Hot trend: Our top 10 wall hooks

Hot trend: Our top 10 wall hooks

Once the understudy, the latest wall hooks have moved beyond pure utilitarianism to become the star of the interior show. A hot interior trend for 2018, the latest decorative wall hooks are both pretty and practical and grouped artfully together can pack a visual punch too. The Wall Collective Four Hook Pack: With a choice of eleven shapes in nineteen colours, this Insta fave create candy for the walls. $70. Hang It Designs assorted wall hooks: I love the clean, stylised vibe of these hooks. Perfect for animal lovers, you can choose from a fox, cat, dog or rabbit, $25 each. Bendo Clip Luxe wall hook: This oversized paper clip is available in copper, black and chrome. $35 each. IKEA SKUGGIS wall hook: With a concealed fitting and made from bamboo, these hooks are a steal at $7.99 each. Adairs Kids Flamingo shaped wall hook: Ideal for a little girl’s room. $13.99. Normann Copenhagen Curve wall hook: From one of my favourite Scandinavian brands comes this simple design that is available in five gorgeous shades. $34.Zakkia Terrazzo Hook: Made from on-trend terrazzo, these circular hooks come in rose, black and white colour ways. $49 each. Anthropologie Rabbit Forestry hook: Fashioned out of brass, I love the whimsical vibe of this little number. $22. The Design Hunter Luxe wall hook: Available in American oak, black stained oak and walnut, it’s the brass tip that really sets this mid-century inspired hook off. $42 each. Muuto The Dots wall hooks: This iconic Danish design kickstarted the recent trend. From $36 each. Check out the top home trends to try in 2018 according...
New mix & match Aussie bed linen brand created by twin sisters

New mix & match Aussie bed linen brand created by twin sisters

Given our ’10 best places to buy Australian bed linen online’ feature is still one of our most clicked on (the updated version is a hit too), we thought you would be as excited as us to hear there is a new player in town. The creation of Brisbane-based twin sisters Brook Gossen and Mandie McPherson, More Than Ever is one of the newest brands on the Aussie bed linen scene and we like it very much. Brimming with colour and playful prints, the 100 per cent cotton line features a range of pieces that can be purchased separately to create a bespoke bedroom look, plus a series of art prints to complement. “More Than Ever came about through wanting our bedrooms to reflect our love of colours and patterns. We have created simple, playful bedding all designed to mix and match, as well as cushion covers and prints,” says Mandie of the brand that launched just last October. “Our entire range can be mixed and matched – patterns with a solid colour, pattern on pattern, colour block. You can go as crazy as you like, keep it simple, or meet us half way! And our quilt covers are reversible, giving you even more options,” says Brook. Given I love to redecorate, a reversible quilt gets a big tick from me! The range features a colourful array of complementary sheets “Brook is an illustrator with a love of textile design while I work behind the scenes to help refine the designs and run the business. All our patterns are designed in Brisbane by Brook, and often start on paper...
Great Collections: January 2018

Great Collections: January 2018

A Conversation with Janice E. KelshFounder of the Miniature Piano Enthusiast Club She may not be as famous as dimpled, sequined fellow collector Liberace or as funny as Schroeder, the miniature piano man of the Peanuts comic strip; nor is she as well-known as Barry Manilow, who features a Bencini sculpture (#63 Pianist) on the front cover of his album Trying to Get The Feeling; but Janice E. Kelsh is in love with those cute little small-scale pianos. That led her to organizing the first-ever Miniature Piano Enthusiast Club (MPEC) in 1991 in Chicago. During the early years of collecting, Janice got so hooked on wanting to find every piano possible, she was awakened and visibly terrified by a nightmare in which she was being chased by a piano. It’s more likely the other way around, however, as Janice has chased down pianos in antique shops, auctions, flea markets, toy departments and thrift stores for years. But it was in 1977, when Janice left her Federal Government position in Washington, D.C. to return to her hometown of Hagerstown, MD and operate the family restaurant business, that she received a miniature piano as a going away gift. Janice had studied piano at the University of the District of Columbia and still owned a tiny piano she received as a child. Receiving this gift struck a chord with Janice, and the collecting began. Among the many highlights creating her collection includes one that, in 1979 while attending her first auction of toys and dolls and Schoenhut miniature pianos, the auctioneer mispronounced the word and called out something like “chanute” piano. Not...
What can you do when you buy a house then realise you hate it?

