Makers Collective POP UP SHOP in Richmond...

 

Makers Collective is a new pop-up store brought to you by furniture brands Felix Furniture and Beeline Design. The concept is a curated space showcasing both of their collections alongside a distinctive range of other Melbourne-made homewares.

Felix Furniture and Beeline Design first met while exhibiting alongside one another at a trade show and knew that their furniture worked well together when people kept mistaking their individual stands for a joint one. “We found our styles were quite similar and that our pieces complimented one another really well.” Says Antonia Morrongiello from Felix Furniture. With the same appreciation for high quality, locally made furniture, the duos joined forces to create Makers Collective in Richmond.

The decision to open up on the once bustling precinct of Bridge Road was an easy one, whilst the strip has seen a number of closures in recent years; “We feel it is going through a regeneration, redefining its identity and we are excited to be a part of it.” Says Antonia.

“Our vision for Makers Collective was to create a welcoming space that showcases some of the best local talent that Melbourne has to offer. We wanted a space where we could not only display our respective ranges but also compliment them with great pieces from local brands we loved” says Lucy Grant from Beeline Design.

And compliment they do, with their use of blonde timbers, natural leather and pastel tones. The space takes on a gallery feel, with the walls exhibiting original prints from Love Your Space and artworks by Jessie Rigby, who created a collection especially to compliment the furniture ranges.

Makers Collective also has a mix of up-and-coming brands including Rachel Bainbridge resin wares, Hide & Co leather goods, Capra resin pots, Soktas lighting, alongside established names such as, 3Square cushions, Uimi knitwear, and Luum pots.

“There are so many incredible local small business’ in Melbourne, we really wanted to be able to give them a platform where they are not competing with imported goods and really shine a spotlight on the amount of talent we have at our fingertips.”  Says Antonia.

The Makers Collective Pop Up will be open at 134 Bridge Road Richmond until July. 

Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 4:30pm  Sunday 11am - 4pm. 

 

Porktown MFG Furniture...

 

We love local furniture and Porktown MFG is on our lust list! Melbourne based furniture designer and maker, Matt Ropiha started making furniture out of the desire to fit out his own home, with thoughtful, custom pieces. His furniture pares steel with reclaimed timbers salvaged locally or from sustainably managed sources to compliment each other. Porktown MFG is inspired by the simplicity of mid century design and the result is long lasting and timeless furniture pieces.

"Matt's furniture is durable, solidly crafted, functional and unique. Matt works up-close and personal with each of his clients, offering the opportunity to customise each piece according to a person’s individual needs and the needs of their living spaces." says Porktown MFG

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Lake Eildon Houseboat by Pipkorn Kilpatrick...

 
Photography by Christine Franics

Photography by Christine Franics

Anything designed by the amazing duo at Pipkorn Kilpatrick has me wanting to re do my whole house, however after seeing their incredible work on the 'Lake Eildon Houseboat' these talented ladies have me wanting to take to the seas!

Feast your eyes on the this stunningly designed interior project and let's all day dream about where we now want to spend our weekends...

 

"The stunning natural backdrop of Lake Eildon and its surrounds was our inspiration for this unique project. Natural, textured and sustainable materials were balanced with the reflective properties of the water to create calm and light-filled areas. All spaces were made to feel generous and flow-through achieved through clever space planning and through convincing the builder to raise ceiling heights beyond the usual and to eliminate claustrobia-inducing bulkheads by burying services between the ceiling joists. The ground floor was designed as a 'free flow of lounge, dining room, galley kitchen and helm', while the top floor was divided into living and a private zone (housing three bedrooms and a bathroom feeding off the corridor). We loved every minute of designing this space and the challenges it presented. " says Pipkorn Kilpatrick

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Modern landscaping inspo...

 
All images via Pinterest

All images via Pinterest

The exterior of your home is just as important as the interior when it comes to design. Whether you have a home with a huge garden or an apartment with a balcony, plant and garden design will bring your outdoor space to life.

I've scoured pinterest to find you some of my favourite modern garden designs to inspire and motivate you! Plant selection is super important, so be sure to speak to your local nursery about what species will suit your gardens needs.

