Shop Stop

Opening your eyes to the shops out there

Shop Stop: Onekind

Meet Leah, the mastermind and designer of Onekind. You can find amazing kids bedding, cushions, picnic rugs, canvas bags and even pocket squares! The idea behind Onekind is having fun kids bedding and lifestyle products that aren’t fairies and firetrucks, but rather patterns and colours that are way more sophisticated and stylish… all at a good price point! But there is no compromise on colour, trust me! Enjoy the video!

Check out the whole range here

A Boy Named Aaron

This week I am so excited to introduce Aaron from A boy Named Aaron. He creates such beautiful anchors crosses, arrows, tribe offerings, bamboo flags and accesories. I’m just in love with his work! I was lucky enough to fit in a chat with him… enjoy!
Hi Aaron! Tell me about yourself!
Hello, I’m Aaron… and I’m in my early 30’s. I am a little bit of a perfectionist, things have their place, I like things a certain way. I’m very ‘black & white’, a straight shooter. I am a procrastinator, but I know what I do and don’t like. I grew up and still reside in Queensland, on the Gold Coast. I love to travel, explore and try new things. I have a comfortable home, a loving partner of 13 years and a ‘melt your heart’ puppy named Kaya, she’s a Tibetan Spaniel and love her to bits! I have a natural love to art, design and creation. All of this makes me the creative born person I am today.
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You make beautiful handcrafted artworks, how did get into this?
I have always enjoyed creating and the arts. Dabbling in drawing, art and design I also gained an interest in photography and object design. From idea to idea, I would often find myself in a too familiar cycle of unfinished works. I love the element of an anchor in design, so I decided to model one day and created an anchor – it really just snowballed from there with trial & error; adapting and evolving in to what I do today. I enjoy immensely what I do and a great level of love and detail goes in to every creation I create. I guess you could say I love my job!
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Where do you get your inspiration from?

Inspiration comes to me from travel, nature and admiration of other creatives. I have an appreciation for ‘old-skool’ sailor tattoos and folk art; as well as tribal design and pattern. I admire many artists for their unique form and use of colour. Fortunately, I’ve had the opportunity to travel quite a lot so I’ve seen many worldly traditions and take elements from those travels in to my work whether it be colours, illustration or object. I too believe that many of my signature styles come from within, they naturally shine through when the time is right.

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What are your favourite mediums to work with?
Currently I used a range of mediums in my work, but the casting work is by far my favourite. It’s incredibly tricky at times, but I do enjoy the results and love working with paints to get effects that produce unique results on the organic surface. I’ve been using a little more timber in some of my sculpture pieces which ultimately give me the freedom to create larger scale items without compensating my creative freedom; but make less fragile works of art.
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What does a typical work day look like?
Coffee – Create – Sleep – Repeat… My typical day is fuelled with whatever inspiration the day brings at me! Mood plays an important part in creative work, often this will reflect in my work. Experimenting with colour and ideas gets the artistic blood pumping; so, naturally when I’m on a “high” I have an incredibly productive day. While I’d love every day to be creative days, I too take time to answer enquiries, maintain the studio & website among others.
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What is your favourite piece you’ve created?
The Anchor Tribe Rosaries; so that’s the hand-cast anchors which have beads incorporated. I would have to say by far these are my favourite pieces to make. I have an attachment to most pieces, it’s hard to say goodbye to a lot of them.
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Aaron would love you to win one of his amazing artworks! Drum roll please…… its the Koyam Anchor Tribe Rosary!!! This has got to be one of my favourites. All you have to do to enter is comment below on what your favourite artwork is from A Boy Named Aaron… his website link is here… Ready, set, go!*

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(*Competition ends Friday the 12th  of December at 4pm)

Shop Stop: Little Paper Lane

Guys, Little Paper Lane in Mona Vale is a stationary fiends heaven. There is so, so, so much to see, you’ll have to do a few laps around the shop to take it all in. I can’t even tell you what is available here, expect anything and everything. This is the dream turned reality of Jayde, I strongly urge you to follow her on Instagram (@littlepaperlane) where you will see the hilarious stories of her dog Coco and kiddies Iggy and Minty…. as well as seeing her latest and very amazing window displays.

Little Paper Lane

5/1 Waratah St, Mona Vale NSW 2103

(02) 8407 9204

Mon to Fri 10-5:30

Sat: 10-4

Sun: Closed

Cottoning on to Typo

Hello friends. I hope you’re having a great week so far. I know I am. Mainly because I bought myself something really cool from Typo yesterday. While perusing the shop, I was quite surprised of the super cute homewares. Yes, you may think Typo is a tweens shop where you buy little pink notepads and sparkly pens, which it is. But man, they have some really cool things in there at the moment! They have large letters for gallery walls, weaving kits, many many types of lanterns, planters and crazy cheap artwork… honesty the list  goes on forever! But there are some particular things I want to tell you about!

The cushion range is really cool, I mean the quality isn’t amazing, but for a pop of crazy colour why not add it into the mix!

They have also brought out two dining ranges, one is the super cool surry-hills-cafe enamelware. This stuff will last forever and if it rusts, hey it adds to the look! The other is a textured ceramic range that comes in the colours blue, black, taupe and white. There are also placemats, cutlery, woven bowls and paint dipped bread boards to compliment the range.

There are marquee lights, albeit plastic ones, but at a much more affordable price than the big metal ones. There is also a cute lightbox with removable letters. This is what I bought. I couldn’t help myself! The truth is I’m drawn to lights. I’m not sure I can fit another light in my bedroom. But I will try… my middle name is moth after all.

I think the highlight of the range are the beach umbrellas! They are totally retro and totally affordable! Well the whole range is. Like, really really affordable. If you’re looking for some cheep and cheery objects to brighten up you home (and your life) I would strongly advise you to visit Typo! I mean serisouly, they sell gemstone shaped ice trays! Think of all the christmas presents covered in one shop!

Below are some of my favourite items, there is more in store, go visit! Or visit their online store here.

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Cop This

I have had a few questions on where to find affordable copper accessories for the home. As I have a photographic memory and shop for a living, I am more than happy to share my findings with you. Some pieces are très affordable, some are more of a save up and purchase kind of thing.

Copper Shop

If you have any questions please send them through to …I won’t bite… not on purpose anyway.