Hot New Homewares from Target for Autumn/Winter

If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you will have seen that yesterday I viewed the new homewares collection for Target Australia. Set up in a cute house in Paddington, the house was styled with the different items now available at your nearest Target store or online.

There were three different bedroom stories – colour, monochromatic and neutrals. They were all gorgeous and I was pleased to see the monochrome bed linen has a tribal influence. Do you receive my newsletter? Last month I was talking about Tribal patterns being everywhere at the moment. The great news is that Target are going to build on these schemes each season so you can add to the look rather than replacing it all.

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It was really difficult to choose which look I liked best. The monochromatic (or as Target is calling it, Global Luxe) could work really well for a masculine room but equally a teenager or someone who loved the black and white look.

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The neutrals (Lodge) had a fresh look and would be perfect for Hamptons style decor. Add in some navy and you have a classic look for any age.

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The coloured bed linen was a lot of fun and suits it’s name of Soft Pop. You all now I LOVE colour.

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The beauty of all these stories is there’s plenty of artwork and pretty bits to coordinate back to the bedlinen. Target now have an in-house design team based in Melbourne so the designs and styles are truly unique, on trend and very affordable. The new styles fall into the categories of Soft Pop, Global Luxe and Lodge and new products will appear in each of these styles each season and sometimes even during a season. Even the furry members of the family are catered for.

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So now there’s no excuse to be on trend by injecting just one or two of these fabulous pieces into your home. But be careful, at these prices it could be hard to know when to stop!

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If you would like assistance giving your decor a make-over, contact me for an appointment. Sometimes just an hour can you give you the direction you need.

Colour for Spring and Summer

I’ve mentioned on numerous occasions I am definitely a Spring/Summer person rather than an Autumn/Winter person. I hate the cold and if the mercury drops below 25C then I’m pulling on layers.

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So this time of year I’m in my element as the shops start stocking the new season ranges. The added colour is a welcome sight after months of dark, dismal colours.

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Last week I had a sneak peek at the new range of cushions from Rapee. They will be available later this month. Nothing says warmer months more than blues, yellows and greens and Rapee have a great range in these colourways.

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Florals are not going anywhere soon either with a gorgeous selection of cushions which look like they’ve been handpainted with floral blooms.

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And I couldn’t resist this cute camera cushion. Perfect for all those Instagram fanatics.

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Rapee also has a selection of table placemats and runners and don’t forget the Florence Broadhurst range. There’s soft furnishings to suit every home.

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If you would like assistance choosing soft furnishings for your home or would like to place an order for any of these cushions, contact us.

Missoni at Target Australia

It’s coming, it’s coming.

Three years ago this September I had my first visit to the United States. We landed in New York City on 12 September and on the 13th September Missoni released a line of fashion and homewares at Target. I was trying to get to a Target store to check it out but unfortunately with husband and child in tow, there were too many other sights to check out. So by the time I eventually did find a Target store and venture inside the Missoni range had long since disappeared. I remember thinking, Why doesn’t Target Australia collaborate with the likes of Missoni?

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Well this October they are! That’s right, October 8 a range of Missoni homewares and fashion will be available for a limited time at Target Australia. Over 220 products available in store and online including fashion for all the family, homewares, stationery, beach towels, tableware and even pet accessories.

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My advice is to get your sleeping bags and camp ovens ready and clear your diaries for 6th through to 9th of October so you can stock up on this gorgeous range.

 

It’s a small world after all

It’s been a hectic couple of weeks with absolutely no time for blogging, sorry. And here we are at the first day of July!!!!

I have been working on a number of projects all with colour – paint, fabrics, benchtops, tiles. It’s no secret I am happiest when I’m immersed in colour.

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So I was delighted to attend two fabric launches recently from different fabric houses who both said, “Colour is BACK!” Yippee!!!!

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But what really hit home was the fact that inspiration for these collections has come from across the globe – North African Berber Rugs, Persian Kilims and Aztec motifs from South America. There is also a nod to Art Nouveau and to the Baroque periods.

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And where would we be without stripes? I’ve mentioned previously I much prefer stripes to spots so was delighted to see ticking stripes, wide stripes and multi-width stripes in the collections.

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And no longer are we a year or two behind our northern hemisphere counterparts. We have access to exactly the same colours, textures and fabrics as they do, at the same time.

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It really is a small world after all.

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

 

 

Spring/Summer at Target

It’s cold and wet here today in Sydney. Maybe a sign that Winter is finally on it’s way? So what better time to take a look at the new Spring/Summer homewares soon to be released at Target.

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A couple of weeks ago I was invited to view the new collection which I must say is alot of fun.

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As you know I’m a big colour fan so I was thrilled to see a great selection of colours.

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There is a strong emphasis on Nautical for the coming warmer months. Perfect for Sydney with all that water around.

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There were liberal smatterings of red, white and blue and a touch of yellow too.

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Of course white tableware never goes out of style and can be dressed up for the special occasion dinner or looks equally at home outdoors around the barbie.

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And the watercolour effect looks like it’s here for a bit longer too.

The collection will be in stores in July so make sure you hurry in and grab the items you like, ready to give your home a Spring makeover come September.

If you would like assistance finding the right homewares for your home, contact us for an appointment.

DIY Projects

Woo Hoo, it’s a long weekend and another one next weekend. It’s the perfect time to undertake a few of those DIY projects you have been meaning to start.

Porter’s Paints have released a brand new product called Chalk Emulsion, which is ideal for painting furniture giving a chalky, soft finish. The product doesn’t need priming so can be applied directly to picture frames, shelving, flea market finds and furniture.

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Perhaps designing is more your thing. Digital Fabrics are looking for you, then. The company is running a competition for Australian residents which involves designing a print for fashion and interiors. There are some great prizes including $500 of credit for printing, 2 weeks paid internship and 5m of fabric printed with your design. If this sounds like something that would interest you, you can find out all the important information, here.