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Fitzroy Loft by Architects EAT...

 

I have loved this stunning loft renovation by Architects EAT for so long, so it's time to share this inspiring space with you all. 

"This project is a conversion of a gritty 250m2 brick warehouse in the old industrial area of Fitroy, Melbourne into a family home. The former industrial building is a mixture of intimately scaled family spaces and vast entertaining voids. Two full height voids act as the lungs of the design bringing both light and sky views deep into the internal space. The private areas such as the study and bedroom are accommodated on the first floor by volumes of a more intimate scale." says Architects EAT.

 

Links Courtyard House by Inarc Architects...

 

I've been crushing on the Links Courtyard House by Inarc Architects hard, so it's time to share this absolute beauty with you! 

'The building sits on the edge of a links style coastal golf course, tucked in behind a stand of Cypress trees. The house benefits greatly from the golf course outlook, but in its own way, it also contributes to the landscape experience from the golf course side as well.

The house is a single storey holiday home of efficient proportions which favours simplicity over size. A single living/dining/kitchen space, 2 bedrooms, a sitting room and a double garage make up the main areas. The tight planning carries on into the disciplined detailing of the spatial sequence. Restraint is evident in the neutral palette of materials: silver stained blackbutt timber, grey cement render, dark grey steel, oak floor boards and ceiling finishes are used throughout.' says Inarc.

Now hands up if you need a holiday house like this one?!

 

Courtyard House by Robson Rak Architects...

 
PHOTOGRAPHY: Shannon McGrath

PHOTOGRAPHY: Shannon McGrath

Courtyard House by Robson Rak Architects is our Tuesday house love... Light filled with clean lines and the most beautiful materials and textures. 

Keep scrolling for some serious house inspo! 

 

The Cool Modern Collection by Bang & Olufsen...

 

The Cool Modern Collection by Bang & Olufsen introduces an entirely different style choice to the brand. The brass tone is inspired by contemporary interior design and the Art Deco period.

This permanent collection fuses technology and decorative art in a celebration of colourful living. The Cool Modern Collection will be available exclusively at Bang & Olufsen stores nationally and products will cost the same as their standard counterparts.

Whether you are a technology geek or not, this range is oh so divine!

 

Tamarama Home via Est Living...

 
ARCHITECTURE: Porebski Architects | PHOTOGRAPHY: Andrew Worssam and Justin Alexander

ARCHITECTURE: Porebski Architects | PHOTOGRAPHY: Andrew Worssam and Justin Alexander

We've just stumbled across another absolute beauty of a home on Est Living... keep scrolling for some super interior inspo!

This gorgeous beachside home is from Porebski Architects and it is sitting in prime position overlooking Tamarama Beach in Sydney.

"The design embraces bold proportions with the curving black and white exterior. The sweeping white render suggests a modernist sensibility, but counterbalanced by natural materials like stone and timber (not to mention the lush greenery around the home) it becomes something more unique, assured in its style. Helped by interior design from one of our favourite local talents Decus Interiors, this is the beach house we could easily spend all year at." via Est Living.

 

Award winning Tapware by Kohler...

 

I'm always looking for new and beautiful tapware, and Avid by Kohler is a winner on many fronts as they have just secured themselves an international Red Dot Design Award.

Avid by Kohler delivers stunning simplicity and purity of form to everyday bathroom tapware with its design reminiscent of liquid metal. It's gentle, fluid form rises from the benchtop and stretches to a slender, tapered spout and the lever control is an extension of the tap’s body without harsh edges, sharp angles or unnecessary embellishment.

The Avid bathroom tapware collection includes Standard, Tall and Super Tall basin mixers as well as a three-piece widespread model, a wall mount basin mixer and shower mixers. The basin tapware has a 5 star WELS rating, using six litres of water a minute.

 

Douglas and Bec's new collection...

 

Furniture and Lighting design studio Douglas & Bec have released their latest collection which encompasses a range of freestanding lamps entitled 'Pare' and their first foray into sofa's, the RD sofa and RD half sofa.

The Pare lamps were inspired by the work of regionalist painters Rita Angus and Christopher Perkins, and feature playful geometric proportions, rich materials and a new earthy colour palette.

