March 28th, 2012

Lampshade sale at Dearwood this Saturday

Dearwood don’t just create gorgeous hand printed wallpaper, they also make some fab lampshades. There’s 31% off all of them this Saturday only. I highly recommend a visit to Vicki’s gorgeous Paddington store at 70 William Street. And why not pop into one of my favourites, I Like Birds, for a look at their vintage and new homewares while you’re there?

March 26th, 2012

Have you visited the Yankee Trader pop-up store in Sydney’s Paddington yet? It’s only there for another couple of weeks, closing after trading on 7 April.

March 25th, 2012

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

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

March 22nd, 2012

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 20th, 2012

My picks from the new Etsy look book

Etsy Australia has produced its first look book and why not? The contents would all look comfortable on the pages of the best interiors and lifestyle magazines.

I have long been an Etsy-holic. What I like best about the stuff you can buy on Etsy is it’s great value (especially when considering most of it’s handmade), you get your hands on something everyone else doesn’t have and you’re supporting smaller, independent (often local) sellers. Gotta love that.

So here’s my pick of the best bits from the homewares section of the look book, all from Australian sellers.

Geometric design cushion cover, AquaDoorDesigns.etsy.com, $42

Flock of birds cartoon wall decal stickers, littlestickerboy.etsy.com, $18

The sweetest butterfly set free from a vintage china saucer, twicelovedchina.etsy.com, $45

Pantry labels, lovemaestore.etsy.com, $60

Hanging paper flower/floral ball, redzebradesigns.etsy.com, $16

What have been some of your best Etsy purchases? I’d love you to share your favourite Etsy stores below!

March 6th, 2012

New winter furniture and homewares from Freedom

Freedom’s new winter 2012 collection launched today and I’m impressed. What do you think? Whether you’re after this season’s grey or a more colourful, eclectic look, there really is something for everyone with some great prices too. As always, there are some great finds within the homewares department and the best thing is you can order them online. I have my eye on the chunky grey hand knitted throw and I’ll be stocking up on the great value velvet cushions ($29.95).

February 14th, 2012

Great Dane discounts at Temple & Webster

Discount homewares site Temple & Webster has worked with Great Dane Furniture to curate a collection of vintage Danish pieces including a Hans Wegner Cigar chair, a set of Moller #71 rosewood dining chairs, an oak dining table by Kurt Ostervig and gorgeous rosewood and oak sideboards for a special sale running until Sunday. Each piece is offered with a discount of at least $1,000 and all items are significantly discounted. The Moller #71 Dining Chairs are for sale at $5,500, down from $10,500.


January 29th, 2012
January 27th, 2012

New Aussie site launch: In A Designer Home


I’m often bemoaning the state of eCommerce in Australia, especially when it comes to homewares, but all sorts of great Aussie sites have been launching recently. One of the latest is In a Designer Home, which brings together some of my favourite brands to one online store. There’s a real emphasis on Australian designers too, which is great to see.

From Armadillo & Co rugs to Dinosaur Designs tableware and vases to Norman + Quaine furniture, Idh has collated a really great range which promises to be ever evolving. Idh would rather see people spend a little more on original Australian pieces which will be passed down through a family, rather than cheaper, replica imports.

Based in Sydney’s Surry Hills, director Jamee Huntington says: “We are supporting the Australian design community that has so much to offer. We noticed a gap in the market and saw the opportunity to support innovative designers through online retail. The Idh team has a strong interior design background so Idh was born from the constant need to supply clients with beautiful and unique products. 

"Our aim is to sell quality products that will travel through time with you and be passed on to future generations. With new products and designers always jumping on board, we are constantly recreating and reinventing the way we showcase design. Not only do we offer unique products, we also strive to excel in great customer service, leaving our consumers with an enjoyable shopping experience."