Arrival Hall – New homewares & lifestyle shop

I have been trawling Instagram for some design inspiration, and envying the many interior designer feeds. Majority of the feeds are filled with images of  ‘Scandi’ design or more commonly known Scandinavian design. There is something relaxing and peaceful about Scandinavian homewares, it must be the muted colour palette or the soft textures and simple lines that makes me want to bolt under the doona covers and chill in bed all day.

The other day I heard about a new homewares store opening up in a quiet corner of East Perth, I just had to check it out for myself as their instagram feed was inviting me over for a friendly stalk. Why stalk on social media when you can go in a meet the face behind the small biz?

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Arrival Hall is the newly renovated real estate space transformed into a delightful shop filled with natural light and gorgeous ‘Scandi’ items. It was my mini-escape to enjoy a bit of retail therapy after work in the city. The Arrival Hall also stocks homewares for children and babies, it was the extra large Miffy light that caught my eye!

I had a quick chat with Lisa, the pharmacist turned shop owner who brought this concept to Perth. Together with her husband, Clement they run this beautiful space. And of course, not forgetting their cute furbaby, Lexie who I got lots of attention from and in return gave her affectionate belly rubs. What a great little assistant. I felt so welcomed in their space (and it is also technically their home, because they live upstairs! How amazing that situation would cut their travel time to work by 100%).

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I was pleasantly surprised to see designer Normann Copenhagen dustpan and brush, it was just too good to look at let alone use! Then again, if my cleaning tools looked that chic I would be more motivated to start on the chores… wouldn’t you? If you are in Perth, you will have to drop in and take a look for yourselves. The price range is surprisingly very affordable, and it’s great to know that it shouldn’t cost your whole fortnightly paycheck to achieve a designer looking home.

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Go in and say hi to Lisa and Clement at:

2 Saunders Street East Perth 

Opening hours:

Tues-Sat: 10am – 6pm

Sun: 1.30pm-5.30pm

Their web shop is coming soon, in the meantime visit their website and facebook to keep up to date with new arrivals at Arrival Hall.

Happy Funky Friday!

E-von

Small biz story: Mac & More – unique handmade macrame design

The weekend is here! And it’s time for another small business feature, I wonder if you guys like this occasional blog post where we talk about the small people doing big things. It’s inspiring to hear what other artisans are doing out there on their own. Making their own passions come to life. They are often disguised in the day as the normal everyday worker. However when you hear their stories and how they arrived at what they are doing…it really astounds you at their drive and energy!

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Today I introduce you to a fellow artisan, Erica who specialises in the art of macrame and knotting and the talent behind Mac and More. You may pass her in the streets of Perth or possibly in a hospital in the future as she is also a mum of two and part-time nurse. I met Erica through the markets in Perth where we both bonded over the craziness of the end of year market season, and from what I know from her work is that she is a passionate about her craft and creating beautiful unique pieces for her clients. She is such a beautiful person who treats her customers like friends.

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Macrame is the art of knotting and weaving, and it was most popular in the 70s…now it is making a resurgence. Erica’s uses different coloured ropes, metals and wooden beads to design contemporary and unique pieces in the form of indoor and outdoor plant hangers, hanging bed heads, curtains, wall art and  even stunning wedding floral arbours like the one you see below.

Contact Mac & More today to discuss your customised piece, the options are endless!

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A Macrame plant hanger in the corner of the room is a subtle and interesting way of bringing greenery into the home. Erica can also provide the pot and plants that can suit your lifestyle. For example if you are just a beginner green thumb, she can choose a low maintenance succulent or cactus to help you decorate your personal space.

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Want to know more about Mac & More? Head over and follow Mac & More at:

www.macandmore.net.au

Etsy Shop

Facebook Page

Instagram

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I also interviewed Erica and she was happy to share her experiences of what is is like to run a small business, here are a few things she had to say:

1. Tell us a bit about yourself, what do you enjoy doing if you are not creating?

I’m a Mother of two young kids so I am kept pretty busy with them. If I’m not working or playing with my kiddos I love to run, stay healthy, and enjoy the beach. Nature and the great outdoors inspires my work, whether it be the colour, the texture or organic natural form, so getting outdoors not only clears my head, but gives me time to get inspired and come up with new design ideas.

2. What were you doing at the time when you first thought of starting up your own business? 

I was currently on maternity leave after having my second child and had been yearning to get creative. I’ve always loved design and have found myself really drawn to a love of eclectic bohemian interiors. I had been really inspired by some international fiber artists and couldn’t help but get my hands into knotting. Large scale art is my passion. I love creating dramatic textural pieces. My background and training is in Critical Care Nursing so its poles apart from a creative venture, such as textile and fiber art. The change has been refreshing and really enticing. I’ve been hooked since I picked up my first spool of rope.

