Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Meeting: Jamee Huntington from Inadesignerhome (IDH)

A little bit more Sydney my design bunnies...

I had the pleasure of getting to sit down and shoot the design breeze with Sydney sider Jamee Huntington from Inadesignerhome (IDH).  What a treat.  

Image from Adore Magazine
Over organic green teas, sitting in a leafy park, Jamee gave me the skinney on her interior design web based business from a shared office (The Commune) in the outskirts of Surrey Hills.  What I dug about Jamee's business is that she has hand picked Australian and International designers to provide product for the Interior Trades.  This means that designers can get access to great products which they can then specifiy to their clients.

image by Sam Ali

I found Jamee when I was serching the web for some 'different' pendants for a client.  I spotted the Enoki range and immediately was in love.  This range is stunning and like I required, different.  It has a structural wooden skelton with a soft voile exterior.  
I often get asked about lighting, and I'm always on the look out for something unique that is not outrageously priced and not 'everywhere'.  This range ticked my boxes.

She has emassed a beautiful range of all sorts of goodies, including the Danish design fabness from Muuto.  Fun and funky.  My favourites from this range include the 'Unfold' pendant light and the 'The Dots' wall hooks.  

AND guess what there is additional 20% off all Muuto prods at the mo.  Bonus!

Muuto Products
Her website is packed with goods and goodies with mostly an Australian and Scandinavian bent and that is fine with me.  Good bent.

What impressed me about Jamee was her get-up-and-go attitude.  She has a passion and drive for good design and is shines thorugh in her dedication to what she does.  Plus she's a babe.  It was so lovely to meet such gem - thanks Jamee and see you next time!

You can find her on Facebook, Website, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Visiting: Koskela, Sydney

I know you know that I have been here (Koskela that is), so here are the pictures to prove it.

Koskela is the physical retail space of Russel Koskela and Sasha Titchkosky.  They live by this rule
"Follow your heart, trust your judgement, do it with joy"

Their furniture is all about Australian design that is beautiful, functional and durable.  Their range is all that and more.  See...

They also stock good Aussie products - some I have spotted across the internets and some I have never seen before.  It's a glorious few hours well spent.  I had cleverily booked my girls into a Creative Workshop doing a Felt course, so it was bliss.  You can read about the girls Workshop over at Little Gatherer.

We also had breakfast and lunch at Kitchen by Mike (the onsite eatery).  Glory days.

Get there if you are in Sydney.  It's the full package.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Visiting: The School, Sydney - Shibori Class by Joanna Fowles

In my last post I spoke about stars aligning and this order of events was one example.

While in Sydney, it was on the list to visit Koskela out in Rosebury.  I had seen it in many design post, pinterest and print media.  I needed to see this Nirvana myself.  

Koskela itself is another post - but while their I instagrammed Megan Morton's door to her School saying I was too shy to knock.  
Well bowl me over, she contacted me and said that next time to knock and she would answer!  How could I resist such an offer from one of my design doyenne's!  I have admired this women from afar and now I was going to meet her.  Not only that but I also saw that the incredibly talented and super nice Joanna Fowles was doing a Shibori class while I would be visiting.
Oh my stars... they were all in a line.

I booked and look at the magic that happened.
(I also managed to drag my banker friend Kath along - she was skeptical but ended up LOVING it - and making the scarf-o-the-day)

Shibori is a Japanese term for several methods of dyeing cloth with a pattern by binding, stitching, folding, twisting, compressing it, or capping. 

It's a complex and beautiful process that yields amazing end results that are literally infinite.  Variables come from your resisting techniques as well as time spent 'dyeing' the products.  Results also differ depending on the type of fabric used.  It's just lovely.

The indigo turns the cloth an amazing shade of green until it's exposed to air, then changes to a shade of blue

The speed shiborist - Sophie

I loved meeting some amazingly talented individuals as well the pure joy I get from making things with my own two hands.  It's one time when I can honestly say that I don't think of anything else but what I'm doing.  That's a treat in my busy world.

The most insane Lamingtons from Flour and Stone

Joanna is a shibori whizz who has the patience of a saint with an abundance of talent.  I had first seen her featured here by The Design Files.  

What made this day even better was that Megan and her right-hand-main lady Sophie the Stylist also did the course.  It was very amusing to witness Sophie's manic style of 'shiboring'.  Her energy was infectious and by the end none of us wanted the day to end and we were shiboring anything we could get our hands on!  It was with a heavy design heart that it ended.  

Many many thank-you's to Megan Morton and her team.  If you do get a chance to do a class - any class of Megan's, then DO IT.  You will come out a better person.  

Friday, May 3, 2013

Flog this Blog: Little Gatherer

I've just come back from a hugely successful (and extremely fun) visit to Sydney.  Let me just say that stars were aligning all over the shop and this website was just one of the celestial treasures I found there.

Little Gatherer is slick.  
It's street cool, full of great content and it's only just come online.  I meet one half of the sister pair that has set up Little Gatherer and I was impressed.  I am impressed.  These girls have nailed their online formula even before it went live.  
(Puts me to shame as mine is still very much a work in progress!)

Simple, with nice clean graphics - makes content standout!  Images from Little Gatherer

Their profile reads:
Little Gatherer is an Imaginarium of gathered and created objects, outfits and images that inspire the small and the young at heart.

This blog is well thought-out with a very cool look - mostly aimed at kids and teens - but don't be discouraged as there most definitely is something there for all design savy individuals.  I especially liked that they have a theme for a week.  This week it's foxes.   
Like I say, very clev.

My two rat bags were photographed for the Little Style 'Street' post - they thought they were pretty hot toast I can tell you!  Image from Little Gatherer

Please go and have a look-see and let me know what you think.  It makes me very happy to see such great content from a new blog-player.  I wish them luck - not that they will need it!

Find them on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest