Toast & Honey Studio... Designer Pots, Prints and Plywood

 

Toast & Honey Studio is a Melbourne based design studio specialising in pots, prints and plywood, created and designed by owner Maria who has a background in Architecture and design. After following her passion and a longing for a better work life balance, she left architecture behind and started on her new journey, so say hello to Toast & Honey Studio

Her pieces are modern in style, simplistic in their approach and are made to the highest standard. With a range of styles, sizes and colours, there is a Toast & Honey pot for everyone - the hard part will be not buying them all! 

I sat down with Maria over a cup of coffee and we chatted all things interiors, design, greenery and then I got distracted and started talking architecture and picking her brain for tips and tricks!

Scroll down to read our chat and see more of her beautiful pots...  and SHOP here!

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Tell us about Toast & Honey...

I actually studied Architecture and graduated in 2004. After working in Melbourne for a few years, my husband, Jonathan, and I moved to London. It was only meant to be a year long adventure but London became our home for the next 6 years!

It was a life changing experience; we made life-long friends and travelled throughout Europe, discovering new cultures and exploring diverse architecture and design.

Soon after our first daughter was born, we returned to Melbourne and I began to seek a better work/life balance. That's when Toast & Honey studio was born; I was able to still be creative, doing something I love, while spending more time with my family.

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What is the creative process you go through when designing and painting your pots?

My creative process is quite organic and heavily influenced by my background in architecture and love for modernist design. I draw inspiration from everywhere; a striking pattern, a new colour I love, the feel of a space I like where I think a pot would be complimentary.  I sketch my ideas on paper and then convert them to a design that would suit the proportions of my pots.

How would you describe your style?

Refreshing, refined, timeless, unique yet adaptable to most interiors.

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What do you think is the key to great design?  

A functional approach, simplicity, clean lines and confidence.
 

Who are your favourite designers/bloggers/artists for inspiration?

There are so many but the following are a stand out:

 -Architect Prineas; an australian architecture firm. I love their use of materials, the forms they design and the way they bring light into the spaces they create.

-Made by Morgen; A Melbourne based furniture design company. Their products are refined and inspired from mid century scandinavian design, which I love.

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Top 3 styling tips?

1.     Always include greenery.

2.     Use lots of different textures.

3.     Keep it simple.

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What can we expect next for Toast & Honey?

I will be launching a new pot shape in the new year, which will include a smaller size.

Also, Toast & Honey studio will be moving to a new home; a collaborative retail space. It will include a workshop which will be shared with other local creatives.

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Shop online HERE or find a stockist near you HERE.

 
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Our Garden feature in the brand new Planted Magazine...

 
Planted Magazine  - Photographer:  Hannah Blackmore  - Stylist:  Alana Langan

So we are having an exciting week in our household with our house being published in TWO magazines... eekkkkkk can't believe it!

These beautiful shots are of our courtyard and are featured in the brand new and super amazing Planted Magazine - grab yourself a copy in your local newsagent or online through Adore Magazine here.

For any product enquiries please comment below. Designed by myself and my partner Matt, built by Matt under his building company New Living Constructions.

Planted Magazine  - Photographer:  Hannah Blackmore  - Stylist:  Alana Langan
Planted Magazine  - Photographer:  Hannah Blackmore  - Stylist:  Alana Langan
Planted Magazine  - Photographer:  Hannah Blackmore  - Stylist:  Alana Langan

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Our home feature in Adore Magazine...

 
Photographer Hannah Blackmore - Styling Alana Langan

Photographer Hannah Blackmore - Styling Alana Langan

So in some super exciting news our house was featured in Adore Magazine this month - and we are so incredibly happy! 

Scroll down to check out a selection of images from the shoot. You can also see the full shoot, read our interview and find out where all our furniture and homewares are from in the magazine which is out now in all newsagents as well as in some beautiful boutique stores - check for your closest stockist here.