3. Where would you like to be 5 years from now?

 I have no idea. I didn’t at all expect to be where I am in just the last 6 months.  In 5 years, id love to collaborate with some Perth stylists and interior designers. There’s nothing better than seeing your work featured amongst the talent of local designers.  I’ve been really lucky so far to have been featured in an edition of Home Beautiful Magazine and maybe a tv appearance. So hopefully the next 5 years is even bigger and better. I shall be hosting a local macramé and fiber art workshop in March so if you are in Perth and keen to learn the skill of macrame please come along. More details here.

4. Do you have any business advice for others wanting to start-up?

I’m still learning as I go but definitely do your research. If you believe in your product, work hard, sell yourself and clients will come. Don’t forget about the marketing side. Its not all about the product- the marketing is such a massive part of business.  Make yourself know, make connections and learn from others who are successful. Don’t give up, It’s a huge learning curve, so stay inspired.

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And for my lovely readers… a special discount:

Thanks to Mac and More, you can own your very own piece, a beautiful and carefully designed macrame fibre art with a 30% off discount. This is kindly offered to The Simple Chic readers only.

Head to the online store now and use the code: thesimplechic30

Offer valid till 8/3/15

Have a great weekend lovelies! And may you always be inspired by the beauty around you…

E-von

 

 

 

 

Photos sourced from Mac and More

Pantone’s 2015 Colour of the year: Marsala – Wine infused

This year is shaping out to be a lot of fun, especially when Pantone calls the colour of 2015 ‘Marsala’, a rich, mahogany wine shade that exudes luxury and comfort. Lately, in pages of interior design magazine I see the lack of exuberance, the main keywords in the spotlight are minimalist, industrial, nordic or Scandinavian style. The colours splashed on those pages are quite neutral, light, clean looking and easy on the eye. Maybe its because Australia is at its peak of the Summer season that people are still thinking of a less-fuss, simple styling when it comes to their home.

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When I think of the shade ‘Marsala’, for me it invites thoughts of old Parisian boudoirs, tuscan hallways and boho lounges. It is a strong and deep colour, so it may not be everyone’s cup of tea. I have a feeling this colour will make its way into the Autumn/Winter fashion and design trends as the year progresses… I’m hopeful! For I really love this darker shade of red.

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For those who do not want to go out and buy everything ‘Marsala’ and go on a decorating ‘Marsala’ spree…may want to find florals that are easily adaptable to any environment when placed in a crystal vase. Can we agree this shade of peonies are just gorgeous?

It is also a beautiful colour to use in make up or as a nail polish shade. The soon-to-be-released Lime Crime velvetine lip tint called ‘Riot’ was formulate before Pantone’s announcement of the Colour of the year, but it seems they are right on track. The colour is suitable on all skin tones, and is a very wearable and feminine shade.

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And I wouldn’t mind seeing more men sporting this colour in their wardrobe choices, I like guys in a deeper shade of red, it exudes confidence, intelligence and strength.  As seen in Berluti‘s campaign, as they specialise in Parisian gentleman’s attire.


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Maybe I’m partial to this shade because I am after all, I am an Aries woman. Red is my colour! I’m drawn to all shades of red. And Marsala is named after a wine, so wait a minute…I’m into that too! A good drop of red is great for the health.

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I think Pantone has chosen wisely this year of their Colour of the Year finalist. I’m pretty happy with their decision and will no doubt have lots of fun playing with it through design and fashion-wise.

Is Marsala a colour that you would find in your home? What would you like to turn Marsala colour if you could?

Hope you are enjoying your Australia Day Long Weekend to all my Australian readers! And to those around the world, have a great week!

E-von

 

 

*Photos sourced from Pantone.com, limecrime.tumblr.com, elle.com, Berluti.com, ellecanada.com

 

 

Interior inspiration: Blue blues and yellow hues

Yippee! The first days of Spring are here!! A little sprinkling of rain and sun peeking through the clouds, plus the nice warm overcast of dotted clouds…I’m feeling all giddy about the thought of Spring & Summer 2014. Aren’t you?

 

When I think of sunshine and blue skies, I find interior design inspiration in these primary/contemporary colours because they also so much fun to play around with. Electric yellows and peaceful blues to decorate interiors and outdoor settings, adds a little bit of joy to the atmosphere. And if you are not a fan of the bold bright colours, it is quite ok to just subtly add them around your existing furniture.

 

For example the macrame wall hanging in the picture below has a yellow strip that contrasts from the white. And can brighten up a dull spot in the home. Macrame is the art of knotting rather than weaving or knitting. If you ask your mum she may be able to explain it to you because Macrame is making a retro comeback! It was popular in the 70s sold as wall hangings, plant hangings, table clothes and even clothing.

 

This particularly wall hanging can be found at Mac and More, a handmade biz run by Erica, a creative soul from Perth. Erica is currently have a special Spring Sale at her Etsy store, where you can get 30% off all items. Just use the promo code: SPRINGSALE at the checkout.

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Baby blues remind me of clouds and clear skies, plus it is such a relaxing and calming colour that I love to have around my home. There is something about a light shade of blue that makes a home ‘homely’. The Zanui Ava Aqua shelf is quite in fashion at the moment, with the ladder-style bookcase becoming a popular and versatile piece of furniture that is quite useful in small living spaces. It would sit nicely in the corner of an apartment or can bring some contrast to a white study room.

