It’s such a fantastic way to impress your family and friends with delicious food straight from your very own wood-fired oven.
At a fraction of the costs of a traditional WFO (wood-fired oven), Uuni blows the competition out of the water. It burns wood pellets which are cheap and efficient, so there’s no need to split wood or play with an axe
Uuni 2 is the definitive outdoor kitchen and I’m giving it a big thumbs up! Here’s what it’s all about:
For more info: Uuni.net
At first when my interior designer came to my house and suggested the Elitis Moko wallpaper from France, I was skeptical.
I thought about it for a while and decided to take a bold plunge into the very creative and daring world of my designer.
It was the best thing I did.
Every single day I walk past the wall and love it more and more. It honestly is the best part of my home now and when guests come over, they too instantly fall in love.
It’s a flamboyant baroque style, with bright rich colours and a beautiful mosaic texture thanks to the thick vinyl. I think the perfect word to now describe my foyer would be ostentatious.
Thank you Seneca Textiles, Paddington for making my foyer absolutely glorious. It sets a mood every time I walk into my home.
Ok, I’m going to be totally vain for a moment and say how much I love this photo of myself!!! Ha… But I have to say, this pool is amazing!!!
Designed by Oceanscape Pools, every detail was made to make this pool at my friend’s place look like a resort!
Here’s a great little gift idea for this Christmas (but not limited to).
Flickering Moments Candle & Gift Design presents its collection of luxury designed and hand decorated, personalised candles. Their candles are designed for all occasions including Christmas, Weddings, Engagements, Anniversaries, Christenings, Baptisms, Naming Days, Births, Birthdays, Holy Communions, Confirmation, Memorial and any other special occasion.
To make your candle the perfect keepsake they source a variety of embellishments, decorative materials and accessories to create their unique and gorgeous range of exclusive candles.
Flickering Moments Candle & Gift Design are now also designing unique candle centrepieces for your special function or wedding as well as bonbonniere/favours as stunning and distinctive gifts to be kept and treasured.
All their candles can be custom designed to suit any theme or colour scheme.
Once you have selected your perfect candle design they will lovingly create one just for you. Your candle will be made by hand, made with love, for you to have as a treasure of your special occasion.
Can’t find what you’re looking for or have your own design in mind? Email them on facebook or email with your enquiries at email@example.com
Flickering Moments – Candle & Gift Design on Facebook: CLICK HERE
Timber! Bring the outdoors in with the Antipodean Side Table. Made from felled camphor laurel trees, a noxiuos weed in Australia, or walnut burl from trees that were removed years ago and saved by the lovely Alan in Mullumbimby, each solid-wood table is one of a kind. The contrast of organic with modern makes this a real converstaion piece as well as a great place to set a drink!
Colour options are Whitewash or Natural Timber and the hardwood slabs are French polished with natural beeswax.
Bases are polished 304 stainless steel, not chromed.
Whitewash approx size: 65 x 35 x 48 cm high
Natural approx size: 59 x 44 x 48 cm high
A little embarrassed to be here… But when in West Village… — at Carrie Bradshaw’s Apartment.
Home sweet home! I’m at my amazing pad for the next 2 weeks in NYC!
Loving it already and only been here 47 minutes. — at East Village.
‘Edge of Belgravia’ is renown for their Ceramic and Damascus knives, which enhance the cooking experience and complement all kitchens through their futuristic and clever design.
I’m in love. Vibrant colours and a comedic edge ensure ‘Edge of Belgravia’ knives are a stylish addition to any kitchen bench top and I guarantee when you see, you will want!
Be sure to visit their website for all the information: www.edgeofbelgravia.com.au
How fantastic is this! The Lanna Garden Column from Ute.
It’s a great way to fill up empty and lifeless space either inside or outside your home.
It’s clean and neat, its confined and refined, it’s beautiful! Such a great idea.
Made of galvanised steel, it comes complete with 8 terracotta pots and 20kgs of pebbles to weigh it down.
Best part, only $450!
THE APARTTMENT, a stunning new clothing and furniture concept store, is set to launch at ivy’s coveted retail laneway in May. Inspired by a chic Parisian boudoir, THE APARTTMENT is a charming new retail experience offering a range of quality brands and products suited to the many aspects of a woman’s lifestyle and personal living space from home furnishings to fashion and beauty.