Photographer Hannah Blackmore - Styling Alana Langan

Photographer Hannah Blackmore - Styling Alana Langan

Photographer Hannah Blackmore - Styling Alana Langan

Photographer Hannah Blackmore - Styling Alana Langan

Photographer Hannah Blackmore - Styling Alana Langan

Photographer Hannah Blackmore - Styling Alana Langan

Photographer Hannah Blackmore - Styling Alana Langan

Photographer Hannah Blackmore - Styling Alana Langan

Photographer Hannah Blackmore - Styling Alana Langan

Photographer Hannah Blackmore - Styling Alana Langan

Photographer Hannah Blackmore - Styling Alana Langan

Photographer Hannah Blackmore - Styling Alana Langan

Adore Magazine here - Facebook here - Instagram here

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Our recent shoot with Beeline Design...

 
All images styled by Dot + Pop  Photographer -  Hayley Haske

All images styled by Dot + Pop

Photographer - Hayley Haske

I was so excited when the opportunity came up to shoot the incredible Cuba Collection from Beeline Design in my home. I have been a massive fan of these guys since featuring them on the blog back in 2014 and have watched them go from strength to strength in the furniture design world, absolutely killing it guys! 

Their current collection is on the blog here - so please check it out!

You can read my interview with Beeline Design over on their blog here - chatting all things renovation, interiors and how to keep inspired in a busy busy world!

And to see the stunning Cuba Collection styled in my home just keep on scrolling! 

Shop Cuba Collection here - Beeline Design here - Facebook here - Instagram here

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Grace and James Candle Co...

I was super excited to sit down with the lovely Emma Davenport from Grace and James Candle Co to discuss her love of her candles. If you have a candle obsession like me then you need to try Grace and James Candles. 

You will fall in love with the soy and coconut oil wax blend which are all hand poured in Melbourne. They feature a 100% cotton double wick which ensures optimal burning that lasts up to 80 hours. Grace and James was born out of a love of homewares, art and an obsession with candles. Emma Davenport the owner and founder of Grace and James worked tirelessly to source and develop a 100% local product that is still affordable. 

The packaging is an absolute standout, each candle is adorned with exclusive designs by some of Australia's favourite Artists... keep reading to find out more about this fabulous Candle Company and the gorgeous Emma...

Tell us about how Grace and James Candle Co started?
It started out as an obsession with homewares and candles and I guess at the time when the idea started to evolve I was really looking for a challenge, so as you do I decided to start my own brand. It wasn't that simple of course, but all big things have to start somewhere. And it started with ALOT of research. Everything grew organically from there.

We love your collaboration with some of Australia's favourite artists and designers for your debut range's art work - why did you decide to do this?
I wanted Grace and James to have a significant point of difference. I remember at Fashion Week a few years ago Lavazza had teamed up with Australian Designers to design a range of exclusive keep cups and I loved how people were finding new ways to showcase design. Really any excuse to collaborate with other creatives continues to make work fun and keep things exciting for everyone involved. Brands like Tom Dixon and Kevin Murphy has always done packaging very well and I loved how well it was received. I wanted to do that and it's reflective of Melbourne, the consumer is very visual nowadays so not only do we have to create a luxury, quality and ethical product. It needs to look amazing too. 

Grace and James is a 100% local product - how important was this to you when developing your product?
They are! But it's 100% worth it! We pride ourselves on being locally poured right here in Melbourne, our artists are all local Aussies, our boxes are printed and assembled locally. That's not to say we're only limiting ourselves to Australia but if we can get an eliminate of our product here we will, our candles will always be hand poured in Melbourne though. We've had so much love from fans around the world wanted to stock our product because they love it's Australian, as far as Japan, Canada, Europe and the US. It’s really important to us and we hope that when people pick up one of our candles they know it’s not just an 80 hour, all natural, double wick scented candle… but it’s Australian made too. 

Can you tell us about the creative process you go through when making candles and choosing your scents?
The process of creating scents is really trial and error. The goal is always to create something that's unique and different so we're always prepared for some doozies. All our scents are made using natural essential oils and it's all about balance so we usually select one dominant scent and then balance it out with more subtle notes to compliment. Our signature size takes two days to pour because they are so big. So we prepare everything, pour on day one and then they need to rest overnight. On day 2 we'll come back and top them up to finish. 

