feeling blue {with a little help from my ‘friends’}…

i’m not sure if it’s the glum weather, the one million & 652 kerthousandth iteration of a lurgy i’m currently carrying around with me or the fact that i have actual deadlines that need to be met, but today i just feel like giving the whole house a going over…

you know the kind, where you pool everything into the middle of a room, give it a good ol’ shake about & then see where it lands?

yeah, that kind! {statements like this usually make my boyfriend’s eyes roll in his head so furiously i fear he’s about to pass out!}…

if i can muster up the energy i’ll take my inspiration from some of my most favouritest australian stylists ever whose work i can’t help but keep coming back to…

megan morton

megan morton

glen proebstel

glen proebstel

shannon fricke

& shannon fricke

this most definitely looks like it’s gonna be a blue day, right?

style loving {sass & bide}…

not many people know this, but before i studied interior design {& journalism before that} i wanted to be a fashion designer…

even today fashion is one of my first points of reference when looking for design inspiration…

given my bohemian leanings, it will come as no surprise then to learn that one of my all-time favourite brands is the australian duo sass & bide

it is, put simply, the jam & its co-creators, sarah-jane clarke {sass} and heidi middleton {bide}, are like the modern-day high priestesses of tribal chic…

having eschewed the traditional paths into the industry, this fearless duo collaboratively launched onto the design scene in 1999…

back then their look was all about denim, in particular a line of jeans called ‘east village’, & their status was restricted to that of being an ‘underground phenomena’ in their homeland, australia…

but it wasn’t long until both their range & following grew to create the internationally acclaimed brand it is today…

no doubt their look has been ascribed many labels over the years, but for me it equates to ‘brazen bohemia’…

heavy with references to nature & ethnic influences alike, their ever-evolving & often highly-embellished collections all have one thing in common: a heady mix of exotic, edgy, feminine, young, spirited & altogether sexy overtones…

in the label’s own words, sass & bide is dedicated to “the strong, the obscure & the beautiful”…

{p.s.: one for your radar, sass & bide’s new york flagship store will be opening in 2013}

images via: outsapop, style snooper dan, cexjaykalifornia dreamer 94sass and bideforever inked with love

style loving {pia jane bijkerk}…

do you recall the instant in which your passion to pursue a chosen career was irreversibly ignited?

when something you had previously considered to be but a passing interest unveiled itself as a future life path?

for me, of course, the career is interior design & that moment, though unbeknownst to me at the time, was realised whilst perusing the work of stylist, author, photographer & fellow blogger pia jane bijkerk

more specifically, it was a feature on pia’s parisian apartment in the pages of australia’s home beautiful magazine that helped crystallise my career transition…

there & then i made the mental ‘note to self’ that this was what i wanted to do: to create spaces, like these, that were stylish & yet unpretentious, captivating & enlivened with elements of whimsy, but at the same time very liveable: most importantly, i wanted to create spaces that were biographical in nature & pertained to those that dwelled within…

i hadn’t heard of pia prior to that article &, i’m ashamed to say, i carelessly lost track of her name after the fact, but those images stayed with me…

it wasn’t until some years later when pia’s book, my heart wanders, made its way onto my reading list that i made the connection between the work & the lady herself…

now, of course, pia’s creative pursuits are widely recognised & indeed acclaimed…

what resonated with me way back then, & still today, is pia’s seemingly effortless style: of course, as is the very nature of styling, her interiors are considered, but i find them nonetheless uncontrived, verging at times on haphazard {in a good way}…

there is a purity, a simplicity & an organic nature to what she does & her approach celebrates imperfection as much as it does beauty…

pia’s design ethos is simple: use what you have, mix in vintage & antique finds alongside locally-crafted & handmade wares &, perhaps most importantly, intersperse elements of nature at all times {i would add to that list the need to seek out beauty in all its forms, exercise resourcefulness & invest a fair dolloping of elbow grease}

ultimately, i think what makes pia’s style so covetable is its attainability: she doesn’t rely on big budgets & designer wares to craft her look…

indeed, in many instances it is her own home which serves as the canvas to her craft & she’s not above foraging the hard rubbish to see what hidden beauty might lie within…

