I come across a lot of beautiful things each week in my job as a Buyer for The Home not to mention all the things I find when I’m sourcing for clients for Nest. Here are three brands I wanted to share with you for either having generally awesome people behind the brand (Fromage La Rue, hi Sarah!) or for doing something outside the box with a standard product (One Nautical Candles)…You’ll see why below!
One of the categories I look after for The Home is candles which is pretty convenient considering I am more than obsessed with candles. Just last week a new candle brand called One Nautical Mile started following me on Instagram. They are using the most gorgeous candle glasses and have the most fascinating sounding scents such as Leather & Frankincense, Coffee & Coco Bean and Coconut & Buttered Rum. Oh and isn’t the branding just too cute!?
I’ve long been a fan of the vintage marquee letter lights from Fromage La Rue for ages and they’ve just launched a petites range of symbols (and petite letters launching soon!). They ship Australia wide and to NZ and did I mention they are only $149. They come in sweet little shapes like hearts, stars, clouds and a lighting bolt – Harry Potter would have loved one! There’s even an E!!!!
And lastly, boutique wallpaper brand Quercus & Co who hand paint and hand draw their designs have release a new range of wallpapers. I’m seriously considering buying some wallpaper and framing it, it’s like art for your entire wall!!
What have you discovered lately that you’re obsessing over?
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If you’re in the middle of decorating a nursery this sale will be of great interest to you! Boutique kids furniture brand, Incy Interiors is having an EOFY sale with 20% off selected items such as cots, side tables and big kid beds too. Run, don’t walk because the sale ends this Sunday 29th June.
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Fun stationery brand Typo has just launched a new homewares category called The Hall. I asked Jessica, Typos Head of Trends (what a cool title!) to tell me a little bit more about the reason for the new category and where they find their inspiration……
1. What prompted the need to start a homewares branch of Typo?
Our loyal customers have been asking us for years and the timing was right to bring our soul & personality into a homewares range that is accessible and affordable to all.
2. Where did you find inspiration for all these beautiful pieces?
For this range we were inspired by craft techniques of yesteryear and how we could re-imagine them for today’s market place. A marriage of concept ideas and technique from the past with colours, patterns and textures to suit today’s home. Our brand is all about personality and soul. It’s important that what we bring out have honest, authentic sensibilities, that it feels special. We have tried to implement that thinking in our products. We also follow the market trends, young up and coming designers, catwalk and trade fair info and then amalgamate this into our view of the world to suit our customer’s homes.
3. What is involved in organising and styling a shoot for the promotional pics?
The shoot was a lot of fun and involved plenty of painting (everything from blue walls to white bananas!), Sourcing great props, having an amazing relationship with our photographer, and of course – LOTS of Hall product!
4. What’s your favourite part of your job?
The design process – being inspired, working out the shapes, designing the product, working with the suppliers on actualising the vision, and then holding the end product in front of the team and hearing them go ooooooohhhhh aaaaaahhhhh!
5. If you could travel to one destination to get inspiration for your next range where would you go?
India, I have never been but their craftsmanship in textiles and metals are amazing. They are also not afraid to use bright colours so I am sure if could find lots of great ideas there.
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If you don’t already know, Sparkk is an Aussie based fabric and wallpaper supplier that can custom make so many pretty things for your walls, sofas or beds. They’ve helped me with a few projects in the past and hopefully loads more in the future too!
Just a few weeks ago they launched an online store “Sparkk Shop” selling their fabrics already made up into beautiful cushions. There are so many different colours and patterns you’ll be hard pressed to decide on one or two! The patterns are digitally printed onto a range of different fabrics so you’ll be able to find one to suit your own project I’m sure.
My top tip when purchasing an insert for your cushion cover is to buy an insert that is the next size up, they’ll always squish down after a few weeks of use and you’ll end up with a pancake cushion if you don’t get the right insert.
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It’s a wrap! My trip to Oaten’s Workshop in Casino NSW was a whirlwind trip but boy did I pack a lot in! It was a half day of decorating 101 tips and tricks followed by high tea and mood board making. We all had a wonderful time, I was lucky enough to meet some fabulous ladies looking for new inspiration for their homes or some advice for their new builds. I can’t wait to come back in September for a Spring Time Decorating Blitz, I will have just returned from a fortnight in LA, San Fran and Palm Springs so I’ll be full of ideas and inspiration.
If you’ve ever wondered what goes on in a Nest Workshop, I begin by outlining my styling rules and decorating tips, then move on to how to actually get started properly on the decoration of your house. It’s easy to move in, do a bit here and there and then before you know it you’ve been in the house two years and you still have moving boxes lining the hallway. I show you how to kick your own butt into gear and get your rooms finished off properly. It’s always a load of fun and great girls day out with your friends, or meeting new ones as often happens!
I will be posting more information about the September workshop for Casino closer to the date. There are also a few other workshops in the pipeline so keep an eye on the workshop page on my website for all the details.
ps. if you are a retailer in a country town and wanting to offer a fun day for your customers please shoot me an email to discuss how we can work together.Read More