Just a small snapshot of the fabrics available from Digital Fabrics.

Just a small snapshot of the fabrics available from Digital Fabrics.

One of our favourite cushion suppliers has released a number of items for sale this weekend. It’s the perfect time to change up your cushions for some richer, darker shades for winter.

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And if you’re gathering the clan for an Easter meal, take some inspiration from our Easter Decorating Pinterest Board and create a festive air to your home and table.

Cute Easter Centrepiece

Cute Easter Centrepiece

Whatever you do this weekend, take some time to remember the reason for the season.

Happy Easter!

Flowers for Florence

It was my birthday on Saturday! Another one! I think I’ve reached the age where it really doesn’t matter and it’s just another day.

PeachBlossom My husband found the kitchen and whipped up some omlettes for breakfast. My daughter then baked a cake for afternoon tea before she went out to a birthday party for one of her friends.

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So my husband and I headed into the city to visit the David Jones flower display. Every Spring DJ’s goes all out and decorates their Elizabeth St Store with the most magnificent floral displays. This year the theme was Florence Broadhurst so I was determined to see it.

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All her fabrics were translated to floral displays in the windows and also on the ground floor of the store.

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I loved the Florence-isms that were in the windows too.

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I thoroughly recommend if you have not read her biography, you should. The woman was soooo ahead of her time. Reinventing herself at every turn and never, ever saying it couldn’t be done.

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If you would like to add some Florence Broadhurst fabrics or wallpaper to your home, contact us for an online or in-person consultation.

 

Sizzling Summer Soft Furnishings

This week I received the new KAS Australia catalogue in the mail. It was like receiving a magazine. It is truly so beautiful and every page beckons me to jump on in.

KAS Summer Catalogue

KAS Summer Catalogue

The new collection is fabulous with loads of colour (as you would expect for summer).

KAS Natasha Bed linen and cushions

KAS Natasha Bed linen and cushions

There’s some ethnic type patterns.

KAS Martinique Bedcover

KAS Martinique Bedcover

As well as bright florals which are teamed with geometric patterns.

KAS Delphi Bedlinen

KAS Delphi Bedlinen

And for those who like their bedroom calm and relaxing, there’s a range of white bedlinen with beautiful textures.

KAS White Milly Bedlinen

KAS White Milly Bedlinen

If you receive my monthly newsletter, you will have read of the latest watercolour trend where the item looks like someone has just finished painting it. Look, KAS have included the trend in this collection too.

KAS White Milly Bedlinen

KAS White Milly Bedlinen

If you would like to add some new cushions or bed linen to your home, contact us as we can supply KAS Australia products directly to you.

Gelati Colours

Yesterday morning on my walk around the suburb, I noticed the window in the local dress boutique had changed.

I didn’t take too much notice other than it had changed and there were some pretty colours there. Half way down the street, I did a double take and a U turn and headed right back to that window.

New season fashion in the local boutique window

New season fashion in the local boutique window

I stood there looking trying to remember where I had last seen that colour combination. Then it hit me. I had a dessert a few months earlier those very same colours. They are sugary colours, aren’t they?

Dessert with Persian Fairy Floss

Dessert with Persian Fairy Floss

Lemon, mint and pale pink are definitely gelati type colours. Each of these hues are exactly the same on the grey scale so not one colour dominates. They all sit perfectly harmoniously together and look very delicate.

Pink, green and yellow living room

Pink, green and yellow living room

So I started to wonder if that combination was out there in home decor.

Young girls' room decorated in Gelati colours of pink, green and yellow

Young girls’ room decorated in Gelati colours of pink, green and yellow

What do you think? Would you use this combination of colours in your home?

Scatter cushion in pink, green and yellow although a little more neon than the dessert

Scatter cushion in pink, green and yellow although a little more neon than the dessert

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

 

Lori Weitzner

Earlier this week, I was fortunate enough to attend a talk at South Pacific Fabrics showroom by Lori Weitzner.

Lori is a New Yorker and has a design company based in Chelsea. I could listen to the New York accent all day. Lori gave us an insight into her background before showing us her latest designs.

Weitzner's White Box Sanctuary

Weitzner’s White Box Sanctuary

At college, Lori was studying to be an artist until her teacher advised her that she would never make a living. Instead she turned her talents to textile design and ended up working for some of the best textile companies in the States. But finally she decided to go it alone and set up shop for herself.

Lori produced a white box which had a small selection of inspiration articles from her studio in Chelsea. Things like one of her grandmother’s small liqueur glasses, a sea urchin shell, a tube of paint and a small book of poetry. All these items and more adorn her studio for constant inspiration – inspiration from the past, the exotic and everyday. She explained that she loves the juxtaposition of smooth and rough, matt and shiny, dull and sparkly and tries to incorporate that in her designs.

"The best colours are the colours you can't name, like the colour of this shell." Lori Weitzner

“The best colours are the colours you can’t name, like the colour of this shell.” Lori Weitzner

Lori showed a range of her wall coverings including a magnetic wallcovering as well as one made from recycled maps. They are simply exquisite.

Around The World wallcovering made of handwoven maps

Around The World wallcovering made of handwoven maps

Weitzner also create beautiful textiles that engage the senses with considered use of colour and texture. There is three perspectives to the range – Smart, Handmade and Perform.

Weitzner fabrics in elegant colour palette

Weitzner fabrics in elegant colour palette

And as if that’s not enough, Lori also has designed a range of trimmings or passementerie for Samuel and Sons.

Hand blown glass bead trim

Hand blown glass bead trim

If you would like to add some of Lori’s beautiful textiles to your home, contact us to provide assistance.

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