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.

Toast & Honey Studio

Shop online HERE or find a stockist near you HERE.

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Introducing Ruthie L Designs...


We are excited to introduce you to ruthie L. designs, a textile and rug design studio which is launching its phenomenal debut rug and wall art collections!  With a focus on utilising the highest quality materials and ethically creating truly unique pieces, ruthie L. designs is excited to unveil The Secrets of Nature Rug

Founded by accomplished art expert, surface designer and artist Ruth Lazerson, ruthie L. designs creates made-to-order pieces that are perfectly crafted to bring together the cohesive interior design of a space.

We had the pleasure of chatting with Ruthie about all things rugs, interiors and style... keep scrolling for the interview!

Can you tell us about Ruthie L Designs and how it was started?

ruthie L. designs was started early in 2015 as a textile design studio. My initial intention was to license my designs and patterns however what I really wanted to be doing was designing and actually producing artisan made, two- dimensional works of art. My natural artistic style is very fluid, organic and textural and I’m passionate about textiles so rugs are a natural canvas for my work.

I think my company and my work is really an extension of myself and who I am. It represents everything I stand for – integrity and ethical responsibility first and foremost but also a personal need for beauty, harmony, serenity and understated elegance.

Can you tell us about the creative process you go through when designing?

I absolutely love to paint and play around with textures, layers, colours and various artistic mediums and materials so that is usually how the creative process starts for me. I put on some old school music (my 14 year old would cringe at that), grab a cup of tea and reach for my brush or stick or whatever I’m using to make marks and see where it takes me. Once that is finished, I then scan the artwork into the computer and play with it in Photoshop or Illustrator. I then convert that into a suitable CAD to be used to make the rug pattern to be used by the weavers.

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Where did your love of design come from?

I’ve always loved beautiful things but especially textiles, rugs and artworks. I started collecting them when I was about 20 and I’m still collecting!

How would you describe your style? 

My artistic style is quite abstract, free-flowing, fluid and highly textured. If I do design something like a flower, it never really looks like a flower but rather makes reference to a flower with the focus on the line and the texture of a flower. It is suggestive of a flower but is by no means a perfect flower! I generally prefer soft, muted and neutral colours and I think that makes my work quite serene and understated.

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Top 3 styling tips?

1.    Rugs don’t always have to be rectangular – be creative and open to having a round or square rug if the space lends itself to it.

2.    Rugs are a great way to define spaces like a sitting room or dining room, especially in a small place.

3.    And finally, my favourite one – use a beautiful rug as a piece of art to dress up a big empty wall. It will bring texture, warmth and colour into the space and will most likely make a bold statement.

What can we expect next for Ruthie L Designs?

It’s been a very busy year at ruthie L. designs. I’ve have just opened my new showroom, I will be launching my debut rug collection “Secrets of Nature” at the Décor + Design Show in Melbourne in July and I am currently designing and developing a beautiful range of embroidered textiles so watch this space!

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What do you think is the key to great design?  

For me great design comes from the heart. Being true to oneself and really knowing ones own natural style and “handwriting” can only produce great work.

Who are your favourite designers/bloggers/artists for inspiration at the moment?

That is a tough question – there are so many inspirational people out there! I’m loving The Style Files, Design Sponge and Miss Moss, Caravanaire which I follow on Instagram, Design Seeds for colour inspiration, The Ruggist for all things rugs and carpets and I need my daily dose of positive vibes from Business Chicks and Creative Women’s Circle … oh and Dot + Pop of course!

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Meet Christie Turvey from Neue Blvd...


I love introducing you to new labels and NEUE BLVD is Australia’s newest and freshest luxury homewares label. Neue Blvd is the label of Christie Turvey, and is an exclusive e-boutique offering high-end luxury homewares sourced from Australia and afar. Inspired by the unique, the beautiful, and of her journeys around the globe, Christie curates a timeless collection of pieces that focus on effortlessly bespoke and luxurious living environments.

