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Happy Halloween and the Flight of the Toothbrush

You could say Australia has truly succumb to the Halloween tradition with the dollar shop devoting whole sections to costumes and decorations to create the perfect characters and atmosphere for the day the ghouls come to pay us a visit….. knock on your door knick all your treats…..

Our area has a really great tradition in that they issue every house an orange balloon to tie up and hang on your front door if you want to participate.  This is great for when the treats run out, you just pop the balloon and no more hassle…. oh except for one year when the fact I had removed the balloon did not seem to matter.  Word had obviously got out that there was good candy at this joint! I had to give the kids my husbands stash of fruit gums and raspberry and white chocolate muffins!  I was not too popular!!

BCD – Treat bags full

So the pumpkin is carved, and the treat bags are at the ready….. although I never quite get why you would say happy halloween!  Isn’t the point for you to be scared whitless???  Looking forward to which funny events will unfold as the ghosts and ghouls arrive.  One year a boy knocked at the door and said “I do not want any treats!”. I just happened to have a brand new electric toothbrush with the cartoon character Rory from Cars (still in the packaging) in the medicine cabinet…. the kid took the toothbrush and ran down the street so excited you would have thought he had won lotto!!!  I don’t know what took me more by surprise, a kid not wanting treats, or his excitement over a toothbrush!

2010 winner of best treat award in Sydney!!!

Happy halloween – What is the most unusual treat you have received or given?

….. meanwhile on with the colourful journey……………

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Posted by on October 31, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Bubblegum Retro

 

A little bit of fun for Friday. With October being the month for breast cancer awareness, pink seems to be everywhere, which is a good thing.  Perhaps it is the pink coupled together with watching an old Greece movie (and knowing all the words to “Beauty School Drop Out” the other day that made this place catch my attention.  The Powder Room in East London is a time machine which transports you back to the glamour of the 50’s, although I think that their techniques and tools are more in line with modern times (no ironing hair between two sheets of newspaper on an ironing board!)

The founder of the Powder Room, Katie Reynolds started her pampering empire with an at home retro pampering service in 2005 which enabled you to call on the service of the aptly named Powderpuff Girls, this has now grown to two salons in Columbia Road and Soho London….(and an online store for those not in the area!)…. so obviously no beauty school drop outs here.

This is not your ordinary salon, it fully projects the style that it promotes with candy floss power puff inspired stools, mirrored counter tops, retro prints and packaging and uniforms reminiscent of the 50’s era.  So for this girls who still like to play a little bit of dress up….

Services include a “make him look twice” makeup package or the perfect coiffed updo, as well as how too classes.  tea and cakes are also thrown in the mix, with cocktails being served in tea cups for this who want to get the party started early….. Have a great weekend…. meanwhile on with the colourful journey.

 
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Posted by on October 26, 2012 in Colour, Interior Design, Style File, Travel, UK

 

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Hanging Around – Pony Rider Style

I recently stumbled upon the site of Pony Rider, a Sydney based homewares and wall art company whose philosophy appealed to me.  I am a sucker for this form of descriptive storytelling wording…..

“Pony Rider is about celebrating the beauty in the ordinary everyday things
biting into an overripe plum and in need of a soft tea towel
cracking the top of a creme brulee with a hand printed napkin in your lap
wrapping a pot of freshly brewed tea in a tea towel to stay warm
curling up on cushions on the lounge to read the weekend papers
using the ‘good’ linen for the everyday”

I found them whilst looking for an alternative idea for wall hangings and wallpaper.  This was after seeing a store using a large piece of sacking superimposed with vintage art work to cover a large warehouse style wall that they had purpose built for their display. (unfortunately my camera died on me before I got chance to take a shot).

Pony Rider HQ – Source Frontliners

Pony Rider have a selection of vintage style flags and have styled their fab quilts as wall hangings for their brochure.  I think that they look kind of good for that purpose.

