I just checked up on one of my favourite designers, Heather Moore at Skinny laminx. I stumbled across Heather's market stall a few years ago at the Neighbourgoods Market in Cape Town and after going a little bit crazy buying her lovely screen-printed tea towels and napkins (but they were so lovely), I've followed her inspiring blog ever since. This week she is launching a new fabric collection called 'Flower Dreams'. Dreamy it certainly is and already I'm thinking about re-covering every cushion in the house with her beautiful floral, screen-printed designs. Check out the cute little animation - what a talented lady.
You can buy Skinny laminx fabrics and homewares on Etsy here.
As expected the Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show was wonderful this year and Melbourne put on some great weather. We arrived super early which was smart because by lunch time the place was swarming with meandering visitors.
Of course the Gold Show Garden winners were very impressive, especially 'Conversations' by Paal Grant Designs which uses curved lines and tiered beds rippling out from the dining table focal point. The garden also features beautiful metal work by metal art studio Entanglements. But it was the Student Design section that I really enjoyed. 'Eden' by Ross Uebergang took out gold in this section and had so many great ideas including a water feature that doubled as a table - love the succulents in the old glasses.
These pot plants & tableware by French company Serax for Pantone have me very excited! Almost as excited as my 3 year old is for easter eggs (maybe even more). In 12 colours the Pantone Universe collection is sure to brighten up even the dreariest garden on a winter day. Now what to plant in them?
There is some great design coming out of Spain right now in the outdoor furniture world and one of the front runners is furniture & lighting design company, Vondom. Far from the run of the mill patio sets, Vondoms furniture, pot and lighting collections are pieces of art combining top design, functionality & sustainability.
The furniture is made of a lineal polyethylene material with a low density using a technique called 'rotational moulding'. If that's all a bit high tech for you (as it is for me), then all you will want to know is that the end product is 100% recyclable, UV resistant and can tolerate extreme temperatures over long periods of time, making it ideal for Australia's harsh climate.
I'm loving the new collection called Stones designed by Stefano Giovannoni and Elisa Gargan. Its available in a variety of bold colours (the hot pink would be amazing) and even has a LED lighting option. By the look of the glam images from the catalogue, Vondom also have a very good marketing department who know how best to show off their pieces in some stunning locations. For Australians, the Vondom collections can be found at KEZU.
Walking through the leafy streets of Woollahra last weekend, I noticed the first signs of Autumn. The air was cool, a breeze was up and the leaves are beginning to turn - the summer (that we never had) is turning into Autumn and I can't wait to get the doonah out!
Here's some more autumnal inspiration from the latest edition of Country Life Magazine. This is Wombat Park, a 160-hectare, Victorian estate on the outskirts of Daylesford and the strawberry tart is just there because it looks so amazing.
These eco-friendly 'turf pillows' by Alicia Blass of Firmly Planted are such a fun idea for outdoor or indoor. Alicia applies turf to garden objects to create amazing custom designs including cushions & pillows, house numbers, outdoor mirrors & frames, clocks, flower boxes and my personal favourite, dog beds! When not applying turf to anything & everything, Alicia also offers a garden design service and is a Feng Shui expert - very interesting and inspiring lady.
Oh would you look at the time! My last post was months ago and I apologise readers for my blogging absence. I know you've been checking back every day to see if Gardenique is back online! (just jokes). Well apart from a very busy christmas, a garden design to finish in Balmain, Sydney and another in Brighton, Melbourne, a very very wet Sydney summer and coming to grips with the news we are to be parents again (oops!), I really have no excuse for not posting BUT I'm back in the blogging swing of things and ready to be inspired.
Big things planned for 2012 including a new website (I know, I know, the current one is terrible!), some interesting, succulent projects, an online shop and hopefully a bit of travel to visit some gardens around the country including the Melbourne Flower Show in a few weeks - very exciting! Thanks for your patience, I know its been a long break but Gardenique is back!