From personalised monogrammed bedding, statement lifestyle pieces, luxe home accessories to their handcrafted marble, metallic tableware, ornamental objects and florals, Neue Blvd captures an elemental design aesthetic that will effortlessly transform any space.

I am obsessed with their latest offering, metallic bar ware so keep scrolling for a peek at the range and to check out my interview with Christie.

For those of us who don’t know about Neue Blvd, can you tell us about it?

Neue Blvd is an online interior and homewares e-boutique. We sell a range of lifestyle products and accessories with our greatest platform being social media. The name ‘Neue Blvd’ is a representation of my ‘new’ brand. Neue is German for new, and Blvd, a representation of ‘bringing it to the streets’ where our well-sourced luxury products are made accessible to the general public.

Neue Blvd has an amazing collection of products available, can you tell us about the creative process you go through when designing items?

I always had a clear vision for my brand. I am a very focused and direct person with my own sense of style and I wanted to bring this clarity to Neue Blvd and our product range. I have an amazing team underneath me, who help with bringing my ideas and designs to fruition. We spend a lot of time brainstorming new ideas, sketching designs, collecting samples of fabrics and colourways and emailing our suppliers. There is a long time between the initial idea and the finished product! We want our designs to be on trend, if not an up and coming trend. Take for example our key tags and key rings, they must be functional yet well made. We test them out before making final decisions, they must be perfect.

Where did your love of home wares and interiors begin?

I have a bachelor degree in interior architecture and an ongoing passion for interior design. I started this business in 2012, having returned from London, where I had worked for Candy & Candy and with some of the most high profile names in the UK’s interior industry. I was keen to continue working in the design world and wanted to bring these world-class designs and home wares to my design savvy clients and customers in Australia. 

Do you have a favourite piece from the Neue Blvd range?

Our lifestyle collection is so on trend right now. Personally I am totally crushing on our metallic glassware and our new ‘Amore’ 100% cotton sleepwear collection is my ultimate ‘must have!’

Where do you draw inspiration from?

I like to read a lot of international luxury home magazines to see what is on trend before it hits Australia. Social Media is also a great way to see what is popular in home wares and lifestyle, it’s great to be able to keep on top of trends this way. Neue Blvd has done a lot of different collections over the years, evolving and improving to where we are today. We listen to what our customers want and we deliver.

How would you describe your style?

My style is modern with a touch of luxury.  

What can we expect next for Neue Blvd?

In the next few months we are launching some new collections and colourways as well as some exciting new promotions. Stay tuned!

Top 3 styling tips?

I love designing with monochrome. Black and white works particularly well with metallic finishes such as brass and bronze. It gives a real high fashion feel.

I love layering and the use of natural and exotic materials such as leather and shagreen, sourced from near and afar. It’s also an easy way to add and change colour to a room as the different seasons come and go.

Decorate with mirrors. Especially if you are working with a small space, mirrors create the illusion of more space and instantly add a touch of glamour. Opt for an oversized mirror leaning against a wall for that instant New York studio vibe.

Neue Blvd - Facebook - Instagram

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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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Langdon LTD...


Langdon has captured the principles of colour, vibrancy and design with a colourful carousel of cushions, rugs, throws and bags. Designed in Australia, each of the pieces in the Langdon collection are made by hand by talented weavers in Rajasthan, India who use ancient wisdom and traditional techniques, the finest materials and metallic threads to create an earthy, homespun vibe.

The business was born from an appreciation of colour, craftsmanship, community and above all, social responsibility, cofounders Delia and Phoebe Langdon regularly travel to India to shake the hands of their creators. By purchasing Langdon’s collection, décor enthusiasts will be helping artisans develop a sustainable income for themselves and their families ‘We spend a lot of time in India and wonder off the beaten path to immerse ourselves in the local communities to spend time with the artisans behind our brand,’ says Delia.

