Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Illustrations by Anek

I stumbled upon these beautiful food themed illustrations by an artist and graphic designer from Croatia named Ana and her etsy store Anek. 
The lines and colours are beautiful. You can find more on her etsy shop where there are almost 200 designs for sale!

Thursday, 12 May 2016

Corners of my home

I often get asked the question of what does my home look like? I blog a lot about other people's homes but it's not that often that I feature pictures of mine. My home is hmmm .. vintage boho? I don't know .. I love mixing patterns with vintage items with store bought items. It's a big ole mix of eclectic!

See for yourself .. 

We bought these skateboards at the local art gallery. They were on exhibit, but for sale too. They are engraved. You can also see my husband's art sketch directly on the wall behind them!

More skateboards, this time vintage decks. I love the worn, beat up used look of them. To me, they're art! The photo is a blown up picture we took of a graffiti wall in Richmond, Melbourne. I love how it's all overgrown with nature in the front, then there's the big tag on the wall.

This painting on the left is very precious. We bought it from a woman selling her art on the street in Brazil. We carried it all the way home on the plane, rolled up as carry on! The painting of the woman on the right I purchased online from Ecuador. The illustration below that is by a dear friend, Brazilian artist Silvana Mello. The lamp that you can just see is a vintage bottle lamp, inherited from my great uncle. The green chair was my grandmothers!

I love my Marimekko so much that I covered a whole wall in it!
The Frida Kahlo illustration is by Studio Cockatoo and the succulent on the window sill I potted up into a vintage jug that I bought at a junk store.

Another little corner with the original 70s wood panelled wall and art by our friend Sesper, from Brazil.
Lamp from Kmart. Sitting above the door is an old deck that I covered in Marimekko fabric that my friend gave me.

Mexican hearts, a Nick Cave deck and a Vali Myers print by Angelique Houtkamp, a gift from a friend for my 40th birthday.

Monday, 9 May 2016

Lovely home in Australia

Look at this beautiful home for sale in rural Victoria, Australia. It's in a town named Toolondo and for sale on realestate.com

The cathedral ceilings are amazing.

Sunday, 8 May 2016

Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day to all of the mamas out there. I'm so lucky to still have my mum. We have had our ups and our downs but she is my one and only mother and such a brilliant Granny to my girls.

Here we are on the NSW coast, at Narooma, in about 1976 or 1977. I am so very grateful to my mum for her own unique sense of style, which (I hope) she has passed down to me. She always had a pretty cool flair for colours and patterns .. as seen below in her stylish yellow headscarf and striped one piece. I credit my mum with instilling in me a love of espadrilles, leather handbags and green wallets. 

Happy Mother's Day to my mum and all the mums. For those missing loved ones today, peace and love to you.

Saturday, 7 May 2016

Saturday philosophy

Available from www.chipperthings.com 

8" x 10" size $20

Illustrated by Becky Simpson

Thursday, 5 May 2016

Tarsila do Amaral

Yesterday, during a conversation with my husband, we stumbled upon the topic of Brazilian artists, which led to me discovering Tarsila do Amaral. The instant I saw her artwork I fell in love. She is considered one of Latin America's leading modernist artists.

Take a peek at these beautiful beautiful paintings ... the first one, O Lago (The Lake) is my favourite.
The colours and curves are striking - the blues, pinks and greens are so lovely. 

Thursday, 28 April 2016

Robert Gordon Winter 2016

Today I saw these ....

and I went woahhhh .. or I may have swooned. They are so soooo pretty!

This is the brand new Winter 2016 collection from Robert Gordon, who are an Australian ceramics family-owned company. The collection is entitled Hardware Lane.

More info at www.robertgordon.com 
I also saw these at www.myer.com.au on SALE for those in Australia or New Zealand.
If you live overseas, I believe the company has just launched in L.A, too.

More pics, as well as a swoon-worthy Swan planter spotted on the website.

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Mother's Day ideas

Mother's Day is really soon!
Stuck for ideas for a gift? ... Here are four really pretty things that I think any mother would love.

1. Marimekko Oiva mug in Tiara pattern

2. Jetty Love woven necklace by Grace Lillian Lee

3. Woman with palms tray by Depeapa

4. Quiet Clementine ceramic ring cone

Thursday, 21 April 2016

More patterns

I'm still going strong making patterns. It's kind of therapeutic and I'm pretty happy with the way they are turning out. 

Some of my recent ones ... not all strictly 'patterns' but some fun art work nonetheless!

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