Florence is coming to a store near you

I’m a HUGE fan of the fabrics and wallpapers of Florence Broadhurst.

I read the book on this amazing woman about 8 years ago and was fascinated by her life. She was a Queenslander and had the ability to turn her hand at whatever career she chose while travelling the world. One year she was a singer and dancer in China and the next she was a French clothier in London. And all this was back in the ’30’s and 40’s when women didn’t do things like that. She was so ahead of her time! And then she met an untimely death when she was murdered in her studio at Paddington in Sydney. The murder remains unsolved.

Japanese Floral

When she returned to Australia she set up shop and created hand printed wallpapers. These wallpapers and their patterns are still popular today. Her artworks have been recreated as rugs, clothing, homewares and fabrics.

Dinner Set

And in June this year, you will be able to add those very same patterns to your home in soft furnishings. Australian home textile label, Rapee will release The Broadhurst Collection which will be available in five stories and a number of colourways.
These exceptional designs will be printed on premium fabrics using various techniques including: 100% silk jacquards, embroideries on 100% cottons, foil prints on 100% linens and prints on cotton linen blends. The palette extends to bolts of blue; tranquil sea foam, denim and periwinkle; as well as punchy coral and flamingo fuchsia. The collection also welcomes shades of yellow and high-wattage metallic which will help to create richness and playful elegance while putting a fresh spin on timeless designs.

The Florence Broadhurst collection will be sold initially through department stores and boutique homeware retailers, and will arrive in store from June 2013. Prices start from $99 for embroideries, through to $120 for 100% silk scatter cushions.

I can’t wait!


If you would like assistance adding a touch of Florence to your home, contact us for an online or in-person consultation.

All Rugged Up

Although in the Southern Hemisphere we are heading in to our warmer months, there’s nothing like a floor rug to inject colour and pattern into your living space.

Poppies by Sanderson

They add warmth (both literally and physically), they define a space, provide sound dampening qualities and can hide imperfect flooring.

St Ives Rug in Teal

There are so many patterns and colours to choose from. All over patterns are great for under timber coffee tables while centre patterns work best under a glass coffee table or in an open space so the pattern can be admired.

Midsummer Rose Rug

I’m thrilled that the Sanderson range of rugs are now available here in Australia. They certainly have some great patterns and colours from which to choose. They are made from 100% wool and are inspired by the Sanderson fabric range and are certainly affordable ranging from $700 to $1400 depending on the size.

Dandelion Rug in Taupe/Claret

If you would like assistance choosing rugs and other decorator pieces for your home, contact us for an online or in-person consultation.



Not the Rough End

Pineapple cushions at Sentosa Designs

Last week I visited one of my suppliers, Sentosa Designs.

Sentosa Designs furniture featuring pineapples

They specialise in colonial style furniture as well as a range of campaign furniture.

Campaign style drinks cabinet

I noticed the profusion of pineapples in their styling so started to hunt around and see what else I could find.

Pineapple Lamp

The pineapple is associated with welcoming and in my mind also says SUMMER!

Wooden Pineapples

I went in search of other pineapple inspired home decor and found cushions, lamps and even ice cube trays.

Pineapple Ice Trays

What do you think? Could you add some pineapple decor to your home?

Pineapple Wall Hooks

If you would like assistance choosing accessories for your home, contact us for an online or in-person consultation.

Oh Suzani

I mentioned recently that I’d been seeing the Ikat pattern everywhere.

Ikat fabric by Kravet

It’s not the only pattern that I’ve been noticing, The other is the Suzani.

Suzani Fabric by Westbury

The Suzani pattern hails from Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and other Central Asian countries. Like the Ikat it was lost during the time of the Soviet Occupation but since the collapse of the Union these handcrafts are seeing a resurgence.

Suzani Needleworkers

The pattern originally is embroidered with chain, satin and buttonhole stitches and embellished with decorative thread laid on the fabric. The motifs in the designs depict the sun and moon, flowers, leaves, fruit and sometimes fish and birds.

Suzani Rug by The Rug Collection

I love the bright colours and organic shapes of the Suzani patterns we are seeing today. What about you? Do you like the pattern?

Suzani fabric by Warwick Fabrics

If you would like assistance adding Suzani to your home, contact us for an online or in-person consultation.

Ikat Pattern – Trend or Tradition

It would seem everywhere I turn lately one design keeps on popping up. It’s the Ikat design that has been around for centuries.

Ikat Rug

Ikat is a resist dyeing technique a bit like tie-dyeing which was so huge in the 70’s. The difference is that Ikat threads are dyed prior to weaving whereas tie-dyeing fabric is woven then dyed.

Tina Shoes from Sambag

I bought an Ikat when we were holidaying in Bali back in 2001 and it has been hanging on my bedroom wall ever since. Albeit, three different bedrooms in that time, as we’ve moved house.

