Mixed Bag... | June 03, 2014

Today's 'Mixed Bag' was inspired by the colours and clash of patterns in this particular outfit from the Spring/Summer collection mentioned in my previous post. I do enjoy a good pattern clash, don't you?

shoes | david lynch iphone wallpaper | tote | dog bowloutfit | cushion | lamp | lips clutch | salt n' pepper shakers | dog leash 

XO
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posted under: Fashion, Home Décor, Mixed Bag, Tableware, Tech Accessories

All of a Piece | October 09, 2013

Really loving this beautiful and oh-so-clever modular tableware

By Earnest Studio and Dana Cannam Design.

P.S. Make sure to watch the video to see it in action!

{ photos All of a Piece website }

XO
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posted under: Entertainer Delights, Entertaining, Home Décor, Kitchenware, Tableware

Party Mix... | September 10, 2013

This pastel-toned Party Mix came about when I stumbled upon Kelly Wearstler's bar accessories. Yes, they are a tad pricey...  but they are gorgeous! Particularly her Rose Quartz Wine Stopper and Bejewelled Brass Bottle Opener. Ooer! Would some one like to buy these for me? 

Also, have you seen Jonathan Adler's latest fall collection? Worth a peek.

confetti | chair | cupcake liners | coaster | boxes | glitter hearts | lolly bag | stopper | bottle opener

XO
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posted under: Drink, Entertainer Delights, Gift Ideas, Home Décor, Parties, Party Mix, Stationery, Tableware

Geometric Delights | August 16, 2013

No doubt you've noticed the current trend of geometric shapes, pastel hues and gold accents...

Here are a couple of my favourites in this area:

These coasters by Rissa Sandman...

...and this unique wedding styling concept on 100 Layer Cake with Concept and Art direction by Indie Wed and Photography by Amanda Megan Miller Photography  (see post for full list of credits and pics)... so beautiful!

XO
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posted under: Entertainer Delights, Entertaining, Food, Gift Ideas, Home Décor, Parties, Tableware, Weddings

Time for a Tea Party? | July 29, 2013

I'm a huge fan of T2! I regularly visit their stores to check out their latest teawares and have a taste of their latest brews. More often than not, I will end up leaving with a pretty souvenir, from the experience, to add to my ever-expanding teaware collection. It's very hard to resist :)

At the moment, I'm loving their new jumbo colour block 'jumbled' cups and saucers!

I'm also loving the intricate geometric patterns in their bright and colourful Casbah collection. Wouldn't it be lovely to have a modern Moroccan-inspired tea party with all these beauties?

Oh, and their Bling Coasters are pretty lovely too!

XO
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posted under: Drink, Gift Ideas, Home Décor, Parties, Tableware, Tea Party

Party Mix... | July 26, 2013

It's Friday so I'm guessing everyone's in a pretty festive mood right? ;-)

Have a happy weekend peeps! 

straws | balloon | flag | salad servers | tassle | popsicle studs | napkins | button | card

XO
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posted under: Fashion, Home Décor, Kids, Parties, Party Mix, Stationery, Tableware

Lately... | July 04, 2013

...we've had our fair share of cold and foggy winter mornings.

Inside our home, however, I've been attempting to ramp up the colour!

My current decorating project- our living room- is progressing slowly at the moment. Not too long ago we incorporated an Indian sideboard, with which I am completely smitten!

I would love to create an artwork for above, but I'm struggling to decide what to do. I'd like to keep it simple, as the room is already flush with colour and detail. I think I might buy a huge blank canvas, stick it on top of the sideboard and just stare at it until an idea comes to me! Another option is maybe a large, simple black and white photo.

Among other bits and pieces, I would also love to find a beautiful pendant light to hang above the room.

It seems like every surface in my workspace is covered in craft punches, twine, glitter, washi tape, paper goods, stripey straws, jars, bottles, my printables.... you name it. Occupational hazard, I guess. 

Breakfast and snack remnants also add to the colourful mix... 

At least it's pretty clutter!

This morning, I caught a very cute moment between Mark and Sukie. It must be love.

As you already know, I'm a self-confessed bowl addict. This beauty, shown above, is my recent indiscretion (from Mozi). It was just too pretty to pass up!

Last week I showed off a good chunk of my collection. But, admittedly, it was a little tame in comparison to the pic above- a far more accurate portrayal of the size of the collection (and extent of my 'problem')!

I've been feeling a tad overwhelmed when it comes to my work, at the moment so, at the start of this week, I set out to get organised. I recently discovered that I was a 'pinball procrastinator'.

