Tribal inspired cushions by Josie+June

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A gorgeous new textile brand, Josie+June, has launched its very first collection – ‘Tribal’.

Owner and artist Anna Wise says she keeps the whole process within Australia – from designing the patterns, printing the fabric and sewing the products.

“Each process starts with a sketch, followed by painting designs by hand using mixed media, and finally digitally reproducing these designs onto fabric, to be sewn into custom-made products of stunning simplicity.”

The Tribal collection takes inspiration from Africa, Morocco and Indonesia with clean, contemporary lines and bold, graphic patterns. It’s a restrained but timeless colour palette of indigos, monochromes and neutrals.

Choose from two different cushion sizes – a 45cm square linen-cotton cushion at $95.00 AUD and the rectangular 30x45cm cushion at $75.00 AUD, with all including an eco friendly cushion insert.

Take a look!

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klaylife’s first lighting design collaboration

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One of my favourite homeware brands, klaylife, not just because of its gorgeous clay beaded chandeliers, but also for its positive contribution to a small South African community, has launched its latest collection!

Excitingly, klaylife has just launched its very first lighting design collaboration with an interior stylist. Working with Jacqui Moore of Moore Concepts, who has worked for Australia’s top interiors magazines and brands, the collaboration introduces vibrant new clay bead colours – in teal and blush – and modern shapes including spheres and barrels that can be clustered together or suspended as single pendants.

Looking at the images below you’ll see Scandinavian and tribal influences, plus luxe, rich colour palettes. klaylife has also introduced barrel-shaped floor and table lamps to their range!

Each bead that forms klaylife’s products is formed using raw clay local to the small South African community who makes them. The clay is then rolled by hand before being sun-dried, kiln-fired and dip-dyed. Hundreds of these beads are then strung onto a special iron frame to complete a single chandelier. This extensive, handcrafted process means that no two lights will ever be the same.

Since its launch two years ago, this Melbourne-based brand, run by South African-born father and daughter Phillip Jones and Kerri Wallace, has enjoyed great success, and is stocked with retailers like Husk, Curious Grace, LuMu Interiors, and Click On Furniture to name a few. Most importantly, through the sale of each chandelier, jobs have been created for the people in Kwa Zulu Natal.

Take a look at the new collection!
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Above: Black and charcoal Eva chair by Globe West, Diamond teal velvet ottoman by Arthur G Furniture, Pink Gabra Rug from Halcyon Lake.

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Above: Atlas Mountains rug by Halcyon Lake, ‘Lance’ marble dining table by Click On Furniture, ‘Carter’ and ‘Daphne’ velvet dining chairs by Globe West, ‘Nofi’s Garden’ photographic print by Caitlin Mills, Taxidermy peacock from South Pacific Taxidermy.

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Above: ‘Diamond’ teal velvet ottoman from Arthur G Furniture, Hans Wegner Flag Halyard chair from Cult Design, Burgundy Icelandic sheepskin from Society of Wanderers, Teal velvet cushions by Elitis from Seneca Textiles, Turquoise and black leopard print wallpaper by Sparkk, Floral Digital print ‘Nymphe’ fabric by Elitis from Seneca Textiles, ‘Winter light’ photographic print by Caitlin Mills, Atlas Mountains rug from Halcyon Lake, Sphere teal and black marble side table from Space to Create. Klaylife02

Above: HKLiving white wire dining chairs from House of Orange, HKLiving black and white rugs from House of Orange, All cushions from Raw Décor, Carved timber panel from Raw Décor, Black Malawi arm chair from Raw Décor, Bamileke tables from Raw Décor, Large basket on the wall by Marmoset Found.

Header image: HKLiving carved wardrobe from House of Orange, Platform bed from House of Orange, ‘Monza’ rug from Halcyon Lake, ‘Majestic Mountain’ photographic print by Caitlin Mills, Icelandic sheepskins by Society of Wanderers. On the bed: Cream chunky cable knit throw from Tribe & Co Living, Grey & white Moroccan wool Pom Pom Blanket from Barefoot Gypsy, Bedlinen by Society of Wanderers, Cushions from Bungalow Trading.

Photography: Armelle Habib / Art Direction & Styling: Jacqui Moore

Giveaway by four makers from Victoria’s surf coast!

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Four Surf Coast makers from Victoria have come together to encourage and create awareness for local small businesses.

The creators behind the deliciously scented soy candle brand Soy Breeze, the bright and colourfully hand-painted terracotta pots Pebbles and Rox, two best friends who create homewares and prints under their brand Okay Luna and macramé plant hangers, wall hangings brand Noodie and Frank are giving away a hamper of their goodies valued at $170.

Simply go to any of their Instagram pages and follow the instructions on their competition posts to enter before July 31 2016. Good luck!!

Here’s a little look at their gorgeous products…

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United Interiors’ Grand Opening Sale

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Some of Australia’s most popular design brands have come together into a concept store and showroom, combining their artwork, decor and rug collections.

Under the umbrella of United Interiors, United Artworks, The Canvas Workshop, Art Luxe and Rugspace, are launching their online marketplaces in real life for the first time this Saturday, 23rd July.

