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Friday Find – Lace Printed Mirror


Mirrors are a great way to make a room appear a little larger, these offer a little more of a subdued mirror effect and double up as a bit of artwork for the home or lush bathroom…. with the added bonus of being able to blame the blemishes on your face on the aged effect of the mirror…. win win! They are the work of US based company Mirror-Tique who have perfected the techniques for antiquing and imprinting mirrors….. giving you a mirror and artwork in one.  They are also selling their work through Anthropologie (source of images), which I understand is soon to arrive on Australian shores.


On with the colourful journey…….



Posted by on October 24, 2014 in Uncategorized


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A little news from the birdcage!


I apologise that I have been a little absent from the blogosphere… but apart from a glitch with the beloved internet provider that has left me without access for the last couple of weeks I have a little bit of an excuse ( well I think so). All very exciting as I am due to have a little baby in January…..the joys of morning sickness have hit hard which is why I have been a little absent over the last couple of months but fingers crossed is much better now….. so looking forward to getting back to it soon!


Posted by on September 14, 2013 in Uncategorized


A floored obsession – Sonya Marish


Sometimes we become a little bit obsessed with decorating our walls and dressing windows and kind of forget about the floor.  Maybe we will throw down a rug, but rarely is there as much excitement about the flooring as the walls or a piece of furniture. A few years ago I stumbled upon an article about a store which has evolved from the passion of Byron Bay based designer Sonya Marish.

Sonya has the most amazing range of antique and reproduction tiles which have been sourced from her travels around the globe.

“Forever searching for those rarities, I was over the moon when I stumbled across some beautiful antique tiles that I had to have. Their history, beauty and imperfections were exactly what I was looking for.” Sonya Marish, Jatana Interiors.

Sonya began her hunt for the perfect tiles when she commenced styling her own bathroom.  From here an obsession started which grew into her business in Byron Bay Jatana Interiors….So if there is such a thing as tile porn then this is a good place to get your fix and who says that you have to stick to tiling the floor….. Let me know your thoughts.

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My favourite has to be when they are all mixed up to create a colourful festival…who says you have to stick to conformity.


Which is your favourite?….. Meanwhile on with the colourful adventure…..


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Stumble Upon – Luschia Porter


With a very wet day in Sydney I decided to do a little indoor surfing.  Occasionally there is a little something that takes my eye, and today it was the work of a Sydney design / illustrator student called Luschia Porter, and her little resin flower pots… which together with the whimsical name of her website “fairy floss for brains” – (Don’t ask me how I landed on this through the power of google!) meant I had to stop and investigate.

The Inspiration

Inspired by the  work of Phil Cuttance, Luschia has used the resin vases as inspiration to create similar vases which have evolved into her little “cup” like vases in great colours.  Perfect for livening up the wall of a balcony or a small courtyard with a couple of herbs or succulents….

Phil Cuttance Resin moulded Vases

Phil Cuttance Resin moulded Vases

The work in progress




The Finished Article




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


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Creatively Speaking – Kerrie Brown

kerrie in store

Friday is with us again and that can only mean one thing, time for an interview with another fantastic creative in the world of design and interior design.  If you are looking to add a shot of colour, history and culture into your home then Sydney based designer Kerrie Brown is a must stop.  So grab your coffee, tea and a chocolate brownie and sit back and relax….

How would you describe your work and style?

My style has developed from my years as a set decorator and so is quite eclectic, like many film people I have a short attention span and so am constantly designing new ranges. I love things that are bold, colourful and playful so I think my work usually encompasses these elements.




What, where and/or who inspires you?

I’m inspired by so many people and things both past and present . At the moment I love the work of Yayoi Kusama and Aida Makoto … brought on by a recent trip to the Mori Art museum in Tokyo … so much colour, fun and wit ! They are both incredibly inspiring

Yayoi Kusama

Yayoi Kusama – Source

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Aida Makoto “monument for nothing” Source

I also thought I’d died and gone to heaven when I saw the new Comme des Garcons range in the Isetan department store again in Tokyo. It was all exaggerated kabuki style in mind blowing pattern and colour.Love , Love , Love … I think I’m turning Japanese !

Which is your favorite personal project and why?

My favorite personal project is always the current one … so at the moment it’s the development of my new printed furniture range .Just added to my website and on the cover of Real Living this month.


You have worked on a number of big name film sets. How did you get into this line of work?

I used to design clothes (many lifetimes ago ) and a friend asked me to design the costumes for her film… so I just fell into the film world and quickly figured out working with inanimate objects (furnishings ) was more fun than trying to deal with actors !

Were there any funny moments that you can tell us about?

I seemed to be laughing all the time when I was working in film but I’m not sure if it was because it was always funny … it was more like  a sense of constant madness …  there was a lot of “you want what” .. “your kidding right”? It was brilliant training though , nothing phases me now, customer requests are very tame by comparison !

You have been nominated for an Acadamy Award for set decoration on the film Babe.  What was that moment like?

