Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Handmade Rugs by Nodi

There is something about the NZ design industry that always blows me away. I’m not sure why but our cousins across the ditch have an honesty and integrity to their designs, resulting in a focus on the materials and craftsmanship used to create their products.

I just stumbled across New Zealand rug business Nodi, the brain child of Olivia Smith. How have I not seen these before?!

After spending time in Italy, and studying at the Institute of European Design, Olivia worked with various Milan based textile houses. It was while working in Italy that she was introduced to the beauty and texture of Indian textiles.

Olivia spent months in various regions of India, researching and trialling hand weaving and tufting techniques to perfect the texture of her rug collection. In June 2013 she launched her rug brand NODI, and now designs from her home in Mt Manganui, New Zealand. ​

Each rug is hand made in India using fair trade practices.

Visit the Nodi website for more on Olivia’s journey.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Etsy Australia Design Awards

As you would know by now, I’m a huge fan of Etsy. Not just because it is a never ending source of gorgeous wares from across the globe, but also because of the way Etsy promotes and shares the wonderful creativity of its sellers.

This year Etsy Australia has teamed up with Inside Out Magazine to launch the Etsy Design Awards. The winners have the chance to win a trip to Etsy's headquarters in Brooklyn, New York, and be featured in the December issue of Inside Out.

There are so many wonderful entries, but here are my top five…

Hello Pants. The brain child of a Townsville based mum and graphic designer, Hello Pants is a collection of vibrant, quirky and fun art prints. So cute, and so many wonderful designs to choose from.

Foreply. Sunshine Coast based Carl Holder is passionate about furniture design with integrity, and enjoys working with local sustainable materials. His furniture pieces are created with personality, the idea being that they offer both a sculptural and playful functionality.

Fizzy Lime Creative. This lady is bringing crafting back, with a modern twist. Stunning hand woven lamp shades, wall hangings and banners in the most wonderful vibrant colours.

Maze and Vale. The most beautiful collection of screen printed fabric designs. The designs are originally created as sketches or carved block prints. They are then hand screened using custom mixed, environmentally friendly, water based textile inks onto hemp, organic cotton and linen.

Olive and the Volcano. Wife and husband team Jo and Andy handcraft paper goods such as notebooks, gift cards, gift tags and prints. Each piece is made on their 1956 Heidelberg Windmill Platen Press, using handmade plates, and trimmed using their vintage guillotine. A true example of old school hand crafting.

You can view all the finalists here, and go into the draw to win a $250 Etsy gift card by voting for your favourite entry.

Monday, 20 October 2014

Indoor plants are back - Ivy Muse

If you were a child of the 70s and 80s you most likely would have grown up with pot plants as part of the decor in your house. I still remember the maiden hair fern in our bathroom! After disappearing from our interiors for quite some time, indoor plants are making a come back in a big way.

I’m a huge fan of stylist and online retailer Alana Langan, aka Hunt & Bow, so was very interested to see the details of a new venture with longtime friend Jacqui Vidal. These talented ladies have launched botanical wares studio Ivy Muse

Geoscapes is their first collection of limited edition pot plant stands. There is nothing daggy or 80s about these designs, proving pot plants in our interiors can be very cool. 

Featuring geometric-inspired designs, the intensely-coloured steel stands offer plant lovers maximum creativity to showcase their greenery in and around the home or workspace.

Each design in the inaugural collection is available in Matt Black and Matt
White, plus a limited edition colour unique to each design.

Priced from $130 - $140 each, depending on the design chosen, they can be ordered online here.

Friday, 10 October 2014

New textile brand - Oliochi bed linen, cushions and baby blankets

This year I’ve been studying at ISCD, which for me has been a wonderful way to connect with many women looking to turn their interest in design into something more. I’m always excited to see one of these creative ladies achieve their goal, and so very happy to share a new textile brand with you today.

Oliochi is the brainchild of Elizabeth Logan, who has translated her love of surface design and textiles into a business. Oliochi is all about fun and vibrant colour. Elizabeth sources original fabric designs to create beautiful bed covers, cushions and baby blankets.

To see more visit the Oliochi website.

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Bright nursery and kids bed linen from Goosebumps

I think most of us love a bit of colour for a nursery or kid’s bedroom, and my discovery for today delivers just that. New Melbourne based bedding company Goosebumps is fun, vibrant, and just a little bit cool.

Goosebumps was launched earlier this year by Inga Rodd, a busy mum of three year old twin boys. The range is designed to be able to mix and match brilliant colour and fun prints, and includes sheets, doona covers and pillow cases for cot, single and double sized beds.

Love it!

Shop the range online at the Goosebumps website here.

Thursday, 25 September 2014

This week I'm loving... Scandi design at norsu interiors

Its no secret that I am a huge fan of Scandinavian design. norsu interiors is one of the best online homeware stores bringing Scandi brands here to Australia and, although I’ve featured them on the blog before, they have some great new products to share.

They stock some of my favourite Scandinavian designers - By Nord, Fine Little Day, Louise Roe Design, OYOY Living Design, Pia Wallen and Sne Design, just to name a few.

I was very excited to see they have now also added Danish brand ferm LIVING and the soon to be launched Swedish Rebel Walls wallpaper collection.

All photography by Armelle Habib, styled by Julia Green from Greenhouse Interiors.

This is a business born from a passion for good design, with two young mums going out on a limb to create something unique. Nat Wheeler and Kristy Sadlier have just celebrated their first birthday as norsu interiors, and are celebrating by adding a bricks and mortar store in Melbourne, opening in October.

I wish them lots of luck with this new part of their business, and can’t wait to see more.

Click here to shop the full norsu interiors range online.

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Affordable Artwork | Fine Art Photography by Babaroga Vitomirov

A great source of affordable artwork from across the globe is the online gallery at saatchiart.com. One artist that caught my eye recently is Swedish fine art photographer Babaroga Vitomirov.

Based in Malmo in Sweden, Babaroga has worked as a photographer for 10 years. He has exhibited at various galleries and expos across Scandinavia with his beautiful, ethereal style.

All images are by Swedish fine art photographer Babaroga Vitomirov on saatchiart.com.

Original artworks are available for just over $1,000 but you can also purchase a limited edition print for as little as $76.

Click here to see the current collection online.