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September 4th, 2019

Yes, the time has come for Bowerhouse to close its doors. Since becoming a mum, designing a homewares label, running an online store & keeping up with social media algorithms has lost its joy, since the birth of my 2nd 15mths ago, the juggle has become a daily struggle & I have decided enough of spreading myself too thin & not giving Bowerhouse the justice it deserves.

My word of the year is Surrender, this time is for my kids; the nights are sleepless, the tantrums are strong & the coffee is never strong enough… The days are long but these years are fleeting, I want to enjoy them & be present for my family.

A huge thank you to my loyal customers, many of you returning over the years to fill your home with Bowerhouse, It makes my heart so happy thinking of my wares being used & treasured in so many homes for many years to come. A special shout out to Jody D’Arcy & Jo Carmichael for taking a chance on my little start up & weaving your magic to help me create the kick-ass campaigns that saw my products gracing the pages of Belle, Inside Out, Vogue, House & Garden (to name a few) & a feature on The Design Files within a month of launching

I am not yet sure what will come of this Bowerhouse account but some of you may have already discovered my side hustle & creative outlet @bowerandfound - my little insta store created as a place to fill my cup & pursue my love of vintage/ interiors where from time to time I offer for sale treasures from my thrifting adventures. If you would like a last opportunity to buy a Bowerhouse bar cart, kantha quilt or cushion, keep your eyes on the @bowerandfound space as I will be listing my remaining stock over the coming weeks at discounted prices.

If you would like to get in touch, I am reachable via the @bowerandfound space or via email natalie@bowerhouse.com.au

Thank you again, Natalie.

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11 dreamy spaces you wouldn’t want to leave…

February 13th, 2016

Lately I have not been able to ignore the beautiful window seats I have seen popping up in houses on Pinterest & social media - it feels like they are ‘having a moment’ in new home design. A modern, architecturally designed feature, a modified bay window in a character home or simply some strategically placed floor cushions - the idea of a light filled, cosy nook connecting to the outdoors to read or watch the world go by sounds like heaven to me… Above images; 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11. Live bright,Natalie x

15 inspiring spaces to celebrate the best of Australian style…

January 29th, 2016

In the spirit of celebrating all things Australian, this week I thought it would be fun to share a collection of gorgeous spaces that embody the quintessential Aussie spirit.

Homes that invite nature & the great outdoors in, that have a relaxed, warm & comfortable vibe without sacrificing on style. Understated & not too fussy or precious - natural, honest materials, with pieces that have soul & character designed to be loved, used & enjoyed by all…

Above images; A, B, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13.

NEW VINTAGE KANTHA QUILTS IN STORE NOW…

Link to browse above quilts in store - Akula, Ahila, Mina, Shreya.

Live bright,
Natalie

Gorgeous new pieces to inspire a happy new year…

January 21st, 2016

Happy 2016! I hope you enjoyed a very merry festive season & managed to take some time to relax, reflect & set intentions for an exciting year ahead?

We are about to embark on the journey of building a new house so I am looking forward to sharing our inspirations & plans with you along the way. If you are in need of some inspiration for a space in your home or have a subject you would love covered in these newsletters, do hit reply, I would love to know about it :)

This week I am keeping it short & sweet - sharing with you the brand new pieces that have just landed at Bowerhouse…

VINTAGE KANTHA QUILTS…

Lots of gorgeous colour & pattern in this little collection to inject inspiration & joy into your home for the new year! Each piece is one of a kind and cannot be re-ordered again, made from vintage panels of soft printed cotton intricately hand stitched together.

Regular vintage kantha quilts - $175.00 Dimensions vary between each piece, generally all will fully cover a single bed or lay horizontally to cover a double or queen bed (the quilt will cover the bed width-ways and the bottom 2/3 of the bed lengthways)

Kingsize Patchwork Kantha Quilts - $289.00 - with free shipping Dimensions approx 230cm x 280cm

These quilts are made from vintage material, you can expect to find patches, rough/raw edges & general imperfections in the colour & finish, adding to its unique charm.

KINGSIZE INDIGO KANTHA QUILTS

The classic combo of blue & white is timeless, these kingsize kantha bed throws invite a relaxed, coastal, carefree vibe to your space. Made from Indian cotton & easy to layer over your existing doona or over sheets as the weather warms up.

The Indigo quilts are new, not vintage - with one side hand dyed/printed, the reverse in plain dyed indigo & the entire quilt covered in hand stitched lines.

