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Issue #03



ONE ANOTHER Talented design duo Rick and Annette Carter create ethical homewares

Step into a colorful world of playful art



Alisa and Lysandra give us their insights into what’s hot this winter

Beautifully illustrated artworks by Sarah Pook



a few h it w d e b in ggle up



All products personally selected by The Block Favourites Alisa & Lysandra

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FEATURES 8 One Another

36 Exquisite comfort

Talented design duo Rick and Annette Carter were inspired by their travels to create ethical homewares and also help women artisans in challenging regions

Jacqueline Fink from Little Dandelions hand crafts “extreme” knitted blankets and throws using giant knitting needles

14 Milly & Eugene Bright and colorful homewares are essential qualities for sisters Hailey and Kate who followed their passion and created Milly & Eugene

20 In the bedroom

OUR COVER PETE CROMER ARTWORK. Read his full story on page 52.

During the winter months ahead there is no better place to be than snuggled up in bed so spoil yourself with a few luxuries

40 Winter trends The stylish duo from the popular TV show The Block, Alisa and Lysandra give us their insight into what’s hot in home trends this winter

44 Inspiring designs Designer Anne-Claire Petre brings her vision of sustainable furniture to life with Anaca Studio

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REGULARS 52 Pete Cromer

78 Creature comforts

Evoking a sense of fun and playfulness Pete Cromer’s collection of giclee prints are both bright and bold and reflect the inner child within.

Stylish and practical designs are essentail in any sofa as they are the hub of any living room.

61 Black Arrow Candles

84 Little Quarters

Alain and Karina Ferrante handcraft soy candles with triple the scent

Sarah Pook decided to use her talent as a illustrator to create beautifully illustrated limited edition artworks

64 Habitots

90 Barking Green

Suzanne Acteson has grown her online boutique store with an amazing selection of designer homewares

A range of luxurious organic pet bedding and blankets

74 Shop Frank Interior Designer Heather Noonan was inspired after travelling through Europe and North Africa to start up her own store Shop Frank and offer unique handcrafted homewares

6 Moodboard 7 We love 39 Made it 46 Etsy finds 49 Must have 69 DIY


A selection product pages featuring cushions, lighting, art prints and more


The Dutch Design Chair is also a stool and coffee table. Its unique design and innovative construction mean the possibilities of this environmentally-friendly marvel are endless. The Dutch Design Chair is made from high-quality, FSC-Certified corrugated cardboard and is entirely produced in the Netherlands.It can support up to 200 kilos of weight. Price $49.95. Stockist:


Gold stripey wood hanging chain lantern The hanging lantern can be hung anywhere in or outside the house to give a nice in-direct lighting experience. The chain is finished with a clasp so that you can hang the chain over any item and clip it back to itself. The light is an LED pack inside the lantern, using 3x AAA batteries, so it can be easily moved about the place, taken outside or used as a decoration for special occasions. Price $35. Stockist: Timber Arcadia


Cockys Grooming Print Geoffrey Carran’s amazing bird paintings are available as limited edition giclee prints! Printed on beautiful 300gsm archival cotton rag paper, the prints come in an edition of 50. Each individual print has a white border and is hand signed by the artist with the title and edition number. The prints come in two sizes – oversize A4 and oversize A3. Prints are supplied unframed. Price $95. Stockist:


HABITOTS Prize includes: • Pehr Designs Hamper in Polkadots • Artist-designed cushions – Bird on a Tussock and Baby Elephant. • Don’t forget to Play clock. • Homely Creatures ‘To the Moon and Back’ framed print.

Valued over $300 *All current subscribers are automatically entered into the competition. Winner announced on July 28 on our facebook page.


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Puku is the affectionate Maori word for a chubby belly. Taking cues from Japanese cartoon characters such as Totoro, these ottomans make a bright, kooky addition to any room. Made in Melbourne, Australia, Puku is upholstered in the finest Kvadrat fabrics from Denmark. Choose from a range of vibrant colours for the top, and a selection of mottled greys for the bottom.


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1] Star Marquee Light. When you wish upon a star, it makes no difference who you are. Absolutely adorable and gorgeous. Price $199. Stockist: 2] Bridget Bodenham ceramic mugs. Enjoy your favourite brew in one of Bridget Bodenham’s signature style ceramic mugs. Hand formed, featuring a ‘raw’ finish stoneware exterior, gold lustre handle & glazed inner lining. Price $33. Stockist: 3] Sori Yanagi Butterfly Stool. An elegant and contemporary design that will stand out in any space. Price $129. Stockist:


one another Talented design duo Rick and Annette Carter were inspired by their travels to create ethical homewares and also help women artisans in challenging regions

Rick and Annette Carter from One Another.

Tell us a bit about One Another? Rick says: One Another is an ethical homewares label with a collection of cushions, throws and artworks that combine modern designs with traditional artisan hand embroidery and weaving. We like to think our products have both style and substance as they provide an independent income for women in poverty and beautiful products for your home. Tell us about yourself and your background? Annette says: I studied Fashion Design and have been fortunate enough to work for some great Sydney labels as a designer, pattern maker and Design Room Manager for the last 15 years. Rick says: I studied advertising in Sydney and worked as a graphic designer here before embarking on traveling the world and ending up in London for a stint. I really fell in love with travelling and experiencing other cultures and during this time my passion in photography developed. I returned to Sydney and studied photography before launching my own design and photography business eight years ago called Jimmy Too, named after my first SLR camera. What sparked you to create your business – One Another? Rick says: The idea for creating an ethical homewares range came after trips to the Philippines and India where I was photographing women working their way out of poverty, for

not-for-profit Opportunity International Australia. On these trips we meet many inspiring women using amazing skills to support their families. However as much as we loved the intricate and colourful designs they created we felt they didn’t translate to our home back here in Australia. This sparked the idea to start our own label with a vision to create a collection that brought together their traditional artisan techniques with a modern aesthetic. Annette says: Rick and I were always keen to pool our combined talents into a project that would be ours together. It was after travelling to India that the seed was planted for what has grown into One Another. It still took several years for us to make it happen but we knew it would be ethically made, that it would be working with amazing artisans around the world and that it would be a creative voice for us.

to symbolise India’s freedom from British colonialism. The textural cushions from South Africa are eco friendly and are woven from t-shirt yarn, a by-product from the cotton mills when make jersey t-shirts. We think it’s really important for consumers to know where products are made which is why all our cushions have a label that is hand-signed by the embroiderer or weaver who made it. For some of the women it was quite difficult to do this as they are not used to writing, let alone in English.

What processes are involved in creating your pieces? Rick says: We work directly with three groups of women, the perfect hand embroidery is stitched in India and the beautiful loop weaving in South Africa and next season we will have striking woven artworks from Rawanda. As each design is done by hand, each is one of a kind, it is these variations that are part of the beauty and is what makes them so unique. We use a fabric called Khadi, which is a hand spun and hand woven cloth from India. It is the fabric made famous by Ghandi and came

Indigo Glaze cushion. Ceramic glaze print in indigo with overlapping vessels hand embroidered in black. Price $119. Khadi Spot and Dot Coral cushion. Hand loomed black and white spot khadi with random hand embroidered dots in coral. Price $89.

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< continued from previous page What inspires you in your designs? Rick says: All the design work is done from our studio in Surry Hills. Inspiration comes from so many places - elements from fashion, art, photography and from the countries we are working in - all combine to create the mood board we use as direction. The current collection takes inspiration from stained glass windows and the silhouettes of vessels on a table or overlapping on a mantle.

Above: Vessels in coral artwork. Price $189. Khadi vessels in coral cushion. Price $89.

Can you tell us more about One Cushion: One Week? Rick says: I have been an ambassador for Opportunity International Australia for many years and we have partnered with them to help provide small loans to women living in poverty. The loans are used to start or grow their own business, it might be for a small grocery store, farm, fruit and vegetable stall, bakery or tailor. Whatever the business, a loan as small as $100 has the ability to create change. There is a great quote from Bono that sums up the power of such a loan, he says â&#x20AC;&#x153;Give a woman a small loan, and she, her husband, her

“Rick and I were always keen to pool our combined talents into a project that would be ours together.” children, and her extended family will eat for a lifetime.” So for every cushion we sell online at, we will provide one week of a small loan to a woman living in poverty. What do you love the most about having your own label? Annette says: The freedom to make good choices. Rick says: That we get to work with talented women artisans living in some of the most challenging regions in the world and hopefully be part of the solution of creating a better future. Who are some of your favourite designers? Annette says: Too many to mention them all! In fashion; Comme des Garcon, Ann Demeulemeester and locally, Dion Lee. I love the work of Rae and Charles Eames, Hans Wegner, Tom Dixon, Marc Newson, Frank Lloyd Wright, Mies van der Rohe and Tadao Ando ... the list goes on… continued on next page >

“We get to work with talented women artisans living in some of the most challenging regions in the world and hopefully be part of the solution of creating a better future.”

