March 25th, 2012

Interiors Addict is moving to Wordpress

Sadly (well, kinda!) Interiors Addict has outgrown its Tumblr home and will be moving across to Wordpress in about a week. The URL will remain the same (www.theinteriorsaddict.com). Please bookmark me, RSS me or join me on Facebook or Twitter so you don’t miss out. I would hate to lose you, Tumblr fans! Jen x

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Loving the new colour from Have You Met Miss Jones

Have You Met Miss Jones is best known for its white bone china homewares but the latest collection contains some great colourful pieces. I love these vases and I’ll be buying a few of these cute little bowls for keeping rings, salt flakes, and paperclips in! The possibilities are endless!

And don’t worry, Jennifer’s still producing more of the popular bone china too. Buy online at www.haveyoumetmissjones.com.au and read my interview with Jennifer Jones here.

March 24th, 2012

Pinterest can no longer sell shared content

Pinterest today notified its members of major changes to its terms of service. It follows weeks of controversy over the latest social media craze, popular with us visual types. Much as everyone’s all over Pinterest lately, its popularity has not come without some questions, especially over fears people’s shared content could be sold.

Today’s statement from Pinterest co-founder Ben Silbermann says: “When we first launched Pinterest, we used a standard set of Terms. We think that the updated Terms of Service, Acceptable Use Policy, and Privacy Policy are easier to understand and better reflect the direction our company is headed in the future. We’d encourage you to read these changes in their entirety, but we thought there were a few changes worth noting.

  • Our original Terms stated that by posting content to Pinterest you grant Pinterest the right for to sell your content. Selling content was never our intention and we removed this from our updated Terms.
  • We updated our Acceptable Use Policy and we will not allow pins that explicitly encourage self-harm or self-abuse.
  • We released simpler tools for anyone to report alleged copyright or trademark infringements.
  • Finally, we added language that will pave the way for new features such as a Pinterest API and Private Pinboards.

We think these changes are important and we encourage you to review the new documents here. These terms will go into effect for all users on April 6, 2012. Like everything at Pinterest, these updates are a work in progress that we will continue to improve upon. We’re working hard to make Pinterest the best place for you to find inspiration from people who share your interest.”

What do you think? Are you happier to use Pinterest in light of these changes?

Interiors Addict LOVES Pinterest! Find me at www.pinterest.com/interiorsaddict

Homewares Lust: Peponi Home, Leura

Today was beautiful and sunny so boyfriend and I took the opportunity to jump in the car and take a mini road trip to the Blue Mountains. A visit to Leura is always a pleasure but I’d been meaning to visit the new Peponi Home ever since it opened in February. I’d heard great things from the lovely Jane Frosh, who styled the windows.

It was totally worth the trip. Owner Lisa Wright (who also has a store in Penrith) undoubtedly has a great eye. I could happily take one of everything, and that includes homewares (largely), clothes and jewellery.

Described as homewares with soul, Lisa sources many of the unique homewares on her trips to Africa but also stocks many local brands like Bedouin Societe (the most amazing linen), Palm Beach Candles and Perfect Pieces. Everything homewares is neutral enough to easily fit into most homes but it certainly isn’t boring beige.

The term ‘African-inspired homewares’ would usually strike fear into my soul. I was really worried there might be some of those hideous masks or bad zebra print (you can go too far with a theme), but don’t worry, NONE of that! Lisa has brought only the most beautiful and tasteful handmade, fair trade things to Australia that will make great additions to your existing furniture and accessories.

Hand woven baskets from Zimbabwe, oversized glass beads (which I’m already regretting not buying), juju feather hats for the wall, cushions full of texture, ceramics, beautiful rugs, bracelet sets, bowls, candles and much much more. Well worth a browse next time you’re in the area. And I couldn’t help but notice some dip-dyed hessian by Shibori turned into a curtain for the changing room. Just gorgeous. 

A beautiful shop full of beautiful things. Well done Lisa. Next stop, an online store please?!

Zuri Homewares next door is also well worth a look and I picked up some very cute marble bowls from Inner Space Furniture down the road.

PEPONI HOME | Skiptons Arcade, 541 High Street, Penrith NSW 2750 and 82 Railway Parade, Leura NSW 2780 | www.facebook.com/Peponi.Home

As you all keep asking, yes I’ll be sharing more from Steve Cordony’s session at Coco Republic Design School (lots more!) but I’m just waiting to get my hands on his notes. Coming soon, promise!

