Matt Stewart Inspired: Creative Play

Watching young children draw or engage in craft activities is such a wonderful thing to observe. They don’t worry about mistakes, they are not afraid to explore, to try something different and take risks. They have fun with it and then they treasure it momentarily before moving on to the next thing. They certainly don’t get hung up on it. My brand new watercolours and paper in hand this was my mission -don’t get hung up, just have a go. I was adamant that I would not be allowing myself to think ‘I can’t do it, it’s too hard, it doesn’t look right etc.’ and that I would just enjoy experimenting. Releasing expectations and mindset are both powerful things.

My experimenting wasn’t completely random but rather inspired by my fascination with beautiful Indian feather headrests that lately have been emerging in fashion photography and many art collections. One piece in particular that I fell in love with was this silhoueete below of a boy in a feather headrest by Australian artist  Matt Stewart. It’s beautiful. You can read a short interview on the gorgeous website and blog Bec Marks the Spot. We don’t all have a spare few (& a few more) thousands of dollars to splurge on such pieces of art however (or perhaps it’s just that a holiday pips it at the post) but it provided wonderful inspiration for me to play with.

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Cafe Love & Creative Flooring

Hi all in the blogging world. It may only be a matter of weeks but it feels like forever since I have posted. I have been away on holiday and then incredibly busy at work on return – but my mind has been mentally writing posts as I seem to be constantly inspired by surroundings and the beautiful people in my life.  A problem I have is that I like to do so many things, and have so many different interests, but feel there is so little time.  I am making it a priority to take time out to switch off though and lately I have enjoyed relaxing in beautiful cafes with a coffee and magazine the perfect solution.

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DIY Inspo: Creative Walls

A creative wall project has been on my radar for some time and I am currently deciding on which wall and what style. I am not personally a huge fan of plain colour block painted feature walls but there is something I love about a wall feature created with art, patterns and exposed textures such bricks, wallpaper, murals and wood etc. If you are in Australia and have watched any of the home reno reality TV shows, such as The Block or House Rules, you will no doubt have noticed the use of these different mediums. I think creating such walls requires taking risks, and the confidence to be bold, but the results are worth it. Here are a collection of ideas I have been admiring, browsing and inspired by. I will keep you posted with my creative wall outcomes!

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Upcycle: Abigail Ahern Inspired Lighting

Abigail Ahern. Absolutely love her style. Check out her website here.

It was actually over a year or so ago I purchased this lovely book of hers. I love the richness and moodiness of her style.

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She has some fabulous, quirky and creative lights and this one (pictured right) caught my attention. I like its simplicity, yet the defined lines and exposed structure around the soft glow of the light make it seem somewhat intricate. I actually forgot about it for some time until one day in thrift store I saw the perfect candidate (pictured below). The idea came straight back to me and this little project was born. I can be a little impatient when it comes to DIY so these kinds of project are my favourite. A couple of hours is all you need. Continue reading

Upcycle: Chevron Tray

I love browsing opportunity shops, thrift stores and of course the tip. When entering such places my mind immediately goes into overdrive imagining all of the possibilities for bringing items back to life or with ideas for repurposing. I rarely look at an item for what it is but rather what it can be. One of the most exciting things is that a new project can be born more often than not with change from $20! Usually my finds take inspiration from the luxury items I crave but can’t necessarily justify.

Inpiration: $69.95 www.downthatlittlelane.com.au

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This pine wooden tray was a bargain at $2.  Unfortunately I forgot to take a before photo, jumped in too quick! First I sprayed the whole tray white with gloss paint. Once it had dried I added my masking tape in a chevron style pattern before spraying gloss black. Nice & easy!

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Now this tray happily lives in my hallway. I think total cost came in at about $10.

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