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Special Edition Olli + Ella Rug

Yeah, I know, I know. I am going to show you something in my shop. Horror! But I must disclose that this came about by the demands of my readers, not from me so maybe it won’t feel so commercial and evil now that you know that. Ok, so I posted this rug that I co-designed for Olli + Ella for Aidan’s nursery and the internet blew up (in a good way) because so many people wanted this rug – the room tour even ended up in magazines (Fit Pregnancy in the US and Luna Mum in Germany) and online over at Apartment Therapy. It wasn’t available because it was a custom job BUT for the next 25 days in my little shop you can buy it! And yes, I earn a wee commission if it sells which may earn me a dinner out… I’m not going to buy a yacht so I can go blog on the Riviera. But I want to at least notify you guys since so many loved the rug in my nursery reveal, so now you can have a chance to own a rug that I worked on designing the colorway of. That’s pretty cool, I’m proud of it!

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Details: Colors – A little monty aqua, a splash of ecru, a hint of white, some sunny yellow and a dash of our warm musk. Size – 100cm diameter. Material – 100% wool. HANDMADE IN ENGLAND.

Psst: You can also buy the matching felt ball garland too for BOYS (or girls) or for GIRLS (or boys!!). Get your rug on right here.

(images: thorsten becker)

Posted in baby on July 28, 2014

Shannon Fricke Bed Linens

Australian stylist and interiors author Shannon Fricke released a new collection of bed linens this past Spring called, “Where Love Resides”, which is in her signature palette of greens and blues. The collection is presented “free range style” so you can mix and match your favorite pieces to create a bed with your own personal style stamp. There are quilt covers, pillowcases and cushions in cottons, linens and velvets. Here is a glimpse below – so beautiful! And hello, can someone please transport me to this hammock on the Australian coast? Like, now!

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I can definitely see these selling at Anthropologie or the wonderful ABC Carpet + Home, so perhaps this post will be shared and you guys can help Shannon get her line into the US or European market. I’d love to see that.  I know Shannon personally, we dined together a few times in New York City while I was working on one of my books a few years ago, and we hit it off quite nicely. She is a very dedicated business woman with a creative soul – an Aries like me – a real go-getter. She has a billion ideas and tons of passion, talent, energy and drive. You really can’t fail with that recipe can you?

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Shannon all the best on your new collection!

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Posted in bedroom on July 28, 2014

Instagram Fave Friday: Nectar and Stone

Ok so my last post sorta bummed me out so let’s talk about creative handpainted gold leaf baked goods before the weekend hits. I don’t want to end my blog this week talking about dead birds! Downer! I decided to launch a new column on decor8 that I believe I can actually stick to called Instagram Fave Friday because I find a bevy of great stuff on IG and I feel so limited when trying to share great IGers. And trust me, I find some amazing IG peeps because I have a baby and my iPhone is my best friend when he’s asleep in my arms – so I surf and save constantly. I’m an IG machine. So I figured to just devote a weekly column that you can visit on Friday to end each week looking at beautiful things from talented people. Sounds like a plan.

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I was thinking this morning that IG doesn’t have a real way to share, does it? I mean, you can see some stuff in that News feed but it’s not that great if you follow say, more than 50 people. You miss stuff unless you are refreshing the News feed every 10 seconds and I’m just not into that. Sure, you can fave images but no one can see your faves (which in all honestly I sorta like) but on the other side, when you WANT to share stuff you can either repost or regram it, which I just don’t like, or you have to tweet it but still a tweet doesn’t have much reach these days like a blog post. I still find that my blog posts go the distance when it comes to shares.

Yeah, so I’m going off topic slightly… But I’m going to take you on a little Instagram Fave Friday, my debut installment, right now. Today I’m highlighting IG extraordinaire, Nectar and Stone, who is Donna-Caroline Khoo a Dessert Designer with dreams to open a cakery someday in Melbourne. All I can say is MY GOD SHE SHOULD. Support this woman, people. If you live down there and have some leads for her, or ideas, or whatever she is someone that I believe could do beautiful things with a brick and mortar bakery. What talent. And hello publishers… Book deal alert!

