I’m back…let’s not go into how long it’s been, but a bit has happened, needless to say Live-Breathe-Style has had a bit of a freshen up and I have lots of awesome ideas, images and inspiration for you to enjoy. Let’s kick off with a roundup up of things that ‘I’m Diggin’ Right Now’.
I love everything about this space above. I came across this image on The Style Files and although I tend to go for a lot more colour, the textures, materials, height of the ceiling, scale of the furniture and lighting make it a truly captivating space. The Z1 Black pendant in particular caught my eye. I am a massive fan of Ay Illuminate design house based in the Netherlands. They work with beautiful natural materials to produce the most exquisite range of lighting, basket ware and ceramics. This pendant light is no exception.
The rug, another of my personal favourites, is a traditional Beni Ouarain carpet. These are made by the Berber tribes of the North-Eastern Middle Atlas Mountains in Morocco. They were traditionally used as bedding to keep warm in the cold winter months. These rugs, understandably fetch a fair price – upwards of $3000 for a decent sized Beni Ouarain. Kinda out of our price range at this point in time, but I did notice that Freedom Furniture have a very decent version of this rug, the Moroccan Boxes Floor Rug. It is a combination of cotton and wool, but it actually looks pretty good. Even better, it’s on special – $379 for a 300cm x 200cm. It might just get me by until I can fork out for the ‘real deal’.
How gorgeous are these cushions? They are from a small homeware company called Coco and Milo. They have a quirky, eclectic mix of cushions that feature on the Made It online market. In particular I love the Handprinted Scandi Aztec cushion, that also comes in black with the gold fringe.
Next on the list is this gorgeous bone china Pineapple Lamp from Have You Met Miss Jones. It featured in last weekends Sunday Age, ‘Home Style’ lift out. It would be the most adorable, quirky addition to a child’s bedroom. The lifestyle company Have You Met Miss Jones, continue to produce exquisitely crafted, interesting and unique products. They started out specialising in white bone china products, but have now expanded to include clay pottery, porcelain, wood, resin, recycled glass and lacquer. Jump on their website and see all the quirky goodness for yourself.
One of my favourite Australian artists, Rachel Castle, has released a range of screen printed Tea Towels. There are 4 in the range and they are designed with the intention to frame and hang. They are a limited edition (just 100 of each design), and a fantastic way to have a little piece of Rachel Castle in your home . Rachel’s whimsical paintings, embroidery, screen prints and range of bedlinen is exquisite and she has a huge following in Australia and Internationally (deservedly so). Lucy Feagins from The Design Files posted a fantastic interview with Rachel, back in 2010, well worth a jump over.
To finish off my little (big) list of things I’m lovin’, here’s a little fashion. I’m still struggling with the fact it will be Winter in just over a month so I still managed to slip a few ‘Spring’ like pieces in there. Although considering I am one to wear thongs in the thick of winter (with a scarf, beanie and coat mind you) it’s probably not all that unexpected.
Leopard print (or Ocelot if you are that way inclined) is still EVERYWHERE….scarves, bags, shoes, pants, jackets, coats, hats. But for damn good reason. It looks great with just about anything. You can clash prints, or keep the rest of the outfit simple…it adds interest, colour and seriously for $50 (try Shopbop) these super cute Soludos look super comfy, and again – could be trotted out any season – gotta get me some of these. With distressed denim, white T-shirt, you’re good to go.
Ahhh yes the old Birkenstock has made a comeback (did it ever go?). The last pair I had traipsed all around Europe and were with me for quite some time thereafter. The ‘it’ sandal for Spring/Summer (and look Winter with a pair of woollen socks? Yes?) is the Birkenstock. Yes it’s on trend, but sooooo comfy, so might just be jumping on that bandwagon once more. The latest style being touted around town is the Arizona (in black or white….let’s go black for Autumn/Winter shall we?) .
This brown leather jacket by Mango, a Spanish clothing company (available via Asos) looks amazing. It’s REAL leather, and ON SALE (from $344 down to $223) BARGAIN. Autumn, Winter, Spring…..done. I know the black leather bikers jacket is getting it’s fair share of publicity, but for me, brown leather fits the bill. Not as harsh, and perhaps a little more ‘versatile’ for my lifestyle (as a Mumma).
‘The Light Shining On Me Jacket’ jacket by Free People is the perfect little jacket to throw on over boyfriend jeans or some ‘skinnies’ with a white T underneath. Stunning during the day or night, this little jacket is on my list for spring. It has crochet accents and a layered trim that gives it that edge. I love pieces like this, because as you look at it more closely you can see more and more detail. An interesting piece that will get heaps of use. Tick.
Right o, I’ve broken the drought. Looking forward to getting stuck into all things design, decoration, fashion and food….
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