Trending: Our favourite lilac homewares

Trending: Our favourite lilac homewares

A rather divisive hue, purple is suddenly all the rage on the interior scene which is not surprising given Pantone named ‘Ultra Violet’ the colour of 2018. And while there are plenty of purple iterations doing the rounds (deep plum, royal purple, mauve and lavender to name a few), it’s lilac that we’re rather taken with. Kip & Co: The Melbourne brand can always be relied upon to bring the colour. The velvet is particularly lush. Kip & Co Orchid linen frill pillowcase, $49 & Orchid velvet pea cushion, $89. Adairs Kids Jax side table white & lilac: I love this two-toned bedside for a little girl’s room. $139.99. Linen House Nimes elderberry linen quilt cover set: Pre-shrunk and stone-washed, this linen bedding has a gorgeous vintage feel. From $179.95. Taubmans ‘Lavendula’ paint: Julia and Sasha used a gorgeous paint shade on the front door of their most recent renovation (pictured below). It’s a stunning pastel neon (an oxymoron I know!), it really pops agains the brass hardware. Amigos de Hoy Fluffelbuster cushion in unicorn: Available for pre-order now, this faux fur piece has gold lurex sparkles throughout and is like a sorbet-toned dream. $79. Limoges Legle Parma teapot: Made in France since 1771, Limoges porcelain is in a league of its own – these teapots are not only handmade but they’re hand decorated with gold trim. $370. The Family Love Tree Tahitian rattan stool in lilac: A pastel take on the rattan trend, this makes a great side table too. $129. Castle ‘Big Pink Flower’ print: One of just 25 prints, this bold piece imparts the sort of joy that only Rachel...
How to: Easily and cheaply refresh a garage door

How to: Easily and cheaply refresh a garage door

We talk a lot about kerbside appeal and the impact a gorgeous front door can have, but the same can be said for the garage. In some ways you could argue that the garage door is even more important, given its large surface area. It’s a topic we have covered before. This black garage door certainly dominates this home from the kerb. Image source: Pinterest/Anissa & Izzy Gissing So if your garage door is looking a little downtrodden (extreme use and extreme weather are the primary culprits), a lick of paint could be just the DIY job to tackle this weekend. The materials required Wire brush or sandpaper Bucket Dishwashing detergent Hammerite Garage Door paint Newspaper or drop sheet Paint brush The foolproof method Remove rust and loose paint with a wire brush or coarse sandpaper. Using water and a diluted detergent wash the garage door down thoroughly to remove all dust, grease and dirt which may prevent the paint from sticking to the surface. Rinse with clean water. Place a drop sheet or newspaper around the surrounding area to catch any spills or drips. Ensure the garage door is completely dry before painting. For best results apply two coats of Hammerite Garage Door Paint. You will need to apply second coat after 16 hours. AT $34.75 per 750ml tin, this paint makes for a cheap DIY project. For more | DIY kitchen makeover tips The post How to: Easily and cheaply refresh a garage door appeared first on The Interiors...
VIDEO: Jen Bishop takes you on a tour of her kitchen

VIDEO: Jen Bishop takes you on a tour of her kitchen

It’s been a few months since we finished our kitchen and I’m still completely in love! We have added a few things, like navy linen blinds, and my next project will be to add a bit more colour and a few more styling elements (that’s for another post!) because it still looks a little too much like a show kitchen (like that’s a bad thing?!). There’s been so much interest and wonderful feedback on this room and we were over the moon to be featured in House & Garden as a before and after. But pictures only show so much of the overall picture so I thought I’d take you on a video tour to give you a bit of a better idea of the room. I hope you enjoy it. As ever, if you have any questions about the reno or where things are from that I haven’t covered, please ask them below. Read the big reveal blog post with photos. SUPPLIERS Flatpack: Freedom Kitchens Essential range Flooring: Quick-Step Impressive Ultra laminate in Classic Oak Beige  (read more about our flooring choice here). Handles: Kethy Appliances: Ilve  (read more about our appliance choices here). My Print Emporium framed canvas in my dining room Stone: Noble Grey by Caesarstone Panelling and wainscoting: Easy VJ by Easycraft Barn door: A plain door covered in Easycraft panelling and black hardware from Bunnings Sink: Bunnings Tap: Meir Stools: GlobeWest ALL POSTS ON JEN’S OWN RENO   Video by The Story of Us Photography by Jacqui Turk The post VIDEO: Jen Bishop takes you on a tour of her kitchen appeared first on...
We’re loving: Ceramic pendant lights by Sarah Tracton