< continued from previous page Rick says: I think on the ethical side of things I am drawn to brands like Armadillo Rugs, TOMS and Krochet Kids. Plus there are some really great fashion designers starting to do ethical collaborations like Karen Walker and Vivenne Westwood. What is your favourite item in your store right now and why? Annette says: My favourite is always the next one! But if I had to choose, it’s hard to go past Leadlight Heart. Rick says: At the moment I think I would have to pick two as they look so good together on the couch - the hand woven Mint Vessels and the hand embroidered Khadi Vessels in White! What has been your biggest highlight? Annette says: Having an end product we are proud of, the ideas went back and forth for a few years before we finally had something tangible. We are also pretty chuffed to be stocked by some of the stores we have been long time fans of like Koskela, AP Design House and Spence & Lyda. What are your plans for the future? Annette says: The big vision is to educate people to think about how they shop, to see ethical and fair trade as the norm not just a small segment of the market. Of course, we are not going to do that alone and we have lots of small steps along the way. We would love to continue working with the co-operatives we already work with, increase our impact in their communities, as well as finding more groups of artisans we can work with.

Contact: One Another


milly & eugene Bright and colorful homewares are essential qualities for sisters Hailey and Kate who followed their passion and created Milly & Eugene

Tell us about Milly & Eugene. Milly & Eugene was conceived a year ago as an online business. It began as a personal collection of unique homewares that we envisaged for our own homes. We have made something like four trips overseas searching for specific handcrafted products. We love things that are beautiful, bright and colourful. Pieces that will make a statement in your home. Since then we have expanded into retail and opened our first store in Waverley last month.

Tell us about yourselves and your background. We are from a close-knit family and in our late teens and early twenties, we opened a juice bar in Coogee with mum, dad and our brother. It was and still is a thriving success and we learned a lot about business there. From there we moved on to open our own businesses. I opened a fashion boutique with my husband in Coogee called By San Sebastian. It has been open for eight years now. Hailey and her husband ventured into the

restaurant business and now own three Brazilian BBQ restaurants called Churrasco in Sydney. What sparked you to create your business and work with your sister? We would both agree that we have a creative drive and an eye for colour and design. We were on a family holiday a couple of years ago trawling through shops full of bright and beautiful objects and I suppose it was from there that we decided to create our own business; one that was different in its view to

traditional home decor. Hailey and I have a lot in common, we share a strong work ethic and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve always been close, so we knew we would be a good partnership. What processes are involved in selecting your pieces for Milly&Eugene? Well as I said earlier, we have been going off on buying trips about four times a year. On these trips, we have formed close relationships with our suppliers and their families. As the business has evolved, we are now bringing our design ideas to their craftsmanship and expertise to create variations of the original products. It is hugely exciting for us to see an idea become a beautiful tangible thing. This was challenging for the craftsmen initially because it was new and different but they have come to trust our aesthetic and know that our designs do work. It usually takes eight weeks from sample stage to the finished product and add to that four weeks for importation. So we are looking at three months turn around for our new products, which calls for a lot of forward planning and organisation within the year. What inspires you in the designs you choose? We are both constantly on the lookout for inspiration. Anything with colour is a major drawcard and we want people to embrace colour in their homes. We also have an eye for quirky design and seeing our fluoro bulldogs flying off the shelves is a great indication that our customers are loving it as well. Our Pinterest and Instagram accounts are full of bright and beautiful objects and beautiful decor that often inspires us. continued on next page >

What do you love most about having your own label/store? We both get real joy and satisfaction seeing our design ideas come to fruition. When the container arrives and the unload is underway, unwrapping our products feels like all our Christmases have come at once. It’s tiring and exhausting but also so rewarding. And then to get lovely positive feedback from people is a real buzz. Lots of our online customers send back photos with their Milly & Eugene pieces in situ in their homes. It’s really interesting to see other people’s

creativity in decorating. Our retail customers are really lovely as well and give us loads of compliments on our store. It’s full and bright and colourful and they all love it! Who are some of your favourite designers? We don’t really have any favourites. I suppose we take different aesthetics from a range of designers. We do like the chevron design and use of colour that Missoni is using right now, and intrigued also by some of the edgy designs by Moooi. We love the playfulness of their designs.

What is your favourite item in your store right now and why? I love the rattan bedheads! They are bold and bright and make a feature of any bedroom. We have a bedroom set-up at the rear of the shop and I love watching the customers swoon over our cosy bedheads adorned with a pile of plush cushions, kantha quilts and crocheted patchwork blankets. It truly captures their attention. Hailey is a big fan of the glass and brass terrariums which have made a recent comeback on the homeware scene. They can be used indoors or out and plants and succulents in particular thrive in them.

What has been your biggest highlight? We both agree that seeing seeing those first online orders flow in was a big high for us, but opening our Milly & Eugene retail store was the ultimate. It took six weeks to design the fit-out, source the materials and tradespeople, and get the space built and stocked and ready to open for business. No mean feat! Milly & Eugene wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t exist without the help and support of all our families. Our husbands and mum and dad are heavily involved. We only employ one staff member( lovely Tessa). Everyone comes together when help is needed.

More often than not our husbands wrap and pack the larger items for delivery. My husband, Joff, has single-handedly designed and created our website. And our mum and dad do anything and everything we ask! The kids even chip in and help to unpack the stock. What are your plans for the future? Hailey and I have a few ideas in the pipeline for Milly & Eugene. In the near future, we are expanding our range to include charming furniture pieces using antique and recycled wood. We are also considering venturing into wholesaling at some point and locating

possible sites for more retail stores. But thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also no rush with this. For the present, we are busy and happy enjoying the pleasures and challenges of running our online and retail stores and we truly understand the value and importance of doing that well.



UNDER $100

Indulge a little with these unique and creative pieces for your home

Recycled Pendant Lamp designed by Christopher Berry. These lust worthy pendant lamp shades are made from recycled shipping palettes and we think they are absolute genius! Price $80. Stockist: Geometric African Tribal Pillow with Neon Beaded Accents by Bright July. Inspired by South African Zulu weaving patterns, this bold tribal pillow will definitely add punch to your space. Price $60. Stockist: www.

S L A B â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Stacking concrete containers. At home on your countertop or as elegant table service, this stacking set will only become more beautiful with time as it develops a warm and organic patina as it ages. Price $89. Stockist:

Cross stitch Napkins Hand printed using environmentally friendly water based inks. Set of four. Price $80. Stockist:

Rose Rabbit Clock Wooden wall clock complete with Quartz movement ready to hang. Made from sustainable 3mm plywood. Price $65. Stockist: www.sheloves

Objectify markers wall clock by Vanilla Design Ltd. These wall clocks are made from sustainably produced radiata pine plywood with the design digitally printed to polyester and laminated to the front. Price $40. Stockist:

These beautiful cushions are screen-printed onto European linen for a luxurious feel. Inspired by geometry and aztec designs, they coordinate well, so you can mix and match on your sofa or bed. Price $89 - $99. Yellow Front Door is an online homewares boutique specialising in unique and beautiful cushions, throws and artworks. Products are sourced from designers and artists around the world. Stockist:

Ettie Ink Gold Leaf Pineapple woodblock Did you know the pineapple is a symbol of hospitality? All the more reason to have one in your home! This navy pineapple woodblock with gold leaf is super hot and will make a stunning addition to any wall, mantle or sideboard! Price $85. Stockist: Ettie Ink

Anchor Tribe limited edition collection. Individually hand-made ceramic plaster Anchor Tribe pieces by A Boy Named Aaron. Detailed with feathers, beading and jute. Includes a small hook on reverse to wall hang. Stockist: www.aboy

IN THE BEDROOM During the winter months ahead there is no better place to be than snuggled up in bed so spoil yourself with a few luxuries

In the Sac set: contains a quilt cover, fitted sheet and 2 pillowcases. King $475 for white and $575 in colour. Queen $450 in white and $550 in colour. Double and King Single contact for more information Stockist:

Dark Grey Velvet Quilt Cover, Candystripe pillowcases and sheet. Grey candystripe bedspread. Stockist: Kip & Co

