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

November 12th, 2015

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

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

An ultimate, all-time feature for your home…

October 23rd, 2015

The herringbone pattern is one of those ultimate, classic features in interior design - dating back centuries, it is often seen in older, European homes but has made a comeback in recent years & works equally as well in modern architecture.

It is timeless, classic & will never date - depending on how it is used it can feel modern & edgy too. Natural wood flooring or marble tiles laid in a herringbone pattern bring luxurious elegance, a simple white subway tile laid in a herringbone pattern instantly looks sophisticated & chic.

If used over large areas keep other elements in the space simple with clean lines & let the herringbone be the feature. Because it packs such a punch, it can be really effective when used in small doses like a kitchen splashback or feature wall/panel of tiling in a bathroom.

A few gorgeous examples of herringbone ‘in action’...

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

Live bright, Natalie x

The 10 Instagram feeds you will want to live in…

October 16th, 2015

Instagram is by far my favourite social media channel, not only a personal photo journal to record & share special moments, it is the perfect way to get your daily dose of interior, style, food & travel inspiration. Below a handful of my ‘must follow’ accounts, but be warned!.... They may leave you lusting for holidays in Santorini, craving margaritas at midday & feeling inspired to makeover every room in your house!

1. @ameliafullarton - Artistic, beautifully captured moments in the daily life of Aussie photographer Amelia Fullarton.

2. @inhonorofdesign - Design blogger & mum of 4 Anna Leisemeyer invites you into her colourful world full of inspiring family moments, design, style & DIY ideas.

3. @whitneyleighmorris - The Whitney Leigh Morris Instagram feed is proof that you don’t have to live large to live beautifully, her tiny Venice Beach cottage is a little slice of interior heaven.

4. @em_henderson - One of the most popular interior stylists going around, Emily Henderson’s refreshing, honest sense of humour & accessible interior design inspo & advice make her well worth the follow.

5 & 6. @sarahshermansamuel - LA based designer Sarah Sherman Samuel’s feed is filled with snapshots of her ridiculously photogenic home & everyday adventures as a new mum.

7. @gkstories - Author of one of my fave cookbooks ‘Green Kitchen Stories’, David Frenkiel takes us on a drool-worthy journey full of nourishing, whole food recipe inspiration.

8. @sincerelyjules - Julie Sarinana is the ultimate style & travel muse - best known for her laid back, effortlessly chic wardrobe/style inspiration, Jules spends most of her days globetrotting & sharing ultimate inspiration for that never-ending holiday bucket list.

9 & 10. @zachmilne - Australian travel & lifestyle blogger Zach Milne provides a daily escape to amazing destinations in our own backyard & around the globe.

11. @apairandaspare - Geneva Vanderziel is a blogger based in one of my fave cities, Hong Kong - her Instagram is full of wanderlust with secret Hong Kong hang outs, travel, style & DIY inspiration.

12. @emily_katz - I am a huge fan of macramé artist & indoor plant enthusiast Emily Katz, her feed is packed full of boho interior inspiration.

Live bright, Natalie x

How to create that perfect indoor to outdoor flow…

October 7th, 2015

Well it feels like we have skipped spring and dived straight into summer this week in Perth! It is finally time to dust off the Havaianas & floaty dresses, I can almost taste the Pina Coladas - this is when Australian living really comes into it’s own!

Today I am sharing some beautiful homes that make the most of our lovely long summer season - homes that blur the lines between indoor & outdoor, living spaces that open up to the outside or rooms that bring the outdoors in.

Taking a cue from the below spaces, when planning new or renovating, don’t treat inside & outside areas as separate. Consider these spaces in relation to each other - materials, finishes & furniture should be complimentary or work well together to create a free flowing, seamless transition from indoor to out…

Above Images; 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11.

Speaking of summer... I just had to share some sunny vibes from the Instagram feed of my clever customer Melissa (@teamtonkin) I love her handsome cactus sitting proud in one of our natural seagrass baskets. You can browse & shop these baskets here.