Price - $259.00 with free shipping Dimensions - 230 x 280cm (will cover a king or queen size bed)

Live bright,
Natalie x

My inspiration for a perfect Christmas table…

December 24th, 2015

I am popping into your inbox for the last time in 2015 with some inspiration for your Christmas table - this year I am going with slate grey linen table cloths, brown kraft paper table runner, a scattering of gold & silver glass tea light votives, glittering baubles, christmas ornaments & these cute mini rosemary wreath name place cards - to make life easier the Christmas table will be set the day before so Christmas morning can be free for present unwrapping & ham/ cheese croissants! I will share our finished Christmas table over on Instagram & if you are chasing extra festive inspiration you can check out our festive Pinterest board here.

Wishing you & your family a safe & very Merry Christmas & New Year, I will be back to your inbox in Jan with fresh inspiration for the new year. Thanks for taking the time out of your busy day to read my weekly musings, for sharing them with friends & for your replies - I love connecting & sharing with you each week!

Above Images: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14.

Live bright,

Natalie x

My inspiration for a perfect Christmas table…

December 17th, 2015

Well it is time to start counting the sleeps! I hope the pre-Christmas craziness hasn’t been too stressful & you don’t have too many pressies left to buy! If you are wanting an easy last minute gift idea we have gorgeous gift cards available - can be made for any value, have no expiry date & can be posted to you or direct to the lucky recipient! Simply hit reply if you are interested & if ordered by Friday I can ensure delivery in time for Christmas :)

I will continue the festive theme this week with a round up of bar carts dressed beautifully for celebration. Even if you don’t own a bar cart, some kind of drinks station set up is a real game changer when entertaining.

A selection of glasses, ice bucket & tongs, jug or dispenser of water, straws & a bowl of lemon/lime wedges set up in close proximity to the booze not only looks fun, but makes your job as glam, unflappable host that much easier! It will save you running to the kitchen every five minutes for glasses or directing people to the water/ice, simply keep the station stocked & you have more time to relax & enjoy the celebration knowing your guests are being kept well hydrated & of course in party mode as the day wears on!

Above Images: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8.

Above Images: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7.

Live bright,

Natalie x

My Easy DIY Santa Sack

December 14th, 2015

It is a fact that kids make Christmas more fun & although our little one will still be ‘cooking’ till 2016, I have not been able to resist buying a few Christmas gifts for ‘junior’… ok I will admit I may have gotten a little over excited & taken things too far in creating this Santa sack to fill with pressies & pop under the tree for our little man ;) !

This DIY might look daunting for the ’non-crafty’ & you will need use of a sewing machine but I guarantee this is super simple - only 6 straight lines to stitch, a novice could whip this up in under an hour. I picked up the materials from Spotlight for under $35.00 & yes of course you could buy a cute Santa sack ready made, but there is a certain satisfaction & ‘specialness’ in creating your own - you can design it to tie in with your festive scheme or how about creating a personalised, one of a kind design for each child? I would love to know if you give this DIY a go…

My five point star template was found here & printed to fill an A4 page.

Live bright,
Natalie x

My ‘better late than never’ easy DIY advent calendar

December 4th, 2015

Ok, so I realise it is the 3rd of December, but when you leave it till December 1st to go in search of an advent calendar you quickly discover it mission impossible & desperate measures are required if you don’t want to come home to disappointed kiddies (or in my case a disappointed ‘big kid’ of a husband!)

This DIY is so very simple, with the exception of the paper bags I had all of the materials at home & it only took about half an hour to create! I am pretty pleased with how it turned out - a fun piece that can sit proudly on the mantle & tie into our festive decorating scheme. (with the added bonus - I am back to wife of the year status ;) If you have a go at this DIY I would love to know how you get on!

Live bright,
Natalie x

A peek at our little man’s nursery design…

November 25th, 2015

Firstly, a quick mention that we have had such a great reaction to the release of our new summer collection (if you missed the new campaign in last week’s newsletter you can find it here). We are now running very low in stock on almost all bar cart styles - just a heads up in case you are wanting Roy, Terrance or Harvey to help you celebrate the silly season! ;)

If you follow Bowerhouse on Instagram you might already know I am pregnant with my 1st - having entered into this new, strange & wonderful world, I may be clueless when it comes to swaddling, sleep routines & travel systems but I have LOVED designing a dreamy nursery for our little man & thought I might share the design journey with you today…

The starting point was this gorgeous vintage kantha quilt that somehow found it’s way into the linen closet ;) Red with a subtle white print, blue stitching & soft cream/grey check reverse.

Although the quilt provides a bright burst of colour, overall I wanted a soft, calming space so have decided on keeping the walls white & layering a few shades of blue with cream & touches of natural wood for warmth. Below is my storyboard with inspiration images for the room…

Above Images: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10.

