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Ish & Chi: My Favorite Things

August 6, 2009

A few of my favorite things: Ish & Chi

Hi! I’m Viv from the Ish & Chi blog and I’m so excited Holly asked me visit while she is moving as part of her guest series, “A few of my favorite things“. Here are a few of my favourite things around my home.

Ish & Chi: My Favorite Things

Ish & Chi: My Favorite Things

Ish & Chi: My Favorite Things

Ish & Chi: My Favorite Things

Ish & Chi: My Favorite Things

Ish & Chi: My Favorite Things

Things that inspire me: I get a lot of inspiration from blogs (like decor8!), interior magazines, fashion photography (especially from the sixties), Japanese art and sometimes really random things. For example, pictures my mum scribbles while she chats on the phone with friends have inspired a new art series I’m working on for Ish & Chi.

Favourite advice I’ve heard: This advice is from a blog I’m loving at the moment – 500 Pieces of Prudent Advice for My Baby Daughter: “Get messy. Some of the most joyous things in life can be grimy, sloppy, dirty mayhem.” I couldn’t agree more. The other day I tipped my son’s leftover food onto his highchair tray and we ‘painted’ with it. Food went everywhere but it was a lot fun.

Thank you for the visit! — Viv xx

(images: ish & chi)


  • Reply Edward Beaman August 6, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    The wallpaper behind the retro toy is fantastic. Perfect for a child’s room.
    .-= Edward Beaman´s last blog ..Apollo and Artemis Pillow Cushions =-.

  • Reply Shanon August 6, 2009 at 6:03 pm

    Hi Viv! I love your favorite things, and the reasons why you love them. Nice to meet you! =)
    .-= Shanon´s last blog ..Yay for Options! (A Shop Update) =-.

  • Reply Kim August 6, 2009 at 6:04 pm

    I adore the pillow on the bed! The colors and images are just perfection!

    And your porch is adorable!!
    .-= Kim´s last blog ..Sunshine Daisies Butter Mellow =-.

  • Reply Bri August 6, 2009 at 6:12 pm

    That pillow is to die for! It’s so, so, so pretty!!

  • Reply Alli August 6, 2009 at 6:38 pm

    Where did you get the cute little wooden Asian dolls in your studio? I love them!
    .-= Alli´s last blog ..Gardner Family | Utah Family Photographer =-.

  • Reply lindsey clare August 6, 2009 at 7:11 pm

    i love that bird pillow, Viv. so nice to see your photos here in Decor8!
    .-= lindsey clare´s last blog ..down the Rabbit Hole =-.

  • Reply Amy :) August 6, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    The bird print pillow is such a great touch of color. Love it! :)
    .-= Amy :)´s last blog .."As We Wait" and "Be Still" =-.

  • Reply blue bicicletta August 6, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    Lovely choices—and what a beautiful home you have! I especially love the pillow in your studio—the red and white and animal pattern is great! I also love the bird trio over your bed!
    .-= blue bicicletta´s last blog ..Quit Your Day Job Button Celebration: week 2 =-.

  • Reply carly August 6, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    i love that wallpaper set up. i have a roll of wallpaper that’s been collecting dust and you’ve inspired me to frame it. also i LOVE that website prudent advice for my baby daughter thank you for sharing it!

  • Reply Virginia @ Where You Hang Your Hat August 6, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    These are so lovely! Where can I find out more about your beautiful painted stripe walls?
    .-= Virginia @ Where You Hang Your Hat´s last blog ..more library inspiration. =-.

  • Reply ginny August 6, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    love the nursery wall paper! who makes it and where can you find it?

  • Reply Kathryn August 6, 2009 at 9:47 pm

    such a beautiful bedroom and studio and that wallpaper is just too good!!! where is it from?
    .-= Kathryn´s last blog ..out on the town… =-.

  • Reply yansy August 6, 2009 at 10:40 pm

    You have such a lovely home full of interesting pieces. Stop by and check out the new City Escapes series, it starts today.
    .-= yansy´s last blog ..City Escapes-Boston =-.

  • Reply Frida August 7, 2009 at 2:30 am

    “Get messy” ha ha thats the best advice I’ve heard for a long, long time” :-)

    Inspiring pictures. love them!

  • Reply Pam August 7, 2009 at 3:07 am

    Hi Viv,
    I too am obsessed with birds. I love your the pillow. Can you let us know what fabric it is?

  • Reply Megan August 7, 2009 at 4:10 am

    So excited to see you are Australian. I saw the colourful bird pillow today in a shop and fell in love with it. After seeing it on your bed i have decided it is a sign that i need to buy it. Beautiful.
    .-= Megan´s last blog ..Hand =-.

  • Reply Viv August 7, 2009 at 6:21 am

    Thank you everyone! You’ve made me feel very welcome here.

    Alli – 3 of the dolls are kokeshi dolls I bought from ebay and the other 3 are kimmidolls I bought from a little gift store in Sydney. You can see a better shot of them here along with more photos of my studio: The studio

    Virginia – The blue painted walls are part of my laundry/spare bathroom makeover. Here’s the plan: The laundry. I’ll be posting photos of it when it’s all done.

    ginny & Kathryn – The wallpaper is by Catherine Martin for Porters Paints. The print is called Circus Silhouette.

    Pen – Nice to ‘meet’ someone else obsessed with birds. I fear at times our home has become and aviary! I picked up the pillow from Bed, Bath N’ Table already made up so I don’t have any details of the fabric itself, sorry.

    Megan – You must!
    .-= Viv´s last blog ..Pssst =-.

  • Reply lesley August 7, 2009 at 10:08 am

    lovely pictures, thanks for sharing! glad to have come across you + your own blog, too! [love the blue stripes!]
    .-= lesley´s last blog ..for the birds =-.

  • Reply Jennifer August 7, 2009 at 10:33 am

    Gosh you have wonderful taste! I adore bird prints and I LOVE the blue and white stripes on the wall, as well as the mirror!
    .-= Jennifer´s last blog ..Ebay/Etsy Finds: Vintage Toile =-.

  • Reply jen August 7, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    My two favourite blogs come together. Beautiful photos as always Viv. xxx
    .-= jen´s last blog ..[new product] Little Chipipi Outer Space =-.

  • Reply The Savannah Room August 7, 2009 at 9:56 pm

    Well done Viv !
    Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful spaces .. inspiring as always !

    Katherine x – search The Savannah Room

  • Reply Hilary August 8, 2009 at 6:10 am

    I love the stipes in the bathroom and that mirror…….fab, thanks for sharing
    .-= Hilary´s last blog ..I hate this carpet!! =-.

  • Reply melissa de la fuente August 8, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    So beautiful…..I adore your birds in your bedroom, the wallpaper in your little one’s room, your studio, the beautiful blue stripes you did yourself! Thank you for sharing your beautiful home with us!
    .-= melissa de la fuente´s last blog ..The Bright Side Project =-.

  • Reply cindy August 8, 2009 at 8:03 pm

    awesome !!
    Lovely images.

  • Reply shalini August 9, 2009 at 9:35 am

    Love the bird print art work and pillow. A very elegant yet young style.

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