Unique and beautiful, you may have seen the identifiable KEEPRESIN pieces in local stores or magazines. Alice Keep is the Mornington Peninsula based artist and designer behind KEEPRESIN which produces a modern collection of hand crafted resin homewares and jewellery. With the focus on simplicity and function, each piece is sculptured and sanded by hand and takes on an organic and fluid shape which mimics the natural surrounds and seasons.
I simply can’t go past a stunning platter, vase or earrings and you can choose to shop KEEPRESIN online (https://keepresin.com.au/), or purchase in store at one of the many stockists. A word of warning though, you will definitely want more than one piece in your home!
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All Via Keepresin.
As the cold winter air sets in, there is nothing better than rugging up in bed and cocooning yourself in plush and warm bedding, especially on those rainy weekend mornings. Winter provides the perfect opportunity for us to dress up our beds with lush layers and to add texture with the use of thicker materials. I’m fairly fussy when it comes to choosing quilt covers and although often expensive, I believe they are worth the investment. At the moment there are many great options to choose from including a few that are on sale!
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-Stonewash bed linen by Jardan
-Ultra luxurious 100% pure French linen quilt cover in Baby Blue chambray from I Love Linen
-Home Republic Ultra Soft Jersey Stripe Quilt Cover Grey, available from Adairs
-Moss linen duvet set by In Bed x Tribe - available from Hunting for George
-Kombu Green Velvet Quilt Cover by Kip&Co.
-French linen quilt cover in ‘Charcoal’ by R&R Bedding - these guys do cool personalised pillow cases also!
Having a pared back colour pallet throughout my home, I love using black accents to contrast against shades of grey, white and timber. Using a lot of black throughout the home can be tricky though, as it’s all too easy to end up with the seedy bachelor pad look, rather than a luxurious and sophisticated one. Keep a few of these pointers in mind when channelling the darker side...
Whether you have a small room or generous area with high ceilings, painting one of your walls black or selecting black textured wallpaper will instantly add drama. Black walls work best in rooms with great natural light and elements to enhance the dark surrounds rather than work against them. Although the combination of black and white is a timeless and winning format, black also works well with various timbers, stones, metallics, vivid colours such as jewel green or navy and softer hues like blush. Texture is also another prerequisite when using black as tactile and plush fabrics help to temper its intensity.
Using black in both the kitchen and bathroom can have stunning effects also. Sleek and modern, black cabinetry or countertops create a dramatic statement while black appliances are an easy way to add a contemporary touch. Likewise, the use of back wall tiles or smaller details such as black tap ware or cabinetry handles generates a sense of refined luxe in the bathroom. And being such a versatile hue, black doesn’t have to be limited to your interiors only. If your colour pallet allows, create an impact by painting your entrance door black or if you are really game, your whole home! Again texture plays it part, think painted brickwork or charcoal timber stains.
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Image - Derek Swalwel via Inside Out
Image - Adore Magazine
Image - Pinterest
Searching for furniture and homewares can become an obsession and there are always new and exciting offerings to provide inspiration. On the top of my ‘most wanted’ list at the moment are new dining chairs. There are many on the market that look great and as many of today’s homes feature open plan living, they have to be aesthetically pleasing while tying in with the style and colour pallet of your home. It’s hard to pick a chair on looks alone though; being a functional piece you have to ensure they are comfortable and practical.
Firstly take a good look at your table, assess its height and take into consideration its base as it will affect the style of chairs you choose. Most dining chairs have a seating height between 420mm to 460mm while tables vary in height from 700mm to 760mm. As a general rule, you should have around 300mm between the tabletop and your chair.
Many of the current on trend dining chairs don’t offer great deal of comfort which is exactly what we need when entertaining friends and family. Sitting on a hard, flat piece of wood is hardly inviting, therefore a somewhat moulded chair will provide a nicer surface to sit on especially if constructed from shapely plastic, plywood or better still upholstery. If you don’t wish to worry about spills and stains, look for upholstery such as leather or a commercial grade fabric.
For the past few years, many have been offsetting their dining table with contrasting chairs, or even a group of individual chairs. Keep in mind that matching wooden tones is very difficult; therefore if your table is made from timber, look for a partly metal dining chair or one which features a completely opposing stain. So many things to think about....
