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A peek at our little man’s nursery design…

November 25th, 2015 tagged as Decorating

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 tagged as BOWERHOUSE NEWS

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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Peek behind the scenes of our latest campaign shoot + 1st dibs on the new collection!...

November 12th, 2015 tagged as BOWERHOUSE NEWS

This week I am thrilled to share a peek from our latest summer campaign shoot with a few sneaky iPhone shots I managed to capture on the day...

Campaign stylist - Jo Carmichael
Campaign photographer - Jody D’Arcy
We were transported to paradise with our stunning location the home of landscape design extraordinaire Mon Palmer of Slightly Garden Obsessed.


THE NEW VINTAGE KANTHA COLLECTION...

Versatile & designed to help you create your dream summer space all about luxe pattern & colour, layer these quilts onto your bed or sofa for a gorgeous dose of texture & interest. Create your very own sanctuary, a space that invites you to linger a little longer & lose yourself with a magazine & a glass of ice tea.

This will likely be our last kantha collection before the holiday season, we have searched far & wide for the amazing pattern & coloured textiles - each piece is one of a kind & once sold cannot be reordered.

Dimensions - Each piece varies, 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)

Shop the collection here.

THE NEW KINGSIZE INDIGO SHIBORI KANTHA QUILT...

The classic combo of blue & white is timeless, these kingsize kantha bed throws invite a relaxed, coastal, carefree vibe to your space.

Being hand dyed/printed & sewn, no 2 pieces are exactly the same. Made from Indian cotton & easy to layer over your existing doona or over sheets as the weather warms up.

Dimensions - 230 x 280cm (will cover a king or queen size bed) 

Shop the collection here.


THE NEW HANDWOVEN WALLHANGING COLLECTION...

We are so excited to introduce these stunning handwoven wall hangings to Bowerhouse - the photos really don't do them justice! A statement piece of art to invite colour & texture to any space - they literally beg you to reach out & touch them. Would make a stunning feature piece in a nursery or a beautiful gift idea for someone special but really they are perfect for any space that is craving some life & personality.

Handwoven exclusively for Bowerhouse by Perth based textile artist Erica Zuccala (AKA 'Mac & More')

Pieces can be hung from the wooden dowel onto a wall hook or screw, dimensions for each listed below, measured at widest & longest points;

Shop the collection here

Live bright,
Natalie x

My guide to gorgeous concrete floors…

November 5th, 2015 tagged as Decorating

In recent years, concrete has become such a popular flooring option, there are now so many colours, effects & finishes available that there is a concrete floor to suit every home & interior style. We chose concrete for our current home & love it's beauty & practicality, I thought I would share a selection of gorgeous concrete floors & some tips to keep in mind when deciding if concrete is right for you...

Above images; 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14

In a new build, the concrete material for the slab can be chosen with polished concrete floors in mind, care must then be taken throughout the build to protect the slab from damage & towards the end of the build it is cut, polished & sealed to reveal the finished surface. To install concrete floors in an older property an existing slab can be polished, or an extra layer of concrete can be laid over the existing slab & then polished back.

Concrete floors are very durable, easy to mop clean & if desired can be re-buffed every 5 years or so to restore shine.

One thing to keep in mind is that concrete floors can be cold, this has been a problem for us in our current home & for our next build we would not consider concrete without underfloor heating. (If you live in a tropical climate or your home gets plenty of radiant heat from windows the cold may not be an issue)

The colour & finish options for concrete are endless, it can be dyed, acid washed, left in a raw state for a more natural look or aggregate can be added for colour & interest. Different states have specialist concrete suppliers, but a few of the big names to check out are Boral, Hanson & Holcim, these guys have showrooms with their colour & finish options on display.

In our current home (a new build) we went with an aggregate concrete from Holcim ‘Eucalyptus' - a creamy white colour with pale flecks of aggregate in browns & greys - a lovely neutral look that works with any interior colour scheme. We were also able to continue the same concrete to our outdoor alfresco, we gave the outdoor areas a smooth ‘honed’ finish, continuing the same material outdoors gave us that seamless transition between indoor & out so that when the big sliding doors are opened up, this open plan space merges into one big entertaining zone.

If you have any questions about our experience with concrete floors don't hesitate to hit reply & ask away :)


Live bright,
Natalie x