We’re loving: Ceramic pendant lights by Sarah Tracton

Given each of her pieces takes four to six painstaking weeks to complete, Melbourne-based ceramic designer and illustrator Sarah Tracton must know a thing or two about perseverance. “I create porcelain works in small batches, which is the equivalent of clay slow cooking. My studio is rather like a science lab, in which no part of the process can be rushed. It is a rigorous journey of trial and error, and knowing the tenuousness of wet and dry in order to avoid cracks. Witnessing the collision between water, heat and atmosphere is often fraught – clay can be temperamental and patience is essential!” says Sarah. Sarah’s beautiful vessels feature a marbled finish With no two pieces the same, each of Sarah’s ceramics involve two clay firings (once at 1000 degrees and again at 1280 degrees) and the pieces are sanded by hand in between for a smooth finish. “Marbled chromatic landscape panorama coloured surfaces akin to landscape topography are the result,” says Sarah who graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Art from the National Art School in East Sydney and has been featured in House and Garden and Vogue Living magazines. Sarah in her studio “My works are like characters I get to know as they journey from pliable porcelain sheets of slip towards two firings. Their colours morph and transform as they undergo their reaction with new atmospheres, a journey of water and heat. This unveiling of colour is a metamorphosis that is fascinating to watch,” says Sarah. Sarah’s oeuvre includes a variety of vessels and more recently a series of beautiful pendant lights. “I transitioned from constructing...
Monochromatic colour the star of this Melbourne reno

Monochromatic colour the star of this Melbourne reno

Bright fuchsia carpet, pastel blue and pink walls and emerald green velvet make for a fabulously opulent feel in this Melbourne family home that was renovated recently by the team at The Stylesmiths, with designer Danielle B at the helm. The homeowners were keen to create a more ‘adult-friendly’ vibe given their children have grown up, and what emerged certainly filled the brief. Dining room “The makeover was inspired by the clients’ love for the fabulously eclectic New York apartment of American-Italian model Carmen Dell’Orefice which is artistic and chic but not too precious. The project aim was to create a mix of re-purposed vintage furniture with the kitsch, embracing the client’s poster and print collections,” says The Stylesmiths creative director Richard Misso of the 19th Century Victorian weatherboard home. Bedroom “The lead designer Danielle, with an eye for colour, materials and composition felt that the furnishings, surfaces and fixtures were outdated, which made the home dull. Bringing fresh eyes we injected more personality, colour, elegance and style. Receptive to these changes the clients entrusted in The Stylesmiths to integrate their original pieces of art with sentimental family value, whilst considering a matching palette that incorporated a broad spectrum of colour throughout,” says Richard. And they certainly embraced colour! Each room is painted with a different colour swatch including base tones made up of soft, muted pastel pinks and blues. As a colour fan, I love how monochromatic each space is and I’m not surprised that the project was a finalist in the 2018 Dulux Colour Awards. Lounge room “It was important to look at the house and scheme...

Do Drones Need Sweaters? Plus: Drone Dating.

I love being surprised and delighted at Maker Faire. The event in general is always one giant delightful surprise, but after being involved in the event for the past twelve years, what I remember from each event tends to be the things I wasn’t expecting, the little things, the clever and off-beat things that take me to some unexpected place. While waiting for Mark Frauenfelder to interview YouTube maker Laura Kampf yesterday, I saw a 15 minute presentation that really tickled my need (now more intense than ever) for a little whimsy, some levity and absurdity in an increasingly dark world. Danielle Baskin, a San Francisco-based artist who describes herself as a “professional prankster” and a “situation designer,” gave a mini presentation on her drone sweaters and sending her drones (in sweaters) on actual Tinder dates. Drone sweaters started out as a joke. As Danielle says, it’s so easy, if you have a fun, goofy idea, to quickly create a professional-looking website, put it up, and see where it takes you. She did that with Drone Sweaters and this joke started getting serious attention, and even interest from drone owners looking to buy sweaters. So, Danielle opened up shop for real. You can get a fashionable Danielle Baskin sweater for your drone for $89. Danielle’s next foray into fun drone foolishness was creating Tinder dating profiles for her drone. Again, she didn’t know what to expect, but she started getting matches. Within a few weeks, the drone had gotten 200 Tinder matches. And the matches started flirting(?) with her drone. Some suitors wanted to go on actual dates, so...
The best buys from the BIG W winter 2018 home range

The best buys from the BIG W winter 2018 home range

BIG W’s winter home range drops this week and with items starting at $5 it really is a case of luxe for less. “We believe that good design shouldn’t be expensive and that everyone should have the chance to come home, open the doors and feel proud of the space they’ve created for their families,” says Christine Faulkner, head of Home Universe at BIG W. Proving you can get a designer look for a fraction of the price, this multi-million home in the Sydney suburb of Double Bay was styled with pieces from the new range. For less than a meal out, you’ll find faux velvet cushions, jute rugs, pom pom throws, lamps and faux fur rugs. “Customers will find stylish, quality pieces for every room of their home, from the kitchen through to bedroom, laundry and living rooms, starting from faux velvet cushions at just $5. Simple touches of personal style can be added to every room without spending a fortune,” says Christine. We love this gorgeous BIG W House & Home faux jute edge cushion in Ashley Blue, $10. And the variety store is across the trends, with the focus for this collection falling squarely on texture – a look that endures this winter. “Faux fur throws, cushions, and flannelette bed linen are key pieces to consider. And when it comes to colours of the season, expect to find plenty of slate and hues of blue plus hints of blush and burgundy. Colours are pared back to create a decadent feel with softer textures so that the soft furnishings are as good to touch as they are to look...

