For Ria Ford of local business Zambella, living in South Africa for 10 years exposed her to the beaded arts movement. Using recycled items to create handmade gifts, it supports a community of more than 450 artists. The best part? The products are now selling on the Down That Little Lane website and I'm showcasing them (and other wares) today on the blog.
Truth be told, I'm no techy; I usually leave that stuff to my other half, who’s often excited by gadgets and associated accessories. But when I got my hands on the UE Boom, even I was smitten with this summer
Like the face of an ageing starlet, it seems everything old becomes new again - and the beanbag seems to have received a glorious modern-day rejuvenation. The ones I'm showcasing on the blog today are from local company Crashmat - and the best part is that there are indoor and outdoor varieties for man, woman and child (and your pampered pooch, of course!). With summer on the horizon, I can already envision myself in one of these, poolside, with a cocktail in hand!
It's no secret that I'm a bit obsessed with Typo; it's the go-to store for all things affordable and on-trend in stationery and beyond. I was having kittens, then, when I saw these images of the new Made by Typo pop-up store in Geelong, which has just further fuelled my love for this crafty destination. I'm booking my flights down there immediately if not sooner (and I will be taking all of those pom poms home with me!).
I love supporting local Creatives, but one must acknowledge the fab things our brothers from another mother are doing over in New Zealand. The decor gods listened to my cries for stunning imagery this week as these New Zealand homewares snaps from new Auckland store, Indie Home Collective, hit my inbox. If you're a lover of earthy, eclectic or industrial decor, have your bib at the ready as we begin the drool-fest. If someone can fly these pieces over to me on the red eye it would be very much appreciated!
For Sarah Preston, the founder of Tomfo (Tomorrow’s Family Organiser), keeping her home running smoothly has become second nature. “We always say put it on the calendar; if it's not on the calendar, it's not on,” she says. The local creative not only produces a family organiser you can use to keep your life in order (in dire need right here!), but she’s producing some other creative gems I’m going gaga over too.
I'm normally a bit of a colour obsessive, but I can't deny the fact that the lure of white has been a little too hard to resist lately. I'm beginning to see why so many of you are fond of keeping things crisp and clean like this at home. Well, I've gone all out with this post; a curation of ten wondrous white homewares buys, that are available online for you to nab right now.Simply click on the picture and follow the link to the store to buy the white homewares pice - too easy!ABOVE: The Signature Dining Table from Freedom.
I know it's always sunshine and lollipops in TLC land, but I wanted to write a more serious post to share a special moment that happened to me this week, that really highlighted how the creative community can help one
Rugs are the new cushions if you ask me; they're so affordable nowadays that you can swap them around at a moment's notice when you tire of your old one (unlike when they swapped old Pippa for new Pippa on Home and Away - that was just too big a change for me to handle). The added bonus with smaller, lightweight rugs like the ones above is that you can layer them for a relaxed and casual vibe that still packs a visual punch (and you can score them at a discounted price - read on!)