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Shannon Fricke: Favorite Things

August 24, 2009

A few of my favorite things: Shannon Fricke

Hi Holly and everyone at decor8. I’m just over the moon to have been asked to be a part of your August series and to share a few of my favourite things with you. So, here we go! My name is Shannon Fricke and I’m an interior stylist, decorator, writer and mother of two lovely children. I live on a farm close to Byron Bay in Australia. I love hanging out at home – in fact my life ambition is to spend as much time at home as possible and so I have created a career that gives me an excuse to do just that! I spend a lot of my time at home writing – my column for Inside Out magazine plus my sense of style interior books (and my blog of course!) – and so I need it to both comfort and inspire me. Here are a few of my favourite little nooks from around my old farmhouse which fuel my inspiration and get me through the days. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do…

Shannon Fricke: Favorite Things

I love little vignettes of colour, pattern and detail in a house – and my heart jumps for joy every time I see this little corner of the kitchen. These plates were designed by Jasper Conran for Wedgewood and are some of the most beautiful I’ve ever seen. The patterning is in perfect harmony – with enough detail to create interest for the eye and enough solid space to not overwhelm. Secretly, I wish that I had designed them myself and I hope that one day I will develop the skills to be able to create such beauty as he has done. The blue glass vase is a recent purchase from IKEA and reminds me of how beautiful a simple, organic shape can be. The tile was a present given to me by a friend for my 40th birthday. The artist is local to Byron Bay, and I just love the combination of colour and form. Decorative tile work is such an inspiring art form for me – in fact, I’ve just spent a few weeks in Spain on a Spanish tile pilgrimage where I was completely ‘blown away’ by the magnitude of styles and colours! The sprigs of mint are from my garden and bring the beauty of nature indoors. Pure heaven…

Shannon Fricke: Favorite Things

What can I say – I just love little bits and pieces – particularly when they are glassware and ceramics. I’m not sure why I’m so drawn to such things – perhaps it has something to do with their tactile nature – meaning that you can pick them up, touch and interact with them. Glass and ceramics can be for display but they can also be used and I do love my pieces to have a dual purpose. I’m not a big believer in keeping things for ‘good’ and so very often these beautiful vessels will be called upon to perform a function in my life – sometimes to support herbs picked from the garden, or as a vase for a little bunch of flowers. And many times they have been used for the purpose in which they have been created – as tea cups and drinking goblets. Many of these were sourced from Spin Ceramics during a trip to Shanghai for a friends birthday a few years ago. Some pieces were found at local antique stores and others were passed on to me from my mother. I love looking at them because they remind me of my life…

Shannon Fricke: Favorite Things

Well, what a crazy little nook this is! Dare I say it, but this wall, which is in my office, is a little like the inside of my mind. A little messy at times but with a thread of continuity that somehow seems to keep everything chugging along! An inspiration board is a must if you are at all creatively minded and this wall is full of magazine tear outs and colour copies of things that I love, pics of photo shoots that I have been involved with and gifts of creativity from my children. As you can imagine, it’s changing all the time – to reflect where I’m at in that moment and where I hope to be heading. But it’s what keeps me going – particularly if I’m having trouble making sense of the ideas that are springing to my mind.

Shannon Fricke: Favorite Things

I am completely in love with my macrame owl – created by my incredibly talented friend Tamara Maynes from The Six Week Boutique. This creation is called To John Denver, With Love and reminds me of my childhood – growing up in 1970s Australia with a mother who had a particular penchant for all things macrame! I’m always in awe of people who can create things by hand, such as this – and I love to be surrounded by other people’s creativity as well as my own. This modern take on an old craft inspires and reminds me that life is an evolution – and that there is much value in what came before us as there is with what lies ahead of us. For me, this owl brings together the old and the new – which is exactly how I like to mix both the decoration of my home and my life…

Shannon Fricke: Favorite Things

How about the shape of these gorgeous timber and rattan chairs that started their lives in Burma and found their way to me in Byron Bay! They are a lovely design being gentle and organic to look but at the same time they are strong and sturdy enough to be able to cope with the weight of a person. These chairs live on my verandah, an enclosed space with large windows that perfectly frame the picturesque view that lies beyond the house. In terms of furniture, there’s not much else happening on the verandah just yet – in fact, it’s rather empty and probably will be until I work out exactly how I’d like the space to look and function. And so these chairs mark the beginning, of what I hope will become an inviting and happy place to hang out…