I went to the media launch so i could smell, taste, touch and experience the store in all its glory.
The beautiful store is the brainchild of Claire Coppins, the creative force behind fun and rebellious Australian fashion label, Tighttigers, known by many simply as TT. Infused with Claire’s innate creative flare and penchant for soft fabrications, sensual silhouettes, natural tones and understated luxury, THE APARTTMENT is designed to feel as if you are strolling into a stylish apartment of chic friend in Paris. The boutique is filled with gorgeous products from an array of complementary fashion, home furnishing and beauty brands, carefully selected by the talented young designer to reflect an effortless sense of luxury and aspiration at an incredibly accessible price point.
Everything in the store is available for purchase – from Tighttiger’s signature range of blazers, silk dresses and jersey basics, shoes from directional footwear brand Senso and beauty products from Bloom Cosmetics to key furniture pieces from online furnishing brand Max Sparrow, luxurious handwoven rugs by Cadrys and innovative lighting installations from Zaffero.
THE APARTTMENT will also stock high end leather jackets by Paris-based luxury label Nour Hammour, gorgeous silk scarves by Yassin Lahmar and stunning jewellery from the girls at SFLitter. Keeping with the intrinsic French theme, the store also offers a relaxing space for those special tête-à-têtes where shoppers can sit back and enjoy teas from T2 and gorgeous treats from Merivale’s own Lorraine’s Patisserie.
Claire’s vision for the store was to create a retail space that looks and feels like you have just walked off the streets of Paris into her home – “I wanted to offer a unique shopping experience, a boutique where you can come in, take some time out, explore the treasure trove of charming products, sit back with a cup of tea and relax. The brands have all been individually chosen to offer something special for a woman’s personal life”.
THE APARTTMENT joins a host of Australia’s leading retailers that call ivy’s fabulous lifestyle precinct home including celebrity and editorial hair maestro, Brad Ngata, sleepwear king Peter Alexander, multi-brand fashion boutique Elsewear, the yoga-inspired athletic apparel company LuluLemon Athletica, the sartorial craftsmanship of Zimma Tailors, the delicious Cupcake Bakery and boutique wine retailer, The Bottle Shop
I absolutely adore the Tretchikoff Cushion (Lady from Orient) that African Fusion have stocked at the moment.
These delightfully colorful and inspiring pieces of art can lay with you on the lounge.
I’ve taken all of the details below straight from their website:
Handmade in South Africa
No longer confined to 50s and 60s kitsch, Tretchikoff’s artwork has seen a resurgence with his distinctive paintings making a grand statement in more contemporary settings.
With permission from the Tretchikoff Foundation, the painting is printed on linen (one side) and finished with a concealed base seam zip. To clean, a luke warm hand wash.
We love how the colours in the painting work with various room colours and styles. Make an art statement on the sofa or stack as floor cushions. A single cushion (pillow) is striking in an armchair or on the bed. Feather insert included.
length 57 cm | height 57 cm | weight 0.275 kg
$179.00 inc GST
To purchase or see more, visit Safari Fusion
Any reader of my blog, or anyone they knows me personally will know there is one luxury that I don’t mind spending money on… Candles.
If I could, I would have scented candles burning around me 24/7. I love them. They make me feel different and special things, they transport me and they smell absolutely divine!
But they only smell divine if you find the right ones… And as I’m always searching high and low for great candles, I have once again hit the big time on these ones. Palm Beach Collection.
Palm Beach Collection is an exquisite new eco-friendly Australian lifestyle product range for true lovers of contemporary style, with a feeling of indulgence.
The all-natural Palm Beach Collection range is luxurious yet affordable and consists of beautiful hand-poured scented candles and reed diffusers in an extensive array of delicious scents including Vintage Gardenia (my fave), Coconut & Lime, Pear & Cinnamon, Honey & Peach Blossom and Mint Leaf & Avocado.
I did my research and discovered what Palm Beach Collection was all about and who was behind it. Brother and sister duo, Kirsten Walkerand Mike Grey developed this incredible collection of eco-friendly soy wax and essential oil candles with the landscapes of Sydney in mind.
Kirsten and Mike’s childhood was spent in the beachside surrounds of Avalon, Clareville and Palm Beach in Sydney, where their parents still reside. Palm Beach Collection is very proudly a family owned and run Australian business. The team are passionate about ensuring their product remains Australian made close to the shores of their beloved home in Sydney.