images via: pia jane bijkerk

{many thanks to pia for granting permission for these photos to be used herein}

style loving {bonnie and neil}…

so, i was going to post this write-up this morning at some ungodly hour {3.43am to be exact} when i had yet to go to bed… & then i was going to write something witty like “don’t adjust your clocks” {because normally i post at night & i thought the early morning post might throw some of you out}… but then i thought i’d have to go into the nitty gritty about my inability to sleep at night & how my mother-in-law asked, in all innocence, if i’d considered hypnotherapy to cure myself of my upside down sleep habits…

so i didn’t post early & i won’t go into the nitty gritty…

instead, i’ll bring you some style i’ve been loving for a while now…

australian design studio bonnie and neil‘s foray into printed wooden tiles is but the latest in their growing line of beautifully-crafted homewares…

this fresh take on wall coverings features the bold colours & punchy graphics which form part of this creative duo’s signature style…

& it’s a style for which they are becoming increasingly-well known, both at home & abroad…

harbouring a shared love of design, bonnie ashley and neil downie opened their melbourne-based studio in 2010…

& their range of handmade and hand-printed products has expanded to incorporate cushions, table linens, flower displays, shadow boxes & wooden storage cubes…

a common thread in many of their designs is an appreciation of nature in its various forms…

& it’s this aspect of their design which particularly draws me in, evoking memories of a childhood spent living amongst the gum trees…

bonnie’s background in floristry & textile design is evidenced throughout their collections in the flora, fauna & geometric designs that adorn their printed pieces…

whilst neil’s passion for simple & functional design clearly drives the form of their decorative furnishings…

i dare say i think this is one of those wonderful fusions of talents wherein the whole is most definitely greater than the sum of its parts…

image via: bonnie and neil

style loving {sibella court}…

today i’m hugely excited to launch my new “style loving” series…
my tribute to some of the amazing artists, stylists, designers, photographers & fellow bloggers out there who have each, in their own way, inspired me to follow my passions…

given that it’s australia day today, i’m going to kick-start this series with a tribute to a fellow-antipodean whose work i simply adore and could happily bleat about all day, sibella court

sibella’s a reknowned stylist, author, shopkeeper, world traveller and self-confessed bowerbird… {all-in-all, a girl after my own heart}

her work first caught my eye back in 2008 through the pages of one of my favourite interiors magazines, inside out

it was love at first sight… there on the third floor of a converted garment factory, sibella created a beautiful, bohemian nest with the kind of wild abandon that i had myself so longed to embrace…

her eclectic style infused a love of found objects, mismatched pieces and raw beauty… long before this vibe was in vogue

what initially drew me to these spaces {and ultimately made me want to learn more about their curator} wasn’t a particular piece of furniture, a paint swatch or a covetable collector’s piece, but more the feeling that this home evoked and the design philosophy upon which it was so evidently based:

  • surround yourself with the things you love
  • let your home reflect the lives of those that live within it
  • find the inherent beauty in every piece, big or small
  • embrace pieces with a history, a soul and a story to tell…

and so began my journey to uncover my own personal style and what i could bring to a space to make it better reflect me, its inhabitant… {thus, in turn, igniting my passion to help others to do the same}

sibella expanded her burgeoning fan base with the opening of sydney-based store, the society inc {part haberdashery, part hardware, part global treasures & curios}, the launch of her design workshops {with names like “emotive interiors”, “domarama” and “sticks, stones & bones” what’s not to love?} and product line collaborations with anthropologie and murobond paints… all seemingly natural extensions of this stylish lady’s endless talents…

but it’s her design books, etcetera, nomad and the stylist’s guide to nyc, which are sure to elevate her work to cult status…

these exquisite pictorial journals have become the go-to reference guide for those seeking to inject personality, individualism and their own life story into their homes…

collections of beautifully-collated imagery, interspersed with tales of global finds, travel & design philosophies, are the perfect culmination of sibella’s enviable career to date…

regardless of the medium, a common thread in all of sibella’s work is its honesty and heartfelt celebration of the beauty in everyday finds…

but beyond this, and perhaps more importantly, hers is clearly the work of someone who is passionate about what they do… and the end product is all the better for it…

now that really is a style to love…

images via: objects of whimsythe society inc

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