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Dulux Colour Trends 2018 | My Interpretation of KINSHIP

9.20.2017

Following on from the launch of the Dulux Colour Trends 2018 'BALANCE', I am excited to share my interpretation of the Kinship trend with you today. Working with the Creative Director of the Dulux Colour Trends, Bree Leech, I was given the task of creating a concept for an interior space, reflecting the Colour Trends' Kinship theme. Featured in the Dulux E-mag, here's a look at how my living room came together. 


I loved interpreting the Kinship trend. The rich earthy hues are very much on my radar right now and I was immediately drawn to the deep red, brown and caramel tones. Together with cosy, neutral shades they create a warm, cocoon-like atmosphere perfect for a living room concept. For the walls I used Dulux Tikitiki alongside Hildegard. My hero pieces, a Fritz Hansen Lune Sofa, pendant light, layered rugs and wall art, are inspired by Dulux Very Terracotta, Raccoon Tail and Fortrose. I chose Dulux Glinks Gully as a neutral accent to carry through to other furniture selections. Embracing expressive folkloric elements of the Kinship theme I have chosen beautiful wood, woven and ceramic pieces to add texture and interest to the room.

In the video from the launch I talk a little more about Kinship and my concept. For a close up of the product credits/links and key colours, be sure to check out the Dulux e-mag where you can also read my styling tips on how to achieve the look.

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Look out for Part II on the blog later this week where I'll be sharing some beautiful imagery from the Kinship trend, and how the key colours can be applied to different rooms of the home.  

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Mineral Matter | A New Exhibition by Brooke Holm

9.18.2017

Following on from her much loved series Salt and Sky, internationally renowned Australian photographer Brooke Holm is returning to Modern Times this Thursday for her second solo exhibition, Mineral Matter. Having relocated to New York in 2016, Holm’s return to Melbourne marks the premier of a highly anticipated body of work depicting Iceland’s dynamic landscape and river deltas, documenting their movement of minerals through streams and rivers leading out to sea. Photographed entirely from above, this breathtakingly beautiful series is a departure from the earlier work exploring the impact of human interference on the landscape. Mineral Matter is focused rather on the energy and force within nature in creating pathways and areas where humans can then reside, explore and embark on adventure. 




Brooke is able to represent the forceful command of nature with a divine sensitivity, textured tracks; flights of birds; and ripple of waves create a sense of uninhabited wilderness. Her lens captures the awe-inspiring influence of nature and puts humanity’s domination over the environment into question.

“Volcanic ash, sediment and colourful minerals are collected and moved by the travels of glacier water while recent human relics such as vehicle tracks and footsteps weave in and out of frame.” -Brooke Holm


Truly captivating, I'm a little sad I won't be in Melbourne to attend the exhibition! Opening Thursday, 21st September, visit Modern Times for more information.

Images courtesy of Brooke Holm and Modern Times

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Homes to Inspire | Bright, Warm + Functional

9.17.2017

With a busy week ahead I thought I'd get a head start on the blog with this lovely, light-filled home in Stockholm. Currently for sale via Fantastic Frank, it features white washed walls and floors. These are warmed up with a touch of marble, warm wood accents and soft linen pieces including cushions, bedding and curtains. The cabinets and open shelves are a stylish and functional solution for the open plan living space, providing both storage and a place to display framed prints, small objects and lamps. 


The peg rail in the bedroom is another simple yet clever feature - this post immediately sprung to mind - and I love the beige tones and sweet little wreath on the wall. 

Styling by Josefin Hääg / Photography by Anna Malmberg for Fantastic Frank 

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News from Thread Design

9.15.2017

Thread Design have introduced some beautiful new colourways to their range of NZ designed and made linen bedding including Navy and Forest Green. This coincides with the exciting release of Florence, a gorgeous new print created especially for Thread Design from original artworks. The Florence range includes cushions, a throw and pillowcases which as you will see below creates a beautiful, luxurious pairing with the Navy linen. Definitely one of my favourite new combos! The delicate fringing on the throw and cushions give the pieces an added textural edge which I also really love.