Enjoy a voyage of vibrant colour, craftsmanship and detailed embellishments in delicate shades of lavender, mint, rose, lemon, foam blues and dusty metallic that effortlessly contrast against wheat tones. Their collectoin features rugs, cushions, doormats, bags and more. 

And what's more you can create your own couture with Langdon’s custom-designed rugs. Mix a little bit of this, with a little of that to produce a piece that’s perfect for you. Discover the magic of Langdon and celebrates the true art of weaving which is not merely a profession, it is the vein of Indian culture.

Keep reading for our interview with the lovely ladies from Langdon Ltd. 

We love your style – where did your love of Indian traditional techniques and materials come from?

I moved to India at 23 to complete my design degree majoring in textile and fashion design. I suppose I became obsessed with the hand weaving work in the villages I visited for the year I was there. The artisans in the villagers are the most spirited and lovely people I’ve come across.  They’re very proud of their lineage. I love the character that comes with the handmade aspect. Design wise the possibilities can be infinite when you’re working with century old techniques in a contemporary world.

India has the most amazing materials and fabric as well- they love embellishment and have some really creative ideas. They have no fear when it comes to being bold with colour and design.

Can you tell us about the creative process you go through when designing items for Langdon?

I spend a lot of time travelling with the business and I suppose I am influenced by what I see when I’m away. I’m in India a couple of months of the year and the colour combinations I see really influence the designing aspect. Our carry bags that we have just started selling were inspired by the bamboo lunch bag that one of the guys in India who works with us had. He thought I was mad- but we sampled it and it’s been really successful. It’s actually sitting in boutiques all across Australia and America now. So it’s those little things that catch your eye and make you come up with different ideas and products. I’m not very traditional in that sense- I don’t sit down and sketch pretty designs or pick pantone colours for months on end due to the time restraints of running a business.

There’s a huge amount of technical work that influences the design process. I have had to learn the science and chemistry behind everything. I luckily had grandparents who were scientists and have helped me learn that aspect of the production on a commercial scale. Grandad was a botanist and Grandma was a chemistry professor, they both taught me about the farming, chemicals and auxiliaries used in relation to the textile industry. I suppose I use this to be creative in designing- you can come up with some amazing techniques when you have this knowledge as well as create a sustainable business.

I work all year round on design development with my team in India. There’s a constant back and forth communication with new ideas. We all work really hard to try and push the boundaries and I suppose they like the fact that I encourage them to put their opinion in. The creative process is completely unconventional and a true collaboration. The key to our design success I think is to learn from our weavers and dyers. When you take the ego out of being a designer and take on other people’s knowledge and input, pretty amazing results transpire. 

Where did your love of home wares and interiors begin?

Delia has always had an obsession with interiors- whereas I’ve always leaned towards fashion and textiles. She has converted me over the years. She gets very excited whenever she comes to India with me, with all the amazing furniture and textiles. I suppose when I moved to India, I began to garner more of an appreciation for home wares and interiors.

How would you describe your style?

Bold and contemporary, where fashion meets interiors. We both have a love of colour and an appreciation for handmade delights.

What do you think is the key to great design?

Having your own style would have to be the number one key. Being adventurous and not following the status quo.

Top 3 styling tips?

Delia and I are of the opinion that life can be tedious and monotonous a lot of the time so we love to create a bright, happy and lighthearted vibe.

1. Don’t be afraid of colour! It seriously brightens your mood and it is a must to inject it into your home. Beige can make you feel very dull. It’s great to mix neutrals and colour together.

2. Clashing prints and textures is our favourite thing to do. There’s nothing like a shaggy woolen cushion sitting next to a gingham and floral design. It’s surprisingly not offensive.

3. Invest in some beautiful furniture pieces- less mass market more good design. There are so many amazing independent product/furniture designers in Australia.

What can we expect next for Langdon?