The clever pair have travelled the globe extensively over a number of years to research and develop what they believe to be the finest fragrance creations from leading international experts in the art of perfume. From humble beginnings as a start-up business less than three years ago, Palm Beach Collection is now recognised amongst the best Australian made and owned candle collections, with more than 400 stockists Australia wide.
I had the pleasure of interviewing Mike Grey about Palm Beach Collection.
1. There are many candle collections out there, what makes your product different?
This is a very good question. I believe the story behind Palm Beach Collection and how we came about as a brand has a lot to do with creating our originality. Palm Beach Collection is not just a substandard product with a label slapped on its jar or bottle, we have created this collection with love- the love of family. The entire Palm Beach Collection team are family and we have created this together-family made and owned, it is truly a heart-warming story and I feel like this translates in our brand and product. We are an eco-friendly collection and use renewable supplies such as soy which is a big point of difference.
2. There is a luxurious beach Hamptons style feeling around the collection, have you purposely gone for this style? Is it one you live in your own life?
We love everything about the area we live in and we wanted to create a Palm Beach experience in every product we have. Our packaging and fragrances reflect our lifestyle and surroundings, being both beach and sophistication. I think this has caught the eye of Hampton enthusiasts but personally you can’t beat Palm Beach Sydney!
3. Scents trigger memories, especially candles for me. Do any of your candles bring back special memories?
Absolutely! I love how quickly I can be transported back to a time in the past just by scent. White Rose & Jasmine reminds me of our family garden where I grew up. The Jasmine is such a strong trigger that I literally visualise a certain day, just amazing. Mint Leaf & Avocado brings back Christmas for me as a small boy. I can remember the holidays and the excitement of the beach bringing back so many memories. Our scents have been created with this in mind, everyone has a history making each favourite so personal.
4. What is your inspiration behind each of the candle and diffuser concoctions?
We have been inspired by our surroundings here on the Australian Northern Beaches. Many native flower oils and beautiful citrus extracts accompanied by wooden base notes have helped create this. Mood plays a big part in the creation of a fragrance, like mentioned above scent does entice feelings through the senses. This is why I love this range, I can use a fragrance to create mood or to alter it. We have also travelled extensively and taken ideas from European inspiration, some of the fragrances being developed in Europe are just superb. We like to look for points of difference to inspire us as well.
Ha ha I love it, and may I say quite the fitting question as we are brother and sister! We all have our favourites and mine is White Rose & Jasmine in both the candle and the diffuser, I generally am not a floral lover but this fragrance I just can’t get enough of!
6. What is the most common piece of feedback you get about your collection?
Love the name, love the scents and love the packaging. Also what ideas have you got for the next candle fragrance?
7. Do you know of any celebrities/high profile people that use your products? If so who and is there a story behind that?
Nicole and Lionel Richie loved the candles while they were in Australia and took some back to the US with them, Australian Olympian Leisel Jones is a huge fan and Lara Bingle and her mum also love the brand!
8. What is next for Palm Beach Collection?
We are still growing as a business and we have started to export to Europe and the UK. Along with the launch of our E boutique just last month we have a some exciting things in the pipeline.
It is important to remain dynamic in this market so without giving to much away you can expect to see some amazing newness happen to the range in the next few months.
Expanding out into new countries and representing quality Australian made products in various markets is next. We want to be the best ambassadors for Australian made home fragrance products both at home and off shore.
The Palm Beach Collection prices range from $37.95 for the Candle Collection and Diffuser Collection through $109.95 for theDeluxe Candle range. With a growing selection of more than 20 divine fragrances such as Coconut & Lime, Tahitian Mango, French Vanilla and Sweet Basil & Citrus, Palm Beach Collection continues its rapid expansion with the launch of their first e-commerce store as well as more product lines currently under development and due for release soon.
Do yourself a favour and purchase one of these candles. I love them and am stocking up on them for summer!
TIP: Grab some of the smaller ones to take with you on holidays, I’ll be taking a few to Byron Bay this year. What this does is sets a scent and a memory – you’ll be able to take yourself back on holidays while you’re burning your candle at home or the office.