Shannon Fricke: Favorite Things

My house is not always perfectly put together – actually, with two kids and a rather untidy husband, it can look kind of messy at times! I’ve never really been into houses that feel totally complete – that are ‘done’ in a way that doesn’t allow for evolution and change. Sometimes, the most comfortable and the most beautiful houses appear to be merely thrown together and so that is my reasoning for this little vignette – a corner of the house decorated merely with a mattress, a throw rug and a couple of cushions. Funnily enough, this is one of my favourite spots in my house – a comfortable place to hang out and laze away the hours. It reminds me to relax and to go with the flow of things. And to remember that not everything in a home (or in life) has to be perfect. At the end of the day, your ‘home sweet home’ has to make you feel good about yourself, about where you’re at and where you’re heading.

Thanks for reading everyone and happy moving Holly!

(images: shannon fricke)


  • Reply Ester August 24, 2009 at 10:22 am

    Wonderful plates! I need to check the designer! I am starting a pottery course in September, so for me these plates are the highlight of the day! Thanks for it! (Printing out for my inspiration folder :) )
    .-= Ester´s last blog ..Brussels or London? =-.

  • Reply mer August 24, 2009 at 10:29 am

    ooh, beautiful Shannon. I love everything that you do!
    .-= mer´s last blog ..[bringing up boys, and…] =-.

  • Reply leslie August 24, 2009 at 10:32 am

    What a gorgeous home Shannon -Thank you for sharing it with us. The Jasper Conran plates are amazing, I too love the palette used for them. Really inspiring!
    .-= leslie´s last blog ..Pinks, Melons and Peach =-.

  • Reply City Chic - Jamie August 24, 2009 at 10:51 am

    You have a lovely home! I am fascinated by your inspiration wall, I need to start one of those! And your chairs on the verandah look like the perfect place to spend some time reading. Thanks for sharing!
    .-= City Chic – Jamie´s last blog ..A Photo Shoot Kind of Weekend =-.

  • Reply weddingchicks August 24, 2009 at 11:19 am

    I love the home sweet home decal, where did you get that?

  • Reply Paula August 24, 2009 at 11:48 am

    Hi Shannon, Thanks for sharing your home, I really like your vignette. Is the Home Sweet Home a transfer or did you paint that? I have a spot that I would like to put something like what you have but I would like it to look a little old and rubbed out like yours is. Can you tell me where you got it?

  • Reply Eva Ricci August 24, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    ohhh Shannon,
    I love you home sweet home. The color continuity is lovely.
    I so relate to the kids and husband bit and the desire to create a career that you are passionate about that keeps you close to home and your loved ones… my dream… hopefully it won’t be too far away for me.

    I would like to say that there are a few fine art prints in my collection that would look great in your home… take a look at the Wild Flower Serie on my etsy shop.

    I look forward to seeing more of your great blog and website.

    Thank you Holly for introducing Shannon to us here.

    ;) eva

  • Reply fat mum slim August 24, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    I love when I see an Aussie’s work showcased… and it’s no different seeing Miss Shannon’s beautiful work here. I’ve always loved your work Shannon. You create such beautiful rooms.

    I just love the home sweet home idea above the bed. I’ve been trying to think of ideas for our bedroom for a while now… and that is just perfect.

    Thank you. x
    .-= fat mum slim´s last blog ..Yum: Choc Chip Cookie Recipe. =-.

  • Reply peggy August 24, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    Hi Shannon, your glass and ceramic display is so beautiful! I love the shelf with white organic vases lined up. Can you tell me who made those vases?
    .-= peggy´s last blog ..New Paintings =-.

  • Reply Jennifer August 24, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    Such gorgeous things and photos! I love all of the blue and aqua!!!!

    Thank you for sharing with us!

    .-= Jennifer´s last blog ..Going to California =-.

  • Reply jamieofalltrades August 24, 2009 at 11:04 pm

    I love the ‘home sweet home’ above the bed.
    .-= jamieofalltrades´s last blog ..summer dessert :: peaches ‘n cream pie =-.

  • Reply Alison August 25, 2009 at 6:12 am

    I love the Jasper Conran plates, I wanted to get them for our wedding gift list but my husband didn’t like them as much as me – I might just get them secretly one day!
    .-= Alison´s last blog ..Wedding Gift Guide =-.

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