March 22nd, 2012

Belle’s Steve Cordony at Coco Republic Design School last night

I had the best time at Steve’s session at Coco Republic Design School last night. I’ve got so much to share with you over the new few days but for now, here’s a photo of us in the Coco showroom. For those of you who don’t know, Steve is the uber talented interior design editor for belle

Here’s Steve’s top ten styling essentials:

  • flowers
  • ornaments
  • found objects
  • throws
  • cushions
  • books
  • rugs
  • candles
  • vases/bowls/ceramics.

And you can read my interview with Steve from last year here.

Sale time at Lisa Madigan’s store

If you ask me, it’s a good enough reason to leave Sydney for the weekend and I’m seriously considering it! There’s 20% off everything at artist Lisa Madigan’s gorgeous shop The Store, in Berry, NSW. One transaction per customer, just mention the offer in store. And if you can’t make it in person, visit the e-store, give them a call with your credit card details and they’ll post your goodies out to you. This weekend only.

March 21st, 2012

Chelsea Hing: the reality of running your own interior design practice

Chelsea Hing had a strong grounding within top interior design firms before starting her own Melbourne practice five years ago. “It was fantastic as I got to see all the working parts of a design business up close. I loved learning on the job and quickly moved onto bigger things.”

Starting her own business was, she says, another massive learning curve. “As any creative knows, there’s a tremendous amount of not so glamorous stuff that needs constant attention behind the scenes. It takes a lot of hard work to build a practice and reputation, with long hours to get everything right that never get billed. But when you work for yourself there’s a great opportunity to shape your world the way you want to and to choose who you work with which is kind of freeing.”

Working from home on her own to start off with, she was always itching to get out into her own studio space. “I was lucky enough to find this amazing 1850s Italianate Victorian mansion in St Kilda, which has been our base ever since. Over the years, I have worked on developing the business, trying to refine it so it’s as efficient as possible to allow me time to spend on the fun creative stuff.” These days, Chelsea has the luxury of only choosing to work on the residential projects she really enjoys.

“Residential work requires a different set of skills and sensibilities. People are actually going to live in the space you design. I enjoy building those relationships and making people happy.” Chelsea employs another interior designer and a studio manager and calls on a number of freelancers. “I have no plans to expand much larger as I like the more personal connection to the work.”

Start as you plan to go on is her design philosophy. “The fundamentals are absolutely critical to getting the details right. There are no shortcuts or magic bullets. Invest in smart, thoughtful planning, layer up with good looking natural (where logical) finishes and finish with the things that create meaning around you.”

Her own home, like so many designers it seems, is a work in progress. She shares it with partner Nik Epifanidis, an architecture and interiors photographer. “Funnily enough we also live in another one of St Kilda’s landmark Italianate Victorian mansions (in an apartment) with soaring high ceilings, plantation shutters and a good mix of contemporary and classic pieces from the 50s & 70s. Nik’s personal photographs line many of the walls. I find myself digging deeper into my black book to source a look that captures my personality. It takes time.”

Chelsea is now working on a furniture collection. “Moving into a small apartment, we were starved for space. I needed functional furniture that looked beautiful and could multi-task. The first piece was a bedside table that has a drop down lid to rest your morning coffee on (by the time you have lamp and alarm clock, there’s not much space left on top, right?) as well as two drawers and a big space for storing multiple books and magazines that are on constant rotation. The second was a hall console that conceals the household filing, in/out compartments for paid and unpaid bills and a drawer for charging phones and iPad plugged into power inside the drawer.” They’re the first two pieces from a collection she’s calling Five Easy Pieces.

Chelsea and her team recently finished work on a house in Brighton East which has been shortlisted for an Australian Interior Design Award, conceptually based around Mies Van Der Rohe’s legendary Barcelona Pavilion. “It was just so much fun to work on.” Her work has been shortlisted many times but is yet to win an award. Entering is the most important part though, says Chelsea. “There’s no better way to benchmark your practice against your peers. It’s a great feeling as a very small practice to be in the same pages as the heavy hitters. It’s another element that helps to broaden your reach.”

She applauds those designers who have taken on an almost celebrity status of late. “Australia is a young culture when it comes to embracing and commissioning design in any form, so there is a great responsibility on those with a public profile to positively educate people about the value of design and what designers actually do. The fact that local talent is finally being recognised and rewarded is also long overdue.”

What does Chelsea think she is known for? “That’s hard to say. I would hope to be known for creating interiors that are elegant, interesting, engaging and thoughtful.”

Find out more about Chelsea at her website. Read more of my interviews here.

March 20th, 2012

Megan Morton’s much anticipated website has finally gone live! It’s soooo full of gorgeous photos. Check it out!

Kitchen/dining wow

Kitchen/dining wow

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