10 September 2013

Add Creativity And Fun To Your Kids Room With Rowen & Wren

Decorative Ideas for your Nursery

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Rowen and Wren have one of the most unique designs in home decorating and are very successful because they have such a great passion for their work. They have a range of products that includes furniture, mirrors, lighting, pillows and cushions, and a wide variety of accessories. Even though they create beautiful designs for the entire home, some of their best designs are found in the nursery.

In their line of children’s furniture that are perfectly designed to fit little bodies, there are some beautiful pieces of furniture in the in the form of an almost indestructible Formica chair that comes in powder blue, pumpkin orange, petal pink, and snow white. These adorable little chairs are easily stacked and are perfect for children aged three and up.

Then when they are through playing and ready for their afternoon nap, take a look at their eiderdown quilts and pillow sets in an adorable pepper or poppy print. The eiderdown can be used as a blanket, duvet, or even a play mat and it’s warm, comfortable, and very soft.

Once the kids are up and ready to go play again, there are some adorable knitted “pets” that are soft and cuddly and each has their very own characteristics. These include Suzette the Cat, Claire the Cow, Bandit the Raccoon, and Socks the Fox. Each comes with a story about their character and they are sure to become a long time, beloved companion to the little tykes.

When the kids get just a bit older, Rowen and Wren have some great puzzles that are perfect for little hands, as well as several characters that serve as chop and serve boards that will be a great inspiration to the little chefs, and an adorable lamb book holder for the little ones who love books.

03 September 2013

Online Shopping: Hello Polly

Shop online for unique gifts, artworks & homeware

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‘Hello Polly’ is one online shop where you will be compelled to stop and browse. Launched by Sarah Kelk in 2011, Hello Polly is an online shop that will inspire you. It showcases an array of beautiful and exquisite pieces of artwork that will touch your soul. It has so many amazing items, which are designed by independent artists, that you will be overwhelmed by the choice.

Many of Hello Polly’s beautiful prints are produced using the ‘giclee’ technique. This means that they display a very high standard of detail and accuracy. Giclee prints are also one of the most long lasting forms of art reproduction. Hello Polly have gallery-quality giclee prints in stock that you can buy from the comfort of your own home.

Other items that will definitely interest you include home ware; cushions, pillows, tea towels, and mugs, as well as items to interest children, such as birdhouses and dolls’ houses.

Sarah has also brought out a lovely collection of stationery items, also in her online shop. Some of them include alphabet stamps, designer parcel tape, cards for various occasions, interesting cookbooks, planners, journals, note pads, and pencil cases, amongst others. One of the cutest items in this category is the Miniature Moustache Magnet. Kids will love playing with it.

Hello Polly brings you both the convenience of online shopping and the personal attention you receive from Sarah.

27 August 2013

Vintage Marquee Letters made in Nashville

Vintage Industrial style Decor

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If you’re into vintage industrial style décor this Etsy shop is for you!

We were looking at something different to decorate our apartment and came across WestVintageeTradingCo, an Etsy shop based in Nashville.

There is something special and appealing about 1920s circus aesthetics; these vintage marquee letters are so eye catching and you will instantly want to acquire a set, especially if you own any kind of establishment like a shop or a café but they’re also very cool sitting on a sideboard or on the wall of an apartment.

19 August 2013

Disney Concert Hall, LA

A Los Angeles icon

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On our recent trip to America we visited the Disney Concert Hall in LA designed by the renowned Frank Gehry, a highlight of our trip! As one of the most acoustically sophisticated halls in the world it provides both visual and aural intimacy for an unparalleled musical experience.

The conception of the hall was initially developed by Lillian Disney who generously gifted $50 million to build a world-class performance venue as a gift to the people of Los Angeles and a tribute to Walt Disney. Since then, other gifts and contributions bring the total Disney family contribution to over $100 million and together with the County of Los Angeles the Concert Hall was financed and built.

 

 


13 August 2013

Unto This Last: bespoke furniture from London

Designer furniture at mass production prices!

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Unto This Last is the title of a book written in 1860 by John Ruskin. He advocated a return to the local craftsman workshops, having a few doubts about the human cost of the Industrial Revolution.

Unto This Last’ is a shop with a purpose. It offers you exquisitely crafted furniture at affordable, wholesale prices. So instead of visiting a warehouse, you can now visit this shop which is located near the city centre and order your choice of furniture there.

The products of this shop reflect consistency. They use a highly automated method of designing and creating furniture. They use a special birch ply composite, which is optimised for design by using software and digital tools. They use the same material for creating all their products. In order to eliminate the cost involved in packaging, they only deliver to locations in London.

06 August 2013

Retro Italian Ceramics

Bitossi Vases, Bowls and Small Animals

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We recently had a tour of the many vintage furniture shops on Regent Street , right now Redfern is quite the place for retro style furniture shopping and vintage finds, concentrated in a few hundred meters there are about 5 great shops.

