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Gift Guide: Mother’s Day 2019

Mother’s Day is a time to reflect on the hard work of our mum’s and show our appreciation. Flowers seem to be the go to when it comes to gift giving, but let’s think outside the box this Mother’s Day.

With online shopping, it is easy to open up your search bar and find almost anything on Google these days. While it is nice to be able to search for almost anything, with so many options it can be overwhelming.

We have found the most eye catching and popular items this year to give you some inspiration.

The memobottle

The Memo Bottle has appeared in Oscar goodie bags and is BPA free. It won an Australian International Design Award and was designed to create conversation around how we can reduce our overall global consumption. We love the slimline design.

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Cartel Flower Boxes

These gorgeous creations are extremely eye catching and are designed by a local Australian couple. The various boxes and vases are customisable and would be the perfect addition to any interiors space.

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SMEG appliances by Dolce & Gabbana

These designs are a unique and fun collaboration between SMEG and luxury designer brand Dolce & Gabbana. While we wouldn’t recommend getting your mum a standard toaster for Mother’s Day, having these focal pieces in your kitchen would make anyone happy.

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Bang & Olufsen headphones with Kvadrat/Raf Simons’ pouches

This is another beautifully crafted design collaboration. Headphones are a practical gift, but paired with these stunning pouches designed by Kvadrat/Raf Simons and they make the perfect pair.

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Design Trends April 2019: Instagram worthy Interiors

With the world of Instagram, retailers are upping their game when it comes to inviting spaces. Eye-appealing, Instagram worthy interiors grab our attention and make us want to hop on a plane to experience them in person, especially when chocolate and ice cream are involved.

Easter always seems to be a time of indulgence. There is nothing more indulgent than a combination of ice cream, chocolate and eye popping interiors.

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The ice cream store Milk Train in London has created a space with Instagram in mind. Milk Train was designed by Shoreditch-based design studio FormRoom to “cater primarily to [the brand’s] diverse Instagram demographic” according to dezeen.

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A luxury chocolatier, Compartes, has a location in Los Angeles with a painted copper exterior and marble floors. According to Wallpaper, ‘It is designed by hospitality specialist Kelly Wearstler, known for her glamorous mid-century modern hotel interiors…’.

Parlor Cafe, Prague

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This ice cream parlour by day, bar by night in Prague was “Inspired by the ice cream culture of San Francisco.” according to Travel Away. It’s fresh greenery and vintage neon sign make it very appealing to the eye.

Piccolina Gelateria, Melbourne

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A Melbourne Gelataria, Piccolina has decor reminicent of Southern Italy. The retro feel and cool and muted tones make it very appealing for those looking to get a perfect Instagram shot.

Soft Touch, Medellin

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The combination of soft hues and neon lights creates an inviting space reminiscent of ice cream itself. According to Travel Away this was “A project by design studio Plasma Nodo, this Soft Touch outlet in Medellin is deliciously decorated in hues and graphics that evoke their beloved ice cream flavors.”

Sweet Salvation, Dubai

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The architecture firm Navigate Design envisioned this space for the Canadian brand Sweet Salvation. The pop of colour agains the black and white graphics create a design space that is not only appealing but hard to resist taking a photo of.

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Design Trend: H&M’s unexpected designer collaboration

GP & J Baker’s iconic prints have been around since 1884. H&M have collaborated with the British brand to create a stunning new collection, marrying together iconic interior prints with fashion.

According to Vogue; Ann Grafton, Managing Director and Creative Director of GP & J Baker states, “They are some of our most iconic and most treasured designs, so to see them continuing their journey into a new arena in such an innovative and interesting way in the world of fashion is a wonderful prospect.”

As our latest post on Karl Lagerfeld shows, there is a significant interaction between fashion and interiors. H&M have tied the two together perfectly, creating wearable art that reflects a return of timeless pieces in both the fashion and interiors industry.

Pernilla Wohlfahrt, H&M’s Design Director explains “The pieces from the collection are feminine and strong with an effortless feel, and will appeal to those who love both fashion and great print design.”

See some of the stunning collection from H&M and GP & J Baker below.

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PANTONE COLOUR OF THE YEAR 2019

Each year Pantone releases the highly regarded Colour of the Year.