We have some new product lines in the pipeline. Our accessories range has been expanded as it has been received so well. We are also launching a range of statement woven upholstery furniture pieces very shortly. Think stools, bench seats and ottomans. We have a lovely interior designer client in the USA who has forced us to create these. She has been using our rugs the last few months to upholster some beautiful pieces and we have promised her that we will take it to market.

Our launch last year in the USA has made for some exciting new ventures and opportunities as well.

Who are your favourite designers/bloggers/artists for inspiration at the moment?

I find a lot of inspiration from fashion. I’m currently coveting the likes of Paco Rabanne and Emilio Pucci in the 1960’s. I think it’s refreshing to look back at the greats of the past instead of being inspired by the current design world.

In terms of artists, my all-time favorites and constant inspirations are Gustav Klimt and Pablo Picasso. I think I can attribute my obsession with gold through Klimt. 

Langdon here - Instagram here - Facebook

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Otomys Art Gallery...


Otomys is a boutique contemporary art gallery representing artists from around the world. Their gallery is limited in edition and exceptional in quality with a vision of building a bridge between the World of Arts and the World of Interiors through their Otomys venture; providing customers with boutique art house service and a collection of fine Limited Edition art.

“Our vision is to see quality art in homes and work spaces ~ art which offers longevity and adds a stylish depth to a room, giving it a refined finish.”

Chris Warnes Insitu

Chris Warnes Insitu

Can you tell us about Otomys?

Otomys is a Fine Art Gallery representing International and Australian Artists, it was established in Melbourne in 2001 by Nikki Finch and Megan Dicks. Otomys offers a contemporary and affordable collection of artwork that is exceptional in quality, colour and composition.

Artwork can be viewed online at or at the showroom in Singapore and one opening soon in Melbourne.  Otomys also work in collaboration with Cult Design and have artwork on display in their Melbourne and Sydney Showrooms and soon to be in the Brisbane Showroom. 

Otomys was established when Nikki and Megan identified a gap in the “Art Gallery” market offering gallery standard artwork online, seen in situ with frame options and at more affordable prices. 

Chris Warnes - Wet Series

Chris Warnes - Wet Series

What sort of Artists do you represent? 

Otomys exhibits original and limited edition artwork by emerging, mid career and established Australian and International Artists.

What are your top tips for our readers when choosing art for their homes?

The great thing about buying art through a boutique Gallery such as Otomys is that you will receive great service, framing and installation advice, which is invaluable when making those styling decisions. Framing the artwork well is an integral part of what we do - the frame can have a strong impact on the mood of the art.  Buy the best quality you can afford and buy art you absolutely love - it is a treasure in a home!

Dan Hocking - sans series

Dan Hocking - sans series

We love that your prints are limited edition, why was this important to you when starting the Gallery?

We began representing fine art photographic works and limited editions are standard practice for this medium.  Traditionally there was a limit to the quality a printer could produce of a certain work; however today with modern technology we don’t have that restriction. Our works on paper are all limited in edition and are low in edition numbers. Each piece is printed onto archival museum cotton rag paper, signed, titled and numbered to ensure the work is gallery quality. We don’t do commercial runs of works - most of our artists are managing a credible art career, placing value on the art rather than the volume of art they produce.

Bolshoi Kunaley, Siberia 2005, Ltd. Ed. 30 - Matthieu Paley

Bolshoi Kunaley, Siberia 2005, Ltd. Ed. 30 - Matthieu Paley

You are bringing the world of Arts and the world of Interiors together through your gallery, how important is their relationship? 

Very important, Otomys work closely with Interior Designers, Stylists and Architects on Residential and Commercial projects. The interior of a room can be decided by the colour palette of an art piece therefore art is that piece that can definitely define a room.

Trevor Mein - Strata Series

Trevor Mein - Strata Series

Otomys here - Twitter here - Instagram here - Pinterest here - Facebook here 

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Home Room Studio...