For more please visit www.palmbeachcollection.com.au
I’m a big fan of anything Hardwick & Cesko do, and I really couldn’t go past telling you about something a little out of the ordinary – paper cut artworks!
After speaking with Director, Melanie Hardwick, she was super excited to reveal their new hand-cut PaperCut artworks in a new colour palette for 2012. “Their timeless silhouettes have been revisited with a new classic twist. We have chosen some of our key designs to be reinvented in a navy PaperCut presented in a white frame. Don’t you just adore them?”
That I most certainly do!
“LOVE. We’ve had a great response so far and are very excited to launch the new range at Sydney’s Finders Keepers market at the historic Carriageworks.
Our PaperCut artworks are individually hand drawn, and expertly cut out of the finest of rice paper. We collaborate with our paper artist to produce whimsical timeless one-off artworks. We want our designs to touch the heart and last a lifetime, as our philosophy is all about creating products that have a place in your heart not just your home. They withstand the whims of fashion allowing them to grow with your style.”
She couldn’t have said it better. These exclusive artworks are definitely pieces that will add interest and style to a wall and dress up any room of your home. They are intricate and heartfelt and make the most perfect wedding gift, or a delightful treat for yourself.
They are in stock now, visit www.hardwickandcesko.com.au for stockists or http://downthatlittlelane.com.au/sellers/hardwick-cesko to order online.
I recently produced an Easter photo shoot which required some props. I sent a call out to some close friends and a designer friend of mine suggested I visit a new furniture and design store called PAD in Waterloo.
Off to Waterloo I went to see what this store was all about. I parked the car across the road and looked into the window displays. I immediately knew this place was ME. I couldn’t get inside fast enough to discover the world of rich and rare opulence.
PAD = Passionate About Design. That they most certainly are.
This place is a wonderland of gorgeous pieces, new and refurbished. Intricate patterns, fabrics, designs and collections which all team together beautifully to create the most special of spaces in your home. The photos really speak for themselves.
I’m totally in love with this place. Even just a walk around the store with no intention to purchase puts you into a special space in your mind and emotionally. It is so cleverly laid out, the natural light pouring in from the old warehouse roof, the burning candle scent wafting around the space and the attention to every detail is perfect for waking the senses.
The team at PAD are passionate about providing a complete service for their customers. They are more than happy to discuss the room you are decorating, taking into consideration the colour scheme, soft furnishings and existing furniture pieces to pull your look together. Bring some photos and take advantage of their Interior Decorators’ free advisory service.
If you are looking for a particular piece, or an elusive accessory, they are able to source both vintage and new pieces from their vast network of suppliers. From lamps and armchairs, to mirrors and tables, and everything in between – they will have you covered.
I suggest you get to the store as soon as possible, so you can see, feel and smell the experience for yourself.
Click HERE to see the Easter shoot which I produced for Romel Model Management and Sydney Fashion Blogger.
287 Young St, Waterloo NSW 2017 || Tel: (02) 9698 8150
Opening Hours: Mon~Sat: 10am ~ 5pm || Sun: 11am ~ 4pm
I was shopping online and found this gorgeous rich Dragonfly resin platter which is individually created, so every colour and dimension differs from Dinosaur Designs.
The gorgeous swirls through the platter tell a story of it’s own. Available in an array of colours, you can have it in red transparent, magenta swirl, cobalt, orange transparent, tomato and chocolate (pictured).
Handmade in Australia, these platters are carefully crafted to present food, but remember to treat it delicately – think of it being like ceramic. If treated with care, it can easily last forever.
For $190 from www.inadesignerhome.com.au
Cleverly designed for the kitchen, the new Urban Composter is an airtight bucket which allows you to throw all types of food scraps including coffee grounds, dead flowers, meat, fish, dairy products, egg shells, fruits, vegetables and more.
It looks good, so won’t ruin the look of a modern kitchen and there are 4 colour lids to choose from, and best thing about it? It’s designed and made in Australia!
Below is a quick run down on how the Urban Composter works (taken from the website):
Food scraps cut into small pieces are placed into the Urban Composter. All types of food scraps can be composted including: Meat, Fish, Vegies, Fruit, Dairy, Coffee, Wilted Flowers (no bones or excessive liquids).
A Compost Accelerator is sprayed on, assisting in the break down and fermentation of the scraps. The composting process is anaerobic which means that the food scraps don’t rot or smell while breaking down.
