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

Karrinyup Swim & Resort 2015 Fashion Parade – feat. Sea Folly and more

Last weekend, I was invited down to Rendevous  Hotel, Scarborough beach to take a look at this Summer season hottest swim & resort fashion courtesy of Karrinyup Shopping Centre and Seafolly.

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It was brilliantly arranged by the ladies at 3AM thoughts PR. I amongst other Perth bloggers were treated to delicious breakfast, and some bright and cheery cupcakes to match the theme of the show. Just looking at the bright colours lifted my spirits and made my mouth water! The event was fab, it really woke me up on a Saturday morning! Plus, it was nice to see some familiar faces that I had been stalking on Instagram, most who I only knew by alias (which is such an ‘internet/blogger’ thing).

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When we stepped out onto the beach, there was a samba band playing and even an aerial campaign, which looked great with the clear blue sky as the back drop. The plane pulled along the hashtag #karrinyupswimresort15 and kind of explained what was going on to the rest of the beachgoers, who just rocked up for the surf and sand. I’m sure it was puzzling to them why there were heaps of cameras, a loud band and hot models walking about. However, the girls and guys who were modelling the swimwear were very professional, confident and was too busy having a fun time in the sun.

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The models were holding up placards of the brands  they were wearing, I wouldn’t have thought sports brands such as Running Bare and Lulu Lemon designed swimwear. Next time I will think about shopping my swimwear in sports shops, as I can remember from my past experience I would only buy speedo-type one piece racers from sports stores. These days, it seems atheletic brands are getting it right in the fashion stakes. They are beginning to catch-on that we all want to look good when we have to sweat it out or jump in the water…

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I was glad I wore my sandals that day because there weren’t many warnings about a trek into the sand after the fashion parade at the hotel. I could see other bloggers struggling with their heels or wedges, but still looking ultra fashionable. I must have been the only crazy one wearing a black tank dress…thankfully the weather was a cool 23 degrees at 9:30am.

One of the best parts of the day was receiving a bag full of goodies from various Karrinyup shopping centre retailers, such as Live Clothing, Lush, Crabtree & Evelyn, T2 Tea and lots more! My kids even got to enjoy the blow up beach ball thanks to Rendezvous Hotel. I’m especially loving the huge beach bag from Sea Folly, purple is one of my favourite colours. Which may encourage me to venture out to the beach side more often before the weather turns cold.

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Hope you are still enjoying the beach and pools while it’s still hot. I’m especially looking forward to the Sculptures by the Beach exhibition coming next week to Cottosloe Beach.

Are you still enjoying the Summer days or are you wishing it was Autumn already?

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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Erica Zuccala

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

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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

H & M and Pottery Barn to come to Perth

Have you all heard the news of late that international brand H & M is coming to Perth with their first store opening in Lakeside Joondalup? This really got me out of my chair this morning when I read the news on Yahoo.

It was only last year that I got a chance to drop into the H & M store in Melbourne that really surprised me as a family friendly retailer. The prices at the end of year sales were quite attractive and affordable, which shocked me to be honest because for some  reason I had expected the H & M brand to burn a hole in my pocket. I shopped for jeans and jackets for kids at $5-7 prices, it was madness…just like kmart but with quality that will last at least 3 hand-me-downs! I haven’t been one for the big brands, but I so happen to need warm clothes for my kids because I was unprepared for how chilly Melbourne summers can be.

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H&M Flagship store, Melbourne

From what was reported in yesterday’s mornings news, once H & M sets up their first store in Joondalup, they plan to secure a 4000sqm spot in the Perth CBD. How exciting would that be? It would change the entire retail space and shake up this town, bringing more tourists and people into the city.

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Another exciting piece of news for lovers of home furnishings and interior design, Pottery Barn along with their sister stores Pottery Barn Kids and West Elm are coming to Perth too! It is said that they will be moving into St Martins tower sometime hopefully in the year.

It’s rather exciting for Perthians who have live here for years, listening to our sister cities Melbourne and Sydney receiving all the attention from the big international brands. It’s great that the giant retailers are coming to realise that Perth is full of young and saavy shoppers who love variety and will pay for it.

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Pottery Barn

To be honest, I have slowly decreased my online shopping habits…as I have found I have had too many bad experiences with buying clothes that do not fit. I say, bring back the retailers and the chance to walk through brightly lit stores, gleaming tiles, fresh clothes on rack and smiling customer service. And I have also heard whispers that Uniqlo is scoping out Perth for some space.

Exciting times ahead my dear city..so Perth be ready for the influx of jobs, to those hoping for staff discounts be sure to look out for the advertising of positions online and in the newspapers. I just hope for our sake that our customer service standards will pick up, a smile and a ‘Hello’ that will definitely draw me back to the retailers.

Which store are you looking forward to checking out the most? 

E-von

 

 

 

 

 

Photo Credit: Westelm.com,  potterybarn.com

 

Zara coming to the Perth fashion scene

As it is nearing closer and closer to the opening of the big Spanish fashion label, Zara at Garden City, Booragoon on the 21st August. The Perth bloggosphere is going crazy at the excitement of an international label bringing its high quality and highly sort after cuts and wearable garments.