Candystripe Print sheet and quilt set with Ash Chambray sheet, peach chambray pillow case and grey velvet pillowcase. Stockist: Kip & Co

Shag Rug, Burnt Orange Velvet quilt Cover, Velvet pillowcases and Tassel cushions Stockist: KIp & Co

Maison Quilt Cover The supple, languid comfort of linen and cotton expressed in unapologetically assertive tones of sunshine and buttercups. Colour as bright as daylight and yet, miraculously, as comfortable as butter. Tricky yellow fellow. Price $149. Stockist:

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Right: Umbrella Stripe Sheet Set. All the best things have stripes paper straws, lighthouses, shirts and umbrellas - they’re a hallmark of elegance and a throwback to classic French audacity. Price $159. Stockist: Far right: Triangles Quilt Cover. Printed in a timeless tone, winter won’t seem so cold now that they’re striped across a scarlet as spirited and striking as we’ve ever made. Price $139. Stockist:

Crosses Quilt Cover. Whether you cross your Tâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, cross your heart, or cross your fingers, whatever you do, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t cross this quilt cover off your must-have list. From its jet black sateen to its daring lime trim, and every creme cross in between, this is one bedroom statement sure to impress. Crosses is available in Black, Charcoal, Marine and Jade. Price $139. Stockist:

Top: Ombre Quilt Cover Alpine. Hand screen printed covers with eco friendly inks in our Collingwood studio and made in Melbourne. Also shown assorted pillowcases available. Price $189. Stockist: Bottom left: Textured knit lurex throw. Price $320. Cushions $155. Stockist: Bottom right: Indiana Blanket, double sided triangle blanket in Merino Wool. Indiana, Zelda and Riley cushions. Designed and made in Australia. Photography: Bonnie Savage. Stockist:

Black Zigzag Doona Cover, with Coral Grid on Reverse and Green Zigzag Pillowcases. Stockist:

Landscape Landscapes and patchwork quilts inspired the prints which feature on the dreamy 100% linen in this season quilt covers. Create a luxurious setting for the long winter nights with these two designs. Each quilt comes delightfully packaged in its own linen storage bag. Queen $415 King $449 Stockist: Nancybird





1] Pom Pom pillow case set of two in ‘Sunshine’. Price $49. Stockist: 2] Hoot Pillowcase, hand screen printed. Price $39. Stockist: 3] Three Wise Owls Pillowcase. Price $49. Stockist: 4] Star Fox Pillowcase. This dreamy printed pillowcase is made of 100% cotton and features my “Star Fox” illustration. Price $33.25. Stockist: FlossypArt

Left: Lyrebird Quilt. Cotton/linen front, cotton backing, screen printed. Price $236. Stockist: Centre: Diamond strip.Landscapes and patchwork quilts inspired the prints which feature on the dreamy 100% linen in this season quilt covers. Queen $415, King $449. Stockist: Right: Waratah quilt cover. Our colourful quilt cover prints have been inspired by ancient mosaic tiling and native Australian flora. Price $356. Stockist:

Welcome PEGBOARD spot, you’re the daddy of all basic sheeting. White but with a hint of whimsy you work back with EVERYTHING on our range. Your little sister TUTTI FRUTTI is naughty but oh so cute in sheet cuffs and pillowcases. And all still lovingly hand made in Australia. Oh bed time you can’t come quick enough. Stockist:

Top left: Fluro pink spot fitted sheet. Hotel grade 5 star, 100% cotton, 280 thread count fitted sheet with three hand printed 10cm spots. Price from $125. Stockist: Top right: Variety of pillowcases. Priced from $79. Stockist: Above: Pegboard Quilt Cover. Hotel grade 5 star, 100% cotton, 280 thread count quilt cover with all over charcoal spot print and white cotton coverlet buttons. Price from $150. Stockist:

FOR THE KIDS Cross My Heart. A striking design is a cot quilt that has been designed with love in mind. Fully reversible with our ‘Paper, scissors ROCK’ design - this quilt is a dream to snuggle under and will only get softer with age. Price $119. Stockist: Images: Toby Scott

Below centre: Puddles of fun. This quilt is a dream to snuggle under and will only get softer with age. Price $119. Below right: Where’s Fred. It is another of our quilts with a gorgeous unisex colour palette reversible with our ‘Cross my heart’. Price $119. Stockist:

Left: Oh deer doona cover. The Oh Deer reversible quilt cover will provide a beautiful colour palette for any little girls room. With contemporary pinks and a delicate touch of wasabi green, its sure to make any girl smile. Price $160. Stockist: Top right: Whale of a Time. Young and contemporary! Sail away with our reversible whale watching quilt cover set. In blues and greys it will be a grea addition to your little boys room. Price $160. Stockist:

EXQUISITE COMFORT Jacqueline Fink from Little Dandelions hand crafts “extreme” knitted blankets and throws using giant knitting needles from her Sydney home

Tell us a bit about your business? I make by hand “extreme” knitted blankets and throws from Australian and New Zealand unspun wool. The use of unspun wool, which I then felt, enables me to achieve an extreme scale as well as a beautiful, soft and luscious texture. My range focuses predominately on the use of natural coloured fibres (i.e. no dyes). Every piece is made by me in my home in Sydney using giant knitting needles. My work is a physical challenge as much as a dearly loved creative pursuit. Most of my work is by way of custom order where I work closely with clients to create a bespoke piece.

Tell us about yourself and your background? I am a married mum of three children (12, 10 and 7). I grew up in Northern New South Wales and studied a law degree at Bond University on the Gold Coast. I moved to Sydney in 1994 to complete my studies and have been here ever since. I launched Little Dandelion in April 2012 after a long search for a creative outlet and I haven’t stopped knitting since. What processes are involved in creating your pieces? Unspun wool is not a proper knitting yarn so I need to employ several processes to achieve the scale and look of my work. These processes are extremely labour intensive. As

I have no technical background in fine arts or textiles, these process are also self-taught and hard won: they also took me years of experimentation and loads of very costly mistakes to work out. What inspires you in your designs? Colours, textures, nature and wool in general are all sources of inspiration. However, when it comes to design, I tend not to look beyond myself nor do I overthink the design process. I design purely for my own satisfaction. In fact, design inspiration usually finds me via a dream. Ultimately, I figure that if I like a design than surely someone else will. Contact: Little Dandelion

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Panda bear. This panda toy is Plushkaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 16th toy and is entirely hand stitched with love from 100% pure new wool felt and cotton fabric. Price $36.50. Stockist: Handmade by Plushka

Cloud pillow. This cute decorative cloud pillow is the perfect addition to your kids bedroom. It would be great on a bed, chair, shelf or nursery. Price $35. Stockist: Kiki and Boo

Miniature Toadstool Mushroom. Add a bit of colour and cuteness to your pot plants or terrariums with these cute little toadstools. Each toadstool is hand sculpted out of polymer clay. Price $14 each. Stockist: Yellow Tree Store

Chamomile Infused Vegetable Soap. Organic chamomile flowers have been slowly infused into the oils that go into making this beautiful soap. Price $6. Stockist: Pure Haven

Elephant paper. This pack consists of 4 sheets of lovely pale pink beetroot infused paper, on which i have printed a beautiful elephant. Price $4.80. Stockist: Marigold Mountain

Doorstops pyramid. Dtylish doorstop for your home, approx 16cm high and 15cm square. Price $29. Stockist: Gozi and Pop

Tea Towel - Cooking Words. 100% European linen tea towels 50x70cm. Green cooking Words print on off white. Price $17. Stockist: CNS Range Homeware and Gifts

Dipped Modern Wooden Wall Art. Each handmade item is unique from piece to piece. Simply loosen the bolt on the back and arrange sticks. Price $115. Stockist: Senkki

Over the Rainbow Mobile. Made to order. Width approx. 21cm x 30cm Price $65. Stockist: Birdy Num Num Design Store

winter trends The stylish duo from the popular TV show The Block, Alisa and Lysandra give us their insight into whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hot in home trends this winter

Gorgeous range of textiles available from

bold hues

Dark blues and plum are the perfect colour this winter. Not only do these hues create warmth and cosiness, but they also allow the avid home decorator to experiment and be more creative than previous seasons. Whether it is as daring as painting an entire room in a bold colour or adding a solid occasional to the mix, the permission to go all out has been granted.

Cushions Vavoom Emporium has a vast range of cushions online. Stockist:

ADD A TOUCH OF METAL Copper is a popular trend this winter, however as we move into spring we will see copper being replaced with silver. The inclusions of metals into a room can be as easy as adding a metal side dish or as over-stated as the use of copper pendant lights. Whether it subtle or overstated, metals are still a super sexy and sophisticated way to add class to any room.