I also love the flags, which could be mimicked with old chandlery flags too.  Perfect for a smaller place……

Also… how cute is this scone recipe flag, adding a little bit of nostalgia to the kitchen……

Or for something a little bit more permanent, these wall dots… from woodland to retro….

Or just snuggle up with the scones and the sunday papers on their fun range of cushions…..

Let me know your thoughts (they have an online store as well which is worth a peek!)… meanwhile on with the colourful journey……

 

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Caravintage – Kara Rosenlund

Brisbane based Kara Rosenlund started as an editorial and advertising photographer for some of the top magazine names in Australia as well as shooting and styling some high profile ad campaigns which came about after she won the much sought after Canon Australian Institute of Professional Photography ‘AIPP Photographer of the Year’ title in 2003.  Moving to London in 2007, Kara changed her focus towards her love for vintage home wares and interior design, as a stylist and buyer.  Here Kara hand delivered art work to Madonna, through to diving off the Scottish coast to retrieve barnacled earthenware…. brrrrrrr.

With these experiences firmly under her belt Kara has returned back to Brisbane with her hubby, and a few Bantam hens, where they have lovingly restored a vintage caravan (named Frankie) to begin the journey of her next adventure which shares her finds from the unique “Travelling Wares” caravan shop….

“Travelling Wares is our unique travelling home wares caravan shop, full to the brim with beautiful and practical vintage wares…for your home.

A love of early morning thrill hunting and rattling about at the trestle tables in Europe inspired Kara to share her ‘objets d’art’ and found delights with you from far and wide.”

Next market is Saturday the 27th of October 2012 at the Jan Power Farmers Markets at New Farm’s Powerhouse in Brisbane. 6am til 1pm.”

More dates are on Kara’s website. For those who cannot make the tour dates then the internet provides a “virtual” alternative!….. mean time on with the colourful journey…or as Kara’s moto states….

 

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Drink, Eat, Shop, Sleep – Hotel Droog

Imagine a place where you can shop furniture, make up, clothes….when you need to rest those feet you can enjoy the surrounds of a fairy tale garden or a coffee and bite to eat…. or if it all gets too much you can even get a bed for the night…..

Well, albeit that you may need to go to the Netherlands to enjoy, Dutch store and furniture curators Droog have recently opened a new experience in the world of hotels, Hotel Droog, with the emphasis on making your stay more of an experience.  Housed in a 17th century building in the heart of Amsterdam, you can have a drink, a bite to eat, visit galleries or indulge in a series of lectures, chill in the gardens, revamp your wardrobe or catch forty winks if it all gets too much. Albeit you may have to fight over the one bed…

“The concept of a hotel has been reversed. Whereas a hotel is usually mostly about sleeping, here we have enlarged and emphasized all the aspects that many hotels also offer and made them central to the hotel experience—and it even has a room to sleep in,” says Renny Ramakers, co-founder and director of Droog. “Hôtel Droog brings all of our activities under one roof—from curation to product design, exhibitions and lectures—and invites people to plug in as they choose.”

The concept seems to have been met with great feedback, possibly because it is giving the shoppers an experience that they cannot get from the increasing popularity of internet all under one roof……. will be interesting to see how it goes….

Let me know what you think….. on with the colourful journey……..

Images sourced from Hotel Droog

 

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Creatively Speaking – Interview with Bethany Linz

A couple of weeks ago I posted on the beautiful work of Bethany Linz who has worked as a designer for the Fabric house Mokum and collaborated with iconic Australian designers such as Catherine Martin.  Well I am really excited that Bethany has agreed for me to interview her.  Soooo…. time to grab a cup of tea and biscuit, sit back and relax and read on!

How would you describe your work and style? 

“When I was at art school the other student’s nicknamed me Victoria. I love William Morris and all the wallpapers from the 1800s that were inspired by British India.

I would say my work is a contemporary take on Art’s & Craft perhaps? It’s so hard to put a pinpoint on your own style, for an artist or designer are always looking to grow and develop their style.”