Our favorite is Graham & Graham Design,a family run business that specialize in beautiful mid 20th century design, furniture, ceramics, lighting and custom handmade lampshades.

A beautiful bright blue glazed ceramic vase was what caught my eye and after talking with the owner we found out it’s in fact a retro piece from Italian brand Bitossi.

30 July 2013

Faux Animal Décor: dear, bison and more!

Animals Heads Wall Hanging

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Our latest find on Etsy is a very peculiar shop, like no others: White Faux Taxidermy is the creation of Marcos and Paislea, a couple from Colorado brought together for their love of animals.

They create resin animal heads to hang on walls, the heads are in white resin and they can come with colored horns for a funky twist.

We came across WFT while searching Etsy for ideas on what to hang on the portion of wall above the television. We didn’t want any artworks or prints on that wall and while I like the idea of a deer head wall hanging I find the real thing a bit creepy….but a white resin version is just perfect, it’s new but with a vintage feel; we love the deer head with colored antlers, you can choose the colour you want to match your décor.

Some of the heads are entirely painted and some others are even glittery!

The heads come in different sizes too, you can put a couple together to create a feature wall.

There are plenty of styles available, deer, bison, moose or elephants too meet anyone’s taste.

Prices are very affordable and they ship to Australia!

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23 July 2013

July New Designs!

New Wall Decals Designs

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Two new gorgeous designs are now available online!

Stegosaurus, pterodactyl…..does your little one love dinosaurs? If so they are sure to want these gorgeously illustrated dinosaurs wall stickers on their bedroom wall.  The range comes in a variety of colours which will ensure that it complements any existing décor and will be a delightful feature on any child’s wall.

If dinosaurs are not your thing have a look at this fun pirate themed wall decal: the set comes as separate pieces so you and your child can chose what pirate scene you would like to depict – ghostly ships, sunken treasure and pirates galore!!

It's free shipping for all orders over $100 in Australia and overseas!

16 July 2013

Ways with Mason Jars

Upcycled Jars for Great Home Decor

Upcycled Mason Jars

The Mason Jar was invented and patented in 1858 by Philadelphia tinsmith John Landis Mason.

They are made of molded glass and commonly used to preserve food. Such a common item in the past, they are now sought by collectors, and are bought and sold through antique stores or auction sites.

Nowadays these glass jars make great decorations around the home. Their timeless and versatile nature make them perfect for any room or setting. Not only are they great for your own home but would be perfect for gifts.

We love these Etsy sellers who have taken some glass jars and transformed them, hope you love them too!

Boots n Gus – make beautiful mason jar chandeliers and up-cycled lighting!

LITdecor – make charming Moroccan inspired glass jar lanterns, candles, and lamps. These are so bright and colourful and will light up any home!

Cdlwin – a selection of hand painted and distressed mason jars perfect for dsiplays, home decoration, vases, and more.

09 July 2013

Interview: Sophie Cooper of Scoops Design

Coolorful cards, jewellery, cushions and more!

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Vinyl Design happens to share a studio in Surry Hills with very talented designer Sophie Cooper from Scoops Design, an Australian brand focused on handmade, colorful lifestyle products such as perspex jewellery, cushions, mirror sets, cards and more.

New products and designs are constantly added to her collection, on the blog today we talk to Sophie about Scoops, her products, inspiration and goals.

1) Tell us about Scoops Design, how it was born and what inspires you
Scoops Design was born at the end of 2005, when I started making brooches for friends as Christmas presents. At first it was a fun side project from my day job as Art Director for Channel 7. It grew from there and I got approached by the National Gallery of Victoria to make custom jewellery for exhibitions and was featured in lots of magazines and blogs. Towards the end of 2010, I decided that I really wanted to concentrate on Scoops and make it my full time work and I’m still going. All of my products are designed and made in Australia and the range now includes cards, mirrors, artwork, jewellery and cushions. Scoops can be found in over 50 shops around Australia and also online.

I love anything to do with design- architecture, interiors, products, graphics and animation. I have always gravitated towards simple shapes, strong bold colours and retro styling. I get inspiration from everywhere- the beach, Japanese pencil cases, talking to friends and also my 2000+ design books!

2) How would you describe your style and what is your creative process?
My style is very much influenced by the design I grew up around, such as Miffy, Meg and Mog, Astro Boy and Marimekko. I love bright colours and anything that has a bold graphic style.  

I like to spend a time researching what I’m going to make and looking at different materials. I usually start sketching and draw lots of doodles with crazy ideas before I go onto the computer. This is probably due to my background in graphic design! I will sit and think about how different shapes and colours work together for hours. I have way too many products as I really like the creative process and coming up with new ideas.

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