As the scraps ferment, liquids are released. This juice saturated in good bacteria and nutrients can be drained off every few days, as an excellent fertiliser for plants, or can be flushed down drains as it promotes septic systems.
Mix with soil
The scraps will break down in approx 4-8 weeks. Once the bucket is full, and all the liquid drained, the pulp can be added to soil. It can be: buried in the garden, in a pot or planter of soil, added to outdoor compost or to worm farms.
For more information, please visit www.urbancomposter.co
How cute is this! It’s a light weight, super strong food carrier, which has adapted the classic Japanese style Bento box design.
Carry hot or cold food, left overs, or even party snacks to those parties where the host is tight and asked you to BYO food. That aside, it’s easy to use, convenient and looks super cool! With 3 containers and a sturdy lockable lever, the top container is divided into 3 sections, and the entire set is made of DinnaWare 100% melamine, making it light and easy to clean at the end of the day.
Dishwasher and freezer proof, also shatter and fade proof. To purchase, visit www.dinna.com.au
What do you think of this wallpaper?
I absolutely love it!
As I’m doing the interior of my parents new home, I found this – and loved it! The dogs are felt feeling too, so you can look and pat!
What room would you put it in?
After looking at so many different options for my parents new house, I have come across some pretty amazing things.
It’s not a brand new product and it’s not a revolutionary material, but it’s how it’s treated and where it’s used that is making it a popular and very attractive option in so many homes!
CONCRETE. Yep… Concrete.
I’ve had a look into and found that a Sydney based company called Concreate specialise in custom concrete creations for the
kitchen, bathroom and outdoor living area – from benchtops to bespoke tables, bathtubs, sills and steps to sinks and fireplaces.
Versatile and durable, concrete is a perfect partner to timber, brick, glass and stainless steel. It melds a rugged raw urban edge with a softer warm and sleek appeal.
Concreate design and build to the size and aesthetic each customer desires, so the concept of each piece is unique.
Whilst benchtops are at the core of what the company does, they love to innovate and can replicate almost anything in concrete.
They have combined concrete benchtops with bases of dramatic fabricated steel and timber designer replicas, and their latest work sees an entire table made of concrete.
At Grand Designs Live Sydney (October 2012), they showcased a design savvy way of bringing the outdoors in with the Concreate Harvest Table… A chunky, tactile concrete table in ‘Raw’ with a live wheatgrass centrepiece, a replica of the Emily Wettstein timber table.
Another recent addition to the range combines concrete benchtop with built-in sink, drainer and compost chute, resulting in a beautifully seamless product offering practicality and functionality.
Their new rubber mould system enables Concreate to replicate just about any shaped Concreation you conceptualise.
Choose from eleven colours such as the popular ‘Wild Rice’ or ‘Oyster’, or perhaps the green ‘Herb’ offers the pop of colour you are looking for. Alternatively specify your own custom colour.
Options such as a new rustic marble-effect or built-in lights also add your own personal stamp on these unique concrete creations.
Seriously check it out, I am absolutely loving this and making sure it’s something we use in the new house. It will look amazing!
With astonishing looks, the ultimate present for mum’s kitchen this Christmas is the Vera Electric Kettle by Bugatti.
Great design isn’t just about good looks. It’s about creating useful products that make your life simpler and easier… but a sexy sleek exterior certainly does help!
Bugatti is at the forefront of Italian design, and their Vera Kettle is a stunning example of function and style. Made from lacquered die-cast metal, the kettle features a unique cone shape that is stylish and boils water up to 25% quicker than other kettles. The Vera sits on a 360˚ power base, so you can position it where you like in the kitchen, and it is fully cordless and portable.
Plus, half of the great features of the Vera are not in the kettle, but in its cool angular handle. It features integrated electronic controls that allow you to perfectly control the temperature of your water, as well as a timer that uses the in-built clock to let you set when the kettle will boil. Simply press the button, and the kettle will be boiled and ready for your tea break!
If you want a stunning kitchen appliance that is as useful as it is good looking, then don’t look past Bugatti. Italian design, at its very best!
Available at all good department stores, including Peter’s of Kensington for around $330.
I love my number 7 CHRISTMAS GIFT IDEA, the Insitu Wall Planter.