Photo by @teamtonkin

Live bright,
Natalie x

11 inspiring spaces that will banish those winter blues…

September 30th, 2015

This week it feels like spring has finally sprung! Lots of sun streaming into the house & it is warm enough to open the windows & invite that fresh smell of spring air inside. The natives in my garden are in full bloom & I am enjoying snipping the foliage & flowers to dot some beautiful, free arrangements around our home…

In celebration of the new season I have gathered some bright spring inspired interior inspiration - lots of fresh white & green, floral prints & natural surfaces to help shake off those winter blues…

Above Images; 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11.

Links to browse the above pieces in store…

1 & 2. ‘Ikat’ Denim Cushion, ‘Sita’ Silk Kantha Cushion

3, 4, 5 & 6. ‘Chandika’, ‘Sukhi’, ‘Vidhya’, ‘Nalika’ Vintage Kantha Quilts

7. ‘Alia’ Kingsize Cutwork Bed Throw

8. Large Natural Seagrass Basket

9 & 10. Jute/Silver & Jute/Gold Metallic Stripe Entrance Mat

Live bright, Natalie x

Don’t forget this on your next building or decorating project…

September 23rd, 2015

Sightlines…. How important are they? The line of sight from one room to another, how 2 spaces connect, the 1st view of a space when you enter, those moments that surprise you & make you want to see more - I think these are important yet often overlooked things to consider when planning a room or space…

Above Images; 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11.

When planning/building a new home or renovating or refreshing an existing one, it is crucial to take time visualising walking into/through the spaces (I know! Easier said than done!). A few things to consider….

  • What view will visitors be faced with when entering your home? Do you want a line of sight right through your home to a view out a large picture window or tall glass sliding doors? Or do you want your main living spaces screened from the front entryway?
  • Thinking about the aligning of windows & door openings to create focal points is a great idea - a cleverly positioned window at the end of a view draws you though the space towards it.
  • When planning a bathroom, where possible hide the toilet out of plain sight, behind the door opening, behind a half wall or obscured by the vanity.
  • When you open the door to a bedroom, do you see clothes baskets or an overflowing wardrobe? Or a beautifully dressed bed, feature armchair or striking piece of art?
  • Walking through a hallway, is there something at the end that sparks interest & entices you towards it?
  • Where possible you ideally want to keep private areas like bathrooms or laundry out of plain sight of your main living areas.
  • When it comes to decorating, think about how 1 room flows to another - for adjoining rooms you may want to keep colour palettes & materials consistent so you have an effortless flow from one room to the next.

For a new build you can design spaces with these ideas in mind, but for existing spaces it can be trickier; however - a simple furniture re-arrangement, space de-clutter or positioning a feature decor item like a chair, plant, lamp, mirror or artwork can be easy ways to improve sightlines & how a space generally looks & feels.

VINTAGE KANTHAS 50% OFF…

Link to browse the above quilts in store… Adi, Aja, Naija, Kalyan, Revathi, Vaayu.

Live bright,

Natalie x

My guide to the wonderful world of kitchen splashbacks…

August 28th, 2015

After sourcing kitchen splashbacks for a couple of houses recently, I thought I might share some of my tips & ideas when it comes to choosing from the many wonderful options available these days;

Glass
A long lasting, low maintenance, easy to clean option - great for modern kitchens with clean lines. Here are a few tips I have picked up when choosing glass splashbacks;

  • Stick to classic plain/flat colour options rather than shimmery, metallic or glitter effects which are likely to date quickly.
  • There are a couple of glass quality options - ‘Clear’ the standard option glass which will give your splashback a green tinge, or ‘Starphire’, a more expensive, premium quality glass with no tint, giving you a true representation of your chosen colour. Unless you want a blue/green tinge splashback you need to specify Starphire or ‘low iron’ glass.
  • ‘White’ glass splash backs are notoriously difficult to colour match to bench tops & cabinetry, they easily look too stark or the wrong colour tone against other surfaces - I recommend asking your splashback supplier to match to your own chosen off-white paint colour that ties in with your scheme - something soft & neutral that will blend nicely with the other surfaces - if you have a composite bench top try picking out a tone from the colour flecks in the stone. I have recently used Dulux Hog Bristle 1/2 strength (a warm, creamy, neutral) with Essastone ‘Crystal Chalk’ benchtops & Dulux White Duck 1/4 strength (a greyish/beige) with Essastone ‘Bone White’ bench tops which work really well.
  • Do request a sample of your chosen colour before going ahead with the install. Window If you have a lovely outlook from your kitchen, like us - you might want to go for a window that acts as your splash back, it will provide lovely natural light & perhaps give you a view over your garden or greenery covered fence or wall.