Mr Cooper is a new pendant light designed by Melbourne-based Kate Stokes. www.cultdesigned.

Louise Roe copper grid cushion cover. Price $125. Stockist:

Copper Table Lamp with Black Base. Price $480. Stockist: www. thedesignhunter.


Grey jersey cushion with silver triangle print. Price $95. Stockist: www. thedesignhunter.

Concrete Planter by Fox Romana. The organic nature of concrete means no two pieces are alike. Price $35. Stockist:

BREAK ALL THE RULES Patterns, whether they are stripes, checks, floral or geometrical are the perfect addition to create drama in a room. All rules seem to be out the window this year with miss match cushions and patterns really working together. Pops of colour in cushions are the perfect way to give a room life and excitement. Adding depth and dimension to any room can start with simply layering different sized and shaped cushions next to each other.

Painterly Cushions by Amy Sia. Price $129.95. Stockist:

Alisa & Lysandra Fraser The dynamic identical twin sisters best known from the hit tv show The Block are following their passion and carving out a career in the interior design industry. They have launched their online homewares store Alisa & Lysandra Collections where they have a select range available. They have now also launched their interior design consultation service to their business. To book an interior consultation: A&L Collections Online Store:

Taransay Bed Linen. The beautiful Taransay collection designed by Bluebellgray Doona Cover - King $449 / Queen $405 Pillowcase - $89 each. Stockist:


We will also see the inclusion of more classic trends and timeless elements being brought back into the home, which will be evident in the use of floral patterns and designs. In such a modern and contemporary era, it is refreshing to see some of the more classic trends emerging.

INSPIRING DESIGNS Designer Anne-Claire Petre brings her vision of sustainable furniture to life with Anaca Studio

Coco Large Ottoman. A reinvention of the classic ottoman, Coco feeds the senses with colour, texture and shape. A sophisticated and sustainable range of furniture created by Anaca Studio, which is based in Melbourne, is run by French born designer Anne-Claire Petre. Anaca Studio began in early 2012 when, after 11 years of industry experience, Anne-Claire decided to finally bring her sketchbooks to life through an inspiring range of eco-friendly, locally made furniture. Studies in industrial and furniture design took her from France to Scotland and to a designmaking associateship at the Jamfactory in Adelaide. Along the way she developed her understanding of good design, materials and processes.

In Melbourne, working for a few well-known furniture companies and a couple of architecture and interior design studios gave Anne-Claire some valuable insight into the industry. What lies behind the brand is a passion for design principles, a belief that simplicity of forms and thoughtful details are essential to creating beautiful and lasting products. Anaca Studio is proud to create inspiring furniture that is built to last. They believe in a “less is more” way of life. By investing in well made, honest products, they can meet your basic needs in a beautiful way. Anaca Studio offers a range of furniture and accessories using forestry certified timbers and

other sustainable materials and finishes. They are currently focusing on smaller items that fit easily in all interiors, that are practical and beautiful. They are committed in using materials and finishes that have a low environmental impact. Sustainability is also about making sure the products that you purchase are durable and won’t end up in landfill within a few years of their life. Contact: Anne-Claire Petre on 0407 159 893 email:

Above: Anne-Claire Petre, Creative Director of Anaca Studio. Top left: Phileas Large Floor Cushion. A passport to comfort at home be it in the living room or the kids playroom. Left: Zoe Low Table. A practical table, Zoe is the perfect companion to other pieces in your home or office. Its versatility will impress. Below: Coco Medium Ottoman. A reinvention of the classic ottoman, Coco feeds the senses with colour, texture and shape. Bottom: Tetra Table and Stool. A geometric piece, the Tetra design adds a graphic element to any space.

Paperdermy Penguins These cute penguins are made from acid free 220-300gsm watercolour paper and canson card. They are made to order. The base is made from wood and the skeleton is made from box board for stability. Everything else is made from paper. Each feather is cut and scored by hand. The penguins are 20cmX22cmX24cm. They have a matte spray varnish over the top to protect them but doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t detract from the quality finish of the paper. Each sculpture can take me up to a week to make. These smaller penguins take me about 4 days. Price $120. Stockist: Ella Clawley


Road Trip Nomad Black Cotton Vintage Style Cushion. Inspired by vintage adventurers and wanderers. We designed homewares for those of us who yearn to learn, travel and adventure. Price $28. Stockist: Dark Horse Wanderer

Timber Bud Vase. These Bud Vases are a unique way to display flowers or plant clippings in your home. They can be hung on the wall or simply placed on a table. Price small $24.95, large $29.95. Stockist: One White Sunday

Gelati Wooden Towel Rack. Add a splash of colour to your home with this pretty little lady bursting with gelati shades! Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fun and fabulous and will brighten up any room. Price $99. Stockist: The Eye Spy Milk Bar

Ceramic Tile Coasters - Retro Style. Set of 4. Each coaster is individually handcrafted using high quality ceramic tiles, scrapbook paper, mod podge & a high quality sealer. Price $16. Stockist: Retro Pickles

The Parrot Tea towel is hand printed by me onto natural colour 75% linen / 25% cotton with terracotta coloured ink . It shows the beauty, humour and personality of Australian native birds. Price $22. Stockist: Nest Napery

Cement Tea light Candle or Plant Pot. It is perfect for a mixture of succulents, cacti or tea light candles. Variations in the texture and finish are what makes your pot unique. Price $20. Stockist: Meraki by Design

Orange and Yellow vase with four yellow billy balls. Price $35. Stockist: Billy and Boof

Porcelain Vase. This vase is made of porcelain clay and was thrown on the pottersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; wheel in my home studio. Price $180. Stockist: Danica Wichtermann

Garland - natural jute. These garlands are a fabulous way of adding something special around the house without introducing colour. Price $60. Stockist: Crayon Chick


OF HEIRLOOM FIBRECRAFT â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;CASCADEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; is a three-dimensional environmental textile wall hanging created by artist and designer Kim Shipton of Heirloom Fibrecraft. Using a palette of assorted natural cloth, the artist selects contrasting weave, fibres and weight and sculpts both rigid and fluid form which is reminiscent of geomorphic landscapes and topographic pattern. The cloth is dyed by hand using native plants and printed from heating flora and herbage. The hand-stitched canvas offers contrasting textural cloth which is layered, twisted, gathered, filled and hand sewn onto a backing cloth of botanical prints creating a three dimensional and sculptural form. Cascade is reminiscent of the Australian natural landscape and river ecosystems. The vibrant tones and contrasts makes Cascade an intriguing piece of fluidity and depth and a stylish contemporary feature which appeals to the naturalist within. Natural Base Showroom and Art Gallery Unit 57 Level 1, 6 Jubilee Ave Warriewood NSW 2103 Fridays & Saturdays 10am-2pm or by appointment Phone 0457 933663. Email

MUST HAVE Add a dash of color and style to your kitchen with these essentials

‘Splash’ in Ebony Serving Board. Not just any old board, these reclaimed Blackbutt - Australian hardwood serving boards are designed and hand printed and are unlike any other. Sealed with natural food grade oil, care by wipe down with damp cloth. Price $55. Stockist:

Tea Cup and Saucer. These awesome cups and saucers and sure to brighten up your morning cup of tea! Price $19. Stockist:

Placemats featuring daisy print. Hand printed on natural oatmeal coloured hemp/organic cotton. Sweet pink accent. 30x40cm. Set of four. Price $100. Stockist:

Created by Australia’s world famous designer, Marc Newson, for Qantas International First and Business, this beautiful fine dining range features a combination of stunning contemporary design and brilliant functionality. All items have been manufactured by Noritake to the highest standards from the finest bone china and are commercial quality tough, dishwasher & microwave safe. Stockist:

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MENU KETTLE TEAPOT COURTESY OF NEUTRAL INSTINCT A special feature is the teapot’s transparency that grants a visual experience of the tea and stimulates the senses of sight, touch and smell alike. As a fine design detail the tea egg is placed in the center of the pot and is easily raised by pulling the attached silicon string when the tea is ready for serving.