What can you do when you buy a house then realise you hate it?

By Kim Beaumont So you’ve bought a new house and turns out it’s the wrong one. In fact, turns out you’re not very in love with it at all. Sounds like a ridiculous and unlikely scenario doesn’t it? Regardless, it’s one I found myself in recently. And after googling “I hate the house I bought” it seems I am not alone. There was many a discussion thread of people telling terrible tales of buying a house and realising soon after it was not the home they wanted. Pic source: 86degreeeswest.com My realisation came before I even signed the contract. But I have a habit of proceeding with things without really thinking about it until it’s too late. A not so fabulous personal trait I’ve realised about myself. You can spend months, even years, looking for a house to buy and then actually buy in in a matter of minutes. So after searching so hard, how do you get it so wrong? Buying at auction – I can speak from personal experience about this one. Most houses go to auction and although some houses do get passed in and clearance rates fluctuate throughout the year, many buyers need to be prepared to buy at auction, or they don’t buy. Auctions can be fraught with danger. It is an ‘on the spot decision’ where you can be competing against many other bidders and the situation has done just that – created a competition whereby the bidder needs to win. This can lead to paying too much for a house or buying house you didn’t really want, you just wanted to win...
The May Gibbs x Kip & Co collection is back for one final run!

The May Gibbs x Kip & Co collection is back for one final run!

Following on from the huge success of last year’s May Gibbs X Kip & Co collection, the range’s best sellers are back for one final recut this month and we are rather excited! And with the first drop selling out in under a week, you’d best be keyboard-ready when this nostalgic line launches today. “We were so thrilled at the response to our May Gibbs collection, which was huge! The range was so well received a year ago and we continually get people asking about it so we decided to do another release.  We had a good feeling that the Kip girl would love it.  We had mentioned it to a bunch of girlfriends and all of them were excited about it. There’s obviously immense childhood nostalgia associated with May’s illustrations and stories and people want to share that now with their children,” says Kip & Co’s Hayley Pannekoecke. Initially created to celebrate the centenary of Australia’s beloved Gumnut Babies and Snugglepot & Cuddlepie, fans who missed out last time will be able to get their hands on kids’ and baby bedding, blankets, swaddles, cushions and play mats one final time. “The biggest sellouts last time were all the styles in the Wattle Babies print. It’s fresh and whimsical and we hope we have made enough this time so that nobody misses out. It sold out in under a week last time and this will be a second and final recut,” says Hayley. The popular Wattle Babies print Other top sellers included the quilted bedspreads, and they will also make a comeback. “The beautiful quilted bedspreads are a keepsake...
Laser Cut and Color Some Soft Simple Animals

Laser Cut and Color Some Soft Simple Animals

Da-eun Jun, of Seuol, South Korea, uses laser cutting to carve bendable animal shapes out of white foam. She carves out legs for her little creatures too, and draws colorful designs over each animal to make each one of them stand out. She shares her animals with others too, and encourages them to create their own designs. [embedded content] You can check out Da-eun Jun’s animals on her Maker Share page. Want to showcase your own projects? Join Maker Share today. Let’s block ads!...
Real reno: Two blokes create holiday rental in just six weeks!

Real reno: Two blokes create holiday rental in just six weeks!

Sitting opposite a lake near the New South Wales south coast town of Culburra, this dark and pokey home was transformed recently into an airy holiday rental by two friends – screenwriter Chris Phillips and writer-director Steve Vidler. “We were looking for a holiday house and found this ugly duckling on the shores of Lake Woollumboola. We could see it had the potential to be a swan,” says Chris who overhauled the property at lightning speed with his friend. Kitchen BEFORE Kitchen AFTER “With just six weeks to get the house ready for the summer holiday rental market, we brainstormed the essentials for a relaxing holiday house. We decided it needed to have a well-ventilated, open plan living area to maximise the view, a spacious kitchen for cooking, clean and functional bathrooms, an outdoor lounging area and super comfortable furniture,” says Chris of the property they have since named Hemingway’s Lakehouse. Exterior BEFORE complete with faux red brick Exterior AFTER when original weatherboards were revealed First up, the boys removed the home’s most dated interior features – the plastic concertina doors, gold fans, faux-Tiffany wall sconces, mildew-scented curtains and gold shag pile carpet all went into the skip. “Underneath the carpet, we found beautiful hardwood floorboards and after removing thousands of staples and the industrial glue used to fix the carpet to the floorboards, we sanded and polished them,” says Chris. Bathroom BEFORE Bathroom AFTER Arguably the most impactful part of the renovation was the removal of the home’s fake red brick veneer (seriously!?), which revealed beautiful old weather boards underneath. “The red brick was asbestos based, just to...
Contents ID celebrate 10 years in homewares retail + big sale!

