Cute Angles | September 30, 2011

It occurs to me that someone, somewhere must have made this pun before, right? I mean, how could they not have?

ONE: Chestnut Paper Origami Lamp Shade from Nellianna

TWO: Origami Cosmetic Case from Forever New

THREE:  Flying Geese fabric by Sara Lee Parker

posted under: Gift Ideas, Home Décor, Fashion, Craft

Yeojin Bae Premier '11 | September 29, 2011

Yeojin Bae's very pretty Premier '11 collection is currently available in her online store!

posted under: Fashion

DIY Golden Heart by Lisa Rupp | September 27, 2011

I adore this cute and simple tutorial for converting a boring shirt into a fashion statement by Lisa Rupp.

{ photography by Lisa Rupp }

posted under: Kids, Do It Yourself, Fashion

Mixed Bag... September 26, 2011 | September 26, 2011

1955 pink vintage typewriter from BMT vintage

Glitter Letters from Paper Trail

Veranda Floral Shoes from Ruche

Word painting artwork by Wayne White

Dress from Victoria collection by Victoria Beckham (via Much Love)

Hofdi Cushion from Donna Wilson

Birdy Walk scarf from Donna Wilson  in fact, check out her entire  2011/12 collection

Origami Hana Rope Necklace by Homako

Pink Ceramic Owl money bank from Fruitfly PIe

Paint Me A Dream Flower from Alannah Hill

Watermelon on Natural Cross Cushion from Olive and Joy

Howell Wingback Chair from Anthropologie

Cockatoo Tea Towel from Bonnie and Neil

posted under: Mixed Bag, Gift Ideas, Jewellery, Home Décor, Fashion, Vintage Style, Kitchenware

Wolfum | September 23, 2011

Some striking coasters over at Wolfum.

{ via seesaw }

posted under: Gift Ideas, Home Décor

Whit Fall 2011 | September 21, 2011

Although spring is well and truly underway down here in Oz, I'm also keeping one eye on the gorgeous fall fashion including this cute collection from Whit.

posted under: Fashion

Inky Co. | September 20, 2011

Loving these bold and vibrant notebooks from Inky Co.

posted under: Gift Ideas, Stationery

This is not a 'doggy' mommy blog... | September 16, 2011

... but I couldn't resist posting these cutie-patootie shots of Sukie with my husband Mark.

It's been over 3 months since we welcomed our Bull-Mastiff cross rescue, Sukie, into our home.

She's a bit of an odd cookie, our Suke. She boasts monster-like proportions but treads ever-so-lightly through if the slightest misstep would elicit her doom.

Watching her negotiate stepping over a hurdle placed a mere 2 inches off the ground is both hysterical and frustrating. She has a set of legs that leave Cameron Diaz for dead, yet she approaches this task with a trepidation most reserve for jumping out of a plane at 30,000 feet.

Continue to read more and see more pics!

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posted under: Sukie, storytelling

Alice McCall SS11 | September 15, 2011

It appears orange is infectious this season. Loving the latest collection from Alice McCall.

posted under: Fashion

And the winner is... | September 15, 2011

Congratulations to Vanessa F. You have won a copy of Design*Sponge at Home by Grace Bonney!! I will be contacting you shortly for postal details. A big thanks to Aussie distributors Hardie Grant Books for this amazing giveaway. For those who didn't win- it's out now! Go grab yourselves a copy!

posted under: Interiors, Giveaway, Home Décor

Mixed Bag... September 14, 2011 | September 14, 2011

Lots of pretty coloured handmade jewellery! Fringe Leather Rainbow necklace by Boo and Boo Factory

Postcards from Penguin feature postcards of 100 of their classic book covers. From Amazon.

Live Colorfully. Excellent advice! Flat Pouch from Kate Spade

Pretty gold shoes from Topshop

Who doesn't love a fluffy Icelandic Sheepskin Cushion? From by nord.

Photo of my mum. Circa 1970.

Brightly coloured acrylic Tart Servers from Leif

The illustrations by Elisa Mazzone are very pretty.

I've think I've become a scarf obsessive! I adore this Variegated Stripe Scarf in Ibis from Sussan

All the rugs from Loom Rugs in Prahran are super gorgeous... I'm staring at my living room floor in contemplation- which one should I get??

Now we're heading into warmer months and outdoor entertaining is firmly on the brain, I'm loving these bright and colourful 1950's Mexican Acapulco Chairs. I tested one out at Amor y Locura in Fitzroy- it's surprising comfy!