Here are some of the highlights to enjoy in store!
– Sale shoppers will have the chance to meet with United Interiors’ collaborators Alisa & Lysandra (The Block) and James Treble (The Living Room) dishing out their style advice.
– Dani Wales will be hosting her Basic Habitat ‘shop in shop’, featuring a carefully curated range of home décor and accessories.
– Dessert designer and artist Caroline Khoo of Nectar & Stone has created 100 individually boxed chocolates to give away to the first 100 people who walk through the doors
– In a world-wide exclusive, Cult international linen label Mikmax will be available in very limited numbers (they are not yet released anywhere else in the world!). Available at the Basic Habitat shop-in-shop.

Meet and greet opportunities
Offering interior styling advice and photo opportunities:
– Alisa & Lysandra (The Block) will be present from 10am – 1pm
– James Treble (Channel 10’s The Living Room) from 2pm – 4pm
– Dani Wales (Basic Habitat, Healthy Homes TV) from 1.30pm – 4pm.

Register over on Facebook if you’re heading along!

Boutique lifestyle design fair, Life Instyle, is just around the corner!

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Life Instyle, the only boutique lifestyle design trade event in Australia, is returning to Melbourne this year from 4th – 7th August at The Royal Exhibition Building! With over 350 carefully selected exhibitors, this year’s Life Instyle will showcase a variety of both recognisable retail companies, and newly unearthed designer brands.

I love that the event combines all the things we love to discover and admire: homewares, gift, lifestyle, fashion and jewellery. Excitingly, also included in the event is Kids Instyle – the only boutique trade event in Australia offering premium kids, baby and children’s fashion, accessories and home wares, and First Instyle, which offers the opportunity for brand new design professionals to emerge onto the scene.

To give you a snapshot into what you can experience at this year’s event, here are six brands to beat the crowds to see during your Life Instyle experience:

THE BEACH PEOPLE

This year The Beach People, makers of the original Roundie® beach towel, and luxe seaside, are bringing their summer inspired products to Life Instyle. Launched in 2013 by sisters Emma Henderson and Victoria Beattie, the Australian duo have since made waves both nationally and globally, with international stockists now including Bloomingdales, Revolve, Net A Porter and Selfridges.

PANA CHOCOLATE

Making its Melbourne Life Instyle debut is Pana Chocolate, a rich and luxurious chocolate bar brand. With every product being handmade in Victoria, Founder Pana Barbounis says they are “excited to exhibit in our own playground at the Melbourne Life Instyle show for the first time.” The chocolates are all created using a unique process using minimal heat to ensure all the goodness is retained, ensuring the finished product is not only loved by your tongue, but your insides and the environment. Made from all natural and organic ingredients (think organic nuts, goji berries, coconut flakes and 100% essential oils – they contain no dairy, soy, gluten or refined sugar) it’s no surprise these bars are now being stocked in retailers throughout Australia, and in over 25 countries across the UK, Europe, South East Asia, UAE and US.

SPROUT AND SPARROW

Beloved Kids Instyle brand, Sprout and Sparrow, are returning to Life Instyle this year with their trendy and creative wall art, as well as their growing range of colourful greeting cards and gift tags. Their unique party invitation range, which has just been released, will also be showcased. With all prints inspired by their own children, the Melbourne sister team Tash Jerrard-Bishop and Adi say “We’re always open to hearing about interesting ways to collaborate and partner with other local mums in small business to help kids all over Australia have colour, quality, and life in their bedrooms, playrooms and nurseries.”

DUKE OF LONDON

This local brand has been worn by the children of celebrities including the Kardashian clan, the Stefani/Rossdale boys and most recently by Chris and Elsa Hemsworth’s children. With over 50 stockists throughout Australia, New Zealand, America, Canada and Poland, this Duke Of London fashion label has been dressing children world-wide for the past four years. Beginning as the dream of a young Aussie who simply loved dressing her boys, this edgy brand has now developed and filled a gap in the fashion market for children aged 6 months to 6 years.

HUNTER LAB

Looking for products for men? Hunter Lab is definitely a stall you won’t want to miss. Their range of premium Australian made natural skincare tools contributes style and simplicity to a Man’s daily grooming ritual, and the confidence and courage required to stay at the top of his game. Inspired by Mother Nature and backed by the latest green science, Hunter Lab’s six skincare tools are crafted with the finest ingredients to provide grooming solutions of the highest efficacy and pleasure of use. Also, their premium sets offer unique and healthful gifting solutions for the ‘hard to buy for’ man.

CITTA DESIGN

A Life Instyle favourite, Citta Design creates enduring design staples and limited edition seasonal collections for you and your home that are always fresh and original. Based on a relaxed theme of life and travel, their products are designed to be useful, beautiful and a little bit fun. Taking inspiration from world unique cultures, each collection shares a global story – one of which is constantly retold through the way you bring its texture into your home.

Take a look at all of these brands’ gorgeous products below and follow Life Instyle on Instagram here.

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Images thanks to Life Instyle and brands’ Facebook pages.