Insitu wall planters offer a unique way to display your pot plants, adding colour and beauty to otherwise empty spaces.
You can create so many styles with this simple, yet genius display of potted plants. For instance, bright red geraniums can create a rustic Spanish style, or pretty blue flowering plants to create the Greek Island look, perfect for an Australian summer!
If flowers aren’t your thing, maybe you want to create a living wall feature of decorative cacti, or a vertical herb garden on your balcony – the options are endless!
There are five standard sizes available, ranging from $205 to $425 in a range of colours. It’s also Australian made and designed which makes it even better!
Visit www.insituwallplanters.com.au for more information.
These great ice buckets available in either small or large will be great for any indoor or outdoor entertaining event. Made from handwoven brown or white rattan, they come with a galvanized ice bucket liner. They look fantastic and is totally practical and something you would use all summer long!
There are two sizes, Small – $79.95 and Large $99.95.
Made in Solingen, Germany Wüsthof have set the standard for designing and manufacturing precision knives since 1814. Renowned all over the world for their uncompromising quality in the art of knife making, each Wüshtof knife is precision forged from a single piece of specially tempered, high carbon, stain resistant steel.
Sounds impressive doesn’t it? Well it is! But for me, it isn’t just about the construction. It’s actually beautiful to look at. It’s elegant and has an old world bone China charm to it – don’t you think?
Beyond its beauty, each knife is engineered to provide the perfect balance and weight required for effortless handling. This unique creme handle design will harmonize with the modern homes of white, beige or taupe. Fresh and clean… The way I like it!
www.wusthof.com - (08) 9353 7819
Beautiful, practical, luxurious, handmade and fair trade. These are the ultimate outdoor summer MUST HAVE!
The Toucan Shop in Sydney imports directly from artisans in Latin America, so you can be sure all of the products have an individual look and feel, are 100 per cent handmade and 100 per cent fair trade.
They have just received a container full of hammocks, hammock chairs and baby swings. The hammocks are 100 per cent cotton, individually crafted in Nicaragua and come in an array of amazing colours and a variety of sizes and styles. These Nicaraguan hammocks are world famous for their style, elegance and comfort.
Hammocks and hammock chairs are not only a great place to kick back and relax – they can make a stunning focus piece in any home, indoors or out. I will most certainly be getting myself one for the holiday house – I have a perfect place for it out on the terrace!
Designers can even design their own hammocks… anything is possible! And that I love!
Prices start at $99 and go up to $7500.
The Toucan Shop - www.thetoucanshop.com
I’m really loving these wild products that fenton&fenton have just got in-store. The originality, the colour and the fun of them are just perfect for the home. Looking for an artistic feature? Perhaps the door is perfect for you!
If you get the doors, of course you will have to get the textile taxidermy, which will sit nicely above the zebra linen cushions on your designer lounge!
Fenton&fenton love to add a twist of the extraordinary to what might otherwise be labelled conventional homewares.
Lion Doors $4500, Zebra Linen Cushions $250, Textile Taxidermy $220
www.fentonandfenton.com.au - 03 9533 2323
My parents are in the process of designing and building a new beach house on the South Coast. It’s contemporary, it’s high quality and it’s sleek.
I came across this beautiful basin for the bathroom from Catalano, imported by Rogerseller. It’s the brand new Zero Star collection which is characterised by it’s slimness and it’s elegant, sleek outline – both unique and distinctive. This is the style of the new house.
Made up of 3 washbasins – 105, 80 and 58 cm sizes – the range is suitable for wall hung, semi fitted and pedestal mounted installation. In other words, you have options to suit your style and your space.
The flawless, smooth surfaces perfected by Catalano make it one of the leading manufacturers in sanitaryware worldwide.
Rogerseller are launching the Zero Star collection this September, which is perfect timing for my family. So visit www.rogerseller.com.au for more information.
How gorgeous is this armchair, named ‘Labyrinth of Mirrors’ by Ella and Sofia. I absolutely love it!
Made from solid kiln cured European beachwood and finished using Vernici Egidio Milesi polyurethane. Available for $1160.00.
Check out www.ellaandsofia.com this brand is amazing!
I thought it would be more then appropriate to show you these awesome lights as I travel through Scandinavia checking out all of the awesome designer products they have here.
