A few collections, finds and projects from our busy month past…
There’s something magical about the southwest of WA that’s undefinable. The slower pace and array of landscapes where ocean meets the forest is an invitation to get lost and rejuvenate. For D it’s a trip home and for me, well I still have that same sense of anticipation whenever I visit. Like so many other West Aussies, our family has visited the region every year for the Easter weekend and I’ve never grown out of the childlike excitement once we leave the city in our rear view mirrors.
This past weekend we made the trip for a magazine photo shoot I’m doing (tough work, I know!) and we made the most of what is really a familiar home away from home for both of us. I won’t spoil the project I’m working on, but I can tell you it’s going to appear in an upcoming issue of Hearth Magazine!
On our journey home we literally lost ourselves (well I did, D knows the roads like he learnt to drive through them) and stumbled upon a true treasure in the Old Goldfields Cidery. Originally from London, the owner and producer brought with him an eclectic sense of styling and taste which can be seen right through his branding and interior styling of the place. We could have spent all day wandering through his orchards and tasting their range of ciders and fallen plums…
I have some really exciting projects in the pipeline for this year where I get the opportunity to share my images and stories of our landscape and creative scene. Today I’m really thrilled to be featured on the new and lovely Hearth Magazine, a place for stories and beautiful imagery from all over the globe, celebrating life and our everyday moments. Stay tuned for more as I contribute over the year, both online and – in print!
I have long held a fascination with all things from the sea. From the wide and stunning array of ocean blues to all varieties of sea life (and their remnants) from the shallows to the depths, my love of anything maritime also encompasses the romance of days gone by. Floating vessels and their various rigging and nautical supplies used by seamen, soliders and merchants. Not to mention the many myths of the sea with beautiful imagery of glistening scaled mer-people, under water lost cities and well traveled floating mail in bottles.
When given the chance to step into the salt water for any occasion I do so with a sense of anticipation and adventure. This Australia day weekend saw us travel south in search of a family favorite – the blue manna crab. Our estuary walking rewarded us with an abundance of the sweet-meat treats to enjoy. The iridescent blue of the crustaceans spotted amongst the murky water is always just as much an enjoyment as the taste for me!
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For the next two weeks over at Natalie Long’s Bowerhouse blog I’ll be sharing some of my tips to creating story telling vignettes (a fancy name for a group of objects and curios!) in the corners and empty shelves in your home. Of course these ideas are just the beginning – do you have any other clever tips when it comes to decorating with objects you love?
I’ve really been enjoying “vignetting” over on Instagram these last few days as part of the #7vignettes Interiors Addict challenge. It’s all about story telling with grouped objects and it’s something I love and just get lost in. Here’s my entry for day 2, inspired by colour. Definitely loved using a brighter palette for this – something I wanted to do more of this year anyway!
Yellow placemat by Madras Link (on wall); Koko Ambrosi bowl, Aztec trinket tray from Sportsgirl; Message in a bottle by O-Check, paper heart handmade (for those Inside Out fans it’s a crafty project found in the recent Summer issue!).
Last Saturday I had the pleasure of shooting the new spring look book for Ally from Vintage Valley. We spent the day in a vintage picnic setting surrounded by old records, vintage prints, fresh strawberries and of course the gorgeous pieces Ally has collected for her new range for the warm months ahead. She is such a natural in front of the camera and made my life easy! And wouldn’t you agree Ally has that classic vintage pinup look down perfectly?! Make sure to keep an eye on her site for the official launch of her lookbook, but in the meantime here is a sneak peek of some of my favourites from the day…
Spring is very much on the way and I love it! Not one for the cold, (not that Winter has been all that tough here) I look forward with longing for sunnier days spent celebrating friends birthdays this time of year, days at the races and casual picnics at the park. I’ll be out and about collecting some new and cute Spring products for a shoot this week, but I’ll leave you with this sweet, arty piece styled by the lovely vintage-loving lass Ally from Vintage Valley, and photographed by me for her new Spring look book. More from this shoot soon!
Yesterday was a pretty exciting first for me so I’ll enjoy the moment while I can Bright and early we took a trip to the nearest deli to pick up a few copies of the Sunday Times, to unveil a finished print featuring my styling work not only on the cover but also the inside cover of Home Magazine! The gorgeous Alpine Villa by Dale Alcock proved to be a beautiful backdrop for the finishing touches and I was so pleased with the results of the shoot.
I hope everyone has enjoyed the gorgeous start to our Winter this long weekend. Here are a few snapshots from a relaxed trip north east on Saturday to a friend’s farm. I love the many textures and colours in the country palette, not to mention lots of farmhouse gold to be found and rummaged through!