show ‘NeuLover’ in Portland, Oregon, as well as featured in various publications such as: Frankie (Australia), Elle (Romania), Vogue Girl (Korea) and Elle Girl (Korea).
Some of Eveline’s lovely lovely limited edition prints can now be bought from modamuse so check out our store for details.
Yowsa! We couldn’t contain our excitement when real living contacted us for a few items from our shop to be featured in their magazine. So when the latest issue came out we were so excited to find out modamuse got a mention as one of real living’s [christmas issue] selected top ten online shopping sites. That’s tops!
Hooray! It’s been one year since we launched modamuse and so far we have had a huge response to the store and blog.
We would like to extend our thanks to everybody that reads our blog and those who choose to support our local artists. We have been lucky enough to have collaborated with such great artists and designers. At the moment we are bursting at the seams with new goodies so please have a browse through our store for gift ideas this season.
Cheers everyone and let’s continue to showcase more brilliant things from Australia and New Zealand.
Little Circus Designs is the work of Melbourne artist and illustrator Madeleine Stamer. She has a lovely whimsical style reminiscent of European and Mexican folk art with a dreamy quality. We love the graphic use of black and white as well as the strong vibrant splashes of colour in her limited edition Giclee prints which you can order online through her website
UPDATE: We are very pleased to announce that a wonderful selection of Madeline’s limited edition prints are now available for purchase on modamuse.
We’re having a 20% off sale on Wild Gardenapparel and accessories in an attempt to do a bit of much needed spring cleaning. So get in there quick smart!
The “Anti-Curse of Greyface” is a collection of limited edition wooden necklaces, pendants and earrings by Elke Kramer. The inspiration comes from a celebration of chaos and nonsense and is designed to oppose the teachings of Greyface, who is 1166BC, taught that all humans must live life in an orderly, serious manner and that play was sin. The overtly nonsensical, frivolous shapes of the collection counteract the curse and rejoice in delighted ridiculousness. Though completely abstract in form the pieces are vaguely reminiscent of insect forms, Aztec motifs and clockwork mechanics. We are very excited to stock some of these great pieces at modamuse.