Symptons include:

  • Going off on tangents mid-task
  • Avoiding the hard stuff and tackling smaller, easier items to feel a sense of achievement.

Yep, that's me.

I decided I needed to learn to focus again so I downloaded the Simple Pomodoro Timer app to help me through. Basically, I write down a list of things I want to get done in order of importance. I then start the timer. While it counts down from 25 minutes, I work through my list without distraction. At the end of the 25 minutes, there's a 'ding' and I take a 5 minute break. During this time I can explore those 'tangents' that were attempting to entice me during the 25 minutes- things like Pinterest, sorting emails, reading blogs, a new project idea etc. At the end of the 5 minutes, another 'ding' and I start up the 25 minute timer again and continue through my task list. 

I've found this method really effective! The huge timer numbers, constantly flickering in the corner of my eye, creates a false sense of urgency. It feels like it's a race to the finish line- almost like a game! And the promise of the 5 minute break means that I still have the time to explore those things that are far more appealing than the task at hand. I'm ploughing through the big, evil 'To Do' list but also managing to explore new ideas and gather new information and inspiration for future projects. 

And that's all the news...

Happy Friday everyone ;-)

XO
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posted under: Happy Workspace, Home Décor, Our Home, storytelling, Sukie, Tableware

Nine... | July 04, 2013

one | two | three | four | five | six | seven | eight | nine

XO
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posted under: Fashion, Gift Ideas, Home Décor, Kitchenware, Nine, Stationery, Tableware

Two Beautiful Shops... | June 17, 2013

Recently I stumbled upon a couple of beautiful online shops...

Trish and co. (shown above) has a current collection that is inspired by "The curious gardener" and consists of lovely botanical themed wares.

Olive Manna is actually an old favourite of mine. I haven't visited in awhile and was surprised to find lots of pretty new things like this gorgeous fabric rope and barkboard.

Someone needs to stop me from this, recently developed, online shopping addiction.

{ photos from their respective websites }

XO
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posted under: Gift Ideas, Outdoors, Stationery, Tableware

Mixed Bag... | June 06, 2013

napkins | oxfords | tiger cushion (via the design files) | leopard cushion | moustache | mask | tag | straws | dog | de clieu | mousepad | coaster 

XO
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posted under: Fashion, Home Décor, Melbourne Chic, Mixed Bag, Parties, Photography, Stationery, Tableware

Mixed Bag... | May 30, 2013

shoes | escort card | star dominoes | shades | tumbler | girl's dress | postcard | paperweight | vase

XO
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posted under: Entertaining, Fashion, Gift Ideas, Home Décor, Kids, Mixed Bag, Parties, Stationery, Tableware, Weddings

Mixed Bag... | April 04, 2013

Notebook from Kate Spade's Saturday

Design Stockholm House work light gold pendant available at Vincent2

Neon raindrops cushion from Ferm Living

Gold pouch from Baggu 

Love this cute flag prop used in the Des Petits Hauts ss13 campaign.

'Lila jug' in dustry mint from Toast

'Leprechaun Lynch' nail polish from Scotch Naturals

'Claudine' duffel tote bag from Country Road

Middle of Nowhere 'Malmo' yellow stool spotted at Crate Expectations

'Tippi' skirt from Toast

'Hold me Tight' tear pillow from blabla

XO
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posted under: Fashion, Home Décor, Kids, Mixed Bag, Stationery, Tableware

Mixed Bag... | March 24, 2013

Always and Forever card from Rifle Paper Co.

Making Shapes necklace by Stampel

Yellow Astrid chair from Anthropologie

3 to 2 tee by Alice McCall

Photo of us- Almost 3 years since our magical wedding. Happy Anniversary for the 28th, love of my life! xo

Confetti dot cake server from Leif

Drinking the stars comb from Ban.do

Pastel Playon Crayon from Big Dreams

Langazela cushion from Safari Fusion

Bow ikon shopper from Ted Baker

Face it pillow from Lucky Boy Sunday

XO
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posted under: Fashion, Gift Ideas, Home Décor, Jewellery, Kids, Mixed Bag, storytelling, Tableware

Colourful and Creative Bits n' Pieces | November 01, 2012

I'm back! Did you miss me? ;-) I hope everyone had a Happy Halloween!

I'm still putting the finishing touches on the new website design that I promised you, but I hope to push it live early next week! A huge thanks to the hubby for all his hardwork in building it.

During my break I also managed to get a bit of a head start on some holiday freebies which I look forward to bringing to you over the next few weeks.