Romy Dankner is the founder of Home Room Studio, a design agency which gently guides, mentors and markets a number of highly skilled artisans with their brands ensuring their works are stocked in exclusive boutique stores locally and Internationally. Her studio will  inspire you with beautiful lifestyle products by the latest talented and most excitingdesigners and artists from all over Australia. 

Romy also has extensive experience in interior decoration and an in-depth knowledge of distinctive furnishings from around the world. Home Room the Studio was born out of a passion and knack for eyeing rare furniture and the desire to create spaces that could reflect and house these exceptional pieces. She possesses a unique and innovative design flair that is evident in every detail of her work. Having executed a number of her own design projects, Romy is able to gage her clients’ needs and provides an approachable, affordable and welcoming service. 

“I really wanted to create a design agency that is capturing everyone's imagination and to offer you a one stop shop of the latest ‘must haves’. A space that is fresh, unique, beautiful and always evolving.” says Romy.

Scroll down to see images of Romy's interiors design work as well as my interview regarding all things design and decoration...

Can you tell us about Homeroom Studio and what you offer? HOMEROOM studio offers a complete interior design service as well as a designers agency showcasing exceptional art and homewares from Amazing Australian designers. The two services embody my passion for beautiful interiors and the product that injects those spaces with personality.  

Where do you get your design inspiration from? A large part of my inspiration is from travel. Having spent a year in India and regularly travelling to inspiring, cultural destinations, my senses are filled with colour combinations, textiles and architecture that makes you think outside the box. I also love magazines and draw inspiration from talented designers and architects from around the World. Imagine a world without these amazing creatives!

Words to describe your style? Clean and minimalist with a strong sense of colour.

What are your top design and decorating tips? I always look at a space and ask myself “what does this space need?” Is it calling out for an injection of colour, something edgy or a burst of personality? But most importantly, I believe you should be surrounded by pieces you love that will keep you smiling for years to come.

What does a typical day involve for you? Fortunately for me there really isn’t a ‘typical’ day. Every day is unique and different; whether my head is burrowed in fabrics for an interiors job or I’m out for coffee with one of my artists discussing design and strategy for our upcoming trade show, Life Instyle. Its fluid nature of having to wear my creative or business ‘hats’ makes me feel so energetic and inspired.

What can we expect next for HomeRoom Studio? I am extremely excited by the prospect of HOMEROOM studios growth and the new creatives that will be joining our team. So, stay tuned!

Home Room Studio here - Instagram here - Contact here

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Home Love...Sarah Cichy

Please join me as we take a sneak peek into the home of Sarah Cichy - Sydney’s Homewares & Decor PR sweetheart... Her home is so divine, get ready to fall in love...

Sarah is heralded as Sydney’s Public Relations specialist within the Homewares and Children’s sector. Over the yearsPiccolo PR have worked with a jaw-dropping collection of babies & children’s’ fashion, accessories and Homewares from exciting boutique baby and kids products on the market. They continue to showcase designs across knits, napery, soft furnishings and clothing for babies to teens and everything in between! 

Your home is stunning, can you tell us what your style is?
My apartment is ultra-minimalist- strong art deco lines are mixed with vibrant, contemporary artwork and photography which help create a lived-in look without being precious. I wanted to create a space that has a beautiful balance of femininity and old-world charm. For me Sydney is about the harbour and foreshore - I think my home captures it nicely with it's use of colour. 

The Piccolo PR office is a complete change of pace. We spend so much time here, living and talking design, that I've been very ‘light-minded’ in creating a space that is empowering but not overwhelming. It has a playful interpretation of Scandinavian cool, mixing pine with copper and pastel artwork. 

How has your style and interior decor evolved over the years? 
Homewares and design forms the cornerstone of Piccolo PR – part of my job requires me to regularly travel overseas to see the latest in design and decoration. As a result my style is constantly changing and, every six months you’ll see the apartment slowly shifting its way from something that was perhaps Provincial to ‘Scandinavian cool'. I've never been one to be ‘matchy matchy’ and prefer to introduce an ‘on trend’ piece to a broader story.   