Photo Inspo: Left to right
- ‘Cleo Chair’ from Globe West
- West Elm ‘Leather Slope’ Dining Chair
- Thonet Australia ‘No.18 Thonet’ - Image by Brooke Holm
The birth of Etsy in 2005 created a shopping revolution allowing the world to access hand crafted items, unique gifts and vintage finds from around the globe. The selection is vast and if you are looking for a one of a kind piece for your home, whether it be a new bedside table or pendant light, you are sure to find a vendor on Etsy with appealing pieces to suit your needs. You could spend many hours shopping on Etsy (I often do!) as you seamlessly move from one category to another. Lately these beauties have caught my eye in particular...
1. Quartz Coffee Table by Nebulab Design
Melbourne made, this Vic Ash and steel table is exciting in its shape and form.
2. Atlas Stool by 24b Studio
Look at those edges! This simply stunning stool is crafted from European Beech and made in Japan.
3. Concrete Rectangular Tray by Forge Design Co
Hand made in Sydney, these gorgeous concrete trays are the perfect decorative yet functional piece. They are available in 4 colours, but I can’t go past the pink.
4. Bright Beads Alice Pendant by Marz Designs
My gosh these are pretty! Made from smoked ash timber, these unique pendants are a great length. Only one is required to make a statement, however a cluster of 4 can is also available for purchase.
5. Moroccan Leather Poufs (set of two) by Rabat Market
Made in Morocco from leather and silk threads, these beautiful leather poufs will fit seamlessly into your living room.
6. Massimo Dining Table by Mark Maurice Designs
There is such beauty in recycled timber and that magnificence is evident in this table featuring recycled mountain ash hardwood with a matt black steel frame in contrast.
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As the temperature starts to drop, we start to think of adding that extra layer as the cool night air sets in. Out from hibernation come our throws and blankets to add extra warmth and comfort while we relax on the couch or snuggle in bed. I have rounded up a few of my favourites for you to peruse...
1- Kip & Co Tarzan Blanket
Who can go past a little animal print? This tan, black and peach woven blanket is 100% cotton; lightweight and the perfect transition throw for your bed or lounge.
2- Cotton On Meena Throw
This year the trend of tassels will again be prominent and this throw blanket with its chunky weave, raw edge detailing and corner tassels is sure to inject style into your home.
3- The Spotted Quoll Studio Recycled Wool Throw
Made in the chilly Tasmania from a collaboration between The Spotted Quoll Studio and Waverley Woolen Mill - the oldest textile mill in Australia. Available in a range of colours, pom poms are also optional (but who woudn’t want them!).
4- Behr & Co Frost Throw in Forest Green
These chunky throws are made with love from Marino wool and produced by a small community of women in Indonesia. With four lust-worthy colours available, it will be hard to choose just one.
5- Abode Santa Cruz Throw
This tactile throw is made from a cosy and warm blend of half wool and half alpaca, finished with a stitch detail throughout. Crafted in Peru, this throw is sure to compliment any interior.
This year I’m getting in early! Although Mother’s Day is still a few weeks away, it’s never too soon to start shopping for something special to give to our Mum’s. Rather than resorting to a standard gift of bath products or pajamas (which are totally fine if that’s what your Mum wants!) why not consider some gorgeous homewares...
1- Bouquet White - Rijksmuseum
This beautiful and innovative way to display art makes an ideal gift. This Dutch designed system, made up of individual squares and connectors, is supplied in a compact box with assembly tools so you can piece it together. Made in the Netherlands the cards are barely 0.5mm thick and are made from synthetic material that wears well and is UV resistant.
2-Jewellery Dish – Stuck in the Mud Pottery
There are many great finds on Etsy, especially when it comes to unique and thoughtful gifts. Stuck in the Mud Pottery offers an appealing range of ceramics, however these cute jewellery dishes caught my eye due to their romantic hues and simple design. Also included is pretty present-worthy packaging.
3- Brass x Resin Cheese Knife - Kip & Co
If your Mum loves cheese as much as mine, then this resin and brass cheese knife will be a wonderful addition to the home. In true Kip & Co style the colourful knives, available in a range of colours, are sure to make a statement.
4- Grey Feather Print - Olive Et Oriel
This finely detailed grey feather print is stunning in its simplicity and is sure to fit seamlessly into your Mum’s home. All products from Olive Et Oriel are professionally printed with top quality ink on heavyweight matte stock ensuring they are fade resistant. All that’s left to do is select a suitable frame!
