The cute animal statues I’m introducing you to today are going to inject some much-needed fun back into your interior.
Homes have become so boring, don’t you think? Don’t get me wrong; you gotta do you. Everyone needs to create a space at home that feels like uniquely theirs. But interiors have become a competitor sport of late, with everyone trying to replicate each other. And it’s resulting in homes that look exactly the same.
What I find is missing in a lot of these stunning homes is that final layer of personality. Of you. Of something that showcases the bomb diggity individual who lives there. Today I want to change all that by introducing you to White Moose.
These guys share my passion for quirky decor and they celebrate the irreverent when it comes to design. Not only do I want to showcase some of their amazing products in this post, but the team have also been kind enough to give some of their cute animal statues away. The deets for the competition are further down, but let’s find out more about White Moose before we get to that.
White Moose is Making Homes Fun Again
Founder of White Moose, Colin Hutson, shares my interest in breaking homes out of their cookie cutter mould. And quite frankly the country needs more people who are willing to embrace the odd and unusual.
I’ve been fearing that home decorating is getting a little too serious the past few years, as more and more publications push us toward what’s trending or what ‘experts’ tell us is cool and desirable.
The good news is this though: a change is coming. Colin tells me that despite what you might see in the mags and online, there’s a move toward people celebrating the unusual and avoiding the mainstream.
“We’re loving the shift people are making with their home decor,” Colin admits. “People are creating their own sense of style. From monkey bowls and money box bears to dinosaur bookends and roaring hippos, our customers are making their homes fun again”.
“You can easily mix quirk pieces in with the existing design scheme you have going on. It’s as simple as finding the right spot to showcase something left-of-centre. And there are ways to ease into it if need be”.
Adding Irreverence to your Home is Easier Than you Think
So people are displaying what they love; this is music to my ears. And the even better part is that adding irreverence and personality to your home is easier than you think.
“Quirk can be injected into the home in so many ways depending on how subtle or eccentric your style is,” Colin explains. “You can paint doors bright colours, use eccentric rugs, have a banana bowl for fruit or have a giant rhino commanding the lounge room”.
These wow-factor moments in your home pave the way for you to bring in some smaller, left-of-centre decor. And don’t worry if you’re not sure how to add something odd to what might be a currently mainstream home. I got your back.
You can easily mix quirk pieces in with the existing design scheme you have going on in your space. It’s as simple as finding the right spot to showcase something left-of-centre. And Colin explains that you can ease into the process if need be.
Mixing the Wacky with the Sensible; it’s Easy!
“Those who are a little nervous with branching out from the conventional could start with something a little less outrageous and slowly evolve their style as their confidence grows,” he advises. “A product like the ADE Slump vase or our quirky salt and pepper shakers are a great place to dip your toes in”.
Fortune favours the brave, so my advice is to embrace your desire to display something wacky. What you’ll probably find is that these quirky decor finds end up being the focal point in the room; a moment of fun and something that becomes a point of banter when people come over.
“The best kinds of quirk, we think, are the ones that create micro moments of surprise or conversation with your guests,” Colin tells me. “This could be a sleeping Frenchie to greet them at the door, or a sneaky little snail as they admire your indoor plants”.
“If you love reading and discussions on your favourite literature, displaying your books between some attention grabbing bookends will spark a conversation. How could a set of whale or dinosaur bookends not grab someone’s attention?”
Supporting Local gives you Warm & Fuzzies
One of the impressive things about the White Moose journey is their support of the local design community. Since the brand’s birth in 2014, the team has continued to play an active role in the Melbourne creative scene.
It makes sense considering the brand began as a one man show; Colin selling his handmade designs at local markets. And now that he’s grown the business into a well-known online emporium, he finds ways to give back to the community.
“One of our recent collaborations with a young graphic artist, Danielle Leedie-Gray, enabled her to develop a line of indigenous artworks featuring her contemporary connection to her heritage,” Colin explains. “We loved providing her the opportunity to have her works made available at over 500 retailers across Australia and New Zealand”.
If this post hasn’t got you revved up to get quirky with your decorative choices, I’m not sure we can be friends. But if it has, and you want to take the next step, check out the competition below!
Win your Choice of Signature Animal from White Moose
Please note the competition is now closed. Winners were Natasha Andrews, Kelly Arnold and Bree Pawlasty.
To go in the draw to win your choice of signature animal from White Moose, simply follow these steps:
- Click here to hit the White Moose website
- Have a look through the signature animal range
- Come back here and drop a comment below naming your fave animal and why
Comp open to Australian residents only. Comp closes 11.59pm Friday June 8. Winners will be announced in this post and contacted via email.