Christmas Tree Inspiration

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This year, our christmas tree will not be the centre of attention due to the lack of space in my humble abode. And so, my good friend Luke helped me create the silhouette of a tree on one of our blank walls and I’m in the process of making a large quantity of snowflakes to decorate our “tree” with, as well as to stick on every single glass surface in our house. Even though it’s getting hotter as December progresses, perhaps the multitude of snowflakes will help me feel less uncomfortable in the scorching 40°C heat (gosh, wishful thinking, I know). So if you’re like me and lack the space, below are a few trees that may tickle your fancy:

Hope the weather is perfect where you are today.

-T.

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Images: top image | string + wash tape | rustic | christmas jars | shelf + garland | white tipped branches

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+ pantone colour of the year
four favourites: calendars
clever sound
+ Yuniko Studio
scandanavian inspiration
sweet tooth

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Pantone Colour of the Year

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Have you heard the news? Pantone has recently announced that PANTONE 18-3224 Radiant Orchid will be the colour for year 2014, replacing this year’s colour, Emerald. What do you think? Would it be a colour that you’d wear, may it be a shirt or dress? Or would you prefer it more as an accent, say jewellery or shoes? Whether perfectly paired with rose gold or crisp white, I can imagine that it won’t be soon before long that many stores will be featuring this hue.

-T.

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Some recent design posts you may have missed:
four favourites: calendars
clever sound
+ Yuniko Studio
+ scandanavian inspiration
sweet tooth

four favourites: calendars

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scroll calendar, available from Present&Correct
year calendar by Erik Olovsson
ring calendar by Sebastian Bergne
paris perpetual calendar, available from pei design

My goodness, how this week has flown by. With emergency rehearsals, rescheduled piano students, school excursions and the rare tinkering of the black and white keys to accompany a choir, blog posts sure have been sparse. Just when I thought that lessons were winding down for the year, there are concerts to attend and dinners to bake for, let alone time to browse for gifts for those who are dear to me. But allow me to give you a kickstart on Christmas gift ideas; these calendars are so cleverly designed and would most definitely be a welcome gift. Which one would you like? I think I’m leaning towards ring calendar.

-T.

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clever sound
donuts
in the kitchen
in the office: pencils

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Andrew Christie – A Good Looking Man

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As I was browsing the archives for locally produced furniture for my studio, I came across the amazing works by Andrew Christie of A Good Looking Man. Creating amazing furniture out of wood (most of which is recycled), Andrew wears many hats and is a truly talented being. He is currently the anchor tenant at the Production Floor at the newly opened MYRE Building in Fremantle. For more information about his works and workshops, visit his website here. Or if you have some time on your hands, click here to read an interview with Andrew Christie on We Love Perth.

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-T.

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Some other talented Perth locals you may be interested in:
+ ceramics: Yuniko Studio
food: fortysevenkirwanstreet
+ house & dècor: Mr Sparrow

Yuniko Studio

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My recent fascination with all types of ceramic wares and handcrafted treasures has led me to discover the elegant pieces by Anthea Carboni of Yuniko Studio. From birds going around in circles to cute and clever cats, each piece is of pure organic beauty and utterly charming.

 Anthea is heavily inspired by the Japanese concept of wabi sabi, the acceptance of that which is imperfect, with the aesthetic sometimes described as a beauty being found in the “imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete.” This is prominently seen in so many of her creations and is what draws such a vast following to her work.

Based in Perth, these exsquisite ceramics can be found at Nell’s Emporium & Cafe in Mosman Park or at her etsy store.

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{such a perfect amount of whimsy}

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{indigo dyed fabrics + sweet clay buttons}

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For more information on Yuniko Studio, head over to The Design Files or Style and Focus for a read up on their interviews with Anthea Carboni.

Hope you’re having the perfect amount of whimsy where you are today.

T.

Images: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

Some other design and dècor posts you may have missed:
+ holiday home
inspiration: intricate mouldings
+ geometry
+ in the office: pencils

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In the Office: Scandinavian Inspiration

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Just this week, I have purchased a large wooden kitchen bench in the palest of shade available and have ikea-hacked it into a magnificent desk for my piano studio. With the tall black piano striking such a presence my room, I have decided to keep all things clean and simple by gathering items neutral in colour, from the most fragrant white roses to the stacks of boxes in different hues of grey. With it still looking a bit empty, my search for inspiration brings you these lovely Scandinavian rooms and offices.

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What do you think? Lovely and open or do you prefer more pops of colour?

-T.

Images: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8

Some other design + décor posts you may have missed:
+ Beautiful Type
+ Skylights
+ Holiday Home
+ Hidden Spaces

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diy: cocktail party

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With the promise of warmer weather comes the time to clean up your outdoor patio and dust off those cocktail glasses as you prepare for the many parties that are sure to be held at your humble abode. And so here is a compilation of a few diys to make your party the talk of the town.

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one | fancy flamingo invitations

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two | fancy (but simply) decorations for guests to ooh and aah over

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three | the perfect cocktail

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four | a bit of party food {ok, so this isn’t a diy, but you can find a few of my favourite icecream recipes here}

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five | the perfect muslin bags to fill with dainty gifts for your guests to take home

Any other ideas?

-T.

Top image by style me pretty via this is glamorous

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four favourites: in the kitchen

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straws | chalk | fruit | glass

With the arrival of the warmer weather comes the prospect of outdoor dinner parties amidst the backdrop of the raspberry red sky. Beautiful platters of antipasto will be spread out along the long wooden table, glasses will be bountifully filled with fizz and bubbles, and there will be the constant hum of laughter and soft chatter as you relax in good company. With all this in mind, wouldn’t now be the perfect time for a slight kitchen upgrade, may it be some new tableware that takes us back to the days of chemistry and physics or some salt and pepper shakers disguised as the humble straw. What’s your favourite idea from above?

Hope that it’s a lovely day wherever you may be.

-T.

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+ fika – a beautiful cookbook
+ holiday home
+ skylights
+ create your own wall gallery