Live Updates From Maker Faire Bay Area 2018

Saturday, May 19 — Maker Faire Bay Area is here! Make: Editors are scoping out the faire and bringing you all the must-see exhibits and makers. We’ll be updating this post regularly throughout the weekend, so check back soon. And don’t forget to check out our live video coverage of Maker Faire with plenty of exhibits, maker projects, stage presentations, and more! This entire balloon “mural” was created with love and a sense of community. Each balloon was carefully placed by one person from the crowd. – Kelly, 1:43pm Check out this board game designed for people who are visually impaired. – Kitty, 1:27pm These electronic dice can sense gravity and change colors. They’re perfect for all kinds of tabletop games. – Kitty, 1:08pm Just made a Victorian era harmonograph with a high school student called Emma – so inspiring! – Tanya, 1:05pm Some of the things being made at Maker Faire aren’t just fun, they are tasty too. The rainbow pickle chips are delicious. – Matt, 1:02pm Build a cardboard village, and several other hands on projects, at Lighthouse Community Charter School’s creativity lab! I loved all their ideas for cardboard construction techniques. – Tanya, 12:59pm Tiny robots made of paper tubes! – Tanya, 12:50pm Isaac Doubek’s DIY backpack made from an antique Westinghouse space heater! – Keith, 12:49pm I have eaten so much fair food I’ve turned into a cupcake. It has an engine and is capable of out running the average human. – Tanya, 12:30pm Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water. Derdumderdumderdum! The Trident underwater drone. – Tanya, 12:12pm Loads...

Patent Depending, The “Nonsense” Inventions of Steven M. Johnson at Maker Faire

I have followed the career and work of “nonsense” inventor, Steven M. Johnson, for decades. I wrote about his work, back in the day, at both The Futurist magazine and early Wired. Steven has shown his invention illustrations at Maker Faire Bay Area in the past and he’s back this year with more brilliant and bizarre design ideas. Anyone who has seen Steven’s work knows that it is funny, epically whimsical and silly, but it is ultimately far from useless. These wacky, cockeyed design ideas say a lot about the nature of the human character, our love/hate relationship with technology, and our modern notions of work, leisure, and our seemingly endless desire to use technology to give us more slack, regardless of how inappropriate that technology may end up being. Steven’s designs are so well conceived, and often so close to technologies that could actually exist that they do funny things to your head; they often end up inspiring real, more sober design ideas. And ultimately, it is this triggering of useful lateral thinking that makes these inventions so compelling. Here is a TED Talk that Steven gave on his work: [embedded content] As the comedian Steven Wright likes to say: “I’m a peripheral visionary. I can see into the future, but just off to the side.” I can think of no more clever and inspiring peripheral visionary than Steven M. Johnson. If you are at Maker Faire Bay Area this weekend, come see Steven in Zone 2 of Expo: West. Let’s block ads!...

Exploratorium After Dark Offers a Sneak Peek of Maker Faire

Possibly San Francisco’s coolest weekly nerdfest is the Exploratorium After Dark — a night in the museum for grownups, where you can play with hundreds of interactive science exhibits along with your friends, a date, a cocktail, or all of the above. Last night’s was the Maker Faire Edition, and we got a preview of nine great makers and their exhibits that you’ll see this weekend at Maker Faire Bay Area (get your tickets now!). Firefly Stomp and Sound Wave Dancers With Mike Sullivan Mike brought two cool mechatronic sound exhibits that fit right in at the Exploratorium. Sound Wave Dancers is a sort of flameless Rubens tube where sound waves are made visible, physically embodied by the dance of a thousand little foam balls. Firefly Stomp lets you jump on a “stomp pad” to control “fireflies” in a clear globe. Transducer signals in the stomp pad are amplified to drive a speaker that makes the fluorescent beads inside fly around in response. Slime Lamps With Hirotaka Niisato Extremely weird and fresh off the plane from Japan! You can stretch, shape, and mix together these lights embedded in flexible slime, and they’ll beat along with your heartbeat, thanks to embedded pulse sensors. Astro Botanicals: Space Garden With Stan Clark You (and your kids) will love getting lost in these giant light-up inflatable alien plants and flowers, a favorite in the Dark Room at Maker Faire. My family loves “the asparagus ones.” Big Face Box With Yuji Hayashi You put your face in this box, and your face gets really really big. Much laughter ensues. Never gets old! Yuji and...