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Shopgirl Visits Koskela in Sydney

Welcome to the first Shopgirl Visits column. My name is Jillian Leiboff, and I’m a photographer based in Sydney Australia. For the past 8 years I’ve been working part time as a photographer and whilst I started out shooting weddings, 3 years ago I started shooting shops and food for my blog.

Shopgirl Visits: Koskela

I thought Holly’s readers might be interested in seeing some of the shops I shot, so in June 2009 I reached out to her and she liked what she saw. After that, I started randomly submitting my images to decor8 with my first recap being of the delightful Donna Hay store in Sydney. Holly has held a longtime love affair and fascination with Australian art & design but like most of you, isn’t able to hop on a plane whenever she wants to go see it for herself. Showing it on decor8 is the next best thing and that’s what I can do since I’m based down here though like love to travel so you may see the random post pop up from my travels abroad. You may remember seeing some of my images of the iconic Parisian store Merci on decor8, for instance. If not, I’ll list at the end of this post all of the stores that I’ve photographed which have appeared on decor8 in the past so you can catch up! Please take a look!

A few months ago I was delighted when Holly asked if I’d like to write a monthly column for decor8 called Shopgirl Visits. I was so excited I immediately began making a list of all the places I wanted to share with you. Each month I’ll be showing you shops (and the occasional artist studio, market and cafe where things can be purchased) that appeal to me and I hope to you. I’m always happy to get feedback so your suggestions are welcome.

Shopgirl Visits: Koskela

For the first Shopgirl Visits column I’ve chosen the Sydney store, Koskela. Koskela is owned by Russel Koskela and Sasha Titchkosky and their company designs and produces some of the beautiful furniture you see here. Koskela’s motto is, “Follow your heart, trust your judgment, do it with joy”. It governs how they run their business and the types of people they work with and represent.

Shopgirl Visits: Koskela

Shopgirl Visits: Koskela

Koskela is one of the few stores in Australia that focuses on Australian designed and made products with a hand crafted element. Koskela stocks a collection of Australian made furniture, home wares, books and artwork for both adults and children. They recently moved from their premises in Surry Hills into a brand new showroom in Rosebery. As well as the showroom, the building is home to Kitchen by Mike, probably the most popular eatery in Sydney – you can see and learn more about Kitchen By Mike in the video below…

Shopgirl Visits: Koskela

Shopgirl Visits: Koskela

Shopgirl Visits: Koskela

Shopgirl Visits: Koskela

The shop is housed in a former canning factory and it’s a huge light-filled space where many of the original warehouse features have been left intact. Koskela also has a gallery space and a workshop where people can learn new skills or crafts. Some of the best of Australian design is represented here and I particularly loved the children’s area. I was sorely tempted by some of the cute lights on display and was trying to think of a compelling reason to take one home with me.

“Follow your heart, trust your judgment, do it with joy”

I couldn’t think of a better way to spend a Sunday morning than having breakfast at Kitchen by Mike followed by a browse through Koskela. You can find Koskela at 1/85 Dunning Avenue Rosebery, Sydney. See you all again next month and don’t forget to check out all of my shop posts on decor8 listed below! – Jillian

Donna Hay General Store, Black & Spiro, Bison, ici et la, Empire Vintage, Studio of Ceramicist Samantha Robinson, Anthropologie (London), Merci (Paris), Albion (London), Miljo, The Finders Keepers Market, Cotton Love Home, davidmetnicole, Mud Australia and Astier de Villatte (Paris).

(photos: jillian leiboff with store permission)

Posted in Shopgirl Visits, shopping, travel on May 21, 2012

Clock Plate Clocks

These new clock plates by Young & Battaglia for Mineheart made me smile big today. Tick tock time! I love the tiny ticker best because it looks like my clock from childhood. Well, mine was red with a Hello Kitty face, but still…

Clock Plate Clocks

Clock Plate Clocks

About these little cuties, “The Clock Plate Clocks designed by Young & Battaglia feature images of vintage clocks printed on to glazed porcelain dinner plates. The family consists of 3 different sized plates which are designed to be hung on the wall either individually or as a set to create a unique and quirky wall feature. Each clock is inspired by a different capital city and are appropriately named London, Paris and New York to show different time zones if desired. Made in England with high quality German Quartz movement, these clocks are perfect for an office, dining room or living room.” I can see these being a hit, they’re quirky with character and quite useful, especially to own a few if you are doing business with peeps in other time zones as so many of us are these days. These clocks are currently available online here.

P.S. Have you seen their cowhide mouse pad? Rad!

Are these tickers for you?

(image: mineheart)

Posted in shopping on February 15, 2012

Cheerful Gift Ideas For All

With everyone looking for gifts, I thought I’d shout out some pretty things from a few of my advertisers in this post that you may enjoy. Please note, this is not a sponsored or paid-for post (I am not interested in doing posts like that, ever) and none of my advertisers requested that I write about them. It’s just a little shout out to them as a way of saying thanks for their support of decor8 for 2011. Their support allows me to blog daily and connect with all of you so I’m grateful. It was quite a challenge to go through all of the shops though and find things that fit together but I think I did a good job :) and hope that you enjoy seeing a few things that I think would be lovely to give (or receive!).