What does a typical day involve for you?
A typical day would be lovely. It will always start and end with emails, that's once constant. But look everyday is different, I'll be between my house/office and the warehouse at least 2 days a week, sending out online orders, visiting retail stores, working on new product development, social media, we do custom wedding and event candles too so working with clients on those, lots of admin! 

What can we expect next for Grace and James?
Well, we have a few new exciting projects in the works. We're collaborating with one of my favourite artists so that candle will be available in the New Year. Plus we have a really cool product that I'm really excited about. It's taken a while to get it to exactly what I was after but we're really happy so that will also be available very soon. 

What is Grace and James best ‘pinch me’ moment so far?
Oh, good question. We recently did an exclusive range for Portmans which was pretty pinch me. They are a huge Aussie brand and we were so chuffed when they approached us. The 4 scent range features prints from Portmans Summer collection and they're available in select Portmans stores and online at www.portmans.com.au 

Who are your favourite designers for inspiration at the moment?
Ah good question, I love Hunting For George. They've just realised a new bedding range and I'm in love with everything! I also love Casa Kuma for their simplicity, when it comes to fashion I'm obsessed with staple basics and these guys do it so well. Homewares though anything Megan Weston or Jai Vasicek touch turns to gold, they are another level. 

Top 3 instagram accounts you follow and why?
You mean aside from Dot and Pop? 
@damselindior haha I don't even know why, I think I'm slightly obsessed with Jacey. She's my style inspiration for sure. 
@loveshopshare because she take incredible photos and she's a total babe
@graceandjamescandleco need I explain? 

Introducing Grace and James custom wedding & event range... 
Custom Wedding & Event Candles - Want to send your guests home with something extra special?

Shop here - Shop Wedding - Candles here - Facebook here - Instagram here - Twitter here - Pintrest here

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Beeline Design... meet Adam Brislin

Beeline Design is the vision of wood artisan Adam Brislin, who first established the business in 2010. "Beeline Design specialise in beautifully designed handcrafted furniture and Adam’s personal passion is handcrafting stylish, exquisitely made, designer furniture from fine Australian timbers." 

Adam is an award-winning craftsman who has had over 15 years of experience in making quality handcrafted furniture. Beeline Design makes stunning designer tables, cabinets, stools, furniture and other finely-crafted items from some of Australia’s most amazing and beautiful hardwood timbers. 

I was lucky enough to sit down with Adam to talk all things furniture, design and where his love and inspiration for furniture design and construct comes from... 

Tell us about yourself - what path led you to starting your own furniture design company?
I was born and bred in Bunbury Western Australia. I found my love for woodworking when I was at high school and it was fortunate that my school offered after school classes which really gave me a platform to work from. On completion of year 12 I opted to take a trade based occupation and enrolled in a pre-apprenticeship course in cabinetmaking at the South west college of Tafe for 12 months. My course was nearing its finish and having not secured an apprenticeship my lecturer spoke to me about going to meet a woodworker/ craftsman at Australind by the name of John Ablett who was considering taking an apprentice on. I met the man and instantly was in awe of his work; I knew I belonged there and felt that it was meant to be. I learnt so much from that experience and it truly set me on a path of being a furniture maker. I did deviate my furniture career for a moment when I decided to work in outback Western Australia in the mines on a exploration drill rig then though mining I felt, had no soul though it provided me with the money I needed to travel and live in London for a few years. When landing overseas I was forced to find a job and I reverted back to my woodworking skills and landed a small job with an Aussie builder renovating Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne's house, this was a sweet novelty and once that finished I managed to get a job with Weldon flooring, a bespoke flooring company who worked alongside super wealthy clients including the opportunity to work for The Royal Family.