In 2017, Pantone announced Greenery as it’s Colour of the Year and described it as “refreshing, revitalising and symbolic of new beginnings”.

In 2018, Pantone’s Colour of the Year was Ultra-Violet. A Pantone spokesperson described that it “communicates originality, ingenuity and visionary thinking that points us toward the future.”

So, what colour was chosen to be featured in 2019?

In 2019, Pantone announces it’s Colour of the Year as ‘Living Coral’, a colour that shows up frequently in nature and is commonly associated with beachside living.

Pantone’s spokesperson describes this colour as “inspired by the protection and sustenance coral reefs provide” stating, “this colour provides a sense of warmth and vibrancy”.

To us, while it is certainly a vibrant, warm colour, Living Coral suggests a sense of calm. When we imagine Living Coral we think of the beach, or a beautiful dessert hue.

Pantone describes it as the “life affirming shade of orange with a golden undertone”.

According to Vogue Living, corals pair best with the blue tones of the ocean. Scroll down to get some inspiration.

Images: Vogue Living and Conde Nast Traveler

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Style tips to hosting this year’s Christmas Party at home

Finding the right theme to decorate your home in for the big Christmas gathering can be anxiety inducing. You want a perfect combination of style without going over the top with seasonal features. It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the options available to you and difficult to even know where to begin.

Cue this guide.

We hope it’ll help guide you in the right direction for your party. You’ll always have the following year to try a different theme!

Focus on the table

The family dinner is a quintessential part of Christmas festivities and one of the easiest ways to spread Christmas décor. Feel free to deviate from the standard red-and-green colour scheme. “Rather than the traditional red and green scheme, try something new like a fabric in malachite and hot pink peonies,” says designer Grant Gibson. “Layer in black and white for a graphic pop. The plates [below] are antique French.”


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For a more natural take on Christmas, dress up a dinner party with lush garland, silver candle holders, and wood chargers. Complete each setting with gold flatware and a cinnamon stick, as Lauren McBride did here, for a warm and inviting Christmas setting.

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Make white your base

In this holiday vignette styled by Craftberry Bush, a white Fir tree, white walls, and plenty of fake snow make for a wintery wonderland and make the bold pops of red even more dazzling. This can be used in any room. Try a white table runner topped with green foliage in the kitchen, or cluster white candles near mirrors to spread light.

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Opt for modern ornaments

Classic baubles in red, gold and green can sometimes come across as dated. Spruce it up (excuse the pun) with varying shapes, colour or texture. Have fun with a minimalist twist, such as the candle lights and geometric gold ornaments pictured below (styled by My Scandinavian Home).

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Ornaments are not solely reserved for the tree! Use bookshelves as an opportunity to inject a bit of holiday flair!

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Go natural

For lovers of floral accessories, Take inspiration from nature for your decorating scheme. “Use fresh evergreen boughs, garlands and wreaths combined with in-season citrus like lemons, tangerines and oranges,” says designer Tobi Fairley.” It will give your home a beautiful natural look, and it smells heavenly.”

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Don’t be afraid of artificial trees

If a real tree leaves a mess in your living room, don’t feel married to it. Besides, artificial trees often have wires that are easy to curve and bend to better hold ornaments. Not to mention they last much longer. Miss the scent of pine? A few scented candles (just not too close to the tree!) should do the job, or try out our natural pine needle idea above.

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Don’t shy from green décor

If filling bowls with pinecones is beginning to get boring, check crafts and home stores for natural ornaments, and display them with seasonal greenery. Added perk: The greenery, such as pine needles, will add a fresh aroma to the room, a must-have if you have opted for an artificial tree.

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Think in threes

For a beautiful statement decor piece, follow this easy formula. “Christmas means three things to me: paperwhites, citrus and magnolia. I go to the flower market (or the backyard) and cut magnolia and place it on mantles,” says designer Miles Redd. “I intersperse lemons or clementines (sometimes studded with cloves), and paperwhites — either the individual bulb — or just mossy pots of 6 bulbs. The smell of the combination is wonderful.”

