A few weeks ago I went to the Ikea Art Event which showcased 12 art works created by street artist from around the world. Yep, cool stuff. So cool in fact, that I now have two hanging in my own home.
I love that with the street style of these posters, you can be causal about hanging them with washi tape or bull dog clips, or you can stick with the traditional frame. And they are big…. 70x100cm. The best thing is they only cost $14.95. Yep, what a bargain! Get onto buying them quickly as they are limited edition and your favourite print may sell out…. RUN!
It’s fashion week here in Sydney, (thank you Instagram feed for reminding me every single minute…) so to feel included I thought I’d do a fashion inspired post. I’ve noticed lately more home accessories are mirroring the fashion trends… like the grid print. Sounds mundane yes, but its simplicity is oh-so-beautiful. It’s been floating around the fashion world with Josh Goot, Cameo and Country Road having these sexy yet simple grid patterns splashed across shirts, skirts and dresses. It’s very modern, minimalist and chic.
Love it? Below are my favourite grid patterned homewares- and not restricted to just black and white! Enjoy.
There’s nothing like decorating with tan leather to add warmth and sophistication to your room. It’s old world but at the same time can be modern. It can be used on mass, for example with a couch; or as a little hint like an accessory with leather details. I have my beloved tan leather butterfly chair with copper legs in my lounge room (as you are all well aware now…) and it adds so much glam to the room. People traditionally think anything leather is super expensive, but below I have found some leather accents for your home that are affordable!
A few weeks ago I attended the opening of Living Edge’s new showroom at the Woolstores in Alexandria with my mate Paul. If you’re ever sipping soy lattes at The Grounds I highly suggest you walk a block up and check it out. And here’s a pic of Paul and I pretending to be models, discussing design over whisky. because that’s what we do. Well, Paul’s not pretending.
I saw all my favorite things; blonde timber, tan leather, greys, mints, pastel pinks, golds and white marble. Everything is so sleek. I literally thought I died and went to heaven. It must have been, with that amazing cheese table I stood at for half an hour. (Yes there are many cheese tables in heaven or so I imagine) But lets be honest, I had a serious lust problem that night. I WANTED IT ALL.
These are items you’ll save up for and love forever. Literally forever. They will last the design ages, trust me.
Here is my list of lust haves….. (maybe you can combine my birthday and Christmas presents to get one of these for me?)
Podium Candle Holder by La Chance
Eames Wire Base Low Table- Outdoor by Herman Miller
If you follow me on Instagram you’d know how much I love my new Butterfly Chair from The Citizenry. I came across The Citizenry by chance… and man do I love their stuff. Like really really love their stuff. I thought I’d share my secret with you about this amazing shop. Yes it is based in the U.S… but I have a sneaky code to avoid the shipping cost… AUWITHLOVE. Don’t go shopping your little heart out yet, learn why you want to shop here. Because its much more than an online store. It celebrates the artisans all around the world, the experts in their field. It sells their genuine product. It now means that when you next go to Peru, you don’t need to lug back that heavy one of a kind rug, you can buy its authentic sister online.The owners, Rachel and Carly, work really hard behind this ethos of keeping these creative practices alive and supporting the underdog. I had a chance to chat to them quickly about The Citizenry and their travels….. Enjoy!
TELL ME ABOUT THE CITIZENRY!
CARLY: The Citizenry is a modern home decor brand created to inspire people to fill their homes with more meaningful items crafted by artisans around the world. Each season, we design an exclusive collection inspired by and ethically sourced from another corner of the globe.
RACHEL: We select destinations based on their histories of craftsmanship as well as natural resources available. Our debut collection, Peru & Argentina, showcases luxurious alpaca textiles and handcrafted leather chairs. Our second collection, Uganda, celebrates the history of basket weaving and utilizes rare Mugavu wood and ankole horn native to the region in beautiful hand carved pieces.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE CULTURE OF YOUR BUSINESS?
RACHEL: The Citizenry is still just a full-time team of two, so our culture is very close-knit and casual. We’re like family. While we have an extended team of freelancers that we depend on, the heart of our day-to-day culture is still very much fueled by our passions and rationale for starting this adventure…
CARLY: We both started this journey to create something beautiful that also did a bit of good in the world, so much of our culture is still focused on those ideals. We’re always challenging each other to think more creatively, act more deliberately, and in general, be better global citizens. We’re also a pretty relentless and determined duo. I think that’s the only way we’ve been able to make it as far as we have, and it’s only just the beginning.
HOW DO YOU FIND THE ARTISANS YOU COLLABORATE WITH?
RACHEL: We look for artisan partners who are the best at what they do. This takes a lot of research, meetings with non-profit organizations that have artisans’ best interests at heart, and time on the ground. It’s crazy how someone always knows someone or locals can point you to specific techniques in different villages. Many of our greatest relationships have been built by traveling off the beaten path, quite literally.
CARLY: We’ve also personally visited every workshop we work with. This is an important part of the design process, but it’s also important for us to see everything first hand. It’s a huge investment in terms of time and money, but we believe sustainable relationships are the key to creating more beautiful products, telling more compelling stories, and building a better business overall.
WHAT DOES A TYPICAL DAY LOOK LIKE FOR YOU?
CARLY: When we’re not traveling, it’s far less glamorous than it seems. My day is typically filled with a mix of social media posts, website updates, writing emails and website content, and lots and lots of emails – getting back to artisan partners, bloggers, and other media outlets. There’s also coffee. Lots and lots of coffee in a typical day.
RACHEL: Same – when we’re not traveling, there’s so many smaller tasks that have to be done to make the business operate smoothly. I spend a lot of time managing our financials, incoming shipments, answering customer questions and emails, packing boxes – especially this holiday season, and planning our future orders. It’s definitely not glamorous, but it’s rewarding to watch our business grow.
WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE TRAVEL MEMORIES WHILE ON THE JOB?
RACHEL: The day we visited the Palermo Leather Workshop for the first time is a personal favorite. We entered through this unmarked, unassuming door in the Palermo District of Buenos Aires to find a workshop with leather working talent that immediately blew our minds. This was also the day we started sketching what is now my favorite product, The Palermo Copper Butterfly Chair. It took us over a year to get the design and product right, but it all started that one memorable day. You can read more about our relationship with this group of leather workers on their artisan page on our site.
CARLY: It wasn’t that long ago when I went on a trip to Uganda. The whole trip was amazing; that country just has a way of sucking you in. Our drive and visit to the Rwenzori Mountains was truly unforgettable.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE PIECE IN THE SHOP AT THE MOMENT?
CARLY: I love our copper butterfly chairs, but I also REALLY dig our rugs made in collaboration with the Lurin Artisan Cooperative, especially the Estrellas. This tiny, incredibly talented group of weavers has tirelessly worked with us to create one of the most beautiful rugs I’ve ever seen. (It’s also the rug we chose for our studio space.) The rug takes six weeks to complete, and every step is done by hand – from picking berries for the dyes to hand-looming this stunning piece. It’s such a work of art. More about meeting this group on their artisan profile as well.
These girls are an amazing duo doing an amazing job. I can’t support them enough! If you are totally coveting my butterfly chair and wanting one yourself for Christmas, international shipping dates cut off December 14th, which will ensure arrival by December 24th. Happy Shopping!