Contents ID celebrate 10 years in homewares retail + big sale!

This month, Contents International Design is celebrating an impressive 10 years in business as an independent designer furniture and homewares store. Owner Andrew Algar recalls some of the hurdles, ups and downs and favourite parts of the past decade in business. Coming from a wholesale background, at the start and my first venue in retail it was a bit of ‘just get on with it and work it out’. Most days you had no idea what you were doing but had to look like you did while you figured it out. I’m so thankful to have the ear of my father, having been in the industry over 40 years, even if just for those days you need to vent to someone who’s been there before. Opening with one supplier, I rapidly saw the need for lots of different aspects to be offered within the store. I had many people saying they loved the store but didn’t need a sofa right now, so adding homewares into the offering was the next logical step. It’s exciting, having got here, knowing that only two percent of businesses that start make it to 10 years, but sad knowing so many don’t. I feel most business fail initially due to lack of startup funds, expecting to make money the week they open. It’s a tough slog, especially starting something nobody’s heard of, selling something new to a market in a place no one can find. I believe there is no substitute for just downright hard work, there are times when you feel like you’re on a treadmill with a carrot in front of you. As...
High Fidelity

High Fidelity

The Charm of Vintage Record PlayersBy Erica Lome If you were to stroll into an Urban Outfitters today you might be surprised to find portable turntables enclosed in a purple velvet container alongside boxes of vinyl records by contemporary artists. Now offering Bluetooth and other modern amenities, modern record players promise to provide “analog music the encore it deserves.” Designed in pastiche styles that evoke 1920s gramophones or 1940s radio cabinets, record players are increasingly popular among a new generation of consumers. While the retro appeal of record players has inspired people to return to analog modes of playing music, genuine vintage record players and turntables have lagged behind as collectibles. Even so, people purchasing LPs might wish to know a little bit about this underrated technology, and how it evolved to make music an everyday experience for people all over the world. ComponentsRecord players traditionally consist of a circular turntable that holds a record in place with a rod installed at the center. When operational, the record turns via a belt drive or electric motors. Cut into the record are micro-grooves which are traced by a diamond-tipped needle. Suspended over the turntable by long metal arm, the tip of the needle reads sound vibrations created by the uneven grooves as it gradually spirals inwards from the outer rim of the record. The vibrations travel from the tip of the needle along the arm to a cartridge which converts them into electric signals. These signals are amplified and returned to the speakers. While the design of records players have changed throughout the years, these components have remained essential. Record...
Foodie Friday: Spaghettini with cauliflower pesto

Foodie Friday: Spaghettini with cauliflower pesto

Charring the cauliflower brings out its naturally nutty flavor and makes it work perfectly with pasta. If it’s dinner for two, refrigerate half of the pesto for an easy dinner on another night. Thanks to Williams Sonoma for this week’s recipe. Ingredients 1 small head cauliflower, cored and cut into 2cm florets Salt and freshly ground pepper 1 cup (250ml) extra virgin olive oil 1 cup (30g) fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves 1/2 cup (60g) toasted almonds 2 tbs capers 2 garlic cloves, minced 500g spaghettini 1/2 cup 60g grated Parmesan cheese Method Preheat a stove-top grill pan over high heat. Season the cauliflower florets with salt and pepper. Place on the pan and cook, turning occasionally, until well charred on all sides, 6-to-8 minutes. Transfer to a food processor and add the olive oil, parsley, almonds, capers and garlic. Pulse until the mixture is well combined but still coarse. Set aside. Bring a large pot of salted water to the boil. Add the pasta, stir and cook according to the package directions, stirring occasionally, until al dente. Drain and transfer to a serving bowl. Add the cauliflower pesto and Parmesan and toss to combine. Serve immediately. Serves 4 to 6. The post Foodie Friday: Spaghettini with cauliflower pesto appeared first on The Interiors...