5- Jimmy Ceramic Espresso Cups - Hunting For George
Help your mum sit back and relax this Mother’s Day with these charming espresso cups. These stoneware, speckled cups come as a set of two so you can share your love of coffee with your Mum.
6- Seaglass Tweed Pot - Jones & Co
As much as I love fresh flowers, for a gift that lasts a little longer consider a pot and fill it with a plant. This delightful pot from Jones & Co is available in over 15 colours; however I love this pastel hue. The Seaglass Tweed Pot fits potted herbs or succulents and will fit perfectly on your Mum’s kitchen bench, bath hob or window sill.
Gone are the days where our kitchens are merely hidden functional spaces. Due to the emphasis on open plan living, the kitchen is now the hub of the home and is on display for all to see. While decisions regarding cabinetry and bench tops are often thought over for some time, splash backs may not be given as much though. As easy as it may be to select the simple option, making this area a feature can really left the overall appearance of your kitchen and there are more options than you realise, below are just a few.
A firm favourite, using tiles for your splashback ticks all the boxes. Ceramic and glass tiles are durable and porcelain even more so, not to mention they are simple to clean. Available in a wide range of colours and finishes, your tiles can be staggered to create an interesting pattern or a lighter/darker grout colour can be used to create an industrial vibe or to highlight the shape of your tiles. If you are renovating and changing fundamentals (cabinets, bench top) to neutrals and white, maintain an element of fun with the original tiled splashback as there is a good chance it will be vibrant and colourful.
If you are looking for a unique splashback, consider using concrete. The finish can be varied and the grey tones work perfectly with other shades of grey or contrasted with warm timber grain. Ensure the concrete is correctly sealed to minimise cooking stains.
Marble / Stone
This durable, moisture resistant material looks stunning as a splashback. Overtime, the stone will form its own patina as it absorbs oil and provided it is sealed properly, will resists staining. Depending on which pattern you choose, marble can hide splatters that you may not get to straight away. Reconstituted stone (Caesarstone/Quantum Quartz etc.) also provides a more cost effective and minimal maintenance option as we see a shift towards darker colours with opulent gold veins and flecks.
Although not one of my personal favourites, mirrored splashbacks definitely have their place in the kitchen - especially a small one. Using a mirror in this area will create the illusion of additional space by reflecting the surrounds. They also have the bonus of being easy to clean, with just one wipe!
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Image - Jesper Florbrant
Image - Adore Magazine
Image - Inside Out
Image - Via Pintrest
Although this amazing Indian Summer would have us thinking otherwise, we are well and truly now into Autumn. And to mark the start of another season, the major brands have released their new ranges and there are some great finds indeed. One range that has certainly caught my attention is the fresh furniture collection from Adairs.
Having really stepped up their game in the homewares department, Adairs have been producing and stocking stylish and affordable on trend items for the past few seasons now. This collection has a variety of pieces from occasional chairs and kitchen stools to shelving and ottomans. Although hard to narrow down, I have managed to select a few of my most wanted...
Home Republic - Stockholm Navy Ottoman
Available in 4 great colours that will suit any home, this ottoman will help you to kick back and relax.
Home Republic - Aspen Coffee Table
This coffee table made from metal and ash will instantly update a tired looking lounge.
Home Republic - Matt Counter Stool
Continuing the popular mid-century theme, these stools (available in both white and natural) will add instant warmth and elegance to your kitchen.
Home Republic - Anton Bench Seat
With clean lines and simply style, this bench seat us the perfect addition to your hallway or placed at the end of your bed. For extra appeal, add some texture with cushions or a throw.
Mercer + Reid - Mandarin Chair Blush
Available in both blush and silver, this elegantly shaped chair can be utilised in the bedroom or living room.
Often a room can appear unfinished, be lacking in texture or have undefined spaces and an easy solution to this is to simply add a rug. Being effortlessly interchangeable, rugs are an excellent option for both renters and homeowners. Choosing a rug however is no easy task and there are a few points to keep in mind when selecting one.
Now you’re set to go out and find yourself a rug that rocks, below is some inspiration to get you started.
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Image- Curious Grace featuring the Armadillo & Co. Zulu rug.
Image - PIP+COOP
Image - West elm
Image - Via Pintrest
Image - West Elm
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