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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Made. By Typo

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I can not walk past Typo without taking a peek. I just love the novelty items, stationery and their DIY crafty delights. I also can’t enter a store without thinking that I wish it was my job to style the store and come up with the quirky, exciting and fun visual merchandising displays.

But it gets better, I recently discovered that Typo now have a concept store called MADE by Typo in Market Square, Geelong! A gorgeous space completely decked out for creative individuals! It opened in September, it looks amazing and apparently DIY workshops will be launched soon! I need to organise a visit pronto! Check it out.

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During my latest trip into Typo I made a few purchases – I could have walked out with boxes full, but I settled on the delightful golden apple pen holder and stag head (but in white), shown below amongst some of my other favourites.

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Whilst I didn’t actually purchase the Hexagon box shelf, I love it and was quite excited to see this in Typo, so on trend, and at the incredibly reasonable price of $29.95 for the large and $24.95 for the medium. Check them out here –  (they also sell printed hexagonal paper in a variety of patterns that can be placed in the back). I think I like this idea of shelving because of my love for geometric patterns – anything that tessellates – but also because it provides a point of difference. If you are feeling super patience and are good with measuring angles and a saw you may like to check out this tutorial for Honeycomb Shelves over at the gorgeous blog – A Beautiful Mess.

I shall leave you with some hexagon (more frequently called honeycomb shelving) inspiration for you;

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Upcycle: Bathroom Vanity

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I’m quite excited to share with you the journey of this upcycling venture. This delightful vanity transformation was a project taken on and completed by my Mum. It was her first DIY upcycle piece ever and a rather big one to take on! I think she has done an incredible job and thought I would share the process, over which we had many discussions and debates!

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Repurpose; Old door, New life!

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Thanks to up-cycling and repurposing trending right now a quick Pinterest search will unearth hundreds of ways to repurpose old doors. I love exploring people’s creative thinking, there are some clever people out there and a few of my favourite repurposed projects are shown above. Fortunately old doors are generally in abundance at recycle or recovery yards and you can usually pick them up quite cheaply.

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Little Ideas: Spruce up old chairs

Hi all! Recently I have been visiting my family. They are in the middle of renovations and I have had lots of fun helping them to pick colours and key pieces to style their new rooms. They have visitors arriving from overseas soon and more chairs were needed for an outdoor entertaining area. My Mum found these chairs at the tip when dropping off rubbish and knew I’d do something to spruce them up.

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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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DIY: Black & Gold Inspired Platter Tray

This morning I was browsing black and gold décor on Pinterest. For the right space, I love this look. It’s luxurious, glamorous and elegant whilst also being bold and striking. I think this look is all about achieving the perfect balance. It’s important to remember that a little bit of gold goes a long way. Too much bling and it becomes cheap and tacky.

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With black and gold on my mind I knew exactly what I wanted to do when I saw this gold platter plate for $1.00 as I walked past my local thrift store this morning. I was excited about it being the right shade of gold. It’s hard to get its true colour in the photo but it’s more of a dull gold as opposed to the tacky yellow looking gold.  Continue reading