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Make it last

Reduce, reuse, recycle! Save ribbons from previous presents you have received, or reuse old fabric as a unique wrapping for presents. Or even make a custom wreath from different materials, fabric bows, small baubles… you get the idea. Making some DIY decorations can also be a fun way to spend some quality- time as a fun activity with little ones.

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Make it magical with light

Spruce up both indoor and outdoor areas with some hanging lights. Weave in some natural evergreens and fabric straps to a staircase and hang strings of lights to have a magical floating effect.

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For a warm climate, adding sparkle to unexpected places also makes for gorgeous outdoor entertaining. Play around with some scented candles, hanging fairy lights, or solar lanterns for varying strength of lights and different ambience.

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Images above from here. By ELLE DECOR Editors Dec 5, 2017

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Inside Victoria Secret supermodel Alessandro Ambrosio’s Santa Monica home

Building and styling a house means something different for everyone. For supermodel Alessandro Ambrosio, home is a sunny haven in Santa Monica, California, that echoes the delights of her native Brazil.

Read on to discover some design tips inspired by Ambrosio’s home.

A Space for family

Plan for your family, including the stage you are currently in, and for the future. For Alessandro it’s a family affair, with her ten-year-old daughter, Anja, and her six-year-old son, Noah. An open plan living area has the advantage of sight lines which will help adults keep an eye on little ones. However, open plan living is a timeless and spacious choice for the future as well.

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The heart of the home

Clean, white surfaces and wooden floors are kitchen staples that will transcend the test of time. However, keep it from becoming sterile with touches of warmth, such as these bar stools, or some greenery.

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Make a statement

Don’t be afraid of statement pieces, they act as a focal point of the room and can pull a room together. If a feature is bright and bold, keep the supplementary colours and textiles relatively neutral in complementary tones.

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A haven for relaxation

The best bedrooms are ones where you want to escape to and relax. Create a calming effect with neutral tones and soft furnishings and fabrics.

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Inject some personality

Whether it’s a small sculpture you brought when travelling or a fun cushion or throw, adding touches of your own personality and style can bring a home to life. Allesandro completes a somewhat eclectic vibe with personal art pieces, “every picture is special… If I’m going to hang a photograph in my home, it has to mean something.”

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Keep it simple yet high-quality for a luxe finish that isn’t gaudy, such as this double vanity featuring a patterned mirror.

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Think about the lifestyle

“The house is very calm and peaceful, but the backyard is all about fun and noise. It has the same joyous feeling as my beach house in Brazil. When it’s winter in California, we head to Florianópolis, where it’s nice and warm,” Ambrosio says. Finish off an outdoor entertainment area with hardwood furniture, and soft textiles in earthy colours for a Brazilian influence.

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Ambrosio was assisted by designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard. Photography by Douglas Friedman. Styled by Amy Chin. Images above from here.

 

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5 Winter Decorating tips for the Australian Home

Winter home decoration needn’t be a chore. It may be cold outside this time of year in Australia, but that doesn’t mean your interior should be hibernating too! Here are five decorating ideas to make your home feel alive this winter.

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Mother’s Day 2018 gift ideas

Mother’s Day is a chance to pause and remember how much our mums do for us. It’s nice to surprise our mums with a little gift too! If you’re stuck for present ideas this Mother’s Day, look no further. We have rounded up five of our favourite ‘perfect for mum’ gifts, which can all be ordered online to make it super easy for you to say ‘love you mum’. So jump in…

Silk pillowcases from The Goodnight Co

We all love beautiful linen, so why not gift your mum a fresh set of silk sheets and a matching eye mask this year? Sleeping on silk has many benefits for hair, skin and sleep, including reducing moisture loss and smoothing hair. There’s lots to love about these products for mum! Make her breakfast in bed for extra brownie points…

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Pana Chocolate ‘I love you mum’ gift pack

Pana Chocolate says “Because she’s sweet, considered and good for you”. We say you can’t go wrong with chocolate. Treat your mum with these raw, organic chocolates, which are handmade in Australia. We bet they won’t last long!

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S’well Liberty Fabrics bottles

We have always loved S’well Bottles but their new Liberty Fabrics collection, in collaboration with Liberty London Fabrics, would have to be their prettiest yet. The bonus is that these bottles keep drinks cold for 24 hours and hot for 12. Perfect for taking tea on the go or simply staying hydrated in style.