Gift Guide on decor8

For the cozy home, here are some things that are a bit natural and Scandinavian-inspired: 1. Vintage black metal chair from Relique, 2. Greenlandic boy cushion from Story North, 3. Birch tray from Story North, 4. Vitra chair in mauve gray from Story North, 5. Black and white floral cupcake holders from Meri Meri and 6. Accordion book in pewter crosshatch by Rag & Bone.

Gift Guide on decor8

Any of the gorgeous photographs from the Eye Poetry shop. Amazing. I see so many that I want for my home!

Gift Guide on decor8

For those who like a more traveled vibe: A. Sequin pillow from Aura Home, B. Inka napkins from Aura Home, C. Vintage Moroccan rug from Nazmiyal and D. An adorable dress for the little one from Tea Collection.

Gift Guide on decor8

For city girls (or boys!): 1. Thomaspaul birdcages pillow from 2Modern (love the front and the stripey back), 2. Paintings by Michael Naples from Daily Paintworks, 3. Set of 4 Byzantine blue dots plate chargers at Burke Decor and 4. Typewriter placemats from Burke Decor.

Gift Guide on decor8

For those who appreciate the little details: A. Gorgeous jewelry from DeJarnette Nola, B. An inspiring art print by lovely Amy Rice, C. Quack wooden tape dispenser from NoteMaker and D. Kate Spade yellow flat notes from NoteMaker.

Gift Guide on decor8

For the classy lady or gent: a. Sofa from Carolina Rustica b. Pillows from Designer Fluff, c. jewelry by Lisa Hopkins Design, d. Vintage illustrated guide to birds from Ruby Lane for the coffee table and e. an oil painting (vintage) from Ruby Lane.

Gift Guide on decor8
If crafting and sewing is their favorite hobby, these flirty fabrics from Contemporary Cloth would be a lovely gift!
Gift Guide on decor8

For animal lovers: 1. Art print by Laura Mae, 2. 2012 calendar from ecojot, 3. dog sweaters notebook from ecojot, 4. vintage cat notebook from ecojot and 5. Red robin cards from ecojot.

Gift Guide on decor8

For those who love to work with special products designed with love, the rubber stamps and lots of paper goods along with a bear pencil holder are all at the fresh and inspiring INK + WIT shop.

You can also look for some unique and sweet presents from these additional decor8 advertisers:

  • Natural Life – Colorful products inspired by nature.
  • 2Modern – Great products for the home or office, free shipping.
  • Ruby Plaza
  • Fabulous Stationery – Cards and other paper goods that you customize.
  • Ruby Violet – the fun new Lilla Rogers Studio collection.
  • Cupcakes Craft – Adorable paper goodies from Korea, Japan, etc.
  • Storkie – Invitations and announcements.
  • Patina Style – A book about materials choices, methods and treatments for obtaining a vintage patina in the home.
  • And finally, an inspirational blog that you may want to share with your friends called Damask & Dentelle.

I’d like to thank all of my current advertisers for supporting decor8!

(images links to their sources above.)

Posted in shopping on December 14, 2011

West Elm Wish List: 14 Favorite Things

I was thinking recently about American interiors retailer West Elm and how much I miss having a store nearby (or even in my country!) where I can go for inspiration and to buy great decorating objects from lighting to furniture and beyond. For those of you who once lived in America and who now live abroad you must be able to relate to sometimes feeling cut off from the mother ship, right!? Shopping in the states is always a huge draw for me when I visit home and I can’t wait until I’m back in NYC this January to hit the stores and indulge again – even if only to window shop!

West Elm Wish List - 14 Favorite Things

1. Owl dessert plates, 2. Turned-Leg Dhurrie Ottoman, 3. Marquis Rug, 4. Field Study Rimmed Dessert Plates.

When I’m missing a particular store, as dorky as this sounds, I’ll often visit their website and daydream about the things that I’d love to have but  today I thought I’d take it a step further and pull together a little West Elm wish list to inspire you, make home feel a little less far away for me, and hopefully to highlight some things that those of you living stateside may like to check out for yourself.

West Elm Wish List - 14 Favorite Things

5. Deco Sequin Pillow, 6. Long arm chandelier, 7. Taper shade sconce, 8. Chalkboard Candlepot.

West Elm Wish List - 14 Favorite Things
9. Porcelain ring dish, 10. Finn pendant, 11. Chevron shower curtain, 12. Turned table lamp.


13. Floating lacquer frames (love! eek!).

West Elm Wish List - 14 Favorite Things
14. Paul Loebach Dining Table.

Though most of these companies (like West Elm) do ship internationally now, it’s not the same experience as walking into an actual shop to touch and experience the product in person, especially for a very tactile person like me but I can’t complain AND that chevron shower curtain IS calling my name, what about you!?

I hope that you’ve enjoyed my 14 faves…

(images: west elm)

Posted in shopping on November 30, 2011


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