As much as I love supporting home grown talent, as I must admit Australian fashion have quality and style to match international brands. However we lack variety under one roof. Zara’s flagship store in Garden City will take over 2 floors and provide apparel choices for women, men and children.

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I’m just so excited to find out what they have in the new store. I know I will just have to leave the plastic at home. And how convenient that they have opened up only 20 minutes from home. Not sure how long I will be able t o withhold myself from going to Garden City…

And I wonder if they will bring an Australian online store to us who like to shop in front of our screens…that could prove much safer.

Who else is looking forward to the grand opening this Thursday? 

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

 

 

 

A trip to Maddison Cottage Cafe and Gifts

Last weekend, me and a couple of girlfriends went to try out the Maddison Cottage Cafe and Gifts in Guildford, Perth. We have heard so much about their devonshire tea service that we had to book ourselves in to join in the hype. Actually it was my friend’s idea…and I should have known she was up to something…

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We arrived there at 1:30pm on the hottest day of the month, it was around 44 degrees that day! I wasn’t really in the mood for a hot tea but in the end the tea was just the right temperature…warm enough to enjoy with our high tea. Although on top of the tea, the girls at the cafe kept refilling our water jug because we couldn’t stop drinking to keep ourselves hydrated.

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A high tea sitting at Maddys Guildford (as it is fondly known) costs around $34 per person. It includes a 3 tier china platter filled with sandwiches, mini quiches, vol au vents, scones with jam and cream, and a choice of sweet delights. We had fruit tart, cherry ripe slice and vanilla buttercream cupcakes. And the grapes were a refreshing touch. The ladies actually prepare the high tea treats the night before, so it is nice and fresh. And everytime you go, it will be a different menu…they prepare the choices differently each time.

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The teas they offer are from the T2 range, I chose the ‘Relax’ tea, it just had a nice ring to it!

It was a lovely catch up with the girls, but inside the quaint 1920s styled cottage it can get very hot! Even though they had arranged tall tower fans to blow at us, the air was too warm inside to cool us down and we couldn’t enjoy ourselves completely.

The food was absolutely delicious, I have never had a high tea with such buttery ‘melt-in-your mouth’ quiches and pastries. The sandwiches were very tasty and the scones were generous in size, fluffy and light. As for the butter cream cupcakes, they resembled those baked at home and were full of vanilla flavour!

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It was so sad that we had chosen to go on such a hot day. But I’m sure this won’t be our last trip here, next time we’ll have to come during the cooler months! The shop is decorated with flowers, French shabby chic style furniture and walls and corners filled with feminine gifts and homewares for purchase. The cafe is small in size, but would make a perfect place for a small bridal shower, baby shower, hens party and more.

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And, actually… before we were allowed to put a bite into our mouths my friend was acting a little strange and incognito, but she suddenly dropped the question on us “Will you be my bridesmaids?”. I was pleasently surprised! And I graciously accepted. The other bridesmaid is also a friend who I have known since we were six years old, so it will be amazing to stand next to these two women who have shaped me and my life, when it comes to the Bali wedding in April. They are more like sisters to me than friends. I can’t wait! Operation Bridesmaid bootcamp to start NOW!

Have you tried the high tea at Maddison’s Cottage? Where is your favourite place to enjoy High Tea ?

E-von

 

Carlos Arevalo Photography Competition

For those who are learning about where I am from, I live in Perth, Western Australia. I really love this part of the world and how the city is building its buzz because of the people who come from far and wide to work and live here. There is just so much to see and do and there are lots of interesting little businesses starting up that is making life so much more easier for the rest of us.

One of many businesses in Perth would be Carlos Arevalo Photography, which is owned by my brother-in-law. He is offering workshops to individuals looking to improve their photography skills. I love photography but I am no means an expert at it. I really admire those who take the time to learn the ins and outs of their camera, and who spends the additional time editing to produce the perfect image. Capturing a moment in time is priceless, but it is even better when the photo is top ‘frame-able’ quality!

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Carlos Arevalo Photography Studio

My brother-in-law has thought me a few tips over the years, but I am terrible at remembering skills unless I use it everyday. This workshop is perfect for those who are consider themselves an amateur photographer but would like to take their photography skills to the next level.

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Carlos Arevalo

And just to let you guys know Carlos is currently running a competition on his Facebook page, and his is offering 8 FREE spots to the Beginners Photography Workshop.

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Here are more details on how to win this amazing prize (please note: you must be able to attend at the specified date and location – see below):

First of all, head over to Carlos Arevalo Photography Facebook Page here

  1. Like the post (that includes the image above)
  2. Write a comment as to why you would like to attend the workshop or if you like you can nominate a friend or family member by telling why you think they should attend the workshop

Entries close 19 January 2014
Winners will be contacted 20 January 2014

Please make sure you are available to attend either workshop session on the Sunday 2nd February. And that we are able to contact to you through a Facebook message.

The workshop information is below:

DATE Sunday 2nd February 2014
SESSION 1 9:30am to 12:30pm
SESSION 2 1:30pm to 4:30pm
DURATION 3 hours
LOCATION 126 Fitzgerald Street Perth WA 6000 

What do you like to take photos of? Will you be entering this competition?

Good luck!!

E-von