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Eva Solo Tea Maker

Many of our mums love to sit down with a cup of tea. Make it more enjoyable for her with the Eva Solo Tea Maker. It is drip-free and has a zip-up cover to keep tea hot for longer. It’s great for mums who love to hit the open road and travel, without missing out on their creature comforts.

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Gigi PJ Lounge Set

With this transition into the cooler months, is your mum due for a new set of PJs? We love this breton style stripe lounge set from Foundling, made from super soft cotton with a hit of stretch. You might be tempted to order yourself a pair too!

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For something your mum will treasure forever, why not choose a matching set of bracelets for you and her? These ‘Mummy and me’ bracelet sets by Lily Belle make a perfect gift. You can even add your name or a message to the bracelets for extra meaning.

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What’s new in the world of design: April 2018

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Artist Jade Oakley brings nature-inspired art to Westfield Parramatta

Who said shopping centre escalators had to be void of design?

In a very subtle way, Westfield Parramatta, in NSW, now features public art on one of the most-used parts of the building: the escalator.

Working with Creative Group and artist Jade Oakley, two large scale integrated artworks can now be seen at the newly refurbished Westfield centre.

Made from Alucobond and treated in a custom shimmering treatment by fabricator Axolotl, the art features an “etched relief of the forest canopy” along with panels that are embellished with perforated leaf screens. The result is subtle, elegant and enchanting.

In the words of the artist Jade Oakley:

 “I was amazed to find Lake Parramatta, tucked in behind a busy road, with some really beautiful original forest around it, including towering gum trees and mossy glades with trickling streams and tree ferns. I spent a day there sketching and photographing and thinking. These artworks sprang from this encounter with a surprising pocket of nature in a busy part of Sydney.”

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Images above: Jade Oakley – “Looking Up”. Photography: Simon Wood. Westfield Paramatta, NSW via Creative Road.

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What’s new in the world of design: March 2018

Innovation, colour and play are at the heart of this month’s global design wrap. New releases, new materials and new concepts take centre-stage as we look around the world at the best and latest in design. From precious phone covers, to quirky pop up markets – take a look…

Tom Dixon’s new additions to SUPER TEXTURE

This year’s Maison et Objet saw a host of additions to legendary designer Tom Dixon’s limited edition textile range: SUPER TEXTURE. New weaves, patterns and colours were introduced via three new categories: ‘ABSTRACT’, ‘PAINT’ and ‘GEO’, while new designs were added to the ‘SOFT’ and ‘BOUCLE’ ranges. In particular, the PAINT range grabs our attention with its abstract watercolour designs created by Josephine Ortega and inspired by “scenes of British urbanism”.

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Roxxlyn iPhone covers

Granite, quartz and marble are popular choices for luxury home finishes, but have you ever considered protecting your phone with these ‘rock solid’ materials? Well now you can. Roxxlyn has replaced the typical plastic and rubber phone cases with quarried minerals as old as 350 million years. Now your phone cover can be as precious as the data it protects.

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Bisazza 2018 Collection

Bisazza launched its 2018 Collection with new Mosaics, Wood, Ceramics and Cementiles designs, including a collection dedicated entirely to pools and centered around floral designs to contemporary abstracts. Highlights include new designs for the Cementiles flooring collection by American architect and set designer David Rockwell, and nature-inspired mosaic décors by Australian designer Greg Natale. One of our favourites in this year’s collection is the Onde 20 Blu, which was created using an original design by Emilio Pucci (pictured last in the series of images below).

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Marni Market
Luxury brand Marni is bringing quirkiness and excitement to Paris, with its ‘Marni Market’ pop up shop. Over the course of five months, the market will continuously reinvent itself, with exclusive products on show. Until mid April, ‘Marni Playful Market’ invites visitors to throw away the design rule book as they discover playful toys, objects and furniture on show – many designed purely for aesthetic rather than function. Then, from mid-April until mid-May, the ‘Marni House Market’ will take over, with wooden, metal and PVC filling the space and showcasing the result of craftsmanship and creativity colliding.
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