My Balinese Ikat

I was pondering the other day as to whether the Ikat was a passing fad as I do like the pattern. In researching this post, I noticed that these chairs were commented on in 2009 when Ikat’s were considered a trend that started in 2008.

Ikat Covered Chairs

Design*Sponge also wrote a post on the prominence of the Ikat pattern back in 2008.

Ikat fabric by Kravet

Here we are in 2012 and it’s still around! This leads me to answer my own question. No, it’s not a trend. Yes, it will be around for a long time.

Ikat fabric by Westbury

So I’m going to use the pattern in my new home office

Would you like to add some Ikat pattern to your home? Contact us for an online or in-person consultation.

Textile Designer Bethany Linz

Artist and Designer Bethany Linz spent five years in the Mokum Studio as Senior Textile Designer. She is responsible for many of Mokum’s more exquisite and embellished designs. Recently Bethany has decided to go it alone and spend more time on her craft and in particular, printmaking and embossing. I spoke with Bethany to gain a little insight into her world.


Can you tell me a little bit about your background and what led you to creating exquisite designs?

Since I was four I knew I wanted to be an artist and, with the help of my creative mother and Steiner school education, I was lucky to fuel that dream. After my school education I studied art in Newcastle, where I was very fortunate to have acclaimed artists such as Michael Bell and John Morris as teachers. I have also been very lucky to have travelled a lot and experienced different cultures. I think having such a creative up-bringing and then designing in the Mokum studio helped push me that little bit more and helped to make me the artist/ designer that I am today.


Where do you find your inspiration and how do you transfer that to a design?

Like most artists/designers, inspiration can hit me at any moment – to me it doesn’t even have to be visual, I can be inspired by smell, music and novels. When I’m feeling a little lost for inspiration though, I know I’ll always find it in the Gallery of New South Wales in the Australian section.  It’s not just the artworks that inspire me, it’s the artists that never gave up on their dream and defied the odds and became part of our history.

Floral Woodblock

When you create your designs, do you have an end use or product in mind?

Having worked in the Mokum studio for five years, I learnt how to forecast trends and design textiles for specific applications, for example upholstery or feature cushions, so naturally with my art I also keep interiors in mind. I make lots of my embossings very neutral but, because I love colour,  I like to create some that are a little more ‘out there’,  just to please myself and if they never sell, I’ll be happy to hang them on my own walls.

Coloured Floral Woodblock

What is your favourite part of designing?

I really enjoy the researching at the beginning of the process, I love history and I find that art has always been at the heart of it and documented better than any other form of history. I also find at the end of the whole process the most rewarding part of being an artist/designer is looking at the finished product – after all the hard work that’s both physically and emotionally exhausting – and being satisfied.

Art Deco

Is colour an important part of your design or is texture more important?

Years ago, when I was walking through a gallery with one of my mother’s friends, she asked me what artworks I was drawn to.  After observing my choices, we both discovered it was colour that drew me to each one, not necessarily the subject matter. With my own work I love to apply different colours to the same design and see how dramatically the colour can change the mood.  It’s amazing how colour can make a design look completely different.

Dancing Crane

Who is your design idol?

William Morris for design and Henri Matisse for his incredible use of colour.

William Morris’ Trellis Wallpaper Design

What does a typical day at the office involve for you?

Every day I need to divide my time up so I can spread myself across my work evenly. I’m currently finalising my embossings for my forthcoming solo exhibition in Sydney (at the “breathing colours” art gallery, Balmain from 25 September to 6 October 2012).  I’m also illustrating my second children’s book , which I must admit is extremely challenging, but can be very rewarding.

Bethany Linz

What’s next for Bethany Linz?

I would love to establish myself more as an artist and keep creating more embossings. In the near future I would also love to create a wallpaper collection that ties back to my art, but at the moment it’s just a dream.


You can follow Bethany on her blog, Bethany Linz. And don’t forget to pop in to “breathing colours” between September 25 and October 6.

Freaky Friday

Have you ever had one of those days where you keep on seeing the same thing in many different places? I had one of those on Friday.

I was out looking at fabrics for a client and quite liked this pattern. It’s simple and fresh and has that touch of exoticism.

Treillage Fabric from Westbury Textiles

Then later that afternoon I was catching up on blog posts and saw this image on The Style Files.

Fired Earth Tiles via The Style Files

Ha, I thought, that’s like that fabric I saw today.

Then later still I was looking at rugs for a client and headed over to Armadillo & Co’s website where I saw that same pattern again.

Casablanca Rug from Armadillo & Co

Now it’s starting to get freaky.

But the icing on the cake was when I came home again later in the afternoon and walked across the entry of the apartment building we are currently living in and noticed for the first time the pattern of the 1960’s tiles on the floor.

Lattice Shaped tiles in our 1960’s apartment building

I feel like I’m being stalked……by a PATTERN!!!! It’s called the Lattice Pattern and often appears in Moroccan Tiles.

If you would like assistance adding pattern to your home, contact us for an online or in-person consultation.

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