05 February 2013

Cool Mobiles for your Nursery

Puka Puka Design

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Babies aren’t easy to entertain. They can look at an object for only so long before they lose interest. But one product has kept them spellbound for decades now. Baby mobiles are used to soothe and entertain babies during their first few months of life. This is the stage where neonates spend most of their time in their cribs.

How do they work?

Newborn babies do not have very good vision. They can only discern blurry shapes and figures because they are nearsighted. It is only after the third month of life that most babies begin to recognize familiar faces. Before that time, they are nearly purblind. However, they can make out motion. They can tell if an object, no matter how fuzzy it may be, is moving. This is the genius of the baby mobile.

Lying on her back after a nap or just before one, a baby looks up and sees a slowing moving object. See might not be able to identify the shapes, patterns, or designs on this contraption, but she can tell that it is moving and that, for her, is intriguing. It is no wonder baby mobiles are one of the most popular baby nursery accessories.

Puka Puka Design is an Australian brand specialized in designing very cool and modern mobiles.

Puka puka in Japanese means something floating gently in space. Nina Still is the designer behind Puka Puka, she studied architecture and her new love is making kinetic mobiles. Each mobile is a unique handcrafted object.

They can be used as decorative pieces in the house, you don’t need to have a baby to buy one!

I really can’t tell which one is my favourite, they are all so gorgeous!

Have a look at Puka Puka website, which mobile is your favourite?

05 February 2013

Bunny-themed Finds: The Story Book Rabbit

Illustrated Porcelains, Pendants and Brooches

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You might already know of my slight obsession with bunnies and all things bunnies….

Since I came home with Emilio the Bunny one year ago I’ve decided that bunnies are the best pets ever, he always brings a smile to my face and I cannot resist his cuteness and fluffiness.

I get quite excited every time I find cute bunny inspired objects on internet and I now have a nice Bunny Board on Pinterest J

05 February 2013

The Jam Facory, Adelaide

A creative project in Adelaide

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Located in Adelaide city centre, JamFactory is a non-profit organisation that is funded by the South Australian Government.

For nearly four decades now, JamFactory has been presenting and promoting the work of talented designers, craftspeople, and artists. They are internationally known for their galleries, studios, and shops. Most importantly, of course, is the funding they provide for public programs that nurture and guide the careers of young artists. At present, JamFactory operates four major studios or workshops, each of which is devoted to a single discipline.

Ceramics

Establish in 1979, the original focus of the popular Ceramics Studio was stoneware pots. Experienced instructors guided students through the production process and helped them master a valuable skill. More recently, the focus of the studio has shifted to the production of fine porcelain using new methods such as computer aided design.

05 February 2013

Chalkboard Obsession: Wall Stickers, Labels, and Paint

Home Decor

Chalkboard Wall Stickers

Even in the digital age, simple things have survived. Earthlings might send tens of billions of text messages each and every day, but when it comes to organization, the old ways are often best. Whether you call it a chalk or blackboard, most classrooms around the world rely on these ancient communication devices. Although they have gotten a bit more sophisticated in recent years, the chalk board has remained more or less unchanged for centuries now.

One significant, cultural development has been the movement of blackboards from the classroom into the home. This includes both traditional devices and chalkboard paint, which is a type of paint that has a finish that closely resembles a chalk board when it dries. The surface can be used in much the same way, but may have to be retouched from time to time.

25 January 2013

Save the Planet with Reusable Lunch Bags!

Eco-friendly Products We Love

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Hundreds of millions of families across the globe share the same morning routine. They get up, get washed, get dressed, eat breakfast, and pack the kids’ lunches before they drop them off at school. Others skip a step or two to save time and money. School buses and lunches are a godsend for parents who don’t have time for the traditional routine.  They may also, unknowingly, be helping out the environment.

School buses produce significantly less pollution than the dozen of cars it would take to transport each of its passengers to school. And school lunches are arguably more eco friendly than homemade meals because they do not require plastic bags. Most parents are unaware of this. They believe they’re making the healthy choice for their families. But most of the bags that are used for snacks and sandwiches end up in landfills.

What’s the problem?
Because of its molecular stability, plastic is not considered to be biodegradable. It may take up to 500 years to degrade, according to most estimates. This might not be much of an issue if we weren’t using so many of them. We’re talking billions of plastic lunch bags each day!  

What’s the solution?

There is absolutely no reason why a loving parent should feel guilty about packing healthy lunches for her children.  But she can also help out the environment by switching from plastic bags to reusable green bags.

What are they?
Often made of lightweight cotton or other food-safe fabrics, a reusable lunch bag can replace hundreds of plastic paper bags.  Most parents use them for an entire school year before they order new ones. So, not only are they better for the environment than plastic bags, they are also much cheaper in the long run.

Where to find them?
We came across these lovely pattern from Lunch Skins (image 1 and 2 on top), very colorful and fresh.
Etsy seller LYKDesign has a vast variety of 100% cotton fabrics with a retro vibe to them.

24 January 2013

DIY Paper Ornaments and Jewellery by Field Guide Design

DIY Home Decor

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Every day I come across beautiful things on Etsy, it’s such an inspirational place and I’m always amazed at the things crafter and artists come up with.

If you’re the crafty type you’re going to love this Etsy shop:

Field Guide Design is a collection of jewellery and paper goods made by artist Darbie Nowatka.

Derbie was born in New Jersey and majored in graphic design, she now lives in New York with her husband, two cats, a bird, a hamster and a fish.