Bethany’s Studio

What, where and/or who inspires you? 

 “I look for inspiration everywhere. I particularly love history and read other artists and writers biographies and get inspired by how they succeeded after struggling for most of their lives.

Bethany’s Studio

When it comes to subject matter I look to nature for inspiration, the colour combinations and patterns are all there right in front of us twenty-four seven, unfortunately most people walk on past and don’t even see it.”

Bethany’s Inspiration Board

Which is your favorite personal project and why?

“I loved working on my latest solo exhibition, I could do anything I wanted which was exciting after working in a group environment for five years.”

Bethany Linz exhibition

What has been the most exciting point in your career to date and why?

“It was very exciting traveling to New York and doing a presentation on a collection I designed with the Mokum team, but I think my biggest achievement has to be my solo exhibition for it was all up to me to create the work, fund it and make it successful.”

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Do you have any major projects in the pipeline at the moment?

“I’m very excited to be designing my very own textile and wallpaper collection for Sparkk

 I’m hoping to release the collection around April next year, so keep an eye out!!”

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Sparkk Wallpaper and Fabrics

 If you could have your work displayed anywhere in the world, where would you like it to be displayed? 

“I could easily say the Louvre, The MOMA or the MET but ideally I would love my work to one day be displayed in the Australian section in the Gallery of New South Wales.

Art Gallery of New South Wales

I go there all the time and admire the works by artists such as William Dobell, Margaret Olley and Russell Drysdale. I think all artists want their own country to recognize their work. “

What would be your dream commission?

I would love to design textiles for a Dries Van Noten collection, I love his wonderful colour combinations and painterly designs, Marni or Prada would be okay as well 😉

If I were coming to visit your home town where would be the must stop place or places for me to visit?

“There is a little beach hidden in Sydney harbor called Camp Cove, it’s a little piece of heaven, I always recommend it to all my friends from out of town over the hussell and bussell of Bondi Beach.”

Camp Cove Sydney

Describe your perfect day.

“Waking up early and walking down the road and having a local breakfast in Rozelle with my partner Blair and my sweet little Pomeranian Belle. Have a swim at Camp Cove to soak in a little sun (not much for I’m very pail!) then sit under an umbrella while reading a Hemingway novel. In the afternoon go to the Gallery of New South Wales and get inspired. At the end of the day I would have dinner with my family, enjoy Mums amazing bake dinner and drink and discuss wine with my father.”

 Now as much as I love your work, I love cooking and am always eager to find out a new recipe… what is your favorite dish to cook?

“I love the show River Cottage so my partner bought me one of Hugh’s cook books for Christmas. My favorite recipe to date is from that book and its called Pot-Roast Chicken & Veg.

Pot Roast Chicken and Veg

 

  • Whole chicken (for nutrition only eat free range)
  • 2 Onions
  • 3 Carrots
  • 2 Leeks
  • 3 Potatoes
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • 3 sprigs of Thyme
  • 3 tablespoons of Olive oil
  • 1 cup of white wine (I put one and a half !! )
  • 1 cup of water
  • salt

Chop up all the veggies and throw into a cooking pot and place the chicken on top, add the water, wine, olive oil, bay Leaves, thyme and salt. Bake in the oven at 185 degrees for 45 mins with the lid on, then take the lid off and cook for a further hour. Remember to rotate the chicken so it cooks both sides!

When the chicken is cooked but the veggies need a little longer place the chicken on a plate then cover with foil, this should keep it hot while the veggies melt in the oven!

 Enjoy!!

 

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Make A Wish

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Something a little fun today, these little wish boats by Dutch paper designer Jurianne Matter.  Just write your wish (or a personal message) and give your boat a name.

They can be used as name places, or decorations just let your imagination take you with your wishes…..

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What would your wish be?  There are eight in a pack so don’t forget to make a wish for me…. on with the colourful journey.

 
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Posted by on October 18, 2012 in Art, Dutch Designers, Things I love

 

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