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GET THE LOOK Standout from the crowd with these simple and stylish ideas







1] Single bench seats. Our single bench seats are one of our signature pieces. They are handcrafted by RAW from 100 year old recycled timber and each one has a uniquely different colour combination. Price $120. Stockist: 2] The Angle Table Lamp 2.0 comprises spun metal, hand crafted solid oak timber and woven coloured flex. Handcrafted in New Zealand by Douglas and Bec. Stockist: 3] New Geometric Mason Jar Candle - Cinnamon, Nutmeg & Ginger. A new style of candle for Violet & Rose. Designed to compliment current trends in home wares. Burn time on this candle is around 45 hours. Price $39. Stockist: 4] Pendleton Children’s Blanket “Wild Horses”. Muchacho crib size 32” x 44”. Napped & felt-bound 82% pure virgin wool/18% cotton. Made in the USA by the iconic & historic Pendleton Woolen Mills. Price $129.95. Stockist: 5] Black Spot X Felt Floor Rug. Nordic inspired - our spot X rugs are handmade, large enough to sprawl out on and designed for versitility. Price $250. Stockist: 6] DIYL: “Design it Yourself Lights”. Unleash your creativity! Get mixing n’ matching with our fun range of cloth covered cord sets, metal cages and vintage edison bulbs. Stockist:

pete Photography: Le Tao Photography

Evoking a sense of fun and playfulness Pete Cromer’s collection of giclee prints are both bright and bold and reflect the inner child within. Step into Pete’s colorful world even for a minute and you’ll be glad you did

cromer Tell us a bit about your business? Hello, I’m a freelance artist and designer. I gravitate towards being an artist selling my bold giclée prints online. Tell us about yourself and your background? Ok, well, I’m 33 and pretty much a big kid. I have no intensions of growing up, I keep thinking to myself “maybe it’s time to be an adult” but then I’m like “yeah, nah”. I thrive on colourful and shiny objects, like a magpie. I started my career working as a junior burger for Hallmark Cards Australia and worked my up to Creative Manager, so yes, I have designed millions of getting cards! From

there I ran studios for Stuck on You and Penny Scallan before making a solo move earlier this year. Party! What sparked you to create your business? I guess it was an itch that needed to be scratched. You can’t scratch your brain, it’s impossible and quite frankly dangerous, so I decided to go out on my own and start my own business. Ever since I can remember my head has always been full of ideas and now I can safely release them. I figured that taking a risk and started my solo work absolutely was the better path than potentially having regret later on in life. continued on next page >

< continued from previous page What processes are involved in creating your pieces? Colour…love it. The brighter the better! From a technical point of view, I use stencils and the greatest tool ever, the sponge. The sponge is the texture king, it does wonders. Sometimes I do a whole piece or sometimes I do bits and cut and paste them together. I like to change my mind a lot, it’s ok to do that. What inspires you in your designs? Inspires is the wrong word, more like haunts. These guys pester me in my head, like someone constantly knocking at the door…if I don’t answer they won’t go away. I find they mostly pop up on random occasions, like driving or showering or talking to someone. It happens like a lightening bolt. BAM! There it is. What do you love the most about having your own label? Freedom to be me. You don’t get the opportunities to fully inject your own style into client work sometimes, it may not be

Photography: Le Tao Photography

commercial enough for them. Having my own label let’s me explore what I love and essentially makes the world my oyster. I’m pretty ambitious. Who are some of your favourite designers? Totes Laura Blythman, she is a bestie of a friend and we have known each other since our wee Hallmark days. Her collages and colour usage are pure honey for my eyes. The same is with Todd James, such a master of colour and shape, it’s beautiful, total wow. And at the moment I am obsessed with German based paper artist Ollanski, his work is so magical I could burst with joy. What is your favourite item in your store right now and why? It’s got to be Faeries. I think it’s the deep green. I’m drawn to green and black for some unknown cosmic reason. The shapes and little faeries in it just make me happy. continued on next page >

Photography: Le Tao Photography

“Having my own label let’s me explore what I love and essentially makes the world my oyster.”

< continued from previous page What has been your biggest highlight? I would say the recent leap into going solo. I have had great successes prior, but this is my own work with my own name. It’s so bloody exciting! What are your plans for the future? To keep working on my own label, collaborating with more awesome people, definitely to travel more…I tend to never give myself a decent break. The biggest thing though would be to trust and follow my gut more. Is there anything else you would like to tell us about your business? Sure. I’m located down the surfcoast of Victoria on a little farmlet surrounded by lots of animals. I love them, especially the chickens.

Contact: Pete Cromer Email:

MUST HAVE Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the little touches that make all the difference in a home

Canvas planter large. Natural white, beachy canvas is trimmed with off-beat colours such as tangerine, lagoon blue, and yellow to make a very smart planter or a useful storage item. Price $15. Stockist:

These beautiful enamel coated plates are perfect for picnics, outdoor eating or to use on the table everyday. Handmade in Italy they are lightweight, easily stackable and unbreakable. The vibrant colour is applied by hand with use of natural pigments, making each piece one of a kind. Match up with the side plate to create a perfect and graphic setting. Stockist:

Bog Standard Designâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hand made homeware and decorative creations are unique, stylish and fun, and come with a sustainable focus. Signature wares are hanging mini gardens created from leather scraps and chandeliers handmade from gorgeous vintage wallpapers, maps, tissue papers and fabrics which create a quirky alternative to a traditional chandelier. Stockist:

Whether You Think You Can or Think You Cant, Youre Right. Laser Etched onto a hand sanded and painted board this typographic design will look great hanging on your wall. Produced from sustainably managed bamboo plantations by an FSC certified operator this board is as good for the environment as it is for you. Price $109.95. Stockist:

Tealights: $10 selection of 6 in burlap quiver 40hr Candles: $20 : lid - $4.00 in burlap quiver 50hr Candles: $36 lid included, double wick in burlap quiver

BLACK ARROW CANDLES Alain and Karina Ferrante handcraft soy candles with triple the scent Black Arrow Candles was formed by husband wife duo Alain and Karina Ferrante. Alain is the product tester, realist and financier whilst Karina is the face, the heart, the crafter and the creativity. They love to fill their home with great smelling candles and now you can share in their love and fill your homes with them too. The name Black Arrow came from a brainstorming session of everything they enjoy and through their love of reading British comedy and their ability to head in any direction with some sense of purpose. The design and production of the candles,

packaging and the labels are all completed by hand in house and are all made to order. The candles themselves are all 100 percent soy and are for the most part Triple Scented. They are tested extensively for the best scent throw and melt pool. The scents available are devine and aromas such as Champagne and Berry, Vanilla Panna Cotta, Green Tea and Lemon, Apple and Cinnamon, Fresh Mint and Lime plus English Garden are sure to tease your senses. The candles are then individually wrapped in amazing gauze paper and placed in their individual â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;quiverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;.

The lids are an optional extra, as they understand not everyone requries a lid for their candle. For those that do, the cork lids are an eco friendly and functional way to keep nasties out of your wax. The bark is wonderfully tactile and naturally coloured so no two will ever be the same. Cork is sustainable and the trees are not harmed during the process making it very environmentally friendly. Not only will it keep the dust off your wax but it will smell fantastic!



Designer looks at bargain prices

Mug yellow waves. Porcelain mug designed by the French couple Mr&Mrs Clynk. Designed in France. Price $19.95. Rick Rack Tablerunner Stockist: Olive Branch / Chocolate Gorgeous easy care range of tablerunners in durable rick rack fabric, no ironing required! Price $10.95. Stockist: Stars and Dots Tea Towels. A set of two 100% cotton tea towels hand printed with watermelon pink stars and charcoal grey polka dots! Price $24. Stockist:

Coral Leaves.Pack of 4 PVC Coasters. Each Coaster is 9.5cm in diameter and comes in boxed and ready for giving. Add a fun pop of colour to your coffee or dining table! Price $15.95. Stockist:

Animal wooden spoons. These gorgeous Japanese spoons are available in four individual animals, a duck, giraffe, hippo and whale on them.Price $3.50 each. Stockist:

Concrete Plant Pot Decor Gold. Made from Australian concrete mix, hand poured into recycled moulds, painted and varnished. These are handmade and therefore have visible imperfections and have some uneven surfaces. Price $24.95 Stockist: Meraki by design

4 x magnet pack - 4 different magnets on card with envelope. Price $12.95. Stockist:

Hungry Cat Tea Towel The perfect tea towel for all you cat lovers. With an important message from the cat saying â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;No-one cleans a dish like a hungry catâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. Price $25. Stockist:

GET THE LOOK There is no excuse to have a boring blank wall in your home with these fabulous finds







