Mia Oatley | August 30, 2012

I've been hunting down some artwork to decorate our very bare, white walls and recently ordered my very first piece! I was so excited when this stunning Mia Oatley print arrived in the mail a couple of weeks ago.  It's called "Mid Summer Nights Dream" and it's off getting framed right now. Looking forward to hanging it up above the new couch!

I'm completely enamoured with all of Mia's gorgeous work.  See below!

Check out more of the prints she has available in her online shop.

XO
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posted under: Home Décor, Artwork

FREE 'Colours and Shapes' iPhone Wallpaper | August 28, 2012

I thought it was about time to whip up some more iPhone wallpaper. Hope you enjoy these colourful goodies!

Continue to grab your freebies!

(EDIT August 30: I've now also included instructions for how to download the wallpaper onto your iPhone)

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posted under: Digital Wallpaper, Free Stuff

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: Our Home, Home Décor, Tableware, storytelling

London Style Guide by Saska Graville | August 16, 2012

Whenever I travel, it's not about rushing to the most popular tourist attraction or taking happy snaps of awe-inspiring natural wonders. For me it's about city life and all it's glorious and colourful details. Weeks before I go, I usually mark every destination meticulously in Google Maps- the quirky boutiques, the funky hotels, the restaurants and cafes, the bakeries and patisseries, the ice-cream parlours and candy stores...

Last weekend I picked up a copy of London Style Guide by Saska Graville. (Published by Murdoch Books). Similar to Sibella Court's 'The Stylist's Guide to NYC', this book is PACKED with inspiring 'style' destinations and would be essential in planning a dream trip!

With the aid of stunning photography by Jessica Reftel Evans and Martin Reftel, this book captures all the exciting visual minutiae that makes someone like myself weak at the knees. Details such as... drool-worthy, vintage cake displays at pretty patisseries...

...a row of mismatched chairs at a whimsical canteen...

...the vibrant pops of colour at a local farmers market...

...the rustic and industrial styling at a cosy cafe...

...all the colourful and quirky wonders of independent fashion and homeware boutiques...

and the list goes on...

Now that I've got this book, I would love to visit London and see all this delicious eye candy for myself. PIty it's a 22 hour flight to get there! *Shudder*

Check out London Style Guide right here.

{ all images by Amy Moss }

XO
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posted under: Travel, Books

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: Interiors, Gift Ideas, Home Décor, Tableware, Artwork

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

Magic Carpet Ride | August 08, 2012

We love our dog Sukie, but she is a bona fide nutball.

The latest is that she's developed a phobia of the doorway to Mark's office. Yes, you heard right. The doorway.

She's perfectly fine if she's either side of it, but it's the experience of going through the doorway itself that is inexplicably traumatic. Even dog treats will not tempt her.

On the odd occasion, however, her determination will outweigh her fears and she will attempt to make a sudden, mad dash through to the other side. In a spectacle that soon becomes akin to a scene from a Looney Tunes cartoon, Sukie's claws, scurrying frantically, fail to get a grip on the polished floorboards and she is unable to propel herself forward. She finds herself suspended in some kind of comical, roadrunner-esque motion loop in the doorway for what seems like an eternity. Her efforts to expedite the traumatic experience, backfiring drastically.

This predicament has made Sukie a little glum. She usually enjoys lying by Mark's side while he works but now all she can do is poke her head around the door and stare at him longingly.

Mark also misses her company and so, in a stroke of genius, was able to come up with this clever solution: He lays down her dog bed in front of her and coaxes her onto it. He then slides the dog bed through the evil doorway until she and her bed have safely reached the other side. 

We call this the Magic Carpet ride. And it works a treat.

We know, however, this is not an ideal fix. It will take time and a whole lot of positive reinforcement to get her traversing that doorway confidently again.

Mark's been a bit down because of the situation but has, unfortunately for me, managed to retain his sense of humour.

Mark: "I hate it when I can't fix things... I don't know why but I just need to fix what's broken"
Me (jokingly):"Is that why you're with me?"
Mark:"Nah, you're not broken. You're just a little... bent"

{ photo by Amy Moss }

XO
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posted under: Our Home, Sukie, storytelling

DIY Tags- Fun with Watercolours... | August 03, 2012

So I promised you another 'Bon Appetit' cutlery tag freebie. However, I'm still awaiting those props I ordered. {Sigh}. Crossing my fingers and toes in the hope that they'll arrive next week. 

In the meantime, I thought I'd play around with watercolour paints...

These are just a bit of fun and super-easy to do. Using thick watercolour paper (not exceeding 280gsm) I've cut out tag shapes with a craft punch then basically just messed around to see what kinds of pretty and striking colour effects I can make with watercolour paints, (e.g, gradients, colour-blocking, etc.)  Nothing fancy, just keeping it simple. I've then used some mini alphabet stamps and coloured inks, to print some messages on them. Voila. Easy as pie.

You can use them to decorate gifts or to add a splash of colour to a table-setting!

Happy Friday! xo

{ images by Amy Moss } 

XO
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posted under: Gift Ideas, Parties, Do It Yourself, Entertaining, Craft