Douglas and Bec collections are innovative in their design and use only the highest quality materials, such as American ash and oak, copper, brass, hand-blown glass and natural leather. Take a look below... 

Douglas & Bec here - Facebook here - Instagram here

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Fitzroy House by Fiona Lynch Interior Design...

 
Interior Design - Fiona Lynch | Photography by Sharyn Cairns

Interior Design - Fiona Lynch | Photography by Sharyn Cairns

Here is some super luxe and super divine Interior Design inspo for your Wednesday...

Fiona Lynch Office does it again with The Lara Boot Factory in Fitzroy, Melbourne. The space was originally converted into a living space by Ivan Rijavec in the 1980s - most recently Fiona Lynch Office was approached by the new owner "to create a private and relaxing retreat, one that offered space and storage for his extensive collection of books and art, in the midst of a bustling neighbourhood".

Blending old and new, the house embraces a refined interior, with bold use of materials and bespoke joinery, while respectfully preserving the original architectural elements. The darker tones, materials and textures are such a beautiful contrast against the concrete and white walls within the space, it makes me want a black kitchen with black stone so much.

Fitzroy House was awarded a High Commendation in the Single Residential category at the 2016 Interior Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) in Sydney. Fitzroy House was also awarded the Belle Coco Republic Interior Design Award for Best Bathroom in 2016.

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Fiona Lynch Office here - Facebook here - Instagram here  - Pinterest here

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Y Residence by Studio Tate...

 
Design by Studio Tate - Photography by Tessa Ross-Phelan

Design by Studio Tate - Photography by Tessa Ross-Phelan

Studio Tate is my latest Interior Architecture crush... their clean lines, refined details, colour and material choices are just so divine. 

Y Residence in one of Melbourne's inner city suburbs was a complete renovation for a growing family. The project emphasises the potential of inner urban small spaces to provide everything you need for family life. 

Studio Tate here - Facebook here - Instagram here

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Platinum Collection by Zip...

 

The world’s purest, most irresistible water is now delivered in 8 stunning new colours. The coveted Zip HydroTap has had a stunning colour makeover.

Australian design success story, Zip Water, has launched its new revolutionary Platinum Design Range featuring 8 gorgeous new HydroTap colours for contemporary kitchens. Be prepared to enjoy stunning new on-trend looks and brilliant functionality with crystal clear, boiling, chilled or sparkling filtered water at your fingertips.

Choose from striking new looks including rose gold, brushed rose gold, gold, brushed gold, platinum, gunmetal, brushed nickel and nickel to match your kitchen design perfectly.

And, of course, the new Zip Platinum Design Range still incorporates the latest innovative technologies for instant water of unparalleled purity. The range still features superb user-friendly operation – a single lever allows you to select filtered boiling, chilled or sparkling water as you wish. Also included in the design is the amazing Zip 0.2 micron filtration system – which instantly delivers the purest, tastiest water free from dirt and contaminants.

Zip here - Facebook here - Twitter here

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Apparentt Designer Furniture...

 

I love discovering new super talented people and Apparentt Furniture is my latest find. Apparentt is a creative collaboration between a designer and a maker to create and be resourceful.

Established in 2016 by Managing Director and furniture designer/maker Elliot Gorham and Creative Director Louise Gorham; Apparentt is based in Melbourne and is a furniture design studio, working to develop attractive and innovative solutions for residential and commercial interiors.

Their driving philosophy is to create exclusive products that are beautiful, simple and durable. Each product is hand crafted using the highest quality materials, coupled with credible methods of construction to ensure that each piece is made to last.

Apparentt Furniture here - Facebook here - Instagram here

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Cronulla House by Amber Road...

 
All images by Prue Ruscoe  | Art Direction by Amanda Mahoney | All existing garden work by Spirit Level

All images by Prue Ruscoe  | Art Direction by Amanda Mahoney | All existing garden work by Spirit Level

I am absolutely crushing on the Cronulla House by Amber Road

Amber Road is a Sydney based design collective dedicated to making inspiring & unique 'inside and outside' spaces, large and small.

