Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Step Inside // Monochrome Stockholm

This home is a pure aesthetic delight. I could happily move right in and wouldn't really need to change a thing! Nestled in the beautiful Stockholm apartment in grey and monochrome is decorated perfectly. I'm especially a fan of the black and white tiled floors - we have very similar floors in our bathroom and it creates such a cool quirk to a home. The bright orange kettle looks great nested in front of the white tiled kitchen wall.

Another thing that I like about this home is the lack of clutter - everything has it's own place in a simple,sophisticated and tasteful way. The use of greenery, wall art and decor is simple but poignant.
 Images from the wonderful My Scandinavian Home Blog..

Here are some tasty picks to get your home looking much like this Stockholm home.
These are some of my favourite stores and can get your home looking in tip top shape whilst at the same supporting New Zealand local businesses - WIN!

1 // Old & New Lamp from LET LIV
2 // Pigeonhole Cactus Pot from IKO IKO 
3 // Father Rabbit Peg Hooks
4 // Stonewashed Linen from Jamie Kay

Till next time..

Sarah xx

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

We Love // ELLIOTTMETAL + Interview with Gabrielle Elliott







The world of Instagram or 'the gram'  is a great and peculiar thing. A wee while back I stumbled on the Cat Woman neckpiece by Elliott Metal on the wonderful Kelly Thompsons Instagram feed and knew immediately that I must get my paws on some of her jewels quick and fast. Gabrielle Elliot's creations are minimalist in their design and are simple but striking all at the same time.The combination of jewellery plus cats is genius enough and when Gabrielle says she tends to not follow trends; she does exactly this and this quality will take her work far.

The last two photos above are of myself wearing the Cat Woman neckpiece which has now become a staple item of my wardrobe, I just love how unique it is. The silver option has been great as it goes with just about any outfit and looks even better layered with other gems. Elliott Metal is a great brand that I bet will go huge places in 2014.

So let's learn a bit more about the lady behind Elliott Metal...

1. Tell me how you came up with your brand name and personality

'Elliott' being my last name this was a given, the latter part 'Metal' I use in alternate reference to the term 'Jewelry'. My designs are a a product of simplified metal manipulation which is inspired by metals in there raw form. I appreciate and gravitate towards a minimal structure within my design which stems from not only being a rookie but also Danish masters such as Hans and Karl Hansen who's aesthetic focuses on a more fluid & metal based design.

2. What current trends are inspiring the curation of your products at present?

Always Cats. I wouldn't say there is a particular trend that pulls me. To be honest I tend to steer clear of trend based anything. people who know me well know that I get over things super fast. So to me a trend is just another page in a book to be overturned, I like the idea of my product being there for the long hall. An heirloom, classic timeless piece through simplicity of materials and design.

3. What vision do you have for your brand in say 5 years from now?

Ok so I have a massive window with a view of water. I will be working on Collection Number 13. I have stockists of Elliott in New Zealand, Australia and Europe. Also I will be working part time as a tutor/mentor sharing my experiences.

4. What previous skills and knowledge did you have prior to starting ELLlOTT?

Two part time terms of night classes at Inverlochy & Workspace Studios in Wellington. And a whole life time of making stuff! My father is a plumber, step father a sailor & carpenter so I have always been around tinkering problem solvers from a very young age.


5. Are there any other product lines that you'd be interested in getting into?

Head bands, I have this really rad one that is a rose colored perspex from early 2000's I kind of stole it from my girlpal Kathryn Leah Payne. Its totally cool, super minimal thick band with a 60s vibe. I often think about how there are not enough cool understated head bands in the world.

6. What advice would you give to someone wanting to start their own creative business?

Baby steps. New beginnings are better than no beginnings. Trust and listen to yourself and seek the advice of others. 

7.What does a typical day look like for you?

A typical day on the bench starts with coffee, 95BFM live stream & a mechanical pencil. I always try to start off my sessions creatively by reworking or pushing for new design ideas. It usually ends with the hard labour of 'finishing' which I always leave as the very last thing to be done.

8. What is one of your favourite products you're currently stocking at the moment?

Its definitely the petite duster in silver. I wear this one every day and have just started wearing one on my right fingers too. Love a twinset!

Check out her digs at Good AS Gold Store ,check her out on Instagram & her Tumblr.


Enjoy!

Sarah
xx

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Mothers Day // Free Download from Blackliststore

Mothers Day has creeped up on us once again and what better way to celebrate than giving your mother-dear a beautiful 'Love you Mum' print out from blackliststore.There is not much else that beats a handwritten note to a loved one.

Go HERE to download your free print. Thanks to the beautiful HomeStyle Magazine for the heads up!



Enjoy! and Happy Mothers Day to all you sassy momma's out there.

Sarah xx

Friday, 2 May 2014

MAKE :: DIY Cactus Indoor Plant

If you follow my Instagram feed you'll be very aware of my love for indoor plants. 
My Pinterest feed was full of beautiful hand painted pots, and I got inspired to make my own. 

The picture below shows the finished DIY pot plants. Freedom Furniture kindly sent me an hourglass from their new metallics range which can been seen in the background, and everything sits on our new Mika Buffet, also from Freedom.


Supplies


Dulux spraypak white spray paint
Black Resene paint
Lots of paper 
Terracotta pot
Small paintbrush
Jar of water
Hairdryer


How to make

1 ) Take the terracotta pot outside to ensure the spray paint doesn't get on all your stuff. Spray a few layers of paint on the pot, rotating the pot to make sure that the paint spread is even. You might want to wear some rubber gloves and old clothes unless you don't mind getting a bit of paint on your hands! Keep the spray can approximately 30cm away from the pot. Leave for 30-40 minutes until dry. 

2) Spray on a few more layers for a more thicker look if you wish.

3) Set up your pots upside-down, and with a small paintbrush apply some small black dots to taste. If you want to get more creative grab a pencil with an eraser end, and cut the eraser end into a triangle shape with an X-acto blade. Dip the newly shaped eraser end into the paint and apply to the pots, creating beautiful triangles on your pot.

4) Leave to dry. If you see any paint running grab a hairdryer to speed up the drying process. I found this works a treat!

5) Buy some cactus plants from your local garden shop or ask your father-in-law to donate you some (this is what I did and look how CUTE they are!)

6) There you have it - your own adorable wee cactus indoor plants.

Enjoy 

Sarah xx
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