Where is your favourite place to spend time in your home?
The balcony is my happy place. I wanted to treat the outdoor entertaining area as ‘a room with a view’ by introducing decor such as vases, candles and rugs. I think I may have broken a few design rules, but it works! 

Do you have a beloved piece of furniture that you couldn't live without?
I love my Oslo Lounge chair by Coco Republic. It’s a really handsome piece. 

Art is so important to bring life and colour into the home, who are your favourite artists at the moment?
You’re totally right. I love art and how it can transform a space. I’ve recently invested in a few pieces that totally dress the room. ‘Worked Over’ by Tannya Linney has a playful softness and incorporates inky blues, strong pinks and yellows and sits next to a dramatic piece by Yosi Messiah- if only these walls could talk! 

Which interior/homeware stores or designers are you loving currently?
-       Greenhouse Interiors and Megan Morton define styling– their eye and attention to detail is         supernatural! 
-       Art2Muse in Double Bay has been great in helping me source art for my home- I don’t               trust myself to walk in there carrying my wallet!   
-       Incy Interiors for all children’s bedding- my twin nephews love their big boy Kip & Co Beds.
-       I can’t go a day without lighting a candle - Island Trading Co. have launched the most                 beautiful scent. 
-       Kate & Kate Blankets are also an absolute favourite of mine.

Piccolo PR here - Instagram here - Facebook here - Twitter here


Meet Christie Blizzard... Children's Interior Designer Extraordiniaire

Need some top tips for designing and decorating your children's bedrooms? I thought so, and I am so pleased to share with you my chat with the amazing Christie Blizzard - Children's Interior Designer Extraordinaire. She is super talented and you will just love all her tips, tricks and fabulous ideas to create a haven for your child...

"I am passionate about creating spaces and places for little people. From parties through to bedrooms and nurseries, I thrive on taking a blank canvas and turning it into a functional and timeless space your little one will appreciate for a lifetime. My designs grow as your children do and are affordable, practical and most of all perfect for your family."

We are so excited to have you on Dot + Pop – firstly tell us a bit about yourself?
I am a mum to 2 amazing little girls Addi is 6, Berkley 2. I am also fortunate enough to be a designer of children’s spaces. Fortunate, as I am a big kid myself. I have a university degree in journalism and grew up dancing and performing on stage and TV. I love to create. I sew, write and love to get my hands dirty with DIY projects. I can’t sit still, always “switched on” and a little bit quirky. I am always thinking about new projects and there is nothing worse than being at a function with someone in the same dress, so I always do my best to think outside the square and have my own style.

How did you get into interior design and when/why did you decide to focus on Kids design?
For me it was a natural progression. As a child, my family rented so I was never able to put posters up and decorate my room how I liked so I had to be creative (and a little sneaky). I bought my first home straight out of high school and with a very limited budget, I learnt to make it my own with paint and DIY fixes. From there, i was asked to create spaces for my friends and it snowballed until I was on Ten’s The Renovators when I solidified my goal to be THE go-to children’s designer. I naturally migrated to children’s design as I love working with colour and am a big kid myself. I can let my natural creative flair takeover and it means I can create playful spaces rather than white boxes!

Top tip or advice to a first time renovator/decorator?
Don’t rush into anything. Pin ideas on Pintrest or start a scrapbook and see how your style evolves on paper before you go shopping. You will soon see what items work together and what don’t. It is boring, but it is all in the planning. If in doubt, find a designer - they are more affordable than you think and will often save you lots of money in mistakes. However, make sure you and your designer gel. You don’t EVER want to be bullied into a permanent decision for your home. Remember it is your space and you need to make sure it stays that way.

How important is decorating a kids room?
I think children’s rooms are like big hugs from their parents. Their space is a place where they dream at night, where they plan and create. It is so important to nurture these thought’s and their childhood. It is really imperative a child drifts off to sleep every night knowing how much they are loved, and what better way than looking at their own special piece of the world, created just for them - no matter what the budget.

How can people get inspired to move away from the pink or blue trap?
Pink and blue have long been the favourite in kid’s design but to me I think it is OK to be more adventurous than that these days. Green is great for boy’s rooms as is a strong, monochrome room. For girls, metallics are really popular, as are pastels. The trick though is to embrace colour and really know what your child wants in their room. If your daughter loves pink, you may want to just experiment with different shades - neons, peaches etc rather than just run-of-the-mill. 

What’s your advice on decorating for a gender neutral babies room?
If you are wanting to create a space for your baby and don’t yet know the gender, be sure to plan something you can adapt as they grow. Don’t lock yourself into a particular style. A safe black and white room is lovely for  nursery. It is very on trend and can be accessorised to look girls or masculine once bubba arrives, and it is very on-trend. If that is too modern for you, you can be more traditional and go classic with beautiful furnishings, a striped wallpaper and beautiful rug. Again, once baby arrives you can adjust by adding a cushion, linen and mobile to reflect their personality. A loose nautical theme can translate for both genders too - navy and red, as can educational-themed nurseries - like a world map wallpaper or a nature theme too if you MUST make the space complete before your due date.

How can we incorporate more storage into children’s rooms?
Children come with so many things! No matter how much you think you know, you will learn a lot more when they arrive and the presents start streaming in. If you are creating a space for a child no matter what age, you can NEVER have enough storage. Whether you have built in robes, underbid storage or a sturdy chest of drawers you will never have enough. I use floor-standing storage baskets, wall shelving (and you can make these stylish these days with shadow box shelving so you aren’t limited to a plank of laminate on some brackets) and funky wall hooks. The best thing you can do for little people is utilise their wardrobe. It is often the most overlooked piece of furniture. Often, the rails are high and there is a lot of space. Consider adding shelving above or below the rail, or adding a second rail for 2 rows of hanging space. Baskets under the rail are a neat way of storing soft toys too. 

What is the best way to ensure the room grows with the child as they get older?
Don’t get locked into a particular theme! If your child is a Dora fan, don’t assume that phase will last forever. Don’t plaster your walls in Winnie the Pooh, even if you think he is cute. Think beyond that. Use colours rather than the theme. As I said earlier, a nautical theme is very popular at the moment. If you love this look, don’t pain boats on the wall, please! Use the colour scheme (navy blue, red and white) as your base for things not easily changed - walls, rugs and expensive items. If you need to include boats or anchors, do this with pillow accents that are cheap to replace. This principal will cross over to any themed room, just make the little accessories interchangeable. Large artwork can make a big statement and doesn’t have to cost a fortune, so changing the art, linen and a few accessories can easily update a room. If you are buying expensive pieces, make sure they are universal. It is like any other room in your home. You may love neon yellow, but you wouldn’t really buy a sofa in neon yellow - you would just buy the cushion. Use the same theory with your kid’s room too.

What is the most common mistake you see people make?
I have seen it all! The most common mistake is buying the bed, the linen and the rug. They buy the “staples” of a room and then they get lost and the room is lacking personality and love. Think about the room and how it will be used. If you plan on your child doing homework at the dining table, don’t put a desk in their room. If you want them to play in their room, include toy storage. Plan the space and take risks but do your research. Make sure everything you use in a child’s room is robust, safe and of course suitable to the look you are trying to create. 

Do you have a favourite item in your home that you couldn't live without?
I love so many things in my home but it is the little things I love the most. The up cycled desk I found in the garage of a factory we bought, my Anya Brock original painting and the kid’s huge custom-built ball pit in the playroom keeps me sane when I am preparing dinner. However, it is the little things with memories attached that I hold most sacred - my manna’s vase, dried petals from a bunch of flowers my hubby bought me and a picture my daughter drew. Those things are what make a house a home and remind me every day how lucky I am.