I didn’t want to go too themed & didn’t want anything overly ‘babyish’ in the space, so although there are many irresistibly cute baby mobiles & cushions around, I wanted pieces that would grow with our little man, artwork that wouldn’t look out of place in an 8yr old’s room or pieces like the wallhanging, armchair & ‘eye eye’ art print that could be swapped out to a living space when his room gets updated down the track. Even though we know we are having a boy, like clothing purchases, I am trying to stay fairly gender neutral so key pieces can be used again if we have a girl in the future. Below the moodboard & product list/shop links…

Product List;

  1. Mobile - Castle & Things paper sculptures to string & hang from the ceiling for a fun pop of colour.
  2. Fine Little Day Eye, Eye poster
  3. ‘The Whale’, Terry Fan art print
  4. Louie Luxe custom floating type name (note Archie is not our chosen child’s name :)
  5. Kalon Studios Caravan Cot - In my opinion the most attractive cot going around - converts to a beautiful toddler bed & could also be used in a playroom as a daybed/lounge. If we decide not to splurge on the cot we will go for this budget friendly option.
  6. Featherstone armchair
  7. Fog Linen cotton baby blanket
  8. Purebaby bunny rug
  9. Pappiyon Design custom cot sheet
  10. Bowerhouse vintage kantha quilt
  11. Kippins ‘River’ comforter
  12. Finklestein handmade Elephant
  13. Ububub Booksie Bookshelves - In love with these genius designed bookshelves that display those gorgeous book covers making it easy to find your child’s fave & turns them into works of art.
  14. Bowerhouse handwoven wallhanging
  15. Bright Beige ‘Chasing Whales’ print
  16. Bloomingville Wooden Pull-along Train
  17. Bowerhouse Natural Seagrass baskets - as laundry & toy baskets.
  18. Ikea Mandal Chest of Drawers to double as change table

Live bright,

Natalie x

Let me take you on a journey…

November 19th, 2015

Today I would love to take you on a little journey to be the 1st to discover our new summer collection & campaign ‘The Golden Hour’.

Shot & styled by the best in the biz & my ultimate dream team - photographer Jody D’Arcy & stylist Jo Carmichael on location in the gorgeous home of Mon Palmer of Slightly Garden Obsessed.

I hope you enjoy…

Featured above:
‘Veena’ vintage kantha quilt, Gypsy Luxe Velvet Euro & Regular Cushions - Slate, Aquarius 2, Reed & Selene Kantha cushions, Jute/Metallic Gold Stripe Rug, Drum Stool - Wenge/ Black Geo Cushion, Natural Seagrass Basket Med & Large, Handwoven Wallhanging - Black, ‘You on my Mind’ & ‘Your Time to Shine’ Legacy Artworks.

Featured above:
Image 1 & 2 - Roy Bar Cart, Drum Stool - Whitewash/Black Geo Cushion, ‘Kaveri’ Vintage Kantha Quilt, Natural Seagrass Baskets.
Image 3 - Leopard Denim Cushion, Kriss Kross Denim Cushion, Selene & Reed Kantha cushions, ‘Charu’ Vintage Kantha Quilt, Drum Stool - Wenge/ Black Geo Cushion,

Featured above:
‘Alia’ Cutwork Bed Throw, ‘Tamasi’ Vintage Kantha Quilt, Gypsy Luxe Velvet Euro & Regular Cushions - Moss, Uma Vintage Kantha cushions, Barrel Side Table - Wenge, Natural Seagrass Basket Medium, Handwoven Wallhanging - Natural + Beads, Island Baby Pendant Light - Black.

Featured above:
Terrance Bar Cart - Natural, Handwoven Wallhanging - Indigo, ‘Santorini’ Kingsize Indigo Kantha Quilt, Linier Kingsize Indigo Kantha Quilt, Gypsy Luxe Velvet Cushion - Ocean, Indigo Kantha Euro Pillowcase - Check, Kali & Ariel Kantha cushions, Indigo Kantha Euro Pillowcase - Floral.

Featured above:
‘Himaja’ vintage kantha quilt (on wall), Islander Pendant Light - Black, Legacy Artwork, Daya’ & ‘Ajatha’ Vintage Kantha Quilts (on bed), Gypsy Luxe Velvet Euro & Regular Cushions - Teal, Ikat Denim Cushion, Kriss Kross Denim Cushion, Natural Seagrass Basket Large.


Featured above:
Terrance Bar Cart - Wenge.

‘The Golden Hour’ collection now available in store.

Live bright,
Natalie x

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