They have designed everything from an entire urban park precinct, to a beautiful bespoke lamp, and everything in between. Their aim is to create places and objects that truly reflect their client’s values - with considered, bold concepts and clever detailing, built on robust foundations.  

The clients brief for the Cronulla House was 'to keep it as unpretentious and simple as possible'. The end design celebrated a warm minimalism, the uncluttered and the imperfect. A 10m long concrete bench was installed and aimed to bridge the two living areas and encourage a more engaging experience for the end user. 

"It feels iconically Australian. It has sophisticated colour and the material combination are very successful. The use of a few beautifully resolved large gestures anchors the overall interior scheme for this house building on this, the interiors are then sensitively and artfully layered to make a visually original home but one with comforting and erudite references to the twentieth century and the particularities of Australian modernism "

- IDEA Awards, 2015

Amber Road here - Facebook here - Instagram here - Pinterest here

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It's time to personalise your own Wrapping Paper - The Galeries presents GIFTED...

 

In the market for some super cute personalised wrapping paper for your loved ones this Christmas? Read on...

This year Sydney’s innovative retail hub, The Galeries, makes Christmas inspired. Gifted will debut from 28th November- 2nd January, inviting shoppers to engage their creative talents and make Christmas personal.

Supporting and encouraging artists from the local community is an ongoing commitment for The Galeries as it continues to blur the boundaries of the conventional retail experience, combining contemporary art with cutting edge technology.

In partnership with Lenovo ,The Galeries will enlist the skills of four emerging street artists , Bianca Beers, Cherie Buttons, Furry Little Peach and Ox King (who have worked with the likes of Netflix, Stussy and Nike) to Pimp Your Paper at the pop-up wrapping station on Ground Floor.

Each week one of the artists will be on hand with Lenovo’s latest YOGA book (tablet/laptop combo) to help create customised wrapping paper for everyone who spends over $100 - designed and printed just for you. Simply visit the ‘The Garden of Inspiration’ where stationery, scrapbooks and crafting materials wait in abundance ready to inspire and help you get creative.

The Galeries continues to immerse its community in art and experiential activation's and this year is no different. Let the creative juices flow, be inspired and design your own Christmas. 

The Galeries here - Facebook here - Instagram here

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Finally someone has done it... Beach pillows by CAIA

 

The thing that I have always wanted and needed... a beach pillow!!! Global lifestyle brand CAIA has launched their range of innovative and vibrant waterproof beach pillows in Australia - they are designed to bring easy and stylish comfort to the beach this Summer. 

Launched in 2012 overseas, CAIA was born from designer Ines Fortunato’s personal search for a beach pillow that would be not only practical, comfortable and resistant to the seaside elements, but also beautiful. Finding nothing on the market that met her needs, Fortunato developed an innovative and unique design of her own. 

With a strong focus on design, quality and endurance, these pillows are crafted from a waterproof plasticised-cotton cover and polyester stuffing and to ensure a lasting, watertight finish, the seams are fully-stitched. Each beach pillow comes with a practical, clip-on nautical rope, for ease of carrying anywhere you go.

The designs feature bold patterns and vibrant hues with a variety of exclusive designs that are sure to meet the taste of any beach-goer. 

My top picks are below... now it's time hit the beach!

Bali - $34.90

Bali - $34.90

Arrow Grey - $34.90

Arrow Grey - $34.90

Samburu - $34.90

Samburu - $34.90

CAIA here - Shop here - Facebook here - Instagram here

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Leman Locke Hotel London... can we please stay here?!

 

Some serious designer hotel inspo today - The Leman Locke Hotel in London is designed by Grzywinski+Pons, it features 105 spacious studios and 63 chic one-bedroom suites, all of which includes a bedroom, kitchen, and living area for the modern traveller to sleep, stay, work, and play.

Designed for travellers for whom a bed and shower in a shoe-box isn’t enough, Locke immerses you in its neighbourhood’s culture through spaces that connect you to a community of like-minded locals and travellers.

Feast your eyes on it's pastel hues, designer furniture, scandi vibes and modern architecture.

Leman Locke here - Facebook here - Instagram here - Twitter here

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