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On IG Caroline shares the things she makes and bakes, chocolate with gold leaf! Cupcakes! Girly Smoothies! Zebra cookies! Mini ice cream cakes in cones! Ice cream-shaped cookies! I know, I’m really living it up with these exclamation marks but oh! my! so! cute!

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I love what she says about her growing brand, “Nectar and Stone – it’s who I am, what I love, my passion and creativity. I tell a story each day with my designs, colours, photography, flowers and style – it’s a collection of things from my past, present and future. I’m not here to make a quick dollar – my brand is about building loyal followers who love what I do and believe in me. I encourage people to find new ideas and concepts… ” So nicely stated. Makes me want to support her even more. 

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To view her instagram click here, and to check out her website, visit this link.

Yeah, this post is going to blow my diet too.

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Posted in food on July 25, 2014

Thoughts On Childhood Pets + Stefan Gevers

Let’s talk about childhood pets for a moment but first, what comes to mind when I say this word. Snoopy. Perhaps you see the beagle who bounces gleefully in the Peanuts series. I see a darling green and gold budgie that was one of my best friends growing up. Snoopy, whom I named after thinking Woodstock was too silly for a bird name, was always there for me – never fail. He loved to soar around my room, rest of my shoulder, crawl up beneath my chin and cuddle. He loved to play with his toys and had a fondness for bells. We had our own “call” – the moment I did it he would fly to me no matter where he was in the house. Once he escaped to the great outdoors and it was my call that got him back inside again.

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My parents had dogs and cats but that little tiny bundle of happy was all mine. I was responsible for feeding, cage clean up and maintaining his water dish and ensuring his toys were in good shape including his cutterbone which I loved because I always thought it looked like the coolest little bird surfboard and I would daydream about taking him to the beach near our house to ride the waves on it. Silly kid but cute still. I still smell his feathers if I think hard and whenever I smell birdseed, even today which feels like a million years later, I think of my little bird with the very big personality.

After he died, which was so unnecessary (my mother decided to put him under the shower to wash him), I wasn’t the same for awhile. I was mad at my mother. Mad at life. My grades suffered, my heart — split in two. He was my first and last pet. After his death, I couldn’t imagine getting attached to another animal. I’ll never forget seeing him as he laid lifeless at the bottom of his cage. I took his limp little body out, placed him on a soft towel and tried my CPR moves – the ones I had learned in health class (of course that was ridiculous but I was a little girl). When nothing happened, I cried for so long that he was dry by the time I had composed myself enough to bury him. I then prepared a shoe box, included all of his favorite toys, wrapped him carefully in one of my favorite blankets I had used for my Barbie doll’s bed, and placed him inside closing the lid and knowing that was the last time I’d see him. I then rode my bike for 20 minutes down to the intercoastal waterway to bury him in my thinking spot, where I went when I needed to have peace and quiet. That is why today, whenever I see a parakeet, a sweet little budgie of any color, I feel warm and happy inside though obviously mixed with sadness. I think of my little feathered friend. And then I think about if I should get a pet again someday.
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Now that you have some history, and thanks for listening to my sad story, perhaps you know why this artists’ work touched my heart this morning. Isn’t art supposed to evoke emotion? Stefan Gevers captures the personality of birds so well I think. And the colors are vibrant and joyful. Born in The Netherlands, Stefan lives in Melbourne, Australia where he creates gorgeous art and hosts workshops. I found out about Stefan from the blog Studio Home here thanks to a reader, Jay, who highlighted this site just today.

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Did you ever have a childhood pet? What kind was it? What did you call it? Did you feel then as though you had the most special relationship in the world? As I begin to think about my baby growing up and eventually wanting a pet of his own I wonder if I should get him something that tends to have a longer life span or a shorter one. Any thoughts?

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Posted in Arts + Crafts on July 25, 2014

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