Loving all the beautiful works by Danielle Kroll including this 'little black horse' illustration ( via designworklife)

Hmm... perhaps my next nail colour. 'Minted' Nail polish from Topshop.

posted under: Mixed Bag, Illustration, Stationery, Jewellery, Home Décor, Tableware, Fashion

Because tiles are awesome... | September 13, 2011

I know that overhead 'shoe' photos have been done many, many times before, but I couldn't resist posting these because of the gorgeous tiles!

The top image was taken by my husband Mark at "The Smile" in NYC during our honeymoon last year. I took the bottom pic a few days ago at the entrance to "Tigerlily" in Chadstone Shopping Center in Melbourne. I loved the tiles so much I wanted to take the whole floor home with me.

posted under: Home Décor, Found Objects, storytelling

Spring Scarves | September 09, 2011

These colours make me happy. Scarves from Sussan

posted under: Gift Ideas, Fashion

Moody Hues... September 7, 2011 | September 07, 2011

Handmade Silk Flower Brooch from Yeojin Bae

Shaggy Pop Pillow from Anthropologie

Lemon Recipe Cards from Rifle

Wallpaper and fabrics from Galbraith and Paul

Outfit from Gorman

Royal Doulton Tapas dip bowls from John Lewis

Outdoor Antares Table from Terrain

2012 journal from Frankie

Gold Label Recipe box from Sugar Paper (via Adore Home)

Orange Gnome Candle from Sunny Life

posted under: Moody Hues, Outdoors, Gift Ideas, Stationery, Jewellery, Home Décor, Tableware, Fashion, Kitchenware

GIVEAWAY!! Design*Sponge at Home by Grace Bonney (CLOSED!) | September 06, 2011

I have a penchant for the eclectic. I think the 'unexpected' is a vital ingredient in a successfully designed interior and I adore homes that are the product of years of lovingly collected and created objects. It is the element of surprise that excites me! The juxtaposition of seemingly unmatching materials; the co-existence of objects from different eras and ethnic origins. Start with a dash of Danish mid-century, a touch of antique Victorian and a sprinkling of Industrial. Throw in a pinch of Indian, Balinese or Moroccan for some added spice and some contemporary typography, Germanic folk art and American Colonial needlepoint for whimsy. Mix in some metal, wood, leather, plastic, cane, fabric, glass, pattern, colour and texture. Stir vigorously.

Unless you've been living under a rock you've probably heard that Grace Bonney of design*sponge has recently brought out a book. Entitled Design*sponge at Home, this 390 page 'bible' of home decor contains 75 sneak peeks into the homes of creatives that are usually the artistic compilation of eclectic flea market finds, their own creative works, the odd coveted designer item and some good, old-fashioned DIY prowess.

This book is not just about the art of collection but of transformation. Some of the artists re-paint, re-upholster and re-purpose their way to domestic perfection. The resulting homes are not just aesthetically interesting, they are stories. Each abode is a narrative that describes the experiences, artistry, vision and hearts of their inhabitants.

A pioneer in the design blogosphere- Grace Bonney would have to be one of the most influential bloggers in her genre. She has been a source of inspiration, and has diligently paved the way, for bloggers (myself included) who dare to enter the now highly inundated niche. She started design*sponge in 2004 and today she has a daily readership in the tens of thousands with addicted readers popping back almost hourly to catch an update! Her 'sneak peek'  and 'DIY' columns have been revolutionary, proving that you don't need to have a giant bank account to create a 'designer' home.

Design*Sponge at Home also contains some DIY projects and flower arranging tutorials to help with your own creative endeavours! To see more pics and get more info- go here. Be sure to check out the cute little video preview!

Now for the great news! Australian distributors Hardie Grant Books have sent me a copy to give away to one lucky Eat Drink Chic reader!!  (And yes, this giveaway is open to International readers also!)

Here's what you have to do to win.

1. Leave a comment at the end of this post.

2. In the 'name' box please include your first name and the first letter of your last name

3. In the 'email' box please include a valid email address.

4. Only one entry per person please!

A winner will be randomly selected from the comments.

Competition closes on Tuesday September 13 at 9pm  (Australian EST). The winner will be announced the following day!

Good luck!



posted under: Interiors, Books, Giveaway, Gift Ideas, Home Décor

EvaJuliet | September 05, 2011

Eva, a graphic designer, does some very beautiful work. She shares a studio with a lovely antique tabletop letterpress called Juliet.

Loving her gorgeous custom family trees!

posted under: Photography, Gift Ideas, Stationery