Who would have thought a shopping trip with my mum to DFO & more specifically Bed Bath N Table, would result in a life long (over dramatic) longing for a breifly spotted silver serving platter . Ok so I almost always want something for the house but anything remotely sarcastic or pun-my has a better chance.
My fascination for food, fashion and decor is not a new one but the ratios of interest fluctuate based on whats going on in my life. Pinterest is often the first to pick up on the subtle changes and lately it’s been filled with images of beautiful kids bedrooms, many with the same feature piece; an adventure rug by OYOY.
The company’s strange name is inspired by the letters which feature on every danish airplane since 1929 wherever in the world it might be. Created in 2012 by danish designer Lotte Fynboe, the clear focus on design, function, colour and materials in a world embracing the Scandinavian aesthetic lead to early success and in 2014, Lotte expanded into the world of children and “playful souls”.
I’m usually all for colour and crazy when it comes to kids rooms but kids grown up quickly these days and crazy primary colors will only stay relevant for so long. Investing in some key neutral pieces will ensure longevity and the new “world rug” really answered all my needs including meeting the approval of my map loving hubby, or so I hope.
After much searching, I found the best deal at MiniMacko, a gorgeous Australian online store curated by Danielle, no doubt with the assistance of shop name sake and little dude, Mack. I put a 20% preorder deposit down and now I eagerly await it’s delivery. Hopefully it will arrive before my second bub in 6 weeks, particularly as it hopes to cover up the baby monitor cord leading from the cot to the wall unit. Beautiful and functional!
Sick leave: a guilty day of feeling like I cheated on my job with laziness. Suffice to say I do not take sick leave often but this morning I woke up feeling mysteriously terrible. Who needs medical certificates when I can just prove I didn’t leave the house to shop, buy food or rent a movie. That is the true proof you aren’t well enough to work! For moment’s like these, I have a hit list of creature comfort that are healing must haves.
1. Bottomless cups of tea. I’ve been alternating between matcha tea, decaf T2 rose tea and green tea in beautiful crockery.
2. Carbs are my warm hug when I’m sick. Simple, small and filling for those moments when eating is not a first priority. Today as I was starving, it looked like a mini sourdough roll with parsley, goat’s cheese and extra virgin olive oil.
3. A good book. Sometimes we need to take a scheduled break from tech. It’s sad how foreign a concept recreational reading has become so it’s time to hit a classic. “Dr Jeckyll and MR Hyde” or anything from the Penguin classics works for me.
4. CANDLES! There is something very relaxing and indulgent about fresh flowers and candles that shouldn’t be. I’m a firm believer that they should be a part of your every day life which is why there feature on my dining table, dresser, side table and atop each vanity in the house. beautiful and functional. Today I called the Airwick silhouette multicolor to the plate.
You have probably seen all the ads and walked past it in the grocery store and wondered how it changes colour, I stil haven’t figured it out but on the rare occasion, I’m quite happy to attribute something to “magic” and just enjoy. The moment it’s lit, the base illuminated the entire candle and softly switches colour. There are no switches or buttons so when you blow out your candle, the light dissipates just as mysteriously as it arrived.
Available in amber mandarin glow and french vanilla romance, the silhouettes depict different outdoor scenes for when you’d rather be indoors. I really enjoyed the subtlty of vanilla, particularly today when I’m not feeling well. I have a feeling these candles are going to win me brownie points with the mother in law too. Bonus!
Have you ever over judged your talents? We’re told to dream big by optimistic people. The only problem with your imagination running rampant is you find yourself wanting something you realize doesn’t actually exist. Hop into the sinking boat I was in a few weeks ago when I decided I wanted a pale timber side table styled around a vintage apple cart. After hours on Pinterest and the Google machine, I had all but given up….until my adventure at the Finders Keepers market.
I approached the Ernie bedside table by Milkcart tentatively and ran my fingers across the wood-grain taking in the lockable castor-ed glory. Is it possible this Danish styled simple and clean creation stepped out of my day dream for $85 (if so, it’s time to start dreaming about bigger furniture)? Beside it sat the concrete puddle stool that reminded me of my grandparents floor in India. Furniture up-cycled or that can make me feel something is always special and Marnie and Ryan of Milk cart have done this so well! I love my side table so maybe it’s time to think of what comes next Mr Beaker Lamp.
Last week we were invited to Marimekko‘s Sydney flagship store on King Street to take part in the global festivities celebrating the 50th anniversary of its classic Unikko poppy print.
In keeping with the brand’s colourful prints, the store was transformed into a multi-coloured disco for the evening. It was smiles all around amongst the changing lights, mirror-balls and awesome tunes being spun by some of the guys from Architecture in Helsinki (gotta keep it Finnish!).
Throughout the evening, guests nibbled on Finnish-themed canapés from Café Paci and sipped on Marimekko Royale cocktails. I was particularly excited that little bowls of Tyrkisk Peber/Turkinpippuri candy were making the rounds – I’m not sure if they were much of a hit with the other guests, but they were certainly a hit with me!
And what’s a birthday without a cake? A giant Gelato Messina ice-cream cake adorned with the Unikko print, that is. Delicious! Maggie from La Petite Mademoiselle and I decided to take our cake outside the front of the store and chilled on the huge beanbags that were there for the evening … and contemplated how far we could run carrying said beanbags …
If you’re unfamiliar with Marimekko, pop on down to the store! I’m definitely planning on returning as I’d love to browse the entire range during the daytime. There are so many cute items in the homewares range and it’s hard not to want to buy everything.