1] A bold and unique limited edition print by Swedish calligrapher Ylva Skarp. She gives letters and words a story with “Would you do the same for me?”. Available online at Yellow Front Door with free delivery. Price: $109. Stockist: 2] Bunny Girl Cinnamon Coat. Created with ink pen and digitally coloured (308 gsm/museum quality paper) which is a thicker stock with a slight texture to it. Price $36. Stockist: 3] Laikonik’s original Polish folk-art inspired designs hand silk-screen printed in a selection of colours onto high quality recycled natural kraft paper. Price $18. Stockist: 4] Daisy Peace Print. Blacklist KIDS collection. Daisy Peace & Love Print – 45 x 64cm. Limited edition of 100 prints only. Designed by Blacklist. Printed onto 200gsm off-white stock. Hand signed, numbered and embossed. Price $99. Stockist: 5] Geo Diamoonds. Add a splash of colour to your home with this gorgeous, bold, retro style scandinavian print. This simple, original and unique print is perfect for your home. Price $32. Stockist: 6] Home Sweet Home A4 Open Edition Illustration Print. Frolicking Foxes, Bouncing Bunnies and a friendly Fawn will greet you every day when you hang this in your home! Price $25. Stockist: Kirbee Art


HABITOTS Suzanne Acteson has grown her online boutique store – Habitots – with an amazing selection of designer homewares and hopes to open a retail store later this year Tell us a bit about your business and how it was formed? Habitots is a new style of retail store that has many bows to its arrow. Beginning as an online boutique store in 2013 while I was still working in advertising, we moved out of the digital space and into a pop-up shop in Albert Park in April 2014. We are now looking for a new, permanent place to call home and hope to reopen by September 2014. As well as selling an array of unique and colourful kids products and homewares, Habitots is a destination for a range of classes, activities, parties for families. Parents can grab a coffee in our café while they wait for kids during an art, music or cooking class or while they participate themselves with their little ones. There are regular term classes or casual dropin classes that sometimes suits parents more. Our party spaces are designed for hand on classes and easy, fun and creative birthdays. We are very community oriented and want Habitots to feel like the cool café you used to go to before you had kids with beautiful

products, an innovative range of classes and parties. We support small businesses and a number of charities and we believe in running our business in a conscious way. How did your career begin? I began in sales for a software company and when I moved to Australia to follow my heart (I fell in love with my now husband while on holiday here), sales was a relatively easy job to find. I fell into a role in advertising and worked by way through the agency to eventually run it as Managing Director. For many, sales is a dirty word but for me it’s been my saviour. I see so many people with amazing creative ideas, artistic abilities, desire and motivation to run a business but they don’t know how to sell it. I talk to, meet with and contact many suppliers about buying their products and I can count the time on my hands when someone has actually picked up the phone to call me. The ones who have, I’ve usually bought from because they’ve shared their story, their products’ story and ask me for the order! continued on next page >

Left: Suzanne Acteson with her young family. Photography: Danielle Trovato Photography

Photography: Danielle Trovato Photography < continued from previous page What sparked you to create your business? I saw similar businesses in the US and Canada and for many years dreamed about starting my own as I saw a gap in the market here in Australia. Timing was everything so after 11 years at the ad agency, I left to give Habitots my full-time attention. I also wanted a better balance with my family life, the flexibility that running my own business gives me and the power to make the decisions and live by them. It’s not easier work, but it’s certainly more passionate and fulfilling. Can you tell us where you source your gorgeous homewares from and how do you select the right item for your store? I search high and low for brands that you can’t

find everywhere. I search the internet, spend many hours on Instagram, trawl through lists of exhibitors at trade shows in the US and Europe. I love finding brands that are not in Australia yet, small designers trying to make it happen or perhaps are on my doorstep here in Melbourne and I’d never heard of them. I know instantly when I see a product that it will fit the Habitots branding. I love colourful, unique products that could work in kids rooms, in your living room or kitchen. We have an inner child in us all and that’s why I think my general homewares do well – they tap into the playful spirit that we all have and want to translate into our homes. What do you love the most about having your own store?

I love talking to customers about what Habitots is all about, telling the stories of the brands we have and helping them find that perfect gift or product they’ve been looking for. I love the energy I get when I’m in store. I can be exhausted after a sleepless night with the kids but as soon as I get in-store, I find an energy from the passion I have for what we’re doing and it keeps me going all day. Who are some of your favourite designers? I do love everything we stock but I suppose I have a soft spot for some of the brands – many of them I use in my own home. Fabgoose blankets are just divine and you have to feel them to believe them. Valentina from Fabgoose is making such conscious decisions in the way that she manufacturers them that they are


extra special for me. I love Pehr Designs and their lovely storage solutions and kids range. Another mumled business by 2 creative ladies in Toronto, Canada. We are the only ones with Pehr in Australia and our customers loved them in store. Colourful and practical, we use about 10 of them in my house. Some of our local brands are also amazing – Homely Creatures based in Melbourne makes adorable kids homewares and Kate & Kate blankets are amazingly soft with modern designs. What do you consider to be a must have item in your home? I know this isn’t the question but the first thing that came to mind was laughter. I love that

my kids have my husbands English sense of humour and that at 3 and 6 they can already wind me up a treat, just like their dad. In terms of an item, I’d have to say Pehr Designs storage hampers. They keep things organised in my office, the kids rooms (toys!) and make my pile of laundry, look very pretty. It’s always full and the clothes sit beautifully out of sight (and out of mind). What has been your biggest highlight? It would have to be opening my pop-up shop. It was a leap of faith, the best market research to tell me whether my idea had legs or not, the most work ever, the best work ever and the best outcome ever. We’re hunting for a permanent location now because it was a great success.

• Don’t have too many cushions on your couch. Two to three is enough. Rotate them in seasons if you can’t bear to have so few. • Spend the money on things you want to last. Bed linens are not something I like to replace very often so if you want 3-5 years out of your sheets (my mums had hers for 30 years!), then invest in them. • Same thing goes for the staple home items but anything you want to rotate seasonally, look for a bargain. I love a bargain and some big stores and brands come out with some great stuff every season. • Start with the prints on your wall and rugs on your floor then work upward and downward from there with accessories. Be careful not to get prints and rugs that are too small – they can make a small room look even smaller. I love a big print and a well-sized rug – mess it up and it can totally throw the look of your room. CONTACT:

GET THE LOOK It’s easy to refresh your decor with a splash of cushion splendour










1] Oasis Cushion 45cm x 45cm - Palm Trees White Fabric. Price $79.95. Stockist: 2] Silk Kantha Cushion. These cushions are made from beautifully hand stitched silk fabric panels collected in India, each piece is one of a kind. Price $70. Stockist: 3] Wilderness Cushion. 50 x 50cm Linen and Velvet Floor Cushion. Price $189. Stockist: 4] La Lumiere Cushion. Design by Me and Amber is cool and collected. Price $95. Stockist: 5] Pony Rider Black Forest Cushion 55 x 35cm, includes insert. Price $109. Stockist: 6] Treasure Cushion Cover. Reverse features neon pink X marks the spot. Make a statement in your home with this gorgeous multi coloured print cushion. Price $70. Stockist: 7] Roslan Cushion. Price $35.95. Stockist: 8] Chichi Handwoven Cushion. One-of-a-kind cushion made from Guatemalan huipiles i.e. the traditional blouse worn by Mayan women. Price $245. Stockist: 9] Senorita Accent Cushion. Inspired by 1950’s pin up girls, these cushions are so kitch they’re cool! Price $65. Stockist:

DIY Everybody loves a little DIY every now and then so why not try your hand at these beautiful and practical projects

DIY FABRIC POT HOLDER Fiona Michelon from Craft Hunter shows us how to create your own fabric pot holder in five easy steps

Fiona Michelon from Craft Hunter

STEP ONE: Measure out and mark up a 40 x 60cm rectangle onto the back of 1 piece of fabric (obviously go bigger if you have a large plant though!) Place on top of your 2nd piece of fabric so the backs are both facing out and pin around the sketched rectangle. Sew 3 sides of your rectangle with a simple straight or zigzag stitch, leaving one of the shorter sides open. Trim around your sewed edges with your scissors.

STEP TWO: Place both hands inside your pillow and flatten it out so that the seam is facing up and is in the centre. Push a pin through the seam and ensure its centred with the seam on the underside. Mark a 20cm straight line across the point.

STEP THREE: Sew across the line, trim off the fabric and then repeat for the other side of your bag. You should then be left with a base that looks like this.

STEP FOUR: Repeat these steps for your 2nd fabric design and when youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve finished, place your liner bag inside the other. To keep the bag sitting up nicely I placed a couple of pieces of craft foam in between the layers, cardboard would work a treat too.