For each new colourway, you have the option of a Duvet, Quilt, Cushions and Pillowcases, providing lots of variations for layering and mixing with other hues and designs on offer at Thread Design


There's also another new linen colour in the works and it's so pretty, I couldn't resist sharing a sneak peek. Sage brings a softness that contrasts beautifully with the new Florence. Sign up to receive the Thread Design e-newsletter and follow on Instagram to stay in the loop with new arrivals. 


As showcased in the bedroom settings above, Thread Design also have a range of beautiful furniture, lighting, homewares and accessories to compliment their bedding collections. Visit Thread Design online or instore to see all that's on offer. 

Images courtesy of Thread Design 

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HIMLA Signed by Daniella Witte

9.14.2017

Swedish brand HIMLA has launched a unique collaboration with interior styist and photographer Daniella Witte, and the imagery she has created is stunning. Representing Scandinavian Simplicity, most of HIMLA'S products made from linen, but they also work with other natural materials like wool, silk and cotton. Using textiles from the range, Daniella has created a relaxed interior with natural colours and a simple aesthetic. Beautiful stone floors are softened with sheer linen curtains and a warm layering of textiles that carry through to every room in the home. These include soft rugs underfoot in the living room, scattered cushions on the sofa and a lovely layering of tablecloth and napkins on the dining table. Bathed in light, the bedroom is my favourite. Read more about this inspiring collaboration here


Styling and photography by Daniella Witte for Himla 

Images via Daniella Witte / Elle Decoration 

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Simon James Concept Store Opens in Newmarket

9.13.2017

The new Simon James Concept Store in Newmarket recently opened its doors to reveal a beautifully elegant, light-filled space. Located in Kent St, the store offers a modern, intimate and pared back setting to discover and purchase homewares, fashion, design, jewellery and beauty items. The stunning interior was created by Interior architect Rufus Knight, while Nat Cheshire of Cheshire Architects worked on reimagining the exterior of a brick building that once went unnoticed. With textured, soft sandy ceilings, pale tones, stripped-back wooden floors and a large central stone island, this is a calming space that allows you to slowly introduce yourself to the products and collections. A space for conversation and experience, where less is definitely more, I visited for the second time yesterday and fell further in love! 


The beautifully curated shop sees Tom Dixon homewares sit alongside furniture pieces by Simon James and fine diamond jewellery by Jessica McCormack. An evolving edit of clothing will showcase local designers Mahsa, Paris Georgia Basics and Penny Sage, alongside local beauty and apothecary products by MARYSE and Curio Noir. All share common ground in their ability to combine beauty with function, and each represent enduring and thoughtful design.


Within the space is an area dedicated to Jessica McCormack diamond jewellery, including a seating and consultation area for clients and a secret-reveal mirror enclosed within one of the walls. Simon James is the only retailer of Jessica McCormack outside of her namesake Mayfair jewellery shop in London. By appointment services are available for those who wish to shop privately or would like one-on-one assistance - whether that be selecting the perfect pieces for the home, a jewellery consultation, or help finding a special gift for someone.

Photography by Simon Wilson

 The new Simon James Concept Store is located at 2 Kent St, Osborne Lane, Newmarket. 

Images courtesy of Simon James Concept Store 

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Fogia + Fred International | Dreaming of the Scandinavian Light

9.12.2017

Late last week I shared some beautiful new imagery from Swedish brand Fogia. Following the Fred Presents Fogia showcase earlier this year at Denfair, Fred International has just released the full shoot and when they sent it to me I knew I had to share more with you! Inspired by musings on Scandinavian light, the stunning collection has been styled by Norwegian duo Kråkvik & D’Órazio and shot beautifully by Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen, founder of Norm Architects

Styling by Kråkvik & D’Orazio / Photography by Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen of Norm Architects

Such inspiring imagery! With an enduring commitment to craftsmanship and natural materials, Fogia works with some of Scandinavia’s most exciting designers to successfully combine timeless values with contemporary style. Leading distributor of Scandinavian design furniture and lighting to Australia and NZ, Fred International stocks the full range. Take a look here

Images courtesy of Fred International 

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