In the meantime I'll leave you with some colourful bits n' pieces to inspire your parties and gift packaging...

Pink wooden { forks } from Pretty Pickles 

Sunshine Yellow reversible { wrapping paper } from Sugar Paper 

Stripes and Dots Paper Bakeware { Loaf Pans } from Little Ink 

Wooden { feather gift tags } from Anthropologie 

Felt rainbow { garland } from Little Nest Box 

Striped { envelopes} (as part of Stripe and Dot envelope set) from kikki.K

XO
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posted under: Gift Ideas, Parties, Stationery, Tableware

Mixed Bag... September 19, 2012 | September 14, 2012

{ Artwork } from Castle

Yellow Jielde Signal Table { lamp } from Daedal

Small { bowl } from By Joost

Zulu Ilala palm { basket } from Baskets of Africa

{ Seed packets } from The Balcony Gardener

{ Outfit } from Spring/ Summer 2012 collection by Gorman

{ Succulent } tea lights from Leif

{ Thanks } folded note cards from Sugar Paper

{ Hello } speech bubble stamp from Wit and Whistle { via Papercrave }

Calvin { leather chair } from DwellStudio

XO
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posted under: Artwork, Fashion, Home Décor, Mixed Bag, Stationery, Tableware

I'm still here! | August 27, 2012

Ack! It's been quite awhile since my last post. What a slacker! In truth, I was a little under the weather last week, my sincerest apologies for the lack of updates. The good news is I'm currently working furiously on some freebies for you all! Hope to get them up this week! 

In other news, I've been looking for small ways to do up our kitchen. I decided to put part of my collection of bowls on display rather than hiding them away in a cupboard. Our kitchen is grey, grey, grey and needs some brightening up and a little bit of 'colourful clutter' makes it feel a lot more homey. Also, I'm a firm believer that if you're a collector, you should display your collections prominently in your home. Surround yourself with the things you love!

I also acquired these lovely amber jars from Market Lane Coffee in Prahran Market. All my kitchen needs now is some bright and colourful artwork for the walls above- I see a fun DIY project in my future :)

By the way, I'm always on the hunt for more bowls. If you see some pretty ones, let me know!

{ photos by Amy Moss }

XO
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posted under: Home Décor, Our Home, storytelling, Tableware

FOR THE HOME: Currently Coveting... | August 13, 2012

I'm currently intent on decorating our home and finding some ridiculously awesome stuff in the process. The only problem is, I want it all!

{01} Marigold flower weave rug from Armadillo and Co. So pretty.

{02} Colourful bamboo tableware from Core Bamboo 

{03} Lots of nice goodies in the By Joost store.

{04} Loving the 'Pop' bamboo/lacquer collection from Ekobo Ecology and Design 

{05} Would LOVE some colourful artwork by Arite Kannavos to brighten up our walls!

{06} Currently obsessed with bone wood frames like this one from Husk

{07} How cute is this Samara stool? By Nicoya Furniture

{08} Absolutely stunning green bone inlay chest of drawers with such an intricate design. From My French Interiors

{09} I can't resist a good typographic cushion. From Poulier and Poulier

XO
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posted under: Artwork, Gift Ideas, Home Décor, Interiors, Tableware

FREEBIE: "Bon Appetit" Cutlery Tags { Part Two } | August 09, 2012

As promised, here it is, another "Bon Appetit" cutlery tag free download. Brighten up your table-setting with this summery floral pattern!

Continue to download your freebie!

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posted under: Do It Yourself, Entertaining, Free Stuff, Parties, Stationery, Tableware

FREEBIE: 'Bon Appetit' cutlery tags { Part One } | July 27, 2012

As you probably have figured out, I love details. I'm a consummate 'details' nerd.

Some might say that attaching a tag to your dinner party guest's cutlery that wishes them 'bon appetit'  is gratuitous nonsense. I, on the other hand, live for this stuff.

You know you do too.

Continue to download your freebie and for information on your nearest 'details freak' support group.

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posted under: Do It Yourself, Entertaining, Free Stuff, Parties, Tableware

6 Pretty Things... July 19, 2012 | July 19, 2012

Color Reform rug from ABC Carpet and Home

Chloe metallic leather ballet flats from Net-A-Porter ( via Katie Armour)

Lacquer trays from Iomoi

Apple and Pear Pinch bowl set from Leif

Bleu D'Chine bowls (set of 4) from Couleur Nature

Capri blue candle in a jar from Anthropologie

XO
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posted under: 6 Pretty Things, Fashion, Home Décor, Tableware
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