New shop alert... AURA opens the doors to it's first concept store!

 
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Melbourne’s newest inspirational shopping experience is now open!

 

If you’re the kind of person who’s spent hours drooling over Aura's Instagram feed, or finding yourself inspired by their stunning seasonal photoshoots, then you’ll be thrilled to hear that Tracie Ellis and her talented team have just opened their first concept store in Malvern, Melbourne.

The beautifully refurbished, heritage-listed building features a series of individual room spaces, impeccably styled by the team. For the first time ever, fans of the brand can see, touch and feel products as they stroll through the store, moving between the dining and living rooms, and on to the bedroom and bathroom area.

Inspiration abounds amid the Aura team’s expertly curated spaces, where the current collection of bedlinen, cushions, throws, towels, natural rugs, baskets and stoneware are showcased, all in the latest, on-trend tones and textures.

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To create the full experience of walking through an ‘Aura Home’, the team have hand-selected a range of sublime furniture pieces, lighting, design books, travel guides, jewellery, wallets, tote bags, candles and bath & body products from local and international brands, including the most darling handmade wooden toys for the littlest Aura Home customers.

And with Summer just around the corner, shoppers will also find inspiration for garden and outdoor-entertaining, with a curated selection of planters, uniquely stylish beach umbrellas and beach bags in the latest shades. 

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The new Aura Home Concept Store in Malvern is sure to become one of Melbourne’s hottest homewares destinations.

OPEN NOW: 1371 Malvern Road, Malvern VIC 3144 03 9822 6980 

 

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. 

 

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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Monogramming with Kikki. K this Christmas...

 

With all things monogrammed right on trend, you can now personalise everyone's much loved stationary brand kikki. K. Featuring a stylish new collection designed specially for monogramming, it's also a wonderful way to show someone special you care this Christmas.

Give them a personalised gift featuring their initials or a special message just for them to treasure. You could also emblazon your own kikki.K pieces with your own name or a personal mantra to remind you of what's important in life every minute of the day.

This month, kikki.K will also launch a new collection perfect for monogramming, including key rings, pencil cases, spiral notebooks, A5 leather notebooks and large leather planners in gorgeous hues of black, sage, pink lavender, grey and lemon, some with stunning gold or silver accent highlights.

kikki.K Monogramming is available in select stores and online at www.kikki-k.com now - kikki.K members receive $5.00 off all monogramming services. Non member prices are 'up to three letters $14.95' and '3 or more letters $19.95'.

Now, I just need a diary, key ring and notebook please... Santa? 

Personalised leather king ring

Personalised leather king ring

kikki K here - Facebook here - Instagram here - Pinterest here

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Futah Beach Towels...

 

With summer on its way and everyone gearing up to hit the beach what better time to discover the beautiful beach towel range FUTAH! Based in Portugal, Futah offers up an array of vibrant, carry-with-ease cotton beach towels that was born from a desire to create a towel that is “equal parts light, absorbent, resistant and unlike any other”.

Inspired by Turkish bath towels, Futah reinvigorated the traditional design, evolving the fabric composition and developing original and exclusive patterns and colours. Made from 100% Egyptian cotton, Futahs have a lightweight design making them not only compact and easily transportable, but supremely absorbent, fast-drying and resistant to salt water and high levels of sunshine.

Their latest collection entitles ‘All we need is Freedom’ has just launched in Australia and their inspiration behind the collection is freedom. They designed this latest collection for the free-spirited and bohemian, for whom summer is not just a season, but a year-round destination. And for all of us interiors addicts out there, our love of design and composition extends way beyond the insides of our homes, so having the most stylish towel on the beach is obviously a must! 

Freedom is what turns our life into an adventure and allows us to unearth new cultures, colours and patterns. It allows us to see the sun in different sizes, use sign language to communicate, and understand that laughter is the truest universal language. Accepting of what makes us different, freedom is what brings us together…. When we have that freedom, nothing else matters.”

Drawing inspiration from their home shores in Portugal, each towel is named after a beach in Portugal and is available in a range of colours and patterns. With designs ranging from vibrant shades and eclectic patterns to understated nautical stripes, and with styles in both single (100 x 190cm) and double (190 x 190) sizes, there is a Futah for everyone and every occasion.

So pack you bag and head to the beach with your new beach towel to soak up the sunshine, swim the ocean and enjoy all that life has to offer!

Futah here - Shop here - Facebook here - Instagram here - Pinterest here

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Bindle… Gift Baskets that are ethical and stylish!

 

Something new for you today and I just know that you are going to love this concept as much as me, thank me later! 

Bindle is an online Australian eco gift store that blends sustainability with style. With artistic license, gift 'hampers' are replaced by 'bindles'. Tailored around a specific theme or occasion, Bindle presents gifts for men, women, mothers, babies, and corporate clients alike. Bindle presents its customers with gift baskets and boxes throughout Melbourne and wider Australia that are made from boutique Australian-made food, wine and design gift items. They make an excellent alternative to traditional gift hampers. If you want to keep the environment in mind when purchasing housewarming gifts, items for clients or employees or alternatives to Christmas gift hampers, then Bindle is the perfect choice. 

These gift baskets come complete in hand-crafted Bindle signature gift boxes, which are enclosed in high-quality wrapping paper. The wrapping of each individual bindle is a stylistic nod to Japanese origami, and is completed using only tying and folding – with no staples or tape to be seen. Because of this, the process of unwrapping a bindle is an experience in itself, and the wrapping is in itself a precious gift.

I am so in love with this brand and the quality and thought that goes into each and every one of these truly stunning 'bindles'… I know where I'll be going for all my presents from now on!

Breakfast in bed

Breakfast in bed

Life's essentials

Life's essentials

Light a candle, plant a tree

Light a candle, plant a tree

O 2 B pampered

O 2 B pampered

Serious about cheese

Serious about cheese

Bindle founder - Catherine Blackford

Bindle founder - Catherine Blackford

Shop Bindle here - Instagram here - Facebook here - Pinterest here - Twitter here

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