I had always wanted to make furniture for myself and I think the break I had from it, plus the time away in the Uk gave me the push to start seriously thinking about starting my own business. The real catalyst for my start up was when I found a space to work from in a co operative in Preston; other contributing factors on the journey were that I felt like I had gained substantial experience and knowledge and I had learnt so much from the two furniture companies I worked for in Melbourne. I am the type of person that needs to feel a sense of achievement and to be challenged; I think I have stumbled upon one of the largest challenges yet -  starting a small business.

Tell us a bit about Beeline Design?
Beeline design is a small furniture manufacturer, based in Preston Melbourne. We are involved in a co operative called Worco which is a long established co operative that had been going since 1979. Beeline design is made up of myself and my partner Lucy and we pride our selves on producing fantastic quality work using correct joinery techniques and quality materials and finishes. I like to think we are really versatile and can turn our hand to most things with my initial training with John in furniture, wood carving, wood turning and inlaying, to parquetry flooring in the UK, production and recycled timber furniture in Melbourne. I have gained a good skill set which allows us to take on all sorts of jobs, including the Attica Restaurant beehive boxes. At beeline design we are conscious of our environmental impact so we add value by using a lot of recycled timber destined to be land fill and we hand apply organic oils to all our work which minimises emissions commonly seen in manufacturing.

Which is your favourite piece of furniture so far? 
I would probably have to say they are all favorites in many respects, I think you form a bond between you and your work and there is an emotional attachment you have to a piece when it has been created from your own hands. I would have to say my latest piece Le: Six trestle table is my favourite; I guess because I have revamped an older design to make it fresh again - plus I love the utilitarian drawer attached, it just seems to make sense! it's a great place to chuck your keys or wallet.

What does a typical day involve for you?
As I am still establishing my business I have to keep working for another company so a typical day involves a 7 am start working for a architectural joinery company, which I really enjoy. I finish up around 4.30pm to then start at my factory for the evening session, a small 4 min commute away. I work to around 10pm  3-4 nights a week. It's a hard week but I have conditioned myself to it and building a business takes time. There is always a lot of juggling to do, working with stockists and private commission work; I have timelines to work to therefore long hours are part of the gig. Dependent upon work I could be machining timber, sanding or drilling for an entire evening, although I normally work on several items at once.

Where do you source your timber and other products from?
I get a lot of my recycled timber from the salvage yard at the front of my factory, though depending on the requirements of the job I source timber through connections I have or search other yards. When working with boutique Australian  timbers or American timbers I usually go to Mathews timbers in Rooks Rd Vermont as they stock a huge range of quality timbers. For the oil finish I go to the Enviro shop in Northcote, it's a product I have been using for close to twenty years and love the fact it's organic and German and it gives an awesome result. Glues and hardware I source locally around Preston, I am situated near Bell St therefore everything within arms length, I am spoilt with quality suppliers.

What is the best moment so far for Beeline Design?
One we definately got excited about was seeing the dovetailed beehive boxes "plight of the bees"  (Atticas name for the dish), appear on the 2013 grand final of Master Chef Australia. It was a commission they asked me to do and I decided to dovetail them for durability as well as I knew aesthetically they needed to be first class as Attica is the best restaurant in Australia. After the boxes I was commissioned for several other products including their cutlery and bread trays.

Who are your favourite Australian furniture designers?
There are many amazing furniture designers in our country and I think I have been influenced by their work over the course of my career. The first craftsman I admired significantly was a Tasmanian artisan by the name of  Kevin Perkins. I was blown away by his work and the piece of his that stole my attention was the Cape Barron Goose Cabinet. There are plenty of others that I respect, including Neil Erasmus, Roy Schack and Melbourne's Anton Gerner.

Who, what, or where do you look for inspiration?
Inspiration comes from many facets, I'm always inspired by the other members of my co operative; I am surrounded by creative people from Violin makers to Harpsichord making to Black Smithing to Home ware Designing.  The people I work alongside are my biggest inspiration. Lucy and my daughter Audrey are a big inspiration to me alongside my mum and late grandmother. Inspiration I believe comes mostly from within as you have to stay positive and put yourself out there .

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Type dotandpop into the promo code box at checkout... 

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