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Hunting for George... meet the women behind the brand

Hunting for George is an Independent Online Boutique full of goodness. Based in Melbourne they truly have a fabulous and extensive product range that features homewares, artwork, accessories, bedding and more. Not only are they incredible at finding the most gorgeous products for you to 'hunt' for in their boutique they also have their own stunning bedding range for adults and children, featuring the softest cottons, beautiful colours and gorgeous prints.. 

I am so happy to share their story and the inner workings of this great Melbourne company with you... 

Tell us about how Hunting for George started and where does the name come from?
Hunting for George started with two sisters - Lucy Gladwright and Jo Harris - and a shared desire to do something different. We kind of just wake up one day and wanted to start a shop. It was a very simple and casual decision, but one that both of us felt very strongly about. The name has stemmed for a few significant George’s in our life. We wanted to create a name that was unique and stand alone, like us. 

You have just launched a fabulous new collection of bed linen ‘Siesta’ – we are loving the colour palette – can you tell us about the range and what inspires your designs?
Thank you! The colours are very subtle in this range. We really wanted to create a peaceful collection of bedding that had an effortless nature to it. I guess you could say colour was actually our inspiration. So often an idea can come to mind based purely on an emotional connection you may have with a certain colour, so we decided to be led by these instincts.

Can you tell us about the creative process you go through?
We like to go back to basics and remove ourselves from the task at hand. If you get too fixated on making a pattern or designing something that you think people will like, then you just get stressed and don’t get anywhere. We’ll flick through swatch books, design mags, fashion blogs, old clothes, go for a walk… anything that takes our minds elsewhere for a moment. It’s recognising beauty in the things around us that can really influence the creative process.

We are loving that there are now single sized bedding for the kids, were you always planning on a kids range?
It does seem kind of inevitable now doesn’t it? But to be honest, kids bedding was never really our end game. We just started to receive a lot of customer enquiries asking if our bed linen came in single sizes. So when we looked into it further we realised that there was a space in the market for single sized bedding that was not overtly ‘childlike’ or gender focused. I think that’s why our single sizes have been so popular as our designs are inclusive across a wide range of ages.

What does a typical day involve for you?
We tend to start the day with a quick email check before heading into the studio. If it’s a Tuesday, we have our team stand up. A brief weekly WIP where the whole team shares what they are up to for the week and what has happened since the last. Then it’s coffees all round and we hit our desks. Our jobs can really differ on any given day. One day we might be in a photo shoot and the next could see a huge order of products land that we totally forgot about and we then need to sort out. Lunch is usually on the go and before we know it, it’s 3pm. All orders are out the door by late afternoon and the studio starts to get a little quieter. This is my favourite time to work as I tend to throw my headphones on and try to zero on a few designs. Once I look up it’s late and everyone’s gone home so I scramble out the door to make it home for dinner. Before going to bed there’s usually an hour or two of work squeezed in, but then we get to crawl into the softest sheets in town, set our alarm ready for tomorrow.

What can we expect next for Hunting For George?
We have so many things that we want to wave our Hunting for George wand over. We’re hoping to take ourselves in a slightly new direction product wise next year. We have furniture in our sights as well more home textiles. Plus lots of other ideas but one step at a time.

What is Hunting for George’s best ‘pinch me’ moment so far?
We were putting together material to launch our collaboration with Lonely Planet today and I did have to stop and think… is this really happening? Luckily it was and it felt awesome.

Who are your favourite designers for inspiration at the moment?
Eeek, we are the worst ones to ask this question to. We have no real ‘favourites’ when it comes to designers however we love seeing creative up and comers that are doing something a little bit new and exciting. We are surrounded by incredibly talented friends that create wonderful things. A few examples are Tori Allen, Pop & Scott, Quella Collection and CosWeCan. Having clever mates is pretty cool. It ups and anti and helps keep the inspiration flowing.

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