I didn’t find out until mid morning the next day when a friend rang me , it hadn’t occurred to me it would be nominated . I was working on some crazy American TV series starring Robert Wagner it certainly made me popular with the American crew for a moment and then It kind of picked up momentum as it sank in ! It was amazing to me , when I got to L.A, how seriously the American’s take the whole thing …  but great fun … going to the awards .

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

So many exciting things .. landing any job overseas is always very exciting , being nominated for an academy award was exciting , realizing I have a new career in textile design is exciting……

 Do you have any major projects in the pipeline at the moment? Can you share these with us?

Nothing I can talk about just yet … but will definitely let you know when reality hits !

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

That’s hard … the Mori Art Museum , (this weeks choice , sticking with the Tokyo theme ) as it would mean I was uber cool , smart , original , amusing and fascinatingly interesting !


Source Timeout Japan

What would be your dream commission?

To be commissioned to design the soft furnishings  décor for a boutique hotel, .. anywhere !

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

ARTBAR at the MCA always fun, Wednesday evening at the Art Gallery of NSW…  love night art , The Camelot Lounge in Marrickville always a winner !


Describe your perfect day.

Any day that isn’t boring or involves doing accounts !

If you were to board Noah’s Ark and were told that you could take three things with you.  What would they be?

My macbook pro , ipad and iphone and my glasses and some kind of solar panel to recharge the batteries … is that more than three ?

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?

Sorry I can’t cook anything … no affinity with that art at all … sad to say !


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Creatively Speaking – Moya Delany


A few weeks ago I posted on Melbourne designer, Creator and Artist Moya Delany.  In between a busy work load and a stifling heat wave in Melbourne, Moya has kindly agreed to be interviewed and divulge a little bit about herself, work and style… as well as a quick an easy prawn dish.  So sit back, grab a cuppa and enjoy.

How would you describe your work and style? 

My work is varied as I studied sculpture and I crossover mediums a lot. I had a fashion accessory business for ten years now I’m working with lighting. My style is a fresh and colourful mix of old and new.


What, where and/or who inspires you?

I am completely inspired by Christo Gillard. He is a super talented Interior designer and DJ who I often work with. His sense of style is unparalleled and he has the most incredible resource library in his head.

Which is your favourite personal project and why?

At the moment I am loving working with these flags, some of them from wrecked warships and some from the 1800’s, they have so much history about them. I loved working with rare feathers in my accessory days too.





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

There are so many but a client was wearing one of my feather pieces at a Hollywood party and had Whoopi Goldberg and Goldie Hawn fighting over it trying to rip it off her !!



Do you have any major projects in the pipeline at the moment? Can you share these with us?

I am working on a sculpture exhibition which is pretty major and I expect will take a year to achieve.

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

The Louvre The Guggenheim


What would be your dream commission?

I’d love to make some giant sculpture for one of the new freeways being built.

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

My brothers club, “Survivor” is pretty crazy and Ichinee restaurant on st Kilda beach for great Japanese food

Describe your perfect day

Feeling healthy, a swim in the morning, getting good work done, catching up with a friend, cooking and eating a good meal

If you were to board Noah’s Ark and were told that you could take three things with you.  What would they be? 

Moisturizer, the bible and a guitar

Now as much as I love your work, I love cooking and am always eager to find out a new recipe… what is your favourite dish to cook??….Would I be able to ask for the recipe?


I love to cook prawns with fetta, tomato and dill sauce. Bit of garlic, bottle of passata throw in feta, dill and season – easy !!

I hope you enjoyed, have a great weekend… meantime on with the colourful adventure…..


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Confessions of a Paperholic – Sydney Stroll


If there is such a thing as a paperholic, I would have to say I am one, but  I am not looking to be cured any time soon.  I have all sorts of journals and note pads, wrapping paper, ribbons, stamps, cardboard… the list is endless…. stashed away.  Partly because I love to write journals of my travels and collect things that I see that may one day eventually help when I am lacking a little inspiration….and as much as the trusty iPhone can do most of this for you, I still need to get my paper fix every now and again!… Well the battery never dies on a journal!

One of my favourite little places to stop off after a weekend breakfast is Paper2 in Sydney’s Surry Hills. Owner Margaret Rockliff originally trained as an interior designer, but after ten years of looking at colour and fabric samples, decided to bite the bullet and retrain in her long desired area of graphic design.


Source (Urban Walkabout)

Magaret sources paper and stationary from around the world, but also adds her own little spice with papers, invitations and products which are all designed and printed in house… And if you cannot quite make the stroll you can also purchase online, but that would only give you half of the experience.

“I compare the resurgence of paper products to vinyl
records and record players. Both can now be by-passed when using technology but there is nothing like owning something real and tangible.”MR (interview with Habitus Magazine)


Source Habitus Living


Source Habitus Living


Source Habitus Living


Hope you enjoyed….meanwhile on with the colourful adventure……….


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