The spinning-top toy, a childhood favourite, inspired the joyful form of the Spinning Light. Designed by Benjamin Hubert from Denmark, this is available to all of us in Australia through Great Dane Furniture.
From $595, Spinning Lights is available in black or white, made of lacquered aluminium with matching PVC cord
Hardwick & Ćesko present the launch of their first furniture pieces in April this year, and although a little late, it’s still definately worth the mention because they are so damn adorable! Having just visited the doily factory in Venice myself (no I’m not a 70 year old woman!), the Miss Ćesko coffee and side tables and a perfect contemporary addition to your sleek living space.
These truly distinctive tables are manufactured using the highest quality of materials and are designed and made in Australia by David Hardwick, Head Designer at Hardwick & Ćesko. Australian made – we love that!
The inspiration for these tables stemmed from a fascination David Hardwick had with the intricate detail of crochet and more specifically doilies. If you ask me, I think design reflects the lost tradition within a contemporary context.
“In the design of the tables, it became very important that not only the table-top could replicate the doily, but how the base and stem of the table could accentuate the form of the top without competing with it for attention. Hence the stem of the table is divided in the middle, tapering equally to the top and the bottom, as if the process of creation started at this central point. The strong, yet simple, circular form of the base providing the stability & support for the contrastingly intricate detail and soft lines of the patterned top” David mentioned in response to an email I sent saying how much I loved the product.
The Coffee table tops are made from either American black walnut from an FSC certified timber source or from white laminate on FSC certified eco plywood. The bases are made out of high quality Australian steel with a white powder-coated finish.
For more information, check out: www.hardwickandcesko.com.au
These days, everything I look at seems to reflect my plans to Europe, or my past trips – like when I was in Morocco last. And I love it.
It was this gorgeous range of modern Moroccan tables thats caught my wandering eye online. With these, you can spice up your space with contemporary motifs hand painted on traditional forms. Hamimi is a fresh take on Moroccan living, capturing its exotic culture and honouring its traditional craftsmanship.
The Hamimi collection showcases designs amid a mix of hand picked pieces. In an age of mass production, Hamimi focuses on hand crafting objects using traditional methods with a contemporary sensibility.
So where do you buy these? EcoChic, the online shopping emporium for furniture and homewares for the stylish and
eco-conscious consumer. But don’t expect to get these tables right away – EcoChic will begin retailing the fantastic collection of Hamimi Modern Moroccan furniture from August 2011. Not long to go!
Prices: Small Table 35cm deep x 60mm high $390; Medium Table 40cm deep x 50cm high $420; Large Table 60cm deep x 55cm high $540.
A few years ago, I went to Switzerland in the middle of summer. I visited Mt Titlis, and at the top of the mountain it was snowing and there was an ice cave. Plunging from the roof were sparkling ice stalictites, refracting light from every angle. It was just amazing!
So it was obvious that when I saw the new Lichena lighting collection from Murano glass manufacturer Vistosi, I would fall in love.
Made from crystal glass, the dramatic yet delicate lights can add a really glamorous touch to a home that is appropriately decorated.
Designed by Mauro Olivieri, the collection is edgy and contemporary, it was unveiled for the first time in Milan at Euroluce during Salone del Mobile, the Lichena collection embodies pure form with texture and transparency, enabling an intricate interplay between light and silhouettes through the crystal.
The collection of Lichena lamps is available in multiple fittings including as a floor, pendant, and suspension lamp.
Mic Ritter, ‘Young Designer of the Year’ at the ‘Powerhouse Museum’s Young Blood Designer Exhibition (2010)’, is now an award winning furniture designer and maker. Mic’s latest designs continue to showcase his talents.
It’s called Chest of Drawers, personally handcrafted with a combination of custom built trunks made from scratch (the top three in image) and re-fashioned vintage trunks (the bottom two). The top three trunks have been covered in fabric and re-used leather (ripped out from an old couch) to replicate the look of old luggage.
All five trunks have a timber frame constructed of Tasmanian oak. The construction of the drawers for the false fronts has been created using traditional hand cut dovetail joints with Australian cedar. Kourie pine was used for the rest of the drawer assembly. The top right case has a compartment set out as a jewellery box crafted from Australian Cedar. Talk about an all Australian product, constructed by an Australian for Australians. Strong, sturdy and a real stand-out piece in any home. It would be perfect in mine!