Tile
Tiles are a versatile option & can be a great way to introduce character & personality to the kitchen. These days there are so many beautiful options in tile shapes & laying patterns, beautiful bevelled edges or special glazed, handcrafted finishes. The beauty of tiles is the versatility - An inexpensive, plain white tile in a rectangle shape laid in an interesting format with a grey colour grout takes an inexpensive material to a whole new level. Some people are anti-tile due to the grout cleaning factor, going for a darker grout colour can minimise this.

Marble
Carrera or Calcutta marble might just be the most impressive surface you could choose in a kitchen, but committing to marble does come with some maintenance. Sealing is recommended as acidic food substances can stain marble if left to sit, you would need to keep an eye on any smoke or spitting stains from cooking & it is prone to scratching. In general, being a natural surface it will wear & patina with age, which is not necessarily a bad thing for marble lovers & is one of the attractions of this beautiful material.

If you want the marble look without the maintenance concern, Ceasarstone & Essastone have lovely marble look colour options - a seamless, marble look bench top & splash back like this one could be a beautiful option.

Stainless Steel
Although not that common, stainless steel is a striking & durable option. relatively easy to clean, but does mark easily so regular cleaning is necessary. A great option for a true ‘cooks’ kitchen or if you are going for an industrial look.

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

Live bright,

Natalie x

Beautiful, big kingsize vintage kantha quilts…

August 14th, 2015

We have just received gorgeous little collection of Kingsize vintage kantha quilts - most vintage kanthas are best suited to single, double & queen size beds but for these pieces the vintage textiles have been patch worked together to create an extra large size, generous enough to fully cover a queen or king size bed!

Perfect for inviting joyful colour & character to your bedroom sanctuary, each piece has it’s own personality & will instantly update a room. In a simple, serene space the multi colour & pattern quilt becomes the feature, or tie the colours back to artwork, rug or cushions in a colourful, eclectic bedroom.

A cosy extra layer over the doona on these chilly winter nights or a lovely weight to lay over sheets in summer - they easily fold up or can be thrown over an armchair when not being used. (they also make great sofa throws - look great & provide protection from little ones or pets)

Each piece is one of a kind & cannot be re-ordered again, made from vintage panels of soft printed cotton intricately handstitched together. If you invite a kantha into your home you will get to enjoy it every day & treasure forever.

Dimensions - Approx 230cm x 280cm $289.00

Click here to browse our kingsize kanthas in store

Live bright, Natalie x

My go-to spots for free interiors inspiration…

August 4th, 2015

This week I thought I would share some of my go-to online resources for interiors inspiration - Australian & overseas based blogs, websites & online magazines that I often refer to when searching for inspiration for a new project.

If you do not already have a Pinterest account I highly recommend getting one started, it will become your very own curated library of ideas & inspiration - recipes, craft & DIY, hotel/holiday bucket lists & interior inspiration. Stay updated with your favourite blogs or online magazines & pin inspiring content to your Pinterest boards as you come across it, this way you will build a fantastic resource of wonderful ideas that you can go to for reference whenever you are in need of inspiration!

Below a storyboard of interior eye-candy from my fave sites & the links to check them out.

Nat’s Go-To Spots for Online Interiors Inspiration…

Est Magazine - Images 1 & 2

SF Girl by Bay - Image 3

Adore Magazine - Image 4

The Design Files - Images 5 & 6

Design Sponge - Images 7 & 8

Lonny Magazine - Image 9

Inside Out - Image 10

My Domaine - Image 11

Rue Magazine - Image 12

Live bright,

Natalie x