WHAT YOU NEED: 2 pieces of fabric for the outer layer 45x65cm each 2 pieces of fabric for the inner layer 45x65cm each Scissors Pencil Ruler or measuring tape Sewing pins 2 pieces of craft foam or cardboard Sewing machine and thread

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STEP FIVE: Roll down the two pieces of fabric from the top and youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re done! Be sure to pop a drip tray under your plant pot to protect the fabric.


GET THE LOOK Make a good first impression with these fun and quirky door mats







1] Arrow door mat by Danica Studio. Available through Big & Little. Price $79.95. Stockist: 2] Pink Yellow Bunting Triangles Doormat. This vinyl backed doormat features a design that combines both a contemporary style with a quirky, fun loving attitude. Price $49.95. Stockist: 3] Pastel Hello Coir Doormat. Coir doormats are thick and, made from natural coco fibres, have excellent scraping properties. Price $54.95. Stockist: 4] Flora and fauna doormat by Danica Studio. Available through Big & Little. Price $79.95. Stockist: 5] Milk and Sugar Door Mats-Small Spot Slate and Yellow. These designer door mats are delightfully stylish with tons of personality! Price $49.95. Stockist: 6] Danica Studio Emerald City Doormat. Price $59.95. Stockist:

CHILDREN OF THE TRIBE On trend cushions and hessian bags are perfect for the kids

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1] Summer Safari Cushion. Funky, fun, and looks great teamed with either our Leather X, Dreamer or Peace Cushion. Price $39.95. 2] Leather X cushion is a fabulous addition to any room. Made from soft, fine hessian with a rich brown, leather cross stiched on both sides. Price $59.95. 3] Sleepover Bag. A statement piece to hold your little treasureâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tresure. Made from hessian with leather straps. Price $49.95 4] Peace cushion features a light grey peace symbol screen printed on a stonewashed charcoal background and dark grey piped edging. Price $55. 5] he Tribe Bag Full of Goodness is a statement piece, perfect for picnics or anytime really. Price $49.95. Stockist:


shop frank Interior Designer Heather Noonan was inspired after travelling through Europe and North Africa to start up her own store Shop Frank and offer unique handcrafted homewares

This range of handmade ceramic bowls, is a simple yet elegant design. Designed and made by Misa Kumabuchi of Mushimegane Books, each bowl is made by hand in her studio in Nishinomiya, Japan.

Tell us about Shop Frank? Shop Frank is an online store that stocks products that advocate our belief in unique, handcrafted goods that are made in a socially and ecologically responsible manner. We hope to support the artisans and their organizations through the promotion of their products in our store and share the stories of the hands by which they are made. Tell us about yourself and your background? I live in Sydney with my husband Andrew and our two children Akira and Miya. I am an Interior designer by trade and I have a love affair with textiles. This probably influenced me to undertake a Masters in textile design following my degree in Interior Architecture at the University of New South Wales.

What sparked you to create your business? We lived in London for a few years and within that time travelled extensively throughout Europe and North Africa. Somewhere along our travels the desire to create a store that housed products that not only had a strong design element but were also consciously made was formed. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been fun and very exciting to see Shop Frank come to life. Tell us about your products and how you choose them for your store? Who are the designers? When sourcing, we look for simplicity, quality and durability and craftsmanship. This involves seeking out suppliers and designers who share a similar ethos to ourselves. Aesthetically it is important that everything works well together so that our continued on next page >

< continued from previous page range has a cohesive style. We have been so lucky to work with some amazing and inspiring designers such as Marta Bahillo of babaà who designs the most gorgeous range of children’s knitwear all hand made in Spain. Saana ja Olli a textile design couple from Finland who design, print and manufacture all their textiles locally and ‘transparently’ from 100% Hemp. Then there is Misa Kambuchi of Mushimegane Books a Japanese ceramicist who creates simple yet elegant bowls and vessels using local sand collected on her travels throughout Japan. I am truly humbled by all the work of the designers in Shop Frank. What do you love the most about having your own store? The flexibility is a major benefit, especially with two little rascals running havoc throughout the house. However, I would have to say that what I love most about having my own store is being able to work with such inspiring designers and discovering new products and artisans and to share their stories. Who are some of your favourite designers? Some of my favourite designers at the moment would have to be Cary Vaughan and Jenna Wilson of Ace and Jig who are not only creating the most beautiful textiles but some timeless garments as well.


With a background in Interior Architecture I couldn’t resist popping some of my favourites in here like Swiss Architect Peter Zumpthor and British designer John Pawson, both creating simple, clean spaces with an attention to detail. What is your favourite item in your store right now and why? I am a sucker for a good tea pot so it is safe to say that my favourite at the moment would have to be the Hasami tea pot. It’s design is so simple, elegant and contemporary yet it’s got this old familiarity about it, like an old family heirloom that has been passed down the generations and it looks like it has been sitting on your shelf for years just getting better with age. What has been your biggest highlight? It never ceases to amaze me how generous and kind people can be and as Shop Frank is relatively new, we have received so much support and have already built strong relationships with the designers we are working with. What are your plans for the future? There are some exciting things happening at Shop Frank one of them being that we are currently working on a small batch of our very own FRANK homewares. We hope to expand our homewares range and work with artisan groups from around the globe.

Muuto Connect Sofa Connect Sofa by Muuto is a modular seating system based on the idea of finding perfect proportional connections between the different components of the sofa. Anderssen & Voll on the design: â&#x20AC;&#x153;The design shows a precise attention to details and has references to architectural principals derived from modernism. The sleek long lines give the sofa a modern yet timeless expression. Connect the modules to create a sofa of your choice.â&#x20AC;? Price: $6,835 Stockist:

CREATURE COMFORTS Stylish and practical designs are essentail in any sofa as they are the hub of any living room. Here is a small collection of some of our favourites

Box Day Bed We love this timber sofa. minimal but comfortable. Available in oregon or oak and any upholstery fabric. Stockist:





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1] AAL82 Hallingdal 130. The idea behind the About A Chair collection has been to develop a chair with conspicuous simplicity. Stockist: 2] Hans Wegner 236 Sofa. A wonderful sofa designed by Hans Wegner for Getama. A truly stunning design that would fit any modern environment. Price from $8,250. Stockist: 3] Black Fable Oak Armchair. The Fable Oak Armchair is Danish modern inspired furniture design at its finest. With sumptuous padding, and upholstered in hardwearing black textured cotton. Price $690. Stockist: 4] Klassik Three-Seater Sofa. Elegant curved arms with rounded oak legs. Exclusive to Great Dane and is available in three different sizes prices. Price $12,950. Stockist: 5] Borge Mogensen Spanish Chair. Model 2226 otherwise known as “The Spanish Chair”, is Børge Mogensen’s exquisite interpretation of a traditional type of chair and influenced by ancient Islamic culture. Price $5,950. Stockist: 6] 3 Seater Admiral sofa made by Skipper Furniture Denmark. Made to order. Available in a range of leather colours and fabric. Timber legs in Oak or Beech, stained or natural. Also available in 2 seater and chair. From $6850. Stockist:

Lennon Australian Made Leather Sofa Lounge by Cameron Foggo for Staple & Co The Cameron Foggo designed and Australian made Lennon leather sofa available in shallow and deep sizing. Custom made to your specifications and many non leather and fabric options are available in store. Price: $2150 Stockist:


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1] Artifort MARE Armchair. Mare is a contemporary design that finds its rightful place among the rich heritage of the Dutch firm Artifort. It exhibits clean, modern lines with a touch of European ergonomics. Stockist: 2] Norristown Chair. With its small footprint and big character, the Norristown armchair in saddleback full grain vintage leather, combines a simple line, exposed nailheads, and hand aging to create a well loved aesthetic which is both comfortable and functional. Price $2189. Stockist: Alliance Furniture Trading 3] Box Day chair. The little sibling of the timber box day bed, a generous armchair, happy solo, happier with his big brother. available upholstered in any of range of fabrics. Stockist:

