Trawling for inspiration online I often go crazy for great styled images like below, but I miss touching the product, seeing how they really look and feel in real life…
Recently, I had the pleasure of visiting Mika Barr’s textile studio and also got to meet & chat to Mika, the designer behind these great 3D geometric textiles!
And it didn’t disappoint. In fact, I think it made me love them even more!
Thanks for the opportunity Mika. Hope you enjoy all her work as much as I do!
PS And yes of course I had to buy a pillow.
As we near December I’ve also got advent calendars on my mind…I keep saying each year that I will do something so the kids can enjoy this lovely tradition in the run up to Christmas but I have yet to do it. This year will be different (she says). So, a couple of pictures via a merry mishap from last year to start getting me inspired to try my hand at a little advent DIY. What are your traditions around this time of year?
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I’ve got gifts on my mind and thought I’d share some of my wishlist (both for myself and for my giftees). I’ve met some truly wonderful folk over on Instagram in the last year, many of whom are makers so would love to help promote them in any way I can.
To start, the wonderfully creative Mariana from m2matiz – whom I randomly emailed the details of a local Melbourne wood brander manufacturer to, because I thought she was better off spending her time on her wonderful photos rather than etching her name into her pieces (yeah, I do stuff like that) – luckily, she didn’t think me crazy and we’ve been in touch via Instagram for the last few months. She sent me her under heaven “t.lighthaus” (a cover that allows you to turn any jar into a beautiful tea light candle holder) and I have been besotted ever since.
Check out her website for more and also good to know is that the t.lighthaus comes flat pack in an envelope so they are very very easy to have posted to you or anyone else around the world for that matter. Enjoy!
While playing in baby design land I discovered Swedish textile designer, Gunila Axén.
If you’re in any way looking at baby design / products online you’ve likely caught her cloud design series.
I love when someone creates products that are fun for kids & big kids, their parents.
Cue the crush.
(careful, it’s catchy!)
Well, I’m smitten too. Now also by her icebergs.
PS Yes yes, her bedding is wishlisted. Feel free to send them my way
Aaaah … Between Nat taking some rightly deserved time off on maternity leave, my crazy day job and being smack bang in the middle of our attic renovations, things have slipped through a little. Today I found a postcard that I picked up at the Amsterdam Woonbeurs (interiors fair) at the beginning of October about something more than just a little bit wonderful and it would be remiss of me not to tell you about it.
Dutch designer Pepe Heykoop opened his workshop last year in one of Mumbai’s poorest areas. In conjunction with his cousin’s Tiny Miracles Foundation he teaches skills that he hopes will allow the community to increase its standard of life. Awesome.
Right now 3 items are in production, the Paper Vase Cover (which transforms any bottle into a vase – great gift idea I think!), the Matka Vase (made from furniture industry leather scraps) and the Leather Lampshade (prrrrr). Go check them out and get some feel good factor with your designery buy!
I’ve been thinking about this ever since I entered the last trimester…
I’ve been doing apartment diet long enough that I can (mostly) reduce my need for too much unnecessary stuff. But then you fall pregnant and your head shifts to providing for someone else and you get these lists of things you ‘need’ and suddenly – ARGH!
I’ve been pretty restrained so far but even so at birth this 3+kg bebe will already have:
- a dresser / change table
- half a closet (still empty but housing a lot of the stuff below)
- a bouncer
- a pram
- a crib
- a night light
- a mini crib/bassinet
- a baby bath and towels
- swaddles & blankets
- a mobile
- cute clothing
Admittedly, I’ve convinced myself that I’m being restrained because I haven’t actually bought all of these things, I’ve accepted them on loan and as gifts from friends and family, but even so!
But still, he’s going to be teeny, and he already owns all this stuff.
So, how did you all cope with the baby stuff explosion? And what strategies do you have for keeping it at bay?
* A little update as Nat wrote this a while ago – she is now the mother of a very cute little fellow – congratulations darling Nat! Tipxo
I’ve been noticing a lot of raw/unfinished or any other kind of wood popping up in the interiorsphere lately so thought I’d do a little roundup of ideas – because we all love a roundup, don’t we?
Some inspiration from the Amsterdam Woonbeurs earlier this month:
You could try your hand at a plywood DIY (a desk or pegboard shelving perhaps):
Do your whole room like this small space storage awesomeness:
Or just bring in a few accessories here and there:
Are you going to jump on this raw wood trend too? If so, let us know how (send us a pic – we’d love to see it!).
We’re loving the painted pumpkin trend we’ve seen floating around the web this last month.
Wack on a coat of paint & you’re done! Happy Halloween!
PS You may also enjoy this polka dot pumpkin if you’re into a bit of carving.
Wishing you all a “perfect day” & highly recommend playing that & “walk on the wild side” this morning – music awakens the senses & is great for our spaces & souls.
RIP Lou Reed
Move over minimalism, full is in!
Expect to see interiors and shelves covered and filled with MORE.
Which is not to say that minimal is out, just…more is more is in!
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