Based on the Central Coast, Mic says “The idea for the piece was conceived when I was working with antiques. At the time I was repairing an old chest of drawers and noticed that one of the drawers had the same dimensions as a vintage suite case. The concept of using different styles of cases to create a chest of drawers followed on from there. The five individual cases have been fixed together and sit on a timber base styled with cabriole legs and finished with a french polish.”
What a clever guy!
For further information, to view Mic’s other work and for interviews please email him on: firstname.lastname@example.org OR you can see it in person at Original Finish, in Newtown – www.originalfinish.com.au
Trendy, compact and functional, I am loving this dishrack by Black & Blum which is inspired by architecture. It’s called High & Dry, which folds out from a flat and neat storage solution while its sculptural range of spikes allows to hold your delicate champagne flutes.
Available to purchase from www.weddinggiftsdirect.com.au for $71.95.
With all the Royal buzz going on at the moment with the lead up to the wedding of Prince William and Catherine, there is definately one way we can all bring a little bit of Royal luxe into our homes.
By bringing home the new Limited Edition GLASSHOUSE Versailles triple scented candle, you can create French glamour quite simply by lighting it.
Fit for a Queen (or King), Versailles fills the room with delicate perfumes of Gardenia, Musk, Freesia and Amber. An exquisite scent, it adds a warm and luxurious feeling to your home – perfect for Autumn, leading into Winter.
Presented in the signature GLASSHOUSE glass jar, the Limited Edition Versailles is luxuriously decorated with ornate silver marble effect. In a graceful gold embellished box with Versailles artwork, there is no reason for you not to take it home.
I’m loving this gorgeously delicate ceramic Coral Candle Holder from Becker Minty. Standing 31cm tall and made in Italy, it makes an intricate stand-out piece on an appropriately styled dining table, adding a soft Hamptons warmth to your home.
Check out www.beckerminty.com for $495.00
Yesterday I posted an article about Sacred Collections, a collection of fashionable clothing for women which launches today, but their range doesn’t just do fabulous clothing – they also have gorgeous 100% Recycled Sari Quilts available in Single, Double & King Size.
They are so beautiful and have a great range – perfect to give your home a warm feeling throughout autumn and winter.
Check out their site for more details, www.sacredcollections.com.au.
One year ago, this website was launched – which also happened to be my own birthday as well.
I’d like to thank every single one of my fabulously loyal readers, contributors with special mention to Brett Willis and Stewart Noble and my wonderful advertisers.
Without all of you, the website would not be the success it is today, and success shows in figures with 138,887 unique visitors in 169 countries.
Thankyou once again – you have all in someway contributed in writing about all of the things I love, and being able to tell you honestly about all of the things I’m passionate about with class and taste.
Love Adrian Erdedi xx
After visiting a trade show last week, I noticed a new trend here in Australia for lighting within the home. It seems to be everywhere and many designer lighting stores are stocking or have stocked the new Muuto E27 Pendant Lamps available in many different colours. Designed by Mattias Stahlbom.
It’s simple. Rope with a bulb. With a splash of colour. It couldn’t get more simple then that.
It’s contemporary and versatile. You can use it in many different ways to create an individual look in your home, office or store. Tie it in knots, have some short and some long, have one or have many clumped together – the options are limitless. You can also buy special light bulbs which have an intricate light wire which looks phenomenal!
Available to purchase from Top 3 by Design for $158 each. Many colours to choose from.
Kartell has presented the new POP sofa and armchair with Limited Edition Paul Smith fabric covers. With only 50 of them in the world, we have them all here in Australia!
Elegant but comfortable, chic but durable, the POP sofa and armchair with a transparent or black frame fits in perfectly with any environment. Perfect for young and dynamic surroundings.
Composed of transparent polycarbonate single-seat modules which can be placed side by side to create the sofa’s solid frame: backrest, seat (also made of plastic slats) and armrests. Pop shatters preconceived ideas of the rigidity of plastic, offering itself as a comfortable and indestructible industrial upholstered sofa that stands up to shocks and heavy use. There cushions are large and are filled with soft goose feathers.
Price: Armchair $1,995, 2 seat sofa $3,995 and 3 seat sofa $5,995.
Available to purchase from Kartell, Westfield Bondi Junction