Muuto Rest Sofa Rest Sofa by Muuto is a series with an inviting and warm appearance. It was designed by Anderssen & Voll: â&#x20AC;&#x153;The contrast between the defined back and bottom frame and the soft cushioning tells a story of the comfort that awaits you. Sit back and relax!â&#x20AC;? Price: $6,380 Stockist:


little quarters Sarah Pook decided to use her talent as a graphic designer/illustrator to create beautifully illustrated limited edition artworks after the loss of her sister Tell us a bit about Little Quarters? Little Quarters by Sarah Pook, is a unique limited edition collection of illustrations, prints, wall hangings, banners, flags and cushions for your home. All intricately illustrated using traditional techniques, designed and made by myself. Proudly printed in Melbourne, Australia my illustrations of skulls, feathers, bohemian beauties and wild flowers are a mad mix of whimsical meets dark and edgy. My illustrations are of a simplistic nature with just a hint of colour, and the use of the unique custom LQ wax seal which stamps each print ensuring its authenticity has become a signature mark and very much a main detail in my work. The papers and materials of which I use to create each artwork are of the highest quality and technique; fine art printing using pigment

inks with gold foil embellishments, embossing and watercolour/inks, creating a sense of opulence and luxury at an affordable price for your home. Tell us about yourself and your background? I am an Illustrator/designer. I have recently relocated from Sydney to South of Melbourne on the Surf Coast at the end of 2013 after quiting my day job as an established Graphic Designer. I have built a successful career working within the fashion industry over the past nine years, focusing my time in graphic, fashion and textile design as well as specialising in screen-printing, print styling and yardage design. My design and illustration work for a couple of Australia’s leading street wear companies over this time has helped build and expand several

labels from local to international brands and is a body of work that I am incredibly proud of. It is through my time as a Graphic Designer that I have been able to build a sturdy platform to take that leap of faith into pursuing my own art career full time… and so Little Quarters was born. What sparked you to create your business? Although always being the creative type, the recent passing of my beautiful big sister to cancer has shown me that life really is too short and precious not to do what you love and love what you do! I loved my job as a graphic designer, but I felt I had hit a point in my career where I needed more, it wasn’t the company or the industry I was working in, I just became hungry for new challenges. continued on next page >

< continued from previous page Building and running a business which is based off being creative is that challenge I was searching for. Deciding to pursue my art career full time and focusing on building Little Quarters has very much been apart of my healing process also. What processes are involved in creating your pieces? My creative process consists of: Researching, nutting out ideas and the composition of an illustration with rough sketches… sometimes too many, and then settling down to create the final piece. I need to be in a good frame of mind, some of the illustrations I work on take hours/ days to complete and if I’m just not feeling it, it’s better

to stay away from the drawing table and focus on the business stuff for that day. Usually my day plays out a little like this:  Getting up early for a walk on the beach with my Frenchie Perro. (Reset, focuses and is the best way to start the day)  A strong coffee is a must!  Emails, packaging prints then a post office drop/ deliveries/visit to my printers/ framer.  Finding a suitable play list to listen to  Research, sketching then onto my drawing table for the rest of the day.  With constant yoga stretches and exercises throughout the day to help keep my back from cramping up. I work in my studio, from home. It has incredible natural light, which fills the room from large

glass doors that open up onto a small deck. It looks over a quiet street and I am lucky enough to have views of the ocean in the distance. It’s the BEST, my happy space! I think its really important to have a great space to work in, it plays a huge part in my creative process. What inspires you in your designs? I’m a bit of a collector. I am attracted to and surround myself with beautiful things, often pieces found on my travels. I must have been a bowerbird in a past life! Within my illustrations I try to create that very thing I search for, for others to collect. Pieces with a special uniqueness telling a story and have meaning. I want to take my audience on an adventure within my work, and ignite their imagination and let them be free to run wild there. continued on next page >

< continued from previous page Things that inspire me; Travel, different cultures, nature, people, the bohemian life, music, movies, Interior/fashion magazines, and other creative minds, you could say, just about everything and I find myself constantly referencing these when creating new works. Nature: flowers and foliage and the natural patterns nature creates has been a recent obsession of mine, and my new works are evolving down this path. What do you love the most about having your own label? I think when you are working on something

that is one hundred percent yours, its you! Its your passion, and you receive and are able to appreciate one hundred percent of the rewards. The business is what ever you want it to be. And it’s a load of fun! Who are some of your favourite designers? I adore the works of: • Ian Francis – Artist • Kasper Raglus – Totally tubular Art • Paul White – Visual Artist • Miranda Skoczek – Artist • Bridget Bodenham – Potter • Two One Elephant / Hiroyasu Tsuri – Artist • Katie Young - artist

What is your favourite item in your store right now and why? I would have to say my Gypsies Kiss print, she is just the right amount of whimsical. Inspired by the peachy kiss of the sun on the sky at dusk. This bohemian feathered beauty is a free spirited wanderer and a reminder to live for today. What has been your biggest highlight? My focusing so far has been on building my business and creating the Little Quarters brand, releasing my range of Limited Edition Prints, expanding into homewares, and in the early stages of expanding in other areas. I have been so fortunate to have a steady stream of work float through my inbox since deciding to focus on Little Quarters full time. My stockist list is expanding throughout Australia and even overseas. I work on a lot of commission illustrations for various private collections and I am now starting to attract businesses and other like-minded creative’s to collaborate with. It has all come about quiet naturally, which has been really nice. My favourite and most rewarding milestone of late has been the recent sale of a handful of my original illustrations. All of which have sold from private enquiries. Is there anything else you would like to tell us about your business? I would LOVE to share with you all that I am taking part in this years Finders Keepers Market in Melbourne on the 25th and 26th of July. I have a beautiful little collaboration, which I will hopefully be releasing in time for FK so stay tuned. I would love to see your faces, so please come and say hi and introduce yourself, I will be releasing lots of new works, so I can’t wait for the event.

Contact: Little Quarters by Sarah Pook

BARKING GREEN With a passion for eco friendly products Melissa Booth from Barking Green and Eco Filling Australia set about creating a range of luxurious organic pet bedding and blankets

Tell us a little bit about your business Barking Green offers luxurious organic pet bedding, blankets and toys with an environmental conscience. Our organic Barking Green eco lounge is hand made in Australia from GOTS certified organic cotton fabrics and filled with Australian organic wool or certified organic cotton filling. How did you develop your interest in bedding for pets? A few years ago I was struggling to find an organic dog bed in Australia. It was whilst sourcing eco friendly options to traditional polyester stuffing that I first saw a gap in the market and launched www. That was the first step in making eco friendly filling available to the general public. Next step was to have custom made homewares and pet bedding available for those who didn’t, couldn’t, or simply weren’t interested in making their own. After a few false starts Barking Green was born. Where do you source your eco friendly products? All items requiring organic fill are manufactured in Australia by Eco Filling Australia. In addition to making our own range of organic pet products we also feature a small range of eco blankets and toys from talented eco minded International designers.

Your choice of fabrics seems to fit current trends? It was important when designing the Barking Green Eco lounge that the fabrics were current, on trend and able to fit with contemporary decor. Our dog beds compliment any home as well as being super comfortable and organic. Our custom made option allows the buyer to select their preferred fabrics, in addition we can make extra covers so the buyer can change them to suit the season, mood or decor. I get excited with every new batch of fabrics that arrive. Each season we can update new beds to the range keeping in fresh and new. Bright colours and patterns are my favourites, they instantly add a pop of colour to any decor. What is important to you? Being Eco and Organic. The more we learn of the potential dangers of chemicals in our manufacturing the more organic fabrics become popular. With so many eco friendly and organic options available nobody needs to have toxic polyester in their homes. It’s now becoming popular to be “green” but the benefits to our environment and ourselves can’t be under rated. Where can you be found? If you are interested in making your own organic or eco homewares please find a range of eco filling here Looking for Handmade Organic Pet Bedding? Then jump over to

PAMPERED PETS Spoil your furry loved ones with some creature comforts

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Scarves for all breeds great and small. Dky blue and yellow scarf Price: starting at $19.95 Stockist:




1] Personalised cat placemat by LIttle Bellies Dinnerware. Choose the colour plus add their name. Price $24.99. Stockist: 2] Jonathan Adler Dog Bowl Mat in Chevron. Price $31.95. Stockist: Outliving 3] Felted wool pet bed/house in eco friendly brown by Felted Wool Shoes. Price $175. Stockist: 4] BambĂş pet hammock. The unique sleeping surface responds to your pets body weight which helps relieve many of the pressure points that create discomfort and often lead to arthritis. Price $299. Stockist: Petluxe 5] Sensitive shampoo & conditioner (twin pack). Sensitive shampoo 500ml, Australian tea tree & jasmine with aloe vera, calendula & comfrey extracts. Price $59.90. Stockist: Ivory Coat Companion Goods 6] The bubble invisible double pet bed. both cozy and durable, like a warm hug on a cold night. Price $395. Stockist: Petluxe

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Winkelen magazine July 2014  

Inside our July issue we introduce you to some talented artists, shop profiles and designers. Alisa and Lysandra inspire with their winter t...

Winkelen magazine July 2014  

Inside our July issue we introduce you to some talented artists, shop profiles and designers. Alisa and Lysandra inspire with their winter t...