Check out the most amazing macrame works by Smalltown, who are based in Melbourne. Their beautifully handcrafted pieces are timeless, elegant and extremely cool. We’d covet everything they make from lampshades, jewellery and hanging planters. Simply divine….
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.
Sydney based graphic designer and writer Anthea Krook has lovingly created an inspiring publication called ‘Spoonful’. It is a small collection of thoughts, images and contributions by independent artists and like minded people who live to create and inspire. The first limited edition of Spoonful is available now on etsy at Spoonfulzine.
Now that winter is here in Sydney, I am feeling a little needy for woolie scarves…Check out these lovely patchwork numbers from Morgan Wills. You can pick your colour match from her huge range of scarves which are thoughtfully handmade from reclaimed woollen garments. There are plenty of other ideas for gifts from her shop such as beautiful bunny blankets and bushka rattles for baby!
Can you believe this beautiful tree house restaurant really exists? Well it sure does… it’s at home ten metres up a redwood tree and located in a top secret location near Warkworth, north of Auckland, New Zealand.
The project was the brainchild of Kiwi Tracey Collins and has got off the ground, quite literally with the help of yellowpages. For more inspiring info and to read about how it came to be, go to this link here at yellow tree house. Also click here for amazing pics of this creation and info about the architects pacific environments.
With a background in fashion and industrial design, South Australian based John Quan creates liveable objects and furniture that seem to be perfect fit for contemporary interiors with an element of fun. Pictured here are “Sexy Explosions” which are hanging sculptures made of pencils and a magazine rack inspired by the humble “Slinky” toy. Really cute!!
Mmmmm…Although technically not ‘local’, we just love these crochet necklaces so much we had to feature them here. In actual fact, the maker, Puiyi Tiffany Pang currently resides in Portland, Oregon but she did grow up in Auckland New Zealand, hence the link ;)
Her pieces are one of a kind, embellished with vintage buttons and produced in modern colours. In Puiyi’s words -”my goal is to bring the closet grandma out of all of us and to transform the traditional yawn yawn pretty lace into something unexpected”. We think she has easily achieved that and converted us to crochet fans!! Check her store for the current range at Muntedkowhai Arts and Crafts.
‘Compact’ (pictured here) is a contemporary vanity unit and work of exceptional craftsmanship by acclaimed furniture designer and makerLaura McCusker. Trained in cabinetmaking and fine woodworking, Laura’s beautiful work is featured regularly in publications such as Belle, Vogue Living and Inside Out and has also exhibited in major competitions. Check out her site to see more. We really dig the elegant simplicity of her timber furniture and skillful detailing.
You can find these very sweet hand printed timber Christmas cards at the red thread. They are individually made by Sydney artist Lisa Tilse who also creates one-off and limited edition artwork and really wonderful commissioned children’s portraits. Just a word of advice -since the commissions take weeks to generate, it’ll be a good idea to get in early before the Christmas rush!!
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!
Drool, drool, drool….This is an amazing necklace by Melbourne based jeweller Mascha Moje who is originally from Hamburg. She fashions the most beautiful sculptural pieces of jewellery from a broad palette of materials. Her work can be found at Gallery Funaki.
One of our favourite pastimes is fantasising about how to decorate our dream homes. It’s a cinch with all the products from MRD home as their interior ranges are so carefully coordinated. You can pretty much make anything look fabulous here. Our top pick is the oak Scandi TV unit pictured here with the roll away doors, it’s a gem! Click here to see more at MRD Home which is a Melbourne based homewares and interior design company owned by designer Craig Miller Randle.
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! ;)
Originally from Queensland, Lilly Piri’s illustrations and artwork have been featured in magazines such as Frankie and Harper’s Bazaar. She’s also done a number of group shows around Australia and the US.
Here are just a few examples of Lilly’s exquisite colour pencil drawings of girls with the most gorgeous soulful eyes. Most artists shy away from it but she manages to incorporate some of Australia’s unique creatures and flora into her work – check out the cute koala clinging onto the girl’s head! We reckon that Lilly’s unique style and subject matter is really exciting so take a look at her website little galaxie for more work and details.
Hailing from Western Australia, Holly Grace is an artist who creates glass works of exceptional beauty and refinement. Pictured here is a small sample of her technique of sandcarving or etching images of natural forms such as tree silhouettes onto the surface of glass. The result is a brilliant play of translucency, reflections, shadow and light – very very beautiful indeed…..
Eleanor Yap is a 23 year old talented freelance illustrator and graphic designer from Melbourne, Australia. Recently in collaboration with Australian fashion label
Dhini, her textile designs appeared on the catwalk of the 2007 Australian Fashion Week at Dhini’s celebrated collection ‘Song of the Drowned’.
Elly is soon to release a limited edition run of one of her beautiful illustrations called ‘The Fountain’ which was initially created for Save By Art’s exhibition ‘Wild Things’. [Stay tuned for an update here or check out her blog for more details]. This print was inspired by the fountain in her mother’s garden, and the vines, orchids and other plants surrounding it. The detail and colour is just extraordinary – you can just look at it for hours and marvel at the complexity. So have a look at her site Elly Yap and discover more about her amazing work.
If you feel like your place is a bit ho hum lately and in need of some cheer, why not consider a removable decal? These fun stickies are really cool if you want to a bit of a change and can work on most surfaces – how about the one on the fridge door?! Check out these vinyl decals from stickmeon which are created by Deanna Corso from Melbourne (‘sir rabbit’ – top picture) and ellynelly (pictured bottom left and right)created by a mother and daughter team, Elaine & Nell Oliver. Elaine lives in Cairns, Australia while Nell is based in New York, USA.
Fontaine Anderson is a freelance illustrator and graphic designer from Adelaide, South Australia. She is inspired by her dreams, Japanese textiles, Egyptian gods, 1980’s clip art, fashion and music. Shown here are a couple of examples of her dreamy sensuous illustrations which show her intricate detailed linework and Egyptian influences.
These breathtakingly beautiful porcelain pieces are created by NSW ceramic artist Tania Rolland. The white purity of the porcelain offsets her delicate and finely detailed oxide drawings. The titles she gives each piece also perfectly match the poetry of each creation. Her work can be viewed at Sabbia Gallery in Sydney.
Have a look at sesame - an online biannual magazine with a focus on emerging talents in the fields of fashion, art, music and design. Right up our alley!! Some great reading material and ultra cool fashion spreads for your eyes to feast upon. The new issue is out soon.