She’s inspired by geometry and nature.

I love her DIY geometric paper ornaments, they come in sets of 8 at t he price of $25

22 January 2013

Smart Australian Design: Bower & Beyond

Rocking Eggs and Animals!

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If asked, most parents would tell you that the happiest day of their lives was when their kids were born. Suddenly a couple becomes a family and both are left to raise a precious bundle of joy whose future is virtually limitless. Almost without exception, parents want the best for their children. And that begins with the nursery.

Soon after they find out they’re pregnant, most couples select a room and start decorating it. They assemble and arrange baby furniture and baby toys and make certain that everything is functional and safe. Some items meet these requirements better than others.

The baby bouncer or rocker has long been seen as an essential nursery item. It helps soothe restless babies with a calming motion that can send them off to dreamland in short order. The only problem is that most rockers are either functional and expensive or inadequate and cheap. There seems to be no in between.


Bower & Beyond was founded on the simple idea that products for babies could be stylish, functional, and sustainable. Many of the items they sell incorporate sustainable materials that are either natural or recyclable. They also employ sustainable processes to manufacture the products in their catalogue whenever possible.  
One of the products they are most proud of is rokii®, an egg-shaped baby bouncer that can safely accommodate babies and infants alike. A highly responsive bouncer, rokii® will continue to move as the baby does until he stops moving, i.e., falls asleep. If your child is not particularly active, it may be necessary to manually move the device with a slight push or tap.

08 January 2013

The Sailors Club: Sydney Harbour Dining

Best Restaurants in Sydney

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Home to one of the most beautiful skylines on Earth, Sydney is also the most populous city in Australia. Its inhabitants refer to themselves as “Sydneysiders,” a play on the term “seasider,” since the city is situated on the Tasman Sea.  No matter where they reside or what they do from 9 to 5, Sydneysiders adore water sports. Swimming, surfing, diving, and sailing are extremely popular with locals and tourists alike. But after all that activity, most folks want to relax by the sea with a drink in their hand and good meal.

Inspired by the style and energy of the waterside lifestyle of Palm Springs in the 1960s, The Sailors Club lets guests to take a trip back in time while they dine. Located on Sydney Harbour at Rose Bay Pier, the owners of the popular eatery were guided by the photographs of Slim Aarons, who captured au courant waterside resorts during his celebrated career.

08 January 2013

Products We Love: Vintage Style Milk Bottles

Vintage Home Decor

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Ceramic milk bottles from Australian brand Urban Cartel

There’s nothing wrong with being nostalgic. Folks naturally long for times when things seemed simpler and made more sense. Of course, this isn’t always the case. Life has always been hard and fraught with uncertainty or doubt. But when it comes to design, there is no question that vintage is most definitely in. Homeowners and apartment dwellers alike adore decorative pieces that remind them of the past. With that in mind, we will review a product that is as charming as it is useful.

Vintage milk bottles are a sweet reminder of the rustic life most earthlings once enjoyed. Less than a century ago, many of us were working on farms and living off the fat of the land. A major source of income, of course, was provided by milch cows. Dairy farms worked from sunup to sundown to fill the bottles that were often delivered to our front doors. While the milkmen of old have long since hung up their proverbial spurs, milk bottles are more popular than ever!

17 December 2012

Tired of Breaking Plates? Save on Melamine Tableware!

Melamine Plates, Cups, Jugs and more!

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Whether impromptu or planned, cleanup is always an issue at any get-together. After a three or four-course meal, the dishwasher will inevitably run out of room and tableware will start to pile up. In the past, there were only two options—plastic or paper plates, both of which must be discarded. There is now a third option that is somewhere between disposable and permanent tableware. Melamine is a resin or synthetic polymer that is composed of organic compounds that are heat and fire resistant. The material is extremely versatile and highly stable, which makes it suitable for numerous industrial and commercial applications.

Also known as thermoset plastic, since it is heated before it is set into a fixed form, melamine kitchenware is considered safe for normal, domestic use. But like most other wonder materials it has it weaknesses. Chief among them is its sensitivity to heat, which means that melamine kitchenware should not be placed in the dishwasher or microwave. Melamine plates and cutlery really must be hand washed. The material is also difficult to recycle, which is not necessarily a bad thing. What do we mean?

The average earthling doesn’t think twice about discarding a paper or plastic plate. Why? Because they get recycled and that’s good for the environment…right? Well, not exactly. Recycling is unquestionably a better environmental option than simply burying, burning, or stacking trash. But it still pollutes the environment, since gas-powered trucks have to haul it away and recycling factories require energy to run, which also pollutes our planet. Therefore, the best and more eco-friendly option is to simply use melamine tableware in place of paper or plastic.

Durability

Made of a tough and rugged resin, melamine plates and utensils won’t break if you drop them. That means the kids can finally, safely clear the table after dinner. The sturdy material is also far more attractive than traditional plastic plates that are designed for a single use. Available in a wide range of colors and styles, melamine may just be the wonder material of the future.

Here are some links to some of our favorite designs from online shops around the world!

  1. 1) Tea Party from Lucy King Design
  2. 2) Monster Kids Bowls from French Bull
  3. 3) Embossed Melamine Plate from Rice
  4. 4) Melamine Jug from Rice
  5. 5) Custom Melamine Plate from Etsy Shop SimplySublimeBaby
  6. 6) Juice Cups Set from French Bull

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