 

The Graphique Hexagon mugs by Maxwell Williams has a little flower or sunshine pattern on them, so it just screams out ‘Spring’ time! And who doesn’t like a little bit of a designer touch in the garden this Spring, what a great place to plant beautiful flowers than in a Pantone pot!

 

All these items can be found at Zanui.com

 

I’m now tossing up whether I should go for the aqua or blue book shelf…maybe both? Lol!

 

Do you like to update your space with seasonal colours? Or do you have a colour palette that is personal to you?

E-von

Designer in the spotlight: Karen Walker

Fashion world meets homewares is always an interesting and exciting mix. I came across the delightful collection of Karen Walker home only last month at my local Myer department store. It can seem rather unusual of me to step into a department stores these days, seeing as I am on ‘mummy’ income and most of the time seen trawling through the kids wear racks and hanging around the toy department. You will hardly spot me hanging around beautiful, shiny and delicate homewares…for obvious reasons.

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Designer in the spotlight: Karen Walker

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Karen Walker is an international fashion brand name, she is especially known for her understated cool and bold shaped sunglasses. Not only does she open pop-up shops called the ‘Candy Store’ around the world and sell awesome sunglasses but she also has an equally awesome range of apparel, jewellery, accessories and shoes which makes her website so drool-worthy. You can drool over it over here.  Karen Walker is a New Zealand born designer who is widely recognised for her classic, quirky and minimalist style.

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After doing my research, I found out that the homewares line was actually launched two years ago in 2012 and sells in Myers store nationwide. So please excuse my immediate excitement, as I have been a pretty much living in my domestic bliss bubble. Which could be so much more improved with Karen Walker wares I am sure…

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I dream of pedalling in polkadots

Seeing this gorgeous range, I just want to decorate my house completely with Karen Walker! The homewares range looks simple, uncomplicated and would be easy to incorporate into anyone’s home.

What do you think of the Karen Walker homewares range?

E-von

Sculptures by the Sea happening at Cottosloe Beach

The first days of Autumn have been a little warmer for my taste. Autumn has always been my favourite season, because I get to wear my scarfs. I am a scarf-crazy woman. However we have been getting the cool nights, and they are a nice change to the sweaty slumbers and expensive power bills from using the air conditioner. I have been fond of the longer days too, I will miss the 7:30pm sun sets. We’ve been lucky to have the sun stick around till at least 7pm these days. So to embrace the first days of this extended Summer/ late Autumn my family and I decided to check out the Sculpture by the Sea exhibition happening at Cottosloe Beach, Western Australia. The exhibition runs until the 23rd March 2014, and it is completely FREE so there is still a lot of time to get down there and see them all.

Last year was a great exhibition, we enjoyed it until the sun went down. This year we came around 6pm and an hour was not enough to cover all the art works as the sun set before we get around to them all. It could have something to do with the first day crowds, as they were having a special dance performance on a resurrected stage in the middle of the beach. We brought along our picnic basket and blanket and the kids had such a care-free time.

And here they are…watch out, photo-bombardment coming your way!

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This was a stunning display of flags representing the volunteer Lifesavers. They commit their time and efforts to keeping everyone safe on our beaches and we are forever thankful.

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This was the Saturday evening crowd, as you can see in the distance they had a lots going on. There was traditional didgeridoo music, dancing and acrobats too.

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The most popular and largest of the sculptures was the gigantic ‘Goon bag’. Not the most classiest symbol of Australian culture, but I do remember very well when I was growing up where casket wine was always kept in the fridge.

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The stunning horizon of a sun setting always gets me. I love it, sun sets don’t make me sad…they remind me how much natural beauty can take your breath away and how it will soon present a new day!

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These glass feet were also accompanied by another pair of glass feet on a different rock. Not sure what was the artist was trying to convey, although the ghostly-feel is actually quite intriguing and mystifying.

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I love skeletons, and this one was one of my favourites. Looks like a heavy load to carry whilst cycling up to the moon. It was a large sculpture and I love the silhouette it  creates at sunset.

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This was the Sculpture by the Sea landscape on Cottosloe beach. Each piece had a little sign stating the name of the art work and another that said ‘do not touch the sculptures’…but you really can’t help it with children all over the beach. It presents as a big playground to them. There was another sculpture I didn’t capture because it got too dark, but I have to mention it. It was a wave like structure constructed what looked like wire and Barbie dolls. It was freaky and cool at the same time. My 6yo daughter pointed to a couple and said ‘I have this one, and this one…’.

Sculpture by the Sea has to be one of the family’s favourite local outing every year, it’s FREE, a picnic by the sea, viewing art…it’s the perfect combination. And it was lovely to see the entertainment this year, as they aren’t there everyday… I assume it was set up just for the first weekend.

So if you’re in Perth, grab a picnic rug, some treats and go down and make a day of it. You can find more details at the Sculpture by the Sea website here

Have a great week! I’ll just keep dreaming of the beach…

E-von